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Updated: 2017-06-27T08:16:55.164-04:00

 



SuperCat Stove

2012-05-11T06:28:37.960-04:00

There are many reasons why you might want a lightweight stove that's powerful enough to boil water.  I carry one on backpacking trips, but one would also be handy if the power goes out at your home (hurricane or other natural disaster). Andrew Skurka has a page showing you how to make the awesomely simple and very efficient SuperCat stove, so called because you make it from a cat food can. 



Quote

2012-05-07T06:49:57.022-04:00

I destroy my enemy when I make him my friend.  -- Abraham Lincoln



Building A Model Rocket - part 6

2012-05-05T18:22:00.887-04:00

We're ready to play with paint! If you want to, you can spend a little time with some extra-fine sandpaper to smooth the glue fillets we applied along the fins. Like anything other paint job, prep is 90% of the way to getting a great finish. First step is the primer. Use Krylon or Rustoleum, grey, white, or ruddy brown, whatever you can find as long as it's sandable. You'll need to make a



Shenandoah National Park Trip

2012-05-02T06:55:00.341-04:00

If it seems that I've been a bit focused on camping, backpacking and hiking lately, it's because I've been preparing for our Springtime trip up into the mountains to do just those things. Some friends and I rented a primitive cabin in the park and used it as a basecamp while we did day hikes in the vicinity. A 'primitive' cabin in this case means there was no water or electricity. We had to



Quote

2012-04-30T00:21:00.574-04:00

“In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.” -- Friedrich Nietzsche



Backpack Info

2012-04-27T11:00:31.471-04:00

Courtesy of REI, a nice little infographic on selecting, packing and adjusting a backpack.



HYOH

2012-04-24T23:37:00.752-04:00

HYOH stands for "Hike Your Own Hike," and is one of the major bits of etiquette on the hiking trails. What it means is that everyone does things their own way, and unless they ask for your advice or opinion, or they're obviously doing something unsafe, then you should respect their way of doing things.If you've backpacked much, you'll have run across the guy or gal who's eager to tell you



Quote

2012-04-22T23:33:00.961-04:00

We have won a moment in an unfolding universe. Isn't that worthy of our notice? -- Hannah Hinchman



Building A Model Rocket - part 5

2012-04-19T23:06:00.175-04:00

Parachutes. Technically, what comes with your typical model rocket are parasheets, and real parachutes aren't measured in diameter, but in square inches (or feet) of canopy. Model rockets have been doing things their own way since the beginning, and it works just fine. The Fat Boy has a purple and white chute, which is 18" across. For reference, Estes 12" chutes are orange and white, and 24"



Cloud Appreciation

2012-04-17T23:26:01.000-04:00

If you take the time to really look at them, clouds can be incredibly cool. You might see shapes in the fluffy ones. They can evoke emotion, such as dread in a darkened sky just before a big storm breaks. With experience you can read them to get clues about the coming weather, and scientists create man-made clouds with sounding rockets to study the upper-atmospheric winds.Here's a website



Quote

2012-04-15T23:44:00.534-04:00

Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. -- Douglas Adams



Building A Model Rocket - part 4

2012-04-13T06:06:51.133-04:00

Cardboard tubes, balsa, paper and plywood all fall into the category of wood products, and the best adhesive for these materials is wood glue. A well-fit joint will be stronger with wood glue than even epoxy or industrial grade cyano-acrylate (CA) - aka 'superglue'. The technique to make these indestructable glue joins is called the 'double-glue method'.That 'indestructable' claim isn't



Every Day Carry (EDC)

2012-04-10T23:44:00.345-04:00

Each and every day, I have the following things with me in my pockets:WalletCombHandkerchiefSwiss Army knifeCell phoneChapstickFisher Space PenPaper for quick notesKeysWhat about you?



Quote

2012-04-09T00:39:00.888-04:00

The power of imagination makes us infinite. -- John Muir



Building A Model Rocket - part 3

2012-04-06T00:34:00.474-04:00

It's time to spread some glue! I know, finally, right?This is a series of posts where we're building a basic model rocket online. Each post shows part of the process step by step, including pictures and passing along tips and tricks I've learned along the way. To learn more about what model rocketry is about, see this Q&A.Follow along and when we're done you'll have built and flown your first



Sky Maps

2012-04-04T06:16:29.956-04:00

Each month, Skymaps.com publishes a free, printable map of the night sky to help you identify stars, constellations, planets and more. Seriously cool.



Quote

2012-04-01T23:33:00.587-04:00

Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us. -- Thomas Paine



Building A Model Rocket - part 2

2012-03-30T00:28:00.546-04:00

This is a series of posts where we're building a basic model rocket online. Each post shows part of the process step by step, including pictures and passing along tips and tricks I've learned along the way. To learn more about what model rocketry is about, see this Q&A.I hope you follow along because when we get done you'll have built and flown your first model rocket. Questions asked from



iNaturalist.org

2012-03-28T00:12:00.414-04:00

Mostly, we believe that you should be outside as much as possible, playing and being active. It would be foolish though to act as if the internet didn't exist, especially when you find an interactive website as cool as iNaturalist.org.Follow that link and you'll discover an ever-expanding library of plant and animal observations from around the world. Suppose you find an interesting fungus



Daringly poetic

2012-03-26T00:32:00.178-04:00

The student who made fun of playing the guitar under a girl's window will never read or write poetry under her influence. His defective eros cannot provide his soul with images of the beautiful, and it will remain coarse and slack. It is not that he will fail to adorn or idealize the world; it is that he will not see what is there.- Alan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind



Building A Model Rocket - part 1

2012-03-23T01:25:00.171-04:00

We're going to start a series of posts where I'll build a basic model rocket kit online. The idea is to show the process step by step, including pictures and passing along tips and tricks that I've learned along the way, while you follow along and build your own rocket.Please feel free to ask questions as we progress, and hopefully we'll see some pictures as folks build and launch their own



The Gadsden Flag and the Navy Jack

2012-03-21T00:57:00.628-04:00

Maybe you recognize the flag above. It's known as the Gadsden Flag, and was first mentioned in 1775 when it was painted on the drums of U.S. Marines. There was some sentiment that the rattlesnake should become the national symbol of America instead of the Eagle. Among the reasons given were: because he never starts a fight without provocation, gives clear warning that his anger is aroused, yet



Quote

2012-03-19T01:39:00.530-04:00

We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can't speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees. -- Qwatsinas, Chief, Nuxalk Nation



Keeping A Journal

2012-03-16T01:25:00.277-04:00

Whether you call it a journal, a diary, a dream book or anything else (I’ll use the term journal here), keeping a record of your life can be a rewarding effort. The important thing to understand about a journal is that it should be written for yourself, because you will get the most use out of it.“What is a diary as a rule? A document useful to the person who keeps it. Dull to the contemporary



Superstitions: Salt, Garlic, and Silver Bullets

2012-03-14T01:52:00.842-04:00

(Cross-posted to Jennifer's History and Stuff.Salt and garlic have long been used throughout the world for medicinal and preservative purposes, and as a result generally have "lucky" reputations.For example: if you spill salt, take a pinch and throw it over your left shoulder to avoid bad luck. The earliest record of this practice dates from around 1584; it was seen quite commonly thereafter.