The Random Show, Episode 23 — New Year’s Resolutions, Firearms, Start-up Finds, Zelda, and Obscene Thoughts on Grey Hairs


There are dozens of topics covered in this wine-infused, bromantic episode of scatterbrained nonsense.

Like what? Well, plans for 2014, firearms, tech finds and start-up talk, the goodness of Zelda, favorite recent books, and much more. O-tanoshimi dane!

One special offer:
If you sign up as one of the first 100 beta testers for Shyp (click here) and ship anything — I suggest a book for a friend or family member — you’ll get the following:

  • A $10 credit
  • A free copy of The 4-Hour Workweek, signed by yours truly!  Limited to first 100 to ship.

This edition of The Random Show was recorded and edited by Graham Hancock (@grahamhancock). For all previous episodes, including the epic China Scam episode, click here.

Special thanks to reader Jonathan Hsieh of ClickPlayCEU for the show notes below, which include links to almost everything we mention…

Hat tip to everyone who put notes in the comments!

SHOW NOTES — Random Show 23

Commitment this year: Once per month doing something that I look back on and say – “That was an amazing life experience.”

The Bay Lights

Mag Tactical – Kevin’s Trigger Cage for AR

3-day Meditation Retreat (Tim’s rec)

Some of Tim’s commitments this year:
– See the Northern Lights
– Fly fishing, potentially in Montana
– Surfing in Costa Rica
– Heli-skiing in Alaska or elsewhere

AngelList — See what Tim and Kevin invest in, and how you can invest alongside them:



Target Gold Tipped Socks

Kevin’s upping his game: CK boxer micro briefs (amazon) –

Bill Harlan – Harlan Estate

Mascot Wine

The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert

Bulleit Bourbon

2007 Clos de los Siete, from Mendoza


Tim Ferriss 3-Minute Breakfast

Zelda a Link Between Worlds (3ds)

Tim Ferriss Book Club

Daily Rituals
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1)



Posted on: February 6, 2014.

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83 comments on “The Random Show, Episode 23 — New Year’s Resolutions, Firearms, Start-up Finds, Zelda, and Obscene Thoughts on Grey Hairs

  1. Kevin is right about briefs, presentation is everything!
    Have not found a wine I like, but bourbon is next on my list of things to try.
    Thanks guys!


  2. The Tim Ferriss Experiment:
    I like the show but it looks like all you are doing is getting a great teacher and doing what you can in 5 days. I didn’t see superhuman results on the drumming or car racing. The ‘Kiwi’ didn’t do any deconstruction or 20/80 principle and yet he still did slightly better during the test. Though it was a personal success for you to improve in an area that you had a challenge with, it was not some amazing accelerated learning super human example that people would love to see.

    Enjoying the experiments, fun to watch.


  3. Congrats on the Dragon Hair young man! I am almost 69 years old so it makes me smile to hear you young folks talk about the beginning of the end.

    You two guys are amazing. I am sure you feel good about yourselves for all your success, but you probably don’t realize just how far ahead of most of the world you are. When I was your ages I had a wife and two girls and a sales career. If I had even a fraction of your talents then my life would be far better now. So you are inspiring many I am sure and they too, will go on to do great things. Oh, read Four Hour Work Week and Four Hour Body.

    It is good for us old guys to hear what young successful people like you are thinking about. It keeps me young.

    This is the first time I watched the Random Show. Good idea for a show. Keep them coming.


  4. Hi Tim, Thanks for startups advice and the angellist. If you ever read this, may I suggest these two books of Dale Carnegie for your Book Club? How to Stop Worrying and Start Living and How to Win Friends and Influence people which I think helps every reader deal with his life, work and stress. Both my favorite books along with your 4HWW, Cyropaedia, Steve Jobs Biography, Only Love is Real by Dr. Brian Weiss and The Laws of the spirit World. Thanks again. :)?


  5. Hey Tim,

    If you’re looking for more fantasy style stuff with awesome dialog, I recommend books by Glen Cook as well. You can try Tower of Fear out as a good stand alone to see if you like his style. After that I’d recommend the Black Company series or the Instrumentalities of the Night.


  6. Tim,

    I have an application idea that I would like to speak with you about and am in need of possible mentorship or even guidance on how to move forward with it. I feel that what I have come up with could be extremely beneficial to the public. Would you be available for a discussion? Please let me know what date and time would work best with your schedule.

    Thank you for your time.


  7. Love the honest introduction for the episode, wish many internet celebrities paid attention and stopped being so pretentious about their blogs.

    I like Kevin’s commitment for this year – it can be tweaked and applied in many ways to get closer to a fulfilling life.


  8. Dear Mr. Time Ferris

    I profusely apologize for inconveniencing you. My life is at crossroads and I have a belief that you have a role to play in the resolution of this dilemma.

    I am a big fan of your work and so is a very special person in my life. She has since decided to take a break from me. My only hope is to tell her in a way that I am not just about words and I am willing to do anything to make her feel special. She loved Barnes and Noble, and also the Amazing Race. So over this weekend, I clocked 327 miles in New Jersey, covering 16 Barnes and Noble locations in 10 hours. I collected photos and compiled them into a photo album.

    She is a very big fan of yours and it would mean a lot to both me and her if she were to get a small personal message addressed to her. A few lines of text is all I seek.

    Dear Mr. Tim Ferris, you must have truly loved someone at some point in your life, and you might be in love even now. In the name of that pure and sacred love, I beg you to please help my cause by contributing a few lines of text.

    Thank you.


    Ravi Gupta


  9. Hi Tim,

    Great Random Show, as usual.
    I am a big wine fan, and was excited to see some wine recommendations. I have not been able to order any though, and wondering if anyone else has had any luck. The sites seem to require you to submit an email address and wait to see if you hear back (have not heard anything yet). Hoping I get the chance to try some!


  10. Hey Tim,

    I think a guest post from Kevin detailing his journey through his “self-education” of alcohol, including books, people, places, brands, and the different resources he uses throughout the process would be pretty awesome! I have wanted to self-educate myself for a long time and haven’t exactly known where to start. Just a suggestion, thanks for another great show.


  11. I love the idea of doing something every month that you can look back on and fondly remember. I don’t want to get to my deathbed and say, “I wish I had more time to do…….” Now is the time! Best of luck with the Ar build!


  12. Tim, I really appreciate these posts. You and Kevin seem like pretty cool dudes.

    I look forward to more episodes. Maybe do one from your little step brother city – Portland, Oregon – where there are lots of cool entrepreneurial things going on.

    Could do an episode from a craft brewery!



  13. Hey Guys,
    Love to “back” your syndicates, but the accreditation bar is just out of reach. The bar seems pretty high for the $1000 minimum mentioned. Did I miss something or is the angel web-site yet to be updated?



  14. Question:

    Tim and Kevin discussed paper trading with AngelList. I’d like to start with Paper trading while I earn my accredited investor status. I can’t figure out how to actually do that.

    Does anyone know how to start paper trading on AngelList?