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You Can Travel the World Full Time, All You Need to Do is Start

Travelling the world full time seems like an unattainable dream. Such an endeavour must be expensive, difficult to organize, and be filled with too many unknown risks to even contemplate?

In reality, the biggest barrier to living the dream is thinking it's all too hard, so you never actually start.

Vans, Boats, and Planes Van-Life Maybe your travel dream isn't quite as big as travelling the world?


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Meet Eamen and Bec, who live and travel around Canada and North America in a converted van that is their home. They vlog about their travels and partially fund what they're doing through a small Chai tea business they started.

The two are part of the Van-Life community and their channel covers both the highs and challenges that face people living in a van. It's a great …

Justin, LIve 24/7 - Where is Justin Now?

The most popular post on TETLife of all time is Watch Justin, live 24/7 (April 14, 2007) with almost double the number of page views (16174 views) of the second most popular post getpaidtodraw.com - Your Questions Answered (Note: getpaidtodraw.com no longer exists if I just piqued your interest).

Both posts are from 2007 (FYI this site dates back to 2004) but no other post has come close to my article reporting on the establishment of Justin.TV, which would go on to evolve and merge into one of the biggest live game streaming networks, Twitch.

Justin.TV, in its original form, was a single live stream of co-founder, Justin Kan's daily life as he set up a technology site that would make it easy for anyone to live stream. Kan wore a webcam on his hat everywhere he went and popularized the term 'lifecasting' as he broadcast his daily life.

At the time I wasn't all that impressed with the idea, stating that most people's actual daily life isn't something you'd …

Super Sonico Cartoon Sitting Girl with Swimsuit Model Toy - RED - Product Review

I was not familiar with the Anime character Super Sonico created by Tsuji Santa of the Japanese computer and video game software company, Nitroplus, as the mascot for Nitroplus' annual live music festival event "Nitro Super Sonico".

I was actually looking through the GearBest website for another Anime character and liked the look of this particular display figure enough to add it to my cart. (It also helped that the figure was on sale at a significant email only discount at the time).

This particular version of the character features Sonico dressed in her Santa Cape and Swim Suit  complete with holiday trimmings. The hood/cape can also be removed and replaced with Sonico's headphone wire and trademark, long pink hair.

When my purchase arrived I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and detail. Having since discovered the Anime character (and also TV series) the figure is based upon I can say it's a fairly faithful depiction of Super Sonico.

Standing (or is tha…

Halloween - The Door-to-Door Salesperson of Holidays

Halloween isn't really a thing in Australia but over the years it's been gaining momentum thanks to variety and party hire stores that stock up on all things spooky for the occasion.

I dread Halloween every year because I never know if this is going to be the year some wide eyed group of costumed up kids is going to knock on the door and yell 'Trick or Treat' at me. A truly scary thought.

Halloween is a fantastic idea for a holiday, completely ruined by the tradition of going door to door for treats. If you or your family does this, I sincerely hope you never knock on the door of houses that a) You've never met the owner in any capacity and, b) are clearly not participating in the festivities demonstrated by their lack of any Halloween decorations at all.

If you're like me you probably hate door-to-door salespeople, a practice that has thankfully decreased but is still employed by phone and power companies from time to time. There's nothing worse than peop…

Yukino Yukinoshita Figurine Cartoon Figure Doll Model Desk Ornament Toy Gift - MULTI-A - Product Review

I must admit I was not familiar with the Anime character Yukino Yukinoshita, from the Japanese book and TV series My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU. I bought this figure because I was browsing for one that looked similar to an Anime avatar my partner used for a time on social media.


What actually sealed the deal for me to purchase, aside from how similar the character looked, was the little panda (Pan-san) with the black star eye, which I felt gave the whole figurine set a bit of an edgy look.

When my purchase arrived I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and detail. Having since discovered the Anime TV series the figure is based upon I can say it's a fairly faithful depiction of Yukino.

Standing (or is that sitting?) at 14.00 x 15.00 x 14.00 cm / 5.51 x 5.91 x 5.51 inches the figure is an ideal size for displaying on a desk or bookshelf without taking up too much room. The 1/8 scale allows for a good level of detail, particularly in the characters clothing which, despite being P…

Kevin Smith's Tusk (2014) and Yoga Hosers (2016) - Movie Review *Very Minor Spoilers*

It may seem somewhat redundant to be talking about Tusk and Yoga Hosers four and two years after their respective release dates but there is still one more movie to come (Moose Jaws) in Kevin Smith's True North trilogy so you're going to want to revisit or view them for the first time at some stage before that film (if you have any interest in it of course).

Both films are not highly regarded by critics and probably polarize even Kevin Smith fans since they're not exactly along the lines of Clerks but you can see some pretty broad hints of Smith's leanings toward weird comedy horror in Red State.

Even Kevin uses these two films as self deprecating punching bags for his film career. It's not that he thinks they're bad films, he just recognizes the silly weirdness doesn't give them broad appeal and therefore they often get poor reviews.

Full disclosure, I'm a Kevin Smith fan but, whilst I've been wanting to see both of these movies for a while, Kevin…

Is Daily Uploads Hurting Your Subscribers?

One thing I think we can all agree on is the internet can be a cause of information overload. Consuming too much information might be a source of stress for anyone trying to keep up with all their interests.

An obvious example is YouTube. Many content creators on that platform feel a need to engage with their audience on a daily basis in order to not to lose momentum and to keep their channels growing. But is it really necessary, and could daily uploads be hurting rather than helping their channels?

I haven't studied the figures so I can only pose my question based on personal experience as a YouTube consumer. However, it's unlikely that I'm alone in how I interact with my channel subscriptions so the question becomes, are there enough people like me to suggest daily uploads could indeed be hurting your subscribers.

Currently I'm subscribed to 67 YouTube channels. Which I suspect isn't that many compared to someone who doesn't limit their time on Youtube to a …

BEILEXING Autocycle Style ABS Cartoon Building Brick - 378pcs - COLORMIX - Motorcycle kit Product Review

The first time I saw the Beilexing Brick Motorcycle Kit I thought it was nothing short of stunning. I'm not even a fan of motorcycles in general but the detail of this set and how much it captured the spirit of a real world motorcycle really impressed me.

Then I saw the set cost considerably less than a similar sized kit from the Lego Technic range I just couldn't pass it up.

When the kit arrived it did not disappoint. Made from ABS plastic the bricks are fully compatible with, and are of comparable quality to, official Lego bricks. I did notice that the tires and chain links seemed a little less sturdy than their Lego equivalents but beyond that you'd be hard pressed to say the quality of the parts wasn't almost as good.

The model is 35.00 x 10.00 x 6.00 cm / 13.78 x 3.94 x 2.36 inches in size and should be no trouble for intermediate to advanced builders to construct with a clear, and easy to follow instruction manual.

A sheet of decals is included for you to stick …

Random Face Sketches to Robot Warrior Character Design

Continuing on from my last post about the value of drawing without purpose, my latest video unintentionally demonstrates the point again.

I set out to try and come up with something to draw for my next skateboarding/art video but didn't have any ideas in mind so I just started drawing faces. By the end of the session I had six very different faces drawn on a page in my sketch book.

Why Drawing Without Purpose is an Important Skill for Artists

I watch quite a lot of artist channels on YouTube and one thing that is common to many of them is that each new video sets out with the goal of creating a piece of finished art. Even if the artist is just doing something 'rough' in a sketchbook, by the end of the video that 'rough drawing' will look like a finished artwork ready to be framed and hung on a wall.

In my latest two art videos I unintentionally demonstrated why not sitting down to create a piece of finished art every time is also an important part of any artists practice.

The Extraordinary Tourist YouTube Channel Gets a Mini Make-Over

Following on from my previous post, Peter McKinnon, and Learning to Love Creating Video Again, I spent some time giving my YouTube Channel page a minor makeover to better reflect what my channel is about (art and skateboarding) and what my video release schedule is (aiming for a new video every Tuesday and Saturday).

Most of that is reflected in my channel art based upon tips for designing your YouTube channel that I got through being subscribed to Roberto Blake's channel. If you're trying to start, and/or grow a YouTube channel, or just trying to find a way to earn money online using the skills you already have, Roberto gives plenty of useful free advice, as well as linking you to resources to help you out.

Movie Opinion: Let's Talk About Indiana Jones Movies (Probably Spoilers)

I love the character of Indiana Jones played by Harrison Ford. Recently I bought a DVD box set of all four Indiana Jones movies so I could finally have them in my film collection.

With Indiana Jones 5 ramping up production, and set to be released in 2021 (after being pushed back from 2020) it seems like a good time to look back at the previous four films.

I won't be reviewing each film. Chances are, if you're reading this, you've either seen them, or decided not to see them based upon the reviews when they were released. I just had some thoughts about each film for discussion.

Movie Review: Ant Man and the Wasp (2018) *Spoiler Free*

Marvel's Ant Man and the Wasp is a good movie. Like the first movie in the series it follows after a big Avengers 'event' movie and serves to again remind audiences that smaller stories (no pun intended) can be just as entertaining.

It's no spoiler that the main plot of this film is Dr Hank Pym's (Michael Douglas) attempts to rescue is wife and former Wasp, Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer). Along the way a few other things from the past threaten to jeopardize the rescue and ultimately stop it from happening at all.

Peter McKinnon, and Learning to Love Creating Video Again

For much of my life I've been interested in filming video. As soon as I was able to afford it, I bought my first video camera - somewhere in the very early 1990's.

The thing is, I don't have a passion for cameras, and I'm not driven to make any particular kind of film. I just feel, shooting video is something I want to do.

I also have no interest in being a camera person for someone else's content. I know I have my own voice and things to share (if my blogs are anything to go by).

IGTV - Vertical Video Done Right by Instagram

I am not a huge fan of vertical videos because they are reduced down when played in a standard horizontal format player, so it can be hard to see the detail. Usually vertical videos have black blocks on either side. It feels a lot like your watching the video from a neighbouring dark room through a narrow door frame. Also you don't get as much width in your shots making it hard to frame all of the action.

Instagram TV (IGTV) basically says 'so what' to all of the above. You can access IGTV through an icon menu item on the Instagram app (or I think you can install it separately).
You'll be taken directly to the IGTV app where the first video in your stream will automatically start playing (usually with the sound off) after first seeing some old style TV static to give that authentic 'television' like experience.

Book Review: The Great Pain Deception: Faulty Medical Advice Is Making Us Worse - Steven Ray Ozanich

Stephen Ray Ozanich's book, The Great Pain Deception: Faulty Medical Advice Is Making Us Worse is one of the few books that can be described as life changing for many people who've read it.

If you've struggled with any kind of long term/chronic pain that numerous doctor's visits have failed to fix, or even recognize that there is anything actually wrong with you (as in my own case), then this book may just be what you need to read.

The cover of the book lists numerous medical conditions. If you suffer from any of them (or have been told that's the condition you have) then this book may just give you the tools you need to manage that pain, and perhaps even rid you of it altogether.

Movie Review: Solo - A Star Wars Story (2018) *Spoiler Free*

Solo - A Star Wars Story is one of those prequel movies you could watch prior to seeing Episode IV, A New Hope (if you're one of the few who've never seen the original trilogy) and it would fit right in. In fact, you'd probably enjoy Solo a lot more if this was your first introduction to the character, and even the Star Wars universe.

Unfortunately, if you're very familiar with the character of Han Solo from all the other films, Solo - A Star Wars story is a bit like watching a retelling of a story you pretty much already knew.

Jimmy Barnes - Working Class Man Book Tour (2018)

Jimmy Barnes is a singer/song writer many Aussies have grown up with. He's from that generation of seventies and eighties Aussie rock that grew out of the Australian Pub scene, where many of our most famous musical artists began.

In recent times Jimmy has written two books about his life, Working Class Boy, and Working Class Man. I will confess I haven't read either, but I did buy both books for my partner who is a far more of a Jimmy Barnes fan than I.
Almost quite by chance I saw Jimmy was touring his second book as a show titled Jimmy Barnes Working Class Man: An Evening of Stories and Songs. I figured if anyone had interesting stories to tell it was Jimmy, and I knew I'd get heaps of points with my partner if we booked tickets to go.

Movie Review: Deadpool 2 (2018) *Spoiler Free*

Deadpool 2 is a fun black comedy on par with the first film. Right now I can't really say one is better than the other but I can say they're equally as good.

Before seeing Deadpool 2 I watched the first movie. My take is, if you do like the first one better, much of that is down to never having seen a Deadpool movie before, and then having that film just knock it right out of the park. (I feel the same about the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. The first one has the edge because I'd never seen that kind of movie before with those characters).

Mintaro Maze, Mintaro, South Australia

The Mintaro Maze is a garden hedge maze that was originally planted by the Morris family in 1995.

How complex you find it will depend on how good your sense of direction is. It's not the largest of mazes but it is big enough to disorientate and have you second guessing about whether you've followed a path already.

Movie Review: Avengers: Infinity War (2018) *Spoiler Free*

Ten years in the making and Marvel finally releases part one of the Avengers versus Thanos, A.K.A. Avengers: Infinity War.

After seeing all 18 films in the MCU prior to this, and liking most of them, I was pretty confident this movie would not disappoint.

Other than a few minor issues - that are all my personal taste and in no way reflect on the quality of the film - it really delivers. Thanos is indeed the big, bad villain of the MCU that we've been antcipating.

Re-watching the Marvel Cinematic Universe - My Favourite Is? (Spoiler, it's Iron Man 2 and here's why)

In preparation for Marvel's Infinity War I decided to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie going way back to 1978's Superman through to 2017's Justice League... ahhh.... got ya! Just wanted to see if you were paying attention. (Though if you don't know what's wrong with what I just wrote, what are you even doing here?)

I actually went back and watched all the MCU movies (only movies, not the TV/Netflix series) starting with Iron Man (2008) through to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017). The last three films, Spider-Man Homecoming (2017), Thor Ragnarok (2017), and Black Panther (2018), I don't yet own copies of on DVD or Blu-ray (but I will be rectifying that soon). I didn't re-watch them because they're still pretty fresh in my mind.