I enjoy a lot of diverse types of music. Until today, Disturbed wasn’t included in my list of “likes”. Sure, they have some catchy tunes and big beats, but I don’t like profanity and swearing. Then I heard something amazing from Disturbed‘s frontman, David Draiman, a cover of a song I’ve enjoyed for many, many years…. Read more »
The “coincidences” just keep piling up. Today, September 25th, 2015, John A. Boehner announced that he will resign one of the most powerful positions in the world – Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Background In these United States, national government is divided into three branches: The Executive Branch: the President of the United States… Read more »
Some years ago a song by Green Day was popular – “Wake me up when September ends”. It was a somber song. Summer has come and passed The innocent can never last Wake me up when September ends Like my father’s come to pass Seven years has gone so fast Wake me up when September… Read more »
Today is the 266th day of the calendar year. It’s the day Pope – the 266th Pope – meets with the President of the United States of America. Is that a coincidence? Or is there something more going on? Pope Francis Pope Francis is the current Pope of the Catholic Church, ex officio Bishop of… Read more »
Everyone loves chocolate, right? But if you had your choice between a chocolate bar and a silver bar, which would you pick? That’s exactly the question put in front of a bunch of random people in front of a coin shop. “You’re a winner today! We’re offering a free Hershey bar, right out of the… Read more »
After the China stock market crash, the situation might be a lot worse that it initially looked – which was already pretty bad. If things continue on the path they’ve been taking, China will show its third consecutive quarter of negative GDP growth. Some are downplaying these figures, but once adjusting for inflation the picture… Read more »
Yesterday we told you about a some troublesome events over the past several days. Today further details about one of those events is starting to surface – and it’s not looking good! While we’re all looking at the collapse of the economy in Greece and people banning the Confederate flag, the stock market in China… Read more »
Remember the story of the grasshopper and the ant? No, not the movie, the children’s story that teaches to prepare for Winter unless you end up freezing in the cold, with no food or fuel to survive. Many “preppers” have been advocating doing this for quite some time, with the mainstream dismissing their calls to… Read more »
GREAT NEWS! Though it was too late to get pictures, my boys and I were able to pick up two starter hives, truck them ~80 miles North, and install them last night! We didn’t look for queens, we just checker-boarded some empty foundation frames in, added a deep super, and refilled their feeders. One of… Read more »
Food storage and organization tip
If you’ve done any kind of food storage or organization, you probably already know the value of a good labeling system. My dad’s method was “magic marker” on masking tape. Masking tape wasn’t such a good idea for the long-term as the adhesive tended to dry up and turn to dust. He later graduated to… Read more »Posted on March 30, 2012 by Joe
Tony Fadell of The Nest, talks about creating a smart thermostat
I recently acquired a Nest Learning Thermostat… Why? Other than the fact that it looks very cool and has a lot of the features I was looking for (all of them and more, actually) it also has the potential to have the greatest impact on my energy usage — for the better. Here’s what Tony… Read more »Posted on March 29, 2012 by Joe
What to consider before getting chickens
In Utah it’s generally accepted “that which isn’t prohibited is lawful”. Unfortunately roosters are generally prohibited in Residential zones. Layton’s ordinance allows for hens (and only hens), though “dependent young” are usually seen as exempt from the regulation — until they start to crow. So, ix-nay on the oosters-ray, per ordinance. Your laws may vary…. Read more »Posted on March 28, 2012 by Joe
Save energy by lighting your computer monitor with the sun?
One of the more power-hungry parts of an LCD monitor is the back-lighting. What if you could replace the artificial light with natural light?Posted on March 27, 2012 by Joe
Answers to Common Composting Questions
I recently was asked some questions about composting: I’ve heard that you’re not supposed to add pine needles or oak leaves to your compost because they don’t break down quickly. If I chop them up before, can I compost them? Chopping, shredding, or cutting materials that you put in your composter will help them break… Read more »Posted on March 26, 2012 by Joe
Composters, Grass Balls, and Frogs! Oh My!
I recently was asked the following questions about rotating composters: Hello! I have two of the 80 gallon compost tumblers. These are the best composters ever, and believe you me I have had 4 other composters. These are actually working and one of them is almost ready to use. My question – I have rescued… Read more »Posted on March 25, 2012 by Joe
Save power (and money) by getting rid of some wall-warts
Wall-warts, those things that plug in to power outlets to charge your many, many devices, are not only ugly, they also are running up your power bill! But how can you fix that? You can’t simply get rid of your devices, so what can you do? Head on over to my article at pocketnow.com and… Read more »Posted on March 24, 2012 by Joe
Prepping Starts With… What You Drink?
In our last article we opened the topic “Prepping Starts With” as a way to talk about some commonly overlooked ways to prep. Everyone talks about storing food, water, batteries, flashlights, sleeping bags (, etc.) as ways to prep. Virtually nobody is talking about prepping YOU! Today we’ll talk about something so basic that you’ve… Read more »Posted on March 23, 2012 by Joe
Prepping starts with…
You’d be amazed how many people invest so much time, effort, and money in preparing for some doomsday apocalypse. We’re not saying that this scenario will never happen (though we certainly hope it won’t). Rather, we wonder if it might be wise to consider you as an item to prep. What do we mean by… Read more »Posted on March 22, 2012 by Joe
What Isn’t Prepping?
Yes, you read the title correctly… this isn’t what prepping “is”, this is what prepping “isn’t”. But to be fair, I guess we do have to define what “prepping” is and who are “preppers”. “Preppers” are those who “prep”. That’s easy enough. “Prepping” is simply “preparing”. Preparing for what, you ask? The unexpected, of course!… Read more »Posted on March 21, 2012 by Joe