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I used to be uncomfortable with maintaining eye contact. Then I did an exercise where I looked into a stranger's eyes for fifteen minutes, and we'd call each other out every time the other person looked away. It cured me of all eye contact anxiety and now it's no big deal.
I did a similar exercise in rejection therapy to get over the fear of approaching strangers and asking for things, and that worked eerily well--after one hour of concentrated asks and rejections, I got over it.
Like many people, I'm often uncomfortable when hugging someone, especially if it's another guy or I don't know the person well. This is something I want to get over, too. I've heard that if you arrange to hug someone you don't (hardly) know for fifteen minutes, then you're good to go from then on, no matter how awkward a bro hug you're faced with.
Does anyone in the SF Bay Area want to meet up and undertake the scary, useful mission of hugging a stranger (me) and build some hug confidence? We could do the eye contact one, too, if that's useful to you.
This is an email I sent to some friends recently... thought it might be useful to some here:
I've been debating between the NEX-5N and the NEX-7 for a while. I had the chance to borrow an NEX-7 for 24 hours and got to use it a bunch.
Compared to the NEX-5, the 7 has a much faster shutter release (I think it's currently the fastest in the world), a sensor that handles low light significantly better (25% better, measured with a light meter), an amazing EVF, better video recording options, audio-in, and better controls. It also has a weak built in flash, which doesn't really do anything for me.
Been a while! Hope everyone's well!
I discovered a little Rialta hack for my Apple laptop that I wanted to share.
I'm lazy and haven't re-wired the stock wiring to the 12V outlet, under the desk. Because of the lightweight stock wiring, I was always encountering a problem where, whenever my Apple laptop was both turned on and charging the battery (i.e.
This also created a nasty scenario where, if my laptop battery wasn't full, I couldn't use my laptop in the Rialta (since my laptop would immediately start to charge the battery if I plugged it in, and turned it on... gah).
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.
I'd rather chop off a limb than read financial books right now. I wouldn't even know how to go about investing in any kind of stocks or bonds and don't really know what other possible avenues I have to choose from other than starting a business or buying property to rent to tenants. Currently, my money is rotting in a checking account, at the very least, I should put it in some kind of high interest account to defeat inflation. I've felt overwhelmed lately with personal projects and what to do with my life, and this keeps getting put on the back burner.
I remember Ty's post on Lending Club, how's that going? Peter Parker, you're with Prosper, right? I'd be happy with consistent 10% returns, is either of these two sites safe enough to dump a majority of my cash into?
Background info: I'm 30 years old, live in the Rialta, probably spend under $700/month on normal expenses (super frugal, not glamorous at all), 2-months unemployed by choice and living off what I have saved: a little over $32k, engineering drop-out, don't seem to have many high-paying skills, and don't know what I'll do in the future as far as making income. I'm not a dumbass, but I'm not a "runner" as Tynan might put it, and I don't know if I can change that... I don't want to work forever. I love my leisure time. I guess it's different if the projects you love are making money... maybe that's another discussion. Along with Tynan's goals, being able to bank a few million and comfortably support a family would be awesome, but I'm not that hopeful; fortunately, I don't seem to mind living very simply and without kids (for now at least...). My goal might be making $1-2k/month passively. Some of the entry-level oilfield jobs here pay well, $1900/week for driving a truck a limited amount of hours for example, so I might consider putting up with that for a year or two, but I still need to find out what to do with that money. Thanks everyone. Great job with SETT and your whole blog, forum, & book history, Tynan; we're lucky to have you.
The Meetup link is http://www.meetup.com/RV-Nomads
I have no ulterior motive whatsoever other than to create a community of fellow RV nomads that I can meet up with when I take off on the road. And if you want, you can join the group too and do the same. I have set up the meetup so that anyone will be able to post events. The only thing that really makes it unique is the Meetup calendar platform, but that's a biggie. You can read more about that at the Meetup link...and join there too. http://www.meetup.com/RV-Nomads I just started the Meetup and already have close to 30 members, not bad. And there are already a couple of awesome Meetups posted by Technomadia. Check it out! Don't worry that the Meetup group is "located" in Austin, it is really nationwide (heck, I am the organizer and I live in San Diego). If this thing gets going (i.e. enough members and events), I will use this SETT Blog platform to chronicle the events.
Not sure if this forum is active still, but I'm selling my 1999 Rialta FD rigged with two solar panels (490W total), two Lifeline AGM batteries, Blue Sky charge controller + remote, 1000W inverter, Maxxfan, and new Norcold AC/DC refrigerator. My ebay auction is coming to an end soon: https://goo.gl/AmYXod
Does anybody have any tips for automated marketing software for Twitter? Or at least how to Follow more than 5,000 accounts?
I am up to "Following" 5,000 people (accounts) on Twitter. I have done really well on getting orders from the people I have been following. It appears that Twitter won't let you keep following accounts past 5,000. I have Unfollowed some accounts and Followed new people. Any tips on how to break through this limit.
Of course, I can always create more Twitter accounts. Which may be my next course.
Thanks ahead of time for any tips on internet social media marketing. Especially automated software that works good at a low price.
The 2016 Presidential race has plenty of candidates. The front runner is Hillary Clinton, and for a while it seemed like no one was going to challenge her for the Democrat nomination. She now has some competition, and I wondered what Tynan's readers think of our choices.
My personal favorite candidates are the following:
1. Rand Paul (Republican): Liberty, less government, End the wars, End being the policeman of the world, balanced budget, pay down debt
-I also like Dr. Ben Carson.
2. Jim Webb (Democrat): Get us out of Middle East wars, balance budget, intelligent decision maker that doesn't cow-tow to Lobbyist and political friends.
Hey all! so I'm starting to plan out how my RV interior layout will be on my 97 rialta (twin beds). Because I am looking at living in it full time in August of next year, I decided to change anything that I need to in order to minimize compromise from a small apartment. Some things I really wanted are a full size couch where I can fit 3 people comfortably, a full size desk with minimal compromises compared to a desk found in a regular home and lastly a full size queen bed, roughly 60" by 78". Of course, the Rialta doesn't have enough space for half of those things so I am hoping to take advantage of my mechanical engineering degree and design transformational furniture that does all those 3 things. Also I am hoping most things are spring aided so transforming the bed to desk or couch takes minimal effort.
here it is in queen size bed configuration - the inside width of the rialta is about 82.5" the CAD model I have right now only uses a 78" foam mattress allosing for a bit over 2" on each side for all the arms/mechanisms. the bed would actually be raised to about where the back counter is (next to the window) so the space under it can fit your legs when you are in desk mode. I was thinking about convenience of making the bed/keeping order and I think all my sheets and blankets will have strong neodymium magnets sown into them to get them to stick to the sides when it is made or stick to a different surface during transition.
so in this picture the front side of the bed, roughly 20" can be easily lifted up with the aid of some springs on the arms.
The front part of the bed tilts to that position and is stopped by either something in the back of the RV or something mounted on the frame. next there is a mechanism to release the front portion of the top mattress allowing it to swivel somewhere in the rear portion like so.