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20 minutes | 6 years ago
The Prepared Idiot's Guide to Backpacking
We Look into buying and maintaining your most expensive and important piece and of equipment the sleeping bag.
32 minutes | 7 years ago
The Prepared Idiot's Guide to Backpacking
In the second episode of this series we chat with Chris Hamilton author and outdoor enthusiast form CentralFloridaHiker.com. We chat on the basics of backpacking. Form gear selection to good places to hike.
19 minutes | 7 years ago
The Prepared Idiot's Guide to Backpacking
In this episode of the Prepared Idiot we begin a series into backpacking. Starting from the beginning we examine the basics of hiking. With some do’s and don’ts we help you to get moving down the trail.
6 minutes | 7 years ago
Top Three Things to do as a Family In Yosemite
As a father of not one but TWO sets of twins under the age of ten it is important to find something that we all can enjoy and accomplish when we are in the great out of doors. We as a family of 6 make the trip to Yosemite National Park every year. We have whittled them down to a top three must do events each time we head to camp in the valley.
37 minutes | 7 years ago
An Idiot’s Guide to food and Diets
In this episode The Prepared Idiot Rich Barna talks to Registered Dietitian Michele Manarino about all things food. Including what you should be eating to stay healthy. We also explore some of the top diet programs in U.S. to find out what is the best for you.
32 minutes | 7 years ago
What is Grace?
Do you ever feel hopeless? In quite moments by yourself do believe that all of the bad things you have done in life are beyond forgiveness? These are hard questions to answer. In this episode of the Prepared Idiot Podcast we take a break form the Dumb Questions to ask some important ones.Today we talk to Steve Austin (@iamsteveaustin) who is an Author, Pastor, and most important in my opinion Daddy. Steve tells his story of personal tragedy and redemption to illustrate that there is hope for the hopeless and a life’s mission can come from the ashes of self destruction.Steve is using his second chance to make a difference for those feel that they are near there end as well. The book he is writing "Grace Is Messy: Reflections of Jesus" is all about telling others that there is Hope for the hopeless, freedom for those who feel bound, that there is no shame in our stories, and that no matter how dark our past may be, the Light of God (His wonderfully messy grace) changes everything.But Steve is doing more than just sharing his and the stories of others to provide hope and inspiration. He is donating 50% of all book sales to The Well House. An organization founded to combat human trafficking and sex slavery. Their most important service is helping these enslaved women out of what seems to be a hopeless situation and back to lives of self value and hope.Human trafficking is according to the FBI the fastest growing business in the organized crime world. Nearly 27 million woman and children are bought and sold in to this modern form of slavery every year. Quite simply put, there are more slaves in the world today than any other time in history. It is not just a third world problem either. It is one of the fastest growing and most profitable crimes in the United Sates as well.So please, take some time to listen to this important episode and then go to the Go Fund Me Page for Steve Austin’s book Grace is Messy: Reflections of Jesus and give what you can so that we can take a step towards healing those that feel like there is no way out of the hell they are in.
49 minutes | 7 years ago
Rebroadcast: An Idiot's Guide to buying Wine
The Prepared Idiot helps you understand more about wine and how to buy it.
35 minutes | 7 years ago
The Prepared Idiot's Guide on How to Run Your First Triathlon
Have you thought about the idea of becoming a Triathlete? Or, you are one of the many that just want to see if you can do it? Do you have no idea where to begin? In this episode of the Prepared Idiot Podcast We’ll see if we can help you out. We have a great conversation with Shawn Buddenhagen the author of the blog firsttimetriathlete.com. Here are a few important things that I leaned on my journey and maybe they will give you a head start over me. Start running- Don’t go for speed or distance at first just stick to running by time. Your body needs time to adjust to the change. Start with ten minuets and if you can go farther do it but if you can’t that is okay. After you have mastered ten minuets push it up to twenty. Then once you feel like you can do that a couple of times a week then start pushing speed and distance. When I started I thought my knees were going to buckle under the pressure of my 300 pound frame but as my muscles and ligaments got stronger that feeling and fear went away. Go ride a bike- Nothing is more important than time on the saddle (your bike seat). I only had a mountain bike with big ol’ nobby tires. It was hard work to keep up with people on road bikes. But as my wife likes to remind me “Just think about how much better a work out you’re getting.” And she is right. More weight, more wind resistance, and more ground contact means I worked it hard. Don’t have a bike? That’s okay Craig’s list has tons of road bikes on it and you can get decent older bikes to get you riding for as little as $100. Get swimming- Start one lap at a time. Then see if you can go two laps with out stopping. I found the more I was just in the water the better I became naturally. You would be surprised on how quick that you can progress in the pool when you put in the time. I found it best to go to my local 24 hour gym at ten or eleven o’clock at night. That way I didn’t have to feel self conscious about the people around me and I could look like a drowning seal for a while and no would have to be subjected to that sight. Absorb as much information as you can- Web sites like
43 minutes | 7 years ago
Off Roading For The Beginner
What is the most heart pounding excitement you can have moving at 3 miles an hour? For many it is the thrill of off roading! Seeing nothing but blue sky out of the windshield as your 4X4 finds its grip on the rocks under your tires (That you can’t see). Then suddenly, feeling the rubber grip and you see the ground in front of you again it is probably already too late you hooked. Then all you want to do is find another hill, mud pit, sand dune, or rock to conquer. In this episode of the Prepared Idiot Podcast we ask a life long off roading enthusiast the dumb questions on where to start off roading. Your host Rich Barna tries to find the answers to questions like: What is the best 4X4 to buy? What modifications should you make to your 4X4 first? With tires is bigger better? How do I learn to off road? What gear do I need to have in my rig? And where can I go legally to wheel/ off road? One theme that you will find over and over in this show is that it all depends on what type of driving you want to do. But the best practice is always to join a club or find a few friends that have experience and ask them to take you along. Just take your stock 4x4 with you and learn what it can do. Not only is it safer to go in a group you will have a better idea of where you want to beef up or modify your ride. Just be careful if you get hooked to the adrenaline! Because this can be an expensive hobby like the saying goes jeep stands for: J ust E mpty E very P ocket. HAPPY WHEELING!
22 minutes | 7 years ago
Want to start your own Drone Air Force?
In this episode of the Prepared Idiot Podcast your host investigates the idea of starting your very own Drone Air Force. In many countries the technology of the flying robots is quickly out pacing regulations that law makers can produce. It is hard to figure out what is legal and what is not. In general, the Regulations on Drones (or UAS as they are known by the FAA) for personal use are you must use them under 400 feet high and away form populated areas. But beyond that there is little else that you need to know to use them for a hobby. That is not to say more regulations might be ahead in the future as our governments figure out what guidelines need to be in place. It is not even that expensive to get started on your first QUAD COPTER. Like this one on Amazon. Now if you want use Drones to start a business, that is a whole different can of nano bots. You can not use UAS commercially in the US with out approval. And according to the FAA it can take 30 to a Year to get approval. But in what is expected to be a multi billion dollar industry it might be worth the red tape. Some of the business applications already imagined are uses in farming, delivery, and getting eyes in places to dangerous or expensive to send manned aircraft. In fact Amazon is right now advertizing for software engineers to develop there own drone delivery fleet. Now major and independent universities are developing educational programs around the country to help you get degrees in UAS systems and technology. It is defiantly an area of the tech sector ready for growth. Is it the next cell phone or personal computer? It is hard to say, but these devices were once only for the wealthy. And now many of us could not imagine living with out these gadgets. Will a flying device become the next to be added to that list? We will see. For more in depth information check out the podcast Subscribe to the show!!!
32 minutes | 7 years ago
How to Put on Your Own 5K Race
In this Episode of the Prepared Idiot Podcast we ask the dumb questions about how to put on your very own 5k running race. We interview Nidia Ross the race director for the Hunger Run 5k in Florida. It was a race to benefit a local food bank. There are many challenges to putting on a race some are obvious and some are not as clear. Listen to her story so that you won’t feel like an idiot when setting out to plan your own race.Whether you are a runner yourself or not, many people realize that putting on a 5k running race – for charity or just for fun – is a rather marvelous thing to do. But when you haven't organized anything like that, where on earth do you even start? Here is our quick fire five point plan for putting on your 5k running race:1. Choose a route, and get it approved.Deciding on the route that your 5k running race will take can be very easy, or very difficult, depending on your local area. Using Google maps is a pretty great way to test out whether the route that you want is going to be long enough, or even a little too long. Then you need to submit your plans to the relevant authorities. Give your local council a ring, and make sure that you have it in writing that you can have that route cleared for you on the day that you've chosen for your race.2. Create a sign up form, and put it online.A running race is no fun if there is no one else there! Create a sign up form so that you'll be able to keep track of how many people you can expect to be there, and make sure that you make it available in both paper and online form. A great tool to use is the services offered by Active. Com 3. Tell everyone about it!How else will people know that your fantastic race is taking place if you don't tell them? You can get in touch with local radio, schools, communities groups, and charities to encourage them to run. Don't forget to leave flyers and sign up forms in places like gyms, where there will be a lot of people that love running.4. Get other groups involved.You are probably going to need stewards, people to give out water, and volunteers to manage the crowd. Getting your entire community involved is a brilliant way to encourage greater community spirit, as well as make the day wonderful. Why not have bake sales and other stalls at the end of the route, so that spectators can spend the whole day there?5. Have a wet weather contingency plan.Sadly, we can never predict sunshine, and we often have a lot of rain. Make sure that you have a
28 minutes | 7 years ago
The Idiot's Guide to Prospecting for GOLD!
Eureka! In this episode Rich Barna “The Prepared Idiot” takes a look at how to start prospecting for gold! Who doesn't dream as a child of stumbling across a pile of gold, buried deep in your own backyard? Unfortunately, not many pirates have left treasure troves just under the surface in cities and towns, but you may be surprised to learn that gold prospecting still has a vast number of enthusiasts up and down the country. However, you may be sad to learn that the actual financial value of what you find could be very low indeed. It is the thrill of the chase and the wonder of being in the great outdoors that many people find so invigorating, and so why not give it a try? There are three main ways to go prospecting for gold: suction dredging, mining, and panning. Suction dredging is now very difficult to do because of environmental laws, and there are few people with the resources to start their own mine! This means that the majority of people that indulge in gold prospecting are panning for gold. Be careful though – you don't want to get involved in complicated land ownership laws, so if you are going to go panning for gold, make sure that you find out whether prospecting is allowed, and what restrictions you may be under. Some of the most popular places to go panning for gold are in the wilder states: California, Alaska, Arizona, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming are just a couple that spring to mind. These states have a vast amount of unreserved, unappropriated public lands, and it should be easy to find out whether you are allowed to go panning for gold there. When you think of panning for gold, you probably picture just a tiny little pan sifting through dirt, right? Wrong! When you go panning for gold, you are permitted to use a pick or a shovel, as well as a metal detector. Before you get started, quickly read the things you should and shouldn't do when panning: 1. Leave trees and shrubs alone, and don't dig up by their roots.2. Use trash cans if you find them, and if you can't, take all of your rubbish home with you.3. Streams and creeks are not your showers! Leave your dirty dishes until you get home.4. Any human waste should be buried about four to six inches down, and definitely at least one hundred feet from any running water.5. Vehicles cannot wander wherever you want – keep to permitted tracks.6. And lastly, fill in any excavations you make. You don't want someone else fallin
24 minutes | 7 years ago
How to Write a Children's Picture Book
In this episode the Prepared Idiot concludes the three part series in publishing your own children’s picture book. In the first two parts of the series we did research for our book to decide what we are passionate about and what we can actually sell. We all also decided on the format of our book. But most of all Rich discovered that if you are going to publish straight to the Kindle you might as well self publish to a paper copy of the book. The cost is not that much more to create and you get a finished product to distribute. A major topic of this episode is illustration of your book. There are four options you can choose from. In order from cheapest to most expensive: Do it yourselfObviously this is the cheapest because you provide all the labor. The up side to this is you keep creative control and don’t spend a lot of money to create your book. The down side is if you’re like me, getting consistent looking art from page to page is very difficult. Check out Fiverr.comThis is a web site that provides thousands of online services starting at just $5.00! The benefit of using a site like this is that it is a fairly cheap and fast way to hire a talented person to edit and illustrate for you. BUT! You have you be picky here as there is a lot of crap on this site so you have to be careful. With a little digging you can find quality professional work. Expect for 5-45 bucks per illustration. You can see a sample that I had made form fiverr to the right. Go to a local college There are many art students at your local college that would love to make a couple extra bucks. The best part is that the school will usually display the student's work for you. So you can get an idea of there ability and style before you pay them for a sample. The downside can be you are working with a student and they can be flaky sometimes. Think about yourself back when you were in school. Hire a professional illustratorThis is obvious. It is the more expensive route but you will get completed, polished, and ready to go art. The downside is that it will cost you for the years of experience that they have acquired. If you can afford it you might consider it the way to go. We also talked about how to put your words and art together and then how to get them out to the world. For the independent author Rich talked about two different services. The first service is Createspace.com. It is the most affordable whe
29 minutes | 7 years ago
How to Write a Children's Picture Book for the Kindle
In this episode of the Prepared Idiot we continue down the path towards getting our children’s book on Amazon’s kindle. Since we last talked a few things have happened. First I published my first eBook to the Kindle. I did this to see how hard it would be to publish a standard text book so that later I can compare it to a fixed layout children’s book. If you would like a copy check out: The Prepared Idiot’s Guide to Buying and EnjoyingWine. If you would like a great looking cover like mine check this artist outAmazon makes this type of publishing super easy and quick. All you really need is your content and a great cover that is formatted to Amazons standards. They even provide a free eBook on the proper format which you can get by clicking Here. Another thing that is great about publishing to kindle is Amazon offers to its prime member’s free eBooks monthly and you get paid each time someone “borrows” your book from the Kindle Library. If you don’t have prime get it here now because on top of free eBooks you can get free 2 day shipping on all of you purchases. To find out more check out this link AmazonPrime. And as a new author this is a great way to get eyeballs on you new book. Also if you sign you new book for KDP select they offer price promotions and give aways to help you promote you book. The down side to all of this is that you can only sell your title for 90 days through Amazon. But keep in mind that Amazon is a bigger market place than all other platforms combined. All children’s books for the Kindle must be fixed layout books. This is a format that allows you to read a kids book the way your artistic vision allows. But unless you are a programmer or know someone that can create .epub or .mobi files I would suggest using a template. Here is a link where you can buy a couple for just a few dollars Templates. Or if you buy the book
22 minutes | 7 years ago
How to Write a Children's Picture Book for the Kindle
In this episode of the Prepared Idiot Podcast we embark on a journey to learn how to write a children’s book formatted to Amazon’s Kindle. In the eBook market the Kindle library represent close to 60% of all downloads in the market. That’s more than ibook, nook, and others combined. So if you have a passion for writing and you want to self publish Amazon is where you need to be.In the last decade eBook sales have exploded and help many realize there dream of owning a business card that says author on it. Unfortunately, because of the hardware that existed those that wanted to reach a younger audience were stifled. That is not the case anymore. Because the high resolution displays of the tablets and smart phones this is now a possibility. In fact, there are very few children’s picture books available out there. In essence we are ready for another publishing boom in this market not unlike the one that has happened for self published novelists in just the recent past. So draw your swords and mount your steeds because in the next few episodes we are going to attempt to storm the castle together. You won’t want to miss a second as you watch a self proclaimed idiot fumble his way through this maze for you. Let me make the dumb mistakes so you don’t have to.
10 minutes | 7 years ago
Considering the Dumb Questions.
In this episode the Prepared Idiot considers the dumb questions found on the idiot net. We take a look at the top 20 silly and confounding questions asked on Yahoo’s answer page by PC World. I think that you will get a laugh and be left mystified by some of the things that people ask. We also add a new feature to the show called the Pop quiz. A trivia quiz to sharpen your mind and maybe give you a few interesting quips that you can drop into conversations to help you sound interesting. Lets face it the more we use our brain the more we will be prepared for the day and the less of an idiot we will seem.
20 minutes | 7 years ago
An Idiot’s Guide to Making the Olympic Team
Are you 40 and think that dream of being an Olympic athlete is for sure behind you? Well, maybe not. Are you 15 and wondering what it would take just make the starting line let alone a podium? In this episode The Prepared Idiot asks the questions what dose it take to go for the gold?
38 minutes | 7 years ago
An Idiot’s Guide to Hiking Boots
Ahhh! The great outdoors: fresh air, singing birds, and the warm sun. All these things can add up to a glorious and perfect day in nature. That is unless your feet are killing you and you can't bear to take another step. In this episode the Prepared Idiot attempts to take you though picking out the perfect pair of hiking boots. Because the last thing you want is to have to limp five miles back to your car in a broken or bad pair of boots.
16 minutes | 7 years ago
How to run your first 5K race
Training for and completing your fist 5k is easier than you might think. In this episode the Prepared Idiot takes you though the basic steps to get you to the finish line.
26 minutes | 7 years ago
Don't be an Idiot when shopping for a Valentine's gift for your sweatheart
In this episode of the Prepared Idiot Podcast I attempted to walk you though picking out the right gift so that you won't look like an idiot on Valentine's day.
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