tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-27675167997003736852013-05-01T16:23:00.221-07:00Tea, Music and all the Chill things in Life | Chilled SodaKole McRaenoreply@blogger.comBlogger127125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2767516799700373685.post-58053857260892825442013-05-01T16:23:00.000-07:002013-05-01T16:23:00.224-07:00The end.After 128 posts I have made the tough decision to bring this blog to it's conclusion.<br /><br />I'd love to keep offering suggestions for ways to keep chill but I simply don't have the time to keep this blog up.<br /><br />You can still email me and I'll keep this domain up for a while, but don't expect too much in terms of posts.<br /><br />Good night :)Kole McRaenoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2767516799700373685.post-57088115170775909472013-04-24T18:52:00.000-07:002013-04-24T18:52:00.199-07:00Input versus OutputI am unsure if this might annoy some people, but it seems to be a concept that is very true (at least in my life) and I think will be true in other peoples lives:<br /><br />You're emotions are controlled by internal forces but also by external.<br /><br />You have probably heard of the term hangry. It's when someone is irritable and angry due to being hungry. With this simple concept in mind I have taken to thinking about any negative moods I might be in and seeing if the cause may be some sort of input or requirement. Maybe I'm annoyed because I had a small lunch and I'm hungry? <br /><br />It also could be effecting you on a vitamin level. I found adding Omega 3's to my diet greatly reduced the amount of negative moods I get into. The same happened when I started eating more fresh veggies and less processed food. More vitamins = less bad moods.<br /><br />less sleep = bad moods, less exercise = bad moods, etc. It seems a lot of these things could affect mood.<br /><br />It might be time to start looking at your inputs and see if your bad mood may be caused by these things and see if you can possible fix them. Or at the very least understand them.Kole McRaenoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2767516799700373685.post-52465475705060179872013-04-17T18:04:00.000-07:002013-04-17T18:04:00.363-07:00Most Chill SubredditsAs any regular follower of this blog would know, I have a crippling addiction to Reddit. I can spend hours and hours browsing it and not notice the time go by.<br /><br />I like to defend myself by saying even though I am browsing the web for hours, much like people watch TV for hours, I am at least learning new things and interacting with the community. I am discovering cool science and music as well as making new friends.<br /><br />So I decided to put together a list of some of my favourite subreddits.<br /><br />Without further ado:<br /><br /><b><a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/ZenHabits/">ZenHabits:</a></b><br /><br />To be honest I have a love/hate relationship with this subreddit. While it has some great info sometimes and lots of good tips, it can also dip into the woo and pseudo science side of things. I love the tips on minimalism but once they mention 'The Secret' or 'rebirth' and spiritual stuff I tend to get a bit uncomfortable.<br /><br />Check it out though and enjoy!<br /><br /><b><a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/tea/">Tea:</a></b><br /><br />Just what you would expect form it's title. It's a subreddit all about TEA! One of the best hot liquids in the world.<br /><br />They show off tea collections, talk about how best to make it, explore new blends and more. Take a stroll through and see if anything catches your interest.<br /><b><br /></b><b><a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/LifeProTips/">Life Pro Tips:&nbsp;</a></b><br /><br />This subreddit is stock full of random little tips for your life. From ways to open a can without a can opener to how to make more friends.<br /><br /><b><a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/kitties/">KITTIES!:</a></b><br /><br />Because no matter how bad you feel, kitties can always make you feel better. I wrote a book a while back about ways to become more chill, and kitties was certainly one of the top ten ways!<br /><br />So browse some gosh darn kitties!<br /><br /><br />Kole McRaenoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2767516799700373685.post-43005468007894555742013-04-10T18:30:00.000-07:002013-04-10T18:30:00.821-07:00My favourite Songza playlistsI talked about Songza a little bit ago. It's become my go to music service. I haven't even downloaded an illegal song in months now.<br /><br />Today I thought I would share some of my favourite playlists that I listen to. Each one of these is incredibly chill in a very different way.<br /><br />Without further ado:<br /><br /><a href="http://songza.com/listen/3-a-m-airport-songza-1/">3 AM Airport</a><br /><br />This is what I tend to listen to during the day whilst I work. It has a lot of ambient music with a little bit of softer trip hop. Don't expect any heavy hitters though.<br /><br /><a href="http://songza.com/listen/night-bus-DevinWoolf/">Night Bus</a><br /><br />This was one of the first really chill ones I discovered. It has a very unique sound that works well in badly lit rooms or while sitting on a bus at night (as the title implies.)<br /><br /><a href="http://songza.com/listen/bedroom-chillout-songza/">Bedroom Chillout</a><br /><br />This one is a very eclectic mix made up of numerous bands you probably have never heard of (at least I haven't!). It also throws in a few familiar tunes just to perk up your ears a bit.<br /><br /><br />Kole McRaenoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2767516799700373685.post-42926531905464352982013-04-03T18:04:00.000-07:002013-04-03T18:04:00.214-07:00Tea: Blend of tea and other stuff<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OuHHLc3fru4/UUkQAmk5ieI/AAAAAAAAB2g/bYQhG2SG_zY/s1600/1391887_morning_stock.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OuHHLc3fru4/UUkQAmk5ieI/AAAAAAAAB2g/bYQhG2SG_zY/s1600/1391887_morning_stock.jpg" /></a></div>Today I am sitting at my computer with a cup of tea. It's a simple black tea that I've added a nice stick of cinnamon&nbsp;too. This has given it a flavour I didn't expect. It's dark and complex but also sweet and very nice.<br /><br />I've done similar things by adding ginger to green tea and honey.<br /><br />While we have all probably added sugar to tea there is a large amount of other unique flavours we can blend in with our favourite hot beverage.<br /><br />Other things I've seen is folks mixing fruit with tea. This works best with ice teas and green teas. Though a white tea could go well. Especially with some lemon (cliche, I know.)<br /><br />Cinnamon is one of my favourite flavours though, it's surprising that I haven't gotten around to adding it to my tea yet.<br />I've always added it to coffee though, and gosh is it amazing in coffee!<br /><br /><br />Kole McRaenoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2767516799700373685.post-84845445242543451062013-03-27T17:39:00.000-07:002013-03-27T17:39:00.676-07:00Chilled Music: The Postal ServiceIt seems I'm writing about a bunch of 'classic' bands recently. This is because I realized I had never written about them, and that's just plain not right.<br /><br />Today I am going to write about a unique band that I'm told helped inspire 'Owl City.' The band is called 'The Postal Service.'<br /><br />Here is one of there songs:<br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0wrsZog8qXg" width="420"></iframe><br /><br />As you can tell, it's incredibly chill.<br /><br />Recently it was announced that they are going on tour. <a href="http://postalservicemusic.net/tour/">You can check out their tour dates here.&nbsp;</a>I just might be at that Toronto show.<br /><br />Here is another one of their songs. I am on a Postal Service kick at the moment and it's not a habit I want to give up.<br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/xUIBnmdJJ50" width="420"></iframe>Kole McRaenoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2767516799700373685.post-57165703620939747842013-03-20T08:55:00.000-07:002013-03-20T08:55:00.693-07:00The Burning Monk and Meditation<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TUwhTa_VZMM/URE9gpZc6OI/AAAAAAAAB08/cZrkXPLA0eg/s1600/images.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TUwhTa_VZMM/URE9gpZc6OI/AAAAAAAAB08/cZrkXPLA0eg/s1600/images.jpg" /></a></div>That photo is one of the most iconic photos of the 1960's. A monk who set himself on fire in protest. <br /><br />From what I've read the man sat still while his body was burned to a crisp. He made no noise and did not move throughout the process.<br /><br />Say what you will about his reasons and suicide. This really shows you the power of meditation.<br /><br />This man was able to sit still and completely ignore some of his bodies most basic warning signs. He ignored pain, he ignored fear, he ignored the need to breath and more.<br /><br />Meditation gave this man a control over his body that no normal person would have.<br /><br />If you are able to have that kind of control over your body, what kind of control can you have over your mind? <br /><br />Meditation is a powerful tool to help you control stress, reduce anger and ultimately increase your general happiness. <br /><br />Every so often I read too much about evolution psychology or something and start to think I have no control over my own thoughts and ideas (I'm just thinking this to help me find a mate) but in reality we do control how we live and think and feel. <br /><br />Meditation is one of the ways we control this. Kole McRaenoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2767516799700373685.post-53621643338768276782013-03-13T19:20:00.000-07:002013-03-13T19:20:00.026-07:00Cool Sites: Shuffle Your Life<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bvkZoNZotuI/UQs3rYas5xI/AAAAAAAAB0k/B97cPD-cAj0/s1600/newnewnewlogov3.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="58" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bvkZoNZotuI/UQs3rYas5xI/AAAAAAAAB0k/B97cPD-cAj0/s320/newnewnewlogov3.png" width="320" /></a></div>This will be a short post, mostly because the site I want to introduce you to is rather simple. It's called ShuffleMyLife and it's brand new!<br /><br />The site is very simple. You click the big ass button and it tells you something to do. Kind of like a game of truth or dare without the truth.<br /><br />Unlike truth or dare these are not embarrassing things. The site has suggestions such as:<br /><br />&nbsp;"People do not look at maps enough. So explore an area beginning with H. Here is a map."<br /><br />&nbsp;"Buy tickets for a local event beginning with L."<br /><br />&nbsp;"Sell a possession on Ebay or elsewhere. Someone else needs it more than you do." <br /><br />It's a great way to discover new things, kill some boredom and maybe inject something awesome into your life.<br /><br />The site encourages you to learn, to experience and to just live an interesting life.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.shufflemylife.com/shuffle/">I'm going on a bit long, so just check out the site by clicking this friggen sentence.&nbsp;</a>Kole McRaenoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2767516799700373685.post-22731413536274054272013-03-06T10:45:00.000-08:002013-03-06T10:45:00.395-08:00Wake Up Earlier Project Results<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YeJvk_8T_PM/UQrOnJnVYEI/AAAAAAAAB0M/QkrPkyr-4A0/s1600/1146533_alarm_clock.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YeJvk_8T_PM/UQrOnJnVYEI/AAAAAAAAB0M/QkrPkyr-4A0/s1600/1146533_alarm_clock.jpg" /></a></div>A while back I decided to wake up earlier. I issued this as a challenge on my blog and as a challenge to myself. These are my thoughts and notes on it.<br /><br />First of all, waking up early is HARD. When I decided this I had a rather set routine, which most of you probably have as well. Breaking a morning routine is incredibly tough to do. Especially when tired you is rather convincing. "Come on man, it always works out when you sleep in, you can start tomorrow!"<br /><br />After a few days though it became my normal routine to wake up an hour earlier. This has had a large number of benefits.<br /><br />One of which is that I am far more relaxed on my morning commute to work. Before I would get aggitated easily with being thrown around on a packed bus but now that I have had an hour to relax and enjoy my coffee I am much happier and less stressed during it.<br /><br />I am also healthier. I now cook my own breakfast every morning instead of eating something rushed and crappy or buying something unhealthy. <br /><br />Not to mention the extra hour of relaxation I get every day.<br /><br />Really, it's nothing but benefits from doing this project. I highly recommend you all give it a go!Kole McRaenoreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2767516799700373685.post-52895372374186567102013-02-27T16:56:00.000-08:002013-02-27T16:56:00.058-08:00Chilled Music: Sigur RosI noticed an interview with a little Icelandic band I hadn't listened to in a while today. The band was called Sigur Ros and it is one of those bands that once you discover them, changed your entire perception of music.<br /><br />The interview I was&nbsp;referring&nbsp;to <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/177fzp/iam_sigur_r%C3%B3s_an_icelandic_band_consisting_of/">can be found here</a>. It's a Reddit AMA, which is one of my favourite features of Reddit.<br /><br />Sigur Ros can be described as ambient with a mix of post rock. It can be upbeat at times (usually near the ends of songs) but in general is very&nbsp;ethereal&nbsp;and relaxing. The music features synths heavily but with a more 'live' feel than most might expect.<br /><br />Here is a video of one of their songs:<br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/NUysiCX-XZQ" width="560"></iframe><br /><br /><br /><br />The language the singer er... sings, is NOT&nbsp;Icelandic&nbsp;which is kind of funny. It's actually just gibberish made to sound good.<br /><br />Here is a video of one of my favourite songs. What's interesting is that each member of the band played a piano part&nbsp;separately&nbsp; without knowing what the others played. They then played with it and mixed it into a song.<br /><br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/scctp8-xYX4" width="560"></iframe><br /><br /><br />Kole McRaenoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2767516799700373685.post-9006912273865483512013-02-20T17:01:00.000-08:002013-02-20T17:01:00.478-08:00Some daily funnyOne of the best things in life is laughter. Whatever it comes from: funny movie, a good joke, etc. Laughter has been shown to reduce stress, chill you out and even lengthen your life. I like to think that&nbsp;every time&nbsp;I laugh it adds some time to the end of my life.<br /><br />If you're in a bad mood or stressed out, taking a brain break to laugh is a great method.<br /><br />One of the best ways &nbsp;I found of doing that quickely is with webcomics.<br /><br />Yes.<br /><br />Friggen web comics.<br /><br />Which is why I am going to list some of my favourites here:<br /><br /><a href="http://xkcd.com/">XKCD</a><br /><br />This is the original. It is one of the first web comics to get popular and it's still running. It's a geeky comic that covers romance, music, linux kernals and the moon. It has no storyline but each comic is worth the read.<br /><br />It can sometimes get deep and thoughtful, which may not lead to laughter, but will make you think.<br /><br /><a href="http://thedoghousediaries.com/4813">The Dog House Diaries</a><br /><br />This is made by a great group of guys. Like the above comic, this one has no over arching storyline. This once may be a bit more approachable for non geeks due to the more general nature of their humour.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.smbc-comics.com/">Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal</a><br /><br />This is another one of those geeky comics. Really, most of mine will be since I am a total geek. IT covers science,&nbsp;mathematics&nbsp;and graph jokes!<br /><br />Those are just three of my favourites. I could keep going but I want to make some dinner, so maybe another time. You can use these as a jumping off point. Find some more that you love and use them as little mental breaks while working. A good snicker or laugh once in a while will really kill your stress!<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Kole McRaenoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2767516799700373685.post-42553684557124541832013-02-13T16:27:00.000-08:002013-02-13T16:27:00.292-08:00Chill Places: Public Library<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Fnkuas-PbN4/UPX1yVmQwJI/AAAAAAAABzc/J7nwKFES-_M/s1600/1220656_books.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Fnkuas-PbN4/UPX1yVmQwJI/AAAAAAAABzc/J7nwKFES-_M/s1600/1220656_books.jpg" /></a></div>When was the last time you went to the library? You know, that resource of almost unlimited free books. Did you know it has a lot more than that now? You can get dvd's, audio books, graphic novels, magazines and more.<br /><br />But that's all secondary. There is something else about the library that is important: it is quiet.<br /><br />It is rare in this world to find a quiet place. Everywhere you go is filled with noise. Parks have barking dogs and fighting families, streets are filled with the sounds of cars and even your own home may be surrounded by a cocoon of noise.<br /><br />The library on the other hand has this strange quiet to it. Everything said is done so with a whisper and in general there is a 'hushed' feel to it.<br /><br />Many libraries are filled with history. Sometimes that means the history of the city the library is in, but other times it is because the library itself has a plethora of it. Many are hundreds of years old.<br /><br />So go online and find the closest library to you. You won't regret it.<br /><br /><br />Kole McRaenoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2767516799700373685.post-138490137257684422013-02-06T14:49:00.000-08:002013-02-06T14:49:00.355-08:00Experiment: No electricity for a dayQuite a while back I did an experiment where I went 24 hours without using any electricity. I wrote it for a magazine that is now defunct. The experiment seemed simple enough: just go for a day without any electronics. I got stuck on a few things and made a few realizations. <br /><br />Which is why I am suggesting the experiment to you. Go for one full day without any electronics. This means no computer, no cell phone, no oven, no atm transactions, no microwave, no TV, no movies, nothing. <br /><br />IT was stuff like going without an oven or not being available in case of emergency via my phone that got me and made we realize a few things. <br /><br />I may repost the article some day to go over those in more detail (it was a lot of fun to write and I hate to see it never read again) but today is not that day. <br /><br />My job is to offer the challenge, yours is to accept it with an open mind. <br /><br />Think you can handle it? Kole McRaenoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2767516799700373685.post-88645777090918820572013-01-30T18:31:00.000-08:002013-01-30T18:31:00.308-08:00Chilled Drinks: BEER!<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-iOh3gqU6o_8/UM_Y40tb8GI/AAAAAAAABxk/W6oSXLAuCFg/s1600/1287065_wooden_barrels.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-iOh3gqU6o_8/UM_Y40tb8GI/AAAAAAAABxk/W6oSXLAuCFg/s1600/1287065_wooden_barrels.jpg" /></a></div>We all love beer. It is that wonderful drink, made of hopps and love that was originally brewed by monks. But what kind are you drinking these days?<br /><br />Most folks stick to the big brands. Here in Canada it's the likes of Coors, Canadian, Blue and more. These beers are simple, inexpensive, taste okay (light and refreshing) and are easy to find.<br /><br />The issue is that you may be missing out on a huge world of beer!<br /><br />This world is called the land of microbrews.<br /><br />Microbreweries are companies that produce much smaller batches of beer than the big ones you know and love and they tend to make types of beer the big companies wont.<br /><br />Most big companies make what is called a pislner. This is a beer that is light, refreshing but lacking in flavour. They always advertise to drink it really cold because a pilsner doesn't taste very good whilst at room temperature.<br /><br />There are a huge number of other kinds of beers though. Porters, IPA's (and no, alexander Keiths is not a real IPA, it is a Pilsner) and more that are good for all kinds of seasons and occasions.<br /><br />Most major cities have a microbrew scene growing. I find the best bet is to Google microbrew (city name) and you'll find a bunch.<br /><br />The best part is that many of these smaller companies have 'brew pubs' these are usually attached to the brewery and serve sampler packs, where you can try one of each of their beers.<br /><br /><br />Kole McRaenoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2767516799700373685.post-35355162997909274562013-01-23T19:51:00.000-08:002013-01-23T19:51:00.658-08:00A little confession<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-y_iENYgSyG8/UMlTeO0tWZI/AAAAAAAABxM/E1mHJBBgsHw/s1600/1397332_beach_chairs.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-y_iENYgSyG8/UMlTeO0tWZI/AAAAAAAABxM/E1mHJBBgsHw/s1600/1397332_beach_chairs.jpg" /></a></div>Chilled Soda is a bit of a personal project. Sure, it's on the internet so really anyone can read it and do with it as they please. And again, yeah, I write as if I'm talking to someone and not just talking to myself.<br /><br />But in the end, I do it for me.<br /><br />You see, I do Chilled Soda so I can force myself to chill on a regular basis. By making myself write a weekly update on something chill I myself have to think of chill things. It helps me discover new chill bands, relax on a more regular basis, find new ways to relax, etc.<br /><br />By writing Chilled Soda, I am becoming a more chill person (as crazy as that sounds) and that's exactly what I had set out to do with this blog.<br /><br />I guess the fact that people read it is a bit of a bonus. Not to mention it keeps me motivated to keep this blog up. Keep writing every week and enjoying myself.<br /><br />It's a new year, a good time to reflect on the last year. This blog was one of the good things from the previous year that I hope to keep going.<br /><br />What do you want to keep going from last year? What do you want to stop?Kole McRaenoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2767516799700373685.post-72964936348811573552013-01-16T18:13:00.000-08:002013-01-16T18:13:00.548-08:00Chilled Music: Miles DavisI'm going to be a bit of a jerk and steal a comment I found on Reddit about Miles Davis and why he is so popular:<br /><br />"He literally was at the forefront for his whole career. It's absolutely batshit. He would be doing things and setting the main way to do the art 4 or 5 years before people picked up on it and mastered it. At the front of bebop, playing with Bird almost as soon as he came to New York. Even his side projects, like the Nonet with Gil Evans, served as catalysts for much larger movements. Then, later, there came those 4 albums (Relaxin' et al) which a lot of players STILL listen to and base the way they approach standards off to today.<br /><br />I mean, when you consider that the arrangements he put on those tunes became literal canon and the establishment (and those that weren't became so well-known that we need to clarify in jam sessions whether it's Miles' version or not). After that, modal music. Now, when I think modal music, it's mid-sixties-odd. Kind of Blue came out in '59. That blows my mind. And the thing is, all the pieces were there for ANYONE to pick up--but as always, Miles put it together first. After that, free bop. How many quartets can you think of taking the lessons of Miles' European tour seriously even one year after the recordings came out? I don't know the funk story so well, but Miles In the Sky was the only record like itself on the market, and that one paved the way to all the others.<br /><br />The reason Miles is held in such high regard is because he did it first, and the first person to make an idea tends to own it in the eyes of the public."<br /><br />That comment really sums up the man and his accomplishments. He was not only an insanely talented musician, he was a legend in his own time.<br /><br />If you have never heard any of his work, here is what is probably one of his most famous recordings: "So what" from his album: Kind of Blue.<br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/DEC8nqT6Rrk" width="420"></iframe><br /><br />If you really want to jump into jazz, check out other classics like John Coltrain, Bird and the rest. You'll find them as you browse around Youtube.<br /><br />HEre is one of my favourite songs about Bird. Not BY bird, about him. Well, about a bar he opened. Here is "Birdland" by "Weather Report."<br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/pqashW66D7o" width="420"></iframe>Kole McRaenoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2767516799700373685.post-1918550417874343532013-01-09T10:42:00.000-08:002013-01-09T10:42:00.233-08:00The Most Important Thing in LifeI asked my buddies at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thedoghousediaries.com/">The Dog House Diaries</a>&nbsp;to tell me what they thought the most important thing in life was. This was their answer...<br /><br /><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Qx20NUVvf48/TWx0yZtTsuI/AAAAAAAABNI/N3CBujjdIfY/s1600/For%2Bour%2Bbuddy%2BKole.png" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5578962447648404194" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Qx20NUVvf48/TWx0yZtTsuI/AAAAAAAABNI/N3CBujjdIfY/s800/For%2Bour%2Bbuddy%2BKole.png" style="display: block; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center;" /></a>Kole McRaenoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2767516799700373685.post-81668840312263874872013-01-02T16:14:00.000-08:002013-01-02T16:14:00.274-08:00Top Chilled Posts of 2012!It's the new year so of course I'm going to start it off by being lazy and simply listing off my top posts of the year.<br /><br />Without any rambling, here they are!<br /><br /><a href="http://www.chilledsoda.com/2012/11/cool-tips-sleep-better-and-wake-up.html">Cool Tips: Sleep Better and Wake Up Refreshed</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.chilledsoda.com/2012/02/meditation-common-misconceptions.html">Meditation: Common Misconceptions</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.chilledsoda.com/2012/10/project-wake-up-earlier.html">Project: Wake Up Earlier</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.chilledsoda.com/2012/01/school-of-chill-scientific-studies-on.html">School of Chill: Scientific Studies on Yoga</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.chilledsoda.com/2012/03/chilled-blogs-minimalists.html">Chilled Blogs: The Minimalists</a><br /><br />and finally, my <a href="http://www.chilledsoda.com/p/about.html">about page</a> gets a special award since it garnered a lot of traffic but isn't exactly a blog post.<br /><br />Hope you have a great new year!Kole McRaenoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2767516799700373685.post-87755062920876311352012-12-25T16:34:00.000-08:002012-12-25T16:34:00.226-08:00Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Fzc3qqSxgE4/ULQK7roGuYI/AAAAAAAABug/_akImVTWQvY/s1600/1371540_christmas_tree_2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Fzc3qqSxgE4/ULQK7roGuYI/AAAAAAAABug/_akImVTWQvY/s1600/1371540_christmas_tree_2.jpg" /></a></div>Wishing you all a very happy holiday season. Regardless of religion I hope you guys are chill, relaxed and loving life!<br /><br /><br />Kole McRaenoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2767516799700373685.post-18190135889173112592012-12-19T16:17:00.000-08:002012-12-19T16:17:00.143-08:00Tips: The News Will Piss you off<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-z_acK8XBIuE/ULVYM7Q4TqI/AAAAAAAABvU/KRRGfTNHxpg/s1600/1102355_my_daily.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-z_acK8XBIuE/ULVYM7Q4TqI/AAAAAAAABvU/KRRGfTNHxpg/s1600/1102355_my_daily.jpg" /></a></div><b id="internal-source-marker_0.6384346969425678"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">There’s something I noticed recently. It may not be the same for everyone but I have a feeling that it is common. </span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The news can really piss you off. </span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Now, I’d like to start by saying I support being informed. It’s important to know what’s going on in the world around you. The issue is that with the advent of the internet we are attacked with insane amounts of information and news. </span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">It almost seems like the world is always getting worse: car bombings, murders, robberies, rape etc going on in your own city, massive wars being rages for dumb reasons, etc. </span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">So here is some information and tips to help you calm down a bit:</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Remember: </span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Crime rates in most cities has dropped and yet coverage has increased by massive amounts. </span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">With the power of the internet we know a lot more about all the wars in the world being waged, while in the past you’d only know about a few, or the biggest ones. </span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Tips:</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Try to lower the amount of news you read. </span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Look specifically for good news. Bad news sells papers so good news tends to be buried a bit. </span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: normal; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Remember that it might piss you off, notice that it’s pissing you off and take a break. </span></b>Kole McRaenoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2767516799700373685.post-78735611619858472252012-12-17T15:52:00.000-08:002012-12-17T15:52:00.485-08:00Moment of Chill: Cooking<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-T3T_yifN7SQ/UL09Gn7ngmI/AAAAAAAABv8/03J1He07oTo/s1600/1387747_pots_and_pans.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-T3T_yifN7SQ/UL09Gn7ngmI/AAAAAAAABv8/03J1He07oTo/s1600/1387747_pots_and_pans.jpg" /></a></div>"I think careful cooking is love, don't you? The loveliest thing you can cook for someone who's close to you is about as nice a valentine as you can give." Julia Child<br /><br />What will you be cooking this weekend?Kole McRaenoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2767516799700373685.post-66374378082710450322012-12-12T16:32:00.000-08:002012-12-12T16:32:00.245-08:00 Chilled Music: Beirut<b id="internal-source-marker_0.751026802463457" style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Today’s feature is on a band I discovered only recently, though they have been around a long time. Instead of doing an overly complex introduction and try to explain their sound I would rather you just have a listen. </span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><iframe allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/X61BVv6pLtw" width="420"></iframe></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The music may not come off as relaxing as some past bands I’ve written about but this guys voice and the overall ‘chill’ feel of the band certainly gives it the ‘chilled music’ label. </span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Though it may sound otherwise, the band is actually American, it is the brainchild of one Zachary Francis Condon. It is a mix of world music and indie with a hint of folk according to some, I just call it awesome. </span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Their newest album, entitled <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0059IVV9M/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0059IVV9M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=offibudh-20">‘Rip Tide’ is available here.</a> Note, I make a little money if you buy the album from that link. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span></b>Kole McRaenoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2767516799700373685.post-10299809916658222192012-12-05T21:06:00.000-08:002012-12-05T21:06:00.498-08:00Hammocks: A Better Way to Sleep? <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8OgobolMFCA/UJNHDRezz0I/AAAAAAAABtE/wjLvLJJRpLk/s1600/1271300_hammock.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8OgobolMFCA/UJNHDRezz0I/AAAAAAAABtE/wjLvLJJRpLk/s1600/1271300_hammock.jpg" /></a></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">I saw a post on Reddit a few weeks ago (yes, I browse Reddit, you should seriously check it out!) about a man who did not own a bed but instead slept in a hammock every night. The strange thing? He lived in a major North American city, not some jungle somewhere. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">You see, he discovered that hammocks are not only awesome but also good for your back, help you sleep and solve a lot of different ailments. I don't want to get into all the claimed benefits because I haven't had a chance to read the research and I have a feeling some of them are unfounded. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">One thing is for sure though: they save a lot of space and are comfy. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Anyone who has ever used a hammock would agree on the comfort side of things and the fact that you can hang them from a&nbsp;ceiling&nbsp;certainly saves floor space. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">And if your single I can tell you right now: anyone you bring home will be impressed and want to 'try it out' if you know what I mean. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Really I can't find a negative to hammocks. They are cheaper, easier to move and better for your back and health. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Why don't I own one yet? I need to get on that. Maybe one of you guys will buy one for me? </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div>Kole McRaenoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2767516799700373685.post-20140079002221233982012-12-04T15:49:00.000-08:002012-12-04T15:49:00.239-08:00Moment of Chill: NothingWhatever is going through your mind, take a second to pause and think of nothing.Kole McRaenoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2767516799700373685.post-27023576120375846422012-11-28T21:05:00.000-08:002012-11-28T21:05:00.098-08:00Won't somebody think of your nose? <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-DS-WyuGBn5c/UJNGzzGJwhI/AAAAAAAABs8/QUVZ8ZQKJfw/s1600/1102353_sheep.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-DS-WyuGBn5c/UJNGzzGJwhI/AAAAAAAABs8/QUVZ8ZQKJfw/s1600/1102353_sheep.jpg" /></a></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">I talk about a lot of random stuff on this blog. From music (ears) to good tea (taste) but I very rarely cover one of the most important senses: YOUR NOSE!</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Awhile back I mentioned incense as part of a nice chill night. What I failed to do was to go into depth about which incense you should use and just WHY. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">You see, smell is one of the most studied senses your body has (Top 5!) and there has been tons of research on how smell effects us. It's very well known that smell is incredibly related to taste. Did you know that it is also very closely tied to memories? Have you ever walked into a room and the smell reminded you of a room from your childhood? </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">What you smell can heavily effect your emotional state which is why you should do what you can to make sure the things you smell are pleasant. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">This is where incense come in. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Incense are better than oldschool candles for many reasons. The main ones being that they fill a room with smell much quicker and secondly because they are far cheaper to purchase. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">There is a HUGE variety of incense available and I recommend you check out as many as possible. </div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">What I recommend though are the following:</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Lavander (chillllll)</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Sandlewood (Arabian nighttttts and Arabian DAAAAYS, much hotter than hot, much.... you know the song)</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">Nag Champa (basically the smell every Indian and African store in the world uses. )</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0cm;">That's just a primer though. There are plenty of stores that have 'blends' of smells that have different effects. They have energizing blends, calming blends and more. &nbsp;</div>Kole McRaenoreply@blogger.com0