Sunday, August 24, 2014
Thunder and rain.
A cool front is moving through the mountains. Not cold, but cooler air. It has been brutally hot here for four days. Up into the nineties even at the higher elevations. Now it's about to start raining, but I don't mind that.
Two new magazines on the stands this week:
There's a very good article on a company that converts surplus military vehicles into your own custom specifications BOV. Very affordable, too. Less than you would pay for a new 4 door Wrangler, stripped down.
There's a very well written story on land navigation, using a map and compass. This is rapidly becoming a lost art, but everyone should know how to land navigate without a GPS. GPS is nice, and easy, but it's seductive and if you abandon map reading skills as a result , you may be up the creek without a paddle if GPS fails for any reason.
They have some good articles on field cooking, on preserving food, and on security for rural retreats. As always, the adds and gear reviews are worth the price of the magazine. When American Survival Guide came out, it was a little rough around the edges, and people compared it unfavorably with the "old" American Survival Guide" edited by Jim Benson before Y2K. That was an outstanding magazine, but I think the new one is starting to approach those standards.
The third issue of Be Ready is out. This is the Shotgun News entry into the world of self sufficiency publishing.
This quarter, there's a very good article on the NSA, and it's invasion of privacy and flagrant disregard for the rights of American citizens.
The NSA spies on your phone calls, emails, social media messages and harvests huge amounts of personal information about you in the process. Although anyone who reads the news knows this, the article in this magazine puts all the information in one place. If you use the internet, or cell phones, you should give it a read. There are some surprises in here for most of us.
They put stories about caching , ham radio, and using an axe in this edition. The adds and gear reviews are pretty good. Although Be Ready is still developing, it's a worthwhile magazine to read.
While working on my porch this week I had a minor accident when a scaffolding I built collapsed. I didn't get very beat up but it has slowed me down a little, hence fewer posts this week and probably for a bit in the future. Work has to get done, and sometimes things go wrong.