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Another Day on the Job

July 14th, 2013

View from the office

 

So many trails – so much rain… and not the dog kind. Due to today’s torrential downpours, I am trapped inside instead of on a trail with my pup like I should be. It’s OK. There’s lots of work to be done and the view from the office isn’t too bad. The sounds of birds chirping, the stream below, and hail on the roof make for a superb work soundtrack.

 

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Better Than Cubicle Chatter

June 27th, 2013

Office view at High Island Beach, TX

 

It seems like all we do anymore is work. Today, we are perched up on an old decrepit highway listening to the waves crash just a few feet from our door as we code the day away. Tomorrow is going to be a long day. We are going to launch a new version of FreeCampsites.net. Silly Johnny always wants to work 20 hrs on his b-day.

 

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Ducked Out

May 6th, 2013

We are currently hiding far, far from civilization trying to get some projects done. We thought if the only way to get to this campsite was to travel 60 miles down a sand road that requires 4×4, there wouldn’t be any distractions. We were mostly right. A large group of off duty border patrol rolled in today. They were pretty sad that this waterfront campsite was taken. Before they said that the were federales, we said it was cool if they camped in our spot with us for a day or two. Now that we know… well, after all the hassling and accusations that they put us through this winter (for just being), they are lucky that we haven’t burnt them out. Just kidding. Mostly. Hehe.

Anyway, before I got ranting, I was mainly posting to let our friends know where we have been for the past couple of weeks and that we will be answering phone calls and responding to emails in about two weeks when we hit our deadline. Love you guys! Hope to see some of you on the east coast this year. Until then here’s a sand castle/sculpture from our last (beach front and free) campsite.

Imagine John Lennon in sand

 

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Weather APIs

October 8th, 2012

Which weather? Here’s a comparison.

http://www.hamweather.com/products/aeris-api/
750 requests/day
3 requests/second
15-day forecast
15+ endpoints
Aeris Web – JavaScript/PHP
Standard support

http://www.wunderground.com/weather/api/d/pricing.html
Calls 500/day 10/min
10-day forecast summary
Hourly 1-day forecast
Satellite thumbnail
Dynamic Radar image
Severe alerts
Tides and Currents
Tides and Currents Raw

Weather.com
$19.99/mo
TruPointTM Current Weather Conditions
3-Day Data Forecast
3,000 Monthly Data Requests
English Language

http://www.worldweatheronline.com/free-weather-feed.aspx
Upto 5 day weather
Current conditions
Weather by date
City and Town
UK Postcode
US Zipcode
Latitude/Longitude (decimal)
Airport (IATA code)
IP Address
XML/JSON/CSV weather
99.9% uptime
Advert free
Email/Forum support
Commercial/Non-commercial Use
500 request per hour

The Necessary Evil

November 11th, 2011

Over on our facebook page, Sean asked “Out of curiosity, where does the money to live come from? Even living inexpensively would seem to cost money, food, gas, repairs, etc..” I started to reply there, but it got way too long.

Hi Sean,

First, I have to ask: Do you work for the IRS?

Well, the money comes from a variety of places. We work camp on occasion. That usually gives us a few grand a year. Work camping, if you don’t know, is were your employer supplies your campsite and utilities in addition to paying you your regular wages. We also have a couple of websites, like FreeCampsites.net, that generate ad revenue. Lastly, there are our savings. In our previous lives, while we had good careers and well paying jobs, we didn’t live lavishly. We were two renter DINKs. That left us with a decent cushion for this adventure.

Johnny Hiking Bryce Canyon, Utah

We save money on hair cuts, too!

Most of all, we live on the cheap! We don’t EVER pay for camping. On average, we have traveled about 12,000 miles a year. This year we have only driven around 6,000 miles. We cook all of our meals even down to making our own bread and yogurt. We try to average about $1000 in expenses a month. That’s everything, including auto and health insurance.

We try to do all of our own repairs. When the bottom of our camper fell off, it could have cost us several thousand to have an RV shop repair it. Instead, Johnny did it for less than $200. When our wheel bearings went out, we replaced them as well as the ball joints. However, we aren’t as brave as our friends over at Raven’s Roads. Unlike them, we didn’t rebuild our transmission while on the road, we bought a new one when ours gave up the ghost. We’re not that cool!

We could easily work camp year round, like our friends The Gypsies Townsend who never touch the blessed nest egg, and have plenty of left over cash, but we aren’t going that route. At the moment, we are enjoying lots of free time and working on web development in hopes of creating a sustainable lifestyle. Which, in all honesty, it isn’t at this moment. It’s getting there, though.

Even though I have a web log, I am a private person when it comes to money, sorry if my answer is a bit vague.

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