North of 60: Dog Sledding, Ice Caves, Snowboarding and Mountain Summits with Mandy

Back in January, I went on a climbing trip to Mexico. I had a great time climbing the amazing multi-pitch limestone walls out there, and enjoying the beautiful Mexican landscape. But I also met someone, and ultimately fell in love with this person, over the course of several months, writing e-mails and letters and postcards and talking over Skype. That person, Mandy, decided to come visit me in Whitehorse for two weeks in late March / early April. Wanting to impress her, and convince her that the Yukon is a fantastic, magical place, we jam-packed our days with winter activities. Here’s a highlight of those events (in no order whatsoever, because for the life of me I …

This is it, it’s out this week!

Blimey, my book is out this weekActually it’s been available on Amazon for a few days, but officially it’s out on 6th June. That’s when it hits the shops,How does that feel?Terrifying. And exciting.I’m having a book launch at Waterstones in Barnstaple (North Devon) on the 6th June at 6pm until about 8ish. Debbie and I are going to do some finger food from our smallholding, so it’ll sort of be have a taste of out life and then you can read about it! I’ll be signing books and there all evening.If you can make it, it would be great to see you there.It’s going to be available everywhere, but here’s the Amazon link HEREThe book was featured in the …

The Cutting of the Hazelnuts

When we moved in here we had a large front yard and large back yard and slowly over the years both yards have gotten increasingly overgrown. Some of it is just because we live in the woods and the woods grow but a lot of it has been things I have planted. Sometimes plants are cheap and you think it is a great idea and you think you will use them and you never do. And sometimes you just don’t know how big those plants will get. It never occurred to me that hazelnuts could grow this big! I planted them by the driveway and every year now we have to trim the driveway side back so there …

Bulletproof Vests: A Beginner’s Guide

Bulletproof Vests: A Beginner’s Guide Bulletproof vests are part of every survivalist’s supplies list. They protect the torso from firearm projectiles and from shrapnel from explosions. A lot of people have the mistaken assumption that only law enforcement can have… The post Bulletproof Vests: A Beginner’s Guide appeared first on How To Survive Stuff.

The Green Spot has moved address!

The Green Spot PermacultureMy blog has moved, and is now available at www.greenspotpermaculture.blogspot.comPlease change your links to this new address! Thanks 🙂

North of 60: Dog Sledding, Ice Caves, Snowboarding and Mountain Summits with Mandy

Back in January, I went on a climbing trip to Mexico. I had a great time climbing the amazing multi-pitch limestone walls out there, and enjoying the beautiful Mexican landscape. But I also met someone, and ultimately fell in love with this person, over the course of several months, writing e-mails and letters and postcards and talking over Skype. That person, Mandy, decided to come visit me in Whitehorse for two weeks in late March / early April. Wanting to impress her, and convince her that the Yukon is a fantastic, magical place, we jam-packed our days with winter activities. Here’s a highlight of those…

How the Western Media Revises Reality

Do your own fact-checking, especially about people and places you know little to nothing at all about. July 6, 2017 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – The goal of informing an audience is straightforward and employs equally straightforward methods. The goal of manipulating an audience, however, is more complicated. It involves not only manipulating the current facts, but also reaching back and forth through time to revise both distant and recent history.A recent example drawn from Bloomberg, illustrates how this process is done as the Western media works to target and undermine one of many nations slated for Western-induced political unrest and regime change.Rewriting Reality Regarding Thailand’s Rice Crisis In 2011, the US-backed political party of Thaksin Shinawatra bought …

Never leave full batteries

Hot under the collar I planned to install batteries to backup to the rooftop PV system and for years have had misleading advice from many sources. I always thought I could simply add a whole heap of batteries and then if there was a power outage I could switch to the batteries. But there are two reasons why this is not so. One is that in the event of an outage the system has to protect power workers who are fixing the lines. another reason was explained by an electrician (Tom) from Caloundra who phoned and educated me on batteries for home use…

This is it, it’s out this week!

Blimey, my book is out this weekActually it’s been available on Amazon for a few days, but officially it’s out on 6th June. That’s when it hits the shops,How does that feel?Terrifying. And exciting.I’m having a book launch at Waterstones in Barnstaple (North Devon) on the 6th June at 6pm until about 8ish. Debbie and I are going to do some finger food from our smallholding, so it’ll sort of be have a taste of out life and then you can read about it! I’ll be signing books and there all evening.If you can make it, it would be great to see you there.It’s going to be available everywhere, but here’s the Amazon…

The Cutting of the Hazelnuts

When we moved in here we had a large front yard and large back yard and slowly over the years both yards have gotten increasingly overgrown. Some of it is just because we live in the woods and the woods grow but a lot of it has been things I have planted. Sometimes plants are cheap and you think it is a great idea and you think you will use them and you never do. And sometimes you just don’t know how big those plants will get. It never occurred to me that hazelnuts could grow this big! I planted them by the …

Bulletproof Vests: A Beginner’s Guide

Bulletproof Vests: A Beginner’s Guide Bulletproof vests are part of every survivalist’s supplies list. They protect the torso from firearm projectiles and from shrapnel from explosions. A lot of people have the mistaken assumption that only law enforcement can have… The post Bulletproof Vests: A Beginner’s Guide appeared first on How To Survive Stuff.

The Green Spot has moved address!

The Green Spot PermacultureMy blog has moved, and is now available at www.greenspotpermaculture.blogspot.comPlease change your links to this new address! Thanks 🙂

North of 60: Dog Sledding, Ice Caves, Snowboarding and Mountain Summits with Mandy

Back in January, I went on a climbing trip to Mexico. I had a great time climbing the amazing multi-pitch limestone walls out there, and enjoying the beautiful Mexican landscape. But I also met someone, and ultimately fell in love with this person, over the course of several months, writing e-mails and letters and postcards and talking over Skype. That person, Mandy, decided to come visit me in Whitehorse for two weeks in late March / early April. Wanting to impress her, and convince her that the Yukon is a fantastic, magical place, we jam-packed our days with winter activities. Here’s a highlight of those events …

It’s solar, what could possibly go wrong?

When you are doing your own solar system, the key words here are “doing your own”, you will have to be in charge of troubleshooting if things go wrong. Sometimes, often you can recognize there is a problem but can’t quite figure out what or where the problem is. You test each separate component and each of them seems to be working, but altogether there is a problem somewhere and it’s frustrating. I am the unofficial “Geek Squad” tech person in my neighborhood, I can’t tell you how many times I have been working on a computer, taking everything apart, putting it back together and have it work, and I have no idea what I did to make it work, the same…

ISIS "Coincidentally" Appears Along China’s One Belt, One Road

July 1, 2017 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – Two Chinese teachers based in Pakistan’s southwest province of Baluchistan were reportedly abducted and murdered by militants from the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (ISIS).CNN, in an article titled, “‘Grave concern’ over Chinese teachers reportedly killed by ISIS in Pakistan,” would attempt to portray the act of terrorism as a random strike aimed at China’s expanding economic activity abroad.In reality, the terror attack was very precise in terms of location and purpose, and fits into a larger pattern of violence and political instability that has plagued Pakistan’s Baluchistan province and China’s ambitions there for years.US Using Proxies to Disrupt China-Pakistan Economic …

This is it, it’s out this week!

Blimey, my book is out this weekActually it’s been available on Amazon for a few days, but officially it’s out on 6th June. That’s when it hits the shops,How does that feel?Terrifying. And exciting.I’m having a book launch at Waterstones in Barnstaple (North Devon) on the 6th June at 6pm until about 8ish. Debbie and I are going to do some finger food from our smallholding, so it’ll sort of be have a taste of out life and then you can read about it! I’ll be signing books and there all evening.If you can make it, it would be great to see you there.It’s going to be available everywhere, but here’s the Amazon link HEREThe book was featured in…

The Cutting of the Hazelnuts

When we moved in here we had a large front yard and large back yard and slowly over the years both yards have gotten increasingly overgrown. Some of it is just because we live in the woods and the woods grow but a lot of it has been things I have planted. Sometimes plants are cheap and you think it is a great idea and you think you will use them and you never do. And sometimes you just don’t know how big those plants will get. It never occurred to me that hazelnuts could grow this big! I planted them by the driveway and every year now we have to trim the driveway side back so there is room for both…

Bulletproof Vests: A Beginner’s Guide

Bulletproof Vests: A Beginner’s Guide Bulletproof vests are part of every survivalist’s supplies list. They protect the torso from firearm projectiles and from shrapnel from explosions. A lot of people have the mistaken assumption that only law enforcement can have… The post Bulletproof Vests: A Beginner’s Guide appeared first on How To Survive Stuff.

The Green Spot has moved address!

The Green Spot PermacultureMy blog has moved, and is now available at www.greenspotpermaculture.blogspot.comPlease change your links to this new address! Thanks 🙂

North of 60: Dog Sledding, Ice Caves, Snowboarding and Mountain Summits with Mandy

Back in January, I went on a climbing trip to Mexico. I had a great time climbing the amazing multi-pitch limestone walls out there, and enjoying the beautiful Mexican landscape. But I also met someone, and ultimately fell in love with this person, over the course of several months, writing e-mails and letters and postcards and talking over Skype. That person, Mandy, decided to come visit me in Whitehorse for two weeks in late March / early April. Wanting to impress her, and convince her that the Yukon is a fantastic, magical place, we jam-packed our days with winter activities. …

Thai-Russian Cooperation Seeks Thai Alternatives to Facebook, Google

June 24, 2017 (Joseph Thomas – NEO) – Russian and Thai telecom interests have begun preliminary discussions toward creating local alternatives to social network and Internet search giants Facebook and Google in Thailand. The move, if successful, would represent another step toward breaking Facebook and Google’s monopoly over international information space and set further precedent for nation-states to take responsibility for their own respective information space. Thailand’s The Nation would report in an article titled, “Russia keen to offer network, search services,” that:Russia’s Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications has proposed offering social network and search engine services in Thailand based on Russian platforms. Takorn Tantasith, the secretary-general of the National Broadcasting and Telecom-comunications Commission, said this week …

Showering felt so good today!

When one lives off grid, you are generally your own fix it person, not always, but often. That is certainly true for us, we designed, built and maintain our off grid system, all the utilities that would normally be in the purview of the utility companies or a commercial repair service company, we take care of ourselves. One of the big things we take care of has to do with our water system. When we first moved out here, before our water system was really set up, I would walk to my neighbor’s house to collect 3 gallons of water per day, why 3 gallons you ask? Simple, it’s how many empty…

This is it, it’s out this week!

Blimey, my book is out this weekActually it’s been available on Amazon for a few days, but officially it’s out on 6th June. That’s when it hits the shops,How does that feel?Terrifying. And exciting.I’m having a book launch at Waterstones in Barnstaple (North Devon) on the 6th June at 6pm until about 8ish. Debbie and I are going to do some finger food from our smallholding, so it’ll sort of be have a taste of out life and then you can read about it! I’ll be signing books and there all evening.If you can make it, it would be great to see you there.It’s going to be available everywhere, but here’s the Amazon link HEREThe book was featured…

The Cutting of the Hazelnuts

When we moved in here we had a large front yard and large back yard and slowly over the years both yards have gotten increasingly overgrown. Some of it is just because we live in the woods and the woods grow but a lot of it has been things I have planted. Sometimes plants are cheap and you think it is a great idea and you think you will use them and you never do. And sometimes you just don’t know how big those plants will get. It never occurred to me that hazelnuts could grow this big! I planted them by the driveway and every …

Bulletproof Vests: A Beginner’s Guide

Bulletproof Vests: A Beginner’s Guide Bulletproof vests are part of every survivalist’s supplies list. They protect the torso from firearm projectiles and from shrapnel from explosions. A lot of people have the mistaken assumption that only law enforcement can have… The post Bulletproof Vests: A Beginner’s Guide appeared first on How To Survive Stuff.

The Green Spot has moved address!

The Green Spot PermacultureMy blog has moved, and is now available at www.greenspotpermaculture.blogspot.comPlease change your links to this new address! Thanks 🙂

Battery costs plummet

Cost of EVs and battery costs (%) – 2016-2030 (BNEF)Huge advances aimed at the Electric vehicle market are slashing battery costs, changing the way the power grid works and bringing benefits to off-grid communities and industries. As the world prepares to spend trillions on new renewable energy installations, the cost of storing power is plummeting. Battery costs are the biggest single obstacle to the potential for living and working off the grid, because reliable power storage has been the missing element until now. In its latest annual report released this week, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) forecasts trillions of investment in renewable energy worldwide in the next 10 years. …

North of 60: Dog Sledding, Ice Caves, Snowboarding and Mountain Summits with Mandy

Back in January, I went on a climbing trip to Mexico. I had a great time climbing the amazing multi-pitch limestone walls out there, and enjoying the beautiful Mexican landscape. But I also met someone, and ultimately fell in love with this person, over the course of several months, writing e-mails and letters and postcards and talking over Skype. That person, Mandy, decided to come visit me in Whitehorse for two weeks in late March / early April. Wanting to impress her, and convince her that the Yukon is a fantastic, magical place, we jam-packed our days with winter activities. Here’s a highlight of those events (in no…

US Election Meddling: Smoke and Mirrors

June 16, 2017 (Ulson Gunnar – NEO) – For a magician, the greater the illusion attempted, the more showmanship that’s required to distract audiences from that fact that it is indeed just an illusion. For US politics, something very similar applies, particularly regarding the latest, ongoing narrative surrounding alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.Having concluded over half a year ago, had there been actual evidence of state-sponsored election interference by Russia, it would have surfaced and the necessity for a lengthy and dramatic public spectacle would not only be absent, it would obstruct real measures needed to protect America’s political process from future foreign influence.However, actual evidence has not …

This is it, it’s out this week!

Blimey, my book is out this weekActually it’s been available on Amazon for a few days, but officially it’s out on 6th June. That’s when it hits the shops,How does that feel?Terrifying. And exciting.I’m having a book launch at Waterstones in Barnstaple (North Devon) on the 6th June at 6pm until about 8ish. Debbie and I are going to do some finger food from our smallholding, so it’ll sort of be have a taste of out life and then you can read about it! I’ll be signing books and there all evening.If you can make it, it would be great to see you there.It’s going to be available everywhere, but here’s the Amazon link HEREThe book was featured in the…