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Monthly archive for October 2009

Target Stepping Up!


I was at target a few nights ago when the lady at the check out reached over to scan a bar code when she saw my cloth bag that I use instead of using plastic bags.  A beep sounded and a 5 cent discount came on the screen.  I asked what it was for and she said it was because I brought my own bag!  I was so excited!  I have lived in other countries and traveled to many others, all which charge for plastic bags, I can’t wait for this to come to the USA.  I still use plastic bags for raw chicken and meats, but outside of that, it is almost always in cloth bags.

Here’s the receipt


Retro 500 Sq/Ft Apartment

While the style of this apartment isn’t for me, it is well done and very cohesive.  I think it best that I don’t say much and just experience it through the images, as the apartment is very visually driven.  Make sure you click the “read more” link to see all the photos.

Name: Chris Nguyen
Location: Houston, Texas
Size: 500 square feet
More info: Here




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Ubiquitous Music


We all love music, the challenge is to have it where you want it when you want it.  I am never without my iPod, I listen to it every day, on it I am able to keep my entire music library with me to the tune of 10,000+ songs.  A side note here, I am not one of those people who listens to it while the shop to have conversations, that’s just over the top.  But what happens when you don’t have an iPod with you, or don’t own one?  There are many other options to have your music where ever you go.


Blackberry Tour (and other Blackberries)  are a great way to have access on the go, the crackberry is something that you can’t let yourself get taken over by, but it can be really useful when it comes to music.  The blackberry can sync with your iTunes (free) and the Tour has a normal head phone jack right there on the side.  I will plug it into my car’s head unit and instantly have my music.  Another option here is Slacker Radio, which is a great service on the BB that is has a free option and a paid option.

The next is option is Open Tape.  This is modeled after the former Muxtape, which is essentially a digital version of the almost archaic, but none the less nostalgic analogue Mix Tape.  Before my time folks would spend allot of time creating great tapes to give to friends and loved ones.  There was a bit of an art form and the effort put into it was much appreciated.  These days we can pound out a mix CD in about 20 minutes, or on our iPods, a playlist in about 5 minutes.  They idea of the mix tape has been left in the past, sometimes I wonder if the work put into them is better than the options of today.  Check out another form of the Mix Tape Reincarnate here

The great thing about Open Tape is that it is licensed under the General Public License, which means no one can claim it as their own, that they can’t profit from it, and that it belongs to everyone.  It takes about 2 minutes to setup on a server and works beautifully.  It is easy to use and has a clean interface.

Once you have it up and running, you can access your music anywhere you have a internet connection, I use it at work, its simple and requires no software to be installed.

Check out my Open Tapes at   www.RyansMixTape.com

The Solution?

So for a very long time I have been searching for the total solution, its been hard to verbalize but essentially it is guiding principles, Ideas, philosophies, school of thoughts, behaviors that bring myself to the life which I want to live.  I don’t want it to be a reinvention or interpreted as some life crisis, because it’s always been here, and just has or will take time to come to fruition for various reason.  These reasons are generally I am still sifting through things to determine the best course, lack of money, lack of skill, lack of time.


Living in the digital age is amazing; many of my friends know that I am fanatical about learning, to an extreme.  With access to the internet I consume huge amounts of information daily.  I have worked out averages that in a given day I consume over 100 pages a day of written material.  This doesn’t include books I read or other in print material or anything for my job.  The whole reason for this is that I love to learn, I love exposure to new ideas, to new concepts etc.  What drives this?  Seeking information about the total solution.  So today I am launching a new section of the website that will be dedicated to this.

I want to be clear that it is a living document, meaning that I will be editing it, changing it, deleting things as I learn more, hear your ideas, see things from other view points. This document is more a thought process, all the ideas jumbled in my head, trying to make its way on paper in an orderly manner. I won’t mince words, I know very little, I am far from an expert on anything and certainly haven’t figured it all out, far from it in fact, but I think that is what makes living great.

Essentially will start out with certain areas of living to present, in my view, the best of the best ideas on how to live FOR ME.  It really only applies to the context of my life, so I don’t know how much value it truly will be to you all, but at the very least I think it will present some interesting ideas.

So check it out on the top navigation bar, under “The Solution”

-Ryan Mitchell

Folding Dish Rack


Found this interesting dish rack that folds up into less than a 1/2 inch thick, has room for a place setting of 4 and more. At $128 I think I will just steal their idea and make my own!

The clever design of the Aurea Dish Rack will make your counter space look a lot bigger. Winner of the “les Decourvertes” award, it minimizes on space and maximizes on efficiency and style like no other dish rack.

Material – Wood and resin composite

Size – 21.6″ x 17.3″ folded

Check it out here:  Link

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