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Monthly Archives: March 2015

30 Mar

One of my favorite examples of thinking under pressure occurs in the movie Passenger 57.  A man named Charles Rane bursts into the cockpit of a passenger jet in flight.  He has a gun.

Charles Rane: “Who’s in charge?”

The Pilot, Captain Whitehurst, replies “I am”, and is immediately shot and killed.

Rane asks, “Once again, who’s in charge?”

The First Officer replies “you are”.

Rane: “Excellent”.

There’s an easier way to determine who’s in charge in any situation:  The guy (or girl) with the binocular is in charge.

Let me explain my reasoning.  I was digging through some cartons …

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27 Mar

This morning was a cold but beautiful early-spring morning in the Chicago suburbs.  We had a bit of snow last night but shortly after, we were treated to a bright blue sky.  The little amount of snow that accumulated in my area melted quickly.  In our yard, we have a few shepherd’s hooks hanging with bird feeders which were just filled with seed.  I also have a finch sock, but that will go up in the next couple of months.  This was the first morning I really noticed a lot of birds in the yard so far this year.  Risking …

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20 Mar

Spring is just about here, which means a return to outdoor activities. So since I previously discussed folding knives, now seems like the perfect time to talk about fixed blade knives.

Unless you are working outdoors most of the time, it is uncommon to see fixed blades carried everyday. Whether this is because of local ordinances that restrict blade length, the general stereotype associated with carrying fixed blades, or just because it is usually more knife than is needed I cannot say. In IL for example, you are not restricted by blade length but by intent. So basically, if asked …

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13 Mar

As spring finally arrives, we can look forward to spending more time outside. One of my favorite outdoor activities is camping. Camping can be a cheap and relaxing hobby that can be as rough as you would like. You can reserve a campsite at a state park and have all the amenities close by – an outhouse, potable water, and even restaurants. Some people prefer this style of camping as it allows you to not become too “uncomfortable” if that is a hang-up for you.

You can also go more rustic. Get a tent, a backpack with some gear, and …

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05 Mar

For this discussion, I wanted to talk a little about the Night Vision Monocular, Biocular and Binocular Goggles. Here's a brief summary of some of the differences. Often we are asked about the features and benefits of these three platforms.

The monocular, biocular, and binocular night vision goggles (NVG's) consist of three major parts: objective lenses, image-intensifier tubes, and eyepieces. The objective lens gathers available light and forms an image on the intensifier tube; the image is then amplified by the intensifier tube, and the eyepiece magnifies that intensified image.

The monocular, biocular, and binocular goggles differ in the following …

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