02/16/2013 15:25:31 PM
Of course you want physically active, skilled prepping partners. You also want someone that’s not going to go nuts after a month of canned food and no sunlight. While this list doesn’t guarantee it, we definitely need to consider mental h
02/14/2013 19:38:15 PM
This is a follow-up to my third month of blogging’s recap. As usual, this post covers the lessons learned, the traffic numbers, and what’s coming for schemabyte.com. The fourth month covers 1/11/2013 to 2/11/2013. I’m slightly behin
02/10/2013 01:11:45 AM
Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark It’s still cold, but that special time of year is coming! Yes indeed, I’m thinking about landscaping and yard waste because, before we know it, it’s bac
02/09/2013 19:24:35 PM
I hope you enjoy this image I made based on inspiration from some recent reading I’ve been doing. God Bless.The post Stick to the Plan appeared first on SchemaByte.
02/09/2013 01:12:27 AM
Coming up on the end of my fourth month of blogging, this site has definitely faced some growing pains as the word got out. Here’s five incredibly useful blogger tools that have helped this site stay on course. As your blog grows, there will in
02/08/2013 00:07:56 AM
What do you mean, “yard waste”? All that glorious greenery just being dropped off into trash cans and hauled off all over the country, what a shame. Here’s 4 good uses preppers can make of the stuff. Bonus Tip: Know What’s Was
02/03/2013 18:25:30 PM
For acquiring water in a sustainable fashion without electrical power, there’s a lot of information out there for gathering rain water, sinking a well, and one-up survival measures. You can also consider adding a passive radiative air well to y
02/02/2013 10:04:32 AM
Economic revolution has occurred many times, and brought us to our modern consumer capitalism. If the system survives, economic revolution will also bring us out. Note: This post originally appeared back in September of 2012, but was removed as incom
02/01/2013 19:33:16 PM
These notable links from across the prepper cosmos are ordered by date and sorted into prepping, independent income, activism, and extra categories. These were all syndicated via SchemaByte.coms social media accounts but, since the noise ratio out
01/31/2013 19:30:32 PM
In your service business, your core competencies are the things you’re good at and enjoy. There are a lot of other things that need to be taken care of or could possibly improve your business, but that you aren’t particularly good at or d
01/28/2013 21:27:05 PM
A society stripped of its myths faces nihilism, despair, and decadence in the face of meaninglessness. In the face of such decay, the earth is ruined and the cages of man tighten about him. Can preppers offer a resistance to purposelessness? The Deat
01/26/2013 03:30:10 AM
Spring’s coming! While you prepare for another round of gardening and landscaping to feed your family and be more self-reliant, here’s a few insights to consider that will help you boost your security at the same time. Hopefully, you̵
01/21/2013 21:17:30 PM
We, as preppers, do not buy into the official line that everything is going to be okay without a doubt. It’s really important to remember that the political lines being drawn are undoubtedly not the real story. I appreciate all of the highly-ch
01/19/2013 13:39:44 PM
Your satisfaction rules your ability to succeed with frugality and other lifestyle changes. If you’re mostly satisfied and complacent, then there’s no motivation for change. If you’re mostly dissatisfied with your life, you’ll
01/19/2013 00:18:37 AM
The primary orientation of prepper gardens is disaster scenarios. Disaster scenarios such as volcanic winters, however, involve a reduction of sunlight and heat that would reduce the efficiency of gardens, if not outright destroy them. We should keep
01/16/2013 23:00:44 PM
Here’s another poem for you, “The Working Cave.” This one is dedicated to office work in general, and of course there’s a bit of reference to computer work specifically. The Working Cave Little black spiders with mandibled gri
01/13/2013 19:45:06 PM
You might need to take probiotics if a course of antibiotics kills off the “friendly” bacteria in your intestinal tract. Most people know about probiotics available in yogurts with live cultures, but the prerequisite there is milk. If you
01/11/2013 21:56:37 PM
When it comes to reliable, cheap protein, insects and other micro-livestock are among the best options available to preppers, especially if you have limited space or resources. Farming Insects: The Argument By Pengo (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC-BY-
01/10/2013 00:54:14 AM
This post is a follow-up to my second month of blogging’s recap. Once again, I’ll go over lessons learned, the traffic numbers, and what’s coming for schemabyte.com. The third month covers 12/11/2012 to 1/09/2013 (today, as I write
01/06/2013 23:55:18 PM
Tired of all those sites that aren’t clearly telling you whether or not your site traffic is good? Well then, look no further! I’ve created a new metric that might please you. Suspension of disbelief necessary. Let me disillusion you righ
01/05/2013 15:00:11 PM
After reading an excellent article on survivalsherpa.wordpress.com about the hoarding value of nickels, I was inspired to dig a bit deeper and start a threefold approach to handling the everyday coins I get as change: some to be recirculated, some to
12/29/2012 17:39:16 PM
These notable links from across the prepper cosmos are not in any particular order, other than the separation into groups and a really rough sorting of most recently found first, which generally but not always indicates when they were written. These
12/28/2012 23:23:51 PM
As we near the end of the year, the blogosphere becomes overwhelmed with New Year’s ambitions, tips, and generally trite advice. So here’s some hopefully real, solid, non-trite resolution ideas for your consideration. Resolution 1. Grow M
12/28/2012 13:42:50 PM
The greatest fiction books invoke an internal dialogue within us, the readers, giving us an opportunity to examine issues that might otherwise be dismissed as coming from a biased source with a political agenda. While we could certainly have that rea
12/27/2012 17:07:59 PM
If and when the grid goes down, our homes will go dark along with a thousand other negative impacts on food transportation, water supply, fueling, community services, and so forth. Even on bright days, lighting issues will negatively impact daily act
12/24/2012 13:14:51 PM
A failure to launch occurred over the weekend and continues today, friends! Therefore, I bring you only another small poem. May your Christmases be merry. Stumbler A nightmare-nighted terrored child, a coffee spilled squid-ink sea herald failed techn
12/21/2012 19:59:29 PM
Whatever your political sensibilities or social reform mantra, information is power. Add some top activism sites to your social media accounts and RSS reader to keep you informed, moving, and making a difference. To pretend to not be biased, I’
12/16/2012 14:26:33 PM
According to Wikipedia, passive income is “an income received on a regular basis, with little effort required to maintain it” with the specific example of book royalties. Here’s 8 ideas for you to start earning passive income, which
12/15/2012 13:22:49 PM
Here are three personal finance / frugal living websites you might not know about, with three articles (not all recent) that I enjoyed on each. There are of course a lot of sites out there with good stuff related to frugal living and personal finance
12/15/2012 00:06:52 AM
Using the bark of the willow tree, you can get “natural aspirin” – the usual reference to salicin. Salicin isn’t aspirin, but salicin is similar in chemical structure to aspirin (which is synthetic) and has many of the same ad
12/14/2012 19:22:59 PM
This is my first original poem for this site. I haven’t done poetry in years, it was a good time doing it again. Here’s Clodhopper, I hope you enjoy it. Clodhopper Pendulum kicks are explosive wings to lumps of earth and dust and clay. Cr
12/12/2012 01:00:08 AM
The post is a follow-up on my write-up of the lessons learned after my first month of blogging. Once again, I’ll go over the lessons learned, the traffic numbers, and review the upcoming changes planned for schemabyte.com. This post covers from
12/09/2012 11:47:43 AM
Why care about society? Why prep? Why be a good parent, child, spouse, worker, or employer? Activism comes with the realization that nobody owes you a damn thing. We should be grateful for those things that we have because they are not owed to us. We
12/07/2012 21:41:24 PM
Pyrethrum is an insecticide you can make yourself from chrysanthemums. It’s very effective for your garden and isn’t very harmful to humans and other mammals. You can directly apply it to human skin for lice. Clarification: Pyrethrum vs.
12/03/2012 21:38:57 PM
All bloggers have days when they only have 20 or 30 minutes to spend on their blog. The next time you have one of those days, here’s 5 quick blog improvements you can make. 1. Have Your Google+ Info Show In Search Results Add a link in your sit
12/03/2012 00:21:31 AM
Activated charcoal is just like regular charcoal, only because of the “oxygen fusion” there are many more microscopic holes on it that make it a great way to absorb pollutants and poisons from the air, the water, and your gastrointestinal
12/01/2012 14:39:53 PM
This Christmas, let’s puzzle. Three hours or so, until our puzzlers are sore. Because maybe Christmas, my friends, doesn’t come from a store. Just maybe, Christmas means a little bit more. I have three organizations and groups for you to
11/29/2012 20:39:33 PM
Here’s a rundown of my personal favorite prepper links of November 2012. I grouped the links by type but, within each list, the links are in no particular order. I’ve used two notations in this list: IM indicates the link is to an image.
11/28/2012 23:32:01 PM
In services and product sales, there’s a tendency to focus on acquiring large jobs and selling large items. While this certainly works for some people, it’s my experience that small sales are better for small business for many reasons. He
11/25/2012 20:37:28 PM
In the online catalogs of Amazon and orderly sorted genres at the regular bookstores, there’s no happy discoveries of old dusty tomes. When paying for shipping, paying the premium cost on books, and entering our credit card numbers, there’
11/23/2012 13:06:21 PM
Daemon, a book by Daniel Suarez, is a great read for those preppers who feel that the grid going down is the only threat the grid holds. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. There’s a trend, and properly so, among preppers to take things back-to-basics
11/23/2012 01:03:21 AM
To wrap up this holiday, I’ve just added a Feedburner RSS subscription and a Feedburner email subscription box to make it easier for you to subscribe to my posts. You’ll find the Feedburner subscription at the top of the page, in the top
11/21/2012 19:42:52 PM
As my family and I retire for the holidays, serenity and blessedness settles over the house. Perhaps it’s cliché, but nonetheless I am inspired into publicly giving thanks. May you and yours have a calm and happy Thanksgiving as well. Giving T
11/16/2012 23:54:52 PM
The other day I was talking to a fellow prepper who stated that he would save the last rounds of ammo for himself and his family if “things didn’t work out” (talk about needing some clarification). Prepper murder-suicide is a morbid
11/14/2012 22:42:48 PM
Before you gear up this Friday after Thanksgiving to hit the stores and fight tooth and nail for discounted products you don’t likely need, stop and consider for a moment the consumerism culture that’s driving you. If you still see fit to
11/11/2012 14:59:20 PM
SchemaByte (SB) was released to the search engines a little less than a month ago. As the sites will tell you and as I expected, I’ve gotten some things wrong and other things right in this first month. In this post, I’ll go over the less
11/10/2012 11:15:08 AM
Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a silicon-heavy rock that comes from the remains of phytoplankton and is crumbled into an off-white power. It’s used as an insecticide, in commercial applications, in growing mediums, and is one way you can help keep
11/08/2012 12:59:13 PM
These 15 survival books were recommended by expert Tim MacWelch on outdoorlife.com. Since they look good enough to be added to my personal Amazon wish list, here’s a complete set of links so you can too. Your Survival: Protect Yourself from Tor
11/04/2012 21:30:24 PM
Disaster preparedness means a lot more than getting ready for hurricanes. It means a lot more than staying fit and putting a little bit aside. Those are both great and important things to do, but here’s a look at the gamut of catastrophic threa
11/03/2012 14:27:02 PM
As the holiday season approaches, we Americans in particular ramp up into a consumerist frenzy and start buying massive amounts of useless crap to give as gifts. A lot of people even go deeper into debt for this, saying it’s the spirit of the h
11/02/2012 22:26:40 PM
A lack of feedback is discouraging, there’s no two ways about that. We’re social creatures, and to the extent that we allow our self-image to be formed by the opinions of others we’re driven by encouragement. So what can you do when
10/28/2012 17:02:51 PM
You should print these great prepping downloads (or have them printed at your local printing business) and add them to your home library. Obviously, if you have real need to refer back to all this information counting on your computer or the Internet’s not such a good plan. For goodness sakes, don’t right-click and save [...]The post Seven Great Collections of Prepping Downloads appeared first on SchemaByte.
10/28/2012 01:13:59 AM
So you’ve used the envelope system, cut down on all your major expenses and come up with a game plan. You’re trimming your discretionary expenses like groceries, clothing, prepping, and so forth by finding cheaper ways of procuring some things and making the greatest possible use of sweat equity. Now what? A budget is a [...]The post Three Tips for Transitioning from a Budget to a Frugal Lifestyle appeared first on SchemaByte.
10/27/2012 16:10:55 PM
For most successful consultants, it’s the long-term social investments that pay dividends over the years. You become friends with specific people poised in niches that you don’t have access to, and they can mark up your rates and feel confident in the job you’ll do, so they bring you onboard for their projects. When you [...]The post Consulting for Past Employers: Three Guidelines appeared first on SchemaByte.
10/23/2012 23:52:48 PM
The modern world is a great advancement over the ancient world for the common man. The number of hours one must work are far less. More people are literate, people are living longer, and people have more luxury, a higher standard of living. If these are our measures of progress, then everything looks very positive [...]The post Luxury and Long Life: Blessings on the Kept appeared first on SchemaByte.
10/20/2012 21:35:16 PM
Chevron is guilty not only of severe environmental damage, but also human rights abuses and support for oppressive political regimes. Most people wouldn’t be surprised to learn about environmental damage caused by an oil company like Chevron. Their known direct offenses against people (ignoring, as if we could, the damage done through their pollution) are [...]The post Human Rights Abuses by Chevron – Video Collection appeared first on SchemaByte.
10/20/2012 00:41:16 AM
About a week ago, on the 13th and 14th of October, I submitted SchemaByte.com to all the major search engines, a batch auto-submitter (via freewebsubmission.com), and manually to a total of nine web directories. After one week, this is what I got. The Big Guys are Onboard Google, Bing, and Yahoo all now have SchemaByte.com [...]The post SchemaByte – Search Engines and Web Directories: One Week In appeared first on SchemaByte.
10/15/2012 22:35:21 PM
Intercropping is a fantastic way to increase your overall farming yield in a way that is sustainable for the soil. Of course, having your crops intertwined means more manual work at harvest time, but if you’re just trying to feed your family you should give the Three Sisters a go. Disclaimer: I do not have [...]The post Farming with the Three Sisters: Corn, Beans, and Squash appeared first on SchemaByte.
10/14/2012 17:58:31 PM
In terms of your disposable income, one of the biggest variable expenses is groceries. Here are three ways to attack that grocery budget, keeping it minimal while feeding your family well and doing your best to not contribute to societal evil. The most critical thing you need to do for your grocery budget and your [...]The post Attacking the Grocery Budget: Three Tips appeared first on SchemaByte.
10/13/2012 22:41:13 PM
In January of 2012, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to get information about what domestic parties are allowed to fly drones. In July of 2012, they got it! And in August of 2012, they asked the Internet community to help push for more transparency. The documents they received [...]The post Things You Should Know: Domestic Drone Surveillance appeared first on SchemaByte.
10/13/2012 15:43:11 PM
The great thing about mainstream media featuring moaning about money in politics is that the owners of mainstream media put massive money into politics. They’re not the only ones of course. Thank goodness for OpenSecrets.org, they’re an absolutely fabulous resource. According to their Organization Profiles: Counting from 1989, the two “heavy hitter” companies are AT&T [...]The post Money in Politics: Filthy Lucre Primer appeared first on SchemaByte.
10/11/2012 09:17:16 AM
We encounter people who quit and stayed all the time. Most bad service we get from companies is from employees of those companies who simply don’t care anymore, and are just doing their time. It’s critical you prevent yourself from taking that same course as a sole proprietor. Depending on how long you were in [...]The post Staying Motivated for Your Own Business appeared first on SchemaByte.
10/08/2012 23:16:49 PM
In July, the Food and Drug Administration finally decided to ban Bisphenol A (BPA) from bottles and sippy cups. They did that to boost consumer confidence, and that was it. Avoid all brands but these in your canned goods. BPA: Regulation at the Speed of Profit Decrease People who track the progress of BPA regulation [...]The post A BPA Primer: Uncontaminated Brands to Include in Your Preps appeared first on SchemaByte.
10/07/2012 15:10:56 PM
Advertising is the act of consuming souls by enchanting them with the magical properties of your widgets. Or, it is if you go to the dark side. In order to have a successful sole proprietorship, co-op, or some sort of gross alternative, you need to advertise. Marketing is essential to get the word out about [...]The post Advertising Without Becoming a Soul-eater appeared first on SchemaByte.
10/06/2012 19:40:48 PM
The SBA article “10 Steps to Starting a Business” is all kinds of whacky for the bootstrapping self-proprietor, so here’s my revision for you. The original article can be read at http://www.sba.gov/content/follow-these-10-steps-starting-business. Step 1: Start Testing Your IdeasDon’t Write a Business Plan Business plans are for people who are hoping to get financing or hire [...]The post 10 Steps to Starting a Business for Bootstrappers (extension of SBA article) appeared [..]
10/06/2012 18:58:02 PM
There’s a lot of possible financial goals out there. You should save for a house, a business, disaster preparedness, and retirement. Before any of that, though, you need to establish your emergency fund. Emergency Fund Introduction & Priorization Your emergency fund is your liquid (easily and instantly gotten to) backup fund only for real emergencies. [...]The post Financial Readiness 101: Your Emergency Fund appeared first on SchemaByte.
10/05/2012 20:48:19 PM
Seth Godin is a world-famous speaker and entrepreneur. If you are going to be a company man, he’s one of the greats to learn from. If you’re not, he’s one of the greats to learn from. Bootstrapper’s Bible: Some Disagreements Before You Start Before you get started, prepare to ignore Godin’s indiscriminate praise of business [...]The post Bootstrapper’s Bible by Seth Godin (free PDF) appeared first on SchemaByte.
10/04/2012 21:36:21 PM
Many people start businesses by getting together money and putting together teams, and they usually fail. The first problem of spending money just as you’re getting started is that you simply don’t know if your idea is worthwhile. If you borrow money, or convince other people to believe in the idea and get the money [...]The post Bootstrapping: Start Your Business Without Much Investment appeared first on SchemaByte.
10/04/2012 09:05:18 AM
Apple is beloved by Americans, but human rights abuses still keep happening and reform is a corporate culture myth. Human rights abuses by Apple are a perfect example of how profits are the only driver large corporations care about. While it’s true that these abuses happen in most electronic manufacturing, Apple is Foxconn’s largest customer [...]The post Human Rights Abuses by Apple – Video Collection appeared first on SchemaByte.