OKC Camping Trip OKC Camping Trip About a month ago I decided to go do some storm work in OKC, since the Fort Smith area seems to be dead for construction right now. I decided to camp out instead of getting a hotel room and save some money. So for the last 3-4 weeks I have been camping out by the lake and going to work in the morning. The Undiscovered Bedrooms of Manhattan A friend of mine once told me about the "typical dream of a New Yorker," as he described it, wherein a homeowner pushes aside some coats and sweaters in the upstairs closet... only to reveal a door, and, behind that, another room, and, beyond that, perhaps even a whole new wing secretly attached to the back of the house... Always fantasizing about having more space in Manhattan. And so I was thinking today that you could go around Manhattan with a microphone, asking people who have had that dream to describe it, recording all this, live, for the radio – or you ask people who have never had that dream simply to ad lib about what it might be like to discover another room, and you ask them to think about what kind of room they would most like to discover, tucked away inside a closet somewhere in their apartment.What additions to space do the people of New York secretly long for? (With thanks to Robert Krulwich, who puts up with emails from me full of ideas like this...).
Smuggling A skirmish with smugglers from Finland at the Russian border, 1853. A painting by Vasily Hudiakov. Smuggling is the illegal transportation of objects or people, such as out of a building, into a prison, or across an international border, in violation of applicable laws or other regulations. There are various motivations to smuggle. These include the participation in illegal trade, such as in the drug trade, in illegal immigration or illegal emigration, tax evasion, providing contraband to a prison inmate, or the theft of the items being smuggled. Examples of non-financial motivations include bringing banned items past a security checkpoint (such as airline security) or the removal of classified documents from a government or corporate office.
Primitive Living Skills: Earth Skills & Nature Awareness articles, journals, schools, and classes. Primitive Living as Metaphor Primitive living is a metaphor we participate in and act out. Life is simplified down to the bare essentials: physical and mental well-being, shelter, warmth, clothing, water, and food. We go on an expedition to meet those needs with little more than our bare hands. In our quest we learn to observe, to think, to reach inside ourselves for new resources for dealing with challenging and unfamiliar situations. We build up our personal strengths, and at the same time we interact with and learn about the world around us.
Why Black Market Entrepreneurs Matter to the World Economy Soon, two-thirds of the world's workers will be part of street economies, Neuwirth says.Photo: Jessica Dimmock Not many people think of shantytowns, illegal street vendors, and unlicensed roadside hawkers as major economic players. But according to journalist Robert Neuwirth, that’s exactly what they’ve become.
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Chemist Invents Environmentally Friendly Plastics of Tomorrow This ScienceLives article was provided to LiveScience in partnership with the National Science Foundation. Marc Hillmyer loves plastic. He is fascinated by the incredible properties that these amazing materials exhibit. 'Sneakers,' the movie that inspired a lot of techies, might have been real, just a little Was 'Sneakers' right about secret government IT? When the movie “Sneakers” came out in 1992, it cast a somewhat unique light onto the government’s use of computers, technology and espionage. The movie was part thriller, part comedy, and starred heavyweights like Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley, Mary McDonnell, Sidney Poitier and James Earl Jones. It was an almost absurd look at how government information technology worked, and is often listed as the best tech-based movie of all time. GCN award winners sometimes cite the movie as inspiration for why they chose to get into government service.
Keith McCafferty Shares his Must-Carry Survival Gear The Daypack  Pack All my gear (including medical kit and neck knife) weighs just 4 ¼pounds and would fit in a fanny pack, but I prefer a daypack with a suspension system. Compass I use a baseplate compass for map-and-compass navigation. Not shown is the bubble compass I pin to my jacket. Garbage Bags, 4 The lowly trash bag is the epitome of versatility. Spread them flat to make a dry bed or work space, use as emergency hip boots or tarp shelters, or fill with snow to melt for drinking water. Cord, 30 Feet Parachute (550) cord is the standard survival cord.