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Overnight Backpack Camping Gear

Posted in Hikes, Trips, Walks with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2014 by Drogo

Hiking Two Days / Camping One Night / Warm Weather

Backpack Camping Gear for Hiking to a Camping Spot and Back

Notes: I prefer to camp during the Summer (70-90 temps). Having hiked and camped almost every year of my life, i do not wear rain gear. Since im only a leisure hiker, i prefer to hike without rain; if  it rains I stop, set up a tarp, and prepare a small fire pit under the edge of the tarp to dry any wet clothing or gear until it stops. I keep the fire small so the heat does not go high enough to burn the tarp. More gear is needed for colder weather (below 70 degrees F). This list is only for nice, warm days and nights.

(this is Drogo’s opinion based on his American hiking experiences)

I divide the backpack gear into 3 categories (they are all related though):  Shelter, Cooking, and Personal Items

Shelter:  sleeping bag, straps, long cord, 2 tarps (minimum 7’x7′), tent / hammock (lighter weight for smaller people), sheet (blanket if chilly), flashlight

Cooking:  cook-pot (durable with secure lid), food (keep safe in cook-pot), water containers (minimum 2 liters), bowl / cup (durable), utensils (spoon, knife), fire items (scrap paper, matches, lighter)

Personal:  clothes (pants, shirt, 2 underwears, 2 sock pairs, head cover), Off, odorizer (deodorant, scented oil, lotion), medicine (prescriptions, spiritual, relaxant, celebration), medical kit (anti-bacterial, bandages),  tooth-brush & paste; small musical device (ipod, harmonica, flute), cell phone / camera, small book, writing tools (paper, pencils, pens, markers), towel / washcloth, walking stick…

* Drogo’s Common Backpack (personal preference)

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* see also:  Survival Inventory List

Drogo’s Books

Posted in Book Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2013 by Drogo

Link to main SCOD Book List webpage. <<<

Books written, edited, illustrated, published or contributed to by Drogo Empedocles: (click on titles to link to their Amazon pages) *

1.  MOSS – My Old School Stories  (compendium of fiction stories)

2.  Harpers Ferry Houses  (with Kip Stowell)

3.  Hoppers Furry Tale

4.  SCOD 2000  (Architecture Thesis version) / SCOD Thesis 2000 (v15)

5.  Ten Consciencious Objections to War – Operation 10 COW

6.  BDU – Air Force Basic Training Journal Unauthorized

7.  Pitcher of Immortality – Byzantine multiple-choice fantasy

8.  Art Beyond Reality  –  my art portfolio 1  (1976-2012)

9.  Multiple Choice Adventures  –  Interactive Short Stories

10.  Art By Nena  –  Nena Stowell’s artwork  (1960-2012)

11.  Kip Stowell Biography  –   (abridged Kindle)

12.  Blackberry Cove Appalachian Herbal  –  (color illustrated)

13.  Wear a Sprig of Thyme – Plant Spirit Magic & Healing  (illustrated)

14.  Harpers Faery Magic Bible  –  New Age Testament (Kindle)

15.  BOG Peeps: Beautiful Organic Garden People (Kindle) (Paperback)

16.  BOG Peeps 2  (paperback)  (kindle)

17.  Dragon Flyer by Kallie Stephenson – fantasy novel (out of print)

18.  WAY TOO MUCH:  Successful Living

19.  Grass Root Words  (SCODzine)

20.  Friend In Need – Christian witch-craft spell book

21.  Monstors Last Battle – Sir Mongold & Sir Stowell

22.  Whisper Chronicles by Taylor Wilcox (out of print)

23.   Bed Time For Democracy – Politics For Kids

24.  SCOD Economics – Alternative Economic Theories

25.  SCOD Philosophy: Historic Theories – Part 1; Part 2

26.  Harpers Faerie Chronicles

27.  Little Wyld Eyes – Victoria Bamber

28.  Woman Who Watches From Windows – Poems by Elizabeth Macula

29.  Rainbow Star Prophesies – Omi (out of print)

30.  Stowell Italy Travel Journal 1983 – Nena Stowell & Family

31.  Traveling Girl– Linda Rago Memoirs

 

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** Interactive Short Stories – (ISS Series Volumes)

1 – Multiple Choice Adventures 1

2 – King Grimlok the Bandersnatch: Beauty & Beast

3 – Falling Waters

4 – Crop Killer

5 – Harpers Faery Fellowship

6 – Multiple Choice Adventures 2

7 – Power Made Easy: Wicked Wizard on Loud Heights

8 –  Haunted Faery Hilltop Hostel

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Books compiled into the compendium MOSS:

1.   Stories of Fiction, Fantasy, & Adventure  (SFFA)

2.   Tales of Amazing Magic & Science  (TAMS)

3.   Generic Illustrated Fiction Stories  (GIFS SOS v1)

4.   Son of GIFS  (SOG SOS v2)

5.   Strange & Amazing School Stories  (SASS SOS v3)

6.   Medieval Fantasy Stories 1984-1994

7.   Science Fiction Stories 1984-1994

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Want to publish a book with me?  SCOD Publishing Info

Some Survival Gear

Posted in Hikes, SCOD Fallout Projects, Trips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2013 by Drogo

Inventory Lists of Survival Gear Kits

First a generic list is important to have some basic items available in your home area at all times. Generic lists are adaptable for climate and social circumstances, etc… so you can make your own personalized special occasion trip lists. These things are vital for emergencies!

1.  Durable Sealed Food

2.  Durable Sealed Liquid Container

3.  Cook Pot and Bowl

4.  Blade and Spoon

5.  Towel and Blanket

6.  Underwear and Socks (more than needed, usable as rags)

7.  Clothing you wear while moving (jacket, hat, shirt, pants, shoes, etc)

8.  Scarf or Hanky

9.  Backpack or Duffel Bag (that most of this goes in)

10. Paper, Pencil, Marker, Matches

11. Electric Torch (flashlight) and Lighter  (flame for starting fires)

12. Flask with high proof alcohol (for cleaning wounds, gunk, and spirits)

13. strong Rope cord, thin twine string, and bandages

14. Small book, game, or instrument (harmonica, flute, percussion, etc) this is optional of course, and now would be replaced with a Cell Phone or I-Device (which might be useless if cell towers are down, and cannot be charged after a few days of battery).

Notes:

Food that lasts the longest without growing mold or spoiling (MRE, crackers, salted nuts, noodles) sealed and contained in a cook pot you can put on a campfire, access to potable water, plastic or metal bottle (for water, does not break, if lost replaceable), large cup or bowl made of wood or metal, flask of alcohol, more underwear and socks than shirts and pants, medicine (if you need something specific for a severe condition), sources of portable light (one of which should have a flame for starting fires), some paper, marker, string, cord, blade, spoon, … i make it all fit in one bag i can carry with a strap over long distances.

Ultimate actual decisions are personal, and variable depending on circumstances. However it is good to have a few generic emergency scenarios, and kits, available in your home. Appalachian Trail Thru hikers agree with old sarges on this:  “Packs are too heavy, until you need what you don’t have.”

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(special thanks to the Facebook group Wilderness and Urban Survival tips)

* see also:  Hiking Backpack List

Famous Naturalists of the 1800s

Posted in Nature Studies, Recommendations & Tributes with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2013 by Drogo

These writers are famous ‘New England poets’ except for Muir, who was not from New England and was a journal writer. Frost was born in the 1800s, but lived most of his life into the 1900s. All of these naturalist writers were connected to the transcendentalist literature movement of the 1800s.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

1803-1882  New England MA, USA

Transcendental Naturalist, author, poet, philosopher

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Henry David Thoreau

1817-1862  New England MA, USA

Naturalist, author, poet, political activist: Civil Disobedience, Walden Pond

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John Muir

1838-1914  Western States, USA

Naturalist author, advocate of wilderness preservation

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John Greenleaf Whittier

1833-1863 New England MA, USA

Abolitionist, humanist, rural Quaker, and Christian naturalist

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Robert Frost

1874-1963  New England MA, USA

Naturalist and humanist poet and playwright, prize winning

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2012 Alternative Fuel Car List

Posted in Economics, Environmentalism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2012 by Drogo

This is just a quick summary of some popular hybrids and other alternatives. Advertising has still not improved to help promote this new technology. So even with the American Car Companies going Bankrupt, and getting Billions in Bailouts, most Americans still don’t know shit about hybrid cars, or don’t give a shit, or both. A recent SCOD poll answered by 20 people showed: most were interested in learning more, but only 2 people actually owned an AFV and the rest had negative responses. All of this despite the fact that it has been proven for many decades (about a century) that fossil fuel combustion engines pollute our environment on a mass scale. Sad.

2012 Alternative Fuel Car List

(prices have gone up since 2007, despite the recession)

Toyota Prius Hybrid $24,000 51/48 mpg

Honda Civic Hybrid $24,000 44 mpg

Hyundai Hybrid $25,000 35/40 mpg

Chevy Volt Sedan $40,000 gas only backs up battery

Nissan Leaf Electric $33,000 no gas

Mitsubishi I micro-coupe ???

Ford Fusion/Focus ???

* note: or you can buy a diesel and use bio-diesel in warm climates

SCOD related links

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2012 by Drogo

These internet links often have nothing to do with SCOD officially, but are related by subject matter and common interest.

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Greenhouse Effect, the definition

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenhouse_effect

People 4 Social Sustainability (P.S.S.), Where do we stand?

http://www.sustainablecoop.org/westand.html

Homesteading and Survivalism Store

http://homesteadingsurvivalism.myshopify.com/

Natural Remedies

http://www.naturalremedies.org/

Circle Sanctuary

http://www.circlesanctuary.org/ministries/interfaith/

Claymont Society, Property, and Community

http://www.claymontseminars.com/

Earth Architecture

http://www.eartharchitecture.org/index.php?%2Fcategories%2F52-United-States%2FP2.html

Earth First!

http://www.earthfirst.org/

Rainbow Gatherings

http://welcomehome.org/rainbow/

Bushcraft USA  http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/forum.php

Society for Creative Anachronism

http://www.sca.org/

Witch’s Bookshop

http://witchbookstore.blogspot.com/

Green Guide

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SCOD Fallout 2020 Film

http://sites.google.com/site/stowellgalleries/scodgreenhouse/scodfallout

SCOD Members

http://sites.google.com/site/stowellgalleries/scodmembers

 

SCOD Greenhood videos

http://www.youtube.com/user/SCODgreenhood

SCOD Virtual Vault

http://sites.google.com/site/stowellgalleries/libraryvault

SCOD Architecture Thesis

http://sites.google.com/site/stowellgalleries/thesisintro

SCOD Homepage

http://www.scodpub.com

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more will be added later…. ongoing collection….

List of Alternative Intentional Communities

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2011 by Drogo

List of Alternative Intentional Communities

Other Websites Listing Alternative Intentional Communities:

Ecotopia (not to be confused with the Book or the Game) EcoSystems Inc. based in California

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Eco-Villages

* Natural Bridges in Santa Cruz, CA

* Baggins End Pod Village UC Davis, CA 1972

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* Loudoun County, VA

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(this page is under construction)

Ethical vs Unethical Politicians

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2011 by Drogo

Bernie Sanders

Good and Bad Politicians 

What does SCOD think about professional politicians? Well it depends on the individual and their behavior regarding others. This is an ongoing lists of our representative leaders, past and present; judged using SCOD theory criteria for architectural design evaluation. Think of this list, as a list of real life “Heroes and Villains”. By “Good” we mean “Ethically and Morally Good”. By “Bad”  we mean “Corrupt, Evil, Vile, and Sinister”. Neutral or flip-floppers (including traitors) will be called ‘It’s Complicated’. Many people think there is no such thing as a good politician, because when they open their mouths they lie; but politics does have a variety of personalities like in any field. Some politicians handle power better than others, as with any type of leader or boss.

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Good Politicians

Kucinich – honest egalitarian peace promoter, environmentalist

Sanders, Bernie (US Senator) – honest egalitarian peace promoter

Gravel, Mike – honest egalitarian peace promoter

Unger, John – honest egalitarian peace promoter

Gore, Al – honest egalitarian peace promoter; environmentalist

Carter, Jimmy – honest egalitarian peace promoter

Tulsi Gabbard – honest egalitarian peace promoter

Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez (AOC) – honest egalitarian peace promoter

Nelson Mandela (yeah he is not US, but too amazing not to include) – honest egalitarian peace promoter

Andrew Yang – honest egalitarian peace promoter

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Bad Politicians

Reagan (and all corporate neo-conservatives)

Bush Jr. – lying war monger

Cheney – lying bigoted war monger

Rummy – lying bigoted war monger

McCain – bigoted war monger

Nixon – lying bigoted war monger

Jackson, Andrew – bigoted war monger

The Clintons (and all corporate neo-liberals) – lying war mongers

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It’s Complicated

Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, most of the famous founding fathers,….

Elizabeth Warren

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List of Edible Berries

Posted in Nature Studies, Organic Gardens with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2011 by Drogo

Wild Berries

List for The Great Plains & East-Coast America

(eat with caution)

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Blue-berry Bush

Mul-berry Tree

Black-berry Bush

Rasp-berry Bush  (Wineberry)

Straw-berry Patch

Snake-berry Patch

Cran-berry Bog  (New England)

Mayapple-berry (American Mandrake)

Nanny-berry

Ground Cherry Plant (Chinese Lantern, Wild Tomato)

Elder-berry Bush

Wild Grape Vine

Bear-berry Shrub

Rosehip-berry plant

Sea Buckthorn plant

Thimble-berry Bush

Goose-berry Bush

Fig Bush

Hack-berry Tree

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Nannyberry

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Ground Cherry (Wild Tomato in Chinese Lantern Husk)

Legendary References

Posted in History, Philosophy, SCOD Thesis with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 14, 2011 by Drogo

SCOD Legendary Myth and Hero References

SCOD itself exists as multiple amalgams of various ideas, but is never restricted even to one particular mixture.   Even a vision of Utopia or Paradise is different for everyone, yet SCOD does not claim permanent perfection.  Many believe that our human existence only allows glimpses of archetypal enlightenment, regardless; SCOD strives for Organic Sustainability for humans.

SCOD Theory Themes have been listed as 5, but that list is only condensed from a longer list of client inspirations. The Themes are used in the personalities and decisions made by the designers, clients, and followers. They affect actual structures in neighborhoods, to isolated woodland experiments. People of SCOD create based on Themes they believe in, or respect.

A complete reference list is impossible, as all things are reminglings, yet here is an attempt to site primary Legends and Heroes:

The Epic of Gilgamesh; Homer; Hebrew Scripture; Pythagoras, Empedocles, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Archimedes; Vitruvius; New Testament; Sparticus; King Arthur; Robin Hood; Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael; Copernicus, Galileo, Newton; Einstein, Hawking, Sagan; Hume, Hobbes, Locke, Kant; Washington, Jefferson, Franklin; Byron, Blake, Poe, Lovecraft, Crowley; Wells, Huxley, Orwell, Bradbury; Gaudi, Dali, Graves, Woods, Giger, Gilliam; Monty Python; Jung, Steiner, Gurdjieff, Ouspensky, Bennett; Wagner, Orff, Poledouris; Claymont;  Soleri, Cosanti, Arcosanti; DNA; World Cultural Diversity; Martial & Healing Arts; Art, Science, Alchemy/Architecture; History/Literature/Linguistics; Nature/Spirituality; Environmentalism; etc…

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SCOD Philosophy owes much to Legendary Heroes.

Our heroes are fictional and historic, males and females, there is no limit.

Philosopher Kings (Queens not included yet):

Asian: Lao Tsu, Sun Tsu, Buddha and Confucius

Hebrew, Christian, and Muslim: Moses, Jesus, Mohammad

Seven Ancient Sages: Thales, Pythagoras, Empedocles, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Epicurus

Mathematics: Euclid, Archimedes

Science: Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Einstein

Roman: Cicero, Julius Caesar, Marcus Aurelius (Stoics), Saint Augustine

Medieval: King Arthur, Saint Francis, Thomas Aquinas

Modern: Machiavelli, Francis Bacon, Hobbes, Locke, Descartes, Hegel, Hume, Hegel, Kant, Kierkegaard, Goethe, Nietzsche, Ghandi, Marx, Jung, Phenomenology

Environmental Video Games

Posted in Education / Schools, Environmentalism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2011 by Drogo

Although most electricity used to run computers still comes from Fossil Fuel Combustion, there are some electronic games that may help to build a more sustainable future and switch to more renewable tools. If we are going to be on the computers already, smart education through fun game play can help plan a better future. The best of these games are those that make you feel better after you have played them, and even better when you are not playing them because you are not using Fossil Fuels.

Video games are often a reflection of Society’s politics (social studies) and Culture’s history (customs & wars). That people want to understand what is systemic through simulations is not a bad thing. What crosses the line is when people perpetuate actual murders; which whether in defense of the system or against it, is still part of Society and Culture. The violent drug addict and the drone operator, or the gangster and the soldier can be the same person, one disgracefully illegal and one honorably legal. Laws often ignore the inherent dichotomy, and public dialog largely ignores the terror within.

1.  Power Up! (the basic educational game)

2.   Power Up  (the advanced game)

3.  Eco Ego

4.  Sun-Shire – SCOD Eco-village creation

(list to be continued)

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(image from STOP THIEF board game)

Abstraction in art and games can be as interesting as the realism.

 

 

 

 

Environmental Websites

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Environmentalism, SCOD Thesis with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2011 by Drogo

Green Architecture and related Eco-theme sites

Inhabitat Blog Magazine

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Nightmare On Elm Street Film List

Posted in Film Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2010 by Drogo

List of Nightmare On Elm Street Movies

Elm Street Murders

Freddy Krueger

1.  A Nightmare On Elm Street  1984

2. Part 2:  Freddy’s Revenge

3.  Part 3:  Dream Warriors

4.  Part 4:  Dream Master

5.  Part 5:  Dream Child

6.  Part 6:  Freddy’s Dead

7.  Part 7: A New Nightmare

8.  Freddy Vs. Jason  2003

9.  Remake of original  2010

10:  ?

Friday the 13th List of Films

Posted in Film Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2010 by Drogo

List of Friday the 13th Films

Camp Crystal Lake Murders

Jason Voorhees

1. Friday The 13th  (Jason’s Mother)  1980

2. Part 2          1981

3. Part III        1982-83

4.  Part IV:  Final Chapter  1984

5.  Part V:  New Beginning  1985

6.  Part VI:  Jason Lives  1986

7.  Part VII:  New Blood  1988

8.  Part VIII:  Jason Takes Manhattan  1989

9.  Part IX:  Jason Goes to Hell, Final Friday  1993

10.  Part X:  Jason X          2002

11.  Freddy Vs. Jason     2003

12.   Remake  2010

13.  ?

Most Annoying Fictional Characters EVER

Posted in Fictional Stories with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2010 by Drogo

Most Annoying Fictional Characters EVER

From Stories, Books, Comics, TV, and Films:

1. Jarjar Binks  (Star Wars Phantom Menace)

2. Urkel, Steve  (from Family Matters)

3. Barney  (the Purple Dinosaur)

4. Brainy Smurf  (from The Smurfs)

5. Woody Woodpecker (cartoon)

6. The Three Stooges

7. Sponge Bob (cartoon)

8. Anakin Skywalker (kid & teen from Star Wars)

9. Mr. Annoying (SNL)

10. Daleks  (Doctor Who)

* Annoying is often intentional and part of why many people like these characters