Easier than you would think. MIT guide was a lot of help.
USAF Basic Training. Now I can run for an hour or more. You’d be surprised at what you can do while being yelled at.
I’m in a Search and Rescue unit. It’s my job now :). My best advice for survival from the perspective of someone who looks for lost people?
-Know your limitations: Are you really going to be able to improvise that snare? Do snares even work? Carry three days worth of food (I carry 2 MREs, Trail Mix, and a couple power bars). How do I get three days worth of energy out of that? The best thing to do in the woods when lost is make yourself visible and stay put, unless you can hear the interstate nearby…Carry a whistle and some orange.
-Navigation Skills are your friend: GPS doesn’t always cut it in the woods. Learn to use a compass the correct way. Have an extra compass. Have a map. People get disoriented very easily.
-Water and Shelter: Carry some bottled water with you, and keeps some purifying tablets. 8×10 tarps are your friend. Try to get something bright colored for your tarp (eg. don’t buy a camo / black tarp). Get some 550 cord or a clothesline to string up your tarp. If it’s going to be cold, carry cold weather gear. Bring waterproof matches, and an alternate fire starting method. Do not rely on your improvised bow to make fire.
-It is a good idea to have basic first aid available, a flashlight, a multitool, some 550 cord, etc.
-On the subject of fire arms: Fire arms are good noise makers. If you have predators where you live they make good protection. They will get you dinner. Make sure you learn to use a weapon. It’s amazing how versatile a .22 is, and how lightweight the ammo is.
-If you are learning to survive for the end of the world: Don’t plan on living off the land. Have a cache somewhere if you are into that sort of thing. When the day may or may not come, have a place to go and get there. I am a CBRNE specialist in the Air National Guard, and so I have a somewhat different view on what to do when the stuff hits the fan.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS…Do not hesitate to ask me. This is one of the subjects where I feel I can give real good advice. Look around on the internet, find things out by all means. As a disclaimer, the above is just a quick guide. But really the most important advice I have is STAY PUT, BE VISIBLE. http://www.sarbc.org/litw3.html And finally, feel free to email me at gking86 AT gmail DOT com. Try to put Survival in the subject somewhere. I will answer, but it may be a couple days.
I kinda got fired back up again. My biggest tip is to not just pick a chapter or verse or something, but to come at the Bible from the perspective of the historical background of the writers. Context is key! There are great books out there!
Also, read Rob Bell’s books.
Took fencing lessons last fall before I shipped out for basic training, so my fencing skills are rudimentary at best, but I may get back into it one of these days.
My search and rescue unit does high angle rescue now…so got that one knocked out.
Thumb – Mixed Martial Arts
Collar Bone – Tackled a steel door frame.
Shoulder Blade – Mixed Martial Arts.
All in all, none of it was really that bad. My collar bone was probably the worst, and I just kind of looked at the bone jutting out of my shoulder and asked if they wanted to drive me home. They took me to a hospital, which was probably best considering that you can do some pretty bad nerve and artery damage with that break. The thumb I didn’t notice for a week, and the shoulder blade I didn’t notice for 6 weeks because I was doing Mixed Martial Arts before my collar bone was healed, therefore taking copious amounts of pain killers.
We missed the whole first act because of train delays to see it at the Fox theatre in St. Louis! It was the broadway tour, and we were disappointed, but the manager lady felt so bad for us that she gave us front row seats for the show and free tickets for three days later! Huzzah!
Sitting here with a nice clavicle break. Way too run into a door me!
Hacking is really broken up into two categories. The first and premier version of this is Social Engineering. A excellent hacker is good at using peoples brains against them, and knowing how to guess passwords, find where they are written down etc. The second part of hacking is the actuall machine part. Read…lots. Learn to program in an object-oriented language. Read lots and lots of manuals on what you want to hack. The majority of “hackers” out there confuse being a script kiddie with being a real hacker. Script kiddies use what others have done without really understanding it (think Jurrasic Park)...they use it to impress, but never achive the satisfaction of feeling what it’s like to know a system so perfectly that you no longer need to think about it…it just happens. I don’t claim to be some super hacker, just someone who enjoys turning over complex things in his mind… It took me almost ten years before I considered myself even a semi-competant hacker. People use it like Karate…you can say you are a black belt all you want and people will be impressed and none will ever EVER check, but where is the satisfaction in that?