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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

OT: Addictive New game! Try it once. You're Hooked!


MyBrute is a small non-interactive fighting simulation game that has seem to have taken the net by storm.

The total basis behind such a game is that you create a somewhat personalized Brute. He will then be randomly equipped with low level abilities and gear. He can even be given a animal companion(which could be a dog, a wolf or bear).

There is a plethora of different skills and weapons that a Brute can acquire and each brute has a combination of attributes that deal with strength, speed, agility and health. He gets his own cell where you can keep up with his stats, watch some recently fought fights again, and enter tournaments where you will surely get your butt kicked. You start off level 1. your guy will kinda suck unless you are very lucky. The beauty is that as you fight you get to higher levels and you get more weapons or attributes or skills. You will see your brute get stronger right before your eyes.

Soon he will be a Brute brutalizer!


Made a little candle for the kit

"Altoid smalls" boxes are tiny and cool, but I have had a hard time finding suitable uses for them. I eat a lot of mints and just hate to throw the boxes away. I also have a bag full of partially melted votive candles that is just taking space. So I decided to combine the two useless items and make something useful.

First I setup a sterno stove and 2 standard altoids cans up.

then I peeled the foil off several votives and trimmed off the edges of two, squaring them up to fit inside the mini altoids can.I trimmed off a piece of the foil and blocked up the hinges in the mini can. I then jammed the 2 trimmed candles into the can and set it on a level surface

Then I cut up 2 more and dumped all pieces into a can. I added alcohol to the other big can and lit the stove.

I then melted the wax and poured it into the can to fill in all the space. I did this in two pours to fill all gaps and top off the candle. I have a bag full of these cans so I m going to make a bunch of them.

Pardon the pics, difficulty Iphone...

Sterno Stove

With Mini Bic


How Much Radiation Can You Take

Atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.Image via Wikipedia
We all know radiation is dangerous and can have severe effects on the body; we only need to look at the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster or the atomic bombs dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki to see their horrific effects. But how much radiation can a body take? Can you recover? And what are the signs and symptoms of radiation poisoning?
The first thing you have to understand about radiation is you can’t see it, smell it or taste it. The only time it will be visible is the fallout after a nuclear blast. This dust will have the appearance of dusty snow. Apart from that you won’t have any idea your in a radioactive zone without proper detection equipment.

So just how much radiation can the human body withstand? Here is a list giving you a basic idea of what to expect at what levels. All measurements here are calculated in RADS which is short for radiation absorbed dose.

5 RADS and under - No visible symptoms

5 to 50 RADS - Temporarily decreased red blood cell count (you’ll survive but will fee pretty ill)

50 to 100 RADS - Decreased production of immunity cells, you will be susceptible to infections, nausea, headache, and vomiting are common. With treatment you will survive.

150 to 300 RADS - Up to 35 percent of those who are exposed to radiation up to this level will die within 30 days. They will suffer nausea, vomiting and will lose all their hair

300 to 400 RADS - At this point your chances drop to 50/50 fatality rate after 30 days. Like the last level all the same symptoms will happen but with the addition of uncontrollable bleeding in the mouth, under the skin, and the kidneys

400 to 600 RADS - You have a 60 percent fatality rate after 30 days, symptoms like those at the 150 to 300 level starts to become visible in a couple hours after exposure

600 to 1000 RADS - Almost 100 percent fatality rate after 14 days. Your intestinal tissue will be severely damaged and almost all bone marrow will be destroyed

1200 to 2000 RADS - 100 percent fatality with immediate symptoms after exposure

2000 RADS and over - Symptoms set in instantly upon contact then will cease for several days, giving the victim a “false hope” that they are recovering. Suddenly gastrointestinal cells are destroyed and death will begin with delirium since the brain can’t function normally and starts to shut down.

If your interested in learning more about radiation poisoning I found this documentary on YouTube made by the BBC about the Chernobyl disaster and the following cover up the Soviet government used to try to try and down play the disaster.

Wildfire Mitigation tips

"Elk Bath" – A wildfire in the Bitte...Image via Wikipedia
As our population continues to grow, more and more people are building homes in places that were once pristine wilderness areas. Homeowners who build in remote and wooded areas must take responsibility for the way their buildings are constructed and the way they landscape around them.

Use Fire Resistant Building Materials
The roof and exterior structure of your home and other buildings should be constructed of non-combustible or fire-resistant materials. If wood siding, cedar shakes or any other highly combustible materials are used, they should be treated with fire retardant chemicals.

Landscape wisely
Plant fire-resistant shrubs and trees to minimize the spread of fire and space your landscaping so fire is not carried to your home or other surrounding vegetation. Remove vines from the walls of your home.

Create a “safety zone” around the house
- Mow grass regularly.
- Stack firewood at least 30 to 100 feet (10 to 30 m) away and uphill from home.
- Keep roof and gutters free of pine needles, leaves, and branches and clear away flammable vegetation at least 30 to 100 feet (9 to 30 m) from around structures.
- Thin a 15-foot (4.5 m) space between tree crowns and remove limbs within 10-15 feet (3 - 4.5 m) of the ground.
- Remove dead branches that extend over the roof.
- Prune tree branches and shrubs within 10 feet (3 m) of a stovepipe or chimney outlet.
- Remove leaves and rubbish from under structures.
- Ask power company to clear branches from power lines.
- Keep combustibles away from structures and clear a 10-foot (3 m) area around propane tanks, boats, etc.

Protect your home
- Install smoke and CO detectors, test them each month and change batteries once a year.
- Install protective shutters or fire-resistant drapes.
- Inspect chimneys twice a year and clean every year.
- Cover chimney and stovepipe flue openings with 1/2 inch (1 cm) or smaller non-flammable mesh screen.
- Use same mesh screen beneath porches, decks, floor areas and home itself. Also screen openings to attic and roof.
- Soak ashes and charcoal briquettes in water for two days in a metal bucket.
- Keep a garden hose connected to an outlet.
- Have fire tools handy (ladder, shovel, rake, ax, etc.)
- Put address on all structures so it can be seen from road.

Above extracted from IT’S A DISASTER! …and what are YOU gonna do about it? A Disaster Preparedness, Prevention & Basic First Aid Manual (a majority of the proceeds benefit APN – learn more)
More wildfire safety tips at http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/citizens/focus/wildfire.shtm

A few sites to keep handy during wildfire season are…

Arizona Interagency Wildfire Prevention http://azsf.az.gov/fire_information/

Southwest Coordination Center (AZ and NM) http://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc/information/information.htm

National Interagency Fire Center http://www.nifc.gov/fire_info.html

National InciWeb http://www.inciweb.org/

Join the APN Forum at http://www.americanpreppersnetwork.net/
Visit the Arizona Forum at http://www.arizonapreppersnetwork.net/

Prepper Recipe

Hi everyone! I love bread! Homemade bread is one of the best foods you could make. Store-bought bread doesn't hold a candle to it! Bread making is easier than most people think, and is a wonderful skill to know. Bread is a healthy part of our diet and with flour and wheat berries being easy to store, bread can continue to be an important part of your diet regardless of whether it's available in a store or not.

This recipe is for homemade english muffins. These are so yummy! They're not sourdough, like what you would buy in the store. They're part wheat, so they're a little bit more nutritious. The muffins cook on the stovetop, not in the oven, so they're not awful to make in warm weather. I make a batch and freeze it so it can be eaten over time. This recipe should be able to be made with ingredients that are on your shelves. I hope you enjoy them if you try them!

English Muffins
1 c. milk
1/4 c. butter
2 tbsps. sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 pkgs. (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
1 c. warm water (110-115 degrees)
2 c. white flour
3 to 3 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 tbsp. poppy seeds (optional)

Scald milk in a saucepan; add butter, sugar and salt. Stir until butter melts; cool to lukewarm. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water; add to milk mixture. Stir in all-purpose flour and 1 cup whole wheat flour until smooth. Add poppy seeds and enough remaining whole wheat flour to make a soft dough. Turn onto a floured board; knead until smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down. Roll to 1/2-in. thickness on a cornmeal-covered surface. Cut into circles with a 3-1/2 in. or 4-in cutter; cover with a towel and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes. Place muffins, cornmeal side down, in a greased skillet; cover and cook over medium-low heat for 12-14 minutes or until bottoms are browned. Turn and cook about 12-14 minutes or until browned. Cool on wire racks; split and toast to serve. Yield: 12-16 muffins.

Prep On!
Gen-IL Homesteader

Cooking With Food Storage: Powdered Milk

When storing food products one must understand how to use them. One product I had never used until about ten years ago was powdered milk. I never understood why one would use it, let alone need it. In baking milk is a necessity yet in a crises obtaining fresh milk may not be a possibility.

I store my powdered milk in food grade plastic bins and since they had directions on the original packing, I leave the directions inside. I also mark the contents on the outside of the bucket with a permanent marker(and also the expiration date).

To make I use a fruit juice container, and add a bit of water to the bottom before I add the powdered milk~ this makes mixing so much easier!

Finished powdered milk to milk. It does not taste exactly the same and must be chilled to kind of taste good...but to bake with it is perfect! Now to flavor the milk for wee ones(or not so wee ones) have powdered chocolate milk, powdered pink milk or even the liquid flavorings-although they do not have a long shelf life.

I made Chicken Pot Pie off the Bisquick box the other day. I used from my food storage powdered milk, canned peas, canned carrots, cream of chicken soup, and also thanks to living on the farm had farm fresh eggs, and fresh chicken.

I love that even a simple recipe from Bisquick can utilize your food storage.

Lunch on the farm: Chicken Pot Pie!

As I use powdered milk almost daily here are a few things that I have made this past week or so.

Braided Easter Bread(click for recipe)

Instant pudding

Do not be intimidated because you have not used the product...take the time this week to increase your knowledge on using powdered milk! I cannot stress enough that knowledge and skills are as important or more important as having food storage. One needs to know how to prepare food, store food, grow food long before a crises occurs!!

As a side note, once you are comfortable cooking from scratch, utilizing items from storage etc, then it is as easy to make pudding from the box, as it is to make Braided Easter bread. Now is the time to prep for any situation and one way is to master using items that can be stored for a long time.