Sunday, November 30, 2014

Food for Preppers: Indomie

ACHTUNG ACHTUNG!

THIS IS NOT A PROMOTION WHATSOEVER!
BUT YOU HAVE TO GET ONE OF THIS PRODUCT IN YOUR BUNKER!

A little post about prepping again, this time is about food for preppers. The Indomie. If you never heard about it, maybe there's an embargo for this product (just kidding) or you haven't check some alleys in the groceries or supermarkts. Why I recomend this? Because it tastes good and only need Heißwasser before you can eat it! Have tried some and at least I will recommend several flavours.

Wise man said:


A manga in Japan with the title Meshibana Deka Tachibana (めしばな刑事タチバナ) written by Sahee Sakado and illustrated by Tori Tabii put some review about it.

Worldwide, there are some songs about this product:

While these crew has more than one way to cook it:

This is my recommendation from all the bunch flavors available:


  • The Legendary Mie Goreng ("Mee Go-rang")
    This one is my favorite because its a fried noodle, but you cook it by boiling then toss the water away. So this one got no soup. If you ever heard about Nasi Goreng / fried rice, then this is like the noodle version. 
  • Special Chicken Flavour (w/ soup)
    Tastes better than its competitors. Good for cold weather.
  • Onion Chicken Flavour (w/ soup)
    Same as above. 
It is not a surprise if this plastic covered wonder can be found in disaster stricken areas to even in high class district because it doesn't take a lot of trouble, just hot water. It can also be considered internationale recognizable. From the shores of Nigeria, to the hills of US & A (Who has watched this movie ey? :D) But thats not all, I've seen people do the following:
  • Eat without being processed (EFFECTS UNKNOWN)
    Open and put all seasoning to the pack except the oil. Then grab the plastic pack repeatedly until you hear cracking voices of destructed dried noodles then shake it so the seasoning mix together. Just like that.
  • Using cup & hot water 
    You can fill all ingredients to the pack, crush the noodles then divided it into several cups, Pour hot water, wait few minutes. Sometimes I saw people put something to close the cup to prevent heat from escaping. The initial heat may contribute to the end results.
  • Using hot water in the plastic pack (EFFECTS UNKNOWN)
    When people don't have kitchen utensils or a pan, they just open the pack, insert all seasoning and oil, then pour hot water in the plastic pack while positioning it around some things so the plastic pack wont fell down. Sometimes they can just hang the hot filled pack to a nail.
  • Mix with other ingredients
    There are many ways to cook it, and I've seen people mixed it with rice, potato, chips, beans, and more.It is also meat friendly because when you add certain meat, it's like you have the taste of the meat enhanced. Don't forget eggs, you can mix during cooking or add separately.
I've tried whole bunch of instant noodles even with premium packages but honestly sometimes other noodles tastes like eating a hot watered paper. I'm not saying other noodles are not good, but just rarely find one that can be eaten repeatedly without getting bored too fast (This is good for food stock). If you can't find one in the supermarkt, try check in the China-town.


Friday, November 28, 2014

My Imaginary Seastead: The Barge-o-Sphere

The name said it all, it's a kind of biosphere in a barge or a barge turned into a kind of biosphere. Well, not exactly a spherical shape but you get the point ey?

Barge with roof. Simply said the Barge-o-sphere is an enclosure. The roof can also be equipped with artificial lighting to suffice the needs of certain plant species. Adequate and appropriate lighting and temperature control may boost the productivity of plants. Can be very useful for agricultural and other studies, also artificial climate with purpose to have penguins inside. Don't know how, but I also hope the barge-o-spheres can function like a Faraday cage during lightning storms. If you got ideas, especially if its on your field of expertise please be kind to elaborate in comments or create your blog-post so I can put a link here.

The Barge-o-spheres can be utilized for several functions such as:
  • Artificial habitat (arctic, freshwater animals, etc.)
  • Plantation & farm.
  • Workspace.
  • Warehouse.
  • Economical activities (trade, market, business, stock market,),etc
More barge-o-spheres means the possibility of producing more items which in return contributes to the self sufficiency of the Seastead, or even when it reaches surplus it can contribute to the welfare and economical activities of the Seasteaders.

Why build a farmhouse inside a barge with roof?
Well, a little bit nostalgic with the conditions inland. 

I still know what you did last summer.... Chasing penguins!


Also read the following site about vertical farming:
http://permaculturenews.org/2014/07/25/vertical-farming-singapores-solution-feed-local-urban-population

Here is a link about lightning and boat:
http://boatsafe.com/nauticalknowhow/lightning.htm

My Imaginary Seastead: The Skeleton Ship

The Skeleton Ship or I'd like to call as Skelly (singular) or Skellies (plural) is an imaginary ship that can be retrofitted to suit various purpose.



There it is folks, like two boats tied up together and looks like a fish bone. The basic function of the skelly is to become a pier where other ships can dock. And you see those two horizontal bars that connects the front and the rear body of the skelly? It's a lane where people and vehicles can pass through. I don't make the skelly head or tail as perfect hexagon with consideration of sea condition that may be difficult to obtain perfect interlocking between ships due to waves etc. If you ask why it looks like a skeleton while a normal ship can also be positioned like that, the answer is to reduce materials and to provide a platform for engineers to tinker with possibilities of adding various enhancement to the skellies.


More Skellies modification will be on other blogpost, to prevent this post becoming a longcat.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

My Imaginary Seastead: The Central Observation Tower

When the fleet arrives at the designated location, the first thing to establish is the central observation tower. From the Floating Production System Platform, we have to add some nice observation deck above the existing tower.




The purpose of the observation deck is to provide a 360 degrees of view during the Seastead building process. Like an ATC tower of an airport, people in this tower must observe and guide ships using radios where they must perform their duties. Can also be used as a light house to guide incoming ships during foggy night deliveries. The well bay module might be useful later.
As we can see from the picture above, the ships looks allover the place. Well, as far as I know parking a ship isn't as easy as parking a car. Later we will arrange their position so they will be more organized.

Like in the previous post, the cruise ship purpose is to provide rooms for the builders and workers so they can enjoy the long seaworks. To undertake such ambitious project may take up to a thousand people or more. Welding, assembling and such. With so many people on the sea, the aircraft carrier becomes the airport for the fleet. In case of emergencies that requires immediate flight. The carrier can also be very useful for a base to perform reconnaissance such as taking aerial photos using drones or helicopters.


My Imaginary Seastead

Few times I mention that I'd like to have a Seastead as a bug-out-destination. How can we build such Seastead?

Well, several design firms and even individuals has already got some ultra-cool designs of it. You can see them in the seasteading.org website. Some are really-really futuristic design. Like modular beehive structure and such.

The one I want to describe here is my imaginary Seastead. A little more crude and less advanced than various designs already in the Seasteading Institute. However, a man got his right to dreams ey?

I imagine the majority of the materials will be in steel and concrete.

If I'm going to the sea, I'll assemble a fleet.
The first thing to acquire is:
1. AIRCRAFT CARRIER


Acquiring a nearly scrapped aircraft carrier. See the following link for more info.
http://news.usni.org/2014/08/18/sunk-sold-scraped-saved-fate-americas-aircraft-carriers

Why the hell we need an aircraft carrier to build a Seastead?
The flight deck mate, it will help to solve various logistic problems and emergencies.

Why get the one nearly scrapped?
Because the gov's ain't likely gonna sell new ones to private sectors.

2. CRUISE SHIP
The next giant that we must employ is the cruise ship.

Why we need a cruise ship?
The rooms of course, to provide rooms for the Seastead workers / builders. It's already a city in the sea, therefore it can provide some comforts in the harsh working condition of the sea. It can also be assigned as sea-hospitals by transforming some of the rooms into treatment room for injured workers.

3. CRANE VESSEL
It's likely we have to do some heavy lifting.


4. OFFSHORE OIL PLATFORM / OIL RIG
An oil rig is an ideal structure to be the center of the Seastead. I think its also suitable for creating some structure above it.

5. FLOATING DRY DOCK
Some dry place to repair some ships, or as a workspace for the workers.

.6. BARGE
 Also needs several of this kind of barge, retrofitted for special purposes.

7. TUGBOAT
 This boat is capable of towing and maneuvering bigger ships. Need some of these tugs.


Why relying on so many ships? Aren't Seasteads should have been an ocean dwelling?
My approach is on safety first, and ships were already known for their seaworthiness. In emergencies, these ships will play the role as life-boats.

Check the Central Observation Tower blogpost to see more of their role.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

How to Start Prepping (3)

Assuming you are mentally prepared and physically fit, you might want to rush buying and storing some things like fuel, dried food, etc.?


Well I do hope you have a plan figured out because the third step after mental preparedness and physical fitness is:

PLAN YOUR PROTOCOLS


What does it means?
You have to make at least several scenarios / plan some what-to-do list.  



Ideally a prepper would be prepared for anything. Ranging from natural disasters to alien invasion, from zombie outbreak to meteor shower. Most of us started as a general prepper. while some others have some specific catastrophe to prep. Either way you choose to become, nobody knows what tomorrow will brings. It could be cloudy with a chance of meatballs ey?

For me there are two basic protocols:

BUG-IN and BUG-OUT

in other words,

STAY or WOOF

Don't tell me you don't get the last one? Well, if no one complains, let us continue. The two is like a single strategy because when bug-in fails, you have to bug-out. When you bug-out and you find a nice place to stay, you bug-in. And so it goes on and on until everything comes back to normal. Which one to do first? Commonly people do the bug-in first in their own place, but some others have some bug-out location other than their homes. So choose what is best for you.


A. BUG-IN

I bet you're thinking about storing some canned foods again? A bit later mate.
  • Headcounts + Daycounts = Headache
    Decide how much people you must feed and for how long you plan to bug-in. A month, three months, maybe six or even years? This will help you in determining what to stock and how much of it. Some family member may have allergies to certain food, so with that information you can have some specific supplies ready for him/her. Don't forget some meds.
  • Base + Equipments Check = The Shopping List
    Start walk around your house and check what you can do to improve. Check your garage or workshop for available tools. If you got five drills of the same type that means you're not good with remembering your stuff man. Sometimes we buy the same stuff over and over because we forgot that we have one or don't remember where we stored them. 
  • Can You Produce Food Stuffs?
    Some preppers love hidroponics, some others love rooties (any edible plants that the edible parts is below the ground). Check if your lawn can support edible stuffs.
  • Power Banks
    Anything that can produce or store power for emergencies.
  • Prepare Storage & Space
    If you can produce food stuff, don't forget to add mason jars, cans, seal bags, or other type of containers in the shopping list if necessary. Prepare where you'll going to store the supplies. You have to consider some may not fit to be stored inside the house such as fuel tank. Well that's no problem until maybe your kids start playing fire near it. Actually I got a jerry-can that I store inside, but for larger drums it must be put somewhere safe. I also do hope you didn't force to store too many things inside a living space like bedroom or kitchen or even shower. If your room or even house is too full of supplies until it's hard even to move around, that's a big no. Maybe you can sacrifice a room or two for storage but I do hope not all of the house. Prepping and hoarding is not the same thing.
  • Review the Shopping List = Budgeting & Black Budget
    As you list the necessities, you will see so much things to buy. You don't have to buy them all at once. Take it easy, weekly or even monthly or some things yearly. Start dividing them so it can fit your budget. For some large expenses, you might have to make some black budget (secret budget) hiddenaway from your spouse LOL. Don't forget to diversify the food so you don't get bored with the menu and try to find the ones with loooooooo~~~~~~~~~~oooooong expiration date. Obviously theres always a debate about what to buy, is it needs or wants. Well, I suggest the percentage of needs should be higher, maybe a 10% of wants is okay. When getting head to head with an apocalypse, a little sweet treats might just made your day a little bit brighter.
  • Shopaholic Time
    Now it's time to shop. Usually people around you will start thinking that you are a shopaholic. Don't be too strict with the list, because sometimes you'll see some things are just good stuffs for preppers. Mmm yeaa portable water filtration system, oww yeaa solar panel battery charger, you know those kinds of stuffs.
  • Geographical Survey
    What they call it in simple words? Read some maps, and look around. Remember the location of various stores because they might be useful later if you want to scavenge some things during disaster. Take notes on landmarks or notable structures, can be used as meeting point. See if there any natural objects like mountain or sea or river that can be used to assist navigation. Try to read the compass, or at least know where east-west-north-south  is. Compare with natural occurrence such as sun rise or sun set to help you finding directions. Try some new roads and see possible obstacles. Assess the neighborhood for various safety aspect.
  • Home Improvement
    You can reinforce or improve various aspect in your house to become more prepped. Home sweet home. It would be an advantage if you got a kind of crows nest around the house. Also consider what safe defense mechanism that can be implemented in and around your house without endangering other people. No electric fence and no land mines please! Well at least until you are facing undead. If it's zombieland, anything goes.
  • Recon
    Basic recon is with binocular or periscopic mirrors. My advice is don't let the neighbors feels you are eyeing on them. Others uses cctv, you know those security cams. If you got extra budget, its the time for the drones!
    A night vision and thermal camera will also be nice, but those stuffs usually got hi-price and not as easy to find in your local supermarket.
  • Make Some Allies
    When disasters happens, some allies can increase the odds of survival. Join or create fellow prepper networks or Mutual Aid Group. Exchange ideas, recognize each other's specialty. It's safer to have someone who got your back and ready to assist. Power in the number, the more the merrier.
  • What-to-do-List / Action List
    This list is a set of reminder of what you must do if a disaster event really occurs. It may consists of who to call, what to do to protect the base (house), what to do if electricity and telecommunication went down, etc. and the last is when and where you must escape during emergency. 
  • Equipment Maintenance & Supply Check
    After all sorted out and nothing happens. No kaiju arrives, what you can do is performing maintenance on the equipment so they're will always be ready when needed. Also check the cans for expiry. Replenish the stock when needed.

B. BUG-OUT 

Run forest, ruun!
In certain times, you have to abandon your safehaven and run away to safer place. Better to prepare for the worst, take the following into your consideration:
  • Bug-Out-Destination
    It would be nice if you have some secondary prepped place. Nevertheless, the bug-out-destination / bug-out-location can be anywhere but here. That's why you need to do geographical survey and recon to provide options of safe passage or waypoints from your current place to the destination. And remember I think seastead will be an example of a nice bug-out location when everything in-land goes kablooeey.
  • Bug-Out-Bag
    A set of supplies and equipment in a bag that can be carried by a person. Usually it contains food, med-kit, map, clothing, and valuable personal items. The bigger and heavier the bag, the less mobile you are.
  • Bug-Out-Vehicle
    A vehicle with purpose to deliver prepper into safe location. May be loaded with additional supplies and equipment for multiple persons and longer durations. This is your beast of burden. Larger vehicle means more supplies can be fitted.
  • Bug-Squasher
    Any self defense mechanism that can be used against hostile threat during bug-outing. It is better to have long range defense mechanism during bug-out because close encounters with threat may cost you more than you expected. Better get some distance with any threat. Better avoid and prefer not to confront any hostile threat. However if those threat is keep on bothering you, sometimes it is unavoidable to use the bug squasher to eliminate those buggers.
  • Camping Trip
    If the bug-out destination is more than a few days ride, you might also consider to set-up camp to rest. Example is when weather going bad or visibility dropped rapidly.
  • Negotiation Skills
    To escape danger, one may have to negotiate with unfamiliar parties. If it is possible, try to reach an understanding, trade, doing favors, or even exploring a win-win solution.


Actually there is one other protocol but I hope will not occur to any of us, its the one where during a catastrophic event you're not in home or near.your prepped place and have to abandon the place. I call it the:

O-CRAPs

(Obviously Can't Return At Prepped-site)

Suppose you're on your way to workplace or college using  subways and suddenly there's a bio-chem attack near your location and it's blocking you from going back home to your cozy prepped fortress. It is likely you are in the following condition:

  • INCH Bag
    You might already know its an abbreviation of I'm Not Coming Home. It is a kind of bug-out-bag that you carry anytime anywhere. Forget about the house, forget about so many hours you have invested in building your prepped dream house, live to fight another day. If you think that's a bit too much, I always carry mine.
  • CATNISS Bag
    Collect All Things Necessary In Surrounding Space, sounds familiar eh? This is a bag with the purpose of an INCH bag, but you assemble it on the go. If you are totally unprepared, the first recommended things I suggest you to obtain is a bag (even a plastic bag will do) and some bottled water, the rest can be found along the way. Like the old saying: Grab 'em, and bag 'em. The abbreviation is a tribute for a movie about hunter games, where the characters has to collect equipment he/she encounters along the way to survive. Who has seen that movie, fellas? Just for reminder, in extreme emergency a person might have to buy-trade-ask-beg- or even *cough* steal. The last one is not recommended of course.  

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

How to Start Prepping (2)

The second step after mental preparedness is:

PHYSICAL FITNESS

What's the important about physical fitness?
If your body is not up to the challenges in unpredictable catastrophe, you would likely only adding up the number of casualties.

How fit I have to be?
Well that depends on you. For me its all about mobility. If you can move around freely without feeling dizzy, headache, etc. that's good enough.

And if you think I'm gonna write straight into physical exercises... Little bit later folks, I will start with:

A. MANAGE YOUR FOOD & BEVERAGE INTAKE

Hell, I'm not gonna told you what to eat or not, I'm not yo'mama. But here's what I can suggest:
  • Diversify & Substituting
    Try to eat various kinds of food everyday. Don't just eat fries-sandwich - bacon -meatloaf, try exotic vegetables or fruits. Not just the ingredients but also the way you serve. Don't always use oil, try steam. Don't always cook, try raw (always check for more info what things that you can eat raw). Don't always rely on processed food, try some natural ones. This method is also to prepare your digestion system for various kinds of food and increase your knowledge of ingredients and taste. Example if you can't find meat, you can try mushroom or jackfruit to substitute. Once in emergency during flood I ate some canned catfood. I guess there's no side effect. Maybe just purring like a kitten during nap time.
  • Time Table / Schedule
    It's better for you not to succumb to your desire of constant crunching. Therefore, try to arrange what time is best for you to eat. You don't have to be strict but it's only serve as a guidance for you to not eating too much.
  • Portioning 
    You can eat the whole chicken bucket, that's  your right and I'm not gonna stop you from doing that. But hey, try to manage your portions. You can try various sizes from big to small. This activity is to prepare you for event of rationing, where food is limited and to make your body adapted to minimum intake without heavily affecting its performance.
    To make it fun, try create your own lunchbox or bento:
  • Hunger Games
    I used to skip lunch or skip breakfast and eat a brunch to save some buck. Although it's sounds weird, try to enjoy the hunger to increase your adaptability during scarcity of food. Sugar rush anybody? 
  • Drink Water
    Sugary drinks tastes good, booze tastes awesome ~ however I recommend you drink enough water, plain ones. It's my habit to boil some water and somehow don't like to drink tap water directly.

B. MANAGE YOUR HYGIENE & HEALTH

Personal hygiene may not be a top priority during survival scenario, but I still believe it's necessary for the purpose of maintaining health factor.
  • Stay Dry
    If you're wet and your clothes are damp maybe because of sweat or going through a river and you just keep wearing them like that, you can get skin disorder or fungal infections like jock itch, ringworms, etc. Take your time to dry up.
  • Stay Well Covered
    The purpose is to shield your body from unfriendly weather, sudden change of temperature, or even cover your nose and mouth from accidently inhaling undesired substance. When you're well covered, it's likely you can maintain your health better.
  • Stay Clean
    Cleanliness is a privilege in catastrophic times, but it has its merit. Example you can clean your fingernails using folded paper. Why the hell we must clean our nails? Worm eggs man, don't want those in your stomach. How many times did you take a bath daily? Other example is what is the last time you changed your underwear? As gross as it sounds, some lazy ass might just do so, even rotate underwear sides rather than changing to fresh undies. Speaking of ass, you should start thinking how to clean yours without dependent on toilet paper. In emergency situations you would have lucky if you found toilet at all.
  • Treat your Wound
    If you got wounded, especially like open wounds then you have to tend them so they don't get infected.
  • Stay Cool
    This one is not conventional. In event of disaster it might be advantageous if you still manage to look nice and friendly. This may will increase your opportunities of gaining new friends or even new allies. Or you might be covered in dirt and such, but you smells good, maybe other survivors and fellow preppers will be more friendly to you. Don't get the point? When you try to blend with survivors, better than you smell stinkin like sh*t and all.
    PS: Take note that for blending with nature, becoming smelly is an effort to conceal your presence.

C. EXERCISE

I believe that you don't have to be six pack and athletic to be fit. How many times you heard someone telling you to exercise, workout, etc.? One thing you have to remember is you have to choose what is suitable for your body. I recognize some people may be thin some are less thin. Some has big bones (like Eric Cartman said), some may be skinny. Some can be tall, some can be short. Some have limitations, etc. So don't push yourself too hard with someone else's regiment if you feel it's not compatible with your body. However, please don't make that as an excuse for not to exercise. No pain, no gain. The following is what I do:

  • Daily
    Sit-ups, push ups (Sometimes just 5x, sometimes 10x, sometimes more)
    Is that number too small to be called an exercise? 
  • Weekly
    Running, goes to gym
  • Monthly
    Cycling
  • Special Schedule
    Hiking

D. SPECIALIZED SPORTS

In my experience, a little fence jumping or swimming may be the difference between life and death. Which I again regret my inability to swim. Again to remind, the purpose performing sports is to maintain physical fitness. However the following is a plus for a prepper if you can do it:

  • Swimming
    Well, the truth is not everyone can swim. I remember when a friend told me "Don't worry, everything will float in the pool". So I jumped in, lasted for a few seconds and ended up in the bottom of the pool. You got kids? Teach them swim early. 
  • Parkour
    This special skill will allow you to move more flexibly especially in urban environment. Try watch the movie Yamakasi for more info.
  • Mountaineering
    When you are able to master rockclimbing or mountaineering equipment such as rope, cord, carabiner, etc. you can perform safe evacuation from high places. 
  • Archery
    Who doesn't love Daryl ey? You can use composite bow, crossbow or create your own. Just for info, getting a headshot (bullseye) is not as easy on television.
  • Shooting
    I believe this is essential, however some states or countries are not allowing civilians to possess firearms therefore if you got one you're a one lucky prepper. Remember, with big guns, comes big responsibility.
  • Wushu
    They got short and long weapons that you can find useful during emergencies. You ain't thinkin fightin zombies bare handed do you?
  • Hack n Slash
    This one is not actually a sport, but when I observe a woodcutter cutting a wood using axe, I realize that the technique is effective to hack n slash hard objects plus it's quite a physically demanding activities. Decapitating zombies wouldn't be a problem once you master this skillset. That's what I call an axe effect.


Monday, November 24, 2014

How to Start Prepping

After several posts about Seasteading, it's only fair if I start to write about Prepping.

Why should we do prepping?
To increase our chance of survival (survivability) against sudden catastrophic event.

Prepping is like buying a lottery. If you buy lottery, you have the chance to win. But if you don't buy, you won't have the chance to win anything at all. If you win ,that's great. If you don't, that's fine.

Chance to win what? Disaster?
No, it's the chance to win some additional time to survive against all odds.

There are many methods of prepping. The following is what I implement until today:

The first and foremost and the primary step in prepping, the numero uno is...

MENTAL PREPAREDNESS

What the hell those words means?
I interpret it as KEEP CALM! People can panic or traumatized during and or after the occurrence of extraordinary event.

What is important with being calm?
When you are calm, you can make better judgement in decision making.

Stare at the the following image and picture it on your mind until you are hypnotized by its subliminal message and you will know what you must do during chaotic events.


There are various activities that can helps in achieving a calm mind such as:

A. MEDITATION

What I do is I sit cross-legged and perform the following regiment:
  • Detachment Training with closed eyes
    This one I found relatively easy because you have to close your eyes and ignore everything. Everything around you is irrelevant, your mind is clear. Don't be surprised if after a few minutes you'll just fall into sleep. The focus is to clear (close) all senses from stimuli.
  • Detachment Training with open eyes
    This method is easier said than done, because when you got your eyes open and sees things, the mind process the information. And the mind sometimes links the information with other data. Example is you see a banana, it reminds you of twinkies then monkeys or a banana boat and suddenly the yellow color makes you remember vitamin C tablets and Commander Data's uniform and ofcourse Bumblebee the autobot. The mind is some scary sh**. I don't want to be philosophical but the mind is surely like an ocean so wide, so deep, so much surprises.
  • Observation Training
    If previously we ignore information, now it's time to process information. Mostly using eyes and ears as our sensors. Example if you see a pen (normal condition) in this training you have to be able to gather multiple information of an object and its surrounding and the possible effects it may inflicts on its surrounding simultaneously. So the next time you see a pen, you'll also automatically records its color perhaps a red pen, its brand, and you see there are some writings on the wall some match with the pen, some doesn't match at all, etc.
  • Sense Enhancement Training
    With closed eyes, you have to sense your surroundings. The ears, nose, and skin becomes more sensitive. Hear the sounds, differentiate between ringtones and real cat's meow. Smell the scent around, which one is flower which one is perfume. Feel the wind and raindrops and temperature changes through your skin. Will be useful later when you experience limited visibility such as in electrical failure, or you go to place where no lamps around. Consider a pitch black environment scenario.
  • Selective Detachment Training
    Now with your eyes open you can focus on something and ignore the others. In real life this is good when you are doing something. Maybe learning for some test or preparing some speech and some bullies comes around trying to grab your attention, no problemo.
You don't have to do all of them at one session or doing it everyday. I usually only take one method each week or every two weeks. For the time each session I don't have any recommendation but you should know when to stop, maybe few minutes up to you. I myself can take quite a bit of time but that is not the point. The point is you can control your FOCUS.

When you have a calm mind, during cataclysmic events you can stay alert in much relaxed state.
After you tune-up your sensors,now it's time to tweak the operating system and the software.
  • Mind Simulation / Mind Games
    To perform this you have to make sure that you are not having troubles in distinguishing between fantasy and reality. Here you have to cultivate your imagination. In simple words, try making some what-if scenario.
    What if a disaster strikes today?
    What will I do if a disaster strikes?
    Can I survive alone without any acquaintances, friends, or family?
    What to do when there's no toilet?
    Can I survive without the comfort of technology such as internet, electricity, etc.?
    How do I catch a fish, rabbit, squirrel, or other animals in the wilderness?
    If someone hits me, can I control the anger and not retaliate?
    What to do if trapped and there's no escape?
    Can I live without money or what to do when money is no longer accepted currency?

    Can I lie for survival?
    Do I have the guts to deal with some gut before cooking some things?

    Can I handle blood, vomit, or feces?

    If I have to lose limb to survive, will I be able to cope with the aftereffects?
    Will I have the courage to give mercy when required? 
    Can I handle hostage situation?
    Can I handle loneliness?
    Can I handle myself with the loss of family members/friends?

    The ones marked with red are examples of some scenarios that you have to exercise with caution. If you become emotion-less or even hysteric, it's better to stop the simulation or even the whole regiment rather than makes you turned emotionally cold or even worse got some screw loose *cough* coocoo *cough*.
    I suggest the calmness of MacGyver not Dexter or Lecter or Joker.

B. TRAIN YOUR BREATHING

If you can better regulate your breathing, you can reach calmness easier.
  • Inhale - Exhale
    Feel the difference between normal  breathing and deep breathing. Try to hold your breath then try various speed of its release. Release from nose, other times release from mouth.
  • Cardio & Relaxation
    You can try running, hiking, cycling, hit the gym, etc. If you rarely run for example, the next time you run you'll feel easily fatigued and your heart will be beating so fast. However in the long run if you keep training, you'll find that even with more speed and more distance the heart will beat in a more relaxed way and you feel less fatigued sometimes even felt more energized. For easier observation, try the heart meter on a treadmill and take notes on the numbers.
  • Tai Chi
    Tai chi is a form of martial art. Why don't I just write martial art? Because it got the silk reeling exercise. Watch the youtube video below to see how it is done.
  • Sing, Whistle, or Play Mouth Musical instrument
    Yea, it's time to do some blow j~~ee... I mean blow some horns, flute, harmonica, acordeon you name it. Singing in the bathroom or a little bit of karaoke would also be nice. While the music can help to raise some spirit or being used in ice breaking, the purpose of playing is to train your breathing in a much more fun and entertaining method. That if you sing or play the tunes and instrument right, or you'll just gonna give people headache and they'll starts throwing you tomatoes.

C. UPDATE KNOWLEDGE
Make yourself prepared by feeding the mind with various information.

  • Watch some Scary Movies
    Scary movies, actually even other movies either it's sci-fi or other genre can serve you with various scenario. Movies usually have the threat factor and how to deal with it, and that can reduce your doubts and or level of surprise if you encounter anything bizarre. Example if you are familiar with zombie movies, you might able to recognize if it's actually happening while others still have no idea whats going on.
  • Watch Documentaries
    Documentaries about war, famine, hostage situation, riot, stock market collapse, subprime mortgage, and of course about disaster and survival will increase your readiness and experience.
  • Read or Watch How To Tutorials about Prepping
    Reading books or watch about prepping will help you to decide what steps you must take in cataclysmic event.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Various Types of Seastead

There are many ways to categorize Seasteads, and here is my method.

Based on Depth

  • Above Surface (code: A)
    The habitation can be above surface or might have a deck below surface. 
  • Midwater (code: M)
    The habitation is located in midwater. The purpose is to provide faster access to lower sea level without having to go to the surface or act as a relay post between Surface-stead and Shelf-stead. Some may use buoy to give marking of their location. Midwater type is relatively mobile since it must have buoyancy tank and can adjust its depth.
  • Floor / Shelf (code: F) 
    The habitation structure is located on the seafloor / seashelf. Who wants to be in the sea floor? Perhaps someday we need to harness power from under sea volcano / sea vents, therefore we need a base near such location.
The code is being used for Seastead mapping. So when you already in a GPS coordinate of a Seastead and can't find anything in sight, perhaps its underwater. The code can also be changed when a Seastead change its depth for example an A-stead called Seamonkey (A) is submerged to mid-water so now its Seamonkey (M), easy right?


Based on Production

  • Production
    The seastead produce tangible goods.
    Examples:
      Farm
      Factory

      Water treatment facility
      Waste recycling facility
      Energy Generating Station
      Mining Platform
  • Non - Production
    The Seastead is mainly for habitation or storage only. Service or non physical (virtual) industries or spesial purposes acivity can sometimes suits this category.
    Examples:
      Hotel
      Casino
      Warehouse
      Communications array
      Maintenance workshop

      Refugee camp
      Research Station
      Medical Lab


Based on Self Sufficiency

  • Self-sufficient
    Seastead with gardens and or farms that provides food to its inhabitants. This stead also able to manage nutrients and energy available in its surrounding either its the fish, wave, sunlight, etc.
  • Supply-dependent
    This type unable to suffice the food and or energy required by its inhabitants. Even if they have gardens and or farms, if the output is not able to feed the consumption needed by its inhabitants, it is considered supply-dependent. Simple equations, more people to feed likely cause the need of more supplies.


 Based on Mobility

  • Mobile
    The Seastead is capable of moving due to availability of engine,
  • Limited Mobility
    The Seastead has no engine parts, however it is possible to move the seastead with the help of tugboat etc.
  • Stationary
    The Seastead is fixed to something like the seafloor or reefs and therefore it is not possible to move the structure.
If you got some other category, leave a comment.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Modern Sea Settlements

Welcome to Sealand

When I'm thinking about sea habitat / settlement, the first thing that comes to my mind is the famous Sealand. This structure was formerly a seafort used for artillery against the Reich's Luftwaffe during the WW2. It's motto and the anthem titled E Mare Libertas (From the sea, freedom) surely shows the spirit of independency. They also got some exclusive goodies in their store: http://www.sealandgov.org/shop  where you can be a knight and such. Why would people go to the sea in a relatively isolated condition? The answer is simple: more freedom.

For more information about Sealand visit the following site:
http://www.sealandgov.org
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principality_of_Sealand

The Underwater Hab of Jacques Cousteau

Long time ago I saw a documentary about the sea, to be precise about the underwater world. The man on the documentary said about the potential of the sea, underwater sea colonies, etc. He and several people live underwater for some period of time on a base that shaped like a sea star / star fish. How to say it in sorter words? PUREE' AWESOMEE'
The picture below shows an illustration about how deep the habitat is from the surface. And yep thats a little yellow submarine on the far right of the image. Makes me want to sing the Beatles' Yellow Sub...

In the town where I was born,
Lived a man who sailed to sea,
And he told us of his life,
In the land of submarines.

So we sailed on to the sun,
Till we found a sea of green,
And we lived beneath the waves,
In our yellow submarine.

We all live in a yellow submarine,
Yellow submarine, yellow submarine.
We all live in a yellow submarine,
Yellow submarine, yellow submarine.

Visit this link to see more examples of underwater habitat:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underwater_habitat


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Before the Modern Seastead

From long way back then, some people around the globe already thinking about building their homes not in land for many reasons. Some may want to avoid wild beast or attack by others, some may like to be near the water, some others may only want to be left alone. The first bodies of water where people build their floating house probably the lake and the river. The following is a comparison of both places:




LAKE
RIVER
Stability
Calm water.
Slow stream, fast stream.
Reasons of Selecting
Seclusion. Defensive position.
Willingness to relocate immediately.

Using bodies of water as a moat that surrounds the habitation.
Using the river as a highway.
Evacuation Protocol
Going to the other side of the lake, still in one area with the threat.
Following the stream, may leave an area where the threat exists.
 

The Raft-house

The Raft-house is one of the simplest form of such non-land dwellings. It's relatively fast to built with less complexity. Some build using woods, some using bamboos. In some places I saw people using self made traditional ropes to tie up between bamboos, but in other place believe it or not, once I observe villagers using a "knock-down" system that interlocks and connects between different materials, that he said being taught through generations. What's the important with that? Hellow, no NAILS, no SCREWS. When civilization collapses, reliance to high-techs might be our undoing. A little low tech, historical, or even local wisdom related to materials and assembling technique can be a big difference.

The Floating Barrel-house / Drum-house

The more modern version of the raft-house is the floating barrel-house. It uses barrel / drum to float. It utilizes a modern day barrel, sometimes plastic but many prefer metal ones. In my journey, I experience that floating barrel-house is much more stable than the raft-house. One thing I think amazing is that some people has underwater cages for fish that are accessible from inside the house. How to describe it... Hmm... In the center of the house there is an opening (one or two barrel were removed to provide access.

The Shallow Water-house

This type of house stands on poles supporting the structure. In some regions people used bamboos or mangroves. Usually used as a kind of beach villa or surrounded with fish cages.

The Reef-house

The reef-house is just like a normal structure but built above a reef or coral? Or what they call those stone in the sea that sunks ships? Again this is suitable for you if you like hermitic-lifestyle and the feeling of detached from the mainland in the area. When you can't afford to own a land certificate, this might be a good option to try.


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Yes, I know the pictures and or diagrams may look sh*tty. Therefore if you're good with CAD, rendering or drawing, feel free to help me out.

Seasteading vs Prepping

Whats the connection between Seasteading and Prepping?
Lets make an example of the famous zombie apocalypse scenario.



Are you a Prepper?
Good, you will have a mega head start.
You dig in and wait for things to calm down. Maybe alone, maybe with some fellas.
After a few cans of rations started to pile up, you know that resources are growing thin.

Maybe it's time to hit the road, you said to yourself.
You got your bug out bag?
Excellent, now what to do?
You want to run?
So you run and run, through cities, towns and villages.

Guess what? Zombies everywhere.
Go west and what you'll end up with? The Sea.
Go east and what you find in the end? The Sea.
Go north or south, keep going and at last you find what? The Sea!

If only you had somewhere to go.
Then you heard a transmission from a place called a Seastead.
They got food, shelter, and many more to prevent the extinction of humanity.

Whats the different between ship and Seastead?
There are many differences but for this scenario, Ship was designed to transport people, while Seastead was designed to support people for living in open sea. In other words, (if the Seastead is well managed) you'll last longer in terms of supplies.

Wouldn't there be the same? Where man can live, so will zombie infection likely be able to spread there?
Oh great, that's a hard question. But at least there won't be as much as out there. The sea itself becomes the first line of defense like a giant moat surrounding a castle. 

Hell, I don't believe that Seasteads can escape zombie plague!
Well, well isn't that a negative attitude. If only you participate in the building of those Seasteads in early stages, giving suggestions on the design, giving advice in system redundancy and defense protocols, they should become more zombie-proof. Regrets always comes last, if it comes early its called registration!

I still dont get the connection between Seasteading and Prepping.
In short, a Seastead will be an excellent destination for Preppers. If I'm not mistaken, a man that builds a shelter called the Ark said something about that during cataclysmic event, people often only thinks on their own survival but forget about the part of rebuilding the civilization. For me, a base on the sea is a good starting point.

BTW speaking of zombies, check the following links for more nice info: http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/zombies.htm