Random Episode 12 – Favorite Design Sites, Skydiving, New Books, and More


This long-overdue episode of Random, filmed at Samovar Tea, includes:

– Book updates and new book recommendations (including Omnivore’s Dilemma and If This Is A Man : The Truce)
– Favorite sites, including design-focused sites
– The new Kindle vs. the iPad — pros and cons.
– Book title hijinks and red herrings
iFly indoor skydiving video (special thanks to Kent and Travis!)

Find all previous episodes of Random here.

Correction: Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev is credited with the modern Periodic Table of Elements, not Primo Levi, who wrote a book entitled “The Periodic Table.”


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Posted on: August 9, 2010.

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206 comments on “Random Episode 12 – Favorite Design Sites, Skydiving, New Books, and More

  1. Ah, keen to get some more book recommendations. Downloading now. :-)

    But speaking of books, is there a timeframe yet for Becoming Superhuman? Will we be reading it within a year or so? Been on a bit of a health-kick lately, so I’m excited to read it.


  2. Cool video, Tim, thanks. I’ve been debating the Kindle vs. iPad forever, and because of that, I don’t have either one yet… The new Kindle might change that a bit.


  3. Whoaa!

    Best Random Ep Yet!

    You guys have such a great energy happening together.

    Plus, the shorter format is way more digestible.

    Also, thanks for helping me figure out where I’m taking my best friend for his birfday. (ifly!)

    Até mais!


  4. So glad to see you guys together again. Great advice on the credit cards, not debit cards. Debit cards are so much more hassle if they get stolen.

    Wanted to thank you too Tim for the inspiration that’s helped me move to Tamarindo, Costa Rica last week to start my long term travel. Started reading, Vagabonding that you recommended and it’s AWESOME! Anyone that doesn’t listen to your recommendations are crazy.


  5. OMG…I can’t believe it finally happened. I actually had heard of most of the things you talked about in the episode. Of course you hit me with some new stuff…but I loved the book Omnivore’s Dilemma…not sure if you’ve read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by by Barbara Kingsolver but it is a great read as well about a family that eats only what they can grow and source in a 100 mile radius of their home…Kingsolver is a master and makes her journey enlightening and entertaining at the same time. My kids have been to iFly and had a fabulous time…it is amazing watching your kids conquer their fears. And your point about the iPad (my first Apple product) were dead on…I’m continually tempted to check email or play a game while I’m reading.

    I love the ease with which you both banter and appreciate the time you put into episode 12.


  6. Went and saw Michael Pollen speak live. I still haven’t read any of his books, but he was a cool dude in person.

    I also decided to jump into the eBook front but I went with the nook instead of the Kindle. I made my decision after the nook dropped to $150, but before the Kindle was announced at $139. :P I’m happy with it so far. Finished “The Black Swan” last week and I’m working on “Blink” now. :D


  7. Tim, I notice you’ve matured in this video. Your vibe seems calm and centered. You’re not rushing to impress, and you show more interest in Kevin’s life than your own. I like that.

    Sometimes I felt Kevin was being bogged down by your desire to make an impression on your viewers.

    Thanks for the vid, it’s always interesting to learn about the interest and life of Tim Ferriss. Eagerly waiting for the Becoming Superhuman book. Excited to soak in your knowledge once again.


  8. Great new episode; always enjoy watching you guys.

    Like Kevin I pre ordered a Kindle 3 when it was announced and agree it has a different place than an iPad.

    I also received an iPad as a birthday gift 2 weeks ago and an trying to figure out best practices on it for business. Would love to hear how both of you have been using the iPad. So far it seems to be working well as a to do list manager among the other basic features of the device.

    Best Regards,


  9. Love the random episodes. Especially that you guys promote products/sites/media that you use yourselves. Completely agree that setting deadlines is definitely the best way to go about things. Speaking of feats, even though mine doesn’t involve snatching kettle balls… Climbed Mt. Whitney a few weeks ago. Would highly recommend to any group wanting to accomplish something together.


  10. Hi Tim, great random video this month, each episode is better than the last. I’ve been following you on Twitter also and thanks for the fun posts.

    I have to tell you my iFly story… when I did it a couple years ago, I made the brilliant decision to ignore the “If you have ever dislocated your shoulders, DO NOT do this” warning, and then of course dislocated both… yes both, of my shoulders during my “flight.” And obviously I couldn’t move my hands to do the thumbs down signal they told us to do if we wanted to stop… so I just flailed around a bit until they figured it out and turned off the air. Sure, it was pretty sucky at the time, but now I think it’s pretty damn hilarious. The best part? I have my flight on video too. ;)


  11. Hey…Reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma was the beginning of my becoming a food radical. You may also be interested to watch the movie, Food, Inc. and follow the health/wellness/lifestyle information blogged about at both Mercola.com and NaturalNews.com. In my view, the current laws, regulations, interests and influences that control most of the “food” and information about “food” available in the USA has been the most significant cause of the crisis in health and healthcare in this country. It is an almost unfathomable crime. I am optimistic that the Internet and easy to access movies like Food, Inc. will soon create the tipping point necessary for real change in this arena. Anyway, thanks for Random…and all of your interesting links and recommendations. Best, Ann


  12. Food Inc is an amazing movie. It brings to light shocking facts about the food industry, I felt like turning veg after watching it, I’m still working on the veg part, but I’ve seriously cut down on non-veg.


  13. Always love hearing your book recommendations. Curious to know if you actually read books on an ipad/kindle. I can’t bring myself to. I guess it would make sense on long trips/flights, but there’s just something about paper that makes me feel comfy, like I’m reading a….book. :)


  14. If you’re interested in a tiny 150 page book written by a psychologist who was in a concentration camp:

    Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning is inspiring