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Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Fading Art of Balisong Making

 The iconic "beintenueve" (29), the street name of the balisong folding knife

With a lot of traditional crafts and hand-made industries world-wide succumbing to both the pressures and preferences of modern times, it's not surprising that balisong-making in Batangas would follow. It is no less sobering though. I still remember the one in my family from my uncle that could puncture a one peso coin, the traditional indicator of good tempering in the blade steel.
Click HERE here for the news bit.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Urban Ready Keychain

Never leave home without it!

The "5 C's" of an Urban Ready Keychain are: 

1. Cut - A SAK (Swiss Army Knife) Explorer. Good selection of tools at the just the right size and can be carried almost anywhere.

2. Combustion - a Bic lighter (in sheath)

3. Cord - 10" long paracord. The "chain" should be knotted in such a way as to be quickly deployed if needed for emergencies.

4. Call Attention - For signalling, a metal whistle and small coin-battery flashlight near carabiner attachment. 

5. Convenient Carry - All packaged small and compact enough to be brought along always, attached to your pants or inside your EDC bag.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

On the Ethos of Norse Heroes and Myths

The only sustaining support possible for the human spirit, the one pure unsullied good men can hope to attain, is heroism; and heroism depends on lost causes. The hero can prove what he is only by dying. The power of good is shown not by triumphantly conquering evil, but by continuing to resist evil while facing certain defeat.  

- Edith Hamilton
Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes

Friday, November 4, 2011

Last Javan Rhino in Vietnam Killed

UPDATE: This deserves a lot more attention. See the painful video below -

Picture from

No words. Utterly tragic. Another species gets closer to extinction yet again, and here in this part of the world no less.

News video HERE

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Packing Like A Pro

Very efficient folding for a month's worth of travel.