Tynan http://tynan.com Life Outside the Box en-us Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:16:06 +0000 http://sett.com Sett RSS Generator Wool Jeans http://tynan.com/community/775133 Any good finds/new products for wool jeans? I check periodically and recently found these (http://www.howies.us.com/woolim-wool-jeans-indigo.html) but they're a blend and only 40% wool. Are the Versace jeans a blend as well or are they 100% wool?

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Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:59:04 +0000 http://tynan.com/community/775133
Finished Russian http://tynan.com/community/finished-russian Yesterday I finished the last Russian tape in my quest to learn every language. I've now completed three months of German, one of Arabic, and three of Russian. I accidentally missed one day due to food poisoning, but not counting that I've stuck with this now for 210 days in a row. My plan is to continue for approximately 870 more days, at which time I will have 27 languages down. Currently I have eight, which are English, Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish, Romanian, German, Arabic, and now Russian.

Russian was by far the hardest language I've ever tried to learn. I don't think it's even close. I feel about half as prepared in Russian as I felt with German, which was the same length of time. If I went to Germany, even having done the tapes four months ago, I think I could get along decently. If I was in Russia tomorrow, I think I'd have a pretty rough time.

I also didn't really like Russian very much. It felt cumbersome in the same way Latin does, requiring so much agreement between various parts of speech. I never felt like I got a great handle on all of the distinct sounds that words are made up of.

People have questioned the utility of trying to learn all of the languages as I'm doing now. Frankly, I question it, too, sometimes. I know that I won't remember it all. My Arabic has withered to the barest of understanding. I have trouble remembering some simple words in Romanian.

I'm mainly learning all of these languages just to see what will happen. Will significant exposure to 27 languages strengthen universal lingual pathways in my brain? Will knowledge of these languages hide in the recesses of my brain, ready to be activated as soon as I go to their countries and refresh my memory?

These are the things I hope for, but I also acknowledge that it's possible nothing will come of it. Maybe I'll remember as much Arabic as I now remember of high school Chemistry. Even if that's the case, sticking to something hard for such a long time is certainly building my willpower. Most people who think this is a waste of time watch far more than half an hour a day of TV, and this can't possibly be as great a waste of time as that.

So the experiment continues happily. I did my first Thai tape today. On deck after that are Italian, Hungarian, Dutch, and French.

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Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:53:54 +0000 http://tynan.com/community/finished-russian
SETT as the new Social Network? (Social Blogging?) http://tynan.com/community/752279 There has been so much press about Ello, the new entrant into the social media arena. Yet as my friends ran over and created accounts, I knew that it wasn't the answer. I think SETT has far more potential between the comment voting and community posts. Any folks out there with great stories I can use to help sell my friends on SETT instead of Ello?

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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:39:07 +0000 http://tynan.com/community/752279
What do Rialta's go for these days? http://tynan.com/community/444368 This seems kind of hard to nail down to get to a fair price for a used Rialta. Are these in the Bluebook? I tried finding comparable sales on RV websites or ebay completed/sold listings, but it's kind of hit or miss depending on milage, model, and year. I'm in the market and just wanted to make sure I'm not way overpaying. I've seen the 2000's and up models around 20k-35k with mostly the 2004 or 2005's fetching that upperward value...

Does anyone know what kind of price range would a 2002 FD (fullbed or even the twin bed model) go for with ~30k miles?

Any insight is appreciated...Thanks!

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Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:22:32 +0000 http://tynan.com/community/444368
Rialta: Apple laptop charger hack! http://tynan.com/community/473660 Hi guys,

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. < 100% battery), it would cause the fuse on that circuit to pop. (Of note, I could charge the battery, but only if the laptop was off.)

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).

So, I thought about it and hunted down this hack:

TL;DR - If you put a piece of tape over the middle pin of your Magsafe charger, it will prevent the charger from charging the battery, but the charger will still be used to power the laptop.

In my situation with the stock wiring, this allows me to use my laptop whenever it's not fully charged and let's me not drain my coach batteries, just to charge my laptop.

Hope that helps someone! Cheers!

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Sat, 16 Aug 2014 06:08:27 +0000 http://tynan.com/community/473660
Inventions to kill Stink Bugs http://tynan.com/community/643556 I love hanging out on my deck in the evenings. Unfortunately, the last few years these Stink Bugs come by the millions in the Fall. They seem to get worse every year. They look like ancient predator flying creatures. The good thing is they don't bite or hurt humans. They do eat a lot of vegetation, and they are super annoying.

Oops. My first time loading an image, and it is sideways. Sorry.

Well, anyway, I bought this Stink Bug trap online just to try something out because spraying lots of chemicals is nasty and unhealthy. It is actually very entertaining to watch this thing at night time because the bugs cannot resist it. They are attracted to the bright light, and then go inside the holes and get stuck in a gooey glue.

I wish I had invented it. It seems like a super simple device, but somebody put a whole lot of thought into catching these stink bugs...and I'm a little happier since the bugs aren't clamoring at my door trying to get inside.

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:18:33 +0000 http://tynan.com/community/643556
How to install Ubuntu Linux on the NEC LaVie LZ750 http://tynan.com/community/how-to-install-ubuntu-linux-on-the-nec-lavie-lz750 At least one reader bought this (amazing) laptop on my recommendation and wants to install Linux on it. It took me a while to figure out how to get it to work, so I'm sharing the method here. I'm hoping that people who know more about Linux than I do will find this and figure out how to make the battery life better.

To install Linux on the NEC LaVie:

1. Buy a USB->Ethernet adapter. I used the one that came with my Asus UX21A, so I imagine any will work.

2. Turn off UEFI in the BIOS.

2. Download the Network installer from here: http://www.ubuntu.com/download/alternative-downloads

3. Make a bootable usb drive with that image, and install over the network. From there it's pretty easy and everything works out of the box.


1. Battery life is around 5 hours instead of the 9 advertised. That's after making all the normal changes.

2. I swear that the screen was much brighter in Windows. I'm not willing to reinstall Windows to check, but I have the feeling it could be brighter in Linux (controls work, brightest is bright, but not super bright).

3. The high amperage charging port only outputs 2.1A when the computer is sleeping. The rest of the time it outputs .5A like normal USB ports. This may also be true in Windows.

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Sun, 05 Jan 2014 21:17:27 +0000 http://tynan.com/community/how-to-install-ubuntu-linux-on-the-nec-lavie-lz750
Write in latex http://tynan.com/community/550419 Hey Tynan, I was wondering if it there is a way to write in latex in a sett blog. If not, is there a possible hack to perform?

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Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:26:46 +0000 http://tynan.com/community/550419
Rialta remodel http://tynan.com/community/11323 I bought a 1996 Winnebago Rialta to live in starting when the lease on my house is done at the end of May. Obviously Tynan was an inspiration in the sense that I would never have considered an RV if not for him, but long before he and I reconnected I'd always taken the stance that I would live in the smallest living space possible as long as I had a great kitchen.

So, when I was looking around at apartments in Seattle's Capitol Hill recently and dreading moving into a lousy studio in some nice building's basement with an electric stove and a crummy refrigerator, I thought, wait a minute, Tynan's got a great kitchen in his RV. Time to put my money where my mouth is.

I've done a fair amount of work on it. The Community section of tynan.com is a perfect place to log this stuff. I'll post some status here in a minute.

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Sun, 25 Mar 2012 03:33:55 +0000 http://tynan.com/community/11323
Switching between QWERTY and DVORAK http://tynan.com/community/480068 After reading Tynan's post on it at the beginning of 2012, I switched over to DVORAK, and its worked out great. I'm pretty sure I type faster now, and I find it easier when writing code. The thing that messes me up lately is when I have to use other computers, like showing a family member something or at work. I sort of retained QWERTY in that when I look down at the keys, I can type at somewhat normal speed, but when I look away I lose it. It doesn't work too well though, and I end up with a lot of errors I'm not aware of cause I'm looking down. Also, I find that the more I try to reacquaint myself with QWERTY, it begins to mess up DVORAK. Any suggestions on retaining both without screwing up one or the other? Thanks

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Wed, 27 Aug 2014 05:46:46 +0000 http://tynan.com/community/480068