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Clay stove, simply

Dr. Dartnell does encourage the comfort and ingenuity of survivors. Don't grunt and drag yourself through the apocalypse, do so upright. In the below mentioned magazine there is an article on Otzi. Otzi was a poster perfect icon for the survivors of the Fall. His survival gear, and his shoes! in par...
by BillF
Tue Sep 02, 2014 4:06 pm
 
Forum: 4. Food and Clothing
Topic: Clay stove, simply
Replies: 0
Views: 1158

Re: Beyond Occupy

In regards to..."One element of this is for people to manufacture basic goods regionally or locally, in worker-owned businesses." I recommend Dr. Dickson Despommier's book Vertical Farming. He encourages the localizing of farming, assumably to get it out of the hands of corporate ag. De-ce...
by BillF
Mon Sep 01, 2014 7:45 pm
 
Forum: What might collapse civilisation?
Topic: Beyond Occupy
Replies: 1
Views: 3032

Re: Energy sources is a priority

Dr. Dartnell well articulates wood's immense use as a resource. Before I'm going to cut down trees, I am going to have two things with me. First a rocket stove to dramatically limit the amount of biochar needed. I want a Stirling engine, and, as the Dr. points out, a wonderfully useful alternator wi...
by BillF
Mon Sep 01, 2014 6:49 pm
 
Forum: How to build a civilization from scratch on another world?
Topic: Energy sources is a priority
Replies: 2
Views: 1737

Malthus' Zombies

Thomas Malthus fretted about over-population and it's effect on the poor. This social fear was real in his days. Fear of the workhouse and becoming a ward of the state was profiled in the setting of the BBC series"Downton Abbey" 90 years after Malthus' death. There, in the 1920s, we see th...
by BillF
Mon Sep 01, 2014 6:21 pm
 
Forum: What might collapse civilisation?
Topic: Malthus' Zombies
Replies: 1
Views: 1356

Re: Consider no-till farming methods

Indeed Meeuws may not address wintering over, but his work of agri-light filtering is a viable step. With the depopulation of high-rises and the commonplace of L.E.D.s it may take no more than a couple of colored light filters to grow "in the dark". I now have the time and technology to st...
by BillF
Mon Aug 11, 2014 6:39 pm
 
Forum: 3. Agriculture
Topic: Consider no-till farming methods
Replies: 5
Views: 4605

Re: H.V.A.C.

Regret delayed response. The below is an online extension of my favorite reference books. The Wiley series (circa 19th century +) covers some great old subjects. Until you asked for a link I didn't know the website existed! This link is a direct copy of the original text from Kent's Mechanical Engin...
by BillF
Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:58 pm
 
Forum: How to build a civilization from scratch on another world?
Topic: H.V.A.C.
Replies: 2
Views: 3706

Anti-histamines

A recent event emphasized the subject's importance. Bee stings and pollen aside, a vet recently had a dog's owner administer Benedryl for snakebite. This was to calm the animal until he got medical attention. In the book we were given an outline of antibiotic's history. I'd like to have seen more. A...
by BillF
Mon Jul 21, 2014 8:22 pm
 
Forum: 7. Medicine
Topic: Anti-histamines
Replies: 1
Views: 1131

Re: Permaculture/true preparation

I posted in "Can You Prepare for the Apocolypse" that I would maintain certain things/books. I failed to mention Matt Warnock Turner's "Remarkable Plants of Texas" (my copy, Univ. of Texas Press). It is generic to my area. The author profiles plants as "uncommon accounts of ...
by BillF
Wed Jul 16, 2014 6:17 pm
 
Forum: 3. Agriculture
Topic: Permaculture
Replies: 1
Views: 1817

H.V.A.C.

To compliment Dr. Dartnell's emphasis on easing our pain, with science and technology, beyond a cave and three stone fires, I want H.V.A.C. The Allen Dense Air Machine requires three pistons, a crankshaft and some cooling tubing.
by BillF
Tue Jul 15, 2014 7:23 pm
 
Forum: How to build a civilization from scratch on another world?
Topic: H.V.A.C.
Replies: 2
Views: 3706

Shooting from the hip

Let's talk tangible first: Kent's Mechanical Engineer's Handbook. Eleventh Edition. It is untainted with reaches beyond the scope of a saw and wet sand molds. A new pocket reference for newer information. Non-powered tools. My .357 single-action revolver, and re-loader, (honestly a skillet and a fli...
by BillF
Tue Jul 15, 2014 7:17 pm
 
Forum: Can you prepare for the apocalypse?
Topic: Shooting from the hip
Replies: 0
Views: 1117
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