How Tucker Max Got Rejected by Publishing and Still Hit #1 New York Times

The infamous Tucker Max, self-proclaimed asshole. (Photo: Randy Stewart/blog.stewtopia.com) Preface: I’ve debated doing this post for a long while. Today I bite the bullet. Part of my job is introducing you to valuable lessons and interesting people you might not find otherwise. “Interesting” takes many forms. Keep that in mind, and keep an open mind, …

The Philosophies of Work: A Conversation with Derek Sivers of CD Baby

Derek Sivers is a stud. I thought I’d share the conversation we had at SF MusicTech Summit. Dozens of topics covered include: – Testing asssumptions vs. cheating – PR and reaching out to unreachables – Micro-testing ideas and products: from The 4-Hour Workweek to Trent Reznor – Personal outsourcing for creatives – Filling the void …

The Holy Grail: How to Outsource the Inbox and Never Check Email Again

What if you never had to check e-mail again? If you could hire someone else to be spend countless hours in your inbox instead of you? This isn’t pure fantasy. For the last 12 months, I’ve experimented with removing myself from the inbox entirely by training other people to behave like me. Not to imitate …

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 …

Outsourcing Life and How to Eliminate E-mail Overload

The Master does nothing, yet he leaves nothing undone. The ordinary man is always doing things, yet many more are left to be done. Tao Te Ching Chapter 38 Is it possible to outsource your life to other countries? By now, you know that I believe it is. But is it necessary to outsource overseas? …

Mastering the Low-Information Diet… and Pre-order Crisis!

Presenting “Mastering the Low-Information Diet” at the Web 2.0 Exposition in SF (Scott Beale / Laughing Squid) Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon… Eric Schmidt, Chairman of Google… Tim Ferriss?! Too surreal. I presented last Sunday at the Ignite portion of the huge Web 2.0 Expo, where two groups of speakers each gave 5-minute …

The 5 Top-Performing American Apparel Ads, and How They Get PR for Free (NSFW)

Above and below are five American Apparel ad campaigns that ran for less than $1,500 each. Designed to get attention and create controversy, they were covered in AdWeek, The Hollywood Reporter, Daily Mail, NBC, Gawker, and dozens of other outlets and blogs. Despite this minuscule budget, they did millions of earned media impressions all over …

The 4-Hour Chef: The New Book with Amazon

I love exploring and try new things. Here: failing my Maid Cafe audition in Akihabara, Tokyo. (Photo: David West) Never before have I appeared on the cover of The New York Times, and never before have I seen such an incredible response to a single announcement involving me. From the serious (WSJ, New York Observer, …

Pimping Firefox: The Basics (Matt Mullenweg, Garrett Camp, and More)

Don’t pimp real foxes. That’s just mean. (Photo: wildphotons) 38.16% of the people who visit this site are still using Internet Explorer (IE). It’s like buying a hybrid car for the gas mileage and then driving with flat tires and the doors open. This post will serve two purposes: first, to introduce beginners to features …