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Jul. 5th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
Oh wow...I remember hearing so many ads for that stuff on "Coast to Coast AM" (to which I was an avid listener in college...most of the guests on the show were ridiculous, but every once in a while they'd have someone like, say Michio Kaku on, and it was always entertaining besides).
Jul. 5th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
What's your purpose?
Is it your intention to create an association between people who don't want to sit clueless in the dark when the power goes out and "ridiculous" guests on late night radio?
Jul. 5th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
Re: What's your purpose?
No, not at all! Listening to late-night radio (along with its ads for survivalist products, many of which I thought sounded super cool) is actually a really fond memory for me. I love camping and survivalist-type stuff, and I own a radio similar to the original C. Crane one Art Bell used to advertise -- it has a crank on the side, a built-in light, and the capacity to pick up AM, FM, and shortwave. I also collect flashlights, especially LED flashlights, and have appreciated their presence in many a power outage.

Also, for the record, I have a tremendous amount of respect for many people with ideas that would probably be considered "ridiculous" by the mainstream. I think that a lot of information sources that get dismissed as "kooky" are actually pretty amazing untapped resources in some situations, and I've learned a lot about different perspectives from actively seeking out such sources.

Nevertheless, there IS some stuff out there that I feel pretty justified in calling ridiculous (in the "has entertainment value" sense) -- e.g., "ghost-hunters" who get all excited about seeing spectrum analyzer activity near an electrical appliance, people who actually believe they've been anally probed by bug-eyed aliens, and people who think cell phone towers are evidence of a government mind-control conspiracy. But I am by no means suggesting in this assessment that accumulating nifty survival supplies makes anyone a tinfoil-hat-wearer.

Also, for the record: I am not the type to "insinuate" things through comments in the manner you seem to have inquired about -- whether as a result of my being on the autistic spectrum or as a result of general personality stuff, that just isn't my style. Believe me, if I want to mock something, I will come right out and say so. :) And that was not my intention at all this time.
Jul. 5th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
Eton FR250. (This particular model gives you broad shortwave reception. Just look up the NOAA frequencies for your area, write them down and tape them to the unit.) Cheaper than the radio you linked and includes flashlight and siren.

For flashlights, honestly, I prefer "tactical" 6V or 9V LED lights. They run on CR123 batteries, are extremely bright, and last a LONG time when used intermittently (i.e. they are not meant to be lamps). SureFire, Streamlight and Pelican are good.
Jul. 5th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
Have you been listening to David Guetta again?

o/` Baby when the lights go out... o/` :-)
Jul. 5th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, and as far as the survival supplies I'd actually want: seeing as I've already got plenty of light sources (including one with a crank mechanism for power), I'd probably want to have things around pertaining to health and safety.

E.g., a certain amount of potable water, either filter straws or some water-purification tablets, a supply of birth control media (something that actually comes to mind as a concern a lot when I imagine an industrial collapse), some kind of "dry shower" or other hygiene-maintenance thing that would allow cleanliness without a lot of water, some kind of system for managing toileting needs, and an extensive first-aid kit.

Obviously all that wouldn't be necessary in a short power outage, but in the event of a Major Disaster I'd certainly like to have all that stuff...
Jul. 6th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
Sustainable fridge
Last night I watched a recent TED Talk on an amazing refrigeration device. Heat it on your cooking fire for 30 minutes, cool for 1 hour, then place in cooler box, which it keeps at 1-2 deg for 24 hours. Production cost: $25 to $40.
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