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Hey guys, I've known Tynan for some time, from back in the Life Nomadic days. My girlfriend and I are permanent gypsies, traveling in our '98 Rialta. We have been traveling up the Oregon coast, and will be arriving in Portland tomorrow. I was wondering if anyone had any experience parking overnight in any central locations in Portland (we are totally stealth, with capability for complete blackout and sound control), or, barring this, if anyone who lives in Portland might be willing to let us hang out in their driveway for a few days. We don't need anything other than a place to park (totally solar powered).
PS: @Ty, if this is the wrong use of the community area, slap my wrist and I'll take it down.
Ever since the first NEX-5 came out, I've been trumpeting its strong points. With the notable exception of the amazing new Sony RX1, the NEX-5 series is the smallest camera with an APS-C or bigger sensor. In other words, it's the smallest camera that you can really get professional level shots out of. The two big features that I've wanted ever since Sony came out with this camera are in-camera charging so that I don't have to carry around a separate charger, and an audio-in port.
The built in microphone is acceptable, but if there's any amount of wind or background noise, audio quality degrades very quickly. Despite the incredible optical quality of the camera, the audio quality when recording videos has been its Achilles' heel, making many videos unusable. All that Sony would need to do to fix this is put a tiny little microphone jack on the camera. The new NEX-6 and the NEX-7 both have microphone jacks, but getting that jack isn't worth the (admittedly small) increase in camera size.
In a desperate attempt to improve sound quality, I bought Sony's own solution, a microphone that clips to the top of the camera. While it's better than the built-in mic, the microphone was still vulnerable to camera noise as well as background noise. Plus, sometimes you just want to wear a little clip-on lav mic and not worry about outside sounds.
I searched online for some solution, but although there was speculation that it might be possible to hack something together, no one had actually done it. One night, as I drifted off to sleep, my mind circled back around to the microphone issue. I had been recording a video every day for a couple months, and I really wished that I could just plug a microphone in. There had to be a solution. I decided that since the add-on Sony mic wasn't that great anyway, I'd take it apart the next day and see what I could figure out.
My wife and I lived out of our 1996 Winnebago Rialta last year quite a bit. We put solar panels, a charge controller, some decent AGM batteries, etc. in it. The transmission died, however, and we just don't have the cash on-hand to get it fixed.
It's stuck in a driveway in the Bay Area in California.
For $3k, you can have it, as long as you come and haul it off, or cover expenses to do so. The title is clean.
Full disclosure: we haven't officially determined that the problem is the transmission, though that's what people in the know have told us. The engine starts, but the car won't move forward or backwards.
Summer's coming up and it will be time to travel again. After experiencing one day at the beach where I packed everything I needed into a waterproof container (so I could go into the water and out whenever I wanted) I was hooked.
I'm thinking of extending this travel philosophy into my packing. Are there any good deals on wool clothing currently? I've never had a piece of pure 'real' wool clothing before (rayon and the synthetics are probably the closest equivalents) but I've heard so many magical things about wool that I think it's worth looking into for this summer. I saw a bunch of wool deals pop up every so often here so if anyone keeping track could post when they find one would be much appreciated.
Check out this project at Kickstarter http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/484889112/the-pocket-tv-makes-any-tv-a-smart-tv
And an Android one with a review over at Liliputing http://liliputing.com/2012/05/74-pc-on-a-stick-features-allwinner-a10-cpu-android-4-0.html
It depends why you carry a laptop with you, but many travelers would be able to leave it at home once they get one of these. For me, my work requires consultation over Skype video conferencing, so plugging in a webcam is essential.
There are some disadvantages. You can't just start using this in the middle of the airport because you need to plug into a tv. But I find that if you stay at a motel, or even rent a furnished apartment, TV's with HDMI/USB are available. Also in places like Korea and Japan, there are special study rooms / coffee shop hybrid places that have those TV's on the wall for you to do presentations.
At this stage in the development of these small PC's, you'll find yourself plugging in tonnes of peripherals.
Check out this project at Kickstarter http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/484889112/the-pocket-tv-makes-any-tv-a-smart-tv And an Android one with a review over at Liliputing http://liliputing.com/2012/05/74-pc-on-a-stick-features-allwinner-a10-cpu-android-4-0.html It depends why you carry a laptop with you, but many travelers would be able to leave it at home once they get one of these. For me, my work requires consultation over Skype video conferencing, so plugging in a webcam is essential. There are some disadvantages. You can't just start using this in the middle of the airport because you need to plug into a tv. But I find that if you stay at a motel, or even rent a furnished apartment, TV's with HDMI/USB are available. Also in places like Korea and Japan, there are special study rooms / coffee shop hybrid places that have those TV's on the wall for you to do presentations. At this stage in the development of these small PC's, you'll find yourself plugging in tonnes of peripherals. What are your thoughts on this kind of computing? Does it work for you?
I'm sure many of you that follow Tynan's annual Gear Posts are familiar with the magic of Merino Wool shirts. So I just wanted to share this KickStarter project by Wool & Prince for Merino Wool t-shirts and polo shirts that is ending soon. Wool & Prince is the same company behind the Better Button-Down Shirt that Tynan recommend in the most recent gear post, and now they are making t's and polos!
For comparison, the IceBreaker Tech-T is $65 if you get just 1 shirt on the Kickstart page it's only $58. There are other pledge options too which further increases the savings -- buying 4 brings the price down to $52/each which is pretty darn cheap for Merino Wool shirts.
The project is already funded so you're pretty much guaranteed to get the deal price. There's only 6 days remaining to get your orders in, and if they hit their stretch goal ($100,000) they will make the navy blue shirts.
Disclaimer: I want the blue shirt myself so that's why I'm promoting this campaign! :) I've actually pledged $426 myself for 2 polos and 2 t-shirts + and additional 3 t-shirts. I emailed them already and they are fine with that arrangement.
Support the project here: http://kck.st/1eA65IP
On anything, be it airline tickets, tech stuff, clothes, etc. Where have you usually found the best deals? (Any sites, including those that sell used items).
As some of you may know, Captain Power, a member of Sett, currently published a book. I am writing this because I got it on kindle a few days ago and just read it today.
It is an awesome book - once I started it I did not stop until I was completely through a couple hours later. It is a biography of sorts, split up into very small chapters that almost all deal with bodybuilding or "game." The genius of the book is that all of these mini-stories also teaches a core concept - whether it is a weight loss tactic or a brilliant way to tease a girl.
These are also the reason the book is so addicting - once you read the first one, you cannot help but devour the next one, and so on. And if that wasn't enough to keep me chugging along, he strings a narrative of how he seduced a billionaire's wife throughout the book, before revealing how it all went down at the end.
Anyway, great read. Self improvement principles strung together in a very entertaining way. I recommend you guys check it out - it is only $3 on Amazon.
The language learning site iTalki is currently running a promotion, where if you sign up for an account you get 10 USD worth of free credits - enough for about one free lesson.
I teach for this website, but also plan to use it in the future for language learning. If you have an interest in improving a second or third language, or just in picking up another language, I highly recommend checking this site out. It's well-organized, easy to navigate, and offers VERY CHEAP private lessons in a plethora of languages.
Like I said - if you use this link: http://www.italki.com/?ref=1149807 - you will get 10 USD for free.
Happy language learning!
Senior citizens get away with murder in this country. I cant tell you how many so called "seniors" I know that try to pass off their laziness as old age. Well I have some news for you grandma, 70 IS NOT OLD ANYMORE.
70 is nothing. If you train hard you should hardly be much weaker or much slower than you were in your 30's. I see people everyday in their early 30's and even late 60's hobbling around like their life is about to end. That is BULLSHIT. There is no reason to let yourself deteriorate like that, you should be exercising until you are completely physically unable. And how about some Pride?
I compete in sports on a regular bias, and age doesn't mean anything. I get beat in races by 70 year old men and women all the time. My father gets beat in tennis by men near 80 and he is only 65. Until the very end you should be able to walk up stairs, shovel snow, bend down, and get off the couch unassisted.
Now before you call me a jerk, I am not talking about people who are LEGITIMATELY old. Or people with terminal illnesses or disabilities. 80 is old. 80 is the new 70, and in 20 years 90 will be the new 80.
Its amazing but the life expectancy in 1900 was around 50 years old.
When I retire hopefully at 62 I plan on walking outside my building, and ripping off my shirt like the incredible hulk. I will be tan, cut, and my 32 year old girlfriend will pick me up on her motorcycle.
So lets get motivated! You already destroyed social security for my generation, you blew up the housing market, and you are sucking up all the health care. Most gyms give seniors discounts, and the park is free.
Jack Lalanne was my hero, and this is for you Jack. RIP