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Looking back: Project 31

I’ve linked recently to Ryochiji’s posts about his Serenity Valley cabin’s very, very — VERY — close call with a wildfire.

Lots of other worthwhile stuff at his site, Laptop and a Rifle. Back in the winter of 2011, when his property was less developed than it is now, he vowed to spend 31 days there under a strict set of rules. He called his experiment Project 31 & despite the rigor of his terms, it was a success. Here are all his posts about it

Very Joel-ish. Without the curmudgeonliness.


  1. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau September 14, 2014 4:54 pm

    Thanks for that link, Claire. I like to see examples of people getting out there even when I cringe at the mistakes they make. But that’s how people learn, by trying and trying… At least they are not at that point a cog in a big machine.

    I have an old recurring fantasy about walking into the boonies with a .22 rifle and a few other tools, and seeing how long I can stay out until I throw in the towel and walk out, half starving. 🙂 Just to try something different…

  2. Ryo Chijiiwa
    Ryo Chijiiwa September 14, 2014 5:35 pm

    Hi Claire. Got here after seeing a spike in traffic on my blog and followed the source — thanks for linking! I’m planning on someday doing a Project 365. Don’t know when yet… but it’s going to happen.

  3. LibertyNews
    LibertyNews September 14, 2014 5:49 pm

    Ryo’s site is full of great stuff. He’s slowed down the blogging a bit lately, but the backlog is worth the read. He’s also the guy behind

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