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    Spotted: The Dinner Fork Door Lock

    Whether you’re squatting in an abandoned hotel room after the Zombie Apocalypse or you just want some peace and quiet in a public bathroom, sometimes you really need a secure lock on your door. If you’ve got just a couple of heavy-duty woodworking tools, or access to them, then you can solve this problem by […] More

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    Book Review: The Modern Savage, by James McWilliams

    Fluffball and Arrow are our beloved pets. We would never eat them. Their brothers, however… We always knew that their brothers, the roosters Cluck and Peck, were going to be eaten, if for no other reason than at the time, we lived in the city limits, where roosters were not allowed. When Cluck and Peck […] More

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    In the Land of the Blind: Bird Box and Surviving without Sight

    Imagine that you and a few fellow survivors are left alone in a world in which alien entities have destroyed almost all of humanity. Next, imagine that you have to scavenge supplies, source potable water, care for your children, differentiate ally from friend, and defend yourself. Now, imagine that you have to do all of […] More

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    Your Computer Overlords are Almost Here

    Jeremy Howard isn’t a doctor, but he can play one–scratch that; he can be one–by teaching a computer how to teach itself to do valuable diagnostic testing. Because the computers that Howard programs? Those computers know how to learn. What’s the difference between a computer that can obey and a computer that can learn? The […] More

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    Washing Your Hands – Just Do it, Already!

    Why will you not wash your hands? Seriously, it’s not that hard. It doesn’t take that long. And everyone else in the bathroom is going to give you the side-eye if you don’t do it. Also, you need to use soap. That “running your hands under the water and then drying them” thing doesn’t actually […] More

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    Book Review: The Anthropocene, by Christian Schwagerl

    For better or worse, this is the age of the human, with the choices that we make affecting the Earth on a geological scale. Such is the premise of The Anthropocene, written by Christian Schwagerl and given to me by a publicist who found my sweet spot for Doomsday literature. “Anthropocene” means “the epoch of […] More

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    ProTip: You Need a Machete

    I’ll leave out the part where I sometimes pretend to swordfight with it, because that’s super dangerous and not OK. Especially since the machete’s primary purpose is hacking, and you might think that you don’t have a lot of hacking that you need to do in your life, but you do. All that said, this […] More

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    Walking Dead Cocktail: Bloody Brains

    Happy Walking Dead Week! I mean, the season premiere of THE best post-Apocalyptic, zombie-infested, survivalist show on cable is worth a week-long party, yes? Yes! So, whether you’re still recovering from yesterday’s premiere, or, if you’re like me and you plan to use your grandpa’s cable account number to stream it off of AMC later […] More

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    How To: Grow Microgreens in Tupperware

    Microgreens are delicious, easy-to-grow food sources that are high in nutrients and easily moveable- Julie Finn does a great job explaining this how to! More

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    Godzilla vs. the Bad Bug Out Plan

    If Godzilla has taught us anything, it’s that a trained soldier and a doctor will form a bug out plan that involves sending their kid towards a nuke, alone. More

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    iFixit and the Right to Repair

    You deserve the right to repair your own car. You deserve the right to jailbreak your own phone. You deserve the right to fix your own stuff. This is the manifesto of the iFixit revolution, which seeks to create a user-sourced repair manual and troubleshooting guide for… everything. Think of that thing that you own that, […] More

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    Share Your Black-Market Antibiotics: Goodbye World and the Myth of Community

    Are you seriously supposed to share those black-market antibiotics that you worked REALLY hard to acquire with whatever random person happens to get strep throat after SHTF? In the 2013 post-Apocalyptic film Goodbye World, the answer is yes. In Goodbye World, we’ll ignore the suspiciously gaudy affluence of a multi-storied off-the-grid home run by two […] More

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    Pee on Your Garden: Wastewater Gardening Hits the News

    I told you that wastewater gardening is a thing now! Mind you, wastewater gardening has technically been a thing since the first hunter-gatherers decided that there was a better life to be had by settling themselves down with some grain fields in that super-fertile plot of land in between the Tigris and the Euphrates, and […] More

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    Book Review: Practical Projects for Self-Sufficiency

    Let’s say that self-sufficiency is a spectrum. You like to garden? You’re on the low end of the spectrum. You can the produce from that garden? You’re a little higher on the spectrum. You irrigate your garden with captured rainwater? Higher still. Fertilize your garden with humanure? You’re really high on the spectrum; there aren’t […] More

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    Chicago Sells Vacant Lots for $1 Each, Encourages Urban Gardening

    As a welcome slap in the face to smaller towns like Oak Park, Michigan, and Leawood, Kansas, that bafflingly prohibit such healthy, pro-community projects as vegetable gardens and Little Free Libraries in property owners’ own front yards, Chicago, Illinois is permitting property owners in greater Englewood to purchase city-owned vacant lots at $1 per parcel, and […] More

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    Your Friends are Trying to Kill You: Surviving Battle Royale

    There are definitely some people in your ninth grade class that you wanted to kill. Of course, your best friend was also in your ninth grade class, as well as a bunch of normal people, some cool kids, plenty of weird kids, and the absolutely greatest love of your entire life. No matter. In Koushun […] More

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    Broken Coffee Mug Planter (and How to Propagate Rosemary)

    My kids are HARD on my coffee mugs, y’all! I don’t know if it’s because I’m a mean mom and make them do the dishes (don’t feel like you have to make your kids do this, too–mine clearly do a terrible job!), or because our kitchen is floored with a stone tile that is literal murder […] More

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    Pentagon Creates Zombie Preparedness Plan: What You Should Know

    The Pentagon has a Zombie Preparedness Plan. Right about now, I know you’re saying to yourself, “It’s about frakking time!”, and indeed it is, because as we all know, if the government does not present a strong line of defense, the zombies are going to kill us all. The Pentagon’s Zombie Preparedness Plan was written […] More

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    Michigan Hates Chickens (and Bees, and Goats): No More “Right to Farm”

    Do you keep backyard chickens? Or have a beehive? Or own a couple of very spoiled goats/lawnmowers? Yeah, Michigan hates you. Michigan, whose “Right to Farm” act used to be the envy of all the other backyard chicken owners/urban beekeepers/goat hobbyists in all the other states, is now the state that nobody interested in micro-husbandry […] More