R Sumner

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Well, clearly that guy didn't know what he was talking about (I mean, it's a pass-fail situation and where did he end up?)

For one thing, the preferred term is "undead" -- a zombi is the product of a particular cultural ritual, and don't behave at all as presented. Watch the appropriation!

Also that brain diagram was very misleading. As I keep telling the kids at the park; your primary target is the brain stem. The top and front of the brain are just bad ballast to most viral- or fungal-based undead. High-caliber bullets are good fun and all, but aim for the base of the skull or lower jaw, and expect a hundred shamblers to home in on the sound of the shot (PRO TIP: A Carpenter's hammer to the mastoid process will generally do the trick for organic undead. Hammers are quiet and don't need sharpening.)

And that's another thing: what type of undead? What's animating them? That's really the first question you need to ask (once you and your family are safe in your hidden Oehler bunker: Costco sounds like a slow and dreary death by attrition to me.)

For instance, ask author James S.A Corey (either one): what good will any of the attacks described in the film do against ancient alien nanotech revenants? (If you are very lucky, you will get an extremely detailed and entertaining short story about precisely how each might make the situation far, far worse.) Even viral-based shamblers sometimes have fast agile cousins: sometimes in the same horde. You can expect strange and even coordinated group behavior from fungal infections. And magical undead can be extremely varied and nearly unstoppable by conventional means (Jim Butcher would have us aim for the spellcaster or supporting instruments, but even that just leaves the construct angry and uncontrolled).

But there is good news! Permaculture gardeners have several natural advantages in many life-and-death situations, metaphorical and actual. And not just due to their generally excellent options for improvised pole weapons! Did you know many types of undead are compostable, given the correct techniques? It's actually quite simple given the correct knowledge and preparation.

If you'd like to learn more about composting, and how to handle yourself in the event of an undead outbreak, please exchange your True Name, online contact information, and a psychic conduit to your everlasting soul for my downloadable ebook [include link].
10 hours ago
"Trick or Treeee--eeat!"

The wizard grips his staff and glowers at the intruders before him for a long, long moment before intoning: "I chose: TRICK!"

With great speed, the eldritch elder plucks several coins from the monsters' hair, clothing, and protuberances. He holds one out to a startled goblin, who reaches for it, only to see it vanish and appear in the conjuror's other hand. The coins cascade in a silvery stream over the candleflame, then one by one flash into the various bags and buckets.


The door slams shut with a flutter of artificial cobwebs.
3 days ago
It's hard to beat cold-brewed coffee for quality, cost and waste reduction:

6.5L cold water (I use 10L food-quality buckets from the hardware store and fill them to a marked line)
1lb bag of coarse-ground espresso (this is where you spend the money -- quality dark roast from a single grower. No mould!)
11-14 hours in the 'fridge or a coldish larder

Filter through a fine-mesh steel colander or similar and then through a t-shirt or speaker cloth bag or large-sized (compostable) coffee filter into a second identical bucket.

Below the steel mesh, I nest two large coffee filters in two cheapo spaghetti strainers for an extra-clear result, but you can use whatever. If there's any sediment (from fine-ground coffee, eg), let it settle out and pour off the good stuff.

Keeps in the cooler for weeks, heats in moments or drink cold when you need a quick caffeine hit. No bitterness: just strong, strong coffee. Freezes into ice cubes for months. Makes great iced coffee (or just emergency supply when you forget the weekly coffee brew
4 months ago
There are few better resources than the Baroness' (Scraeling Althing: Ottawa, Ontario) excellent Big Buttes Book: Annotated Dyets Dry Dinner (1599), by Henry Buttes, with Elizabethan Recipes

10 months ago
A bit off topic Ryan, but have you looked at your electrolyte balance? Regardless what else is going on, heart palpitations and cramps (not to mention anxiety) are often immediately due to an imbalance of potassium/magnesium/sodium, which is actually pretty easy to correct. People on the spectrum (like you and I) are notoriously bad at absorbing magnesium, even if we get enough in our food. Carol Dean is all over the 'net pushing supplements but she has some good info: https://drcarolyndean.com/2012/10/when-magnesium-makes-me-worse/
11 months ago
We have "bulletproof" butter coffee every morning:

~2 cups hot coffee
~1-2 tablespoons grass-fed butter
~1-2 tbs coconut oil
~1 tsp maple syrup

Blend carefully in a pre-warmed blender, ending with a long buzz at high speed for a richly textured drink.

The blending is, as mentioned above, critical. For taste and texture as well as for emulsifying the fats for maximum digestibility.

Your product will, of course, vary with the quality of your ingredients. I find cold-brewed coffee works best for reducing stomach reactions. Gently heat it on the stove without boiling (melting the butter and oil in the pot at this stage will preserve some heat in the final drink).
4 years ago