Friday, March 27, 2015

The Seasteading Institute - Architectural Design Contest

Sorry for this late announcement, I've been busy with some travelling. So straight to the pont, TSI has announced it Architectural Design Contest to develop ideas for a floating city. 




Click on the image above to see more information!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Assemble Your Prepping Crew

Sorry for low post in January, got busy on part time jobs...

What is the purpose of a prepping crew?
To some it may mean power in the number, and yes ~ more man power means more things can be done.
Well, my main reason is to prevent sleep deprivation. In a SHTF scenario, it's better to take turns on guard duty rather than forcing yourself through sleepless night.

Why can't just doing prepping alone?
I concern about the long term effects on doing things alone. I've been doing a kind of lone woof thingy for a few years back then and listening to yourself is nice, but little advice from other individual can add valuable data to refine your decision. There is nothing wrong with doing prepping alone, but a few buddies can reduce the boredom and the urge of giving up from prepping.

How many people should be in a crew?
After a few considerations, I believe the minimum is three person as a skeleton crew, but the effective minimum is four. In line with sleeping turn scenario, while one or two members sleeps ~ the other two will be on guard. It will be useful two have at least two persons on guard so they can remind each other to make sure they don't fall asleep . During bug-outing in a vehicle, one can drive, one can be a navigator, and the rest can be the shooter, or one can drive, the rest can become shooters.

Which one is better? A small crew or a large group?
It depends on your condition. If you plan to go mobile or stealth ~ then I would choose a small group. However, a large group do a better job in covering area and fortifying your stronghold.

What is the example of a prepping crew?
Try visit the Z.E.R.T website on or visit their youtube in ZERT702 channel. They got tac training expert, survival instructor, a mad scientist like engineer, and more.
Other example is you can watch in Preppers UK 2. Got a nice four man crew in the episode.

What will be the different with large crew?
Again small crew is good for stealth, hide and seek. Large crew is better for defensive position or for convoy mode.

Defensive position is when you have a fortress like environment, Some real estate got walls and large crew can be used to put guards on the walls and gates. A big ranch can also be suitable for large crew. In urban area a large crew can defend a building by guarding the entrance and such.

For the convoy mode, that means mobile. If you see a gang of biker, that's an example of a large crew. Some car convoys can also be good for traveling long distances. In a zombieland scenario, I believe convoys using one or two large semi-trailer trucks for supplies and spareparts, some pick-ups that can be rigged with weaponry, one or two fuel trucks, a bus perhaps, and some motorbikes for scout will be a nice combination.


Monday, January 12, 2015

Digital Prepper: Managing Your Data Files

This is a tip from the IPN forum, nice one:

~ Collecting & Sorting Prepper Data ~

Postby Knuckle » Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:17 pm

Like many others, I collect data daily regarding how to prepare for SHTF scenarios. But I have become selective in this process as to have a vast pile of information, but unsorted and thus inaccessible is just dumb. Can you imagine how much of your collection is just speculation of others? And how many times do you need to save the same information, just repeated in a different order? This is when I realized that I needed to trim off the fat and get to the core of each topic.

I started this thinning process over a year ago and have created a system along the way of sorting and categorizing data that allows me to find pertinent information in a much shorter timeframe. It's not a perfect system, but it allows for constant upgrading and modifying as I break down each subject into more specific topics.

Storing of Continuous Data Files

I do this sorting by simply creating folders within folders. This method allows for subject breakdown into specific topics and although it can become complex, it saves repeatedly looking thru the same files again and again. Here is an example of my first breakdown subjects...

1. Possible Disasters
2. How to Prepare
3. Contingency Plans
4. When SHTF
5. First Aid

Now everything I collect seems to fit into one of these categories better than the other...see my methodology?

If you take these subjects to the next step, they look like this.

1. Possible Disasters

1. Natural Disasters
2. Manmade Disasters
3. Basic Preparations
4. After a Disaster
5. Search and Rescue

2. How to Prepare

1. Stocking Up
2. Prepare the Home
3. Family Preparedness
4. Prep Your Vehicle
5. Electronics
6. Finances
7. The Neighbourhood

3. Contingency Plans

1. Become Self Sufficient
2. Bug Out

4. When SHTF

1. Bug In or Bug Out?
2. Hunker Down
3. Taking Stock
4. Neighborhood Watch
5. Government Actions

5. First Aid

1. Minor Injury
2. Examination
3. Ailments & Cures
4. Drugs
5. Patient Evacuation
6. Health and Hygiene
7. Veterinary

Now I don't profess this is the only way to do this, I just thought others might benefit who haven't discovered a way of approaching this problem as yet. You have to start somewhere to whittle down this collecting process to a realistic size and delete all that is redundant or misinformed.

I am starting a new approach to various topics and including only that which I consider worthy of mention from me own stockpile of information. I am trying to speed up this process somewhat so I can have a life back. I hope others will be as selective and share that which is best so we can all benefit from their acquired knowledge too.

If you feel that I should break thing down even further, just ask but I think you should have an overall idea as to how this system can work now. And if you have a better system, mention that too as I stated this is just the approach that I am using as I sort thru all.

~ Good luck ~

PS: Don't forget to carry the data in your Flashdisk during bug out.

To color the folder use Rainbow Folders:

Friday, January 9, 2015

Hypothetical Zombie Situation

Sorry for the ugly sketches, my drawing hands are a bit rusty.
Why zombie?

For me a zombie apocalypse is an example of possible natural disaster and or man made disaster, where ignorance, stupidity and bad lucks converges into a one nice package of surprises. If you ever experience or at least see a citizen riot, you will know what kind of chaos can happen during zombie outbreak. Citizen riot is performed by people, countered by enforcers. Now how many times around the globe we see that it is so difficult for enforcers to contain protests, demonstrations, or even raging sports fan before it turned into store looting, house burning, etc. Now that's being done by living people, with functional brains ~ imagine if it being done by zombies. What will happen?

Although I really like zombie-horror flicks, somehow some commonly accepted plot really worries me such as:
  1. Shoot them in the head!
  2. Zombies are slow.
While on the other hand there are "realist" view on zombies:
  1. Ain't gonna happen.
  2. Dead walkers going to rot anyway, no need to worry.
  3. Dead body is stiff, so walking zombie is not possible because of rigor mortis.
Now, what you will do if it really happens, they don't really rot themselves away, not so stiff as some predicted, have a considerable speed, and shooting in the head doesn't really stop them. Maybe by shooting them in the head, they fall down, after few days or so they just rise and walk again. Just like 28 days Later or Left 4 Dead types, with the addition that shooting in the head only temporarily slows them down. The part shooting zombies in the head ain't gonna be easy too. In panic usually we will likely to pepper them with bullets and with little luck we can miss a lot.

As far as the zombie movies are entertaining, it is best in mind to not take the tips and tricks performed as a hundred percent truth. Breaking zombie skulls as easy like egg shells, headshoting with bolts and arrows, outrunning zombie, etc. I like the part of outrunning, and agrees if they're slow, but think again even against a walking zombie assuming they don't get tired, running may need some plan B.

Why taking the zombie thingy seriously? Is there any even the slightest proof it may even occur?
Well, to be honest none as a so called proof, but once when travelling between cities I saw a crazy guy going full monty in a cold rainy day walks far away through the side of the road that consists of sharp pebbles and a week later saw the same crazy guy walks in a scorching asphalt road. On other occasion got some bad day being chased by dog with rabies. When in cage it bites the wires even if it hurt itself.

What's the connection between a full monty crazy guy and a dog with rabies?
Well, both shows a kind of "super" strength and seems like pain ain't stopping them even they got hurt really bad. Zombie thingy just might happens if somehow we got a little bit of this and that inside our brain, maybe virus or parasites, maybe some chemicals, maybe other things.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Why Promoting Seasteading to Preppers?

Seasteading might be a strange word to many. It is actually like doing homesteading with a group but in the sea. Currently there's an organization called the Seasteading Institute that advocating it. They got this cool website, youtube channel, events, forums, etc. Please watch these videos to get a better grasp of the movement.

And the following are the reasons why I promote it to fellow preppers:
  • Seasteading is not a prepper exclusive effort, but it can be a type 10 prepping activity (read previous post on my classification of preppers).
  • It is an interesting concept for a Bug Out Destination / Bug Out Location when all things in land went in chaos.
  • It provides experimental platform for preppers to test various things from planting, building, economic system to alternative governmental system.
  • You know how it quite annoys me when some people just try to associate bad things with preppers? Like one time there are some shootings and somehow some people immediately associate or portrays the perpetrators as survivalist/preppers just because they often wear camo pants or something? Or sometimes some media portrays preppers and survivalist as anti-government, delusional, gun toting, food hoarding, good for nothing bunch? Well, here we have the chance to become pioneers and again the ability to test various prepping methods. We are not a threat to the society but we are part of the solution, not part of the problem.
Currently the concept is more on how to live in the sea, and that is exactly where the prepping ideas can be integrated in the early stages of the development. All those what-if scenarios should be interesting to be compiled and implemented to a seastead.

I just only hope it is not too close to the land, because it will be like camping next to a convenience store :D.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Types of Preppers

This is the way I use to identify preppers. A prepper can be in multiple categories in the following table and sometimes intentionally or unintentionally can change types.

Type Name Info
Type M Great migration Maintain a large group to move geographically because of previous location is no longer habitable.
Type 10 Visionary Build or transforms facility primary for prepping purposes and allows survivors or allies to come over and band together .
Type S Solution provider Prepper that create products that supports prepper cause like safe rooms, portable water filtration system etc. 
Type 9 VIP Have a prepped home plus multiple bug out locations or caches.
Type 8 Two timer Have a prepped home and one bug out location.
Type 7 Road king Have multiple bug out locations or caches.
Type 6 Escapist Have bug out location available.
Type N Networker Able to communicate with fellow preppers or other parties through various telecommunication channels.
Type 5 Large scale collective/community prepping Multiple villages or multiple stories buildings participants.
Type 4 Medium scale collective/community prepping One village or one multi stories building participants.
Type 3 Small scale collective/community prepping Small group, like neighbourhood watch type.
Type 2 Core group prepping Focus on core family or buddies in one house.
Type 1 Self prepping Focus on himself/herself.
Type 0 Survivalist Can sustain without provisions.
Type X Survivalist plus Can sustain without provisions with lethal force as last resort of action.
Type XT Screw Loose / Marauder / Bandit Willing to plunder or use lethal force above negotiations.

Most preppers are a type 0+1, and why is that? Because going up to the ladder requires not only more effort and more cost, but also more trust. I use the numbers to describe the amount of resources required to be invested by a prepper, and letters means that type requires some specific actions. type 1 requires more resources than type 0, type 4 requires less resources than type 5 and so on. Why type 5 that requires more resources considered easier than type 6,7,8, or 9 that obviously has less people involved? That is because I assume that the effort of type 6 to 9 is heavier due the cost are being sustained personally while the type 5 although got more people and resources are created from pooling resources and cooperation. 0 is not a bad or weak number. They who are new in prepping usually a type 1 and not always ready to become a type 0.

If you ask who is the example of a type 10 prepper?
There's a man with the name Bruce Beach that built the Ark Two shelter over the last decades. He might not identify himself as a prepper though but rather as a reconstructionist with aims to provide a chance for survivors in his shelter to rebuilt culture. See the following article to know more:
On the other side there is one particular worrying possibility of a Type XT person or group, where they might start as a prepper or at least knows about prepping but when SHTF they start targeting other people or even preppers for their caches. Some labels them as marauder or bandit, and usually they are the type that has the following mindset:
  • "Better me than you."
  • "Less mouth to feed."
  • "The strong shall survive, the weak shall perish."
  • "The wonder of plunder."
This kind of people are usually only looking to justify themselves and reasoning likely will fail.

So when you feel you're bored with prepping, maybe you can try become other type of prepper. Like I've said before, prepping is not just about piling cans and ammo.

What types are you?

Thursday, December 25, 2014

When Someone Gives Up on Prepping

Just visited an old friend and when it comes to "What you add on your prep lately?", he replied that he is no longer doing "that sort of stuffs". He showed me the room that was previously his cache, now is merely a storage for old junks.

Why did someone gives up on prepping?
Is it the costs? Is it the critics? Is it the boredom?

Well of course someone can decide when to be or not to be a prepper anytime. This is not a cult whatsoever, but hearing the "I quit" word from your long time buddy surely gives a bit of disappointment.

If you say about costs, you can always prep to what you can afford. If it is about boredom, maybe you already too satisfied with what you have and cease to explore new alternatives. In my buddy case, he just cant stand it when people around him can't comprehend what he is doing.

I always consider prepping not as a skill, but as an art (that involves various skillsets). And like other type of arts, it can only be understand by someone who have interest upon it. Art inspires people by engaging their imaginations and expands their horizon. It takes one to know one, ey?

One critic my buddy said is many consider this activity is just a waste of time like waiting for godot. The other one of course the comments that maybe can be simplified as, "What kind of weirdo stores food for a year while there are convenience stores all around for twenty four seven?". Some may think the best day for a prepper is the day when sh*t hits the fan. When societies collapsed, etc. etc. Like winning a jackpot or something. Dang, aint that makes preppers looks so selfish? And don't pretend to be surprised if someone thinks we're just a bunch of coocoo. What we do might be a little bit eccentric to some, so we should just enjoy the critics. That's why don't show the cache to everyone, it should be only for fellow preppers :D

There are many articles that points out "facts" that everything continues on no matter what the world has thrown at us. I guess many oversimplifies such statement. Yes, I agree that most things will comes to normal gradually after any great events. But lets have this question in mind. When some public services halted during disaster for example, what you do? Complains? Waiting handouts from an agency? It is now a culture to blame others or something when we are failing to take care of ourselves. In normal times its already common to criticize a lot, let alone in harsh times. Most preppers are just only want to give their best efforts for themselves and their families or maybe their groups so they can buy some more time when gloomy days did come. However, it is important not to become too obsessive to the point of hoarding so much stuffs.

So prepping is not just about piling cans or ammo. Prepping should be fun, not becoming a burden.

Will I gonna stop prepping?
Hell, no.
Will you?