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Quick mini-post all you violin and music lovers will enjoy.
All this reading about Tynan's violin hobby reminded me of an AMAZING and really modern song by a few guys I now consider to be rockstars. Worth hearing ;)
Suddenly, there it is. An in-page editor that says 'start writing your post here'. Well, why not? But still, it's a strange thing. Am I writing a post on somebody elses website now? How can that be? Did this Tynan, of whom I had never heard before just a few minutes ago, mess up the permissions for his CMS?
Well, whatever it is, I'm attending a meditation group at eight, and before that there's some other stuff I need to take care of, including fueling my body with some delicious food. So however strange this opportunity may be, I'll sign off now. Maybe another day.
Take care, whoever you are. And if there's one message I want to give you, one message I think every human being needs to hear, it's this:
You are beautiful! :)
I idolize Tynan as much as the next reader, and I think his lifestyle is kickass. Yet even after reading his books and being a blog reader for years, I still can't figure out how he makes money.
We know that he gets a couple of bucks when people buy his books on Amazon and when people sign up for SETT, but that's a pittance compared to a living wage. We know he used to be a professional gambler, likes to save, and lives incredibly frugally, but we also know he lost a large part of that money in some kind of overseas account mistake. (He's not clear on what it was, but he did say that he lost most of his earnings)
Is he living off of the leftovers of his gambling days? He's written a few blog posts concerning money, how he doesn't have to pay for most of the things normal people pay for, like rent, alcohol, mortgage, etcetera, and thus his day to day cost is incredibly low. But the man has to eat. And he pays for his RV parking spot, and he buys expensive travel gear, and flights that , even after his tricky discounts, aren't chump change. I find it hard to believe that all of that is still coming from years old gambling money.
We know he loves poker and is pretty darn good at it - perhaps he goes to some tournament whenever he needs cash and plays until he is satisfied? Tynan hasn't spoken much about poker in recent years as he used to, so maybe he's just focused on SETT, but it sounds to me like it's not a big part of his life anymore.
What do you think, fellow readers? (and/or the man himself) How does Tynan make money?
Let's get personal... I'm curious what everyone's expectations are, surrounding their waste systems, how much odor it gives off, etc.
My general usage would probably be considered light: I'm in the office everyday, during the day + usually don't spend the bulk of weekend time in the RV. So I don't accumulate much.
However, it seems like time, not quantity, is the biggest factor, when it comes to odors. Any amount of waste - from only 2 or 3 #1s all the way to a half-full tank of everything - seems to become noticeable (even if just slightly) after a week or two.
Also, whenever I drive, the black tank has to be empty. My experience is that any amount of waste - again, even only 2 or 3 #1s - will create noticeable odors whenever you drive for more than 20-30 minutes and they'll find their way up to the driver's area.
Finally, I've been A/B testing using a tank deodorant. I think I read HandyBob say that he doesn't use any tank deodorant because, in his opinion, needing to use a deodorant means the seals on your waste system aren't sufficiently keeping odors out + that's what you need to fix.
Since many of us are interested in traveling, I thought it would be a great idea to start a thread about the best travel deal sites. Here are my favorites so far.
Holiday Pirates - this blog regularly posts great travel deals from most big European cities. Some of the recent deals include 300 EUR roundtrip flights from Europe to NYC, and 358 GBP flights from UK to Zimbabwe, Sudan or Ethiopia. This is an awesome resource for all European travelers.
Kayak - most people probably know this already. It's a great tool for finding flights and hotels, especially if you're traveling from or within the US.
I've picked up a couple creative writing books on the side, one being "Naked, Drunk and Writing: Shed Your Inhibitions and Craft a Compelling Memoir or Personal Essay," by Adair Lara. It's a great read on writing creative non-fiction that I highly recommend.
Anywho, I'm on to chapter 8, and it's about working with other writers.
Which brings me to my question:
Is anyone interested in starting a writing partnership? I write nearly every morning, and would love to be kept accountable by another writer. It's a great to way to improve quickly, something I'm quite interested in.
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.
SHORT VERSION: Here is a link to my saved search on eBay that shows cheap Rolexes that are probably worth buying. Read on to see why.
A month ago or so I wrote a post called, No One Cares if you Buy a Rolex. If you didn't read it and don't feel like doing any link-clicking, the gist of it was that when I was younger I bought a Rolex, assuming that people would be really impressed, but in the end no one noticed or cared. You can't buy your way into being interesting.
Ironically, in writing that post, I remembered how much I loved my Rolex, despite the fact that no one else cared about it. At the same time, I had stopped really using the advanced features of the Suunto GPS watch that I had, and was thinking about getting some different watch.
Maybe I ought to get a Rolex, I thought...
I've caught at least 3 new people in the forum this year claiming to have a Rialta, so I wanted a headcount to connect faces to names and share experiences. Here's a photo album of my build: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100818256773744.3282966.8329234&type=1&l=2aa5d7cf57
Current known owners to be updated: Me, Tynan, Brian, Paul Newcomb? (unconfirmed), Joe in Portland, Hysul (08 Coachman Freedom Express), Shacky (2009 Rialta), Robert Crouse (www.cccgis.com/Rialta.htm), Jason Martin ('95 FD), Dave Rickey (5000BTU AC and high-power antennas), Chuck in Austin ('95), Josh ('96), Mark ('97), John Donna ('96?)
Former R.I.P. owners: Austin Y., Tommy N., Peter Parker
bonus pic on how I fixed the shoddy drawers:
I have been thinking about possibly purchasing a 'hobbyist' membership, but PayPal isn't an option. Will this be changed? Im juggling between Sett, Medium and Ghost - not sure which I'll stick with, but if I am unable to pay via PayPal then I will have to stick to a free account.