Living in a Tent in Someone's Backyard

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Bz5
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I have seen real world testing of an ebike with generator getting really high mpg. 120.

Less physical work means more mental work can be done. Being on the move constantly is difficult. I have been for a while with a really heavy clutch, driving this car is not relaxing, highly manual. I can only imagine on a bicycle that would make computer studies difficult.

The scheme is to do it long term. Avoiding big insurance bills and seeing terrain that would normally tucker out a human being.

Also, the further I go ainto territory, the less chance of discovery. That means I can pull this off longer. I will be doing something like this for 3 years max. I give myself 3 years to get 2 software jobs. My first initial to learn, and then the second one to trade up in funding.

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@ the animal:

I like it when people challenge my thinking. Ultimately I have a universal human identity. I adapt and change. I want to present my thinking to people so that they can tear it the fuck down. Whatever survives is a good map to face reality with.

I need it harsh.

Also, that's so you know my thinking could be valuable to you as well.

I learned from religion not to have magical thinking.



@unemployable:

I second the implied HUGE FUCK NO on Appalachia. The people up there are basically uncontacted tribes.


I don't want this (toothless sweet home alabama) version of curare around me or my stuff.


I just want to be alone with a pair of rats and study in solitude.

This list will help me

In my thinking:

I want a really tough off road bicycle. Thru axle style, with a Bafang mid drive, and solar gear and equipment. Will probably run me another 3000 or so. That's a lifetime buy.

I also want a really nice combat shelter. Runs me another 600 bucks.

I need some high tech gear to pull this off. BOCO YOLO

The biggest reason I am doing all of this is because I like my solitude, I study the best that way. I can do this the fastest method that way.

The second reason, is a car costs WAY more to replace. I optimized my car as far as I could take it without some sort of exotic powertrain. This thing is basically a 4 wheel motorcycle at this time.

I found a unicorn with low miles that was easy to fix and then optimized it from there to make it even easier to fix.

It cost me 18000 or more.

I learned quite a bit from the project and decided to not finish it. Because of these other calcuations that you see here.

I will post the end result of the project and what I learned soon for you all to see.

And all that functionality can still be taken out in an instant by another driver. That's the biggest problem with it.

Parts take forever to arrive. Off road bicycles built right probably won't need parts for the life of the bicycle.


It just hits really home that cars have no place in the ere journey in a serious manner.

Also,

I am aware that what I have been posting here may be construed as thread hijackment, however, I have been constructing a plan similar to Canoe's for a while now. I hope he finds these machinations useful.

If what I have posted is out of line, however, i will post it in my own journal instead.

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@Bz5
I once bought a car for 500.- and lived in it for 18month. It was really nice. It's expensive to repair, but cheap to replace. Just buy old cars and finish them. You're also much more stealthy than with a bicycle. You have a generator for your computer included in the car.

@Canoe
My girlfriend did this for 3 years.
There is no surprise that the keypoint was connexion. She met the right people trough a circus school. That might be something to look into in the city your targeting.

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Bz5 wrote:
Wed Nov 17, 2021 11:45 pm
I am aware that what I have been posting here may be construed as thread hijackment, however, I have been constructing a plan similar to Canoe's for a while now. I hope he finds these machinations useful.

If what I have posted is out of line, however, i will post it in my own journal instead.
I don't know how they OP feels but your posts feel fairly on topic. This forum has a long history of having no problem with thread hijacking anyway. I wouldn't worry about it.

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Post by Gilberto de Piento »

Take this with a grain of salt, I am not one to try unusual things (see my journal). That said, learning about programming / embedded tech and bike touring / living in solitude in the wilds seem at odds to me. Sometimes you can't do two things at once. I think you've said somewhere else that you don't want to be living in a car/in a tent/etc. forever. Maybe it would make sense to do a big bike tour and live in the woods in Hawaii for a season, then come back to the mainland and try to establish a more "normal" situation. You could carry a small laptop or similar on the bike and learn programming if you really wanted to.

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I am answering the questions as stated. It turned into a mini essay with diagrams. Uploading at end of day.

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Aberdeen WA, come as you are, as you were, as I want you to be

Never mind me but that part of the world had been very wet and windy as of late. It would be a better summer plan

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Bz5 wrote:
Wed Nov 17, 2021 11:45 pm
I am aware that what I have been posting here may be construed as thread hijackment, however, I have been constructing a plan similar to Canoe's for a while now. I hope he finds these machinations useful.

If what I have posted is out of line, however, i will post it in my own journal instead.
No worries! I'm loving it. I think we can definitely learn from each other here, although currently I'm a bit more tied down to a particular city in the short term. I actually arrived at the tent idea by going from "Maybe I should live in a car" -> "Numerous problems involving parking, bike storage, costs not actually much lower" -> "Do they have RV trailers but for bikes?" -> "Yes, but they're sorta expensive and I'd still need somewhere to park near enough to my work" -> "Tent in someone's backyard!"

I'm curious as to why you're choosing embedded systems programming in particular. Don't get me wrong, learning C is really rewarding since it doesn't hide things from you the way higher level languages do. In terms of job prospects though, it seems to me to have the following disadvantages over standard frontend or backend development, which I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on:
1. AFAIK there are fewer jobs here since it's more niche. On the other hand, there seem to be millions of JS jobs out there.
2. It seems like it might be harder to get a remote position than something more detached from hardware, since I'm assuming they'd want you to be in the same place as whatever devices you're programming.
Jean wrote:
Thu Nov 18, 2021 10:23 am
There is no surprise that the keypoint was connexion. [...] That might be something to look into in the city your targeting.
I think this is key. I've since signed a sublease on a room for December and January, and I'm hoping to use this as a home base to build connections and find something better (not to mention wait out the coldest months of the year).

By the way, if anyone is interested, I got one response to my Craislist ad: "Are you male or female?" No response after my reply.

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Might be well served getting your own tent, a few years ago I was looking at these:

https://montanacanvas.com/

Which may or may not have been less of a headache than getting an RV, but I only recommend this type of thing if you have a low-pressure job and/or work fully remote. Maybe a tent is easier than living in an RV and is probably way easier than living on a boat.

I still have the old RV which has shown the ability to drive several hundred miles in summer time but I did not try to stay in it during the Northeast winter. In the end I went back indoors. I got very violent reactions from women I dated and some of the places I tried to keep it below market rates wouldn’t have me anymore. I was spending too much time moving it around anyway and then took a contract in a state with a hot enough summer that I needed to shower 2-3 times a day, which I was not doing in the RV. It’s supposed to be sold off in the spring to a guy who owns land and is getting divorced but you can DM me if interested.

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I wanted to do something similar a few years ago, but more a la @Mikebos and buying cheap land.
viewtopic.php?t=4126

I think you could do it, but I don't think it would happen via something like Craigslist. More so through your community of friends and people in the community, meaning it will be far easier in an area where you know at least a few people versus moving to a new area and trying to do it.

There was a guy in North Carolina iirc who lived in his tent full time and blogged about it. I linked to it on the forum once and I'm trying to find the link and will post it later if I do.

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Well, I wrote the essay, and I realized that I wasn't optimizing for all criteria.

I am embarrassed to put it up here. I may at some point.

Essentially, what result it pushed out is that all my problems are social problems.

I need to finally trust and invest in flesh.

Thulsa Doom:
"Yes! You know what it is, don't you boy? Shall I tell you? It's the least I can do. Steel isn't strong, boy, flesh is stronger! Look around you. There, on the rocks; a beautiful girl. Come to me, my child... [coaxes the girl to jump to her death] That is strength, boy! That is power! What is steel compared to the hand that wields it?


It still is cheaper to live in a tent, and you better be able to if you lose your house, truck or rv. You better have that bicycle gear to make it around without a car until you get help from other humans.

Essentially it got me to understand the value of minaturizing necessary gear to only that which can be carried on a bicycle.

So that is the current project. When the gear is minimized to being on a bicycle, then when the abrupt changes happen between cars, nothing extra was acquired.

Russian doll from there.

I think that a car is needed for health reasons however. I was going to the gym in Wisconsin, and to work out of it until the winter began to become a problem. I felt great, and was showered frequently, had no trouble finding work.

That's what I learned from this mental exercise. (It's still open to more lessons, so still add them away. )

If one is to be yoked to a car, have a list of cars that you would buy that make sense.

Secondarily,

Have a list of houses that I can crash at. I have one so far. If I had twelve I could move every month.

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