We take for granted how much information is truly out there. From Googlegangers to String Theory, and everything in between. All there, at the click of a mouse and a few finger movements, for anyone to see.
Dangerous, Exciting, Terrifying. May you live in interesting times, indeed.
I love knowledge. Knowing is being prepared; even if it's just theoretical knowledge that you haven't put to the test, at least it's something you can go on.. a direction, if you will.
There's a great website I like to visit often: How to Make Everything. Sure, it's not much to look at graphic-wise, but I'm not looking for fancy pixels. I'm looking for information on a vast scale.. And, again, sure, some of the links are dead, but most work, and there's a lot of them. Mostly for the distribution to 3rd world countries (which, ironically, we may be one of those soon...), the site is free for the perusing and free downloads of all information within. The sister site is here, with over 13 Gigs of information. Agriculture, Metalworking, Macro and Micro Economics, you name it, it's in there.
Another great site is offered by NDSU (North Dakota State University) Extension Service.
Full of plans ranging from outhouses to large houses, and all points in between. These are in .PDF format, so you'll have to save and open.
Hope this helps in preparing.
If knowledge is power, than What Hath God Wrought?