Author: Boethius

Physical conditioning: Walking, part two

After my first article it seemed a quick follow-up was in order. Specifically the complaint that walking is boring. Running is boring. That “runner’s high” the mentally deranged babble on about? It’s really your body dying and your brain trying to keep you from panicking as you slip away from this vale of tears and sorrow to receive your eternal reward. Walking, on the other hand, pushes your slackself into motion and you can enjoy the scenery. Bonus, you don’t have to wonder if your lungs are going to stay where they belong. If you are struggling because you...

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Cast iron cooking

One of the best materials for cooking ever invented by man is cast iron. The stuff is durable, hard, comprised of an iron-carbon alloy, resistant to damage, and can even shrug off the corrosive powers of rust. Any cookware made from cast iron is almost indestructible. There are often repeated tales of people finding 75-year-old cast iron skillets in yard sales. You can abuse them and still recover them with some hard work. One of the biggest benefits to cast iron is that it isn’t Teflon. Teflon, like so many attempts at better living through science, only works in...

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Ruger 10/22: An American Classic

The Ruger 10/22 is the gold standard for .22 rifles. It’s inexpensive, popular, rugged, and you can swap everything, and I mean everything. Want a titanium trigger group? Go for it. Heavy barrel for increased accuracy? Take your pick of manufactures. The design is simple and lends itself well to owners modifying the rifle with no more specialized tools than a screwdriver, a hex wrench, and some punches. The barrel is even easy to replace for a non-gunsmith. Ruger has tried a magnum version that shot the .22 WMR cartridge, which had a decent run from 1996 to 2008....

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Physical Conditioning: Walking

Part of being prepared is the ability to haul one’s self from point A to point B. I’ll talk about navigation later, so let’s assume you can get around without getting lost or relying on your phone’s GPS to tell you every step of the way. Walking is a lost art in America, and I’m not talking about mall walking with the old folks, desperately trying to keep one foot out of the grave. The internal combustion engine is a marvel and wonder without a doubt, but there are always consequences. In this case, our cities and living are...

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Inexpensive rucksack: the A.L.I.C.E.

The ALICE (all-purpose lightweight individual carrying equipment) rucksack is one of the best inventions of the US Armed Forces. Introduced to the Army in 1973, it was the standard until the MOLLE replaced it. The entire ALICE system includes more than just the ruck. See here for more information. I’m just focusing on the ruck and frame for now. The design is simple and comes in two sizes: medium or large. There’s a main compartment with an internal pocket and three main external pockets. The large has three more external pockets.     The ALICE doesn’t have zippers or...

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