Thursday, May 31, 2012

Zombie Tarot (Unboxing & Review)

Product: Zombie Tarot: An Oracle of the Undead
Publisher: Quirk Books

First impressions:
Great packaging – very cool graphics, definitely an attention grabber. The quality of the actual box it comes in is also top-notch.
The cards:
78 cards - beautiful illustrations with a retro pulp feel to it. The cardstock is not too shabby either.  Like I mentioned in the vid, the cards would make great posters as well. (Hint, hint)

How to use it:
This is a no-brainer – the handy dandy instructional booklet tells you everything you need to know to start your tarot reading. It’s not bad looking either. Each card has its corresponding page in the booklet that tells you what the card represents and what it means.
Bottom line:
If you’re into all things zombie-related this is definitely a good addition to your collection. For everyone else, you’re going to want this sitting on your shelf for its eye candy factor.

Many thanks to Quirkbooks. Props to Paul Kepple for the creative design and Stacy Graham for the instructions.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Budget Mess Kit

I've been on the look out for a basic mess kit for awhile now but I didn't want to spend too much on it. I was at a local store cruising the kitchenware section, and I found the mess kit displayed next to the lunchboxes, thermos, and water bottle section. It looked like a bento box (which I have a thing for - great way to pack your lunch by the way) so I had to check it out. I was surprised to see a dish nested inside the compartment as well as a handle that attaches to the exterior of it. For $5, it was a no-brainer.

What I like about it so far:
Stainless steel
the main compartment is deep, even with the dish inside, there's plenty of room to stash additional supplies (fire starter kit, pocket utensil, etc.)

What I didn't like:
It had a large brand sticker on the lid which was a pain to clean up (Goo Gone did the trick).

At the very end of the video, I mentioned that I was going to test this out on a gel chafing fuel with a rack on top of it to see if it works out or if I have to make modifications to the set up. Obviously, I don't plan on cooking elaborate meals with this, just basically warm up precooked food. I'll also test boil time for water just out of curiosity. I'll post the results here of course.

Lesson learned & also a good tip for those of you who are looking to expand your camping or preparedness gear: Don't always go to the obvious places to find what you're looking for. Having a keen eye and learning to see things as having multiple purposes can help you save a few bucks.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Casting: Looking for Single Survivalists & Preppers for TV Show

Received an email a couple of days ago from a casting agent/company who are currently looking for single survivalists and preppers for a show. Here are the details:



A Major television production company is casting single men and women who share the belief that the world is soon ending for a new major television series. We are in search of people who passionately believe in the world’s inevitable end, but are also single andlooking for someone to enjoy the rest of their time on earth with!  Please tell us your story.

Please email us with yourstory with a current photo of yourself along with a current contact telephonenumber and email address to Sean De Simone ( at

Book Review: Prepper's Pocket Guide

My prepper library mostly consists of ebooks stashed away in an SD card and cloud storage. This is an absolute must for all of us urban preppers since storage space is somewhat lacking. Don’t get me wrong, print books are still my preferred material but we have to be selective about what we acquire at the moment.
The Prepper's Pocket Guide: 101 easy things you can do to ready your home for a disaster is ideal for new preppers since you can use it as a  quickie reference guide. The chapters are well organized and the information easily digested.  For the seasoned preppers the information in the book will definitely be too basic but for noobs like myself, it’s  a handy tool to keep on the shelf (it doesn’t take much room either). 
Topics include budget food stockpiling and storage, water, hygiene, bug out bag,  how to assemble an emergency dental kit (I actually need to do this), learn to make a gel pack (on my ‘need to try’ list), teaching children about prepping, etc.
I’m essentially going to be using this as a checklist of sorts.  It’s easy to miss the most obvious details at times and this helps me figure out what aspects of preparedness I need to devote more time on. It doesn’t go into a whole lot of depth, so if you’re looking for something that is loaded with details then this is not the book for you.
This book is ideal for: new preppers, younger readers, busy people (it’s a quick read!), and all of you book nerds who are always looking to expand your prepper home library.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars: Appropriate content for what it is – it’s a prepper pocket guide. Don’t expect an encyclopedia of knowledge. It’s a great pocket guide.  The design and layout of the book is also quite appealing.  An attention-grabbing cover, some b/w illustrations inside,  and fonts (yes, fonts are important) all work well together to make it into a cohesive package.
Note: I have a quickie video review of this which still needs to be edited. Will update this post with the video embed when it's ready. =)