⭐ Prepping

Prepper is someone "who actively prepare for emergencies, including possible disruptions in social or political order, on scales from local to international".

This word (and 'community') often has somewhat a bad rap for many reasons, but nevertheless it's a useful concept.

For me however it's mostly about being more resilient in general.
Even though we should make sure the doomsday schenarious of different kind don't happen in the first place, thinking and preparing is important since
it simplifies our 'dependencies' and makes us and our infrastructure more resilient even in calm times.

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related prepping

what if the civilization collapses? preppingcollapse

and what's the best way to restore it? preppingbootstrap

offline and local-first software is obviously important preppingoffline

preserving the web is important preppingwebarchive

being stoic and minimalist helps for resiliency preppingminimalism

STRT [A] [2021-01-30] Doomsday prepping for less crazy folk prepping

TODO [B] learn about first aid preppinghealth

CREATED: [2019-08-31]
He was missing a large portion of his right hand, and he’d had the presence of mind to try to loop his belt around the injury to control the blood loss, pulling it tight.
from Worm by wildbow
  • also drill it. maybe there are anki cards for that?

TODO [B] portable solar/dynamo generator? prepping

CREATED: [2020-06-07]

[C] [2021-03-04] we need a new word as an alternative to "prepper" prepping

we need a new word as an alternative to "prepper" --- which is associated with a flavor of extreme independence and often paired with
conspiracy theory (ie hoarding silver)
owning more guns than you can carry
and (frequently) lack of actual practice (ie stashing 500 lbs of flour without understanding it goes bad, or knowing how to really bake)

[C] [2019-02-01] WikiReader - Wikipedia preppingofflinewikipedia

huh, something like that could be cool!

TODO [C] @cancel: personally, i'd rather work to try to prevent collapse preppingbootstrap

CREATED: [2020-01-30]
and maybe hedge in some simple ways (like trying to record general knowledge in a resilient way for people to access in the future)

[C] [2019-06-17] Jonathan Blow - Preventing the Collapse of Civilization - YouTube preppingcollapse

well I mean he makes good points that software and hardware are too complicated and present an easy target for failure/civilisational collapse/whatever. but what's the alternative?

DONE [B] Tweet from Andrej Karpathy (@karpathy), at May 25, 07:28 preppingcollapse

CREATED: [2019-05-25]
Jonathan Blow - Preventing the Collapse of Civilization interesting talk, a bear case for monotonic and exponential progress of technology due to turtles on turtles in our tech stacks and generational loss of knowledge.

[C] [2020-10-21] civboot/civboot: Civilizational bootstrap: landing page and wiki preppingbootstrap

For the past several decades the complexity of technology has continuously outpaced our ability to understand and replicate it from a first principles understanding.
Not only does this leave humanity itself vulnerable to an outage of the internet or the global supply chain, it also harms our ability to understand the core technology of our civilization and violates the philosophical principle that civilization itself should have ownership of the building blocks which form it.
Civboot gives humanity a place to start over -- to rethink how technology should be built from first principles as well as a place which can be improved for the benefit of all.

A Civboot is a civilizational bootstrapper, meaning it contains all essential components necessary to build and improve itself using only knowledge and tools contained within itself. In other words, it is the set of tools and knowledge necessary to design, modify and build all components that modern civilization depends on such as computers, motors, machinery, metals, electronic displays, buildings, air conditioners, energy generation, energy storage, etc. It must be able to achieve this using only raw materials, human involvement and the tools and knowledge contained within itself.

TODO [C] [2020-12-19] Collapse OS | Hacker News preppingcomputing

Forth is the ideal language for bootstrapping a cobbled-together computer from whatever scraps you can find.
Forth gives you a shell, an assembler, a disassembler, and a rich, extensible programming language in a few kilobytes.
You can peek or poke hardware interactively, or use the REPL as a calculator.
Forth-style assemblers also make cross-compilation very practical.

TODO [C] [2021-02-04] Resilience Maps - Simple Critical Infrastructure Maps prepping

Simple Critical Infrastructure Maps is a Creative Commons licenced mapping and analysis tool for evaluating personal and social resilience.

STRT [C] Use more cmdline tools for energy saving purposes? preppingsetup

CREATED: [2020-01-13]

[D] [2015-06-19] how to protect from radiation? preppinghumanbody

  • Iodine-131: one of the products of the radioactive Uranium and Plutonium decay. Half-life: 8 days.
  • The thyroid gland basically stores Iodine in the human body.
  • If we "overfill" our thyroid with Iodine, blocks the uptake of radioiodine. The gland won't store any more of it, including Iodine-131
  • Obviously, won't save us from nuclear junk of other kinds or dirty bomb. Definitely don't save us from gamma rays.
  • Potassium iodide protects from thyroid cancer.
  • TODO: Cesium: half-life of 30 years.
  • TODO: shower against radiation exposure?

[D] [2019-10-11] Collapse OS — Bootstrap post-collapse technology preppingbootstrap

[D] [2019-10-11] Collapse OS — Bootstrap post-collapse technology | Lobsters preppingbootstrap

If computers are useful post-collapse (big if), people will scavenge x86 boxes because they’re everywhere, people are far likelier to know how to use it, and they already run most everything. There’s enough around that scavenging is easier than using 1970s tech, and the older examples are quite workable with a soldering iron anyway.

TODO [C] [2021-03-04] Doomsday prepping for less crazy folk prepping

Prepper commandment 8: Write down a response plan
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