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  • Free Solar Panels For Off-Grid Living

    Most of us have heard of solar panels but not many people know that much about them. In the simplest terms, solar panels are devices that use light from the sun to create electricity. Usually, they are installed on the roof of a private home or small business. There are many kinds of solar panels. […] More

  • Off-Gridders Applaud: Hybrid Solar/Wind System For Homes

    Maine-based wind energy pioneer Pika Energy* now offers an appealing hybrid solar/wind system that can be used for homes or businesses. For those wishing to move away from the financial and power security constraints of being grid-dependent, this system is worth checking out. This hybrid system has been created to tap into two viable renewable electricity […] More

  • Home Solar & Wind Power From Pika Energy

    Pika Energy* makes a hybrid solar power/wind power system for homes. This offering is designed to take advantage of the strengths of both of those forms of renewable energy. In other words, solar power generation tapers off at the times of day that wind is strong, so combining solar and wind results in an energy […] More

  • 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

  • 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

  • Staying Off-Grid: Less Isn’t Always Best

    Whether to live a greener life, survive in a disaster zone or just to be in a better position when the zombie apocalypse arrives, many of us aim to one day go off the grid. There are numerous real life tales of people going off the grid but until you’ve actually experienced it you don’t […] More

  • 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

  • Tiny House, Big Living

    One look at this tiny house and you feel as if you are about to enter a doll house! With bright pink walls, Villa Hermina clearly stands out from the rest of the cottages in the area. Situated outside the southern Czech town of Černín, it was created by HSH Architekti, which unfortunately is now defunct. […] More

  • 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

  • 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

  • Urban Survival: Don’t Die in the Boiler Room

    Whether you’re stuck in a major city due to a disaster caused by an angry, global-warming-fueled Mother Nature, a pandemic, or a plague of hungry food rioters, staying alive in an urban environment presents an entirely different set of challenges than a shiver shack built far off the grid. One of those challenges is the […] More

  • 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

  • Make Sure Your Survival Shelter Has Emergency Lights

    It’s the end of the world, the walking dead are everywhere, but you’ve made it to your well-stocked, zombie-proofed shelter. You’re thinking everything is all well and good, and then the power goes out, probably for good. Good thing you installed those emergency lights! After all, major power utilities aren’t likely to last too long […] More

  • Water Security, Out of Thin Air

    The ongoing drought in California is taking the issue of water security from outlying prepper culture to the mainstream- and one company thinks it can help. More

  • What’s in My BugOut Bag? Books!

    Part 1 of the first “What’s in My BugOut Bag” series of articles focuses on the books that will help us get through the tough times. More

  • 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

  • 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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