Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-03-28

  • Had a great, if long shoot this evening with model Skye Green. Now I'm exhausted. #
  • There is a herd of teenage boys singing loudly off key in my house. If they weren't sing some hymns I'd think they'd been in the liquor. #
  • [Reactuate] Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-03-21 http://bit.ly/946O0R #
  • "every good mom lives in fear she has forgotten to tell her children some basic but vital piece of information." http://su.pr/6AlqDW #
  • I think Nickelback needs to get a better quality of girlfriend or learn some trust. #
  • @jeremyfrandsen #12 I think the pictures in the others are hokey. 🙂 in reply to jeremyfrandsen #
  • Am trying a hail mary contacting a very well known Houston model to work my April workshop. Probably won't do it for our rate 🙁 #
  • I want to see this. If only it were real. Weird: The Al Yankovic Story http://FunnyOrDie.com/m/3r9l #
  • I really wish my Internet connection at work didn't suck. #
  • My image of one of the most impressive business women (@marenkate) I know on my favorite podcast IBM 90 http://su.pr/2iwOmI #
  • I put podcast interviewee Robert Alvarado in contact with a rep from IE the other day. Now I know why. http://su.pr/1kGgAI #
  • Exercise In Frustration http://su.pr/2mjw1T #
  • After reading this -USA bankrupt this year http://su.pr/AoPDrM I went and bought this from someone who went through it. http://su.pr/173BBm #
  • I do not think fireants actually have butts, despite what the anthro ad says and how bad we want someone to kick them. 😉 #
  • Why do I read the news every day? #
  • "5% of the people think; 10% of the people think they think; and the other 85% would rather die than think." – Thomas A. Edison #
  • Suze Orman now saying saving is more important than getting out of debt. http://su.pr/1KSKrU #
  • Who ever wrote this understood the realitys of the model photography underground. Nude Modelhttp://bit.ly/bkkbN3 #
  • One Day the Electoral Process Will Be Replaced by Ultimate Fighting http://su.pr/86Z3VF #
  • 2 Reasons People Get Married You get married so someone else can make your decision- No I got married so I can make someone else's decisions #
  • Cockroaches can live for a week without a head. Dies of dehydration because it has no mouth to drink with. #
  • @careyhess Old guys. Those crazy 30's year olds. 🙂 in reply to careyhess #
  • Looking for a glamour model for April 17 workshop if anyone is going to be in texas. #
  • Ep 42 – Photographer Traeton Garl http://su.pr/2ZvwvX #
  • @bburzycki I would love to see pictures of that. in reply to bburzycki #
  • Anyone want to suggests an audio book by Thomas Sowell? #
  • RT @bburzycki: @rondavis007 http://tweetphoto.com/15734252 here is one. If you google china segway police there are a few articles also. #
  • Been packing up for the office to move today. It is going to be so great to be near home. #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-03-21

  • [Reactuate] Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-03-14 http://bit.ly/dCDTxx #
  • I was going to pre-oder Elizabeth Moon's Oath of Fealty for my kindle but the text to speech is turned off, so I'm not ordering it. #
  • Today I was happy to turn 40. ……………… Lvl 40 that is. #
  • Just bought tickets for the premier of Ella Paradise by Suchu Dance http://bit.ly/aYBRWZ #
  • Downloading he iPhone SDK. It says it will take 7 hours. What kind of server is Apple running? Course it is 2.5 GB #
  • Ep 41 – Model Bailey Devonish http://su.pr/90Kg6i #
  • "Practicing portraiture… " Mentions the P&M podcast under the 10 tips he gives. http://su.pr/2YX14U #
  • go to http://www.masscontroltemplates.com #
  • I need to go for a walk. #
  • @Model_Melissa yes. Naked would get you more vitamin D, which cure cancer. 🙂 in reply to Model_Melissa #
  • My p90x is "out for delivery" according to UPS. I'm not sure if I should say "woot" or start shivering in fear. 🙂 Starting the Aprl 1 #
  • I just got a call from someone at Inside Edition. Sadly they just wanted to put them in contact with Robert Avarado. #
  • Speaker said women should "send a telegraph" when answering something. Meaning they should keep it short. He should have said tweet. #
  • My boss told me I had to watch the Marriage Ref, so I'm watching the pilot and laughing so hard I'm crying. #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-03-14

  • [Reactuate] Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-03-07 http://bit.ly/a3njsk #
  • @iamthescarlett Bruce Campbell is going to be in town Mar 26 at comicpalooza. #
  • Recording new interviews for the podcast tonight. Been so long since I've done it I forgot what questions we ask. 🙂 #
  • @richardtallent I agree. I'd by the iPad day one if it @lightroom one it. But given Apple and Adobe's love for each other… in reply to richardtallent #
  • Decided to go through my address book and clean it up some. Found people I haven't talked to in decades and then found them on Facebook. #
  • DIY Portable Power for Strobes Monolights Vegabond II Alien Bees Build your own http://su.pr/4lphQZ #
  • The new Karate Kid is all about Kung Fu. Is that legal? 🙂 #
  • @danbaker30 Jackie Chan is Mr Miagi. Trailer looks like a very diff movie. Set in China. in reply to danbaker30 #
  • Doing interviews and it is the photographers that are flaking tonight #
  • Patriots Review http://su.pr/2hjnVj #
  • [Reactuate] Patriots Review http://bit.ly/bCBba3 #
  • Start't the interview'n #
  • 3 great skype to skype interviews tonight. Ron blooper of the day, "…until next week, keep creeping beautiful models." #
  • Ep 40 – Photographer Dawn of House of Ego http://su.pr/1q33w7 #
  • Pandora just served up a song off the album Goth: Industrial Club Anthems. Just thought you'd like to know. #
  • We are having technical difficulties with this week's episode of the podcast. We'll get them fixed soon. #
  • It is an incredibly beautiful day. #
  • Looks like our technical problems are fixed. So go download our interview with Dawn of House of Ego. http://su.pr/24GAPi #
  • Question of the Day: —>How do you answer your personal phone.? <— I answer "Hello, this is Ron." #
  • @wizwow I don't know would cut down on people calling you. But you probably won't get many dates from it. 🙂 in reply to wizwow #
  • @wizwow We should have you on the podcast. Always interested in softandfuzzy photographers. 🙂 #
  • Spending some time in Azeroth #
  • Putting the first to Oz book and Down and Out In The Magic Kingdom on my Kindle before taking both my boys to give blood for the first time #

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Patriots Review

Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse is the book I judge all other survivalist lit by. Is it better worse written than Patriots? Is the scenario more or less realistic? Even my dichotomy of survivalist vs ordinary people comes from reading this book.

The author says Patriots is a poorly disguised survivalist manual. James Wesley, Rawles (can someone tell me why there is a comma in his name?) is the blogger behind the most popular survivalist blog, Survival Blog. He did later go on to actually write a survival manual How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times but Patriots will do a pretty good job of getting you to think about surviving.

The Survival Scenario: Economic Collapse

It doesn’t take much research to realize the US is in deep economic Shumer (to use a Patriotism). This book takes it to the extreme, with the US currency collapsing and with it all of society. Cities erupt in civil unrest because the police stop working. Eventually everyone stops working and we enter a new dark age, one without power.

The Book as a Book

This is the second edition of the book but it still feels like an authors first work. It is obvious that the point of every plot device – and many of the character’s existence – is just to teach something. We never really get emotionally involved with the character. The only time I really felt bad for them was at their deaths.

I listened to the book on audio but also bought it in paper so my wife could read it. We people read this book, they understand what it means to be a survivalist and want to do something. The book is very much about prepared people and not ordinary ones. Even characters who walk out of cities are survival minded by the time they cross paths with the main characters.

There are a few passages when it gets down right technical and was a hard listen. Description of the retreat’s door was hard to follow on audio.

Survival Lessons

There are too many lessons as part of this story, from how to fortify a house, set up and run an LP/OP, to how to do a person to person blood transfusion. This book really delves into Rawlesian survivalism, and make you want to have a survival retreat. The main characters, both those that live at the retreat in Idaho and those that bug out there show you how big an advantage it is to have a prepared, stocked place WAY off the beaten track.

It makes you want a survival retreat.

These people’s stock piles border on ridiculousness. I think after the first year they were supporting more than 10 people on just their stockpiles of food. I don’t remember any mention of growing crops.

You also learn if you are going to survival, you want to do it with other people. You want a group retreat, not just a solo one. You need more than 1 or 2 people to have a round the clock guard. You also realize again that certain skills will be of vital importance after a crash.

Conclusion

Like I said at the beginning, Patriots is the book others are judged by. If you want to learn survivalism this is the book to read. I find a few faults, it doesn’t have the writer’s polish of One Second After and I’m not sure an economic collapse would cause as much break down as they say, but you’ll get a good overview of all the things that could happen and enjoy the process.

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-03-07

  • Sitting next to an 8 yr old at a Kevin smith movie. #
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  • I favorited a YouTube video — Purify Water during an emergency http://youtu.be/8OQXZPndh4M?a #
  • Zinn Star Bath Tub Nude http://su.pr/35BTnr #
  • Zinn Star Bubbles Make Me Happy http://su.pr/6chQDA #
  • @jeremyfrandsen Yep, be nice if you gave me a link too. in reply to jeremyfrandsen #
  • Zinn Star Blowing Bubble NSFW http://su.pr/1NlwCo #
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  • A tale of walking home. Start with Good Boots and Warm Socks http://su.pr/2F0cWX #
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  • World server is down! World server is Down! They can't do this to me. #
  • Ep 39 – Model Pixie http://su.pr/6dgkQn #
  • Back from Avatar. Slight headache. Visually stunning. Dramatically good There were people on costume for the Alice premeire. #
  • Zinn Star Laughing in the Tub http://su.pr/2nPFN8 #
  • I'm thinking a zombie comedy double feature. Shawn of the Dead and Zombieland. But with first? #
  • That should have been which first, Shaun of the Dead or Zombieland. #
  • Shaun of the Dead begins. Painfully. Pizza is good. #
  • Shaun of the Dead over. Sheer awesomeness. Intermission before Zombieland. #
  • Great Zombieland "Thank God for rednecks. This is a big truck and these are big guns." #
  • Zinn Star Pouring Water http://su.pr/1p5GWg #
  • I amd so tired. #
  • Am I the only one who thought the Pandorans in Avatar looked like WOW elves? #
  • Thin mint unit of consumption is by the roll. #

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One Second After Review

One Second After by William R Forstchen is another story of America after an EMP attack. This one well written by an experienced author. Also much harder than the other novels I’ve read and much more poignant. Many times while listening – I listened to the audio book – I almost quit because it was too much to take and tears ran often.

This is the story of the community of Black Mountain, North Carolina after an EMP attack on the United States. The main viewpoint character is retired colonel John Matherson, professor of military history and single father of 2 girls. The book spans a year after the attacks, with many chapters headed with the number of days since the attack.

In my classification of survivalist vs regular people, this is the story of one prepared regular person. While professor Matherson isn’t a survivalist, his military and historical perspective makes him an invaluable resource and leader to the whole town.

The Survival Scenario: EMP

Three nukes take out every thing electronic in the US, Russia, Japan, Korea, and Eastern Europe. There is much more detail on what the implications are in this book that some others I’ve read.

The setting has a number of advantages, but not the ones people expect of a “rural” community. Matter of fact that is a point of discussion in the book, that refugees from the city think Black Mountain must have food, because they are rural and have farms. But most of the farmland has been made into suburban housing and they get their food from the supermarket just like the cities.

The two big advantages they do have are a water reservoir higher than much of the town, which means they have running water for most of the town even when the power goes down. And they are surrounded by mountains except for a couple of entrances, which gives them some tactical advantages. They do have the disadvantage of a interstate highway running through the town, so the golden hoards pushed through their territory.

The Book as a Book

Forstchen is an accomplished author with a number of novels of military history, alternate history, and science fiction under his belt before taking on this subject. As a result this is the best written book I’ve read on the subject. Characters are full, rich and well drawn. They act like I’d expect good people in hard situations to act.

Forstchen is a professor of military history and it shows in this book. Matter of fact toward the end I was wishing the main character – who is also a professor of military history – would stop taking asides into how much this was like historic events.

Survival Lessons

Food

Food ends up being the central issue in the book with starvation killing more than just about anything. Not having enough food also means you don’t have as much strength and are more susceptible to disease.

It seemed amazing how quickly starvation started killing, less than 2 months, and that with a low calorie diet – under 800 calories/day. And any food was good food at that point. While “store what you eat and eat what you store” is a good advice, I wondered if it would be worth spending a few hundred dollars on something like this (which is really about 34 days at 1000 calories/day for one person). When they are putting sawdust in bread and a ration is 600 calories, those will look pretty good.

There is an interesting exchange in the book when the emergency city council is talking about food stores in the town. They mention the Franklin clan, which are survivalist types and how maybe they should go get their food and pool it with all the community food. But the chief of police says he doesn’t want to go do that because he knew he couldn’t do it with taking casualties.

Ultimately – and quickly – they decide not to take food from individuals as long as they don’t ask for rations from the central stores. If they do then they get to search your house and take any food there for the community. Which is fair and what I’d hope people would do. That said, eventually there are home invasions for food as a regular occurrence by desperate people after a couple of months.

Ammo

Early on they mention precious metals having some worth in trade, but after a few months it is only ammo that trades and the only thing it trade for is food. Especially 22 ammo, because that is what is used to hunt squirrel.

Related to food and ammo, in well under a year the whole area is hunted out. All the horses are killed for food and any dog found wondering ends up in a pot.

Skills

While dealing with letting refugees down their stretch of road, they decided that people with particular skills can stay. Ive come to realize the best skill you could possibly have is a doctor. Any community will let an extra doctor in. Nurses and vets – which become doctors – are next in line. They won’t have it good in the job they will have to do, and when the plagues start health care professionals are going to be hit hard.

Immunizations

One thing that happens is a lot of diseases we don’t worry about in the US make a comeback in the horrible conditions. Those mentioned are Typhoid and Cholera. Interestingly when I was getting a H1N1 shot at my local drug store they offered “international immunizations” for travelers. One of those immunizations was for Typhoid. Reading this book almost made me get one right then. There is also a vaccine for Cholera though it wasn’t listed at the drug store.

Conclusion

A really well written book about a very hard situation. After reading it, I concluded that an EMP attack on the US is the worst event that could befall us. In this book 80-90% of the population dies in the first year and the country breaks up.

I also learned the term asymmetrical attack in this book. That is when a weaker enemy can launch a powerful attack against a stronger enemy. EMP is the ultimate asymmetrical attack.

More Resources on EMP

Wikipedia explanation of EMP A good general explanation of EMP.

Starfish Prime – One thing missing in this book and in Jericho was the atmospheric effects. You might not have seen in during the day, which is when One Second After happen, but Jerhico’s was at night and it seems you’d get these atmospheric effects over the whole effected area.

Test 184

The One Second After website.