There are a LOT of myths about cigars. Most of you know I roll my own cigars. There are a ton of reasons for me to roll my own. The first reason is that rolling my own cigars fits into my DIY lifestyle. As plain people living off-grid, we try our best to forego as many mass industrial processes as possible in just about every area of our lives.
Homesteading in Central Texas, or in any very arid area, isn’t easy. We try to grow peaches (we do alright,) apples (we fail,) and other fruit, but it is a real hit and miss proposition when you live off-grid and have limited ability to pump an unlimited amount of water to your trees. Industrial farming […]
I just finished reading Nick Cole’s “surprise launch” novel The End of the World as We Knew It. This won’t be a long review, because the full novel is only .99 right now and I would prefer you would just go and get it and read it rather than you reading me talking about it. […]
All-in-all, Armada was a fun read and I recommend it… unless you are the kind of person who orders enchiladas in a Mexican restaurant and is appalled to receive enchiladas instead of something else.
“I find your lifestyle very compelling, but I could never live without air-conditioning.” This is probably the statement I have heard the most over the last ten years from people who cannot believe that we are able to live, and thrive, without most of the modern conveniences that 1st world humans take for granted. I […]
I finished reading Nick Cole‘s brilliant CONTROL ALT REVOLT earlier this week. C/A/R is the prequel to Cole’s fantastic gamer noir novel Soda Pop Soldier, easily the best fiction book I read in 2014 (well… right up there with The Martian,) and one of the best sci-fi books I’ve ever read. Period. CONTROL ALT REVOLT is currently only available for […]
Sugar and honey have been used to treat battle wounds for millennia, and many experts are coming to believe that sugar ought to be the treatment of first recourse when dealing with deep wounds that might not be absolutely “clean” throughout.
I promised several people I’d do a post wherein I share our process of harvesting wheat by hand. Harvesting is actually a small part of the whole process of taking wheat from the field to a usable final product, so although I named this post “Harvesting” Wheat by Hand, I’ll actually include the post-harvest steps of threshing and winnowing.
We have never had much money, so if “rich” is defined as “having a lot of money” then I am the opposite of that. If being “rich” means having all the latest gadgets, money in the bank, toys, and nice vacations, then sorry… I’m not even close to rich. And what does “poor” mean? Long, long ago the word “poor” meant that you didn’t have or have access to the bare minimums necessary for survival…
Artificial Intelligence ends the world! If I were a betting man, I’d say lack of the regular kind of intelligence is more likely to accomplish the feat, but what do I know? Believe me, I enjoy the humorous image of humans cowering in hipster pubs nervously sipping craft beers made of genetically modified (but gluten […]