Services for a Hyperspeed Life: Faster Speed Dating, 100-Word News Summaries…

I was interviewed recently from Uruguay by Marco della Cava of USA Today for a cover story that appeared yesterday titled “Speeding Up the Mad Dash.” It’s a quick read and good food for thought: If you’re reading these words, the chocolates and flowers are on their way. Because given the gazillion draws of modern life …

Relax Like A Pro: 5 Steps to Hacking Your Sleep

I once went almost five days without sleep in 1996 just to see 1) if I could make a week (I couldn’t), and 2) what the side-effects would be. I was a new neuroscience major at Princeton at the time and hoped to do research with famed serotonin pioneer, Barry Jacobs. Hallucinations cut my sleep …

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 …

New Year, New You: How to Travel the World with (or without) Kids in 2008

From cold weather land to never-never-land. (Photo: hschmid) Incredible world travel isn’t limited to 20-something singles. Dan Clements knows this, but his take on travel is well worth reading for singles as well. Moving from structure to no structure, issues of timing and career, and more — these are the same issues solo travelers and …

10 Random Gifts That Please Almost Everyone

The Slingshot Monkey is guaranteed to make anyone a 6-year old. What could be better? I love Christmas. Bright colored lights, snow, butter cookies, multicolored socks, scarves, pine trees, garland, the warmth of flames in the fireplace and uplifting cheerful music that gets everyone tapping and smiling… ah, X-mas! But… sometimes it’s hard to figure …

How to Test-Drive Friends and Irritate People

Sometimes you need to make friends and influence people. Other times, you should just test drive them and push their buttons. The art of irritation can, in fact, be just as valuable as the art of persuasion. How so? Let’s start with the problem: people are good liars and actors… up to a point. What …

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 …