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BEST Zombie Gear by Category

BEST Zombie Gear by Category Blood Spatter

The focus of this article is to identify the BEST gear by category to survive Z day regardless of cost. This article is not about the best value. A lot of the gear listed here is extremely expensive but that’s often the case with the best product of any type! Looking at the best is not a bad idea even if you are going to get something less expensive. You become familiar with the specs of the best and then search for something that has similar specs but is a better value.

1) Backpack

Eberlestock X3 LoDrag Pack is designed to carry your long gun around better than any other backpack in the world! Unlike a soldier, much less a camper, you might be roaming for months or even years in a zombie world and if you lose your rifle and/or shot gun then you lose your life. I have been a nomad my whole life and have learned the hard way that if you are on the move and can’t pack it well then you are you are going to lose it! In the pre-zombie world this applies to your passport more than anything else (Passport Pocket for Cargo Pants).

Eberlestock X3 Low Drag Pack with scabbard

2) Clothing

If you in a zombie world then you are doing lots of things that damage your hands including gathering wood, chopping through brush, breaking into stores to get supplies and punching out people that don’t understand English. An injured hand means you are severely incapacitated so you need to protect your hands with gloves. Also, I am pretty sure a punch to the head of zombie can do the job in many instances but you need the right gloves for the job! Punch that zombie with Blackhawk Men’s S.O.L.A.G. HD Glove with Kevlar.

Blackhawk S.O.L.A.G. HD gloves with KEVLAR

Zombies don’t shoot! Zombies bite! Guess who else bites? Sharks! A shark suit is designed with bites in mind and is light weight compared to anti-ballistic body armor.

Neptunic’s NeXt Generation Sharksuit

Neptunic Sharksuits tests 2006

The Sharksuit is well suited for zombies but not for a non-zombie world. There are some interesting variations in body armor including Dragon Skin and Liquid Body Armor.

body armor dragon skin

Liquid body armour proves to be bullet proof

3) Communication

Ham radio is the best way to communicate with the world when the phone cell towers go silent. However, there is a lot more than just gear involved and Ham radio requires an investment in time to learn how to use and maintain the equipment. Also, Ham radio flunks the portability test.

The second route is focus on communication with friends and loved ones using a Walkie Talkie. However, until the cell phones go dead you want to use your cell phone! Why choose? The Motorola i355 (Nextel) is both a cell phone and a Walkie Talkie.

Emergency Communications: Motorola i355 Review

4) Fire Starters

When it comes to zombies you can never have too many knives! Maybe the zombies attack when you are making a fire! The Tool Logic SL3 Tactical Folding 1/2 Serrated Knife with Magnesium Fire Starter is a fire starter and a knife in one package!

Tool Logic SLP2 Tactical Folding 1/2 Serrated Knife With LED Flashlight, Magnesium Fire Starter and

5) Fishing Gear

I am assuming you already have rifle and/or shot gun so you have hunting game covered. However, there are an awful lot more fish in the world than game and fishing makes a lot less noise than shooting game! What needs to be understood is that your fishing to survive not have fun and nets allow for passive trapping unlike fishing poles and take up a lot less space so throw out the fishing pole and go with a fishing net. The Survival Gill Net Best Glide ASE is compact and durable!

Best Glide Survival Fishing or Gill Net – Scout Prepper

6) Light

The MPOWERD Luci is an inexpensive solar charged lantern that can produce 80 lumens of light for a 15 square feet area.

MPOWERD Luci Light Review

7) Medical Kit

I think gear needs to be related to your overall strategy. The number one plan should be to get to a beach and head for an islet. Hopefully you identified the islet and prepositioned your supplies. The Adventure Medical Marine 300 Kit deals with many scenarios you would handle on the seas and also deals with wounds.

Adventure Medical Marine 300 Medical Kit mfg#0115-0300

8) Multi-Tool Kit

One big division between multi-tools is big ones that need fit on your belt and little ones that fit on your key ring. If you are going to go big then go all the way with the Power Tech Fire Talon. The Power Tech Fire Talon is tough and most of all has two LED lights so you can work at night!

“How To” Video for the Power Tek Fire Talon Multi-Tool

The best small multi tool is the Titanium Utility Ring because it doesn’t look like a multi-tool and lets you play James Bond when the bad guys take you captive. Additionally, a punch is all the more effective with any ring on and this ring, with one of the blades out, will do even more damage.

Gear Review : Custom “Man Ring” Multitool

9) Survival Tent

There is no sense surviving the zombies but dying of exposure to the elements. The Trango 3.1 tent from Mountain Hard Wear is portable and extremely sturdy.

Mountain Hardwear Trango 3-Person Camping Tent

10) Transportation

The zombies arrive and you need to get out to an unpopulated area fast! Cities are great pre-Z Day but Z-Day means all those people in the cities are just going to be thousands of zombies that will soon be millions of zombies, if you wait too long! The problem is the roads are bumper to bumper. If at all possible then your plan should be to go to the sea shore and get to an uninhabited islet from the sea shore. As mentioned before, you had this strategy all alone and prepositioned supplies on the islet so you can travel light. If only you had a boat that fit in your small garage or cargo area of your truck, is easily transported to the seashore and is easy to use! WoKart does the job!

Hugh Fox WoKart Resized

WoKart YouTube

Not all of us have the luxury of being next to the sea shore so you are going to hit the road. Redundancy is good especially when it comes transportation. I would start with a truck to get me out of the city for starters because I can fit plenty of supplies in the cargo space but I would also like some sort of off road vehicle in that cargo space if the road becomes impassable. That’s where the Defender HD8 XT comes in handy.

Introducing the 2016 Can-Am Defender HD8 and HD10

11) Water Purifier

You can only really last a 2-3 days without water. There is a theory that the reason there are so many Chinese is because early on they boiled water while the West did not boil water.   If you drink bad water then sooner or later you will get sick and even die and people need to drink a lot of water. There are several excellent products out there but I would go with the Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System because the system only weighs two ounces and most of all the product can filter 100,000 gallons despite the low weight. In contrast the very popular LifeStraw Survival Water Filter only filters 264 gallons and is also about two ounces.

Sawyer Mini Water Filter Kit – Preparedmind101

12) Weapons (Melee)

Sure you can get a cheap machete at Walmart but don’t go crying to mommy when the handle shatters and the wood shards cut your hand in the middle of a zombie fight. You need sturdy equipment that isn’t going to break and that’s what the Gerber Apocalypse Kit promises.

Gerber 30-000601 Zombie Apocalypse Survival Kit

13) Weapons (Ranged)

You did your research and realized that the best fire arm is a shotgun. You need to hit the head and might not have time to aim carefully. If price is no object then the Beretta 1301 tactical shotgun is probably the best tactical shotgun out there.

Beretta 1301 Tactical – Overview

Suddenly you are surrounded by fifty zombies! You aren’t going to shoot your way out of this one even with a tactical shotgun! I bet you wish you had a flame thrower and guess what you can turn your shot gun into a flame thrower with Dragons Breath! This is one dangerous weapon and you will burn a lot of zombies but if you aren’t careful you might burn yourself as the video below shows:

Dragons Breath Shot From Saiga-12 BE SAFE WITH THIS UNIQUE 12GA SHELL!

The shot gun is great but boy it’s noisy and sometimes you want to take out the zombies from afar quietly and that’s when the PSE Tactical Crossbow comes in handy!

PSE Tactical Assault Crossbows TAC15, TAC10, TAC15i, & TAC10i in HD

What do you think? I welcome comments from readers!

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Passport Pocket for Cargo Pants

Passport Pocket for Cargo Pants Captioned

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and in this case I think this is absolutely true! If the picture above explains the topic then just move on! Generally I carry my passport around my neck in a passport holder but sometimes I don’t want to look like a tourist. Stolen passports are worth a fortune so you want a little extra security for the pocket that holds your passport. I came up with a clever idea for upgrading my Molecule classic cargo pants and adding a snap hook to one of the pockets in order to put my passport in a safer compartment.

I use cable ties to attach snap hooks to things like backpacks all the time.

Snaphook on backpack

The challenge here was adding a “thingy” the snap hook could clip onto. It is more convenient and cheaper to cannibalize key rings for both the “thingy”, which is actually a double-eye swivel ring, and snap hook than running around town trying to find these parts separately. I really like the classic cargo pant model because you have two pockets per leg. There is back zippered flat pocket that works for flat objects such as passports and also front button-close, bellow pocket you can use for bulkier items which is a foldable reusable bag in my case. I attached the double-eye swivel ring to the back of the button-down flap of the front pocket.  If you cut a cable tie then there is a sharp edge which I get rid of by using a barbecue lighter to melt the edge.  The pull tab of the zipper of the back flat pocket has a large hole that makes it super easy to attach the snap hook using the cable tie.

Molecule cargo pants zipper pull tabFinished Project!Finished project

 

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Is Kobe Lobster A Needless Extravagance?

Kobe Lobster Label

Above is the label of an exciting new product and comments about the label and the product are welcomed and will be forwarded to the appropriate channels.  Elitists around the world have long argued that the best beef in the world is Kobe beef. One of the distinctive characteristics of Kobe beef is that the cattle are feed apples and beer. The cows are also given daily massages!

This may be how Kobe Beef is made

Happy cows seem to be better tasting cows and Kobe beef sells for 500$ a kilo! The same people who brought you Kobe beef are now thinking of branching into lobster which will be branded as Kobe Lobster. Because of my blog, I was part of an exclusive focus group that tasted Kobe Lobster in a Japanese restaurant in Bangkok. The management of Kobe Lobster wanted to find out what trend setters around the world think of their new product and are presumably having similar focus groups around the world.

The lobster are currently being massaged on a daily level. The people at Kobe are not sure if this practice will continue since the lobster don’t seem to care for the massages and the lobsters have been known to take a nip at the fingers of the massagers with their claws.

The lobster are underwater in tanks so they cannot hear music but classical music is piped in via boom boxes that are pressed against the glass. Presumably, the vibrations make the lobsters happier and therefore better tasting lobster. The Kobe lobsters are also shown peaceful ocean video that presumably should make the lobsters feel more at home. A Kobe lobster is given about five times more space per tank than a normal lobster.

The Kobe people tried giving the lobsters beer and apples but this caused the lobsters to die! The Kobe people then hired a team of animal psychologists and marine biologists to find out what diet makes lobsters happy and to answer the deeper question, “What makes a lobster happy?” I did ask what diet makes lobsters happy and I was told that this is a trade secret.

I have to admit the lobster that I ate was very tasty. I am not sure if Kobe lobster is tastier than normal lobster but it was tasty. It takes about 500 dollars to raise a single lobster the “Kobe way” and this is reflected in the price. Kobe lobster will not be sold by the pound like other lobster but by the lobster.  A single Kobe lobster will run you 1,000 dollars if and when this product hits the market!  Kobe lobster’s are guaranteed to be at least ten pounds so the lobster is only 100 dollars a pound which is far less than the cost of Kobe beef!  My own free meal was contingent on my writing an article about Kobe Lobster on my blog which I have done here.

I enjoyed the whole experience but later started to wonder if this is the best use of the Earth’s resources? Wouldn’t the 500 dollars being spent to make happier lobsters be better spent on making happier people or better yet less starving people?

 

 

Vixens with Superpowers

My last name is “Fox” and therefore all things fox related are on my radar. A female fox is a vixen. Some fictional vixens have superpowers! So the question has to be asked, who is the most powerful super vixen?

Crimson Fox (DC)

Crimson Fox (DC) – There have been two super heroines with this name at DC but both have had the same superpowers including super speed, super agility and the ability to emit pheromones.

Daji

Daji – Daji is an evil fox spirit and has extreme cunning and the ability to possess humans. Daji is especially infamous for creating various evil creations. In her fox form, she sometimes has super human strength and speed. The story of Daji is hundreds of years old.

Kuma Lisa

Kuma Lisa – Kuma Lisa is a Bulgarian and Russian trickster with extreme cunning.

Silver Fox (Marvel)

Silver Fox (Marvel) – Silver Fox has the power of super healing.

Vixen (DC)

Vixen (DC) – Vixen is a DC superheroine who can mimic the power of any animal and is not really a fox related character except for her name and has to be disqualified from the contest.

Daji can possess Crimson Fox or Silver Fox and there really isn’t anything they can do about this sort of attack since they don’t have any psychic powers. Kuma Lisa as an archetype trickster and might have some resistance to mind control as a more or less supernatural being. Daji did have temples to her which were suppressed during the Song dynasty. Temples tend to give supernatural beings more power and Kuma Lisa may have a chocolate bar named after her but no temples. Daji could also attack her in her fox form which is probably quite powerful. Lastly, Daji is also by far the most ancient member of the group and fox spirits just get more powerful with age like vampires.

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16 Basic Desires: China versus US

16 Types of Motivation and Culture Table Resized

16 Basic Desires  

I have been teaching in Asia at the college level for the last sixteen years. This semester just like every semester I reflected that my Thai students have very different motivations than other students I have had including American and Chinese students. I didn’t really find anything on the internet that was useful directly but I did run into one general theory of motivation that I think is detailed enough to be useful in the classroom and with adaptation the English as a foreign language (EFL) classroom.

Professor Steven Reiss has proposed a theory that found 16 basic desires that guide nearly all human behavior. The focus of research on motivation in the ESL classroom is on intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation.   Lile provides a good overview of the application of intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation in the classroom as well as some practical suggestions.

My observation is that most American teachers in Asia tend to think that Americans have more intrinsic motivation and Asians have more extrinsic motivation.  In language terms this is framed as integrative motivation (intrinsic) versus instrumental motivation(extrinsic). I might agree that Asians study English because this subject can lead to career advancement when they graduate but I think the picture is actually much more complex.

Below are the 16 basic desires listed by Reiss and I would like to suggest that there are consistent cross-cultural differences. My analysis is informal, subjective and speculative but based upon more than 20 years living in nine different countries. This is a post on my personal blog not a research article! Perhaps my blog post will MOTIVATE a researcher to follow up with empirical research that can be published in a peer reviewed research journal.

I am American. I lived in China for one year and Taiwan for seven years so I do have some familiarity with Chinese culture. In my opinion Chinese and Taiwanese are only slightly different in the area of motivation. Chinese/Taiwanese on the other hand as a group are very different from Americans. Below is a table comparing the US and China using Hofstede’s Dimensions.

Hofstede US vs China

I have five years of teaching Americans at the secondary level and ten years of experience teaching Americans at the college level. Below is a record of my thoughts followed by a table that provides a synopsis of my analysis.

Acceptance – The need for approval

The US scores higher on Hofstede’s individualism score than China so probably acceptance is a higher motivation in China than the US. Many Chinese universities do have an official class leader. I have found that choosing one or two students to be class leaders when this formal mechanism is not present does seem to motivate the top students and I think most Americans would find this practice elitist and at odds with their egalitarian sensibilities.

Curiosity – The need to learn

Americans are perhaps the most curious people I have ever lived with. Curiosity is almost a defining characteristic of Americans. As a teacher who has taught in American and Chinese settings I have had to adapt my teaching style by relying less on curiosity as a the motivating factor in my lessons. However, Chinese, based purely on my experience, are more curious than perhaps Thai students, who I have taught for over six years. There are ethnographic studies that show American students are very active in the classroom compared to their Asian counterparts. Inductive lessons seem to work better with Americans since inductive lessons rely heavily on curiosity.

Eating – The need for food

I would say food is a more central part of Chinese culture than American culture but this is a very subjective view. At the college level, students are much more likely to take their respected university American teacher out to dinner in China. Conversely, rewarding your top students with a dinner at a restaurant can instill an incredible amount of loyalty among your Chinese students. This practice might seem a little elitist to many Americans but is not unheard of in the US.

Family – The need to raise children

Again as a measurably more collectivist culture, China is generally presumed to view family as being more important than Americans. At the practical level this means Chinese students may miss class because of family obligations. Chinese parents can and do order their adult college students to attend family functions. For example, my Chinese students studying in Thailand can be told by their parents that they need to go home for Chinese New Year. Officially Chinese New Year is not a holiday in Thailand. An American teacher should reflect that giving a Chinese student more leeway in this area than an American student might be a positive cultural adaptation on the part of the teacher that will instill more loyalty in the students in the long run.

Honor – The need to be loyal to the traditional values of one’s clan/ethnic group

As defined above, China clearly values honor more than Americans. American is a multi-cultural country and even defining “American” values is difficult. However, there are some transcultural values such as a commitment to democracy that are very strong in Americans. Criticizing your host country in class is a bad idea anywhere but is probably an even worse idea in China. Discussion of the Three Ts (Taiwan, Tibet, and Tiananmen) in China in an inappropriate manner can lead to your quick dismissal from your teaching post.

Idealism – The need for social justice

Americans have a very strong commitment to democracy and that includes strong views about social justice including a strong commitment to equality under the law, privacy, and the rights of the individual overall. Discussions about politics may lead to dead silence in your college class in China. There may be less interest in the topic and of course the students may correctly assume this is a topic that can get everyone involved into trouble.   As mentioned, the three T’s, Tiananmen, Tibet and Taiwan are probably best avoided in classroom discussions in China. This is the one area in which Taiwan is very different. You have a much, much more freedom to discuss politics in Taiwan but I would say once again this might be a topic Taiwanese are not all that interested in compared to Americans.

Independence – The need for individuality

As measured by Hoftstede, the US is much more individualistic than China. Autonomy is a large goal for many Americans at work and in life. I think my biggest surprise in Asia has been that many college students are studying majors their parents want them to rather than majors they want to study. Asian students do seem less willing to share class work alone and would rather share work with the class with a group or a classmate. Having a student read their paper alone in front of the class might actually be perceived as punishment by many Chinese students.

Order – The need for organized, stable, predictable environments

There is a lot of overlap between this concept and Hofstede’s concept of uncertainty avoidance. China scores higher on uncertainty avoidance. Chinese might prefer a more predictable environment than US students.

Physical activity – The need for exercise

I don’t perceive a lot of difference between American and Chinese students in this area. Chinese universities sometimes have a physical education requirement that is not present in American universities. However, both countries suffer from rising obesity albeit the US more so than China for now.

Power – The need for influence of will.

Hofstede’s power distance dimension applies to this area directly. There is much higher power distance teachers and students in a Chinese classroom than in an American classroom. I do think Chinese students will be less comfortable with extracurricular activities without strong teacher supervision and certainly the Chinese system will not allow them a much freedom as in the US. However, that doesn’t mean the Chinese students don’t want more power over their lives. Chinese in a work setting do seem to be willing to go to great lengths to achieve more power.

Romance – The need for sex and for beauty

Maybe a long time ago China was less driven by consumerism and the message that everyone should be sexy and beautiful. I think nowadays both countries put a premium on romantic needs as part of a successful life.

Saving – The need to collect

Chinese have a higher uncertainty avoidance index and a tradition of saving more income than Americans.

Social contact – The need for friends (peer relationships)

China is less individualistic than the US and peer relationships are much more important than in the US.

Social status – The need for social standing/importance

Both Chinese and Americans put a premium on social standing. I would say this is something that both countries have in common.

Tranquility – The need to be safe

Again, China has a higher uncertainty avoidance score so a desire for tranquility is probably higher among Chinese students than American students.

Vengeance – The need to strike back and to compete

There is a Chinese legalistic tradition that favors harsh punishment in order to maintain social harmony. In theory harsh punishment is not about revenge but historically this has not always been the case. The US probably emphasizes due process more than any other country in the world and certainly more so than China! Due process does make using the system to exact revenge using state resources more difficult regardless of motivation.

 

Links

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/curious/201407/16-ways-motivate-anyone

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motivation#Intrinsic_motivation_and_the_16_basic_desires_theory

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35 Accomplishments of Modern China

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Chinese Astrological Analysis of Nations

Chinese Astrology 60 Year Cycle

Chinese Do’s and Don’ts

Chinese Dream and American Reality

Chinese vs. Western Astrology

Confucius in Thailand 2012

Extending China’s One Belt One Road Initiative to Latin America

Table of Chinese Astrology 19th – 21st Century

The 36 Stratagems as Portrayed in Comic Books

Virtual Chinese Reunification Palace

 

 

 

 

The King of Thailand – Eight Areas of Accomplishment

King of Thailand Eight Areas of Accomplishment

This article was published on December 5th 2015 which is the 88th Birthday of the King of Thailand.  The King of Thailand has accomplished great things in eight areas, organized alphabetically, including (1) art, (2) economic development, (3) history, (4) international recognition (5) length of service, (6) national unification, (7) philosophy and (8) science:

1) The King is a man of many skills in the arts, including jazz, musical composition, and writing.

1King of Thailand - Art

2) The royal development projects have helped countless Thais economically in many areas including crop substitution, distance learning, drought and flood alleviation, farming, irrigation, and public health.

2King of Thailand - Economic Development

3) The King of Thailand is the main reason that Thailand historically has been stable while communist strife cursed its neighbors including Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

3King of Thailand - History

4) The King has received international recognition. The King has been given over 30 foreign honors, over 40 international awards and over 30 international academic degrees.

4King of Thailand - International Recognition

5) King Bhumibol Adulyadej has served the Thai nation tirelessly and unselfishly since 1946. The Kling of Thailand is the world’s longest-serving head of state.

5King of Thailand - Length of Service

6) The King of Thailand has been a symbol and touchstone of Thailand that has created a nation that is united. As a symbol of unity, the King has protected Thailand from external enemies and internal strife!

6King of Thailand - National Unity

7) The King is a philosopher that has promoted the idea of a sufficiency economy. In an era of mindless and ecologically destructive consumerism, the promotion of a sufficiency economy is a welcome choice for national development. The Thai people love their King in a way that I think is difficult for foreigners to understand.

7King of Thailand - Philosopher

 

8) The King is also skilled in the sciences and has numerous patents including patents for rain making.

8King of Thailand - Science

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