Archives for January 2011

Paul Straightens Out His Jeep

Paul slid on some ice on a mountain trail two weeks and wrecked his Jeep. Now it is time for repairs.

Making Wax Filled Lint Egg Carton Fire Starters

The Utah Preppers blog had a post yesterday on making fire starter candles. As I already had melted wax on the stove for making candles, I gave fire starters a try. Here is how it turned out, along with a field test video. A Field Test Having never used a homemade fire starter before, it […]

15 Military Action Photographs

These photographs show the United States military in action while training and in combat. The only criteria for selection was that a photograph showed weaponry in use and that I liked the image.

2009 Defense Spending by Country

Note: This post has been superseded. See 2010 Defense Spending by Country. Billions and Billions The fifteen nations with the largest annual military budgets are shown in the chart above (click to enlarge). The United States, with a budget of $636 billion annually, spends more on defense than the next sixteen nations combined. The United States […]

How to Build a Snowman in 3 Steps

This is for today’s youth that can’t build anything without first looking it up on the Internet.

Epic Excerpts: Stephen Covey on Management

Stephen R. Covey is the author of the best-selling book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Other books he has written include First Things First, Principle-Centered Leadership, The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness, The Divine Center and Spiritual Roots of Human Relations. Dr. Covey, father of nine and a grandfather of fifty-two, lives […]

100 Years Ago: Women, Corn, and Census

The following was adapted from the Improvement Era magazine of 100 years ago. Women’s Right To Vote Women gained the right to vote, in the November 8 election of 1910 in the state of Washington. Woman suffrage amendments to the state constitutions were submitted in that state, in Oregon, South Dakota and Oklahoma, and all […]

The Falling Populations of Europe

Living in England in the sixties and seventies, I recall that there was great consternation among the scientists that overpopulation would doom Europe to starvation. It didn’t turn out that way. Today no European country has a replacement total fertility rate of 2.1 and over half are below 1.5. Indeed the World total fertility rate has been falling for 60 years and will continue to …

The Ten Most Popular Posts of 2010

Around the blogosphere I have noticed that a few bloggers have published their top ten posts of 2010. For example, consider the Harvard Business Review, Parents as Teachers, and the Washington Area Women’s Foundation. I decided my top ten list could be just as interesting — or boring. In 2010 Rickety received 56,309 visits from 168 […]