Why Net Neutrality is Crucial

net neutrality

Now, as all of my phantom readers out there know, I’m a programmer by trade. I use the internet on a daily basis obviously, and I’m pretty much as tech-savvy as a person could possibly be. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m also a libertarian – and what I see from the right on the issue of net neutrality is downright embarrassing. The politicians who are against net neutrality in this country appall me, because if you understood the issue as I do, you’d understand that anybody who’s against net neutrality might as well have a tattoo on their forehead that reads ‘I’m owned by a corporation’.

Can you imagine a world where internet providers can bundle different services and charge you differently based on what sites you visit? The Facebook bundle – $5. The Google bundle – $15. You want to access an adult website? That’ll be $50 a month, thank you very much. Without net neutrality, this is exactly what will happen. Net neutrality is the only way to keep the internet the way it is now – a brilliant network where free exchange of information can occur. If the ISPs can start separating traffic and bundling stuff together, then you’ll end up with an internet that is structured the same as cable. Sports package costs X, social media package costs Y, if you want access to ESPN you’ll need to pay a premium fee! It’s ridiculous to think about, and the politicians who’re against net neutrality are either too stupid to understand what they’re supporting, or their too corrupt to care (just look at Ted Cruz’s laughably ignorant take on the subject here).

What angers me even more is that there are so called ‘libertarian’ organizations out there that are opposing net neutrality, but really these organizations like FreedomWorks, Americans for Prosperity and such are just fronts for big corporate lobbyists and corporatism. Crony capitalism is becoming more and more of an issue in this country – large corporations pay minimal tax, hide their money in other countries and get subsidies from the government in all sorts of industries, whereas small and medium sized businesses struggle to survive because they don’t have the ability to bend the rules in their favor. As a libertarian, one of the things I reckon is most important for the continued success of the nation is to end corporatism. Both the republicans and democrats are guilty of it, and I could probably count on one hand the number of politicians that are in power that don’t have ties/links to one industry or another. Just take a look at this great infographic on the subject – it will make you weep for the future of the nation.

Anyways – that got a bit off topic, but the point is, for anyone who liked the internet in its current form and doesn’t want it to be drastically changed in favor of internet providers and cable companies,  net neutrality is an issue that you should be monitoring very carefully. If you’ve read this and you’re convinced, contact your congressman/senator. Sign a petition. Give money to the organizations that are fighting for your rights to keep the internet the way it is.

Don’t be fooled either – these tax-evading, heavily subsidized corporations won’t go away until they get what they want, and their betting that regular Americans will forget the issue – that our attention span will be stolen by some other fight over some other issue and that we won’t notice when they try and sneak some ridiculous new law into place. Be vigilant, keep monitoring the issue, and eventually we’ll get some leaders in place who actually look out for what’s best for us and for the country.

Why Texas Barbecue is Undeniably the Best


As every American knows (or should know), Texas style barbecue is undoubtedly the best kind of barbecue. Anyone who tells you differently, or extols the virtues of the North Carolina style barbecue (or sour meat, as i like to call it) or the Kansas City ‘super dry’ style over good old fashioned Texas style barbecue is probably a dishonest man who’s looking to trick you into putting some subpar meat into your mouth.

So, why is Texas style the best? Gather round, children – it’s time for a little education.

First things first – Texas barbecue isn’t homogeneous across the state. There are four ‘styles’ that correspond to different regions – Central Texas, East Texas, West Texas, and South Texas. I’m partial to the Central style myself – I like the rub of the Central style better than the sweet/sour tomato sauce they use in East Texas. Central Texan barbecue is characterized by the deep, smoky flavors and the incredibly tender meat – and one of the specialties in Central style is the brisket, which when done correctly is mind numbingly delicious (I’m salivating right now). One of the more famous places that serves this style is Franklin Barbecue in Austin – if you’ve ever been to SXSW or been to Austin for other reasons, it’s likely that you’ve heard of Franklin Barbecue and their ridiculously long lines.

East Texas style barbecue is sauce-based rather than rub based, and that area is more well known for its ribs rather than its brisket, and pork is much more popular, whereas in Central Texas beef is the favored meat. I’m not the biggest fan of the Eastern style – it’s good once in a while, but I much prefer the cleaner and more focused flavors that can be found in Central Texas. For this reason, I’m not super familiar with the best Eastern style BBQ joints.

There is also Western style BBQ – it’s also known as ‘cowboy’ style which uses direct heat rather than the smoking method that is popular in the rest of the state. Cowbow style barbecue is pretty rustic, but the problem is that (as far as I understand), the direct heat is too hot and isn’t really the appropriate temperature, so the meat can sometimes be a bit tougher than one would like. Southern style is very influenced by our Spanish speaking neighbors to the south, and is much more similar to Mexican style ‘barbacoa’ rather than anything you’d fine north of the border.

The main reason why Texan style, and specifically Central Texan style barbecue is the best is because it is undeniably the purest form of barbecue. No other region treats the product with as much respect – we don’t slather sauce on, we don’t cut the meat up and mush it together – if you come to Central Texas, you get meat at its very best – smoky, slightly spicy, full-flavored and tender. My personal belief – and no offense is meant here – is that the other regions use their various concoctions of sauces to hide the fact that they just don’t know how to cook meat like we do. Who am I kidding – offense was very much meant.

For those of you looking for more information about Texas (and other, inferior) styles of barbecue, this article on eater has a lot of great information.


11 Penguin


Hi yall,

The first thing you may be thinking is – “what a weird name for a website”. Allow me to explain.

I grew up in Texas on 11 Penguin Street (don’t try to check on maps, there are a number of places that have this address), and when I was a kid I basically started using 11penguin as a screen name on AOL and other such ancient websites. I got used to the name, and it basically stuck with me through my teenage years and nowadays I basically use it for everything that I do online. I still live in Texas (although not at 11 Penguin any longer), and I’m a full time programmer and web developer. I called this site 11Penguin because that’s my online identity, and I plan to basically broadcast my thoughts to the world from right here. Things I may talk about include gaming (I spend far too much time gaming), web development and programming (and really anything else technology related that may be linked to my work/of interest to me professionally) and obviously the great best State of Texas. Also, as a red blooded american male, I am interested in both acquiring and eating meat – by acquiring meat, I of course mean hunting. By eating meat, I mean exactly that – and in particular I like a good old Texas style barbecued brisket – that North Carolina sour vinegar nonsense is not for me.

I occasionally may stray in politics on this blog, and if you don’t like it, well that’s too damned bad for you – ain’t nobody forcing you to read this blog. I’m libertarian leaning on most issues, but more than that, I’m a practical person – and practicality in something sorely lacking in American leadership at this moment. As far as I’m concerned, both congress and the white house are doing an awful job, and I feel like the American people should use the next presidential election in 2016 to vote every single incumbent out of office – maybe then we’d get some competent leadership from one of the parties.

There may be those of you who read this blog who might think that they know my identity in real life. I’d politely ask you to stop thinking about it, and if you can’t help it , then stop reading. The whole point of having this little corner of the internet to myself is so that I can broadcast my unfiltered thoughts and ideas to the world (or to whatever poor soul happens to be reading). It is by definition a narccisitic, vain exercise – I’m writing to nobody for pretty much no reason. If you happen to come across this blog via some absurd internet deep dive, you should know that the intention of the blogger here is not neccesarily for people to read it – that part is incidental. This is just a safe space for me to put my thoughts down on metaphorical paper – a place to rant about what I want, talk about the things I like, and so on. If you’re offended by something here or you think I’m wrong – well, I don’t particularly care. Feel free to contact me through the contact page, but if I were you I wouldn’t expect a response unless you send me something that is actually interesting to me.

Anyways, that’s all for now.

Texas is the best.

Barbecue is delicious.

11Penguin out.


Texans, Your Watch Tells Something about Your Economic Status

Texans, Your Watch Tells Something about Your Economic StatusThere are a lot of indicators of your economic status. You might have a brand new car or a beautiful house. One of the more interesting indicators though is your watch. Texans in the past really give importance to their watches. They use it for the best time for hunting. They also use it to check the time when preparing for huge events. This is why a lot of Texans invested on high quality watches before. You can also check the best watch for hunting and even buy one like many people did before.

Now, try getting your watch and think of how long it has been in your possession. If you can’t even remember when you started using it, then it tells a lot about your current economic status. You can never tell if you are wealthy or not by looking at items you currently have that are deemed as necessities. Take a look at items you have that may or may not be important or are considered accessories such as watches. These days, you may or may not wear it and it does not really matter.

If you have a lot of other priorities, you might not even think about buying a new watch anymore. This leaves you with the same watch for years. You might think that this is a crazy comparison, but it is actually true. When you cannot invest on items that may be important, then something is wrong with your finances. You are not really as wealthy as you think you are.


Change your ways

When you don’t have enough money to invest on items such as watches, then it is high time to change your spending attitude. You might spend a lot on items that are not meant to last long. You also have to cut back on activities that you can live without. If you seem to party at all times, you might want to stop doing it. If you have unnecessary vacations, then you must stop doing them. This is just one way for you to save money and eventually afford a watch you deserve to have.

If you think you are working hard and you are really spending your money wisely, the problem might be the current economic setup in Texas. As always, the economy is designed in such a way where the rich becomes richer and the poor becomes poorer. This is why even if you work really hard, you don’t achieve the results that you wanted to see. It might be high time to take a look at the people you elect for office and change them now. They might not be the best people doing the job. Texas is always a Republican state. If you think that your life has not been better under their governance, you might want to look for alternative options.


Buy a new watch

When you have finally realized what causes your financial problems, you can go ahead and buy what you deserve- a new watch! You deserve something better in life because you work really hard. Check out useful watch reviews so you won’t end up buying the wrong item.

You Don’t Have to be a Stereotypical Texan by Always Going Big!

  • September 27, 2015 at 12:46 am

You might always hear the line that in Teas, you either go big or go home. Sadly though, a lot of people take this too literally. When they hear this line, they always think about food. Well, this is what most people think too. Restaurants serving dishes in huge proportions don’t help either. They simply prove that Texans are greedy, fat people who don’t care about their health. Yes, some Texans might be like this, but not everyone is! There are those who don’t want to live by this stereotype. You don’t have to either. It is high time to change what people think about us, Texans. Yes, we want things big in this state, but definitely not our body!

Time for change

When you are used to eating a lot because that’s just how it is in Texas, you need to change your ways. Being big is no longer attractive. A healthy looking body is better. Even during special occasions, you don’t have to prepare dishes served in huge sizes just to say that you are a genuine Texan. Aside from hurting your family, you also hurt your guests. Besides, going big in just about everything is expensive. In today’s time, it does not help if you keep splurging on things that you don’t really need.

Why do you have to go big when just the right size is enough? In fact, when you have tried going big for years, it is high time to cut off. If you have eaten huge amounts of food as your regular diet, it is time to reduce what you eat. If not, you can at least go big on healthy dishes. It is still going big after all.

Go big on better things

If you just can’t let go of being a stereotypical Texan, you can at least try to divert it on some other things. For instance, if you really want to go big, then go big on your fitness exercises. If you spend no time hitting the gym, you might want to go for at least an hour this time. If you are just satisfied with the usual brisk walk, you might up your game a bit and go for treadmill or biking,

If you still don’t want any of these things, then you can at least try a cellulite massager. This is still another way of reducing way without necessarily straying away from your idea of going big. This device is expected to produce drastic results. Thus, it is still heading for big changes after all. If you want to look better, then you might have to give cellulite massager here a try.

Stop the stereotype now

You are a much better Texan than you are if you stop going for the stereotype. It is time to prove other people that Texans can be known for some other things. Staying healthy can be one of them. There is nothing wrong in going big only if this is beneficial. Otherwise, it will just make us look like stupid people.

Cleaning the House is Better than Spending Time Watching a Useless Republican Debate

  • September 21, 2015 at 6:01 pm

Cleaning the House is Better than Spending Time Watching a Useless Republican DebateOnce again, the presidential election season is back. We are once again forced to choose from among politicians who don’t deserve any of our support. They are the same people who have fooled us over the years and continue doing so up to now. They are good with words, but never in action. Thus, I have grown tired over the years, but my love for this country taught me to still care after all.

Thus, when the Republican presidential debate was up, I thought of tuning in just to find out what our future leaders have to say about it. Being in Texas, a huge Republican state, I joined my neighbors in watching the debate. While most of them were cheering when these leaders say something against Democrat leaders, I didn’t feel the same way. In fact, I am totally irritated with what has been going on. They are all the same. They have no clear policies.

There is a clown leading the race who does nothing but to insult others. Donald Trump is a clear example of why the world hates the US. Carly Fiorina came from behind with her great rhetoric. However, she is nothing but a liar. She plays with emotions, but she keeps on lying to advance her points. The rest are extreme right-wingers who are hypocritical to say the least. They keep on pointing out about being evangelicals and God-loving leaders, but they are pro-war and they don’t care about struggling immigrants and middle-class. They don’t want to increase the minimum wage, but they want to reduce taxes for huge corporations and pretend that it is for the benefit of ordinary people. 3 hours of long and useless debate made by blood pressure surge so I decided to leave the room and go back to my house. I got nothing from this debate but anger. Hence, to calm myself down, I decided to clean up my house.


Taking care of carpets

After arriving home, I realized that my carpets are so dirty. For sure, those politicians could only care less if I can afford to buy a new one. They have great carpets at home for sure. Since I am on a tight budget, I started looking for the best carpet cleaners for sale. I was surprised to see the options. When I found the right one to address my carpet cleaning needs, I decided to buy it right away and started cleaning. When you try looking for the best home carpet cleaner online, the most effective strategy is to read reviews. This will ensure that you end up with the right choice.

After buying the carpet cleaner, I started dealing with stains that have gone unnoticed for years. After everything was over, it seems like I have just bought a new carpet. I was already thinking of replacing the old one, but I am so glad I didn’t.

Well, it was an hour well spent. If I decided to finish watching the debate, I could not have accomplished something for my home.


Are Supplements Worth The Money Anymore?

  • September 9, 2015 at 7:49 am

It’s not an unknown fact that obesity has become a growing problem, not just in the United States, but all over the world. It may come as shock to some but no matter what the government tries to do, they simply can’t legislate healthy habits into people. As someone who could take a little better care of themselves I have become interested in the topic of training and nutrition. I also know many people who have started many different types of workout programs, workout videos, weight-loss pills, and many different supplements in hopes that those things will do the trick and get them in shape. The success of the many different weight loss programs out there can be debated I’m sure, but what I want to take a look at today is the topic of supplements. More specifically, I want to look the safety of taking supplements and if they are really worth the money.

I spoke with some experts in the fitness industry and others in the medical profession to get some insight into this topic.

Do Fitness Supplements Work?

The first question I wanted to tackle was whether or not supplements actually work. I know they used to work really well but since that time the government has stepped in and taken much of the popular and effective supplements off the market (of course). If supplements don’t work, then it’s pointless to even take them and we can all save some money by not purchasing them. And if they are indeed dangerous, like the government warns us they are, then they can be avoided all together. I reached out to several experts in this realm and the same thing was said by all of them, which is supplements work, but not as well as everyone thinks. In terms of percentage, most said they will give you a 2%-5% advantage compared to not taking a supplement at all. So if your training and nutrition is spot on, then supplements can help you with that extra little bit to reach your goals.

So when you see a supplement that claims things like “best fat burner of 2015” or “best testosterone boosters“, these claims may actually be correct. Just know that they probably worked a lot better before the government stepped in and also proper training and nutrition are going to get you far better results than supplements alone ever can nowadays.

Are Supplements Safe?

Since we know supplements do work (to an extent), this takes us back to our original question: are supplements safe to take? In the year 2015, the answer to this question is an overwhelming “yes.” Because the government stepped in years ago, many of the supplements that were supposedly harmful have been taken off the shelves in the past 10 years. Of course the supplements that have been effected the most by government regulations are the supplements that actually worked and specifically targeted fat loss and muscle building. Because of this supplements have never been safer but on the flip side, however, they aren’t nearly as effective as they once were.

The real question that should perhaps be asked on this topic isn’t if supplements are safe but if they are worth the money they people spend on them every year. Considering most people don’t fall into the category of having their training and nutrition figured out (myself included), I would venture to guess that most don’t get the full benefits of fitness supplements because of this. High level athletes and fitness competitors are in a position to get more of a benefit from supplements than most of the general population I would say.

So if you were hoping that there was some magic pill out there that works to get rid of fat or build muscle really fast (legally anyways) then you will be disappointed to find out that they don’t exist. Seems we are all a few years late to the party to find the good supplements as well, so it looks like if we want to get in better shape we are going to have to do it the old fashioned way by sweating our rear ends off and eating less food.

How Jack Daniel’s Texas BBQ Won My Loyalty With Kid’s Toys

You’re not a true Texan if you don’t like barbecue.  Hell, you’re not a true Texan if you don’t know how to cook Texas barbecue either.  I’m not much for cooking, but give me an open flame or a charcoal grill and I swear you’ll have one of the best meals of your life.

I have been participating in barbecue cooking challenges for the better part of 5 years now.  I absolutely love traveling all over Texas and meeting some very interesting individuals.  At each competition, I learn something new about the world of barbecue and it’s very addicting.  Additionally, people from all over the country travel to compete in Texas so I do wind up meeting a lot of new folks.  Although I haven’t yet ventured to any competitions outside of Texas, there has been thought put in to whether or not I should.  I think that first I need to work a little bit more on my recipes, because I am a pretty standard winner somewhere within the top 10, but have never broken the top 3.

Since people travel from all over the place to come to these events, many of them pack up an RV and bring the entire family.  Now, I’ve never had kids for lots of reasons.  One of them is the fact that I’ll never have some little bugger annoying the hell out of me during my prepping and cooking at an event like this.  I see these poor souls, their kids hollering for them time after time because they’re bored and this and that.

Jack Daniels, the founder of the latest competition I went to, did things a lot differently than others.  You could tell they put thought into how to make their pit challenge better than the rest.  First off, the prepping and cooking area for each individual was way more space than any other competition I’ve ever been to.  Although sometimes it’s nice to chat and share with others, most pit masters take the competition very seriously, even going so far as to put ingredients in unlabeled bottles so no one around them can know their secret recipe.

Second, Jack Daniels brought an amazing amount of toys for the kids.  They had bounce castles, relay courses, balance bikes and well-designed helmets (donated by BikeCompanion.com)!  The bounce castles and balance bikes were geared to the younger children, so even kids as little as two years old could be off playing without worrying about what mom and dad were up to.  I saw all sorts of kids wheeling around on balance bikes, even if they didn’t know how to ride a two-wheeler- now that’s something! I personally believe that all pit master and barbecue competition holders should take a page from Jack Daniels in terms of offering the kids some sort of entertainment.

I felt the decrease in distraction helped me cook some of my best barbecue, I even walked away with a 4th place honor and a $250 check.  I’ve got a couple more competitions coming up in the next few months.  Perhaps I should just take matters into my own hands and bring a barrage of balance bikes with me, so the tykes leave me alone from here on out.

Using my carry-on luggage as my laptop bag

We Texans love staying in Texas. But sometimes we have to leave our lovely state. Last July my work told me there was an interesting conference about programming apps. As mobile phones and tablets are becoming more and more important in our daily lives so are the apps on them. We rely more and more on them.

Unfortunately the event didn’t take place in Texas but in Florida. So my company proposed I would book a flight (and hotel for 1 night) and they would return me the money afterwards.

Booking my flight

I had never flown before so to be honest I was a bit scared. I didn’t know where I could get the best airline tickets. I searched online for a bit and eventually I came out on the site of Delta Airways who fly from Texas to Florida.

I didn’t check for any cheaper airline tickets as the company said they were going to pay me back.

I booked business class tickets and I immediately received a confirmation e-mail with my airline ticket. I printed it out and the next day at work I told them the amount it cost me so they could refund me.

What did I pack in my carry-on luggage

Because this was my first flight I didn’t have any experience with packing for air travel. So again I looked on the internet and found the best carry-on luggage for my trip. I didn’t need more bags because I would only be there for 1 day and would return the next day.


I went by cab to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Once there I didn’t need to check in any bags because I only had a carry-on luggage. So all things went rather quick and in no time I was aboard my flight. On the plane I put my carry-on bag in the overhead bin. However this wasn’t so easy due to the wheels that weren’t retractable. But after a while I managed to put my carry-on in there and I was ready for the departure of my first airplane travel.

The event

The event itself was very interesting. It started at 10:30 AM sharp. My plane arrived in Florida at 9:00 AM. So I was there in time. I ordered a cab and it drove me straight from the airport to the event. Luckily my carry-on is a rollaboard so I could easily take it with me to the event.

There were some big and important keynote speakers from the industry sharing their view on apps and how they will become even more important in our future lives.

There were also some more technical interesting presentations like how to develop an app for multiple platforms at once by using Javascript and HTML5.

How was Florida

To be honest I haven’t seen much of Florida during my stay. The event lasted until 5:00 PM and afterwards there was a networking event.

It was cooler than Texas and people were friendly. They had some massive buildings and it looked all very modern if I compare it with my hometown in Texas.

Coming back home

Coming back home I almost forgot to take my carry-on luggage with me. Luckily at the last moment when checking out of my hotel I remembered that I had a bag with me. I had no problems with my flight back to Texas and even my carry-on luggage nicely fitted into the overhead bin without any problems this time.

All about horse insurance

I recently bought a horse and had to decide whether or not to get horse insurance for it. Although equine insurance is not cheap, my conclusion was that yes I should. The main reason for this is that if a horse ever gets ill or injured – as they often do – the bills can be huge, mainly in vet’s bills. If you’re in the same situation as I was, I’ve put together some of the things you should be looking out for when choosing insurance for your horse.

The Basics


How much you need to pay for this will depend on how much excess you choose. If you have a large excess then your premiums will be lower, but if your horse gets injured you will still have to pay out quite a lot if it ever gets injured or ill.


The other key thing you need to have covered. Horses are expensive and you need to tell the insurance company exactly what it is worth so that if it is stolen, they will pay out. Some companies have a maximum amount that they will pay out, so it’s important to find out what that is in case it’s less than your horse is worth.


Insurers will generally cover this but it will only be if the horse dies of natural causes, not if it dies of old age. Most insurers will only insure horses up to the age of about 17, after this you have to get specialist insurance for older horses, and naturally this is a lot more expensive.


Personal accident insurance

This type of insurance pays out if you have an accident on your horse, or if anyone else does.

Public liability insurance

This covers you in case your horse damages someone else, or their property. It’s worth thinking about getting this because if your horse does damage someone else, the claims against you could be huge.

Equine equipment

You can also insure all the equipment that you need for the horse, such as the trailer to carry it around, and the tack and saddlery. But you’ll need to be sure that they are kept locked up somewhere, or the insurer won’t pay out.
You can insure the stable where the horse is kept.


As with most animal and human insurance, you won’t be covered for any illnesses that the horse already has.

How to find cover

As with all insurance, the best thing to do is to shop around and look at all the options available. Some of the comparison sites include animal insurance, but not all of them.It’s crucial to look at all the clauses in the insurance so you know exactly what you are and are not covered for. You can lower costs by having more than one horse on the same policy and by insuring the horse when it is young, although of course you will then by paying premiums for longer. Having a higher excess will also make the premium you pay cheaper, although you need to make sure you can still afford the excess that you will have to pay.

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Taking a Friend to Lake Whitney for Paddleboarding

A friend of mine knows how much fun I have when I take my standup paddle board out to one of many different lakes here – especially my favourite Texas lake: Lake Whitney – and how you can even fish from them if you want. He’s interested in getting started, but he’s not sure where to start. Since I was giving him all my advice about how to find the best standup paddle board for what he wants to do and my secrets for what to always have on him—the best survival knife you own should be on that list—I thought I’d share those tips for anyone else who is interested, too.

Hitting the lake is pure fun, but just in case you need something more, there are tons of benefits of taking up the sport. You don’t just get an arm or upper body workout. Paddleboarding gives you an intense, full-body workout. You’re using your core to keep yourself upright and to keep your balance, and if you’re out there on a windy day, you’ve got the currents that you’re working against to move the weight of your body and your board through the water. Since it’s a low impact workout, you’re not going to be doing any damage, but you’ll definitely feel the cardio and muscle-building benefits.

When you’re new to paddleboarding, the first thing that you need to do is to find the best standup paddle board for your purposes. As a beginner, you’re probably not going to be doing long distance trips or racing, but that option is available. Racing boards are more angular, with a pointed hull so that they can cut through the water cleanly. For normal usage, you’re going to want a planing hull. These are rounder with a flat, wide board surface. These types of boards ride easily on the water and take waves well. They’re more stable than other types of boards, and you can always graduate up if you want.
Once you sort out the type, get one that’s the right length and width for your purposes. Medium boards—about nine to 12 feet in length—are a stable, average length. As far as width goes, the wider you choose, the more stable the board is going to be in the water. If you’re a beginner, go 30 inches wide or wider.

For a lot of folks, just getting out there for a few minutes on a standup paddle board is adventure enough. But once you get your bearings, you’re going to want to do more. And you’ll probably be out there a lot longer than you expect. For yourself, you should make sure you pack some of the following:
• Sunglasses
• Sunscreen
• Water shoes
• A camera, as well as a waterproof case
Depending on what else you plan on doing, you may also want things like fishing gear or snorkeling gear. No matter what, though, bring the best survival knife that you can. You never know when you’ll end up in a situation where you’ll need to cut your ankle leash or free yourself from some sort of debris. A good knife can be your best friend in those situations.

So there aren’t any more excuses. Paddle boarding is great for you, it’s a lot of fun, and you know how to find the best board and what you need to bring with you. So get out there!

So Apparently Texas is Overrun with Scabies

Or at least that’s how it feels right now after what I’ve been going through

Me, my friends, my family… we’re all dealing with this plague.

It started when I went to visit some relatives in Austin. It was a good time BBQing and shooting the shit with the guys but I ended up bringing home some new friends with me… Who are these “friends” you might ask? Well they’re mites. Scabies Mites. And they’re damn hard to deal with and driving me crazy.

It took me awhile to figure out what was plaguing me. About a week after retuning home to Houston I started getting itchy. Really ****ing itchy.

What could it be? I know food allergies make me get a bit more itchy. And I did eat a ton of food I’ve been told to avoid near the end of our stay. But no. This itchy feeling was insanity. I was digging at my skin like an insatiable animal. Scratching and scratching, but no relief. “What is happening to me??” I kept saying, over and over.

It didn’t take me long to decide that something was seriously up. This wasn’t you’re average allergic response to crappy food.

So I did some research. Googled some terms like “itchy all night can’t sleep” and “I’m so itchy I want to scratch my skin off”. Terms I doubt people were looking for on average – because people don’t feel like this on average!

I discovered plenty of information about scabies. When I read about it I was like damn, this has to be what I have. I googled Austin + Scabies and came upon a government issued statement about scabies outbreaks there. Apparently Austin has had a lot of cases of scabies in the last few years.

So now I knew what was up and I had to find out what the hell I could do about this problem. I researched more and found some good info about getting rid scabies. And apparently it’s damn hard to treat. Great I thought…

I’m still working on curing myself and trying not to infect other people around me. I’m kind of miserable right now, which is why I made this post. It’s really just a bit of a vent.

If you ever get these scabies mites you have to completely clean your environment and keep everything in your house / car immaculately clean. Anything you touch you have to disinfect. There’s so much cleaning it’s a complete pain in the you know what to be on top of it all.

And that’s not even the hardest part. To actually treat your body is another ordeal entirely. I have to rub this cream all over me. It’s some insecticide called permethrin cream. It’s yucky. And I have to take another insecticide internally called ivermectin. It’s gross man.

And then all the other stuff I have to do just to feel comfortable throughout the day and night. I feel sicker than usual just from all the stuff I’m having to put on/in my body!

If you haven’t gathered already, this has been flipping miserable.
But if you can get anything out of this post, it’s this: be super aware of scabies. If you hear about scabies outbreaks in a certain place / area / region, don’t mess around with it!!!

Trust me.

The only thing that’s been good about this experience is that I got a doctors note that said to stay away from people if I can so I don’t spread the infestation. So I have been able to stay home and program more often which I’ve really been needing to do.

How the recurve bow and throwing knife combination can be useful for hunting

My job requires me to think creatively. Sometimes it is impossible to get creative when I am sitting in the office with four walls. When my brain gets stuck, I often go to the woods and find inspiration from the nature.

Among all the outdoor activities, hunting is probably one of my favourite. It requires stealth, tactics, concentration and skills. In order to hunt successfully, you need to have the right tools. The main weapons I use are the “recurve” bows and throwing knives. Hunting with bow and arrows is something you can rely on.

It is powerful and accurate but sometimes reloading can take times and this is where the throwing knives come in handy. Usually I would start off by shooting an arrow at the prey, when I miss, I would draw my knives out and throw them at the prey. Hunting could be boring if you are using advanced weapons like rifle or bows. This is why I think throwing knife is the new and exciting way to hunt.

Find the right sizes

All you need is focused dedication and practice before you can master the art of hunting with a throwing knife. The first thing you need to look into is to determine the game you intend to hunt. You need to determine the size of your knife accordingly. In general, a dagger or double-edged knife works best. If you are to hunt a large game, then a 12-ounce knife is ideal.

However, for smaller ones, such as a fowl or rabbit, an 8-ounce knife would suffice. I’m telling this from a personal perspective, as I’m used to using both of such knives. Based on the game, you need to determine the knife that would best suit you for the hunting process.

I used to throw my hunting knives at the prey. Many hunting knives have the gut hook, which could be useful while skinning your preys but not so useful when it comes to throwing. After a while, I realised that hunting knives are not made for throwing. They tend to break easily and they don’t have a balance body that gives you an effective throw. The worst thing is that they are quite expensive. So I started doing some research online and found out that there are knives which are made for throwing purpose only. They are not very expensive so I bought a few of them and my only regret is that I should have bought them earlier.

How to pick the best throwing knife

A good throwing knife should be centre balanced. Unlike a hunting knife, a throwing knife shouldn’t be too sharp. You want to draw the knives quickly without looking so a sharp blade might actually hurt yourself if you are not careful. And all you need to kill a prey is the point of the knife, not the blade.

If you are also looking for a good throwing knife for hunting, try the Gil Hibben knives. I have been using this brand for a while and the quality is really good. This high-quality knife is the prime choice in terms of quality that comes with an affordable price tag. It feels extremely sturdy and it has a wonderful grip, this knife has never disappointed me.