Monday, November 26, 2018

Liked on YouTube: Extreme Minimalists Living Full-Time in a Pickup Truck Camper

Extreme Minimalists Living Full-Time in a Pickup Truck Camper

MAK & Owen are a couple of super talented designers who are currently living in the camper shell of a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. They're minimalist adventurers who love the freedom that vehicle-dwelling provides, and they're in their 3rd year of life on the road. The Tacoma is their 3rd home on wheels, preceded by a Westfalia and a Toyota Sunrader; and soon to be replaced with a truck camper that they hope will be "the one!" We met these two amazing people around the campfire at Go-Van's El Campo meet up in Quebec City, 2018 and we couldn't get enough of their enthusiasm and their stories from the road. Definitely give them a follow to keep up with their travels across Canada and the US: MAK is a freelance graphic designer, and Owen does freelance motion graphics. You can check out their super inspiring & original work here & here: Keep an eye out on the Go-Van website to find out about El Campo meet ups in 2019! Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------- Blog: Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives ------------------------------------------------------------- SUBTITLES AND CLOSED CAPTIONS ------------------------------------------------------------- A very special thank you to our subtitle and closed captions contributors! If you would like to contribute subtitles or closed captions to an Exploring Alternatives video, please click here to see which ones need your help: To learn how to create and submit subtitles and closed captions, check out this YouTube info page: If you would like credit for your subtitles, translation, or closed captions in the description of the video, please email us with your full name, the language of your translation, and the video title that you worked on. You can email us at: ------------------------------------------------------------- SPONSORS ------------------------------------------------------------- We occasionally include paid sponsor messages/integrations in our videos to help fund the channel. We do our best to work with companies and organizations that offer products or services that are in line with our values, and that we think would be interesting and useful to our viewers. We will always disclose if we’re promoting products that were given to us for free, or if we’re including a sponsored message in our video. For business or sponsorship inquiries, please email us at ------------------------------------------------------------- VIDEO CREDITS ------------------------------------------------------------- Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives. Editing Credits: Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives Filming Credits: Mat of Exploring Alternatives
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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Liked on YouTube: Cussing in Front of Kids :: S2 E15

Cussing in Front of Kids :: S2 E15

The Live Work Wander crew's time in Bozeman is over and they're heading towards more northern climes: Canada. They get held at the border, Jorge needs a bra, meet some new friends and Jessica catches a Hummingbird. This one is a goodie. Awesome Locks for the Doors Delorme InReach GPS Device Recess Theory Album: ***** CAMERA GEAR WE USE ** Main Camera :: ** ** Secondary Camera :: ** ** Third Camera :: ** ** Fourth Camera :: ** ** Drone :: ** ** Main Microphone :: ** ** Second Microphone :: ** ********** GEAR WE LOVE ** ARB Awning :: ** ** ARB Air Compressor :: ** ** Renogy Solar Panels :: ** ** Gas Cans :: ** ** Phone Holder :: ** ** High Lift Jack :: ** _____________________________ Shout out to the Musicians whose music helps us tell our story: *** The Deli *** Julian Avila *** Recess Theory
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Friday, November 9, 2018

Liked on YouTube: New Suzuki Jimny SUV 2019 - see why I love it... but you might not!

New Suzuki Jimny SUV 2019 - see why I love it... but you might not!

This is the all-new Suzuki Jimny. When it comes to design, it’s hard to find a better-looking small 4x4 than the Jimny, and the latest edition is doing as much as possible to stay true to the original, unique design. But in 2018, with the small SUV market so saturated, does the Jimny have what it takes to seriously compete with the competition? Join Mat and see for yourself as he puts this new Suzuki SUV through its paces! Instagram – Facebook – Twitter – Refer A Friend – Awkward haggling is a thing of the past with carwow. Choose your perfect car with our configurator tool and let the country’s best dealers compete over you. Compare the five best offers by price, location and dealer ratings and choose the one that’s right for you – no hassle, no haggling, just a great deal. Visit our site to save money on your new car – Oder auch in Deutschland Geld beim Autokauf sparen –
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Friday, November 2, 2018

Liked on YouTube: How The Haunting of Hill House Ending Was Nearly Much Darker! (Nerdist News w/ Jessica Chobot)

How The Haunting of Hill House Ending Was Nearly Much Darker! (Nerdist News w/ Jessica Chobot)

Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House had plenty of dark, tense, and horrifying moments, but it could have had an even more sinister ending. How? Jessica has the spooktacular details (WITH SPOILERS) on today's Nerdist News! Would you have preferred a different ending? Let us know in the comments below! Subscribe for more Nerdist News: Watch the last episode at: More on this story: More TV: Watch more Nerdist News: Follow Us: Facebook Twitter Instagram Nerdist News Jessica Chobot Dan Casey Kyle Hill Nerdist News 5 days a week, Monday through Friday. Image: Netflix #hauntingofhillhouse #netflix
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Liked on YouTube: Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House - Hidden Ghosts, Book References & Most Shocking Moments

Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House - Hidden Ghosts, Book References & Most Shocking Moments

If you've finished watching The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix, here are the hidden ghosts and references to the original book you may have missed, plus the most shocking moments of the first season! Warning: Spoilers! Enter our giveaway and subscribe to Universe for a chance to win a Thanos Funko Pop! Subscribe to GameSpot Universe! Follow Us - Like Us -
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Liked on YouTube: THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE Ending & Ghosts Explained!

THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE Ending & Ghosts Explained!

We explain all the ending and all the ghosts found in Mike Flanagan's "The Haunting of Hill House". Skip to Ending Explained: 7:03 Follow me on Twitter: Help me translate this video: #TheHauntingofHillHouse #HillHouse #Netflix
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Liked on YouTube: Camping the Grand Canyon - Lifestyle Overland EP17

Camping the Grand Canyon - Lifestyle Overland EP17

Sunrise at Sublime Point and more north rim shenanigans. HOW WE AIR-DOWN AND UP: DISPERSED CAMPSITE: HOW WE NAVIGATE: Gaia GPS App - BONUS CONTENT: Join our Patreon Community for GPS data and Bonus Features! STORE: Merch Store: MUSIC: Intro Soundtrack - Kyle McCuiston Music Video Soundtracks by Epidemic Sound FOLLOW US: Lifestyle Overland Blog: Instagram: Facebook: ABOUT US: We are a small family of full-time overlanders, actively exploring all of North America. Our mission is to encourage and educate others who desire to venture away from civilization and experience a more adventurous side of life. Our hope is that we would inspire others to find their own passion in overlanding the great outdoors. ===THE GEAR WE USE=== Tents and Awnings - Deflation and Inflation - 66L Snomaster Fridge - LED Headlights and Fogs - Zamp Solar Panels - Turtleback Trailers - BE PREPARED: Primary First Aid Kit - Secondary First Aid Kit - Fire Extinguisher - COMMUNICATIONS: Mobile Ham Radio - Hand-Held Ham Radio - CB Radio - Garmin InReach - Personal Locator Beacon - ELECTRONICS: Samsung Tab S2 Tablet - Bluetooth OBD Reader for App Usage - POWER: 120W Zamp Solar Panel - 100W Zamp Solar Panel - APPS: Torque Pro App - CONVENIENCE: Toilet - Privacy Tent - 12V Dual Fans - COOKING: Coffee Grinder - Coffee Pot - Griddle - CAMERA GEAR: Lumix GH5 w. 12-60MM Lens- Lumix 100-300MM - Lunix 7-14MM - Microphone - Sound Recorder - #grandcanyon #camping #overlanding
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Liked on YouTube: VW/T3/Vanagon/Syncro - Kiental Mountain Wilderness

VW/T3/Vanagon/Syncro - Kiental Mountain Wilderness

Because there are many reactions to the video, I‘like to say a few words. I didn’t expect that many people would watch the clip as I made it to share with friends. But I‘m happy nevertheless:) All the roads and tracks in the video are legally drivable, a part is an old farm-track . We try to take car of the environment as much as possible. If we encounter trash at a spot, we collect it and carry it down to the town. If we see people nearby, we ask permission to stay and if we have the feeling that we disturb anybody we‘ll leave. Of course we do not leave any remains of a fireplace or anything. I also know that we‘re using an old bus wich uses more fuel than a modern one. We use it only for those trips and take public transportation for everyday travels.
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Happy Holidays vs. Merry Christmas

My take on the debate
Defining the American Experience

I live in the Untied States, and I’m a religious person, Christian to be more specific. Every December however we have a huge debate, is it Happy Holidays, or Merry Christmas?

Personally, I don’t care. Merry Christmas is a term I expect to hear on December 24 and 25. For the entire season, starting in November, Happy Holiday is perfect! I feel vocabularies are important, the origin of words, how they are used, why we use specific words, that all matters.

The origins of Happy Holidays simply mean Happy Holy Days. That perfectly sums up the special days in November, December, and January. We start in the US with Election Day, the first Tuesday of the month. It’s a day that is different from all others, as we partake in the function of our representative democracy. That is a Holy Day for our nation and should be celebrated.

Second Holy Day is Veterans Day. On November 11th every year, we set aside a day to remember and thank all those who laid down or risked their lives to ensure our nation and what it stands for is a beacon of light to others.

Next on our list is Thanksgiving, which was originally a day of fasting, and Prayer of Thanks to God, later it turned into a feast, but always kept its focus on reflection and prayer. The tradition dates back to 1789 by a proclamation of George Washington, it commemorates a feast by the Pilgrims in 1621, it also marks one of the busiest days of travel, so families can be together for dinner at least one time a year, It also kicks off the economic engine of the final holy day of the year.

In December, the last month of the year, there is a feeling of closure. While there is a collection of religious holidays in December, I want to talk about Christmas specifically.

Christmas is a secular holiday; it was founded and based on other ancient rituals, and adapted by the Christian church in an attempt to entice others in following Christ, but America built Christmas in it’s own image.  Just to be clear, there is no evidence for the day, or the season of the Christ’s birth. The early Church leaders where not concerned with this stage of Jesus’s life. From reading the accounts in the New Testament, it is fairly clear that it took place in the spring or early summer, not December 25th. There is an early tradition that Christ’s birth was around the time of Easter, for several saints it was believed that they were crucified on their birthdays.

As a nation we built Christmas into a celebration of family, Faith, Good Will, and Charity. It is an accumulation of the American experience more than anything else, and closes the year with a celebration of excess. From showering our children with gifts, to large family feasts, to large gatherings of friends for parties. The season is more about good times, than religious remembrance.

A week later, on January 1st, we celebrate the New Year, a fitting end to the Holiday season; it ends the time of house parties, family gatherings, and the debate of whether we say Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas.

So why do we fight about it?

Conflict creates passion. Everyone wants to be connected to something bigger than themselves. We all call it something different. Different church denominations, Theists, Atheists, take your pick. The conflict between groups creates a passion to talk and argue for and against our differing views; it really is just another expression of the American experience.

If you haven’t read up on the History of Christmas here is a great breakdown by

History of Christmas Editors

Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion. Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. December 25–Christmas Day–has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1870.

An Ancient Holiday

The middle of winter has long been a time of celebration around the world. Centuries before the arrival of the man called Jesus, early Europeans celebrated light and birth in the darkest days of winter. Many peoples rejoiced during the winter solstice, when the worst of the winter was behind them and they could look forward to longer days and extended hours of sunlight.
In Scandinavia, the Norse celebrated Yule from December 21, the winter solstice, through January. In recognition of the return of the sun, fathers and sons would bring home large logs, which they would set on fire. The people would feast until the log burned out, which could take as many as 12 days. The Norse believed that each spark from the fire represented a new pig or calf that would be born during the coming year.
The end of December was a perfect time for celebration in most areas of Europe. At that time of year, most cattle were slaughtered so they would not have to be fed during the winter. For many, it was the only time of year when they had a supply of fresh meat. In addition, most wine and beer made during the year was finally fermented and ready for drinking.
In Germany, people honored the pagan god Oden during the mid-winter holiday. Germans were terrified of Oden, as they believed he made nocturnal flights through the sky to observe his people, and then decide who would prosper or perish. Because of his presence, many people chose to stay inside.


In Rome, where winters were not as harsh as those in the far north, Saturnalia—a holiday in honor of Saturn, the god of agriculture—was celebrated. Beginning in the week leading up to the winter solstice and continuing for a full month, Saturnalia was a hedonistic time, when food and drink were plentiful and the normal Roman social order was turned upside down. For a month, slaves would become masters. Peasants were in command of the city. Business and schools were closed so that everyone could join in the fun.
Also around the time of the winter solstice, Romans observed Juvenalia, a feast honoring the children of Rome. In addition, members of the upper classes often celebrated the birthday of Mithra, the god of the unconquerable sun, on December 25. It was believed that Mithra, an infant god, was born of a rock. For some Romans, Mithra’s birthday was the most sacred day of the year.

In the early years of Christianity, Easter was the main holiday; the birth of Jesus was not celebrated. In the fourth century, church officials decided to institute the birth of Jesus as a holiday. Unfortunately, the Bible does not mention date for his birth (a fact Puritans later pointed out in order to deny the legitimacy of the celebration). Although some evidence suggests that his birth may have occurred in the spring (why would shepherds be herding in the middle of winter?), Pope Julius I chose December 25. It is commonly believed that the church chose this date in an effort to adopt and absorb the traditions of the pagan Saturnalia festival. First called the Feast of the Nativity, the custom spread to Egypt by 432 and to England by the end of the sixth century. By the end of the eighth century, the celebration of Christmas had spread all the way to Scandinavia. Today, in the Greek and Russian orthodox churches, Christmas is celebrated 13 days after the 25th, which is also referred to as the Epiphany or Three Kings Day. This is the day it is believed that the three wise men finally found Jesus in the manger.
By holding Christmas at the same time as traditional winter solstice festivals, church leaders increased the chances that Christmas would be popularly embraced, but gave up the ability to dictate how it was celebrated. By the Middle Ages, Christianity had, for the most part, replaced pagan religion. On Christmas, believers attended church, then celebrated raucously in a drunken, carnival-like atmosphere similar to today’s Mardi Gras. Each year, a beggar or student would be crowned the “lord of misrule” and eager celebrants played the part of his subjects. The poor would go to the houses of the rich and demand their best food and drink. If owners failed to comply, their visitors would most likely terrorize them with mischief. Christmas became the time of year when the upper classes could repay their real or imagined “debt” to society by entertaining less fortunate citizens.

An Outlaw Christmas

In the early 17th century, a wave of religious reform changed the way Christmas was celebrated in Europe. When Oliver Cromwell and his Puritan forces took over England in 1645, they vowed to rid England of decadence and, as part of their effort, cancelled Christmas. By popular demand, Charles II was restored to the throne and, with him, came the return of the popular holiday.
The pilgrims, English separatists that came to America in 1620, were even more orthodox in their Puritan beliefs than Cromwell. As a result, Christmas was not a holiday in early America. From 1659 to 1681, the celebration of Christmas was actually outlawed in Boston. Anyone exhibiting the Christmas spirit was fined five shillings. By contrast, in the Jamestown settlement, Captain John Smith reported that Christmas was enjoyed by all and passed without incident.
After the American Revolution, English customs fell out of favor, including Christmas. In fact, Christmas wasn’t declared a federal holiday until June 26, 1870.

Irving Reinvents Christmas

It wasn’t until the 19th century that Americans began to embrace Christmas. Americans re-invented Christmas, and changed it from a raucous carnival holiday into a family-centered day of peace and nostalgia. But what about the 1800s peaked American interest in the holiday?
The early 19th century was a period of class conflict and turmoil. During this time, unemployment was high and gang rioting by the disenchanted classes often occurred during the Christmas season. In 1828, the New York city council instituted the city’s first police force in response to a Christmas riot. This catalyzed certain members of the upper classes to begin to change the way Christmas was celebrated in America.
In 1819, best-selling author Washington Irving wrote The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon, gent., a series of stories about the celebration of Christmas in an English manor house. The sketches feature a squire who invited the peasants into his home for the holiday. In contrast to the problems faced in American society, the two groups mingled effortlessly. In Irving’s mind, Christmas should be a peaceful, warm-hearted holiday bringing groups together across lines of wealth or social status. Irving’s fictitious celebrants enjoyed “ancient customs,” including the crowning of a Lord of Misrule. Irving’s book, however, was not based on any holiday celebration he had attended – in fact, many historians say that Irving’s account actually “invented” tradition by implying that it described the true customs of the season.

A Christmas Carol

Also around this time, English author Charles Dickens created the classic holiday tale, A Christmas Carol. The story’s message-the importance of charity and good will towards all humankind-struck a powerful chord in the United States and England and showed members of Victorian society the benefits of celebrating the holiday.
The family was also becoming less disciplined and more sensitive to the emotional needs of children during the early 1800s. Christmas provided families with a day when they could lavish attention-and gifts-on their children without appearing to “spoil” them.
As Americans began to embrace Christmas as a perfect family holiday, old customs were unearthed. People looked toward recent immigrants and Catholic and Episcopalian churches to see how the day should be celebrated. In the next 100 years, Americans built a Christmas tradition all their own that included pieces of many other customs, including decorating trees, sending holiday cards and gift-giving.
Although most families quickly bought into the idea that they were celebrating Christmas how it had been done for centuries, Americans had really re-invented a holiday to fill the cultural needs of a growing nation.

Christmas Facts

                      Each year, 30-35 million real Christmas trees are sold in the United States alone. There are 21,000 Christmas tree growers in the United States, and trees usually grow for about 15 years before they are sold.
                      Today, in the Greek and Russian orthodox churches, Christmas is celebrated 13 days after the 25th, which is also referred to as the Epiphany or Three Kings Day. This is the day it is believed that the three wise men finally found Jesus in the manger.
                      In the Middle Ages, Christmas celebrations were rowdy and raucous—a lot like today’s Mardi Gras parties.
                      From 1659 to 1681, the celebration of Christmas was outlawed in Boston, and law-breakers were fined five shillings.
                      Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the United States on June 26, 1870.
                      The first eggnog made in the United States was consumed in Captain John Smith’s 1607 Jamestown settlement.
                      Poinsettia plants are named after Joel R. Poinsett, an American minister to Mexico, who brought the red-and-green plant from Mexico to America in 1828.
                      The Salvation Army has been sending Santa Claus-clad donation collectors into the streets since the 1890s.
                      Rudolph, “the most famous reindeer of all,” was the product of Robert L. May’s imagination in 1939. The copywriter wrote a poem about the reindeer to help lure customers into the Montgomery Ward department store.
                      Construction workers started the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree tradition in 1931.