Tourniquet EDC

Since getting a Tennessee Handgun permit, I’ve carried a tourniquet (TQ) on my person, every single day. My rational is certainly something that is going to stir disagreement. I have two main reasons.

First, if I get shot or someone else I love gets shot, after the threat is neutralized, I want to render aid without having to rely on an first-responder to be timely enough. Statistically, a bleeding injury can cause death in short order, around 1-5 minutes. First-responders take from 5-15 minutes to arrive on a scene, and they can render any first aid until the scene is secured – but I can. i can offer aid immediately upon the environment becoming good to go.

Second, I don’t want anyone to die – especially by my hand. I carry a gun to protect the people I love and I don’t want to ever have to use it against another human being. But, I will if I have to. If that happens, after everything is secure, I will want to try to save that person’s life if I can, so I will render aid. Yes, I know some of you will say I am better of letting him die, but I can’t not try to save that life.

The challenge has been finding a way to discreetly “every day carry” (EDC) a TQ.

I’ve tried various sized TQs, including smaller ones like the RATS and the TK4, but I personally don’t think offer the kind of mechanical advantage I am looking for without astronomical occlusion pressures. That means I have to carry a CAT or a SOFTT-W .

For a couple years now, I have been carrying the CAT. I chose the CAT because of the ease of use, over the SOFTT-W . The TQ is carried in a S.O.E. Deployable TQ pouch mounted horizontally to my belt using the S.O.E. New TQ Holder. This is a great piece of kit. The pouch completely shrouds and protects the TQ, while offering one-handed quick deployment of the TQ.

During this long period of living with this setup, some drawbacks have surfaced. First, the CAT can only fold down so flat. The “C” clamp for securing the windlass has a fairly deep profile, which determines the minimum thickness of the TQ. Additionally,. the CAT is fairly long at 6.5″ when folded flat. The problem with that length is that the curvature of my waist gives way before the end of the TQ, so in some cases, the TQ will poke out, making a terrible “print” that I have actually been asked about several times.

Because of these issues, I’ve been on the hunt for a better solution – for me – for about six months, including revisiting those smaller TQs. During this search, I accidentally found a video about “flat-folding” a SOFTT-W TQ. This method of folding a SOFTT-W not only makes a package that is shorter than a CAT, but also thinner than a CAT. It ends up a little wider because the windlass sits beside the TQ when folded flat.

So, I bought some SOF-T Ws and began to experiment with deploying it and flat-folding. The TQ is a little harder to get initial tightness around a limb, but with practice I was able to do so. Flat-folding got easier and easier every time I tried it. The result is a very small profile that is short enough to “blend” with the curvature of the hips.

The only problem at that point was that I did not yet have a way to carry it, other than in a pocket. After some looking around I found a pouch that works beautifully. It is the ITS Slimline Pouch. It includes both PALS and adjustable loops for belt mount. It closes compactly and does not print with my knit shirts pull over. The only drawback to the pouch is that some of the TQ is exposed when the pouch is closed. I am hoping that S.O.E. will make a version of their Deployable TQ Pouch for this application.

Changing Direction With This Site.

When I started this blog I was planting a new church and trying to figure out how to do the technological things I wanted to do without going too big for our budget and not going over the top production-wise. The blog was a reactionary vehicle to discuss what I was discovering I the world of church tech.

It was fun. It was challenging. It was rewarding. But as the church began to get into full swing and we settled into the tech we would ultimately implement, I lost interest in exploring the world of church tech in a proactive way. As new blogs devoted to this same space began to develop and flourish, our content began to overlap and become redundant. So, it sat, and sat, and sat. The last post was March 10, 2014. That’s almost six years of zero new content. Wow.

So, it’s time for a change in direction.

I still love technology, but more generally, I like all kinds of gear – from gadgets, to software, to personal defense gear – I have wide gear interests. So I’m going to use this cob-webby space as a place where I can write whatever I want, about whatever kind of technology or gadget that want to write about. Basically, it’ll be a virtual gear dump.

Cheers,

Herb.

iGlasses + Google Hangouts

I recently started pursuing my master’s degree in architecture through an online program. One of the requirements is an occasional video chat. To get properly prepared and equipped for this endeavor, I also upgraded my home computer to one with a much larger screen (27″ iMac [#CommissionsEarned]). The idea was that I could push the display further back on my desk so that I could lay drawings in front of the screen to work on. This worked very well until I started a video chat and realized that being pushed so far back on my desk was also giving way too wide a view of my office. After some searching I found a tool to fix that. I’ll tell you more after the break.

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No More Free LogMeIn

One of my favorite tools is going paid-only. LogMeIn is a great service that lets you get remote access to your computers in a very clean, yet robust interface. LogMeIn is cross-platform (mobile too) and works very well. I have used both the pro and free services, but had settled on the free service since I did not really need any of the features the pro service offered – even though they are excellent features. Having used LogMeIn for so long, it is now indispensable, so I’ll be forking over the subscription cost when the time comes. Here’s the email I received from them regarding this change.

As of January 21, 2014, LogMeIn Free is no longer available. To continue using remote access, you will need to purchase an account subscription of LogMeIn Pro.

As a loyal LogMeIn user, you’re entitled to a complimentary six-month account subscription to Pro for your computers. Your new account includes our signature remote access with premium features like remote printing, file transfer and cloud data access, plus desktop, iOS and Android apps to improve your experience.

While your existing Ignition app will continue to work as it always has, it will no longer receive updates and bug fixes. However, you may switch to the new LogMeIn for iOS/Android app at any time. It’s free to download and will work with a Pro account.

After your six-month complimentary license expires, you will need to purchase an account subscription of Pro for continued service. Subscription packages start at the discounted introductory price of $49/year for two computers (50% off regular price)*.

For more information on this transition from free to paid remote access, please visit our blog.

Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to serving you for many years to come.

Sincerely,
The LogMeIn Team