Tynan http://tynan.com Life Outside the Box en-us Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:40:47 +0000 http://sett.com Sett RSS Generator New SETT Blogs http://tynan.com/community/42181 Hey guys, I'd like to stop by your site and connect with all the new SETT bloggers getting started since the launch.   Post your URLs!


>> Comment on this Post · Like this Post

Sat, 26 Jan 2013 15:30:09 +0000 http://tynan.com/community/42181
Bitcoin is so cheap now, thoughts? http://tynan.com/community/1139829 Last time i checked on coinbase a bitcoin only costs $220 and I've seen prices at $180. The trend seems that bitcoin is dropping, what do you guys think of this? Is it a good time to buy? If ~$200 is market value, what do you guys think actual value is (of course "actual" is speculative)

>> Comment on this Post · Like this Post

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 01:34:57 +0000 http://tynan.com/community/1139829
Rialta remodel http://tynan.com/community/11323 I bought a 1996 Winnebago Rialta to live in starting when the lease on my house is done at the end of May. Obviously Tynan was an inspiration in the sense that I would never have considered an RV if not for him, but long before he and I reconnected I'd always taken the stance that I would live in the smallest living space possible as long as I had a great kitchen.

So, when I was looking around at apartments in Seattle's Capitol Hill recently and dreading moving into a lousy studio in some nice building's basement with an electric stove and a crummy refrigerator, I thought, wait a minute, Tynan's got a great kitchen in his RV. Time to put my money where my mouth is.

I've done a fair amount of work on it. The Community section of tynan.com is a perfect place to log this stuff. I'll post some status here in a minute.

>> Comment on this Post · Like this Post

Sun, 25 Mar 2012 03:33:55 +0000 http://tynan.com/community/11323
Question about computer being faster and able to run programs faster http://tynan.com/community/1136288 My question is for those computer guys. I have 3 computers in my house. I have 2 Acers and 1 Dell laptop. I bought them at Wal-Mart, so they are the basic computers. I have Verizon FIOS internet service, which I believe to be a pretty fast connection service.

Lately, all of the computers have a pop up on bottom right of screen that says "High Disk Usage" and another pop up in the middle/top of screen that asks "Do you want to kill page or wait". This just started happening about a month ago. Sometimes it takes 30 seconds or more to load a new web page.

I do a "disk cleanup" and it helps a little. There isn't much to clean up if you do that several times a day.

One of the computers has a tendency now to just lose the internet connection when this "kill or wait" occurs. If I turn the computer off and back on, it works.

Any suggestions on what to do to end this problem?


>> Comment on this Post · Like this Post

Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:47:39 +0000 http://tynan.com/community/1136288
Thoughts on My Habit Building Process? http://tynan.com/community/1123193 I've been playing around with different ideas and techniques for habit building over the years, and this is my most recent take on it (well, the short version):

Each month, I publish a list of the habits I’m currently trying to establish in my life on my blog (like “only do one cheat meal per week”) and document my day-to-day successes and failures via Google Docs. And then I punish myself for the latter ones… $10 for every single time I didn’t stick to a habit.

If you want to read about my process in more detail:


Since habit building is one of the main things Tynan talks about (that's why I started reading his blog in the first place) and since I imagine his readers to be pretty experienced with habit building strategies as well, I would be very interested in your feedback, to further optimize my process! Specifically:

  • Do you use self-punishment as well and if yes, what types of self-punishment?
  • Do you also use incentives to get yourself to do certain things? (not part of my process at all yet...). If yes, what kind of incentives?
  • What types of habits are you primarily working on? Which ones do you struggle the most with?

I would be super interested to hear your ideas!



>> Comment on this Post · Like this Post

Sun, 11 Jan 2015 21:48:03 +0000 http://tynan.com/community/1123193
Review of The Profit: Marc Lemonis http://tynan.com/community/1103465 I like business ideas. I started watching the show "The Profit" with Marc Lemonis last year. It came on after Sharktank, which I also like that show. This guy, Marc Lemonis, is a pretty sharp character. I believe his main business is CampingWorld, or he has a majority interest. He was integral in getting that company to sponsor the NASCAR "CampingWorld" Truck Series.

Marc strolls into a financially struggling business and looks for a way to write a check to get the business the money it needs to get on the right track. He also takes a big share of ownership and takes 100% control of the People, Process and Products. It is usually a very humiliating time for the owner of the struggling business as Marc points out every little flaw about the person and their business. I admit, some of the owners needed a kick in the butt to get their head back into the game. There are other people that are so busy trying to keep their heads above water financially that they were unable to make any big changes.

I have read the book "The Magic of Thinking Big". Marc Lemonis has the thinking big in every situation. He has an episode with a woman that has a popcorn stand at an amusement park, and he immediately jumps into producing bags of popcorn to ship to stores across the USA. He does the same with a little candy shop that has been operating in a residential area.

It will be interesting to see how his partnerships materialize. This is only the 3rd year of the show, so the businesses Marc has invested in are still in the infancy of his changes. I would recommend the show to entrepreneurs. The show has a lot of good moments about business ideas, personal relationships in business, and budget/expense forecasting. The episodes are real people in real businesses.

>> Comment on this Post · Like this Post

Sun, 04 Jan 2015 23:51:56 +0000 http://tynan.com/community/1103465
Forgive and Live http://tynan.com/community/1085982 I have never been able to hold a grudge or ill will towards others. I was always taught to forgive and release the anger from my heart. When things are happening bad to you, it is somewhat a reaction to want to invoke some type of revenge on the other party. If you over react, and do something harmful to the other person, you may face more trouble and/or continue the bad situation.

There is a saying "What comes around, goes around". And that statement has come true for me many times. You may hold the upper hand today, but you may not in the future. So, use your power cautiously.

One incident that greatly affected me occurred when I was 12 years old. I was pretty good at sports (not great, but not bad). I loved playing baseball, and practiced every moment I could. I was good enough to make the All Star team for my little league. I was so proud and excited when I made that team.

The coaches of that team were a few young guys (mid 20's) that had grown up playing in the little league. They were given their first chance to take over the All Star team, which was an honor for them since usually the coaches were the long time organizers of the little league. They were now given the reins and responsibility. I was only 12 years old, but I could see that these guys were big kids rather than mature adults. At first, I was kind of happy because I thought these guys wouldn't be so strict like the older coaches.

These young coaches started out very serious, but that didn't last long. We practiced everyday, and with each day they digressed into saying smart aleck, sarcastic comments all practice. They tried to get kids to start doing the same thing to other kids on the team to gang up on a particular kid. They were just a bunch of clowns that didn't know how to supervise kids. As you can imagine, the wise cracking got around to me as the victim at some point, and the fun of playing baseball abruptly ended for me. I quit the team because I wasn't going to allow them to harass me. This ended my friendships with several of my teammates permanently as they continued to talk about me after I quit. It was quite devastating at the time, as I was very upset and isolated. The further frustrating part was that my parents, nor any other people at the little league put a stop to this ridiculous behavior.

I continued to be dismayed about the unfairness through my college years, because I was still around many of the former teammates that still talked about that team. I remember being bitter because these fools had been given a responsibility and had damaged friendships. And they had gotten away with it with no repercussions.

I took that experience and decided that if I was ever given an opportunity to be in charge, that I would make sure that every kid (or person) was respected. I want everyone to feel as they are apart of the team, whether they are the star player or the least gifted. I vowed that I would build confidence in people, and trust, and camaraderie of all the participants.

Many years later, I had several golden opportunities to get revenge on the former knucklehead coaches. I got into law enforcement, and they were on the other side of the law (lol). I will never forget the first time I saw the "head coach" come into the jail. He looked like he had been on drugs and hadn't sleep in days. He looked pathetic. I immediately thought to myself, wow, how the tables get turned.

Instead of getting revenge, because I wasn't upset at him anymore. I decided to show him what a real person is supposed to do in treating people. I talked to him. I asked him what was going on in his life. What problems and issues is he dealing with in life. His story was that he was addicted to drugs, had lost his job, and now about to lose his marriage and kids. He was about as low on feelings as a person could be. I told him that I could get him enrolled into an excellent drug rehab program. I told him that it is a self help program, and he has to put in the work to get through the program, and that it could change his life. He agreed to do that program. I then got his wife on the phone, and gave him a chance to talk to her in a sober state. He told her that he wanted to change his life.

I assisted him to get into the drug program. I checked on him every so often to encourage him to keep going and stay positive. I never mentioned anything about the incident at the little league. I just kept my conversations on what was important...getting him help. He graduated from the drug program. He got back with his wife and kids. And, I never saw him again, so I assume he is living okay. That was about 8 years ago.

I have only told this story one time. I told a person about it right after the guy graduated the drug program. The person told me they would have slammed him with more charges and made sure he got prison time. They said, "You're a bigger person than I am". I later had problems with that person, and they were hell to deal with for years.

>> Comment on this Post · Like this Post

Sun, 28 Dec 2014 17:49:06 +0000 http://tynan.com/community/1085982
Why is it that businesses fail? http://tynan.com/community/1069983 There are various reasons for small businesses not succeeding. The first reason I would say is that they lack having a system oriented approach...like franchises. The small business usually doesn't have a policy manual to follow. They make decisions based on reacting to what is happening at the time. They don't have a training manual or procedure to keep focus on what everyone's responsibilities are.

1. Budgeting: There is rarely a money or budget system in place to manage expenses or plan out purchases. If money is available, they buy what they think will get them more money in the short term.

2. Disagreements and decision making: There are usually disagreements or fallouts among the business owners, managers and employees. When the business starts, no one wants to think of how to deal with disagreements because everyone is positive. When disagreements start, there is no format to follow for who has the power to make the final decision. And, there are some people that don't want to be the person blamed for making a bad decision, so they stay quiet, and wait for the opportunity to blame someone else.

3. Competition: There is always competition popping up. I once worked for a restaurant that was the first delivery Chinese food in our city. As soon as we got super busy, and the word got around, there was 7 new Chinese delivery restaurants within 2 miles of our establishment. Of course, most all of the restaurants failed because of over saturation of the market.

4. Changes in customer habits: There have been multitudes of businesses that failed due to customers changing their routines. When Wal-Mart came to town, they knocked out a lot of Mom and Pop stores who couldn't challenge Wal-Mart on price. We hardly have an independent grocery store in town. Only in the low income areas that other stores wouldn't locate a chain store in the neighborhood because of crime and poverty.

There are more reasons that things don't work out. I laid out what I think are the fundamental reasons.

What is your opinion and/or experiences?

>> Comment on this Post · Like this Post

Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:33:25 +0000 http://tynan.com/community/1069983
I'm sad that Todd is not working on SETT :( http://tynan.com/community/1068867 I remember starting blogs on here and enjoying the site and how good this platform is. This is my favorite blogging platform and this started my blogging carrier. This might be my last time on SETT or any other person during this "discontinuation"! Bye SETT.

>> Comment on this Post · Like this Post

Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:27:10 +0000 http://tynan.com/community/1068867
Switching between QWERTY and DVORAK http://tynan.com/community/480068 After reading Tynan's post on it at the beginning of 2012, I switched over to DVORAK, and its worked out great. I'm pretty sure I type faster now, and I find it easier when writing code. The thing that messes me up lately is when I have to use other computers, like showing a family member something or at work. I sort of retained QWERTY in that when I look down at the keys, I can type at somewhat normal speed, but when I look away I lose it. It doesn't work too well though, and I end up with a lot of errors I'm not aware of cause I'm looking down. Also, I find that the more I try to reacquaint myself with QWERTY, it begins to mess up DVORAK. Any suggestions on retaining both without screwing up one or the other? Thanks

>> Comment on this Post · Like this Post

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 05:46:46 +0000 http://tynan.com/community/480068