"...I think it's fair to say he is officially King of The Tech Geeks."
Gawker, September 2013
"[one of the] Top 25 Best Bloggers"
Time Magazine, August 2013
Hi! I'm Tynan and I believe in making deliberate decisions and breaking away from the herd mentality. I like learning new things, building habits, exploring the world, connecting with awesome people, and creating good work. I also like good Japanese green tea. Below are some of the things I'm best known for.
This blog is hosted on a blogging platform called SETT, which I began building with my co-founder in 2011. We believe that blogs can be more than a one way monologue, and should engage readers to become a part of the community surrounding each blog.
I work seven days a week on SETT, usually for twelve hours or so. I love it and have given up pretty much everything else in my life to make it great. Some of my favorite blogs that are hosted on SETT right now are Daniel Odio (our first blog), Sebastian Marshall, and Dick Talens.
You can read more about SETT here.
Pick Up Artist
From embarrassingly humble beginnings, I rose to become one of the most famous pickup artists in the world.
I'm Herbal, one of the main characters in the New York Times Bestseller, The Game. Pickup helped me get over crippling introversion with girls and led me down a path of honest self-assessment and continuous pushing of my comfort zone. I'm not actively involved anymore, but it remains one of the best influences in my life.
When I was more active in pickup I wrote a book called Make Her Chase You, which has helped tens of thousands of guys become social, get girlfriends, and have a much better social life.
In 2008 I sold everything I owned and went on an extended world trip for the first time with my friend Todd. We each packed a 28L backpack and made no advance plans, arriving in Panama on the first day with nowhere to stay and knowing no one. Throughout the year we got lost in the jungles of Panama, experienced the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan, rode cross country on the roof of the slowest train in the world in Cambodia, rode 4x4s in the sand dunes of Qatar, ran with the bulls in Pamplona, and explored the miles of catacombs beneath Paris.
I ended up writing for the leading travel blog Gadling, becoming a fervent minimalist, and writing a book on lightweight nomadic travel called Life Nomadic. Since that time my backpack has shrunk to 19 liters and less than 10 pounds, and I continue to travel for a few months each year.
I haven't lived in an apartment or house since 2006, when I moved into my first RV. My second RV, a 1996 Winnebago Rialta, is my current home. Although I'm happy to be saving money, my primary reasons for living in an RV are that it forces me to be minimalist and focus on what matters, and it's a lot of fun. I've modified nearly every aspect of the interior of my RV, doing almost all of the work by hand. Some of the changes include:
Other cool things inside the RV include a 100 year old Persian rug, an original David Choe painting, and the Aeron chair that belonged to the CEO of Design Within Reach. As you might have guessed by now, I also wrote a book about living in a nice small RV, called The Tiniest Mansion.
In September 2013, nine friends and I bought an island in Nova Scotia. Right now it's undeveloped, but over the next few years we plan on turning it into a place we can enjoy nature, work, and build cool things together.
Some of my favorite posts
To get a feel for what I write about, here are some of the posts I'm most proud of.
I'm lying in bed in the RV right now. Yes, I still live here and love it, but that's another story. The only difference between tonight and a normal night is that my bed is flying down the highway at 60mph, headed for the east coast.
My esteem friends and colleagues, Jonah and Krystal, are accompanying me on my first actual road trip in the RV. We're going through the scary bits of America as quickly as possible (Arkansas, for example), and are trying to get to NYC before Krystal's flight on Monday.
I'm going to hopefully meet up with Ross Jeffries, the first "pickup artist" to ever teach seminars, in New York before he leaves. Online he sometimes comes off like a prick, but in real life he's one of the most warm and genuine guys in the community. I'm also going to stop by and say hi to my aunt, uncle, three cousins, and my grandparents who are visiting them.
That was me circa 1990 right after I graduated from the University of Colorado. My focus was to get "On the Road to Find Out" and decide if not what I wanted to do with my life when I grow up, where I wanted to settle down at least. Purchased a 1976 VW Westfalia pop-up with the idea that the window in my life I was currently in was a fleeting one and if I was ever to go on this wild adventure this was my one opportunity to do so. I had no immediate need to work, a few thousand in savings, two empty credit cards to get in serious financial trouble with, and plenty of time yet until I entered "the real world"... saddled by the monthly mortgage payment, meager paychecks that would leave me with more month than money, and all that comes along with a wife, children and raising a family.
My original plan was to leave Boulder and take a figure eight journey around the country, traveling as far North as Quebec, the French Gaspé, Turtle Island and Vancouver, and as far South as Key West, Pony Island and Baja California. I planned on following every inch of the US coastlines that I could, seeking out as many new adventures and experiences as possible. The estimated time table the trip would require was approximately 2 months to complete from start to finish, with many different family members and friends to stop in and visit along the way.
As one of my favorite quotes from John Lennon goes - "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."