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Friday 7 July 2023
The website moved from its previous domain name of survival.ark.net.au to this domain, survival.ark.au.
Sunday 25 September 2022
New web page added: Nuclear War Survival — Part 2 — How To Survive a Nuclear War. Since the original Nuclear War Survival page was already plenty long enough, I've added some new information on this second nuclear war survival page. Since nuclear war is such a prominent topic in current (as of late September 2022) world news, here is some extra info.
Monday 16 August 2021
The website moved from its previous domain name of survival.org.au to survival.ark.net.au.This is due to changes in the rules for .org.au domains, which include things like needing to be an incorporated body with a board of directors, and susbstantial (at least for me) setup and ongoing legal costs, and/or other measures just as difficult.
I'm working on a new website ark.au, which will be a newer version of much of the content. A few of the species pages have already been migrated (starting with the newer ones since they are easier to transfer into the new format). It will take a while to copy most of the pages to the new format, and the existing website will stay online.
Sunday 9 August 2020
Seven more new fish.
Tuesday 4 August 2020
Five new fish and an octopus, all on the fish page (because they all live in the water, and there isn't anything else on the invertebrates page yet).
Tuesday 21 July 2020
New page: Survival (and Other) Books About the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
Thursday 9 July 2020
Four new fish today.
Wednesday 8 July 2020
Added a couple of new fish field guides. Plus one new survival book, which I like so much it gets its own mention here: The Art of Resilience: Strategies for an Unbreakable Mind and Body.
I've newly added an online Permaculture Design Course which you can read more about here. It doesn't have a formal PDC certificate, which means it costs a fraction of the usual price for a PDC course. The course contains 54 and 1/2 hours of recorded lectures by Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton.
Tuesday 7 July 2020
Fixed the many broken links on the Most Essential Survival Gear / Equipment page. Added three new animals to the Tracking Quiz (which may or may not appear in the randomly selected animals each time you load a new quiz, like all the animal tracks in the quiz).
Sunday 5 July 2020
New Australian frogs page with four frogs so far. Also added four new reptiles.
Wednesday 1 July 2020
Eight new books about Near-Death Experiences. Also fixed the links on that page and some of the other book pages. I still have a few more of these type of books to add later, I'll try to find them from storage so I can write more about them...
Added four new bird books and a frog book.
Tuesday 30 June 2020
I've been going over a lot of the book and DVD links, and fixing the ones that need fixing — by updating to the current edition, and/or adding different sources for the ones that are out of stock, and labelling the out of stock ones as unavailable. There are still more left to do. I'll try and fix more of them in the coming weeks.
Saturday 13 June 2020
Added a few more mammals and reptiles. Also added range maps for some of them. I'll be adding many more species over the next few weeks.
Friday 12 June 2020
Added 3 new Australian mammals and 5 new Australian reptiles. I'll be adding many more species over the next few weeks (and probably more tomorrow).
Monday 30 December 2019
Added the embedded YouTube video "Geoff Lawton: Surviving Collapse, Designing your Way to Abundance" by Geoff Lawton to the Home Page.
Saturday 20 July 2019
Added the new page Bow Drill Fire Making Videos.
Friday 19 July 2019
Prepping.com.au is a new web site I've been working on for a while in my spare time, when I've had some time. The focus will be on preparing to survive a collapse of society, and/or a crash
of the economy, war, and other severe disruptions to modern life as we know it.
Thursday 11 July 2019
Added the new page Make an Instant Tracking Box to Learn Animal Tracking.
Friday 20 July 2018
Added the new page Animal Tracking Quiz.
Wednesday 22 November 2017
Substantially improved the sizing of fonts and other elements across different types of mobile browsers on all pages. The cache may take a while to update for some of the changes to take effect.
Wednesday 20 September 2017
Added the new page Australian Bush Food Plant Quiz.
Monday 18 September 2017
Added a few new products to the gear page.
Sunday 17 September 2017
Updates to the Nuclear War Survival page. The RSS feed should now work, or at least better than it did. Previously I had to manually add every entry
and then manually validate it (usually multiple times) and it was very time consuming. I hadn't even got around to updating the RSS since
about 2013. Now it should auto-generate itself from the source code of this
page (new.php). It might not work fully yet but it will be a lot better than no RSS updates at all.
Saturday 16 September 2017
Added the new pages: Using a Trail Camera to Practice Trapping and/or Study Animals and The Most Essential Survival Gear/Equipment.
Friday 8 September 2017
Added the new page: Australian Bird Quiz.
Wednesday 6 September 2017
Added the new page: Australian Spider Quiz.
Friday 1 September 2017
Added the new page: Monthly Rewilding Skillshares. Added ReNourish ReWild to the Survival Courses page.
Wednesday 30 August 2017
Added the new page: Long-Distance Running Training Calculator.
Thursday 24 August 2017
Added six new books to the Invertebrates Section of the nature books page — four about spiders and two about insects.
Wednesday 16 August 2017
Added six new spiders to Australian Spiders and their Faces, bringing the total to 25.
Tuesday 15 August 2017
Added several photos of spiders faces and changed the name of the spiders page to Australian Spiders and their Faces. Added two new spiders.
Saturday 29 July 2017
Added the new page Australian Spiders. This is a new section still partly under construction. There are 17 spiders so far, and more on the way, with information still being added.
Friday 28 April 2017
Added new page Learning the Phases of the Moon, which is also a continuation of the secret spot journal. This page will be updated daily (or almost daily) for the next month.
Tuesday 11 April 2017
Added new section on the Foxfire Books to the Instant Armageddon Survival Bookshelf page. This section is only short so far, but will be expanded over the rest of April 2017.
Wednesday 5 April 2017
Improvements to the home page and the specials page. The website now mostly works with https (SSL), i.e. secure encrypted browsing. Added the new page Red Fox. Added a summary to the top of the EMP page.
Thursday 30 March 2017
Added the new page Specials - Discounts - Items on Sale.
Wednesday 29 March 2017
Added the Koala, the Common Wombat and the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat to the Mammals page. Fixed the mammals page so I can add more species much more easily.
Wednesday 15 March 2017
Added the new section Fish of Australia - Australian Sea and Freshwater Fishes with 7 fish to start it off. Added the new page Finding a Secret Spot.
Tuesday 14 March 2017
Added the new pages Instant Bookshelf to Survive The Apocalypse and Black Rat.
Thursday 2 March 2017
Added 3 new books here. Updates to the Nuclear War Survival page.
Wednesday 1 March 2017
First draft of making survival.ark.au mobile browser friendly. There's an algorithm which should hopefully correctly detect if you're using a mobile device (like a phone, with a really small screen) and adjust the font size to be bigger than it was before. Most of the images are done but some are still too big or too small. I'll keep working on it. Eventually I'll probably add an option to change back to the original view on a mobile phone browser. I haven't done the contact form boxes yet or the search results page.
Added Booktopia links to all the available books on the Survival Books page and the Books by Tom Brown, Jr. page.
Friday 17 February 2017
Updates to the Nuclear War Survival page including a new section on Nuclear War Strategy.
Tuesday 14 February 2017
Some updates and a few new books on the Australian Field Guides and Nature Books page.
Friday 10 February 2017
Improvements to the Permaculture Books page. Added 12 new books, added links to more sources for the existing books, and added proper cover images of all the books.
Tuesday 7 February 2017
Fixed some of the broken links to books, especially on books.php and the fruit trees and gardening pages.
Friday 3 February 2017
Updates to the Nuclear War Survival page including the What is Nuclear Fallout section, adding recommended reading, adding this inspirational quote and fixing some of the broken links. Fixed some other broken/outdated links on the website.
Thursday 2 February 2017
Added the new page: Preparing for an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse). Minor updates to the Nuclear War Survival page to reflect the 2017 setting of the Doomsday Clock.
Tuesday 18 October 2016
Changed the homepage video from Walking Softly with Koa to Solo Survival: How to Survive Alone in the Wilderness for 1 week.
Monday 15 February 2016
New page added: Survival Radio and Long-Distance Communication.
Saturday 9 January 2016
A few additions to the Nuclear War Survival page. Two new sections, improvements to the simulator, some new points in the "Quick Facts" summary at the top of the page, and other minor improvements.
Wednesday 3 December 2014
New page added: David Holmgren — Upcoming Events.
Thursday 11 September 2014
New page added: Witchetty Grubs. Until I typed in the date above I hadn't realised that today is the 13th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001.
Monday 18 August 2014
Many more books added to Dystopian Fiction / Novels, but (so far) mostly without proper reviews, which will get done when there is more time...
Sunday 17 August 2014
Major additions to How to Survive a Nuclear War.
Friday 8 August 2014
Added the new page How to Drain Your Hot Water Heater For Survival Water. Added a picture to nuclear-war-survival.php (many more pictures coming soon).
Monday 4 August 2014
Added the new page How to Read the Sky at Night: Practical Astronomy for Date, Time and Direction Finding. Added two new books (both really good): The Weed Forager’s Handbook and a newly republished version of Bushcraft by Richard Graves.
Changed the homepage video from Four Horsemen to Walking Softly with Koa. Walking Softly with Koa — Thrive and survive in the Australian bush. For Koa his lifestyle is a quest for the kind of freedom a wallaby has, knowledge to provide for yourself in the Australian bush, drawing on a lifetime of living close to nature. Koa has copped some flak for inaccuracies with his plant edibility, however he has managed to survive and thrive for over 35 years of living off the land without needing money or entering a bank. Research any plants in depth before eating and enjoy the video!
Tuesday 29 July 2014
Updates to nuclear-war-survival.php.
Saturday 28 June 2014
New pages added: Dystopian Fiction / Novels and How to Survive a Nuclear War.
Sunday 8 June 2014
New page added: Strategies for a Changing Economy: Survive and Thrive - National speaking tour with Nicole Foss and David Holmgren.
Monday 2 September 2013
New page added: How to Make Your Own Meat Stock and Bone Broth.
Friday 16 August 2013
New page added: Astronomically Correct Countdown Timer for the December 2013 Solstice.
Saturday 3 August 2013
Each word in the list of keywords at the bottom of each page now links to the search page for that keyword, so if you click on a word it searches survival.ark.au for that word. If you hover the mouse over a word in the list, you can see how many times it occurs on that page.
Tuesday 23 July 2013
Added the embedded youtube video about non-VR general practitioners to the home page.
Tuesday 4 June 2013
New page added: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course Directory.
Friday 21 December 2012
New page added: Astronomically Correct Countdown Timer for the 21 December 2012 Solstice.
Wednesday 12 December 2012
New page added: Surviving the Economic Crash — Web Links. Updates to the Permaculture, Self Sufficiency And Sustainable Living Books page.
Wednesday 21 November 2012
New page added: Survival Courses Near Sydney and the Blue Mountains.
Friday 7 September 2012
New page added: What the Economic Crisis Really Means - and What We Can Do About It (Online video).
Monday 16 July 2012
Updates to the pages What is Peak Oil?, and What to Do About the Upcoming Economic Crash.
Wednesday 8 February 2012
A new page added with all the native bush tucker plant foods listed on the one page.
Friday 19 August 2011
Updates to the Books About Survival in the Future Hard Times section.
Wednesday 19 January 2011
New page added: The Waterproof Bible.
I've added a facebook "like" button to the top of the pages. This is a new feature and I'm still experimenting with it. It seems to work ok so far though. If you're not a facebook user, just ignore it. I've also added a Twitter "Tweet" button which will share the page on Twitter (at least I think that's what it does) and a button for "Share This" that allows people to share the page on a whole lot of other types of electronic media.
Friday 31 December 2010
New free video bible course added called "The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus".
Thursday 30 December 2010
New page added: Books About Near-Death Experiences. Overview of near-death experiences plus one detailed book review (more coming soon) and short descriptions of four other books.
Wednesday 29 December 2010
I've added reviews of 7 more Survival Books.
Tuesday 30 November 2010
I've added another 9 more Edible Weeds.
Thursday 4 November 2010
I've added 12 more Edible Weeds. I will be adding more bush tucker plants and edible weeds in the near future.
Saturday 23 October 2010
Added a new page about how to Make a Simple Wire Snare Loop.
In the last week or so I have also some new books to the Australian Field Guides and Nature Books page, and added Bush Tucker Man DVDs to the Survival DVDs page.
Thursday 14 October 2010
Added a new page with reviews of all the Books by Tom Brown, Jr. A few of the reviews are not fully complete yet, but I will do them as I get the time.
In the last week or so I have also added new books to the Survival Books page, the Australian Field Guides and Nature Books page and the Permaculture/Gardening books page.
Wednesday 5 May 2010
Added a new page about Survival DVDs. So far 12 DVDs or DVD sets are described.
Saturday 1 May 2010
Added 14 new survival books to the Survival Books page.
Friday 30 April 2010
Added 13 new birds to the Australian Birds Identification section of the website. The birds are the White-throated Treecreeper, Golden Whistler, New Holland Honeyeater, Bell Miner (Bellbird), Common ("Indian") Myna, Noisy Miner, Magpie-lark (Peewee), Grey Butcherbird, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Red Wattlebird, Australian Magpie, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, and the Channel-billed Cuckoo.
Also there are new photos for the Red-browed Firetail (Finch), White-browed Scrubwren, King Parrot, Wonga Pigeon, Crimson Rosella, Little Pied Cormorant.
Wednesday 28 April 2010
Added 7 new plants to the Bush Tucker Plant Foods Section of the website. Added the new Growing Fruit Trees section to the website, with 19 new web pages.
Friday 19 March 2010
Added new pages, The Bush Tucker Diet — A Nutritional Analysis and The Bush Tucker Survival Guide.
Thursday 18 March 2010
Added bird paintings from 'The Birds of Australia' by John Gould (published 1848) to most of the birds in the Australian Birds section of the site. I will be adding more images and more birds as I get around to it.
Tuesday 26 January 2010
Six new birds (all with high-resolution photos) added to the Australian Bird Identification Section of the website.
Thursday 19 November 2009
New page added: Surviving Christmas.
I've added a lot of links to survival and self-sufficiency related products on Amazon.com.
Wednesday 11 November 2009
New page added: Tracking Animals - How To Read Animal Tracks.
I changed the look of the site by adding an extra column to the right of the main page column, so I can put in more links and extra stuff. There are pictures at the top of the right column (for most of the pages) which indicate what section of the website you are looking at.
Tuesday 10 November 2009
New page added: Survival Essentials: How To Survive In The Wilderness.
Wednesday 4 November 2009
New page added: Permaculture, Self Sufficiency And Sustainable Living Books.
Tuesday 3 November 2009
Made updates to the books pages Australian Field Guides and Nature Books, My Top Two Survival Books. Added links (to some of the most useful books) to purchase them from The Nile in Australia.
Thursday 29 October 2009
Added three snakes to the Australian Reptiles section, and a mammal to the Australian Mammals section. Made some improvements to the Kamana page.
Tuesday 27 October 2009
Added new pages Proof That God Exists and How to Find Water.
New Australian Reptiles section gets underway with one reptile to begin with.
Monday 26 October 2009
I am experimenting with new page backgrounds for the site. I have regular internet access again so I should get the mailing list working again soon hopefully.
Friday 23 October 2009
Ten new birds in the Australian Birds section, all of the ten have high-resolution images available and two can be used as desktop wallpaper for your computer.
The birds are (in order of size from smallest to largest), the House Sparrow, the Masked Lapwing (Spurwing Plover), the Silver Gull (Seagull), the Australian King-Parrot, the Rock Dove (Feral Pigeon), the Crested Pigeon, the Tawny Frogmouth, the Yellow-Tailed Black-Cockatoo, the Red-Tailed Black-Cockatoo, and the Powerful Owl.
New Australian Mammals section gets underway with one mammal to begin with.
Made some improvements to the How to Get Started page.
Thursday 15 October 2009
Added new page Jesus (Part 2). Added 19 new birds to the Australian Birds section. A few of the new birds now have high resolution downloadable images, and I will keep adding more of these in future.
Added a site search box at the top of every page. Recent pages (less than about 1-3 weeks old) will not yet be indexed by Google and will not be found by the search page.
Saturday 10 October 2009
Added new Australian Birds section.
Improvments to the Sitemap page. Added the new pages Bow Drill and Hand Drill Firemaking Woods and Triglochin - Water Ribbons.
Thursday 8 October 2009
The website is now running on a new web server with a new hosting company, so it should be a lot more reliable than it has been for the past several months.
Changed the old "Skills Index" page to the new Site Map page, which has all the links from the Skills Index plus many new ones (the idea is that every page on the site should now be linked from it).
Added the new page Caretakers.
Tuesday 23 June 2009
Added the new pages Getting Started With Container Gardening,
Mulching for Free, Creating A Raised Garden Bed, Easy Tips on Indoor Plant Care and Picking the Ideal Location
for your Garden.
Tuesday 9 June 2009
Added the new page Doctors Weigh In On Phone Brain Cancer Links.
Wednesday 6 May 2009
Added the new page Mobile Phone Radiation — Urban Survival.
Friday 1 May 2009
Added the new page Swine Flu Survival — Surviving the Pandemic. This is the first page of the new health section of the website.
New pages added: Survival Books, The Psychology of Gardening, The Basic Gardening Tools, Starting An Orchard, Swine Flu Prevention — Superfoods.
Friday 6 March 2009
Added the new page Move Up In The World — Reverse Your Thinking. This is the first page of the new psychology section of the website.
Friday 27 February 2009
Added the first page to the new news section of the website.
Thursday 23 October 2008
Improved menu with pictures for the front page of the new bush tucker food plants section.
Tuesday 14 October 2008
New section added with photos and descriptions of wild food “bush tucker” plants. Currently there are 32 plants described.
Wednesday 20 May 2008
Created a page for the website on facebook. (It doesn't exist anymore).
Saturday 19 January 2008
New page added: Jesus.
Thursday 13 December 2007
New page added: The Man Who Planted Trees.
New page added: Starting a Vegetable Garden.
Added several new banner pictures for the tops of the pages.
Wednesday 12 December 2007
Added a new section to the banking
page, explaining why modern societies cannot exist without growth.
Tuesday 11 December 2007
New page added: Starting Your Own Box Garden.
New page added: Making Cordage from Mat Rush.
New page added: The Paiute Trap.
Added links on the skills page to the peak oil
Added a new picture to the Making a Stone
Sunday 4 November 2007
The website now displays correctly in the
Opera and Apple Safari browsers. The filenames of pages within the
end with .php rather than .htm.
Saturday 3 November 2007
New page added: Making a Stone Axe.
Friday 2 November 2007
New page added: The Hand Drill Fire
Added an icon to go at the left of the page name in the browser address window
and in shortcuts (bookmarks) to the site. Fixed up the formatting so the pages
display correctly in the Mozilla Firefox and Netscape browsers.
Thursday 1 November 2007
New page added: The Bow Drill Fire
Wednesday 31 October 2007
Added the new page Springpole Deadfall Trap.
Added new banner photos for the peak oil pages and the farming
Saturday 27 October 2007
Changed the heading and link colours and added new banner photos.
Wednesday 24 October 2007
The website was copied from its former address www.primitivetechnology.org to
its new domain survival.ark.au. Some major modifications to the site are in the pipeline...
Minor edits to a few of the pages.
Fixed up the page: Ancient Futures -
Learning From Ladakh.
Fixed up the page on Australian Field Guides and Nature Books.
A few days ago I uploaded the new look template for this website.
page added (still under construction): Ancient
Futures - Learning From Ladakh.
This is just boasting: currently I am number one in Google for "figure
New content added to the Farming Page.
The contact page now has a contact form,
rather than just an email address.
If you would like to be notified
by email of updates to this site, click
here to join the mailing list.
New page added (still under construction): Family
and Community Farming.
Wednesday 31 May 2006
New page added: What are the most important
basic survival skills to learn?
New page added: List of Plants for the
Blue Mountains (and Sydney).
New section on the naming of plants.
Some more links on the resources
Monday 29 May 2006
New page (still under construction): My Top
Two Survival Books.
couple of other new links on the resources
Friday 26 May 2006
New page added: Kamana.
New quotes added: Here, here, and here.
I have reduced the horizontal width of the pages, so that
they print correctly in Internet Explorer.
Thursday 25 May 2006
New page added: Grandfather Stalking
Wednesday 24 May 2006
New page added: Living on the Edge.
New page added: Edible Weeds.
New page added (still under construction): Australian Field Guides and Nature Books.
New page added (still under construction): Get
started with learning plant foods - make yourself a task list.
Wednesday 17 May 2006
Why Learn Survival Skills? - page updated.
Saturday 11 February 2006
New page added: The Contented Man.
Tuesday 7 February 2006
Site Map has been slightly updated.
page added: Figure
page about happiness in our culture.
Thom Hartmann's foreword to "Original
new photos have been added to the end of the fire
Thursday 2 February 2006
The domain name was registered and the site first went online as www.primitivetechnology.org. The version in this link is from the Wayback Machine at the Internet Archive, dated 5 May 2006.
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