How to Travel the World with 10 Pounds or Less (Plus: How to Negotiate Convertibles and Luxury Treehouses)

How to Travel the World with 10 Pounds or Less (Plus: How to Negotiate Convertibles and Luxury Treehouses)

The incredible Sony VAIO VGN-TXN27N laptop. This beauty is less than 2″ thick and weighs 2.8 lbs. If I add a few ounces of weight with the extended battery (on the right) and trick it out, I can get 15 hours of battery life. [Update: I now use a MacBook Air] The name of the …

How to Change The World with 200 Books — You Decide (plus Finalists of the Endless Summer Competition!)

How to Change The World with 200 Books — You Decide (plus Finalists of the Endless Summer Competition!)

My view from three hours ago in Fortuna, Costa Rica: Volcano Arenal (Photo from Arenal.net) One of the most common questions I get is: what now? Following the book, what’s my next project? I have a few interesting ideas brewing, but one is bigger than all the rest combined: double the number of science majors …

Paris Hilton Killing Me Softly: How Mass Media Passes Off Crap as News… (plus Learning Annex, 4-Hour Frauds, and More)

Paris Hilton Killing Me Softly: How Mass Media Passes Off Crap as News… (plus Learning Annex, 4-Hour Frauds, and More)

Drew Curtis is the CEO of Fark.com and one cool dude. Not only did he introduce me to horseracing and Woodford Reserve four-grain bourbon, but he is — in my opinion — the most brilliant media observer and trend identifier in the US. No joke. On top of that, one thing was glaringly obvious when …

Leno Book Spoof, Tim vs. Donny Deutsch, and First Live Q&A with Tim

Leno Book Spoof, Tim vs. Donny Deutsch, and First Live Q&A with Tim

The last week has been surreal. It all began with an e-mail from a reader last Thursday at 11:34pm tipping me off to the impossible. Fumbling for the remote, I caught it just in time — Jay Leno spoofing The 4-Hour Workweek! [Update: the link I had here has been deleted or exceeded bandwidth, so …

How to Do The Impossible: Create a Paperless Life, Never Check Voicemail Again, Never Return Another Phone Call…

How to Do The Impossible: Create a Paperless Life, Never Check Voicemail Again, Never Return Another Phone Call…

“I must create a System, or be enslav’d by another Man’s.” -William Blake Forget the paperless office — it’s aiming too low. Let’s take a look at the bigger picture: a paperless life. While we’re at it, let’s also eliminate three other nuisances: answering the phone, checking voicemail, and returning phone calls. Is this possible? …

Publishing 2.0: Google and The 4-Hour Workweek Special Arrangement Foreshadows the Future of Books

The news in brief: Google has come to a special arrangement with The 4-Hour Workweek to help readers test and improve the book’s core ideas. Before I give the details, let me explain why this is significant. From Printing Press to Oligarchy to Digital Democracy The dead-tree world is no more. Digital word-of-mouth — the …

Robert Scoble Interviews Tim Ferriss: Productivity, E-mail Fasts, GTD, and More…

I spend a good amount of time at the offices of Podtech, usually stealing their Diet Dr. Pepper and hanging out on their bean bags. A few weeks ago, however, I managed to do something resembling “work”: an interview with uberblogger Robert Scoble. This time, I was the interviewee! The camera work is much better …

The Endless Summer: How to Travel the World — and Improve It — for Free

The Endless Summer: How to Travel the World — and Improve It — for Free

“Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that, despite all the progress that has been made in the last 30 years, many foreign people still speak in foreign languages.” -Dave Barry Chilling on a Smithsonian research island in Panama. Heaven on earth? Perhaps, but there are hundreds of places …

How Scoble Reads 622 RSS Feeds Each Morning

Uberblogger Robert Scoble is truly one-of-a-kind. For those who don’t know, he became famous as a technical evangelist at Microsoft and quickly became their most outspoken and influential blogger. He now interviews people like Bill Gates, and the worldwide media reports on his every move. One of his most mindboggling skills is information management. He …