Sunday, August 23, 2009

24, 1984, preps

Well, we just finished Season 4 of 24 a few days ago. As I mentioned earlier, this has been the best season by far. Non-stop domination. There were so many great scenes in this installment, it's tough to pick out the best. One of my favorites is the staged robbery scene from which the above pic has been taken. This shows Jack at his best--on the edge!

I recently finished reading 1984 by George Orwell. Not the most edifying work, but I am glad I've read it. Now I know what all the hype is about. You can basically read the first 50 or 60 pages and get the gist of the world. The rest of the story is just the author's sick and twisted sense of humor being perpetrated on his hapless audience.

At present, I'm reading the Aeneid for leisure and A.G Sertillanges The Intellectual Life for study. At about this time every year, I start feeling the back to school ju-ju in the air, feeling that I should be studying, even though study is not presently a requirement for anything in particular in my vocation. I find myself fancying grad school and embarking on some great work of scholarship, but this never materializes. In about a month or so this present desire will give way to my desire for the smell of burning leaves, chopping wood, and hanging out by the wood stove.

I have more than half a cord of wood or so. It's split, stacked, and dried. I will likely purchase a couple cords in the coming months for the heating season and forgo the incessant foraging. I love cutting and chopping wood, but I want to spend my time in the garden patch this winter, clearing brush and debris. I am sure I will get some wood splitting in somewhere along the way, though. Propane is just ungodly expensive when you are getting filled up every two months. We will see how heating with wood goes.

I watched a documentary called Urban Dangertoday, available online. Actually, I skimmed through the last half of it. An interesting albeit cheesy documentary on homesteading/prepping. There's some good points about self-sufficiency and living off the land made in it, but unless you are a devoted or beginning prepper, it's probably just really lame. Myself, I picked up a few good tips from U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, a depression survivor who built a neat little cabin in the hills. If you decide to watch any of it, his cabin walk-through is the best part. The rest you can skip.

Ok, that's it for now. Hope you all had a great weekend.

Over and Out,



Martin Schap said...

I read 1984. Not necessarily Orwell's best, but a good book to read just so you know what everyone else is talking about. Kind of a cultural literacy thing. My favorite Orwell is Homage to Catalonia. It's about his experience fighting in the Spanish Civil War.
Urban Danger has been a bit of a disappointment so far. Granted, I haven't watched much, but I have heard not one single mention of Zombies. Self sufficiency is neat, but without the ability to blow a Zed to smithereens with special purpose shotgun munitions you are still merely dinner for the undead.

Nick-dog said...

Yeah. "Urban Danger" would have been better called "Prepping for Amish Wannabes" or something. It's a little too sanctimonious and cheesily scripted for my tastes. I mean, where are the pungee traps and AKs? You'd kinda want that stuff for an "Urban Danger" environment.

Sometimes I think I give things too much credit... Sorry about that.

I am Legend remains a vastly superior film, when it comes to realistic "Urban Danger" scenarios.