Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Update May 2010

Hello to fellow Pioneers out there!
Just a quick update to you all;

Hazardous John is still over in the centrals of the Americas; keeping well and in correspondence with myself.

I, well, working my arse off is the only way to put it really.

Full on, in the system, but still a part-timer. Couldn't sell all of my soul off now, could I?

Somewhat ironic that I keep a blog that is dedicated to living life, and getting out of the cage, yet here I am with one limb stuck in the bugger. Hypocritical perhaps? I'll take that. It is. But it is also proving useful in the sense that I am learning a lot from it....Silver lining and all that.

Other than that, I have a call to action for you all out there.
Basically, I want to know, what you the readers, want to read more about and see more of?

Please email me at HAZARDOUSPIONEERS@HOTMAIL.COM - and just drop me a quick line as to what you'd like to see more of on the blog. And don't rub it in and ask to see 'more of me living it' because 'living' is somewhat on hold until July!

But any suggestions would be fantastic, as I do have access to the net here at home, and can do my best to cover some more of the kind of topics that you guys are keen for.

Let me know!


Sunday, 9 May 2010

Parkour; In Nature; Green Fitness

When I think of Green Fitness, a few things come to mind.

In this case, we're talking about exercising outside; this is an interesting article to do with science studies showing the improvements to people's psyches from training outdoors.

Check it out,

Friday, 7 May 2010

Anarcho-Spirituality; Against Happiness

Gave this podcast a listen to last night, was a very interesting take on Melancholy and how it is a dual part of life.

I recommend giving it a listen, just click this link and then click play.

Interesting part of it was the topic of 'Adam and Eve and The Fall of Man'.

See what you make of it,

Thursday, 6 May 2010

True Self-Expression; Film; Erasing David

Give this a watch; the trailer for 'Erasing David', looks like it could be a sick doco,


Knowledge; Freedom and Truth; John Harris Red Ice Interview

Gave this a listen to last night, finally!

I'll let the Harris do the talking; it speaks for itself!


Now go to Youtube and listen to the rest!

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Parkour; Damien 'The Demon' Walters 2010 Showreel

A good friend of mine sent this to me this morning; I was so excited, I had a bit of trouble keeping my oats and banana to remain in my stomach..
Check out Walter's early 2010 showreel; fully sick, the man is pushing the limits!

Faavourites; .27, .39, .50, 1.16 (!), 1.22 (!!), 1.42, 1.52, 2.02 (gainerrrrr!), the man is a savage!

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Urban and Wild Survival; The Protohaus Project

Dopeness! I can fully see 'The Hazard Wagon' taking full-form!

Urban and Wild Survival; Tumbleweed Tiny House Video

Continuing the most fascinating theme of alternative housing, check out this vid for a 'tiny house' -

Urban and Wild Survival; Alternative Homes for the open minded

Now this is cool - a slideshow from the NYT, about alternative homes and building structures.

The more and more I think into the subject of eventually leaving the system in full or in part, the more I conclude that 'alternative housing structures' are really the way to go.

Check these out here, they're pretty rad -

And here, as an added bonus, is an interview with the Tipi and Dome dudes -


Brett Butler grew up with Paul Goble’s paintings of tipis in his bedroom, which Brett’s mother believes may have subliminally encouraged him to live in one.

Besides living in a 256 square foot tipi, Brett lessens his impact in just about every way – he rides a motorcycle instead of driving a car, eats organic and local as much as possible, uses a composting toilet, recycles, dumpster dives, and even scrapes up fresh road-kill (yes, road-kill) at times for food.

He also runs an educational company called Field Trips Delivered, which brings environmental field trips to educators, students, and camp directors versus having them plan and embark on an expensive trip themselves.

People find out I live in a tipi, and they ask “Do you LIKE living in a tipi?” and I always reply, “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Abbie: Why did you decide to live in an alternative home?

Brett: After attending college for a few years [at Appalachian State in North Carolina], I was sharing a house and paying way too much for rent and really having an unhappy time working a lot to pay bills and all that jazz. I had lived in a tent for a month between living in the dorms and moving into that house, so I decided that I would take the plunge, and move back to the woods and live outside and see how it went.

I bought the cover and liner and had a friend of a friend cut some poles for me, and one day a friend and myself cleared a place to set the tipi up on a farm where I was working, and with permission from the farm owner, I set up and moved out of the house and into the tipi. I haven’t looked back since then.

Abbie: Why/how did you choose a tipi? How did you build it?

Brett: A tipi is an extremely simple structure. Canvas and wood, and a few pieces of rope, and you’ve got yourself a home. And not just a little home; it’s big and spacious and warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and comfortable pretty much all year round.

The cover of the tipi is made from a special canvas called Sunforger, which is used to make sailboat sails since it is mold and mildew RESISTANT, and UV light-degredation resistant. I say resistant in bold because it is starting to mildew on the outside and looks a bit rough, but it looks lived-in. [Appropriate,] since “tipi” is actually two Lakota Sioux words, ti pi, meaning “place lived in.”

The actual set up process is quick once you’ve got the hang of it, and I can set up a tipi in about 6 minutes now, and have it staked down in another 5.

Abbie: What’s the hardest part about living in a tipi?

Brett: Everything is just DIFFERENT. I don’t flick a light switch to turn my lights on, I strike a match and light my beeswax candles and oil lamps. I don’t turn the thermostat up or down, I put more wood in the woodstove to heat my place up, or roll up the sides to get a little breeze flowing to cool it down in the summer.

To get water, I fill up 5-gallon water jugs either at a spring or from the faucet at my host’s home and use a small hand pump to get it from the jug to pots, pans, water bottles or my teakettle. I guess I would say the thing I miss the most is running water.


Jake Weller is a student at Juniata College in central Pennsylvania who decided to live in a geodesic dome for the 2009-2010 school year when he figured that he could live in his own structure more cheaply than the other options.

Abbie: What is a geodesic dome and how did you choose to live in one of these versus another type of alternative home?

Jake: A geodesic dome (GD) is a geometrical structure based on a mathematical formula developed by R. Buckminster Fuller. It is a relationship between the side lengths and angles of struts which follow a set pattern.

It is one of the strongest and most efficient structures possible, in terms of materials. And the only one (that I know of) where the strength of the structure increases with size.

I chose a GD for several reasons, including: structural strength, the possibility of using recycled and recyclable materials, aesthetic preference, portability, and ease of fabrication.

Abbie: What is the hardest/worst part about living in the geodesic dome? The best part?

Jake: The most difficult part was deciding on a cover design, especially considering that the structure had to be portable.

The best part has been the experience of actually doing it, and seeing how feasible such a project would be. I have really enjoyed it so far.

True Self-Expression; American Mystic The Movie

True Self-Expression; 50 people, One Question Videos

A few interesting vids on asking 50 people various questions,

New York City from Kenneth Chu on Vimeo.

Fifty People, One Question: London from Fifty People, One Question on Vimeo.

Fifty People, One Question: Perth from Liam Underwood on Vimeo.