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  1. Matt Derrick

    Event Alienstock -- #StormArea51; who wants to go?

    So the whole nonsense with the storm area 51 facebook page has turned into a music festival thing at the Little Ale'inn restaurant and hotel in Rachel, NV, September 19th-22nd, 2019. More details here: https://www.stormarea51.us So.... seeing Area 51 and the surrounding area has been #1 on my...
  2. Matt Derrick

    Ride Offered Washington > Ashland > Bay Area > Area 51 > Los Angeles > Slab City

    I'm traveling in my toyota prius to slab city via a whole list of destionations. rather than repeat all the exact details here, I am going to link to my road dog post with has a full map of where I'm going...
  3. Matt Derrick

    Announcement Updates to the featured threads page

    I have moved us over to a new addon that will handle our page displaying featured threads. For you, this mostly means improved layout and navigation, making it easier to find cool content in that area. There also has been some changes to the image slider at the top of the home page. One of the...
  4. Matt Derrick

    Video 🚗 Yet Another Prius Dwelling Setup - How I live in a 2008 Prius hybrid electric car! 🚗

    I just posted my first YouTube video in nearly two years! I take you on a tour of my setup for living in my toyota prius hybrid electric car. Let me know what you think! Man, after not making videos for a few years this took a lot longer to put together than I expected. Made a LOT of mistakes...
  5. Matt Derrick

    Announcement Rating system update

    Hey folks, you might have noticed a new update to the rating system, bringing it back inline with a version we had many months ago. The reason the ratings system has been so wacky the past couple of months is because we had to switch back and forth between a few different addons while the one we...
  6. Matt Derrick

    Question would you be interested in buying these as stickers or patches?

    Hey folks, I'm looking to make some more stickers and patches to sell in our Etsy store. I have a ton of designs that were made by the amazing @awkwardshelby and here are some of my favorite designs of the bunch: so yeah, since im on a limited budget, I'm trying to decide which of these I...
  7. Matt Derrick

    News & Blogs Punk Island is a celebration of community, diversity, and rage

    PUNK ISLAND IS A CELEBRATION OF COMMUNITY, DIVERSITY, AND RAGE Punk Island shows NYC what’s at punk’s core: community. WORDS: Danielle Chelosky & Stephanie Augello PHOTOS: Stephanie Augello Randall’s Island in NYC isn’t usually bursting with heavy guitars vibrating through amps and...
  8. Matt Derrick

    Who's in Seattle? First week of August?

    Just fishing to see who's going to be in the Seattle area come the first week of August. I have paid vacation from my job so I figure I'll come up from Walla walla and knock some things off my bucket list there. Museums, hit a few bars, check out some weird business, maybe make a few youtube...
  9. Matt Derrick

    Announcement discord voice chat night! 7pm PST!

    we've done it every week for a few months now, but i figured today i'd take a little time to promote it so we get more people in the voice chat tonight. you can jump in with the discord app on desktop (with mic and headphones) or using the discord mobile app (all you need is your phone, like...
  10. Matt Derrick

    News & Blogs Find Your Way Without the Internet: 7 of the Best Offline Maps Apps

    Find Your Way Without the Internet: 7 of the Best Offline Maps Apps by Dave DeanMay 23, 20192 Comments Whether you’re getting off the grid, don’t have a local SIM card yet, or just prefer not to be connected all the time, you’ll undoubtedly find yourself traveling without the Internet at some...
  11. Matt Derrick

    If you had to live on a bike the rest of your life?

    Ok bike nerds, I'm looking at buying a new bike, ideally for bike touring. I want something that is going to last me damn near forever and confortable enough that I can spend days/weeks riding at a decent speed. not interested in mountain bikes, i want a road/hybrid bike. my budget is around...
  12. Matt Derrick

    Seeking travel partner for car travel down the west coast, end of August

    Hey folks, I'm finally looking at the end of the tunnel here at my time in Walla Walla, Washington, so I'm starting to make plans for my trip down the west coast. My job ends at the end of August. I've built an itinerary of destinations that have been on my bucket list for quite some time, that...
  13. Matt Derrick

    News & Blogs Instinct and empathy: The challenges female hikers face on the AT

    Photo Credit: Cory Tiger INSTINCT AND EMPATHY: THE CHALLENGES FEMALE HIKERS FACE ON THE A.T. CAPPY PHALEN 24 MAY 19 My instinct told me to run. It also told me not to run while the man could still see me. Feigning calm, I walked slowly away from him and out of his sight. The moment I felt sure...
  14. Matt Derrick

    News & Blogs Can you teach English abroad without a TEFL?

    CAN YOU TEACH ENGLISH ABROAD WITHOUT A TEFL? Posted: 5/18/2019 | May 18th, 2019 Whether you’re wanting to kick-start a new career or to just work a short-term job until you have enough money to travel again, teaching English abroad is an option that allows you to do all those things. I...
  15. Matt Derrick

    News & Blogs The Rise of the Rubber Tramps

    How more and more Americans are taking to the road and making a vehicle their home. There’s a fireball sunset blazing on the western horizon of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. As a cool January dusk settles over this ashy plain outside the town of Quartzsite, two hours west of Phoenix on Interstate...
  16. Matt Derrick

    Announcement accidental email sent about my book

    some folks accidentally received an automated email from me yesterday about my book. i incorrectly set the perameters of who the message should be sent to, so if you got one of these emails, sorry about that, you probably received it by mistake. it was meant for people that had just registered...
  17. Matt Derrick

    Banned pewpew banned for trolling staff

    Hey there! You're receiving this message because you recently registered an account on Squat the Planet. It's probably been a few days since you joined the community, and hopefully you've had a chance to take a look around, do a few searches, make some friends, and start learning anything you...
  18. Matt Derrick

    Banned Withoutatrace banned for being a homo/trans-phobic, racist, misogynist piece of shit

    Withoutatrace, Matt Derrick has issued you a warning for your message (We’re broke up now) as it contains a form of hate speech. This is a violation of our website rules. At the moderator's discretion, your message may have been altered, closed to further replies, or removed from the message...
  19. Matt Derrick

    Announcement New user pruning system

    Just FYI for the community, we've had some user pruning in the past, but I've just installed a new addon that automatically deletes accounts that have zero posts AND haven't logged into StP in 365 days. This should save me some work and help ensure that profiles you find here are from real...
  20. Matt Derrick

    Who wants to play Dungeons and Dragons in Slab City this winter?

    This isn't directly related to the Jamboree, but I figured this might be worth posting here since I am planning on being in Slab City several weeks before the Jambo, and I know a few others might be doing the same. Anyways, I'm hoping to set up a D&D game for the slabs this winter. I should be...
  21. Matt Derrick

    Question should user profiles be publicly viewable?

    Hey everyone, I just had a quick question for the community to see how you all felt about this. I'm revamping the user permissions as stated in this thread, and I was wondering if you think we should keep user profiles private from guests? Currently, people without accounts can view the member's...
  22. Matt Derrick

    Announcement Monetizing Squat the Planet

    edit 5/11/19: i've decided to return to our previous one-off donation system as described here in this post. thanks to everyone for their support and helping find the best way to support myself and stp. Hey folks, let's have a little chat. A chat about money, StP, paying the bills, and...
  23. Matt Derrick

    Seeking Help StP is seeking a library curator

    I am looking for someone to take on the unpaid and thankless job of a digital librarian to help us organize and (most importantly) remove irrelevant content from the library section of this website. I need someone that is willing to take the time to do the following (taken from our guide to...
  24. Matt Derrick

    Banned swhilliam/sirius banned for physical and mental abuse of people IRL

    so i was reminded that this account hadn't been banned yet despite the details of this thread. so this is basically just me doing some housekeeping, but documenting it for the community. ban reason can be found pretty clearly in the linked thread.
  25. Matt Derrick

    anyone in portland, oregon this weekend?

    im coming in on saturday night, and i'd really like to hit up a bar with someone before leaving in the morning (sunday). if you're in portland (or surrounding areas) hit me up.
  26. Matt Derrick

    Announcement Updated user profile fields

    Just finished a long overdue update to the contact information section of all user profiles on StP. I've removed a few fields like myspace and ello (no one uses those sites anymore) and added a few like trust roots, couch surfing, hitchwiki, bandcamp, etc. All contact fields for social media...
  27. Matt Derrick

    Seeking friends to join in explorations of the Pacific Northwest (WA/OR/ID)

    Hey folks, in order to avoid the soul crushing boredom that is Walla Walla, Washington, I have decided to take some weekend adventures in my 2008 Toyota Prius every weekend to explore various destinations in the Washington/Oregon area (might be some Idaho in there too, who knows). Most of these...
  28. Matt Derrick

    Banned Dawgdude banned for spam and member harassment.

    Profile post by Dawgdude by Dawgdude has been reported by Matt Derrick. Reason given: Content being reported:
  29. Matt Derrick

    Announcement photos/videos tabs return to user profiles!

    One of the things we lost in the software upgrade last year was the ability to see videos and photos users have posted via their profile. I'm happy to say that this is back now, so if you're curious to see videos or photos they've posted in the message board, you can do that now by clicking on...
  30. Matt Derrick

    Announcement We now have 'push notifications'!

    If you haven't noticed already, StP now has the ability to 'push' notifications and alerts to your computer and mobile devices. This will hopefully add towards making StP more 'app like' for mobile users and let you know immediately when you get an alert (just like a native app would). One...
  31. Matt Derrick

    Announcement We've upgraded the search system!

    Hey folks, this month's donations have gone towards paying for a new addon called ElasticSearch. This addon for the forum software will significantly improve website searches. Different kinds of word matching along with advanced algorithms will help bring the most accurate results to your forum...
  32. Matt Derrick

    News & Blogs An Artist, a Shantyboat, and the Lost History of American River Communities

    Wes Modes is documenting life along America’s waterways. BY JONATHAN CAREY MARCH 07, 2019 An Artist, a Shantyboat, and the Lost History of American River Communities Made from recycled materials, Modes’s shantyboat can weather the storms. WES MODES/ CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 THE RIVERS OF THE UNITED...
  33. Matt Derrick

    I'm having a sale on StP Bandanas and the AGT book!

    Hey folks, just wanted to let you all know that I'm having a sale on the last of the StP bandanas and everything else in our Etsy store, including my book The Anarchist's Guide to Travel for 25% off until the end of the month. Just use the promo code "carliving". This should lower the price of...
  34. Matt Derrick

    News & Blogs United States citizens will need a visa to visit Europe starting in 2021

    (CNN) — US citizens traveling to Europe without a visa will be a thing of the past come 2021. The European Union announced on Friday that American travelers will need a new type of visa -- a European Travel Information and Authorization System or ETIAS -- to visit the European Schengen Area...
  35. Matt Derrick

    Video is this video exploitative and/or cringy as fuck? looking for opinions.

    so i happened across this video today of these two girls 'spanging' while recording themselves holding a sign saying #vanlife in bikinis. i'm watching it and it just seems exploitative and cringey and all around ignorant. of course, now i'm thinking to myself am i an asshole for thinking this? i...
  36. Matt Derrick

    2019 jambo discussion

    Hey folks, it's that time of year again, where we start planning for this year's gathering of travelers from the StP community. This thread is just to get the discussion ball rolling, once we've made some basic decisions we'll create a few more threads dedicated to those specific topics. For...
  37. Matt Derrick

    Discussion StP Social Center project

    So this thread is for discussing an idea I've had for many years now, that I would like to share with the community and get some input on. This thread is for discussing an extension of the Squat the Planet website into real life by starting a homebase/headquarters for the StP community in the...
  38. Matt Derrick

    News & Blogs YouTube Boomers Show #VanLife Isn’t Just for Millennials

    GUY AND ANN Junkins, it turns out, would’ve been better off if Guy had just gotten fired. When Comcast announced in March 2016 it was shuttering the Dover, New Hampshire, plant where he’d worked doing logistics and inventory since 2010, Guy—who was in his fifties at the time—expected to find his...
  39. Matt Derrick

    Some tips for saving money before traveling

    This is an excerpt from my book The Anarchist's Guide to Travel. If you like what you read here and would like to support me and the StP website, please click this link to order a copy. If you’re just starting out into the world of travel, you might want the added security of having some extra...
  40. Matt Derrick

    News & Blogs How to Travel with a Cat

    So this article is from a travel blogger perspective, so take that as you will, but I thought there might still be some useful info here for people that are wondering about the possibility of traveling with their cat. -- matt...
  41. Matt Derrick

    Banned All Who Wander banned for trolling

    I've banned the user @All Who Wander because they continually demonstrated no interest in participating in this community in a helpful way. Occasionally we get people that sign up for accounts and for whatever reason, have no interest in discussing topics that are relevant to this community and...
  42. Matt Derrick

    Changes to the post ratings/reactions system

    So unbeknownst to all of you, in the background of this site the 'reactions' addon we've been using for rating posts has been causing all kinds of problems (bugs, errors, etc) so I've finally said enough and got rid of it. I've replaced it with the 'content ratings' addon by xon. We're using a...
  43. Matt Derrick

    DIY zipline into the canal, slab city dirty scouts jamboree

    Just thought I'd make a separate post for those that aren't watching the can we talk about favorite moments at the jambo thread:
  44. Matt Derrick

    Video Joe Rogan Experience #1211 - Dr. Ben Goertzel on AI and decentralized open source systems

    While I went into this show thinking it was mostly going to be science talk (which i also enjoy) I was surprised how much the discussion went into anarchistic/democractic decentralized systems and how that might shape the future of so many things to come, including artificial intelligence...
  45. Matt Derrick

    Cancelled The StP Location Atlas

    Hey folks, so one of the things I've been wanting to create for some time now is a directory of sorts, containing useful destinations for travelers on StP. Previously I've lacked the software to do this in a way that makes sense, but I've recently gotten this worked out and am now in the first...
  46. Matt Derrick

    Anarchist Resources

    This is the start of the Anarchist Resources page. Hit the edit button below and add anything you think would be useful to other travelers! It’s Going Down is a digital community center for anarchist, anti-fascist, autonomous anti-capitalist and anti-colonial movements. Our mission is to...
  47. Matt Derrick

    Resources for Wilderness Survival

    Ready to beat the rat race and live in the woods rent-free? Or maybe you just want to know how to survive without modern conveniences? Check out this list of resources to learn everything you need to know. StP File Library, Wilderness Survival - This category of our file library has many, many...
  48. Matt Derrick

    Squatting Buildings & Finding Other Squatters

    This is the start of the Squatting Resources page. Hit the edit button below and add anything you think would be useful to other travelers! Websites radar.squat.net - This website lists events from squats mostly around the European region of the world. Books Nine-Tenths of the Law: Property...
  49. Matt Derrick

    Resources for Staying Healthy When Traveling

    This is the start of the Staying Healthy Resources page. Hit the edit button below and add anything you think would be useful to other travelers! Remote Area Medical (RAM) is a major nonprofit provider of free mobile clinics. Our mission is to prevent pain and alleviate suffering by providing...
  50. Matt Derrick

    Job Resources & Ideas for Making Money

    There’s are many different resources out there for finding work that fits into a nomadic lifestyle, so let’s recap the websites and publications we’ve covered previously in addition to adding a few more that you should be aware of. Job Boards Cool Works - This is my favorite website for...