Best Survival Books – 7 Titles Handpicked by a US Marine

I’m (Mike of Military Backpack Guide) a former US Marine and IRAQ veteran, and this is my list of the absolute best survival books.  Books you can learn from, and live by.  The problem is that there are a ton of books about survival but lots of them are, well, junk.  Not junk in the sense that the author didn’t try, just more like books that tend to be a compilation of other books, original works that have been consumed and regurgitated, and every other “not that great” reference in between. That’s one of the reasons why this is the “top 7” and not “top 10”.  I refuse to stuff this thing with unnecessary entries just to make a number.  This is officially  the best collection of survival books this side of Mars– neatly organized, and updated for 2015.  Of course, if you’re not a book learner, there are plenty of survival schools throughout the world too.

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The 15 Best Survival Books Ever Written | Outdoor Life

Not everyone’s a Navy Seal or an Eagle Scout. So for those who haven’t received hands-on training in survival skills, studying a quality survival manual is your next best option. Whether you have a full library of self-preservation books, or you are looking to buy your first survival guide, check out our some of our favorite titles.

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10 Ways To Explore The Internet Archive For Free

The Internet Archive is a treasure trove of fascinating media, texts, and ephemera. Items that if they didn’t exist here, would be lost forever. Yet so many of our community members have difficulty describing what exactly it is…that we do here. Most people know us for the Wayback Machine, but we are so much more. To that end, we’ve put together a fun and useful guide to exploring the Archive. So, grab your flashlight and pith hat and let your digital adventure begin…


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100 Best Books by Black Female Authors, 1850 – Present | ZORA

The ZORA Canon, our list of the 100 greatest books ever written by African American women, is one of a kind, yet it exists within a rich cultural tradition. As author and New York Times contributing opinion writer Kaitlyn Greenidge notes in “Why We Need to Acknowledge the African American Women’s Canon,” her insightful and moving introduction to the list, Black artists and cultural leaders have been compiling documents of this sort since the 1700s, first as part of an ongoing argument against White supremacy and slavery. Later, during Reconstruction, as a reminder to the newly literate Black population “that they were not alone.” Later still, to catalog the abundance of the Harlem Renaissance (the period that brought us Zora Neale Hurston, for whom ZORA is named). And in contemporary time, less to prove the value of Black women’s voices and their humanity than to “go about challenging the work of figuring out what this space would mean for us.”

Source: 100 Best Books by Black Female Authors, 1850 – Present | ZORA

The Utmost Breathtaking Tourist Sites in California – All She Wrote

I recently just got back from the ravishing state of California this past winter break. The things to do and see in this state is limitless. Every city and region is known for something. This December, we traveled from Sacramento through San Francisco, to the central coast.

1. Golden Gate

As soon as we landed, we headed towards the Fisherman’s Warf which is located in the heart of San Francisco. San Fran’s Wharf is definitely interesting. Right near the bay, the downtown wharf area contains a variety of gourmet restaurants and high tech corporate buildings like Google and Reddit. As prosperous as this area is, it is a bit on the dirty side. I would keep your eyes peeled as you would in any downtown area.

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6 things I wish I knew the day I started Berklee | Derek Sivers

This is a talk I gave to incoming first-year students at Berklee College of Music today: September 5, 2008.

#1 : Focus. Disconnect. Do not be distracted.

My favorite part of the movies is the training sequence, where a young Bruce Wayne, Neo, or Kung-Fu Panda goes to a remote location to be trained relentlessly, nonstop, past all breaking points, until they emerge as a master.The next few years can be your training sequence, if you focus.

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10 Best Lightweight Linux Distributions for Older Computers in 2019 [With System Requirements]

What do you do with your old computers? The one which once had good hardware configuration but now those are considered outdated. Why not revive your old computer with Linux? I am going to list best lightweight Linux distributions that you can use on your older PC.

While our focus is on older computers, you can also use most of these lightweight Linux on relatively new hardware. This will give you a better performance if you use your computer for resource-heavy usage such as video editing on Linux.

Let’s see which lightweight Linux distro you should use.

Source: 10 Best Lightweight Linux Distributions for Older Computers in 2019 [With System Requirements]

How I Build Websites (A loose manifesto) – Rhoneisms

Here’s some loose and evolving thoughts about how I build websites. I’m mainly writing this for my own use and something I can point potential clients to about what I believe in. It may be of help to others as well. I’ll continue to update this post as other ideas/thoughts/statements/beliefs come up.I believe in simple, clean, fast, purpose built websites. I will not be clogging up the pipes with vapid stock photos or meaningless cruft. The websites I build have one purpose — information delivery. I build and design them to fulfill that goal. If you want fancy, you can find that everywhere and pay a price far higher than I charge for it. I don’t do that and those that hire me hire me because I don’t do that.Before I even begin to build a website for a client, I engage in a deep conversation around two simple questions: Who is coming here and what are they looking for? I design the entire site around the answers to those two questions.

Source: How I Build Websites (A loose manifesto) – Rhoneisms

The Ultimate Joshua Tree National Park Travel Guide

This post appeared first at Outside Magazine: Travel

It’s embarrassing to admit, but ten years ago, when I first started going to Joshua Tree National Park, I got lost. I’d been shuffling along, marveling at the sheer magnitude of the fractured monzogranite towers, when I realized that the trail had vanished. I clambered atop the nearest p...

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Incorporating a few Old School Blogs into our Stream Here.

I have a list of ‘Old School Blogs’ from somewhere (I can’t remember where). I’m working my way through them and have a subsite over on my OffLine Task Handler Server to pull feeds from there to then reflect those selectively back to here.

I can’t pull all the posts from all the feeds to this site as it would overwhelm the “Poor Lil’ Ole’ Meanderthal Blog” but I think a random snippet reflection here would be a fantastic addition and I’m looking forward to building that over the next couple weeks.

Stay Tuned!


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