The Airstream Chronicles

The Airstream Chronicles

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Welcome to the Airstream Chronicles. This podcast will cover a variety of topics on mobile life, mobile tech, and things that catch my interest. I’ve been a full time RV’er for over a decade now living in an Airstream, and I work from my Airstream as well. This show will cover RV topics, mobile tech suited for RV’ers and highly mobile people, and general interest beyond just living in an Airstream. So if you’re interested in mobile tech talk, remote work, Tiny Home living, and random stories that I share feel free to subscribe and follow along. Music licensed through https://bit.ly/2AcOxst Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-airstream-chronicles/support


Don’t Panic - It’s most likely spam mail
Mar 12 • 14 min
A new tactic in trying to separate you from your money, or just another iteration of the same old scam. Somehow people really want to take your money online by hacking you, or pretending you hack you. This morning I got a call from an old client who was…
I think I’m hitting Social Media Burnout.
Mar 4 • 11 min
Social media is becoming too much for me these days. I think I’m going to simplify and stick to this podcast and my YouTube Channel. Speaking of YouTube, here’s the link I promised in the show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cvJiA4oUqU&t=62s —- Support…
Is the RV Living Video Market Oversaturated? It might be.
Feb 27 • 18 min
A new episode. Hooray. Excuses aside, it’s been a very busy week since the last podcast. When things slow down I think the updates will come more often. Today we talk about the RV Living video market space. Specifically we’ll be talking about the group…
Tech talk Tuesday on a Wednesday
Feb 20 • 11 min
Yes I’m struggling with doing a daily podcast. Getting back into the routine, but it’s still taking a little doing. Courses from AZ Drone •3D Drone Modeling for beginners: https://bit.ly/2qWR0zE •Drone Photography and Editing: https://bit.ly/2wx0Rz9…
The Podcast is Back!
Feb 18 • 11 min
Missing for 2 weeks. Who would have thought it. In today’s show I explain where I’ve been, and why the podcast has been so silent. Courses from AZ Drone •3D Drone Modeling for beginners: https://bit.ly/2qWR0zE •Drone Photography and Editing:…
Tech talk Tuesday. Are Rv park WiFi companies relying on our ignorance?
Feb 5 • 14 min
Continuing along from my network rant the other day. Work is progressing slowly here, but it is progress. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-airstream-chronicles/support
Sometime RV Resort WiFi ………. You fill in the blank!
Feb 4 • 24 min
We’ve talked about it before, and here we are again. Mobile internet connectivity. Currently I’m in Casa Grande Arizona. I’m staying at one of the parks I’ll be working with this week. I decided to sign up for a week with Airbeam for WiFi in the park.…
Since I missed Friday’s podcast I thought I’d catch you up on the trip today!
Feb 3 • 8 min
The Airstream has left Prescott for a week or more. This is a business road trip but it should be interesting and fun too. Stay tuned. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-airstream-chronicles/support
Ah the life of mobile people. Another tech talk Thursday podcast from the Nissan Titan.
Jan 31 • 9 min
Where will the next podcast be recorded from? Tune in to find out! —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-airstream-chronicles/support
Airstream Trip Prep
Jan 30 • 11 min
On Friday February 1st 2019 the Airstream’s tires will be rolling again. Where to? Give a listen to the podcast and find out! Courses from AZ Drone •3D Drone Modeling for beginners: https://bit.ly/2qWR0zE •Drone Photography and Editing:…
Podcasting from a parking lot
Jan 29 • 6 min
Live from the Titan —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-airstream-chronicles/support
Fulltime RV and Tiny Home Living - An honest talk
Jan 23 • 15 min
Full time RV living and tiny home living. Big topics these days. So, after 10+ years of living full time in an Airstream I have a few thoughts. Courses from AZ Drone •3D Drone Modeling for beginners: https://bit.ly/2qWR0zE •Drone Photography and Editing:…
Video games on the road? Yes indeed!
Jan 22 • 11 min
Technology has changed so much over the past few decades. Where I used to spend my childhood evenings on the lake with family and friends playing board games and card games, today we find folks in front of portable computing devices “gaming.” Is this a…
Preparing for the Casa Grande Trip - Small business out of the Airstream
Jan 21 • 8 min
Last week was a lost cause on this podcast. Sorry. Settling in to the new digs. February is coming up fast, and that means a visit to 2 client locations! And time back in the Airstream. Courses from AZ Drone •3D Drone Modeling for beginners:…
Unbiased Tech Reviews
Jan 17 • 10 min
I’ve started getting requests for product reviews here and on my YouTube Channel. Neat! Now, how do these reviews work? What happens if I give a bad review? We’ll talk about that in today’s episode. Courses from AZ Drone •3D Drone Modeling for beginners:…
The sound of color
Jan 15 • 12 min
Visual media is everywhere. The web is full of still photos, portfolios, YouTube Videos, movies, and more. Have you ever wondered if you’re seeing this media the way the creators intended it to be seen? There are many video and color settings out there…
The Abandoned Airstream
Jan 11 • 10 min
Okay, the Airstream isn’t abandoned, but I have been feeling some guilt over moving out of it. It’s been my home for over a decade. All week long I’ve come up with excuse after excuse to go and pay it a visit. I’ll adjust, I’m sure. And there will be…
Can I make money with Drone Job Websites
Jan 10 • 13 min
There are many drone job websites out there for Part 107 Drone Pilots. The big question is pretty simple. Can you make money with these websites, or are the client requests undervaluing your work? The answer? It depends on where you’re located I believe.…
Tech Companies and Customer Care…or lack of care
Jan 9 • 19 min
These days it seems like many tech companies are “getting to big for their britches.” Do people still say that? Well, today I have a positive experience to share about the tech company Anker. Great customer support, and confirmation that I will continue…
Every time I hear “AI” I fear Skynet
Jan 8 • 13 min
Seriously……Skynet. It’s only a matter of time, the machines will take over. Fortunately, if you look at the Artificial Intelligence software today you’ll feel secure in the knowledge it’s not any time soon. Companies touting “AI” features aren’t really…
Making a small business website is easy, right?
Jan 7 • 22 min
Here we are back to the regular schedule for the podcast! And we’re recording from the new studio room. So, last week I had a conversation with one of my Udemy students about web building. She realized that my class (Wordpress & X Theme for Beginners)…
Is Apple Doomed To Fail - Probably not!
Jan 4 • 12 min
Apple’s latest announcements have scared investors and tech pundits alike. But let’s think for a moment. Apple isn’t losing money, they’re just not pulling in as much as they thought they would. They’re still profitable. So, what’s with the big concern?…
Recording the podcast from a new location
Jan 3 • 8 min
Yes, the first podcast in the new studio. I think there’s a little echo but we’ll get that worked out. Courses from AZ Drone •3D Drone Modeling for beginners: https://bit.ly/2qWR0zE •Drone Photography and Editing: https://bit.ly/2wx0Rz9 •Lightroom…
Starting out 2019 right! I won a half million dollars according to my email!
Jan 2 • 10 min
Ah 2019, I’m loving you so much already. Apparently according to an email address I don’t know, I’ve been selected to receive $500,000.00! What a way to start the New Year off. I’m sure there will be some strings attached, but I’ve got to go for it,…
The New Year is here! Big changes are coming to the Chronicles this year!
Jan 1 • 13 min
Well, the podcast is back from the Christmas and New Years break. And I’m ready to share a lot of changes and projects in 2019. Both here and on my YouTube Channel things will be changing and growing, and I hope you’ll continue to follow along. So, what’s…
The schedule is changing for the Holiday Season!
Dec 20, 2018 • 7 min
Over the next week or two this podcast will be a little inconsistent. It’s time to kick back, relax, and enjoy our time with friends and family. This doesn’t mean no podcasts will occur, but they will be less frequent through New Years. We’ve also got…
Handholding in the creative process - Are Presets the death of creativity
Dec 18, 2018 • 13 min
I’ve been learning a lot from the feedback of several of my online courses. Some students really want you to walk them through the exact process of website layout. Others want to get information about how to build their websites, and then branch off…
Everything old is new again! New life for an old Macbook Pro
Dec 17, 2018 • 13 min
It’s amazing how some things last and last. In technology that’s not usually a thing. But when it comes to older Apple products you can really find long lived systems out there. I can’t say the same for recent Apple products unfortunately. Last week it…
Tech Talk Friday - Honest online reviews
Dec 14, 2018 • 22 min
Yes, I missed yesterday’s podcast. But that’s okay, today’s makes up for it I promise. Today’s episode is also number 99! One away from one hundred! This morning I watched another overview of Luminar with Libraries from a favorite photographer. And I…
The Random Podcast - Distractions all around me!
Dec 12, 2018 • 8 min
Yeah, focus is going to be fun today. Construction outside, chilly inside, and so many little projects today. Since I’ve got so many little things to do today I’ll keep this episode short. This is the 98th podcast created here on Anchor since July 25th.…
Tech Talk Tuesday - Luminar 3 Photo Editor - An audio podcast for a visual program
Dec 11, 2018 • 21 min
Can you really do an audio review of a photo editing program? Sure you can. I’ve been working with Luminar for quite some time now. And as an editor I really enjoy the software. The latest feature which will be available in a few short days is a new…
An Audio and Visual Podcast from the Airstream Chronicles
Dec 10, 2018 • 13 min
Over the weekend I spent some time working with the new Luminar 3 photo editing program. I’ve been looking forward to the new version, so I ended up recording 3 videos about the good stuff and the bad stuff. And that work over the weekend inspired me to…
Web Design, Graphic Design, Social Media, & SEO are not all the same thing!
Dec 7, 2018 • 26 min
Before getting into today’s show notes I want to share an anniversary with you. 45 years ago on December 7th, 1973 my mom underwent the start of her bone marrow transplant. She would have died without it. So on the anniversary of her transplant I wanted…
Tech Talk Thursday - Solar Power for your new RV
Dec 6, 2018 • 13 min
Today’s episode was inspired by visiting many RVs yesterday while waiting on my Airstream repair. So many new RVs include solar pre-wire setups. But the question is, are these solar setups good enough to run all the amazing tech inside new RV’s? The short…
A new hot water heater for the Airstream
Dec 5, 2018 • 6 min
Fingers crossed that the new hot water heater is trouble free. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-airstream-chronicles/support
Tech Talk Tuesday - Wordpress 5.0 is coming!
Dec 4, 2018 • 17 min
Big software updates always make me a little nervous. Back in 2016 a major update to a software package I use for web development broke every website I tried it on. Turned out the developer didn’t fully beta test the update, and it cost me weeks of my…
Episode 91 - The Start of December
Dec 3, 2018 • 10 min
December of 2018 is already here. 2019 is just around the corner. Wow has this year gone by fast. By the way, we’re at episode 91 now. Crazy, right? Today I’m spending a short amount of time talking about Ancor’s newest addition to this podcasting…
An Odd Week At The Airstream
Nov 30, 2018 • 15 min
Let’s face it, this has been an odd week here at the Airstream. A great Thanksgiving, cold temperatures, hot water heater problems, and a little Carbon Monoxide poisoning have made this a strange week for me. Today’s episode I spend a little time talking…
A Cautionary RV Tech Talk Thursday. Check your detectors!
Nov 29, 2018 • 11 min
This is an embarrassing tale about not paying close attention to your RV maintenance. Honestly, the events of the past few days could have killed me. So for listeners here I have some simple advice. •Check your smoke detector. •Check your propane…
Check your RV detectors! Carbon monoxide poisoning is no fun.
Nov 28, 2018 • 3 min
Just give a listen. I’ll be on the mend. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-airstream-chronicles/support
Black Friday & Cyber Monday - So many reasons to un-sub from email lists
Nov 27, 2018 • 13 min
My inbox has been over flowing with special deals. “Only 5 hours left….only 4 hours and 45 minutes left……” You get the idea. I’m thinking that we’re going over the top with these emails, and they’re actually turning me off to companies that I like! Have…
How much does it cost to develop an App?
Nov 26, 2018 • 17 min
That’s the question I was asked yesterday. I always enjoy open ended questions like this. Well, not really. Questions always come to mind. “What does the app do? Do you want it on iOS and Android? Is it an interactive app? Is it a location based app……?” I…
Black Friday 2018 - E-mails and special deals in my inbox!
Nov 23, 2018 • 14 min
I get a lot of email every day. But today??? Yeah, Black Friday sales are coming at me fast and furious! I’m staying away from the stores today. How about you? Today’s plan is simple. Continue enjoying the holiday weekend, finish watching “The Gauntlet”…
Thanksgiving 2018 from The Airstream Chronicles
Nov 21, 2018 • 7 min
Today’s podcast is a short one. Enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday everyone! •Free Drone 3D Modeling course for the next 25 signups: https://bit.ly/2Q6dwEs •Check all of my Udemy Courses in 1 location: https://bit.ly/2QXCYJz Online Classes •Share better…
E-Learning from Anywhere! Learn new skills from your RV, Home, Apartment and more!
Nov 20, 2018 • 20 min
My first experience with E-learning took place in the early 90’s as I learned about how the Internet worked while it was still developing. And over the years I’ve used Lynda.com, Udemy, YouTube, and other platforms to learn about subjects I was interested…
Blowing up Granite and Bending iPads….Fun times, fun times.
Nov 19, 2018 • 14 min
A late episode, but an episode all the same. And the news in today’s podcast was very interesting to me. First, the Daily Courier (local newspaper) had a story about widening Route 89 through the Granite Dells. Not long ago I posted a video on YouTube…
Facebook IMovie and iPhones - A funny public argument!
Nov 16, 2018 • 13 min
So Facebook execs should use iPhones? The very public argument between Apple and Facebook is giving me a few giggles. We’ll talk about that in today’s episode, and also about the fact that the latest iMovie update no longer allows for immediate upload to…
Tech Talk Thursday - Fake domain name registrars - Don’t pay for fake services.
Nov 15, 2018 • 18 min
This week I received an official looking email from a domain name registrar. Of course, it was a fake registrar and I recognized it. Sadly many people fall for these types of scams. Today we’ll talk about recognizing these scam emails. They impact private…
Water Heaters and Facebook - A day in my Airstream life!
Nov 14, 2018 • 15 min
So yeah, the hot water heater sprung a leak last night. Ah the joys of full time RVing. Today’s podcast we talk a little about last night’s exciting leak. Home owners experience similar stuff all the time. It’s no different in the Airstream, but still…
“Low Tech” Talk Tuesday - Heated Hoses and Heated Homes
Nov 13, 2018 • 13 min
Ah winter in the Airstream. Ah winter in any RV. When temperatures drop below freezing what are you going to do? Make sure your city water intake isn’t frozen, and also make sure the inside of your RV isn’t frozen either! Today’s podcast is a chilly one.…
Working from a cold Airstream - 22 degrees outside, 55 degrees inside
Nov 12, 2018 • 10 min
Yup, somebody forgot to set the heat to a warmer temperature last night. Brrrrrrr. So my work week is off to a chilly start! It’s looking like a busy week here at the Airstream Chronicles. Work for clients in Southern AZ, work for clients in the Tri City…
A Saturday Morning Podcast - You know, since I missed Friday!
Nov 10, 2018 • 11 min
Ah yes, the morning got away from me on Friday. It happens. Work first, podcasting second. Yesterday I spent the morning collecting data for a new 3D modeling project I’m doing. A few hours outside, some fun drone flight, and then a few errands. By the…
Full Time RVers and YouTube - Making an income with social media?
Nov 8, 2018 • 16 min
Recently I watched a favorite full time RV couple’s YouTube video about needing some help from their audience. They were looking for testimonials from viewers to share with potential advertisers. Bottom line? They’re trying to earn their full time living…
Podcasting from the Nissan Titan - Woah this podcast is late!
Nov 7, 2018 • 8 min
Audio Notice - Today’s podcast was recorded while on the road with my iPhone and my Airpods. The audio isn’t super polished today. My apologies. It was worth a try though! :) Ah, busy mornings. Laundry, battery charging, truck packing, and racing off for…
Tech Talk Tuesday - Oh Apple
Nov 6, 2018 • 18 min
Apple’s recent event left me a little underwhelmed. The new iPad Pros, the new Mac Mini, and the updated Macbook Air. In the end my response could be summed up in one word. Meh. I’ve never considered myself a “power user,” but I do a lot of things other…
Two days of missing podcasts? Here come the excuses…they’re good ones!
Nov 5, 2018 • 17 min
Yes, last week I failed to pop up the Tech Talk Thursday podcast, and the random Friday podcast. Thursday’s excuse is a simple one. The day got away from me. Friday’s excuse. Medical stuff. And you can’t fault me for medical stuff. It’s a rule. :) So here…
Over winter in your RV - The smart move? Head South!
Oct 31, 2018 • 15 min
Last year on my YouTube Chanel I talked about over winter in an RV, specifically my Airstream. I thought I’d follow up on that conversation today as I woke up to 33 degrees outside this morning. The Airstream floors were extra cold, and I woke right up…
Tech Talk Tuesday - Why are professional photographers so expensive? It’s all digital now, right?
Oct 30, 2018 • 24 min
This is a tech talk / work talk Tuesday episode. Over the years I’ve met many full time RV’ers who try to make a living doing photography while on the road. Often they realize (too late) that they’re priced to low for the services they offer, and they end…
A busy start to the work week from the Airstream
Oct 29, 2018 • 9 min
This morning I’ve already uploaded images for print, started setting up a new YouTube Video, and added a few new email addresses for a customer in Southern AZ. And I’ve recorded and uploaded this podcast at 8 a.m. You really can work from your RV or other…
My Digital Telecomm Revolution Story
Oct 26, 2018 • 23 min
Today’s episode is a story from days gone by. It’s the story of how I went from being a Graduate student in Economics to being a network design engineer in the wireless telecommunications industry. It’s a weird story, and I always felt like I was in a…
The Future Is Now - Mobile Broadcasting From Anywhere With Network
Oct 25, 2018 • 19 min
When I started working in telecommunications in 1996 I never imagined we’d get where we are today. Smart phones in so many hands. And what these mobile devices can do is astounding. Live broadcasting is now within the reach of anyone who has a smart phone…
Catching up! What’s going on at the Airstream Chronicles Today?
Oct 24, 2018 • 15 min
Ah today’s show is truly random. I’m working on a new 3D Model generated with a drone today. I’m working on additional lectures for my Landscape Photography class. Also, doing a little updating over at AZDrone.net. Basically today is a catch all, and…
Drones and your small business
Oct 23, 2018 • 19 min
Over the weekend I spent some time flying over a new house for sale in Chino Valley Arizona. I also photographed the new home, and shot additional interior and exterior video as well. In the end? I just landed a new client that will need me to image over…
The cheapest price doesn’t mean the best product
Oct 22, 2018 • 27 min
Why is it so many business owners go after the lowest bid instead of the best product? I have never heard of a fantastic experience getting the cheapest service. As the old saying goes, “You get what you pay for.” If you’re a small business owner, or even…
Addicted to keywording - Having fun with Photography again!
Oct 19, 2018 • 12 min
Over the past few weeks and months I’ve found myself having more fun with photography again. The frustrations of photography mounted over the years as I felt undervalued in the industry, which is part of the reason I walked away from the gallery and…
So Many Software Updates - Are they all worth it?
Oct 18, 2018 • 18 min
The latest version of Adobe’s Lightroom Classic has been released. And after checking it out and doing some testing all I have to say is “Meh.” Companies are on such aggressive update cycles. A new iPhone comes out and there are already leaks about the…
The Health Update - Tests are done, waiting on results!
Oct 17, 2018 • 15 min
Yesterday I missed Tech Talk Tuesday. I totally forgot I had one more medical appointment for the month, and by the time I got home in the afternoon I didn’t feel like podcasting at all! I actually had an appointment where we purposefully made me dizzy.…
Stock Photography and Video - A Full Time RV Travel Revenue Stream?
Oct 15, 2018 • 16 min
A few episodes back I talked a little about stock photography and video services, and the fact that I joined up with Blackbox.global. Things have been going well so far, and the exercise reminded me that I might have some more images for stock photography…
Small Business Owners - It is not cool to “Shop” your competitors
Oct 12, 2018 • 15 min
So you’re building a small business. Maybe you’re starting your own portrait studio. You’ve got several potential competitors in the area. So you decide to call them pretending to be a customer and learn more about their price model and services. Not…
The 1 Minute iMac 2017 Repair. My BS detector is going off!
Oct 11, 2018 • 27 min
A week ago I dropped off my 21.5 inch 2017 iMac with Geek Squad here in Prescott AZ. The system was booting up super slow, hanging up, crashing when more than one program was on, and making sizzling electric sounds randomly from the speakers. I purchased…
The podcast is a little late today!
Oct 10, 2018 • 10 min
Today I got to take a trip up to Flagstaff AZ for another medical appointment. We’re in the home stretch, one more appointment to go! Today’s podcast is about nothing in particular. I didn’t get to write up show notes this morning. Instead I was just…
Traveling with a Tablet Only - iPads and Androids for all your computing needs?
Oct 9, 2018 • 17 min
Are today’s tablet devices up to the challenge of being your only computer while on the road? Maybe….. It depends on your needs. In my case, I need more screen real estate. I also use a lot of peripherals. USB microphones, SD card readers, CF card…
A Long Weekend and a Family Visit!
Oct 8, 2018 • 10 min
My sister, her husband, and my 3 nephews arrived in Prescott on Saturday. Go figure, bad weather for their whole weekend here while tent camping. That’s just part of travel though. Today’s episode I talk about the long weekend, my camping evolution, and…
The dumpster fire that is my 2017 iMac - The first time Apple has disappointed me in a big way
Oct 5, 2018 • 15 min
Glad to say I actually purchased Apple Care with my 2017 iMac. I don’t usually do that. Maybe I doomed myself. Since getting my 2017 iMac I have experienced something I’ve never experienced with any other Apple product. Extreme disappointment and issues.…
HDR Photography & Aurora HDR 2019 Software - Enhanced Landscape Photography!
Oct 4, 2018 • 18 min
Skylum has released their latest version of Aurora HDR software. So this morning I downloaded the latest version and started experimenting with it. I’ve been doing High Dynamic Range Photography for over a decade now. I started out with Photomatix Pro,…
Photography and Drone Flight - Enjoying image creation
Oct 3, 2018 • 13 min
I’ve been doing photography work since 2006. And as with any work we sometimes feel unappreciated sometimes, and we step away from that work. I’ve had that experience, and I’m sure you have too. But without a doubt, photography and video are coming back…
Tech Talk Tuesday - Selling stock images and video online.
Oct 2, 2018 • 16 min
For years I’ve sold stock photography online. And last year I started selling stock video online as well. Often I just didn’t have time to upload to multiple sites (it’s bandwidth intensive for video). But recently I came across a company called…
CO’s Marijuana Industry Online - Cash Rich But Wacky!
Oct 1, 2018 • 29 min
Several years ago we got the bright idea to try building websites for businesses in Colorado’s booming marijuana industry. Today’s podcast tells you why, in no uncertain terms, I’ll never do another website for anyone in this market space again. Huge…
The Winter RV Migration Begins - Snowbird Season!
Sep 28, 2018 • 16 min
October is only a few days away. The temperatures are cooling off here in Prescott as we’re a mile high. And soon the temperatures in Southern Arizona will be “cooler” as well. Given that Fall is coming in, and winter isn’t far behind, the mass migration…
Two tips for sharing your RV Travel stories online
Sep 27, 2018 • 16 min
Are you interested in sharing your travels online, but you don’t want to invest a ton of time? I understand that completely. I used to blog every day for years, and it was so time consuming. Today I blog once a week. And I still share online through…
Small Business Owners gamble on themselves every day!
Sep 26, 2018 • 20 min
Yesterday while working on my latest online class it struck me that I must have a lot of faith in myself and my work. I’m investing so much time into the latest class. For all that time invested I’m not even certain about what the return will be. But you…
Do you care about smart phone specs? How about photo rules?
Sep 25, 2018 • 24 min
Today is tech talk Tuesday, and we’ve got 2 subjects today. First, do you care about smartphone specs at all? Do you just want it to work, and so long as it does the specifications don’t matter? That’s the camp I fall into. Our second topic for today. Do…
Too old for the Internet? Too old for Tech? No, not at all
Sep 24, 2018 • 14 min
I often hear from park and resort owners that their target customer base is too old to use the Internet, and too old for tech. That’s just not right at all, and today we’ll talk about that. Remember, if you’re 65 today you were only 40 when the net became…
RV Travelers - Slow down and enjoy where you are.
Sep 21, 2018 • 14 min
This is a recurring theme for me. When I started traveling with my Airstream in 2006 it felt like a race across the country. I was tired from long driving days, and I missed out on a lot. And the moment I slowed it down a bit? Yeah, so much more…
Software Updates - They’re part of daily life!
Sep 20, 2018 • 15 min
There always seems to be one type of software update or other waiting for us. Our smartphones seem to be getting constantly updated for apps or OS. Our computers are always crying out about this over due update or that one. And our websites often need…
Landscape Photography - Phones, Drones, DSLRs and More!
Sep 19, 2018 • 16 min
Today I start into my next class for Udemy. A full landscape photography class covering the primary cameras we’re all using these days. Phones, Drones, Mirrorless Cameras, and DSLRs. No matter what you’re shooting with, I’ll be covering it in this…
Tech Talk Tuesday - iOS 12 & Enjoying your work
Sep 18, 2018 • 22 min
Everybody has been talking about the Apple Keynote, the new iPhones, and iOS 12. Yesterday I went ahead and updated my phone and iPad. A little unnerving, but so far it’s working well. What’s the one feature that I’m excited about? Listen in. The second…
Sometimes even Internet presence can’t get you found.
Sep 17, 2018 • 19 min
Building your business in the middle of nowhere doesn’t sound like a great idea. Building a business in the middle of nowhere with no amenities around even sounds worse. Sometimes not even Internet presence can fix things for you if nobody is searching…
Camping Stories - The Vermillion Cliffs & Grand Staircase
Sep 14, 2018 • 15 min
It’s Friday!!! And on Fridays my thoughts often turn to travel. Today we’ll talk about an amazing set of locations. The Vermillion Cliffs and The Grand Staircase. Most likely you’ve seen images from both locations, but never knew their names. Not the most…
Apple’s Keynote 2018 and Instagram Images - Mobile Tech Talk
Sep 13, 2018 • 19 min
Today’s episode recaps yesterday’s Apple Keynote 2018. Was there anything super interesting to me when it comes to mobile tech for my Full Time Airstream Living? Also on today’s show I talk about businesses re-using Instagram photos from other…
Learn New Skills While On The Road - Online Classes
Sep 12, 2018 • 20 min
Continuing on the recent theme, today we’ll talk about the value of online courses for highly mobile people. If you’re on the road with your RV, or trying out the Vanlife, or maybe you’re a world traveler, you don’t need to be in one location to learn new…
Remembering September 11th
Sep 11, 2018 • 6 min
Today’s episode is a short one. No tech talk, no mobile devices, no drones. Just a short episode remembering what happened on September 11th. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-airstream-chronicles/support
The quest for perfection leads to procrastination
Sep 10, 2018 • 15 min
Small business owners face some challenges that are shared by all of us. Often times we use the excuse of trying to get something perfect to help us avoid showing our final product to the world. At times the perfection quest can become paralyzing and…
Oh No! I missed my first weekday podcast since starting!
Sep 7, 2018 • 8 min
That’s right. Yesterday’s tech talk Thursday was missed. Fortunately I’m not going to hold myself to a super rigorous standard when it comes to my social media. There are times when your focus is elsewhere, and that’s ok. As is often the case, work takes…
Websites and your online business - Are you ready?
Sep 5, 2018 • 25 min
Today’s episode dives into your web presence for you business. So many people think their website is a set it and forget it proposition. It’s not. You need to interact with your site, potential customers, backups, updates, and more. And you need to be…
Airstreams - The Original Tiny Home
Sep 4, 2018 • 12 min
There’s so much out there these days about the tiny home movement. Living a more minimalist lifestyle and all that. I have to say, I’ve been a full time Airstreamer for over a decade now, and I think the original tiny homes might just be RV’s. Mobile…
Happy Labor Day from The Airstream Chronicles
Sep 3, 2018 • 8 min
Today’s podcast is a short one. I just wanted to wish everyone a happy long weekend. This weekend the Airstream stayed put. And I almost achieved relaxation….almost. As a small business owner who works from his home, it’s tough sometimes to separate work…
Drone Photography and Image Editing Online Course Launch!
Aug 31, 2018 • 4 min
I’ve already published one podcast today, but this is a quick follow up. My new “Drone Photography and image editing with Lightroom and more,” class launched just a short while ago. The class is LIVE and I’m thrilled. I’m including a link to Udemy with a…
Real RV Living - The whole point of this podcast
Aug 31, 2018 • 14 min
We’re already at Episode 29 here at the Airstream Chronicles Podcast. I have to say, I’m extremely excited that this channel is coming along so well! Thanks to all of you listeners here we’re growing! In today’s episode I do a little recap on this weeks…
Why Hello Game Changer! DJI’s Mavic 2 Pro first impressions
Aug 30, 2018 • 16 min
Okay, okay. Another drone podcast? Heck yeah, it’s part of my business that I run out of the Airstream. And wow, if you’re interested in a small portable and powerful drone platform to bring along with you in your RV, backpack, etc, I’m thinking the Mavic…
My medical rant - Stop misplacing my paperwork folks!
Aug 29, 2018 • 14 min
This has been a summer of doctor appointments. General practitioners, endocrinologists, allergists, ear nose and throat docs, neurologists, and a ton of misplaced paperwork. How is it that I can hand deliver paperwork to a physician’s office and then…
Does mobile technology impact a true wilderness experience?
Aug 28, 2018 • 15 min
Early 2018 my friends Josh & Leigh visited one of my favorite locations in Arizona. The Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. They had the opportunity to visit “The Wave,” and camp near The Wave at State Line Campground, right on the AZ / UT border. I…
Our first call in episode! Full Time RV Traveling Nurse!
Aug 27, 2018 • 13 min
Normally I talk about working from my RV. In today’s episode we’re talking with Kevin, He’s a full time RV’er traveling with his wife and two daughters. He’s also a “Traveling Nurse,” and we talk about how he’s doing with the full time life style after…
DJI Announcement Event & And A New Class From The Airstream
Aug 24, 2018 • 13 min
Well, Fridays are supposed to be for random camping stories, RV’ing stories, and other random information. But today I’ve got to extend my tech talk so I can cover DJI’s announcement yesterday. The new Mavic Pro 2 is coming out, and I’m too excited about…
Tech Talk Thursday - What’s on your smartphone?
Aug 23, 2018 • 13 min
Today we talk about the apps I use the most on my iPhone. What I use and what you use are probably very different. I thought I’d share what I’m using to give you an idea of my priorities. I’d love to hear what you’re using on your smart mobile devices.…
Some hate for a YouTube Video I did over a year ago…
Aug 22, 2018 • 19 min
More than one year ago I did a short video on working with a new RV Park in Springerville AZ. The park was not completed at the time, nor is it today. 44 sites out of more than 100 sites have full hookups at the moment, and to help fund the continued…
The Mavic Pro and Pro 2 - RV Sized Drones
Aug 21, 2018 • 16 min
If you’re looking for a super portable drone platform to use in your travels I can’t recommend the DJI Mavic Pro enought. And hopefully soon I’ll be recommending the Mavic Pro 2 as well! Flying the Mavic Pro for the last year I can say I’m extremely…
Value your work, no matter where you’re working from!
Aug 20, 2018 • 20 min
Just because you’re a full time RV’er, or you work for yourself, or you run a small remote business with employees scattered across the country, what you do has value. Don’t devalue what you bring to the table because of the lifestyle you’ve chosen.…
Flying Drones from the Airstream
Aug 17, 2018 • 19 min
It’s been just about a year since I received my Part 107 certification from the FAA! And over the course of the past year I’ve improved my drone flight, video, and photography. Not only is drone flight fun, but it also has the potential to become a viable…
Privacy in the digital age? Yeah, that’s a tough one!
Aug 16, 2018 • 18 min
Privacy in the digital age is a tough one. Traveling with a smart phone turned on? Your wireless carrier knows where you are. Making a purchase online? Someone knows your purchasing preferences. Secretly like watching YouTube videos? Google knows all of…
Allergies are nothing to sneeze at!
Aug 15, 2018 • 16 min
In today’s episode I talk about truly severe allergies. Often when people think of allergies they don’t think about the fact that some are severe enough to kill a person. I’m actually one of those people with a huge allergy list, and many of those…
There are Apples in my Airstream. Tech talk Tuesday.
Aug 14, 2018 • 18 min
Since the Airstream first hit the road in 2006 there have always been Apple products in it. I hit the road with a MacBook Pro in 2006. Years later I purchased my second MacBook, and finally the Macbook Pro that I’ve had since 2014. I’m not an Apple “fan…
Working from your RV can sometimes be lonely
Aug 13, 2018 • 17 min
Here we are. Another weekend is over and it’s back to work for most listeners. I’ve got projects lined up for the week from the Airstream so I’ve got work to do. But sometimes working remote can be a little lonely. If you don’t work with a team, have…
Camping Stories - Banned from Uno and Trivial Pursuit!
Aug 10, 2018 • 16 min
On today’s podcast I talk a little about my summer time experiences on Manchaug Pond. Today’s focus was the fact that my uncle didn’t appreciate my regular winning streaks in both Uno and Trivial Pursuit. So I got myself banned from playing with the…
Creating a podcast episode with the iPhone and Anchor
Aug 9, 2018 • 14 min
Today’s episode was put together with my iPhone 8 and Apple’s AirPods. During the recording I kept calling the AirPods air buds. Whoops! I wanted to test the audio quality with the Anchor app and the AirPods. Listening to an excerpt I’m not super happy…
A Chronic Illness Started My Full Time Airstream Life!
Aug 8, 2018 • 41 min
Some of you may be familiar with this story. For other listeners this might be a new one on you. It’s a sad story at points, but please don’t feel bad. It’s also a story that explains why I’m not running around more with the Airstream. I’m posting this…
Strange E-mail, Unlimited Data, & Net Neutrality. E11
Aug 7, 2018 • 21 min
For today’s tech Tuesday we’re talking about a few issues. Strange fake e-mails hit our inboxes every day. Today I received a good one and I share it with you. For the next topic, “Unlimited wireless data plans.” Yeah, words don’t mean what they used to.…
A Weird Work Week At The Airstream - Being Flexible!
Aug 6, 2018 • 14 min
This week won’t be my typical work week. Two days are totally shot this week due to some medical issues and visits to doctors. Part of the reason I’m building my own business is to allow me the flexibility to deal with some medical problems that have been…
Save the Dells, Prescott Arizona - New Developments - E9
Aug 3, 2018 • 17 min
It’s Friday! So that means a random podcast here at the Airstream Chronicles. Today we’re talking about the planned new housing developments in the area, and one in particular that’s going to back right up to the Granite Dells. The Dells are a stunning…
Vlogging from the road - Can you make a living on YouTube?
Aug 2, 2018 • 27 min
Vlogging is the rage these days. Some people are getting YouTube famous, others aren’t. If you’re thinking about creating online videos from your travel adventures, your life, or maybe even your favorite hobbies, is it worth it to do? Well, yes, it’s…
Online RV Park Reviews - You have the power - Episode 7
Aug 1, 2018 • 21 min
In today’s episode we’re going to do a little more mobile tech for RV’ers. There are now a host of services for RV Park reviews out there. Things like rvparkreviews.com, and campendium.com offer RV’ers an easy way to learn about campgrounds where they’re…
Mobile Podcasting with Anchor.fm - Tech Talk Tuesday
Jul 31, 2018 • 17 min
On today’s episode we’re going to talk about the platform I’m building this new podcast with. Anchor.fm. Both the website and the app are super easy to use. Anchor not only allows you to create and host your podcast, they also help you get listed with the…
Working from the Airstream - A morning client meeting
Jul 30, 2018 • 16 min
You can certainly work from the road if you want to. There are some careers that are easier to work on remotely, and some that are tougher. Doing IT work, database design, web design, and SEO work for clients is very suited to my situation. Today I’m off…
Why do you like Camping? My own story and nostalgia
Jul 27, 2018 • 11 min
We all have our reasons for enjoying something. I’ve spoken to people who love tent camping, RV camping, etc. And I’ve met many people who don’t enjoy camping at all. We all have our “thing.” Since I was a little kid I’ve enjoyed camping. Summers with my…
Modern RV Camping - Are we “over connected” now? Episode 3
Jul 26, 2018 • 18 min
Tech Thursday addresses the question as to whether or not we’re over connected. This isn’t just about RV travel or Airstream living, this question extends to all parts of our lives. While I’m a huge fan of mobile technology, the Internet, and sharing…
Podcasting vs YouTube - Why create this podcast?
Jul 26, 2018 • 11 min
In Episode 2 we’re going to talk about my current YouTube Channel (which will still grow just slower) and the new podcast. Going forward I’ll be doing one YouTube video per week, and at the same time multiple podcasts per week. Bottom line, for straight…
The Airstream Chronicles 2018 - Episode 1
Jul 25, 2018 • 11 min
This is the first episode in a new podcast series from Rich Charpentier and the Airstream Chronicles. Today I introduce the new series to you and tell you a little about what we’ll be covering here. The plan here is to create a new show from my home and…