Thursday, April 9, 2015

100 Places to Go and Things to Do When Out and About

Park
Club
Bar
Bookstore
Library
Concert
Grocery Store
Busride
Chipotle
Beach
Carnival
Berry-picking
Farmers Market
Circus
Stargazing
Fire making
Searching for crayfish
Snake hunting
Sand art
Playing soccer
Zoo/aquarium
Roller skating
Horseback riding
Flea market
Cards night
Camp out over the weekend
Moonlight ramble
Botanical garden
Pool
Paint a landscape with an easel
Playing guitar and singing in public 
Have a yard sale
Local Museum
Art Museums/Galleries
Canoeing/kayaking/sailing
Fishing
Make a piece of furniture, a tool, a weapon, clothes (quilt, knit scarf), or a  toy
Local soccer/basketball pickup game
Walk the local boardwalk or mall and strike up friendly conversations with strangers
Go to Panera and play Settlers of Catan, or play Monopoly
Chess tournament
Renaissance Fair
Music Festival
Cinema
Eat at a nice restaurant or cafe
Explore old abandoned buildings, maybe take photos
Volunteer at a soup kitchen, shelter, or animal shelter
Plant native plants that are useful for wildlife and edible/medicinal for humans in the woods
Collect edible/medicinal plants to eat or drink as herbal tea
Go deer hunting
Fly a kite
Buy flowers and give them to a stranger
Buy natural ingredients to make your own toothpaste, soap, and laundry detergent, and make them
Do situps and pushups whenever you think the word "situp" or "pushup", or think something negative about your surplus weight or lack of fitness.
Watch the sun set, write/paint/dance all night, then watch the sun rise
Write five people a letter telling them how wonderful they are, and important to you
Write a short story
Sports Game
Make a flower chain
Write a letter to yourself to be opened in five years
Listen to a podcast/audiobook while driving
Buy a freakum dress
Find someone to kiss in the rain
Girls: Buy a lot of dried nettles, and some black birch twigs, and mix them up. Then bowl a big pot and soak your hair in it every day for six months.
Order a pizza
Camp out for 7 days or longer
Donate to an important cause or charity
Donate 101 things you no longer need
Donate blood
Learn how to change a tire
Learn how to change oil
Take a self-defense course, and clip mace to your belt
See a famous landmark you've never seen
Make a flower chain, and give it to someone who looks your age
Go to a Drive-in Movie
Build a snowman
Build a gingerbread house
Build a fort
Have your eyebrows shaped professionally
Go bowling
Make a tasty snack
Take a sketchbook to a public place and draw
Buy a hand-crank washing machine or sewing machine to replace your current one
Install/buy solar panels
Bike around
Make a mix CD for someone, or for yourself
Design, cut out, sew and complete a one-of-a-kind outfit for yourself. Bonus points if you can dye it, weave it, spin it, or otherwise make it yourself even more.
Send a postcard
Videotape a cover of yourself singing a song
Go to a Karaoke night
Bat your eyes and smile at someone
Get your hair cut/styled
Learn to drive a motorcycle/boat/plane
Collect acorns, soak them in the stream, collect clover flowers and dry them, then make flower and use to make pancakes
Try pot, or alcohol, for the first time. Make it the last.
Go to a Zumba class
Find an unskilled job in your area, find a homeless man, offer to take him out to lunch, offer him the job, then offer him clean clothes to wear to the interview and whatever else he might need.
Throw pebbles at someone's window to get their attention at 11 o'clock at night, and then serenade them with a medieval-style ballad.
See a play
Become CPR certified
Take a Wilderness EMT Course
Rope swing into water
Learn sign language
Make a homemade pizza
Attend a poetry reading
Visit a butterfly garden
Ride a hot air balloon
Make candles at home
Make homemade soap
Go indoor rock climbing
Take a weeklong boating trip
Ride a horse
Go bungee jumping
Go to a roller coaster park
Buy a lottery ticket
Bake bread from scratch
Attend an ethnic festival
Identify 100 things that make you happy, and photograph them
Climb a tree
Live in an artists' retreat
Go mudding
Go off-roading in the country
Join a cattle drive
See a ballet performance
See a parade
Sing karaoke at a bar


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Five Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

1. Build a very large boat. Pack clothing, medicine, food, seeds, a salt-water purifier, and put dirt all along the top of the boat. Sail off to sea and live off your own crops and stored food. Zombies can't swim, and even if they walk along the ocean bottom they can't walk up to you because you will be on the ocean's surface.

2. Go to the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia. Zombies can't travel through swamp very easily, will probably get stuck, lost and eaten by alligators, and the swamp is impenetrable. Pack food, seeds, guns, etc. in a tiny kayak and thread your way in between the cypresses. The zombies will not be able to find you in the over half-a-million acre refuge, there will be no other people and therefore no zombies, and there is abundant wild edibles and animals to hunt.

3. Hole yourself up in an underground concrete bunker with a huge store of supplies to last for 1,000 people for ten years. Put an airlock in the bunker, with a small adjunct with a few holes to shoot through. Attract zombies with noise and kill them with spears, knives, arrows that you poke through the holes. Let in anyone who arrives so they can help. In ten years, a group of ten can kill 5 million zombies, and a group of a hundred can kill 50 million. A group of 600 could kill every zombie in America in ten years. Disadvantage is you never get to go outside, and you have to live trapped underground. Advantage-- you are completely safe.

4. Go to Alaska and live in the arctic national wildlife refuges there. Zombies are slowed down by the cold, and there are few people there. It will be very cold, though, so you will be at risk of dying due to exposure, the elements, or lack of food. However, you should be able to live there as the Inuits did.

5. Find a tall steel-reinforced building and lure the zombies up to the roof with bait, causing them to walk off the sides of the building. Then, lock all the doors on all the levels and the roof door, and hole up inside. Shoot zombies below through the windows with crossbows with strings tied to the arrows, so you can reel the arrows back up. The only risk is if enough zombies arrive and are able to knock down the building-- so work on building up the strength of the walls and reinforcing the


Saturday, March 21, 2015

The simplest, easiest, and most nutritious diet




Breakfast:
cereal of 2/3 cup rolled oats with one cup of milk

Lunch:
Two baked potatoes, one cup of whole milk, one cup of cooked chard dressed with two tablespoons of Udo’s Choice oil, ½ tsp. added salt.

Dinner:
One baked potato, one cup of milk, one cup of cooked chard, one cup of cooked kale, ½ cup of almonds



  • Calories: 1,800
  • Nutrients: everything you need and then some
  • Prep Time: on Monday, bake 21 potatoes, and while they are baking cook 14 cups of chard and 7 cups of kale in big pots. Put the potatoes in a bowl, and the chard and kale in separate covered pots in the refrigerator. This should take about an hour. You are done for the week. At meal times, serve yourself from the refrigerator.
  • If 1,800 calories isn't enough, eat some fish and seaweed to go with your meal.

Weekly Shopping List:
21 potatoes
3 gallons milk
3 bunches of chard
1 bunch of kale
Udo's choice oil
3.5 cups almonds
5 cups rolled oats
Iodized salt
(you can add other herbs and spices if you want, as well as lemon and vinegar)


Thursday, February 5, 2015

100 Difficult Words to Build an Excellent Vocabulary


1) puissant- influential, powerful, important

2) encomium- a speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly-- like a eulogy, panegyric, accolade, tribute, etc.

3) lusus naturæ-- a person or animal that is markedly unusual or deformed; a freak or monstrosity

4) conceit- a fanciful expression or elaborate metaphor. For example, "the idea of the wind's singing is a prime romantic conceit". It can also be, an artistic device: "the director's brilliant conceit was to film it all in black and white". Or, a fanciful notion: "he was alarmed by the widespread conceit that he spent most of the 1980's drunk".

5) effluvium (singular), effluvia (plural)- an unpleasant or harmful odor, secretion, or discharge. "The swamp's effluvia".

6) chimera- a thing that is hoped or wished for but in fact is impossible to achieve. For example: "the economic sovereignty you claim to defend is a chimera" or "is this great love of hers merely a chimera?". In Greek mythology, the Chimera is a fire-breathing female monster with a lion's body, a goat's body, and a serpent's tale.

7) peccant, adj-- having committed a fault or sin; sinful; offending; violating a rule, principle, or established practice; faulty or wrong. "The minister delivered a stern sermon warning peccant parishioners of the punishments that awaited them in the afterlife." Or: diseased or causing disease.


8) occiput, noun-- the back portion of the head or skull

9) expostulate-- 

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cant
indemnity
seminary
rapine
repletion
parity
restive
pastern
exhort
descanting
lissome
bailiwick
cadre
frisson
farinaceous
myrmidon
suborn
excrescence
incipient
collation
portmanteau
prolix
discursive
episcopacy
archiepiscopacy
effulgent
fasces
argosy
quiescence
unctuous
cabalistic
cabala
heliotropic
sedulous
anathema
pertinacity
munificent/munificence
ebullition
equanimity
privity
empiric
torpid
tarn
tenuity
abeyance
concision
cataleptical
distempered
extirpate
educe
phantasmagoria
pinion
collocate
treacle/trestle
vagary
casement
incubus
meerschaum
orbicular
renumerative
abrogation
avocation
cistern
inchoate
parfleche
halcyon
supernumerary
immanence
peculation
blandishment
bonhomie
asseveration
celerity
salient
salutary
imputation
parsimony
mendicancy
meretricious
oblation
quid pro quo
invocation
indigent
ombudsman
qua
epistemological
cognizance
metaphysical
dialectical
ineffable
dogma
ersatz
expropriating
chimera
iniquity
determinism
atavistic
coppice
paean- song of praise or triumph, example: "the bards sang a paean to the war".
pannier + dérailleur
political and career radiation
quadrangle
erudite
suzerain
panegyric- public speech praising someone or something
genuflect
solipsism
ailurophobic
monolithic
prelature
offertory
vilify
esplanade
canonization
apropos
gibbous
caparisoned
comity
effuse
melange
dolce affettuoso
eructation
tenesmus
purposive
burlesque
trope
adjudicate
sprezzatura