Random Episode 10: Kevin Rose and Tim Ferriss on Food, Top Picks, and More


In this episode of Random — lucky #10 — Kevin and I hit the streets of San Francisco to discuss food, recent learnings, and a few feature: favorite books, people, and websites since the last episode.

Show notes and links are included below, but one new order of business: we are thinking of having sponsors for the Random show!

Here’s the idea: we have room for just three (3) sponsors at $1,000 an episode each, and you get both screenshots during the episode with your website/logo, and we also give you a shout out at the beginning of the episode. The sponsorship will allow us to treat Glenn to some fancy new shoes and support his video habit, as well as open up uber-cool options for topics and experiments.

Interested? First come, first served, so let us know at earliest via email: amyatfourhourworkweekdotcom with “RANDOM SPONSOR” in the subject line.

That all said, here are the show notes and a bonus safari video…

Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
Rework by 37Signals
Neverwhere: A NovelNeverwhere by Neil Gaiman


Reid Hoffman – twitter.com/quixotic
Marc Andreessen – blog.pmarca.com
“Angels vs. Venture Capitalists” article by Ben Horowitz


New Zealand
– Picton
Nevis – bungee jumping
– Queenstown
– Christchurch
Canyon Swing

South Africa
– Capetown
– Lions Head
Shark Diving Unlimited in Gansbaai
Sanbona Safari (Recommended Ranger: Salomon Munnik)

Bonus video – 3-minute tour of the Dwyka lodge safari tents:

Shoot Location and Misc.:
– San Francisco Ferry Building
SF Farmer’s Market (1 of the top 10 in the US)
Salt slab for cooking (delish)

Related and Recommended:
All past Random Show episodes


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Posted on: March 24, 2010.

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190 comments on “Random Episode 10: Kevin Rose and Tim Ferriss on Food, Top Picks, and More

  1. Tim,

    You travel a lot and seem to have no intention of settling down any time soon. I travel 75% of the year for work and for pleasure. I’m getting to the point of really stressing about finding a girl and starting a family cause I know it’s something I want to do, but there’s still so much left to discover. What are your thoughts on that? Got any plans for family and kids or is that not a priority for you?

    thanks in advance for your reply ;)


    • Hi Zach,

      I definitely want the family, but I’m in no rush, perhaps a benefit of being male. Rushing leads to bad decisions, but I’m sure it’ll happen once I find the right girl.



  2. Hello Tim Ferriss
    I live in the UK mostly and not heard of you until I came across your blog, purely by accident this week. If I succumb I may buy your book… perhaps…. although it looks like ‘Delivering Happiness’ may be worth investigating too.
    Your Random show was highly entertaining and you and Kevin come across as a nice pair of lads with a real lust for life. I have a mini (tiny, very small, even microscopic) crush on you. Perhaps you could give me a cheeky rockstar wink on the next Random show? Yes?
    Cheerio (thats english for goodbye) x


  3. Good episode guys! Loved it!


    A 500 lb deadlift is possible for many, although not common and a great goal to shoot for indeed. I love the deadlift.

    Keep us updated on your progress and anything I can do to help.

    Rock on
    Mike T Nelson PhD(c)


  4. Hi Tim;

    Absolutely love your Random Show!!!

    Also, wanted to tell you that recently after hearing that my hubby’s plant is closing in a year, I decided to completely follow your advice and jump off the 9-5 track.

    I sent out 20 inquiries to VA’s overseas and within an hour got 3 responses. I couldn’t believe the cost and quality of these applicants. If it wasn’t for you or your book I never would have considered doing this.

    Youre amazing – Keep up the great work of inspiring us!



  5. Hey Tim & Kevin,

    May I suggest BusyCal to replace iCal?

    It syncs between multiple users, iPhone and Google Calendar, has tons of features that are missing in iCal. It syncs so beautifully, I wonder why Apple can’t manage to get it right.

    John Chaffee and Dave Riggle, the develpers, were the ones responsible for making NUD (Now Up To Date) way back.

    I was skeptical about at first, but after using it for just a couple of days, I don’t think I can go back to iCal.

    Hope it helps a little , let me know what you think.

    All The Best,


    P.S. If you’re a gmail user, I’ve totally switched to Mailplane.


  6. Tim,
    Your videos are a constant source of inspiration and motivation for me. The clip of the Dwyka Lodge is amazing! You truly are living life!

    It motivated me to plan a trip to Japan next February and to compete in a Kendo tournament.

    Finally I wanted to share a link you might enjoy as I have seen from your blog and book you are a fan of languages. The Foreign Service Institutes has released a lot of their language courses for free.


    Thanks again for everything and keep the videos coming!



  7. Tim –

    I still haven’t finished all the way through your new edition of the book but just wanted to let you know that I have hired two VA’s within a week and woke up this morning to emails from one telling me that the research she had given me was done. The other VA emailed me telling that she had completed two ebooks that have been sitting on my hard drive for a year and half.

    I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. THANK YOU!


  8. Great video! Thanks for keep sharing random, cool & useful stuff. Have you heard of this tasty all natural Vietnamese brown rice noodle soup called Happy Pho? I came across the founders at Wholefoods San Mateo when they were giving out samples. Totally delicious stuff! Tastes just like the Pho I had when I was traveling in Vietnam, has organic green tea in the noodles, and cook in 10 mins.


  9. Tim,

    First time I’ve ever posted, so a big thank you is in order. Your book and blog have had a massive impact on my life – amazing stuff. Thank you so much.

    Now, hopefully I can help you out a little.

    With respect to your reliable 500lb deadlift… there are two coaches in San Fran that I couldn’t recommend more highly – Kelly Starrett and Adrian Bozman. Apart from being stellar in their own right, I believe they’ve both spent some time learning from epic powerlifter Louie Simmons (no doubt you’ve heard of Louie).

    Kelly is also a first rate Physical Therapist – you may, in fact, discover there are some mechanical or impingement issues holding you back from lifting heavier.

    They both work out of San Francisco CrossFit.

    I’m sure you can find some outstanding help there that will assist you in crushing your 500lb target in no time.

    Hope that helps and again, many thanks for all your amazing work.



  10. Awesome show, glad to see you enjoyed South Africa. In terms of a better safari experience (which does cost quite a bit but is definitely worth it) go to Sabie Sabie. Its a private reserve in the Kruger park. Probably the best place to go to see South African wildlife. Remember that for next time :)

    There is also a massive bungee jump in the Western Cape province at Bloukrans Bridge. I believe its one of the highest if not the highest bungee jump in the world.

    I’m a South African and am yet to do 2 things which you have done. Shark cage diving and Climbing Lions head. I’ll add that onto my to do list this year :p

    By the way The four hour body is awesome, will look at purchasing The four hour work week at some point this week.

    Thanks for all the useful advice and happy new year



  11. I found this site after reading the 4 Hour Body and was surprised at how much great content there is. I think I’m going to be spending a lot of time here for the next while!