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by silentargus
Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:58 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Mental Illness in a Post Apocalyptic World
Replies: 172
Views: 25309

Re: Mental Illness in a Post Apocalyptic World

Fantastic post... though I've never gotten an official diagnosis, I'm also bipolar. It's not as severe as it used to be, but there are still days where I'm completely dysfunctional and others where I'm crawling up the walls if I go five minutes without doing something. Sometimes I can recognize the ...
by silentargus
Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:35 am
Forum: Family Prep
Topic: "Doomsday Preppers" series as tool
Replies: 115
Views: 14373

Re: "Doomsday Preppers" series as tool

There's a reason why so many of the preppers Nat Geo shows in their 'documentary' look so bugfuck crazy. Nat Geo is editing their interviews to make them look that way. Read the interview I linked above. Feel sick yet? The producer offered her $1k to shoot her cat on camera, just to make her look c...
by silentargus
Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:45 am
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: The Day of EDC Victory
Replies: 225
Views: 57605

Re: The Day of EDC Victory

EDC win #1: The setting was my sister's wedding, this past October. She and my brother-in-law rented a lovely farmhouse for the occasion, fully stocked with everything needed to prepare a whopping good post-marital feast... except a functional can opener. Enter the Leatherman Sideclip, my faithful b...
by silentargus
Sat Jan 07, 2012 2:06 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: Fire Alarm at mall
Replies: 13
Views: 1408

Re: Fire Alarm at mall

I think that all of these examples of people ignoring alarms is pretty interesting. My only experience with fire alarms *actually* going off in a setting where leaving was a choice was in college- I lived in a party dorm one year, and the alarms went off every few weekends. Most of the time it was s...
by silentargus
Sat Oct 01, 2011 7:48 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: Importance of Communications
Replies: 13
Views: 920

Re: Importance of Communications

The Garmin Rino was exactly the unit I was referring to. Sorry for not posting a link. We've got the 120 series. Waterproof (looks more like very water resistant though), takes 3 AA batteries. About as easy to operate as their other handheld hiking GPS units.
by silentargus
Fri Sep 30, 2011 11:25 am
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: Importance of Communications
Replies: 13
Views: 920

Re: Importance of Communications

Dad and I took it a step further than walkies... we splurged and got a set of GPS/Radio units. As long as they're within ~5mi transmission range we can not only talk to each other but also send exact location updates to each other or set a rendezvous point without saying a word.
by silentargus
Sat Sep 10, 2011 1:38 am
Forum: Zombie Survival/Combat Simulations
Topic: Dead Island trailer
Replies: 94
Views: 7886

Re: Dead Island trailer

360 version here... I have a few little gripes but overall I think DI is well on its way to becoming my all-time favorite zombie game. I've been waiting for a zombocalypse Action/RPG for years. The weapon maintenance is... odd. I feel like some things should have been much more durable than others.....
by silentargus
Sat Jun 11, 2011 10:59 am
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: Mini 14, The Un Official Thread
Replies: 444
Views: 17822

Re: Mini 14, The Un Official Thread

+1 for Mini-14 love. Eats anything it's fed and never, ever quits. Plus I got mine back when they were running in the $600 range, but after the redesign that made 'em more accurate... easily my favorite long gun. No frills, no tacticool stuff, not even optics- just a Choate stock and a sling. ...but...
by silentargus
Thu Jun 09, 2011 9:56 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: PREP FAILURE: THE WALL OF SHAME
Replies: 413
Views: 72627

Procrastination Zombie meets It'll Never Happen To Me Zombie

Got another car one... I just got a fresh set of tires on my Jeep (unofficially the Crocoduck) after noting that they were looking worn down beyond salvation and (the clincher) having a flat from no discernible external cause. Well and good. Got some decent service out of the old set. Probably more ...
by silentargus
Sun May 29, 2011 11:26 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Plans for a "Morale Kit?"
Replies: 41
Views: 2139

Re: Plans for a "Morale Kit?"

Legos are a fantastic idea... I still have a metric asston of those from when I was growing up, plus the Erector Sets- one of which is a bona fide family heirloom that's been played with by several generations. Always figured if I ever had kids they should get creative toys rather than the bounce-of...
by silentargus
Sat May 28, 2011 8:05 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: anyone test blood type recently?
Replies: 83
Views: 2416

Re: anyone test blood type recently?

Haven't been too great about donating in the past few years, but was a regular donor before and probably will be again now that life is back on track. A+ and squeaky clean, bulging veins that the nurses always go all google-eyed over. Terrified of needles but sitting still for half an hour is okay a...
by silentargus
Sat May 28, 2011 5:21 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Plans for a "Morale Kit?"
Replies: 41
Views: 2139

Plans for a "Morale Kit?"

Just an idea I've had tossing around in my head for a while... in everything I've read on prepping, the main emphasis is on the survival essentials- food, clothes, shelter, weapons, etc- but very little mention is made of mental survival. Obviously you're not going to be able to stuff a home theater...
by silentargus
Sat May 28, 2011 4:51 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Compact/Lightweight Multitool Options. Thoughts?
Replies: 36
Views: 1707

Re: Compact/Lightweight Multitool Options. Thoughts?

I have an older Leatherman as my daily carry multitool- basically the model that is now called the Kick, but made prior to Letherman introducing the polymer handle lining. Love the thing to death, even though I have a couple newer models (a pair of Blasts living in the car and my BOB). I feel naked ...
by silentargus
Sat May 28, 2011 3:55 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU YOU TAKE?
Replies: 51
Views: 1390

Re: WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU YOU TAKE?

If I had to choose one book and only one... it'd probably come to a knock-down drag-out no holds barred deathmatch between Stranger in a Strange Land and The Count of Monte Cristo. I'd much rather have room for those two plus complete Poe anthology, Dune, and a few short story collections like The M...
by silentargus
Thu May 26, 2011 2:26 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: Events That Changed Your Life and Shaped Your Outlook
Replies: 80
Views: 7447

Re: Events That Changed Your Life and Shaped Your Outlook

A few years ago, Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's... the diagnosis roughly coincided with my early departure from the college scene, but wasn't the cause so much as the deciding factor in what I was going to do with myself afterward. I wound up being her caregiver for the past three years, during ...
by silentargus
Mon May 16, 2011 7:13 pm
Forum: Zombie Combat Tactics
Topic: Bite proof clothing
Replies: 76
Views: 21756

Re: Bite proof clothing

What about a good, tough raincoat? It wouldn't protect you from the physical bite at all, but it would be pretty good at preventing infection. In warmer climates, that might be a workable compromise that wouldn't leave you with the mobility issues of armor or the overheating issues with leather or t...
by silentargus
Sat May 07, 2011 2:58 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Non-Conventional Survival
Replies: 37
Views: 2567

Re: Non-Conventional Survival

Plan A for us is your standard piece of property tucked in an out-of-the-way corner of existence- we drew a circle ~3hrs driving distance from home and looked for a suitable piece of land within that radius. We were fortunate to find a place... not perfect, mind you, but in a far better position tha...
by silentargus
Fri May 06, 2011 10:31 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: What long arm and handgun are you using to bug out?
Replies: 661
Views: 68683

Re: What long arm and handgun are you using to bug out?

Ideally, everything. Our family plan would be to take two cars and as much of the home-based stuff as possible, prioritizing guns and food- there would be plenty of room. If there were only time to grab one load and we were still able to drive out, then I would choose my Mini-14 and my S&W 908. If w...
by silentargus
Thu May 05, 2011 9:41 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Living with half a plan in NJ...
Replies: 1
Views: 97

Living with half a plan in NJ...

Greetings... I stumbled on this site while having a link adventure, as most good things on the internet are found. I'm living in central NJ, more or less where I've been my whole life (aside from a few entirely too short years elsewhere), and am interested in getting more involved in survival/emerge...

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