TAD S2 Pouch

Triple Aught Designs appears to be an intermediate “tactical” equipment/clothing company. What I mean by intermediate is that they are not like Original SOE Gear or First Spear making gear with pretty much only the warfighter in mind, yet they are definitely not Patagonia either. When I first went to their site I didn’t really get who it was that they were serving with their products but it soon became clear. They make gear for people who need good stuff that will last in demanding conditions. I could see pretty much all their stuff being used in the military or by outdoorsmen.

What happened was the pouch that came with my Leatherman Wave was slowly coming apart. I put the word out to many of my active MIL and outdoor friends and Pig Monkey, who writes a great blog, suggested the TAD S1 pouch. If PM recommends a piece of kit you need to check it out. I did and while it looked well thought out the specs showed that it might be a bit bigger than I wanted. However the S2 looked like it might be almost perfect.

The TAD S2 Pouch


When I got the sheath I saw that it was indeed almost perfect. One of the things I liked about the S1 was that it could be mounted both horizontally and vertically on a belt. I ASSumed that the S2 had the same feature. It didn’t. It can only be mounted horizontally to a belt but that is going to work just fine for me.

My first impressions are decidedly positive. It looks well made and functional. The Wave fits in the pouch snugly but not too tight.


The flap is held in place with a wide Velcro panel and holds securely but is still easy to open.

The way the belt loops are setup it will accommodate different belt widths and thicknesses. Since the Velcro joint is between your belt and your body it is quite secure.


For less than $20 delivered and made in the USA, this looks to be a great deal and a good piece of kit.

News

In the States news sucks. It got so bad that someone realized they could make a lot of money by doing exactly what was already there but with a nominally “conservative” perspective. Hardly a solution. Aside from the problems with terms like “liberal” and “conservative” and the way people wave them like a banner above themselves, “conservative” crap is still crap.

So what are we to do? Where are we to go in an effort to educate ourselves about our Republic and the world that surrounds it? The best we have is NPR (No, I’m not impressed either). Fortunately we have the Internet and on the Internet there are much better options than the dung carried on our airwaves.

Below is a list of news programs that I have found educational. I am not interested in having my existing beliefs re-enforced. I do not want to hear about why I am right and “they” are wrong. I ESPECIALLY do not want to hear about why one party is better than another. I want to be informed on what is happening and what different interested parties think about it. The following links will likely be of interest only if the above is true for you too.

BBC
From Our Own Correspondent – Link
Global News – Link
HARDtalk – Link
Newshour – Link
NewsPod – Link
Peter Day’s World of Business – Link

Al Jazeera
Empire (May be a special and not a series) – Link
Fault Lines – Link
Inside Story – Link
Inside Story Americas – Link
Inside Story US 2012 – Link
101 East – Link

The BBC stuff is audio only because of the British TV licensing but the Aljazeera is availble in HD, Standard, and Audio Only. The only problem with Al Jazeera’s audio only is that since it is a TV broadcast the subtitles for the non-English speakers can’t be read. I hope you find something helpful or useful there.

Yes, Al Jazeera, and to some extent the BBC, is often anti-American in its bias. Hopefully your knowledge of and love for your country can tolerate someone saying there is something wrong with the US (especially if what they say is true. Then we can try to fix it)

I’m always looking to expand my sources so let me know of the sources you’ve found.

D-Day Today 68 Years Ago

One of the most incredible feats of courage, will, and planning. Defeating Nazi Germany was by no means a given and many thousands of good men died to achieve victory.

Take just one moment to think about what these men did and how it affects you today. Do we all speak German? Do we all speak Japanese?

We are blessed by their sacrifice.

(This is actual war footage. If you don’t like the tune, kill the sound and see what was done. I’d suggest finding a system that thumps though and cranking it up.)

Tiananmen Square Massacre 23rd Anniversary

Today marks twenty three years since the massacre of peaceful protesters who wanted nothing more than a say in their country’s affairs. It was a protest started when people laid wreaths on the Monument to Fallen Heroes in Tiananmen Square. Today the monument is roped off and guarded by soldiers. The people are no longer allowed to honor their fallen for fear that they might again express their desire to be more than subjects of the Communist Dynasty.

I have lived in China and have come to love the Chinese people dearly. I feel a deep and quiet rage when I think of how they are used and abused by a government that has gone far beyond guanxi in its corruption.

Below are pictures that I took of what I believe is the only monument to the slaughter of June 4th in China. The Monument is in Hong Kong.


And finally, here is a picture of a synopsis of the events that lead up to the massacre. Click on the image and you will be able to view it full sized where it will be fairly legible.

No, the old cannot kill the young forever and any student of Chinese history will know that the government is only a part of China but that China has never been the government. The Party is perilously close to losing the Mandate.

5-Axis Machined Metal Helmet

It seems like it might be a little heavy but WOW! It is a beautiful process to watch. I’m surprised that they weren’t flooding the area with cutting oil or coolant.

Now it makes sense how folks are able to CNC port cylinder heads

It’s amazing what we can do now.

Camp and Trail

I picked this up used for $8.95. It is a 1919 printing with a copyright of 1906, 1907. It is a nicely balanced discussion of the gear, and its use, needed at camp and on the trail. Stewart Edward White looks at equipment for traveling by canoe, horseback, and on foot. I find the discussion of gear for horseback directly applicable to loading up a car or truck to go camping.

The author clearly has a good amount of experience in the wilderness. His father was a lumber millionaire (in the 19th century). I mention this because the impression that I get from his tone is that he recommends equipment not based on price but utility. He seems to have had the funds to use whatever gear he wanted and learned what was important and what should not be brought along. The voice of experience is unmistakable.

What I really like about this book is that it does not promote some contrived notion of self sufficiency. He looks at what he has found to be necessary to work in the outdoors in comfort, after a fashion.

If I had read this book ten years ago I would have found it instructive and quaint. Ten years ago it was all about micro-fibers and other synthetics while White extolls the virtues of wool and other natural fibers. He goes so far as to advocate using wool undergarments. Today the virtues of wool have re-emerged. The most experienced outdoor enthusiast I know wears wool for undergarments on the trail. A new technology emerges and becomes trendy and fashionable but time shows what it is really good for. So reading this book now is a fascinating experience. It is remarkably relevant to outdoor activity today.

As fun and instructive as White’s discussion of gear is, what really struck me the most was his succinct and well considered discussion of what we would today call mindset. The first two chapters, The Wilderness Traveler and Common Sense in the Wilderness, are both entertaining and instructive. They read to me like scripture i.e. discussion of events long past that contain perpetually relevant and useful truth.

This is a good book. There are honest to goodness pearls of wisdom distributed consistently through every chapter. White writes with a unique blend of authority and humility. One is quite confident that if anything were to be shown to him as superior to what he has written he would adopt it without hesitation.

If you are unable to find an old copy or are disinclined to buy a new one you can find the whole text, with diagrams, courtesy of Project Gutenberg here:

Camp and Trail by Stewart Edward White

Chapter Titles

The Wilderness Traveler
Common Sense in the Wilderness
Personal Equipment
Personal Equipment (Continued)
Camp Outfit
The Cook Outfit
Grub
Camp Cookery
Horse Outfits
Horse Packs
Horses, Mules, Burros
Canoes
Index (Yes, it really has an index!)