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I've been wanting to write this post for a while, but I've hesitated because I thought that it would only benefit the few of us with high end cameras. But when I finally got my Sanyo VPC-WH1, which is the video version of a point and shoot, I realized how important these concepts are, even on that end of the spectrum.
Like anything, understanding how photography works will make you better at it. This guide is intended for people without photography backgrounds who want to understand how to get the most out of their cameras.
Megapixels Don't Really Matter
I've been meaning to write about the Platinum Card for a while, but somehow haven't gotten around to it. That stops today! The Black Card gets all the press, but the truth is that the Platinum Card has most of the benefits and costs far less.
But it does cost, so let's get that out of the way. The annual fee for carrying a Platinum Card is $450, which means that you shouldn't get it unless you're actually going to take advantage of the benefits. On the other hand, it's not just a gimmick; it has real benefits that can save you money and time.
Product Replacement Guarantee
I'm always tempted to write about Radical Honesty, but I never do because I don't practice it. I don't lie, and will be radically honest when it's requested, but I don't offer it habitually.
(if you don't know what Radical Honesty is, it's the idea of saying what's on your mind-- always-- with no regard for social convention.)
Radical Honesty's opposite is Standard Dishonesty. Not the pathological lying or deception we encounter sometimes, but the polite withholding of feedback that we all practice on a daily basis.
Cruise lines are a really clever business. They do a lot of things that no other businesses do.
They seem like Typical American Corporations, but they're actually not. In fact, they're not American at all. They're offshore and they register their boats offshore, to avoid taxes. Before you go shedding a tear for Uncle Sam, realize that they fuel a whole industry that DOES get taxed (cruise agents) and that passengers pay port fees for US ports.
I just had an interesting conversation with an employee here who told me that they receive no income other than tips. Don't jump to the conclusion that she's spinning a story to get a tip from me-- she's a waitress at a different table, so my tips don't go to her.
I got a message the other day from a reader wondering what the best way to deal with the minor hassles of life is. Things like bill paying, errands, mailing in forms, etc.
I thought this was a good question, because I can remember back to a time when a huge part of my day was filled with this sort of stuff. It creeps up on you, and eventually it can get to the point where your to do list is an unending stream of unexciting routine tasks.
So, here we are. With a couple hours to go before I'm stuck on a boat with spotty and expensive internet, I've moved everything over to Tynan.net.
This site will be a combination of Better Than Your Boyfriend, Life Nomadic, and even Best in the Land. The posts for these blogs have been imported, and those sites will soon all redirect here.
The forums are still on the old domain, but they have the new look and will be integrated soon enough.
I made my first video with my new camera last night, talking about about my passport situation.
Enjoy. More (and more action packed) videos coming in two weeks or so, since I'll be on a boat without good internet access until then.
Maybe by definition, but not in spirit.
I've been thinking a lot about BTYB / LN over the past couple weeks, which lead to the survey from yesterday (please take a minute to fill it out if you haven't already). Tonight I had a conversation about all this with Carl Zetterlund, a long time reader who is doing a segment of LN with me right now.
So, I think it's time to make some changes. Here are the problems, as I see them:
Around this time last year I asked for readers to fill a survey. One hundred and thirty people participated and really helped me understand what readers are looking for.
I used to be obsessed with getting a lot of readers, but I've been thinking lately that connecting with my existing readers is a lot more important. This stems partly from the nagging feeling that people who come here aren't getting everything they want out of the experience. Still, they're coming back, which means that they probably feel like I have the ability to deliver it.
So this year's survey is to help me understand better what BTYB means to people. I've kept it as short as possible in the hopes that many people (that means you!) will take the time to fill it out. Feel free to write one sentence or pages,I will give every submission my full attention and consideration, and I often make changes based on a single person's opinion.
Right now there is someone who is going crazy wishing they could have something you have. Maybe it's your full head of hair, maybe it's your sneakers, or maybe it's your knowledge of cartography.
In fact, at this very moment every single thing about you is probably being coveted by someone else. How can you possibly be upset about anything when you realize that your entire life is being wished for in little pieces by millions of people all around the world?
Appreciating things is a lot easier when you don't have them anymore. I'm going on a cruise next week. I don't even think of the meals, the destinations, the pools, or anything else that the other passengers are looking forward to.