Saturday, March 23, 2019

Survival Bandana Content: The Sun Compass...stick and stones and all that

I guess the picture is self explanatory....this is another excerpt from my Survival Bandana project:

A close up of my first bandana with my Grapple Hook

Friday, March 22, 2019

Kite Eye 7 - Reaper Reaps

Her client was found.

Her training forbade to compliment her to the impeccable timing but she could not help to let a little satisfied unfold.

The news report mentioned the finders of the body, the garbage men, and the identity of the client which the news caster used obnoxious amounts of time on.

The voice followed her as she went to the kitchenette for another serving of her juice. She was expecting the usual "if any of the listeners have any information regarding..." and expected her description to be passed on.

She mused on that the description would be vague to say the least, she was well aware on how to distract the single minded psyche of men. Probably something alone the lines of: "Young attractive woman, looks good in tight shorts."

She smiled, thoughts like that and humor indicated a softer landing from the peak condition than usual.
" particular a large, white man. Possibly Scandinavian with glasses leaving the area with an oblong, suspicious bag. He is the main suspect of local police and any information regarding the identity or whereabouts of this person.."

She filtered the rest out.


They must mean that lumbering fool with the kite from the beach!

She threw her onto the sofa and drank her juice in one swig.

Whoever that poor bastard was, his life was going to be very interesting...soon!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Ishtar (1987)

"It takes a lot of nerve to have nothing at your age!"

That one sentence saved "Ishtar", a notorious bad movie, for me. I kept watching and fell a bit in love with it as it is a perfect mix of political satire and adventure movie.


The two alpha-losers Chuck Clarke (Dustin Hoffman) and Lyle Rogers (Warren Beatty) are probably the two worst singers/songwriters on the planet...which does not keep them from trying to topple giants like Simon and Garfunkle from the pantheon of music gods.

They fail, of course, but keep trying...and trying....even though it is evident for them (and everyone else!) that what little talent they might have: It is not within music.

As their facades and self conceived pictures of themselves crumble they finally figure out that they are what they are: Two middle-aged loser with no own apartment (Clarke lives with his parents), girlfriends or wives, children or career.

More or less disillusioned (their egos inflate steadily as they leave the battlefields of their defeats behind) they accept a slave-wage gig on a hotel in Marrakesh/Morocco "to launch their career".

They travel via the neighbouring, fictive country of Ishtar where Clarke is approached by the revolutionary Shirra Assel (Isabelle Adjani) who is begging him for help. He gives her his passport and gets a jacket in return, which has a mythical map sewn in which is supposed to help topple the dictator of Ishtar, all within a few moments in which Rogers went to the bathroom.

"Nice jacket you got there! Where did you buy it?"

Clarke has to stay behind in Ishtar and Rogers has to travel to Marrakesh to save their booking at the hotel.

Clarke then finds out that getting a new passport is not so easy as thought and makes a deal with a CIA operative, who is well aware of whom Clarke has been talking to, and helps with his travel to Morocco and also recruits him in the process..... for a very small amount of money.

(The CIA`s main concern is to keep the dictator of Ishtar to deepen connections with Libya and Ghaddafi....and of course there are KGB operatives who would love nothing more than for this to happen. There are also some Turkish operators around...apart from shooting each other: Their objective seems unclear)

Rogers finds out where Clarke`s sudden "wealth" is coming from, and sides with the revolutionaries resulting in them both being hunted by all parties (for the map) and them keeping their own agendas from each other.

Fucking hilarious if you ask me!

The move does tinker a bit with vaudevillian humor, but this is perfect when it comes to the description of the cold war opponents Russia and USA playing with their little proxy wars in the middle east. Pretty much what is going on right now.

Why do I like this movie, which is rates as one of the worlds worst, so much?

It has soul, it is funny and is a monument to those who have their dreams and keep on following them. even though their lack of talent is apparent and nobody believes in them and their crackpot dreams....all to the point of being delusional.

I like THAT! (and Isabelle Adjani is painfully cute!)


Friday, March 15, 2019

Getting ready for summer: Kite Reel

My lovely better half gave me one of the coolest Christmas gift a man-child like me could ask for:

A kite reel for high altitude kites.

My favorite carrier-kite: It is absolutely huge
and we call it "Evil Igor"

With this I can easily put up, and land, kites from 300-500 m altitude in less of a minute.

This will go perfect with my radar kite ( 3 m wingspan and 15 m length) which can lift heavy loads like my camera rig.

There she is: I already spooled 300 m of line on to her.

It comes with tension control so I can adjust rate of ascent.

Leading rollers and cleets.

Winder with two handles, notice the brake in the center?
That is the tension control!

Heavy duty...

Swivel hook.

Braided kite line, it can take a 60 kg load (ca 120 lbs).
I chose a colorful one so it is easier or airplanes to spot it.

Reel stopper.

Reel stopper again.

Can`t wait, can`t wait!!

Here a video of me with my old kite reel at Aberdeen Beach:

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Kelly Kettle Hack No. 6.1 - The (advanced) stil

In my earlier post Kelly Kettle Hack No. 6 - The Still I managed to distillate clean water from dirty/clean water.

It was a very improvised contraption out of tin foil and I lost a lot of water due to leaks through which the steam escaped.

So, I thought how to improve this method by using things well within the range of what we usually carry on a camping trip.

What we need: Kelly Kettle, a hose and....

...a silicone camping funnel, found in the deepest layer of our gear bag. 


...and heat resistant.

The funnel fits nicely in a hose for our water tank.

I zip tie it to the kettles spout.

The other end of the hose in a cup/pot.

All set.

Firing up old faithful.


A steamy affair.








After 15 minutes! 

`nuff said!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Water (1985)

Let me take you to Cascara: British colony and Caribbean island. Its population consists of the descendants of shipwrecked persons, the governor and his wife, two singing revolutionaries and the result of 14 "indiscretions" of the Scottish priest.

Cascara is widely ignored by Downing Street, the media..basically everyone. Except for ships as Cascara is only known for being a navigational hazard. 

This is much to the grief of the pot smoking & growing governor (Michael Caine) who tries to get some money from the tightly closed, British coffers to improve conditions on the island.

He manages to get London attention after sending a very stern letter. But this is not necessarily a good thing as the government has problems justifying to have a colony on an island with no beaches and a dreadful wind (coming from all four sides) that makes a party of Bridge impossible.

The governor receives orders to evacuate and relocate all the islands inhabitants (the British absolutely denying to give the island independence) to other islands.

This however changes rapidly after water is discovered during a commercial shoot at an old drill site.

Not ANY water though: Table water of exquisite quality, with a lemony taste and containing an element that makes you (and I quote) "Shit like a clockwork".

As the water is three times as valuable as oil, Cascara gets a lot of attention from the British government, the French government (fearing competition for their Perrier water ... and sending saboteurs) and.....the Cubans.

The Cubans have usually denied Casacara`s two singing rebels any support, but when Fidel finds out that there is money to be had he opens his hear for the struggle of the oppressed people of Cascara.

Cascara finds itself in the middle of a geopolitical crisis as 4-5 countries are sending their troops to "liberate" the people of Cascara...and the water from the "savage inhabitants".

The Governor sides with the rebel leader (played by the great Yin himself: Billy Connolly) so the people of Cascara can keep the water and drilling rights. 

Well, after he kicked out the Cuban infiltrators that is...

The movie is a treasure: Funny and deep at the same time. With a razor sharp, satirical view on first world countries never ending appetite for other countries resources.

It carries a lot about the mid-eighties naivety when everybody thought the worlds problems could be solved by a song...which in case of this movie: It does! :-) 

Spoiler alert: Ringo Starr, George Harrison and Eric Clapton help the singing rebels to pass their musical message to the UN. AWESOME concert!

Friday, March 8, 2019

Savage Islands ("Nate and Hays") (1983)

Another great movie from the golden age of adventure films!

Savage Islands is set in the mid-1800`s on the South Pacific islands, then the global focal point for criminals from all over the world, and follows a young priest and his fiance on their way to their parish on one of the islands. 

Off course they travel by ship, not knowing that its captain is one of the most notorious pirates, and arrive at their destination to take over their parish and get married.

The island gets raided by pirates/slavers during the ceremony and the bride gets (duhu!) kidnapped and her husband (thought dead) left behind.

The young priest searches for the pirates, shipwrecks, and is rescued by the ship that brought him to his parish in the first place: Its captain wanting to "steal" the priests bride himself.

Together they find out that the kidnapped parishioners are sold off to German agents who want to bribe a local warlord with heads (literally) to establish a naval base in his kingdom.

The hunt goes on for the parishioners and the damsel in distress, she actually does not need much saving, with all its glorious 80ies cheasieness.

Tommy Lee Jones as a pirate suffering from vertigo is taking some getting used to and is in good company with Michael O`Keefe as the priest and the lovely Jenny Seagrove as "damsel in not-so-much distress".

Worthy to waste a long evening on!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Survival Bandana Content: The Watch As Compass

 Another excerpt from my Survival Bandana project.

I am thinking about to add some things and generally expand the scope in which it can be used. 

But until further notice:


The first ever bandana fresh from the print :-)

Platitude of the day.

Do what you love and you will never work a single day in your life you will work real fucking hard, ALL the time, with no work/life balance. And if you do it for too long you lose all your prior competences and have to start from scratch when your pet project crashes and burns.


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Kelly Ketle Hack No. 9 - Carbide Punk

I came up with this method during a one-nighter on a German camping site (on our way to Denmark from Poland) where we were not allowed "open fire" according to "ZE REGULATIONS" (!!!)

But gas....gas was fine!

We did not carry any gas cartridges or camping stoves so we had to come up with something.

Hey, did he said gas was fine?

I carried my trusty Carbide Lamp with me and also some carbide.....

So it was fairly easy to turn my Kelly Kettle in to a GAS stove.


Ze regulations were followed and we were able to have a nice cup of tea & coffee before hitting our sleeping bags.

We are actually using the carbide punk method quite a bit right now as we need hot drinks during our house renovation.

Ze mgaic stuff: Carbide

It takes as little as 6-7 nuggets to boil 1 L of water.

Yes, you heard right: These little stones can develop enormous heat. 

Add water and the carbide develops acetylene gas instantaneously. 


Putting the kettle over for a cuppa.

REALLY hot...

7 minutes later.

Have you seen the HEAT SLEEVE I made for my KK?
It lowers boiling time by 1/3 and reduces fuel consumption.

This is what`s left: Carbide Lime can be used for soil stabilization and
acid neutralization of agricultural areas. I like to use it for my compost when the PH is out of whack