C40's Journal

Where are you and where are you going?
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Post by fiby41 » Fri Oct 06, 2017 11:40 pm

Nice, is it a falcon or some other bird?

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Post by fiby41 » Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:34 am

Oh, nevermind. I jumped from the charts to the end of the post just skimming for information. Although I did click the tattoo pic at the end and read the complete blog post, there was no mention of what bird over there. Followed you on instagram though!

Its a falcon. Should improve my reading comprehension...

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Post by ffj » Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:27 am

Go big or go home, right? I'm not that into tattoos but I can appreciate good work as I've seen a lot of bad work. Your artist did a really good job.

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Post by Scott 2 » Sat Oct 07, 2017 12:42 pm

Sternum and collar bone - ouch!

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Post by C40 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:44 pm

Yeah, it hurt in those spots. It wasn't all the way onto the collarbone, thank goodness.

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Post by TopHatFox » Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:08 pm

C40 is attractive male human ;)

Nice blog too~

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Post by RealPerson » Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:47 pm

@C40 - Glad to hear your Spanish is coming along. How are you going about learning the language? I am interested in the specifics: books, software, apps, websites, etc. I am working on the same with Assimil. It is going pretty well but my conversational Spanish is still quite basic. The youtube videos are still too fast for my level of understanding.

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Post by Viktor K » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:38 am

Same, would like to hear more. Did you accept seasonal part-time work at a restaurant washing dishes? Or do you have a more nomadic method?

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Post by C40 » Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:45 am

@Viktor - nope, didn't do the dishwashing thing. Mainly because I've been moving around too much. Although now I've slowed down in Socal, so I could... But, see below. I haven't cared enough about it to study much, let alone search out a job.


RealPerson wrote:
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:47 pm
@C40 - Glad to hear your Spanish is coming along. How are you going about learning the language? I am interested in the specifics: books, software, apps, websites, etc. I am working on the same with Assimil. It is going pretty well but my conversational Spanish is still quite basic. The youtube videos are still too fast for my level of understanding.
Well, first, see this thread for advice form people who actually know what they're talking about: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=9229&p=150589

My Spanish is coming along poorly. It's a problem of motivation. I just haven't felt like doing it so I've spent very little time on it. I'm basically putting it off. I assume that as I get closer to going to Mexico, I'll be more willing to spend some time learning. I can learn vocabulary very quickly, so I suspect I'll pick enough of it up quickly enough. We'll see. I definitely won't be able to speak well at all, but hopefully I'll be able to get by well enough at the start, with extremely broken Spanish and gestures.

My method of learning so far has been to use Memrise (or something similar), plus a Frequency dictionary. I write down lists of words in a little notebook and study that periodically. I often take it with me when I'm going somewhere, and sit down for ~10 minutes at a time to study it. I feel like that will work well enough to get started quickly with learning words. But, I just need to do it.

I feel like the '15 minute spanish for your job' podcast that M741 recommended will work well for checking my progress on spoken comprehesion.

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Post by McTrex » Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:59 pm

Try Pimsleur, that works pretty well for me while driving.

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Post by mxlr650 » Sun Oct 22, 2017 2:07 am

C40 wrote:I assume that as I get closer to going to Mexico, I'll be more willing to spend some time learning. I can learn vocabulary very quickly, so I suspect I'll pick enough of it up quickly enough
To me learning vocabulary is like reading a math book or programming language book - good for rote learning with little hands-on benefits. Learning how to form sentences, using side-by-side grammar book helped me a lot.

I also seem to learn a lot by immersion, which is mostly driven by my curiosity towards etymology, usage context, and more importantly the interaction details that seem to cement remembering the sentence that I heard only once, even after years!! Without those memories its just all donkey work trying to do spaced repetitions..

Learning language should be fun like singing a song, and just this song sung by immensely talented Manu Chao that can teach you almost 50 Spanish words if sung from start to finish!

here is another one

you can also hear him come here

Good luck with your Mexico trip!

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Post by C40 » Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:48 am


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OCTOBER 2017
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MONEY

Bought some more camera gear. $700 for a really nice lens, and then $400 or so for a bunch of different small things. I think I’m pretty much set for now except that I may get one more lens for a few hundred dollars.

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Yearly running surplus
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Spending details:
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Spending should be lower over the coming months, except that I’ll be paying for van insurance (6mo) and health insurance (all next year) in the next couple months.



NEW BLOG POSTS:

I’d been testing out having a Patreon account and making some content for people that join up there (and give me some money).. The rewards there are a map showing all the places I’ve camped, plus some really detailed blog posts about the ins and outs of living and traveling in a van. Well, I didn’t feel like keeping on writing those detailed posts, particularly for a very small audience. I also didn’t feel like regularly promoting the pattern account. I’m in the process of moving the how-to posts over to my blog, and I may shut down the Patreon account altogether. Not certain yet..

Here are the posts I’ve moved so far:


VANLIFE HOW-TO: WHERE TO PARK AND SLEEP IN CITIES



HOW TO FIND FREE CAMPSITES (WONDERFUL ONES!)



I’ve also been wanting to do some different types of photography. The van and landscape pictures have gotten to feel a bit repetitive (particularly van pictures), so I’ve been spicing things up by shooting other stuff. I’ve started doing what I guess could call personal photography projects. My thinking is to shoot stuff that I’ll have a lot of fun with, and to shoot in ways that will help me improve my photography. I wrote about this a bit in my travels update post for September and October: California Dreamin’.

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Here’s the results of the first project I did, HAPPY AS A DOG AT THE BEACH

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GOAL PROGRESS


The timeline for these is basically up until I go into Mexico (which I expect to do in about a month)

INCOME STREAMS
— Execute current Instagram feature (Doing well)
— Get more Instagram product features - start with coffee-making (Haven’t pitched any but yesterday someone asked to send me coffee)
— Make some more shirt designs (A bit of progress. Not much. Been focusing on photography more)
— Make some more investing changes before going to Mexico
— Try out options trading (for some stocks I own and am considering selling) (Sold options on two stocks. I like it so far)

PREP FOR MEXICO
— Start learning Spanish (on 9/1) - (Started ~9/20. Making decent progress now… 11/3- Have stagnated because I don’t really care about it. Expecting/hoping I’ll focus on it hard in the last couple weeks before entering Mexico)
— Get to very basic communication in Spanish (by 11/1) (total fail. Just haven’t cared to)
— Learn about laws, camping rules, and safety (I need to find resources/info from people like me who don’t ever pay to camp)
— Research logistics (WIFI, cel service, mail, water, money, laundry) (some progress here from talking to a guy from the MMM forum)
— Start deciding where to go (Some progress. Got some great input from Ego, but now he’s making me consider going into the mainland instead of only Baja…. )
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Post by jacob » Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:55 am

* I'm semi-surprised that one can't/don't change perspective from 50mm to 100mm digitally yet. Seems to me that both the resolution and the computational power for ray tracing through virtual lenses should be there?

* Have you had a negative spending month on your hobbies yet? ;-)

* If you haven't researched the tax hassles of options trading in a taxable account yet (qualified dividends, gains, wash), do so asap, before you get surprised by complications.

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Post by C40 » Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:11 pm

jacob wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:55 am
* I'm semi-surprised that one can't/don't change perspective from 50mm to 100mm digitally yet. Seems to me that both the resolution and the computational power for ray tracing through virtual lenses should be there?

* Have you had a negative spending month on your hobbies yet? ;-)

* If you haven't researched the tax hassles of options trading in a taxable account yet (qualified dividends, gains, wash), do so asap, before you get surprised by complications.
#1 - on lenses. No. Technology is nowhere near close enough yet. The difference between focal lengths gets extremely complicated and in many cases, it wouldn't ever be possible to take a single picture from one focal length and be able to transform it to what a picture would look like when shot with a different focal length (because of perspective differences causing the needed parts of certain elements to not be visible, unless maybe for pictures where you can shoot, and then move the foreground (a person) out of the frame and shoot again. Also, sensors likely aren't large or dense enough to get enough data to do this well and still have a picture that could be printed at a decent size.

Camera technology is currently advancing the quickest for camera phones. The current iPhone is the closest thing to doing what I think you're talking about. It uses two lenses. It also uses software processing to identify the foreground element and then blur the background to simulate a lens with a shorter depth of field. It does have some effectiveness, but compared to the real deal, it looks like crap. (see this video, jump to 5:45 to get straight to comparison pictures. The video isn't very well-done, but you get the point. (consider here that in this portrait comparison, what one wants is for the background to be very blurred so that the subject is very separated from the background and stands out from it as much as possible)


#2 - Negative spending on hobbies. Yeah. Probably not for a while. I had a bunch when I was selling bikes a few years back. I also had months where my hobby income was like $500 and thus probably higher than hobby spending. I've had single months of negative total spending from selling hobby stuff. But IDK what would really count for your question here, as selling stuff on a certain month and considering it negative can just happen from timing and not from actually having money flow in overall.

#3 - shit.... Thanks for the heads up. I think I assumed it would work just like capital gains.

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Post by C40 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:05 pm

Hello from Mexico.

I'm halfway down Baja now. I've found some decent places to camp. So far I like the Cortez side better. People sure do throw a lot of trash on the ground here. So far I've been traveling with other people, but we're mostly all split up now and I'll be more on my own now. That will be better for my Spanish learning.

Spent like $1,000 in November. Should be less over the next couple months as I don't expect to buy much more than gas and groceries in Mexico.

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