Some board games I want to buy, in the order I want to buy them.
My bug-out bag, as dad in a family of five.
A pandemic lockdown game collection for three grownups & three elementary-aged girls, plus assorted friends. Some are unopened & will be resold if unplayed.
As you build your stockpile for a lengthy shelter-in-place scenario, use this list for inspiration. Try cloning it and customizing the entries with specific brands & foods you like.
A more focused version of our home medical kit, customized for Wuhan coronavirus. Idea is to save you a trip to the doctor, or to support remote care via phone/video chat.
When it comes to knowing what's next with the pandemic, I've found the following two methods have yet to let me down: I keep close tabs on what infectious disease experts are saying, and I regularly mask up and go outside to look around. For the first method --- listening to experts --- part of my secret sauce is checking in on Michael Osterholm's CIDRAP podcast from the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. Osterholm has been consistently o
A lot has been made of the President's claim that we should "slow the testing down," a claim that he doubled down on in subsequent remarks to reporters. Most commentators state that he's under the mistaken impression that if we just don't look at the problem, it'll go away. But I follow a bunch of virus skeptics on Twitter and in other venues, and based on what I see from them I think I understand the reasoning behind the president's remark. The evidence leads experts to believe he's wrong, b
ICUs in some areas of the United States are about to go into overflow mode, as you’ve probably seen. You may have even shared a story about this on a social media site. And if you shared one of those "ICU occupancy is surging" stories, odds are good that someone responded to by suggesting that you calm down and do a bit of simple math: Current number of occupied ICU beds / Total population in the area = Teeny tiny numbers. Take Houston, TX, for instance --- an emerging hotspot not far from
I'm not a big fan of gadgets and "sharpening systems" that lock you into a specific way of putting an edge on a blade. I advocate learning to free-hand an edge on a strop or a diamond stone, because once you learn that skill, it's easily transferrable to many different kinds of sharpening media. As I demonstrate in this video review, the $45 Work Sharp Benchstone Knife Sharpener is a great tool for learning to develop your sharpening technique, because it gives you a set of training wheels fo
Here in Texas, we're still having a hard time getting reusable cloth masks of decent quality. My wife ordered some fancy-looking masks from Canada over a month ago, and they've yet to ship. I recently waited three weeks for some overpriced masks that fell apart on first use. Luckily, more clothing makers and brands are introducing their own mask lines. GORUCK is the latest to throw its hat into the ring, with a new line of masks that are actually (as of this writing) in stock. I've spent a