Meet the Real Fast and Furious: 130 MPH, Creating Supercars, and Breaking Records

Forget drag races and movie stars with “nitrous.” Instead, imagine using spotting planes, counterfeit police cars, and thermal night-vision cameras to break the record for the famed Cannonball Run from NY to LA: 32 hours and 7 minutes. How to do it? Sustain approximately 130 miles per hour on average the entire time (when you …

How I Prostitute Myself (and Other Options for You)

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Some of my best how-to posts are coming up soon (how I deconstruct languages in one hour, applying metrics to personal life, interviews with gold medalists on performance, etc.), but today I ask you to indulge me and some odd behavior. Two problems became clear to me a few …

The Art of Letting Bad Things Happen (and Weapons of Mass Distraction)

The menu in the Slovak Republic: full-contact video below. Long time no see! I just landed back in CA from a long overdue mini-retirement through London, Scotland, Sardinia, Slovak Republic, Austria, Amsterdam, and Japan. Some unpleasant surprises awaited me when I checked in on the evil e-mail inbox. Why? I let them happen. I always …

The Top 5 Uncommon Timesavers for Bloggers/Writers (Plus: Video of Me Kissing a Hairy "Coo")

Greetings from a jazz bar in Sardinia, Italy! If you’d like to see what I pack when I also hit cold weather like the pelting rain of Scotland — while still keeping it under 20 lbs. — check out my recent post on Gadling here. The Monica grape wine here is excellent and a new …

The Top 5 Reasons to Be a Jack of All Trades

Specialization isn’t always a good thing. Photo from 1951 assembly line. Are the days of Da Vinci dead? Is it possible to, at once, be a world-class painter, engineer, scientist, and more? “No way. Those times are long gone. Nothing was discovered then. Now the best you can do is pick your field and master …

How Much Does Your Commute Really Cost You? Calculate It… Then Kill It?

What is the true cost of your commute? One example comes from 4HWW reader Troy Gardner, who recently wrote to me: I’m still work focused (I like creating things!), but since I control my time/location, I’m reaping some of the rewards of being among the New Rich. My girlfriend and I will be spending the …

How to Survive a Physical Attack: Tips from a Top UFC Trainer for Escaping and Attacking

What would you do if you had a 250-lb. football player on top of you? Most women would be raped, and most men would be beaten unconscious. In both cases, you end up on the ground and must first try and establish what’s called the “guard” position — your legs locked around your attacker’s mid-section, …

Savant School: How to Memorize 10,000 Numbers and More

The spectrum of human memory potential: Daniel “Brainman” Tammet beats blackjack and Japanese schoolchildren become human calculators. Numbers, or digit strings, are considered by many mnemonists and cognitive scientists to be the most difficult data to memorize. If numbers are both abstract and difficult, how did Hideaki Tomoyori of Japan memorize PI to more than …

The 10 Most Common Words You Should Stop Using Now

Is this what your thinking looks like? [Thanks for the Japanese vending machine, Woesinger!] Words are thoughts. The better we choose our words, the more we hone our thinking machine, and just like software, it’s a case of GIGO: Garbage In, Garbage Out. Thinking hard is pointless if we don’t use the right tools. Think …

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 …