Tynan http://tynan.com Life Outside the Box en-us Fri, 10 Jul 2020 19:59:08 -0700 http://sett.com Sett RSS Generator Book is on amazon in a week or two....Please give me your honest opinion of my cover!!!!! http://tynan.com/community/39276 ]]> I am pleased to announce that my first book will be available on amazon in about a week: ) This is my official cover from createspace.com, I am just waiting for the formatting to be finished....

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Sat, 08 Dec 2012 14:12:10 -0800 http://tynan.com/community/39276
How I quit sugar http://tynan.com/community/31224 I decided to quit sugar when I learned that it was the main reason for my acne.  First I experimented with quitting sugar for a week to see if acne would clear, it did.   I have tried limiting my sugar intake before by not buying any sugar products and only eating sugar if it was offered to me for free, but this quickly fell apart because I would be simply too addicted.  So using clear skin as my main motivator and concentrating on that, I decided just to quit once and for all. 
I thought about my highschool english teacher who was allergic to sugar.  I thought about how back then I felt bad for him, but now I wish i was allergic to sugar.  Thats when I had my brilliant idea: why can't I be allergic to sugar.  From that thought on, whenever I came across a situation where I was offered sugar, I would tell them that I was allergic to sugar.  Since these situations came often I pretty much told everyone I was allergic to sugar and couldn't back out without getting caught and looking like liar.  
It worked.  I quit completely and started telling the truth instead: "I was telling people i was allergic in order to quit sugar".  My friends found it humorous that I took such extremes to quit and was shocked that I wanted to.  I no longer needed to lie to them and telling them what I was doing had the same motivational effect as telling them I was allergic since I was already a month in.

A few tips and pointers:

I've found that a good substitute for dessert is an Americano (no sugar added) with a little bit of milk.  The milk helps the bitterness of coffee.  But now I just drink it black and it tastes good. Also, Tim Ferris talks about a method where he binges and then downs a cup of coffee after.  Apparently coffee somehow mitigates bad food.   I have tried it after a sugar binge and found that I did not gain acne the next day.  

Also, think about how much money you save by not eating sugary snacks.  Allow yourself to buy good food from nice restaurants whenever you want from that saved money.  Tell yourself, I can eat gourmet meals now because I don't eat sugar.  

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Wed, 12 Sep 2012 14:17:14 -0700 http://tynan.com/community/31224
PCs on a stick - The Future of Travel Computing? http://tynan.com/community/30021 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?

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Wed, 27 Jun 2012 08:27:50 -0700 http://tynan.com/community/30021
Language Learning http://tynan.com/community/460731 Hey all,

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!

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Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:22:30 -0700 http://tynan.com/community/460731
Writing Partnership http://tynan.com/community/113623 Hey all,

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.

Adair Lara, the author of "Naked, Drunk and Writing" suggests sending your writing once per day to another writer, who then highlights all the good parts he or she sees in your piece, and makes constructive comments throughout the paper/essay/writing piece.

Here's what would happen: I write something, you write something, and every day, we exchange what we wrote via e-mail. Then, we provide feedback for each other's writing, and return the feedback before the following morning.

So, we're looking at a commitment of between 30-60 minutes per day, depending on how long you like to write. I write for 30 minutes, and it will take me another 10 to read through a short piece and highlight the parts I like, so for me, it's 40 minutes of responsibility per day.

And, on the plus side, I normally write about traveling, so, at the very least, you'll get to read a few interesting travel stories.

If every day is too much of a commitment, we can always discuss scaling it back.

Let me know!

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Fri, 21 Feb 2014 05:39:26 -0800 http://tynan.com/community/113623
Best Travel Deal Websites http://tynan.com/community/44158 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.

SkyScanner - this site is great for comparing flight prices from different travel agencies. I've been able to find better prices than on Kayak or other American sites for flights departing from Europe.

FlightFox - this is a crowdsourcing site in which other people compete to find the best possible fares for your flights. I've never used it myself, but it could be very useful if you have a complicated itinerary. Those of you who are travel veterans could probably make some money there.

What are your favorite travel deal websites? 

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Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:15:50 -0800 http://tynan.com/community/44158
What are the best sites to watch for deals? http://tynan.com/community/11845 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).

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Tue, 22 May 2012 09:04:19 -0700 http://tynan.com/community/11845
Merino Wool shirts at a discount at Wool & Prince (compared to Ice Breaker) http://tynan.com/community/106194 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

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Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:10:32 -0800 http://tynan.com/community/106194
Anyone know a good place to park RV in Portland, OR? http://tynan.com/community/57736 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).

Thanks guys.

PS: @Ty, if this is the wrong use of the community area, slap my wrist and I'll take it down.

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Wed, 24 Jul 2013 22:08:15 -0700 http://tynan.com/community/57736
We're selling our Rialta for $3k (bad transmission, highly modified) http://tynan.com/community/1175085 Hey there,

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.

You can see photos and our blog from when we were living in it at http://www.HipsterGypsies.com

Email me at christian@glitchfilms.com if you're interested.

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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:10:23 -0700 http://tynan.com/community/1175085