Rescues And Knife Fights And Food

It’s been a while since I did a good Friday Recommends, so I did one.

I’m still wrasslin’ with my computer. I’ve about decided the problem is Mandriva 2011. Is anybody surprised? Anyone? Bueller? The reason I think so is that, when I Google whatever error message I happen to be getting, there’s always a list of hits of people looking for the solution to that message. Those who solve it are usually people who are comfortable getting into the files and rewriting them. I’m not there, yet, but I’m approaching it. The next time you see me, I may have computer grease under my fingernails and a computer with a picture of a nude hard drive on my office wall.

Pursuant to that, I downloaded the Trinity Rescue Kit, because it was recommended to me by T. Lee Harris, who can write, draw, cook, sew, shoot, repair anything from houses to jewelry — do damn near anything. Oh, and it was free. It’s already fixed one problem, exposing another. ding! Next!

For some reason, a couple of Survivalists have started following me on Twitter. Maybe it’s because I talk about food so much. Maybe it’s the Power of Attraction, since I’ve always been fascinated by stories of survival against odds, like on deserted islands or in the wilderness or wherever. THE BOXCAR CHILDREN surviving on garden thinnings and so forth. At any rate, one of them linked to this fabulous-abulous video at Doomsday Survival Skills demonstrating how to defend yourself in a knife fight. The first recommended move is the one I would instinctively have gone for, so I’m rather proud of myself.

Now let’s take a leap backwards into the past. Come on — hold my hand, it’ll be easy — one … two … three … jump! ~sound of prehistoric animals in the background, hominids grunting around us~ Here we are at NPR’s Culture And Cosmos blog, where famed anthropologist Barbara J. King is talking about humanity’s mostly vegetarian past. Not entirely, but mostly. I think my takeaway lesson is that I eat like a caveman.

Dr. King is a pescatarian, which means she eats fish, so my next stop was at the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch site, where one can read about good/okay/bad seafood choices and can download a printable chart or a mobile app to help make those choices in restaurants or the grocery.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go rummage in my computer’s guts and learn to spit on the floor.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character has to learn to do something new.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Rescues And Knife Fights And Food

  1. Jane

    July 27, 2012 at 9:42am

    Nice recommends, pal!.
    This is a fun concept for a site, albeit a commercial one. It’s still funny to look it up: Barmageddon. (Caution: Mayan apocalypse content.)
    Sorry, you’ll have to use Google to get there.

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