No, they don't last longer than cotton t-shirts. My wool t-shirts (which I wear every day and have ~10-12) start getting holes after about a year and a half, in spite of line drying them and washing them carefully. » 3/04/15 2:53pm Wednesday 2:53pm

It's easy to cast dispersions on gun owners from somewhere where cops are 3 minutes away and there aren't polar bears and grizzlies. Alaska is a special case and accidents happen. How many kids were still seriously hurt in a car crash today? » 2/22/15 9:20pm 2/22/15 9:20pm

It may also be the case that wetting out is much less of an issue if you've got something other than a big sheet of densely woven nylon as a face fabric as on a hard shell. Fleece, wool, etc all remain relatively permeable when they're soaking wet. » 2/09/15 9:57am 2/09/15 9:57am

From an in-person spectator's perspective, it's an acquired taste. On TV, it's kind of hard to tell what the hell is going on at any given point. It doesn't really lend itself to sitting down for a couple hours with a twelve pack and just zoning out. The cars are cool to watch, but who knows who is leading?! It's… » 2/02/15 1:53pm 2/02/15 1:53pm

As someone who could easily pack away 5000 calories a day if I just ate until I was full all the time, this is the only way for me to maintain my body weight. I stopped eating between dessert and dinnertime about a decade ago. 20 hours. Skipping breakfast takes a while to get used to. Going the distance to… » 1/28/15 7:58am 1/28/15 7:58am

For the stove, you can go even cheaper. I've got a $6 one from Amazon that's served my family quite well for a couple years. They make a slightly larger version if you're going to be cooking with bigger pots and want more stability, but it's easy enough to rig up some support out of sticks and rocks. » 1/28/15 9:34am 1/28/15 9:34am

If people can't enjoy a little snow adventure now and then, maybe they should consider a job other than healthcare (says I in healthcare). Doctors, nurses, medics, cops, firefighters, garbage men, postal service employees and snow plow operators know what they're signing on for. Nobody is forced into this work and… » 1/27/15 12:48pm 1/27/15 12:48pm

Bad advice here. For god's sake, don't use the bowline if your life depends on a knot. It is NOT a good "mountain climbing" knot. Figure-8 (follow-through/on the bight/loop) or double bowline if your life depends on a loop. Screw up a figure-8 and it's secure but very difficult to untie. Screw up a bowline and it… » 1/08/15 8:26am 1/08/15 8:26am

Building codes typically require a safety factor of 1.5 and are usually designed to about 2.0. Aircraft often go with ~1.5, which makes sense, because increasing the safety factor of a building doesn't come with performance tradeoffs. On an airplane, unnecessary weight is a pretty big deal. » 12/18/14 4:03pm 12/18/14 4:03pm