Ben Alembick

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The $140 productivity app that’s managed my life for the past decade

I have a strange obsession with optimizing my life for peak productivity. Part of it is the dopamine hit that comes with a task well completed. But what brings me even more joy is the creation of the perfect Rube Goldberg machine to deflect, swat, and conquer everything the information economy has …

Productivity

Truck Drawer System: How I Built Out My Pickup Bed

This article is about a drawer. Well, actually, it’s about how a drawer helps you adventure more. Let me explain.<b>The least discussed — and arguably</b> …

Solar Panels

None of Google's 85,000 employees have had their work accounts taken over in a year — and it's because of a simple $20 product anyone can use

One of the most common ways that people get hacked is called phishing or spearphishing.<p>Basically, attackers craft an email that looks just like something you'd normally click on, like a bill or an email telling you to change your password. Unsuspecting people click on the link in the phishing …

Employment

5 of the best keyboard shortcuts you probably aren’t using

Each and every time you lift your hand off of your keyboard (or trackpad) to reach for that mouse, you are wasting valuable time. It’s safe to say …

Keyboard Shortcuts

Top 24 Recipes to Cook in a Dutch Oven

The dutch oven<p>Make sure to check out the how-to on cooking in a dutch oven at camp.<p>At home and in camp, this heavy pot with a tight-fitting lid is …

What Is Ikigai? This Japanese Wellness Theory Could Turn You Into A Morning Person

If you're not a morning person, going to bed with a mental checklist of all of the things you <i>have</i> to do the next day certainly doesn't make getting …

These 10 Books Might Just Save Your Life

This week, we scanned Amazon’s bestseller list for the highest-rated survival books and pulled the best, most authoritative reviews for each.<p><b>Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival ($10)</b><p>“Good read. I learned a hell of a lot about wood, resins, and fires from this book. Dave …

18 Simple Do-It-Yourself Projects For Preppers

To some, planning for the unthinkable is a silly notion. But to others, it is simply following the Boy Scout motto at its finest. In the event of a …

The Ultimate Bug-Out Bag

That ragged guy on the street corner howling about the end of the world might be onto something. Think about it for a moment. Every morning it seems …

Survivalism

Blockchain is crappy technology and a bad vision for the future

This December I wrote a widely-circulated article on the inapplicability of blockchain to any actual problem. People objected mostly not to the technology argument, but rather hoped that decentralization could produce integrity.<p>Let’s start with this: Venmo is a free service to transfer dollars, and …

Blockchain

AC outlets, USB ports, more are features of this battery-powered generator: $170 (Reg. $200+)

This offer has expired!<p>Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest deals and more. Sign-up for our newsletters and have our best offers delivered to your inbox daily.<p>Suaoki (99% positive feedback lifetime) via Amazon offers its massive 222Wh Lithium battery-powered generator with 2 AC outlets, …

Solar Panels

I Ditched Tampons and Worked Out in Period-Proof Activewear — Here's What Happened

Tampons and menstrual cups were invented for a reason. At least, that's what I kept telling myself when I heard about the line of period-proof activewear from Thinx. I had never tried out the Thinx period-proof underwear myself, but I had heard incredible reviews about it, so I figured it wouldn't …

9 Sex Positions That Use Common Gym Equipment

We're not saying you should try these at the gym. But if you have these lying around at home, it couldn't hurt to try 'em out in private<p>No one talks about it, but it's actually pretty normal to get sexually aroused at the gym. After all, when you exercise, your body releases endorphins, a.k.a. …

How young is too young to start lifting weights?

If you want to really rile up some parents, just ask them when they think a kid is old enough to safely start strength training.Talk to someone …

Exercise

15 Best Selling Bushcraft Books: Most Popular Wilderness Survival Guides

A long while back, close to when we originally started penning this blog, I published an article about the most popular/best selling survival books …

Selling

Wild at heart: how one woman and her husband live out in the woods

For seven years, Miriam Lancewood and her husband Peter have lived a nomadic life – she is the hunter and he is the cook. Now they’re walking across Europe to Turkey, with a tent and little else. Stefanie Marsh meets them to hear why<p>Miriam Lancewood has been living off grid, in the wild, for seven …

New Zealand

The #1 Item Every Bug Out Bag Should Contain — But Probably Doesn’t

For more than a year my husband walked around, worked at his job, went scuba diving, and tried to lead a normal life, all with a broken back. He was …

Painkillers

A Bug Out Bag for Frequent Flyers

Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.<i>Editors Note: A guest submission from Cellcounter about a different disaster you may have to</i> …

Survivalism

How to Survive the Apocalypse

President Trump threatens to “totally destroy North Korea.” Another hurricane lashes out. A second monster earthquake jolts Mexico. Terrorists strike in London. And that’s just this past week or so.<p>Yes, the world is clearly coming to an end. But is there anything you can do to prepare?<p>That is not a …

Camping and Backpacking Tarps: An Essential Guide

Tarp camping can offer the outdoor adventurer an altogether different take on a night in the wild and rewards the camper with a host of lovely …

6 ways to create the perfect vision board

When it comes to your ultimate goals, sometimes you really have to see it to believe it. Whether it’s backpacking across another country or dreaming …

4 Little Things that Will Matter a Lot More to You in 40 Years

God willing, you’ll be gifted another 40 years of life experience.But even if you aren’t, the core principle of this article remains relevant:<b>As you</b> …

The 15-minute full-body dumbbell workout

James Michelfelder<p>James Michelfelder<p><b>Duration</b> 15<p><b>Exercises</b> 5<p><b>Equipment</b> Yes<p>If you’ve got a set of dumbbells at home, or a wall-length rack at your gym, …

Build Your Abs With a Barbell

Next Level Core Strength<p>Roll For Abs<p>One of the best exercises to heavily stimulate the rectus abdominis (the "six pack" muscle) is the rollout.<p>During …

You don’t need iTunes to manage your iOS data [Deals]

For all the use we get out of our iDevices, iTunes doesn’t offer much choice in how we manage their data. Whether it’s hidden files eating up storage, or the complex dance required to move a single song from one place to another, it can be more hassle than convenience. There’s just has to be a …

The Benefits and Risks of Lucid Dreaming

Lucid dreams can be more than escapist fantasy, but in order to reap the benefits of your slumbering mind, you must first tell your brain that your …

'It takes literally one second': A former Google engineer just gave me the best meditation advice I've ever heard

The tip, which originally comes from Tibetan Buddhist master Mingyur Rinpoche, appears in Chade-Meng Tan's 2012 book, "Search Inside Yourself."<p>Tan summarizes the advice for his readers:<p>What Tan's really telling readers: Don't get too ambitious when it comes to meditation.<p>It doesn't make you lazy — …

Mindfulness

The Ultimate 90-Day Bodyweight Training Plan

<b>When I was a young man, I struggled with my self-image.</b> My brother was a “hulk” and played varsity college basketball all four years.<p>I, on the other …

Why Mastering the Handstand Will Give You Stronger Abs

Handstands might look like they belong to gymnasts and superfit athletes, but we have good news: Any reasonably fit, able-bodied person can do one. …