The Big Think

April 28, 2014

The Hierarchy of Camping

Filed under: Disclosure,Hobbies — jasony @ 11:26 am

The Hierarchy of Camping: “”


Personally, I started up at the “Backpacker” stage and have slowly moved down the pyramid as I’ve gotten older. Far from being ashamed about it, I have the attitude of “hey, I’ve done my time”. I spent 5 years as a backpacking guide carrying everything on my back that we needed for up to 2 weeks at a time. And let me tell you, toting around the infrastructure and calories for 12-15 people for a couple of weeks resulted in some heavy packs. At one point, for a brief few hours, I was carrying a 120lb pack (the result of having to lash another guides’ pack to my own and carry both so she could run back to camp for an emergency). Been there, done that.

Post guide life meant we got a decent little tent and did some moderate backpacking. Then recently we started to enjoy car camping (with the same tent). Then a few years ago we bought a stand-up tent and (gasp!) cots!. With pillows, dagnabit. This insomniac doesn’t get a thrill out of lying awake at night with smug feelings of his own camping superiority.

We’ve tossed around the idea of getting a small RV of some sort but we’re pretty much limited by the paltry 3500lbs my truck can tow. A motorized coach would be nice but they’re a lot more expensive, require more maintenance, cost more to insure, and you have to pay for storage year round even though you may only use it a few weeks per year. So for the time being we’ll hover around the “well equipped car camping” stage.

For this outdoor lover there’s just nothing like a campfire and a light rain. That’s my happy place.

Educational Incompetence

Filed under: Education,Politics — jasony @ 9:18 am

ANOTHER university stops students from handing out Constitution | The Daily Caller: “Two students are suing the University of Hawaii for violating their First Amendment rights after administrator prevented them from distributing copies of the U.S. Constitution — demonstrating a frightening lack of knowledge about the very legal document they were attempting to censor.

Students Merritt Burch and Anthony Vizzone, members of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at UH-Hilo, were prevented from handing out copies of the Constitution at a recruitment event in January. A week later, they were again informed by a censorship-minded administrator that their First Amendment-protected activities were in violation of school policy.

The students were told that they could only distribute literature from within UH-Hilo’s ‘free speech zone,’ a small, muddy, frequently-flooded area on the edge of campus.

Administrators further clarified their level of respect for students’ free speech rights, making comments like, ‘This isn’t really the ’60s anymore,’ and ‘people can’t really protest like that anymore,’ “

The administrators protested against The Man back in the 60’s. Now that they are The Man the would love everybody to just settle down and be quiet.

Red-Pill Politics

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 9:15 am

National Review Online | Print: “the closer a man’s occupation takes him to the physical economy, the more skeptical he is of progressive central-planning ambitions. You do not meet a great many left-wing corn farmers, copper-mine operators, oil drillers, or house builders. You do meet a fair number of progressives on Wall Street and Silicon Valley and on the campus of Harvard”

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