How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year (or Less!) Wise Bread Picks For the last five years, I've been traveling the world full-time, and for less money than I've ever spent (and I'd wager less money than most people would spend) to live in one place. My worldly possessions fit into one bag (just larger than carry-on size) and a backpack containing my laptop and computer gear. This small entourage (weighing less than 45 pounds in total) comes with me as I wander around the world, sometimes quickly, but mostly slowly.
Survival Skills: Solar Water Disinfection Largely advocated for developing countries, solar water disinfection is gaining some traction in the survival skills crowd. Imagine an end to boiling your water in order to make it safe. Consider how nice it would be to no longer need expensive water filtration devices or potentially toxic water-treatment chemicals.
Umberto Brunelleschi My favorit flower is the Lily of the Valley. One of my favorite followers on Twitter is Lily of Opulence (A Perfumed Pearl). A while ago she posted some pictures of the Italian artist Umberto Brunelleschi. I immediately fell for the colors and the art nouveau style of his work. Umberto Brunelleschi (1879 - 1949) was born in Italy, but moved to France in 1900, where he became a printer, book illustrator, and set and costume designer. He contributed to several French fashion magazines, such as Journal des Dames et des Modes, Gazette du Bon Ton, and Les Feuilles d'Art.
Howstuffworks "10 Ways to Survive a Snowstorm" There's no truer statement than the old adage "you can't control the weather." You can't even predict it with complete certainty. As advanced as our meteorological forecasting techniques are these days, weather systems are changeable forces of nature. They can come on quickly, switch direction without notice and build in intensity in a short period of time. Survival Shelter 1. Everything can be breaked, forced, overwhelmed “Let them come, I will take down all of them” Yep, eventually someone will come, and NO sometimes you can not take them down all.
3 Things Every Great Leader Gets Wrong Every great leader possesses a degree of what Walter Isaacson (in his biography of Steve Jobs) describes as "an ability to distort reality." What Isaacson meant is that Jobs forced his will on Apple, often pushing people to create things they never thought possible--a powerful asset in any leader. But that reality distortion effect works both ways. CD3WD Archives the Information Necessary to Rebuild Society @Eric Geller: It reminds me of the OLPC project, straight from the ivory tower of MIT. It lacks a sense of priority... where the industrialized Western world thinks that so called 'third world' countries will do ok if tech is thrown at them. Imo it's an arrogant attitude, and an attitude that says that if we give them tech first, then everything else will follow. "So you're infrastructure is down and disorder is everywhere and there's no food or fuel.... No problem! Just draw upon that knowledge that you downloaded when you still had internet!
Is This New Device a Solution for Free Clean Drinking Water? Kevin SamsonActivist Post Fresh water supplies are under assault on multiple fronts. Front page news at the moment are the effects of the ongoing droughts in California and Brazil - both are incredibly important areas to the global food supply. At the same time, corporate hoarding of fresh water is on the rise. At the heart of this initiative to make water a commodity is Nestle, whose former CEO clearly stated that water supplies should be privatized and that the right to fresh, clean water is not an essential human right. It becomes a dangerous possibility that companies such as Nestle would hoard supplies in order to artificially increase demand.
An Open Letter to President Barack Obama - Americans for Open Records An Open Letter to President Barack Obama about Adoption… via www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments Americans For Open Records (AmFOR) January 28, 2013 (updated version of letter sent 2-16-09) PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 How To Be A World-Class Survivalist in 5 Simple Steps Joy Paley Activist Post With the recent econopocalypse, it’s no wonder that people are becoming more interested in what it would take to survive after our current society has undergone a major shift. After all, if something we thought was intrinsically stable—our financial sector, and the guarantee of ever increasing wealth—is actually pretty flimsy, well, a lot of other things can be brought into question too. Take out a seemingly small piece of the puzzle, like access to gasoline, and you find that your local grocery will run out of goods within 2 days.
U.N. Urges Eating Insects; 8 Popular Bugs to Try Ants are sweet, nutty little insects, aren't they? I'm not talking about their personalities, but how they taste. Stinkbugs have an apple flavor, and red agave worms are spicy. A bite of tree worm apparently brings pork rinds to mind. Folding please read The project has pioneered the use of GPUs, PlayStation 3s, and Message Passing Interface (used for computing on multi-core processors) for distributed computing and scientific research. The project uses statistical simulation methodology that is a paradigm shift from traditional computational approaches. As part of the client-server network architecture, the volunteered machines each receive pieces of a simulation (work units), complete them, and return them to the project's database servers where the units are compiled into an overall simulation. Volunteers can track their contributions on the Folding@home website, which makes volunteers' participation competitive and encourages long-term involvement.