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We Have A Poll

ryan Hey guys, for those of you who don’t know me I’m Ryan.  I run the site and love doing it.  It also gives me an excuse to spend time gawking at tiny house websites and other such things, but tell anyone I love doing it :)  I was wondering if you would help me out with where this website is going.

The first thing is if you would weigh in on the poll that I have posted here and/or the sidebar.

The second is if you ever wanna chat or have a great story to tell, your own or anothers please shoot me an email at ryan112ryan [at]  yahoo {dot}com  obviously remove brackets and spaces and we can chat!

Finally if you are like me and love to read all about Tiny Houses and would love an avenue to share your thoughts on the issues and share links, I am looking for folks to share their passion with readers.

Thanks all!

-Ryan Mitchell

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How We Spend Our Time

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Here is a great interactive graphic that shows how we actually spend our time during the day acording to various demographics.   What would be interesting to see how people from different countries factor into this.  check it out here

My Food Is From Where!?

I always knew that my food didn’t just appear there, that it had to travel there. flying tomatoe I knew that certain things might have come from Mexico or Florida, but until I really got into it, I didn’t realize the scale of this.  The companies use little tricks like packaging the produce in America, even if it was grown in Brazil.  This allows them to say “made in America” they add a little fine print saying packaged = made and they are done.  I found this concept art over at Design Verb, it shows tomatoes with a luggage check tag on it and then a receipt showing the price and distance of the foods.

distance of food

While looking around at this I came across a movie that is in theaters now.  You will most likely only find it in your local independent theater though, but it looks great!  I have added it to my Netflix Queue and can’t wait to watch it.  So check it out!

FOOD, INC.: Movie TrailerFor more of the funniest videos, click here


The other day I was sitting at home talking with a friend from high school who I hadn’t seen in a while.  A tweet came up on my phone from Michael Jazen, our friend at Tiny House Design, which showed a Tiny House and sparked anormal-main_Full conversation. She looked at me like I was crazy for wanting to live in a Tiny House, which I normally get that reaction, but what was interesting was what followed.  She said “that’s so weird, why can’t you be normal?”

I had a little chuckle and said this:

Well what IS normal?  Normal is to get married, have a few kids, drive a nice car, have a successful career, live comfortably and live in a nice houses don’t you agree?

She agreed and I went on.

Well let’s take a bit closer look at this; What are the implications of being normal?

  1. Getting married is great but it ends in divorce 60% of the time (average cost of $15,000).
  2. Having kids means your life isn’t about you anymore and kids are expensive, Half a Million expensive!
  3. The average cost of a car is around $30,000
  4. The average cost of a house today is around $260,000, but you will pay $800,000 through the loan
  5. For living comfortably 1 in 20 Americans have $8,000+ in credit card debt
  6. A successful career means you spend most of your time not with loved ones or doing what you love

So if I am NORMAL it means that in the end I will be done with my divorce, “own” a house and a car that I really don’t own, but will pay 4 times the original price tag for at the end of the loan.  Then to top it off I will have two kids, who I love very much, but will only get to see them for two hours, which debt collectors will be calling during, until I get them to bed and collapse myself.  All in all, I don’t get to spend time with those who I love.  I own nothing and I owe an average of 1.85 million dollars over my lifetime.

If Normal is being away from people I love and forever in debt, then I sure as hell don’t wanna be normal do you?

She looked at me as if she had suddenly seen color for the first time in her life, as if she had be seeing in black and white up to this point.

So people, the rub?  BE WEIRD!