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Weekly tool – the scroll saw

Ok so the last post was nonsense but we are getting more serious about our manhood here.

One thing that every man needs is his own work shop. Any man worth his salt has a set of power tools that can build beautiful wooden furniture or horribly disfigure some fingers if not wielded correctly.

Here is the first feature tool in our weekly series. The scroll saw.

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Swiss army knives and Ka-bar, still a manly tradition

Even though it is not common to see men walk around with hunting knives strapped to their hips I am still a firm believer that a knife is one of those tools that is a part of being a man (or really tough woman).

My dad gave me my first swiss army knife when I was 12. It was a knock off but I still treasured it. It was walking tool kit in my pocket. A symbol that I was responsible enough to carry it and not hurt myself. I gave that same knife to my son on our second camping trip together. He was a little young and he still didn’t use it with out my supervision, but it still meant the world to him that I gave him my very first pocket knife.

Nowadays I carry something less ornate that also complies with our local laws (no knives with blades over 3″ in length). Most of the time it is put to use cutting open boxes that I receive from Amazon, but it does make me feel like that same kid with the tool box in my pocket. It has served me well in emergencies as well as around the campfire. My everyday carry knife is the Tool Logic SLPB2 Tactical Folding 1/2 Serrated Knife Check it out here :http://amzn.to/15k82It

There are those times when you are out in the wild and you need something that is a little more capable. That is when I call upon my Ka-bar Becker BK7 http://amzn.to/YSVLrA

It is a direct decendant of the Marine corps Ka-bar knife my grandfather carried in WWII. This knife can skin a deer as well as chop down a tree and is enough knife to make crocodile Dundee jealous.

picture courtesy of blade forums

picture courtesy of blade forums

Here is Ka-Bar’s latest testimonial about their knives. Kinda makes you wanna grow a beard and then shave it with a freshly sharpened Ka-Bar. Hoo-rah!!!

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Book review: The 4 hour Work Week

At first I was skeptical about any book called the 4 Hour Work Week.  It evoked the same feeling that I got when someone from Amway asked me to come to a “meeting” or was invited to invest in some Florida swamp land.

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The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)

Let me start by saying what this book is not.  It is not about getting rich quick or a vague rah rah cheerleading session of principles that can’t be put into practice.
The author has actually put this method in to practice.  His methods are less business school knowledge and more of a hackers guide to building a beautiful life.
This book is really about living the life that you want to live and creating a system that can support that lifestyle.  It is not for the faint of heart.  The book challenges our traditional values of trading hours for dollars.
This book eschews the current paradigm of working for 30 or 40 years and then at the end of your life finally getting a chance to do the things that you want to do whether it’s travel, spend time with your children or write the Great American novel.
The author, Tim Ferriss gives examples of how to create a business and how to remove your involvement in that business so that it provides you with an income that can support a person even without them being involved with business on a day-to-day basis.
He gives an idea of how to remove some of the minutia in life and focus on what is important to us NOW.
NOW is the the operative word for the entire book.  Why put off the life that you want until you are too old to appreciate it.
Tim Ferriss gives the reader some great strategies on how to build a business that can work for you while you live the life the you want.
If you have ever wanted to explore the idea of owning your own time, being around for you children or traveling the world, this is a good read.
-JD
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