Lotsa devices these days charge through a USB-style plug. Handy for many applications, but I have a few devices that use the usual (and, I suppose, ‘old fashioned’) single-pin plug that has a polarized tip…you know the kind. Thing is, the small solar panel that I have for charging small devices has a USB outlet. So, what I’m looking for is a USB->cylindrical pin sort of cable. Now, yeah, I could fab one up, I suppose, but I’d rather have one purpose-made than something I rig outta Radio Shack parts.
While I’m on the subject, I also need to hunt down some sort of charger that lets you charge a USB device off of a couple D-batts or a few AA-batts.
Was rummaging through our stash of silver the other day and although I try to keep the purchasing price low by buying whatever form of silver is cheapest (generic rounds, generic bars, etc) there is something to be said for uniformity of size. I like silver rounds because they fit in plastic tubes, which makes them easy to store. So, I traded out some 1 oz. silver bars for 1/10th gold Krugerrands….talk about space saving….it takes a little over 5 oz. of silver (at the time) to equal 1/10th of an ounce of gold. Thats about 50:1. But, I pick up silver more frequently than gold so it makes sense to keep buying the silver, wait until the silver:gold ratio is favorable and do a little swapping. My metal-dealing buddy does these sorts of swaps so it was pretty easy to just call him up and ask him how much silver it would take to trade for 1/10th Krugerrands. (The Kruges, by the way, had a lesser premium that the 1/10th US Eagles. I don’t care. I want the most metal for my money, so since the Kruges had less premium thats what I went with.)
If you’ve never handled a 1/10th oz. gold coin, its rather humbling. They’re the size of a dime but require about 1800 dimes to buy. And, oddly, they are rather heavy for their size. It’s kind of strange to hold this tiny, tiny coin in your hand and think about the amount of energy that is contained in such a tiny package. This little dime-sized bit of metal will fill a 55-gallon drum with gasoline, or buy human labor for three 8-hour shifts, or buy a Mosin Nagant and a spam can of ammo, or buy two weeks worth of groceries. That’s a lot of potential in a very tiny package. And, as the price of the metal goes up (or the value of the dollar goes down, however you prefer to look at it) that potential is just going to increase.
I was reading a blog somewhere where someone posted a link to this blog and called it a ‘news site’. I don’t know what to say. I don’t think of it as a news site….I don’t think of it as an instructive how-to site, either. I never claimed to be either one. What I have said that this site is, is a website about one persons continuing foray into preparedness and the observations and experiences that accompany it. I suppose if it had to be ‘labeled’, I’d call it a lifestyle blog. But, really, it’s a mix of everything while trying (usually) to stay on-topic in regards to things that other people who are into preparedness would find interesting.