Stuff I Own

Some stuff i own and recommend to friends

I get emails all the time asking what I use to produce podcasts, so I thought I'd put together a page with that stuff. That got me rummaging around in old Amazon orders, and I thought I'd add a few other things we've bought over the past few years that have proven to be solid products. You may ask yourself, "Why should I give a shit what vacuum cleaner Chris Ryan uses?" Good question. I have no answer. But if you're curious about what you'd see in our place, here's some of it. This is all stuff I bought on Amazon (except the Tom Bihn bags), and all these links take you to Amazon, so if you end up buying anything, from 4 to 7% of what you spend gets kicked back to support the podcast (at no cost to you). So that's cool.

This is what I use for my home recording: intros and the TOMA episodes.

This is on my desk, with the Yeti mounted on it. Perfect.

Aeronaut 45 (carry on)

Aeronaut 45 (carry on)

When they heard I was traveling around the world and wasn't thrilled with the bags I had, the fine folks at Tom Bihn agreed to send me a couple of bags I could sample. Well, I love both of these. They're made with materials that sit right at the sweet spot where durability and not-too-heavy meet, and the designs go places I wouldn't have thought to ask for, but really appreciate in use. They're not cheap, but I don't anticipate buying replacements for years, both cause these will last (and have lifetime guarantees) and I can't imagine features I'd want that they don't have. Plus, made in USA. I don't have any promo code or affiliate link, so if you buy anything from them, please tell them I sent you so they'll know their generosity is paying off. 

Empire Builder

Empire Builder

Part of my home set-up. These are plugged directly into my Yeti.

I love this thing. I started with the H-4N, but upgraded to this when it came out. Love the on-board mixing and ability to record in so many formats. I record high quality mp3, which gives me tons of space on a 64 gig card. The only downside to this thing is that it eats batteries pretty fast, and if they die while you're recording, you can lose everything that hasn't been saved. After I'd been complaining about that (on the air) for a while, a listener wrote to me and said, "Hey dumb-ass, why don't you get back-up power for your Zoom so we don't have to listen to you complain about it?" Good question. So I got this, and it works great.

$31.99 $129.99

Since I don't want to lug mics and  cables around, I got a few of these to plug into the Zoom. They're omnidirectional, so they aren't as good for recording in a place with ambient sound (like a park), but they've worked out fine so far (and much lighter).

I have one of these in my computer bag at all times. So even if I don't have my Zoom, I can get an acceptable podcast recording with just this and my laptop.

Love this thing. If you write or do anything else at a desk, one (or two) of these can make life a lot easier.

Have a couple of these by the bed for late-night reading. I like the recharge-ability. 

I like the adjustable LED lighting and it's always good to have that USB port on the desk.

My wife is a tropical creature, so she's often cold at night. We've gone through a lot of water bottles. They always end up leaking, which is a freakin disaster. These things are built like BMWs. Solid. Thick plastic. Serious stoppers. Not gonna leak. Like what grandma used.

I'm not a big watch guy, but I really like this one. It's not that shitty glow that fades away an hour after sunset. You can see this sucka all night. And it's a nice glow, too. Looks like a solid watch without screaming, "Look how rich I am!"

Pretty much all you need. This thing is heavy, but if you take care of it, you've got it for life. Goes in the oven, on the stove, or in the fire. Cowboy tested.

You never need more than eight inches. Am I right, ladies? This thing holds an edge and has a smooth grip that doesn't get slippery (and dangerous) when wet.

Hot water all damned day. Sometimes, I'll brew up a thermos of green tea in the morning and go through it at my desk. So, even though I know my body is slowly melting away cause I just sit there all day, at least I'm drinking green tea! That's something, right?

On the low setting, this thing is as silent as a ninja. Even on higher settings, you barely hear it. Great bedroom ventilator. Silently blows those farts away.

I was gonna be on a pilot Dan Savage was recording for HBO (didn't get picked up), and I needed nice shoes. I showed up in these and Dan's assistant said, "I wish I could get Dan to buy a pair of those!" I thought, "If I'm giving fashion advice to a gay dude, I'm doing OK!"

Andrew Weil told us about these things. They work great. No more sticky fingers with garlic paper all over the place.

This thing sucks (in a good way). No bags, no crazy Dyson prices. Love it.

My pale eyelids are useless at blocking light, so I always travel with a sleep mask, and this is the best—hands down. It molds to your face, doesn't touch your eyelids, doesn't make your eyes sweat, etc. I've left a bunch on planes, but always buy another one. They're not cheap, but for me, definitely worth the price.

I was at a dinner party in Los Angeles once at the home of a couple I'd just met the week before. When I showed up, the husband took me on a tour of their house. When we got to the bedroom, he said, "And this is where I fuck the shit outa my wife." Seriously. Wow. Anyway, we love this mattress. Firm, but not too firm, and a fraction of what Tempurpedic chargers for the same thing. The frame we have is below. Easy assembly.

I love hammocks. Love em. I think the hammock was probably human-kind's first idea, and still its best. Get one of these, and you can throw away the rest of your furniture. That's not the color I'd choose, but for some reason, it's the only one Amazon shows in the link (if you click through to Amazon, you'll see lots more color combos). I've given a lot of these to friends as gifts over the years. Great for travel.

Not as good as a hammock, but close. Love this thing.