Tynan http://tynan.com Life Outside the Box en-us Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:09:39 +0000 http://sett.com Sett RSS Generator 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
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Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:21:34 +0000 http://tynan.com/community/533222
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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Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:39:18 +0000 http://tynan.com/community/482141
New SETT Blogs http://tynan.com/community/42181 Hey guys, I'd like to stop by your site and connect with all the new SETT bloggers getting started since the launch.   Post your URLs!


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Sat, 26 Jan 2013 15:30:09 +0000 http://tynan.com/community/42181
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
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
Any there deals on wool clothing going on currently? http://tynan.com/community/157111 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.

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Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:18:29 +0000 http://tynan.com/community/157111
Live below your means: Plan, Budget, and be Disciplined http://tynan.com/community/461686 I haven't always been the best at budgeting my money. I have had to learn the hard way when it came to getting into debt, and then taking many years to pay it off.

Many people gave me advice when I was young, but it was just simple sayings and off the cuff advice. I wasn't "trained" on how to control my finances. The clichés like "Don't spend more than you make" and "Don't buy something on credit unless it is a house/car" and "A fool and his money will soon part" were spread around. Those sayings were like "Don't go out on a cloudy day without an umbrella". We all have got caught in the rain on some days.

I saw this article in the news yesterday:

More than a third of US adults pursued by collection agencies

Our society is credit happy. We live for today and want immediate gratification. When you are getting into debt, you don't realize that the interest is piling up, and there will be all types of fees when you don't pay on time.

Here are my tips from what I have learned the hard way:

1. Learn as much as you can about budgeting and planning. The Dave Ramsey course is very good. One principle is to have an emergency fund. It isn't IF an emergency is going to happen, it is WHEN is it going to happen.

2. Be disciplined. Stick to your goals and stay on the course you plan. You won't be any happier after you buy the new flashy products. If you can wait just a while, somebody will probably give that product to you for free when they upgrade to the next new product.

3. Think long term. Whenever you have a thought about buying something, take 24-48 hours to decide. Think about if this purchase will really matter to you in the long run.

4. Birds of a Feather, Flock Together: If you hang out with big spenders, you are likely to fall into the trap of spending big. Choose you pals wisely.

The one thing I hated about being in debt was the constant phone calls from collection agencies. It was annoying.

I always respected my parents for being hard workers, and keeping their head above water. Although, they never had a "system" for handling their money. They made what amount they could, and spent it as it came in. They didn't buy on credit and didn't try to live big. It seemed that talking about money systems was voodoo.

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