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  2. As I understand is there are still a lot of nuggets to be found, however to go 'nugget shooting' you need much more specialized equipment... I suspect beaches are still a good place to find the occasional modern day treasure..
  3. Take a look at any Desert Magazine after the mid 1950s and you will see many ads for metal detectors. They caught on big by the 1960s and every unprotected ghost town became a target and were stripped of the majority of their treasures. I suppose today the odds of finding anything really neat is about like trying to strike it rich by gold panning the streams of the Mother Lode today. The free gold and relics were gone after the first big wave of those searching.
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  5. El Polvo

    I Have Been Gone For A Long Time

    That’s precisely what my father in law did, he, a first gen american of italian descent, had survived the great depression and lived WAY below his means. He saved and scrimped, he put off and waited, his bank account was huge then his heart failed him and he died on the operation table as they tried to save him. What I’m saying is live for today and if disaster hits, survivors are gonna survive. I was never a school boy, i had a lot of problems as a youngen, but my advise to any youngen today is the more knowledge you got the better off you are. School is important. The fancy cars are nice, the fancy house is nice with the pool in the back but you can and will survive if you have to without them. For sure the shitstorm will hit again.
  6. SteveHazard

    I Have Been Gone For A Long Time

    My biggest life mistake has been not knowing enough early enough to identify and avoid the certain cancerous personality types. The damage certain people can cause extends far beyond your wallet. Facebook I think is the site I have ALWAYS disliked. They've always wanted you to register to just view half the stuff on there and the stuff you can has the sign up/login box covering half the screen and this is because they are in the business of data mining you and essential using or selling that information. Not that other platforms do not also do this but I always got the feeling that Facebook was designed to do this first. At least that has been my impression as a non user that avoids using it and doesn't have a real account there.
  7. I've only used borrowed detectors, but I find it lots of fun. It's really an ear-training hobby more than anything else. When I've been able to borrow one, I've found all sorts of neat stuff. A friend of mine, using the exact same model (I was borrowing his spare) found a commemorative medal of the US Pacific Squadron's 1903 voyage at Seven Troughs. The stuff is out there for sure, definitely requires some time and effort though. Lots of junk gets dug up, but when I would pull out YET ANOTHER CAN, I'd have fun with it, show it off, explain it was a 'late '73 Pepsi can, the only year they had blue #54 instead of blue #53 on the can, etc. It's what you make of it, I suppose.
  8. desertdog

    I Have Been Gone For A Long Time

    The advice given a century ago is the advice my father gave me, and the advice I'll give my kids. Go to school, work hard, don't spend your money on stupid crap. Save as much as you reasonably can and invest wisely where you can. When the shitstorm hits, and we all know it will again, use your brains to make money and use your saved money frugally to weather the storm.
  9. Spent 3 hours driving to a location yesterday only to have to turn around after getting to a section of road my Armada couldn't handle... gotta get that UTV!

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  11. David A. Wright

    I Have Been Gone For A Long Time

    I am glad I am retired. My parents both grew up during the Depression and instilled in me principles that still work well today. My wife and I simplified long ago, even though we were making very good money. TV programs try to convince me that I should allow the big financial companies to manage my money; on my side of the table I can see through their sham and their "help" is all for them to help themselves to what I spent a lifetime earning. And on and on and so on and blah blah blah. Bob, I recal you mentioned you simplified, a big plus. I certainly do not have my finger on the pulse of the internet so am no expert. But my point is to take simple measures to protect yourself and family. I haven't a clue as to your day to day circumstances, but another tidbit of advice. I perceive you are in a whirlwind of activity in your quest. Don't let it burn you out, nor make you loose sight of the big picture. In my quest to make a name for myself as an author and historian, I got caught up in a two decade long whirlwind and burned myself out. I made mistakes that cost me a lot of money and didn't help me one bit achieve my goals. I still have a name but few come knocking. And at this point in my life it don't matter any more. So my point is pace youself. And don't get so wrapped up in your quest that you loose sight of the important things and/or see danger coming.
  12. El Polvo

    I Have Been Gone For A Long Time

    Way back in the ‘70’s when I worked at a steel mill I thought I had a steady job. When Henry J Jr. decided to liquidate we lost it all and the early 80’s had a bad economy. People were lined up a block for a McDonalds job, no kidding. House, vehicles etc., were gone in a flash. When and if it happens to you, (if it already hasnt) I think you will be the type to pick up the pieces and rebuild like I did. I also found out that material processions are nice but not essential. People always say they need this and need that but in reality, people think they need luxuries
  13. You're 100% correct David, you gotta always have a plan B and keep a savings for when things turn bad ... not if, but when. I couldn't agree more and I don't think you're being a spoil sport, just realistic. Job insecurity is a reality no matter what industry you're in, even the auto industry, which is a multi billion dollar a year industry and makes tangible items, had to be saved by big government during the last recession. My wife, who was a public school teacher (which was supposed to be a recession proof job), was laid off due to budget cuts during the great recession. She was playing it safe by getting a "recession proof job" ... No job is safe today. Job security is a thing of the past for the most part. It's always best to hope for the best, but plan for the worst. There is no doubt that YouTube could be gone tomorrow, but that's why you have to make sure you also have built up a brand on other social media and build a brand that is bigger than your YouTube channel. This is also where savings comes into play because no matter what industry you decide to make your living, it can always be gone tomorrow. Heck, I have heard of YouTube terminating people channels with no explanation as to why. YouTube is not a secure source of income, and they don't give a damn about the creators on the platform. Some things to consider though. YouTube has been around for 13 years and is the most popular platform for young kids. Instead of growing up with cable TV, today's kids are growing up on YouTube. It's the future, and although it could easily be knocked off the pedestal of top dog like MySpace was by Facebook, there doesn't appear to be any real competition at the moment. YouTube aka Google has a pretty solid grip on the video industry with their ready to go ad program, but Facebook (which we are now starting to upload our videos too) is giving YouTube some competition in this area. The advertisers on YouTube are large corporations, the same ones who have been advertising on cable television. I don't think any of them stopped advertising on TV during our last great recession. Sure, they may cut back some on advertising, but Cable TV survived the last recession, and they make money by selling ad space. YouTube is the new TV of the younger generation. Google as ads that are very easy to see results. Unlike TV, you can tell when anyone clicks on your ad, you can create a sales funnel and tell when your ad produces a single sell. Companies continue to advertise because no matter how big they are, they need to sell products. In order to sell, you gotta remind people what to do, and you gotta remind them about your products. That's why large corporations like Coke and Pepsi continue to spend millions of dollars every year to sell products. Even though they are a large company, they still have competition, new products they need to let the masses know about, etc. Judging by the history of advertising, I don't think that's ever going to change. TV has made it through all the previous downturns in the economy, and I think YouTube will be able to weather the storm when it hits. I could be wrong, but I think they will survive. I don't know if my post made it sound like I had it made, because I don't. I am still in the struggling phase and working on trying to break through. I am working on diversifying my income sources, working on building a brand, and more. I am nowhere near where I want to be. I am saving like crazy because after Christmas, revenue drops and I have to be ready for that like every year. I gave up everything I had to try and do something I love to do for a living, and it seems like it may work out. It may not, but at least I will never have to wonder "what could have been". I gotta enjoy it while it lasts because it can all be gone tomorrow.
  14. El Polvo

    Sky Photos

    What are you shooting with? Thats kinda what I did here. Also, it’ll pick up the red glow from the miops trigger app on my phone too
  15. SteveHazard

    Sky Photos

    That's really cool that you just paint the object for a moment with a little hand held light. I'm going to have to do some experimenting.
  16. David A. Wright

    Sky Photos

    I’ve seen some interesting lighting where the photographer “painted” objects with a flashlight.
  17. braindead0

    I Have Been Gone For A Long Time

    +1. The only constant in life is change.... entropy always wins in the end...
  18. El Polvo

    Sky Photos

    Thanks to both of you guys. I’ll run a list for you of must haves and what to do. I used on this last photo a Canon 6d mkii and a sigma 20mm f1.4 art lens. You can use any camera with a “bulb” function and a lens of f2.8 or faster. Step one is a VERY VERY EXTREMELY STURDY tripod Step two is a good shutter trigger for your camera (mine is a Miops trigger) You can get one from any camera store or even amazon. Step three is pick a good subject, focus it, and turn OFF auto focus Step four is ISO settings. My ISO here was 1600 and my f1.4 exposure time was 20 seconds its important to note that i am constantly adjusting my ISO setting and exposure time between shot NOW THE BIG SECRET: my camera has no flash, if yours has one shut it off. My secret artificial lighting sorce is . . .shhh (whispering . . my iphone light) I just flashed it and stuck it in my pocket to squash the light. Thanks much dave, no, a full moon would have blown it out, it was a waxing cresent last night (17-20%) when this photo was taken. But yes, i just more or les waved the light source for an extremely short time.
  19. David A. Wright

    Sky Photos

    Nice shot, El. I believe you are looking at a near or full moon in the clouds. Simply flashing a strobe unit at any point in an open exposure shot will fill the foreground.
  20. David A. Wright

    I Have Been Gone For A Long Time

    Hate to be a spoil sport, but I’ve been on earth long enough to see lots of cultures, countries, regimes, jobs, brands, economies and fads come and go. No matter how good you think you have it now, keep something in reserve and keep a Plan B ready because the next big thing is going to come and your current big thing is going to go. Yes, many have become obscenely wealthy on Internet offerings. An example is among the group of wealthy young people who recently bought Cerro Gordo ghost town is a young Bohemian type who became wealthy by cleverly spinning a certain type of mushroom into a Internet sensation and has people lining up to buy his magic mushrooms for huge amounts of money. But by and large the things I’ve seen people grow wealthy on have no substance, no real value, thus not sustainable when the economic bubble bursts or even slowly deflates. Magic mushrooms will be the least thing on people’s minds when they suddenly find themselves scrambling to figure out how they are going to keep from loosing all the toys in their toy boxes as well keep hold of things of real value and purchase basic necessities. Modern life and economy is becoming more based on 1s and 0s speeding along at the speed of light. At some point a 1 or a 0 just might derail and this whole house of cards will collapse. I’ve seen it before. I might live long enough to see it again.
  21. SteveHazard

    Sky Photos

    I'm curious of the process too, these are absolutely amazing by the way. My windmill pic in my avatar is about the extent of a cool sky pic I've gotten. Looking at these is making me wonder how cool a picture of it would be started earlier with a light on the windmill.
  22. braindead0

    Sky Photos

    Indeed... Can you explain the process? I'm curious how you get all that into the picture. From the foreground I'm guessing a light source is involved in some way.. some sort of fill flash during a long exposure? Or trade secret? 😉
  23. El Polvo

    Sky Photos

    Thanks much Bob
  24. Bob

    Sky Photos

    Wow El, that's an amazing shot!
  25. braindead0

    I Have Been Gone For A Long Time

    It's a strange world we live in 😉
  26. El Polvo

    Sky Photos

    Hey, been a little busy the past yr , yr and a half . Hope everyone is good . This photo was taken tonite Dec 11, 2018. NO POST EDITING
  27. I can attest to the ability to sell on YouTube, if you have a product, YouTube is a great way to sell it and create a brand for yourself ... no matter how small your channel is.
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