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Mr. Bachelor's Little Kit

Maxim Vorobiev. View from Window.
(Maxim Vorobiev. View from Window. Source)

1) Introduction

It's all very nice and edifying to talk about Jesus, our spiritual soul and Eternal Salvation. But we also have to dress, eat, and pay the bills! This leads to very practical, almost silly questions like: "What are the best shoes?", "Do I really need a kettle?", "How could I use my time more efficiently?", "What happens if my hard drive crashes, or my apartment burns down?", "How can I move easily from one apartment to the next?", etc.

This section of the website describes my current best attempt at answering these and many more practical questions. Fundamentally, it's a list of all the material belongings a bachelor needs, along with some instructions on how to use those objects. (Of course, we're talking about a bachelor who lives at the beginning of the 21st century in North America, hence with a high standard of living, both relatively to the rest of the planet, and relatively to the rest of human history.)

2) Overview of the Bachelor's Kit

Some usage scenarios
Some specifications
Some design rules
General structure of the Kit

3) Lists

- WARNING!
As of 2012-June-03, I'm in the process of reviewing these lists, since some elements are out-of-date.

General comments on the lists
Escaping

"EDC" (Every Day Carry)
"Bug-Out-Bag"
Gunshot Wound Kit
Off-Site

Camping
Living
Food
Working

Renovating
Software Engineering

Contemplating

Brief and printable version of all the lists (MS-Excel format, French only)

4) Construction plans for some elements of the kit

How To Run Your Portable Generator Inside Your House
The "Polochon" (French only; a large "dufflebag/suspended closet" combination)
The "Hand-truck/Bike Trailer" Combo (French only)
The Cargo Net (French only; just a cargo net made of nylon straps to attach loads on a backpack frame)
The Bed/Table/Closet Combo (French only; all the furniture a bachelor needs, and it can lock up all your belongings and also be knocked down for easy transportation)
The Field Notepad
The Modular Bookcase (French only; Just a bookcase made of detachable bookshelves to make moving easier.)
Emergency Operation Of A Portable Camping Wood Stove Inside Your House
The Bicycle
Integrated Bedsheet (French only; just a bedsheet that covers the self-inflating mattress and allows clipping of the Summer sleeping bag)
First Aid Cheat Sheet (credit card sized)

5) Varia

Some Good Hyperlinks For The Kit
"VeloHobo": Planting A Piton Into The Slippery Slope Of Fashion
How To Choose A Good Tool
The Porta-Chapel
My Ideal Jackknife

 

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