Found on the Internet: 6 Trees Every Survivalist Should Know

pine-needleBeing able to identify trees can not only be a source of pleasure, as the first Boy Scouts Handbook opined, but a matter of survival. If you become lost in the woods, trees are an abundant and easy-to-utilize resource, and can be used in a variety of ways, including as food, shelter, cordage, and materials for fire-starting and tool-making.

6 Trees Every Survivalist Should Know via The Art of Manliness

Found on the Internet: The GoSun Stove

The GoSun Stove

I found this little gem on Kickstarter today.  The GoSun stove is solar-powered stove that can reach temperatures up to 700F and can cook a meal in 20 minutes in moderate sunlight.  If you read this site regularly, you know that I’m a big fan of devices that don’t have depleting resources (fuel, batteries, etc) and this little bugger fits the bill.  Not only that, but it’s lightweight, coming in at a a scant 4 lbs.  I feel like this should be something to put in a go bag.

GoSun Stove: Portable, High Efficiency Solar Cooker [via Kickstarter]

Found on the Internet: Post-Apocalyptic Key Replacements

keys

I’ve never really thought about locks and keys in a post-apocalyptic world.  But what happens if you have a lock and you need to make a spare key?  Steel will be hard to come by and there are much better uses for it than keys, modern key duplicators require electricity, if you were to make one by hand you need some skill and could potentially waste a key by misshaping one of the projections.  Hackaday presented a post on how to (fairly) easily duplicate a key in the post-apocalyptic world.  You basically use a plaster mold of the key and zinc for the key.  Simple, elegant, my kind of process…

 

Making keys after the apocalypse [via Hackaday]

Found on the Internet: How to Weld

Despite my penchant for post-apocalyptic knowledge, I’m still a huge geek at heart.  I watch a lot of youtube videos and spend a lot of time on the internet.  I’ve watched Geek Beat TV since it was Geek Brief and recently they’ve been branching out to things not so tech related.  For instance, the above video shows (in much better detail than I could show you) how to weld.  I’ve written before on welding, and I feel like it’s a skill that could be helpful today as well as in an apocalyptic scenario.

Found on the Internet: Map of the Dead

Zombies!
World view of the likely danger zones in a zombie apocalypse.

If you haven’t been under a rock for the last 5 years, you’ve been privy to (or involved in) the zombie apocalypse craze.    People are fascinated with what would happen in a zombie apocalypse.  How would it spread?  How would you survive? The website Map of the Dead gives you some answers.  On a macro level it shows you danger areas – places that will have a higher level of outbreak mixed with higher population density.  On a micro level, it shows you important places to you if you are trying to “survive” – clothing stores, medical facilities, sporting goods store, etc.

While this is ultimately a whimsical look at a fantasy future, it does show a few things that should interest you Armageddon survivors out there:

  1. The red zones it shows on the macro level show outbreak danger zones, regardless of what the outbreak is.  Be it zombies, superflu, the black plague, SARS, swine flu, or any number of other disease.  If a pandemic starts, it’s more likely to spread to these places and more quickly.
  2. The locations of interest the map displays at a micro level are actually places that you should be aware of.  These places are the places that you need to scavenge at to get needed supplies.  Unfortunately, many other people know about these places too, so they could already be cleaned out or you may have to fight over resources.  This is why I always stress preparedness.