David Chow from 4Sevens is a friend of ours and with our close proximity to him, we get early access to a lot of his new toys. At the SHOT Show this year, he let us borrow the XM18, a ridiculously high output light, and then sat down the next day to talk about his other prototypes of upcoming lights.
Some of these are already out by now, but there are still some gems hidden in the video. Either way, it is a great opportunity to go behind the scenes and see what is coming from one of the best flashlight companies in the world.
Michael Scott (Steve Carell) went on his own little survival mission on NBC’s “The Office” last night. His boss snubbed him by not inviting him to a camping retreat that all other branch managers were invited to, and instead invited Toby the branch HR Manager, who Michael hates. Michael announces that camping is supposed to be about being alone in the wilderness (or maybe with one other guy) and decides to spend a day or more roughing it in the woods. He explains that he had been watching Survivorman and was inspired by Les Stroud. He takes only what a person would have on them in an emergency situation, which was, of course, a large fixed blade, an entire roll of duct tape, a video camera, and a bag of what looked to me like roasted soy beans. Read the rest of this entry »
Looks like Bear is back. The new voice overs that I am guessing Discovery mandated should keep the ridiculousness in check, so I am hoping to learn some new stuff or at least be entertained. The first new one is about his attempt to fly over Everest. Set your Tivos!
The last “episode” of Season 2 of Survivorman was a behind the scenes look at how Les and his crew makes each show. Wait, you ask, haven’t there only been a few shows? Yes, there were, so hopefully Les is hard at work on Season 3. It seems like they worked on these shows before Les and Bear hit it big, so they were not sure of how many the networks would want. Read the rest of this entry »
I fired up the Tivo yesterday and watched the newest Survivorman, where Les goes to the Cook Islands. As always, it was entertaining. It’s good to see that men his age are still haven’t grown up, judging from how many times he said “booby” in an amused tone. Yes, I giggled each time. I always wondered why he never tries fishing (birding?) for birds. I have seen guys do it before, and it seems to work very well, especially on sea birds. Read the rest of this entry »
I think Les is tired of surviving with just a knife and the clothes on his back. He was, once again, very well equipped. Multiple cutting tools, first aid kit, bottle, fire starting method, a HOT AIR BALOON, etc. Despite all that he had, he still drank water multiple times without treating it in any way. You would have thought he would have learned his lesson after having that stomach parasite for a year that caused him to go on some serious medications.
It is still one of my favorite shows on TV. I wish he would do at least one episode showing what to do if you have absolutely nothing other than the clothes on your back. That’s what it seems like most of the people on that
“I shouldn’t be alive” show have, other than maybe a shitty knife.
OK, I’m done being angry at a TV show now. At least until Lost starts back up, anyway.
I fired up the Tivo earlier and watched the Labrador episode. I thought it was one of the better ones. It was nice to see that he took a survival kit with him to show how helpful they can be, but that it can still suck big time even if you are prepared. I think I would have tried to find a bug to use as fishing bait instead of decaying dog food, but he is the Canadian, not me.
My girl lost interest after he got rid of the dogs. I liked the dogs too, but it was nice to see him demonstrate what to do in that situation. I found it interesting that he and his crew were trapped by the slush, but they said the dogs would make it home safely. I demand video evidence of the dogs in the safety of a town!
In case you have missed the 15 million commercials, Les Stroud starts up a new season of Survivorman tomorrow night, August 10th, at 9 PM EST. In a recent interview, he mentioned that the heat exhaustion he received in the Kalahari (tomorrow’s episode) is the toughest thing he has had to deal with so far in any of the shows.
As always, should be interesting and entertaining.