Showing posts from March, 2018

What Should Be Done First

I was led to a post of someone who set up the worst possible case for arming teachers.  Fortunately, there are commonsense alternatives.

In the FEMA course on defending v. Active Cowards I took in Oregon's oldest synagogue (NEVER AGAIN!) I was taught to Lock the door between me and the CowardIf the place I am at does not care enough to have solid core doors, barricade the doorway, and get out of sightOnly after 1) and 2) do I try any active defense.
1. can be accomplished absolutely with a bent or welded piece of lightweight aluminum made in shop class as an exercise by high school students, notched to drop over the door handle on the inside so the Coward cannot see it is in place. If there's no shop class, well, it can be bought commercially: The Device # 2, if installed 34" to 48" over the floor, would comply with fire code, so teachers in a wheelchair could easily use it (and, no, I have no connection to the manufacturer). Door blocks are also useful against other thr…

Cutting the cord cheaply

Tired of your cable bill?
500 channels, and nothing you want to watch? 
When my $80/mo. cable TV obligation ended, I had it turned off. 
Internet costs $45/mo. from my phone company, is easily 12x faster at downloading and definitely more reliable.

I could even do without that and use my phone as a WiFi hotspot, if need be.

Here's my solution's details:

1. Call your cable TV provider and find when your contract is up, and put that date in your or other calendar system.

2. Where to put the antenna? Find where your TV stations are. Then, look at your windows, and see which window is best to use. You want the window that's closest to a right-angle line, or perpendicular to, the line between you and the TV station.
3. Today, make an antenna. Measure the distance from your TV to a window, measuring from the TV to the ceiling then along the wall to the window, and add 10' in case you need to move the TV. Buy, or scrounge, that much cable TV coax cable; I used wh…