My Latest Obsessions: Voodoo Floss, Pu-Erh Tea, Electronic Gypsy Music, and More


One video letter from my quarterly mailings.

Every three months, I ship out a box of wonderful physical products, along with a video “letter” explaining how I found them and how I use them.

One such video letter is above.

The theme of these quarterly mailings is obsession–the ideas and objects I can’t get out of my head.

Obsessions enter my life from odd places.  Currently, my gadgets and gear recommendations are coming from Cirque du Soleil performers, chess prodigies, Fortune 500 CEOs, and military snipers.  It’s the randomness that makes it fun.

More than 1,500 people subscribe to these boxes through They are making 130 more slots available for my next shipment, which is going to be killer. You can subscribe here. If you miss TIM05, you’ll be first in line for TIM06.

Below, I describe the goodies from the last two boxes, so you can explore them a la carte.


[Note for those asking about the TFX TV show — 13 episodes are coming soon, plus extras for iTunes season pass holders!]

Box TIM04

Scroll to below the photos for descriptions and links.

1. Vagabonding book — one of my all-time favorites — signed by author Rolf Potts – This is one of two books I took around the world with me for approximately 18 months. I love it so much that I bought the rights to the audiobook, worked with Rolf to add new case studies, and had him narrate an updated version. Listen to a free sample here.

2. Soma Water Filter – The water filter I use and show off to friends. More details in the video at the top of this post.

3. STX Lacrosse Ball – My all-around fix for muscular issues including foot ache (e.g. plantar fasciitis), tight chest (which can cause back pain), and more.

4. Rogue Fitness VooDoo Floss Band – This contraption is half torture and half miracle. Created by Kelly Starrett of SF CrossFit, it has helped me turn around nasty injuries in 24-48 hours.

5. Blue Bottle Coffee, 17ft. Ceiling – One of my favorite coffee beans from one of my favorite roasters on the planet. I like to hand grind and then brew using an AeroPress.

6. Red Blossom Pu-erh Tea – This is the tea I currently drink every morning, especially when experimenting with Intermittent Fasting (IF).

Box TIM03

This box was an experiment that included both physical and digital items, including one-of-a-kind remixes and welcome videos from band members and movie directors.

Even excluding the value of the 15 extra and remixed songs from Beats Antique, the People in Motion extras, and the Kumare extras, the box has a retail value of $209.25.

1. Clean Bottle, The Square, $45.00 — My favorite water bottle, bar none. Click the link to see how easy it is to clean. Genius.

2. The Five Minute Journal , $22.95. This is how I’ve been practicing gratitude and focus for months now. 2.5 minutes in the morning, another 2.5 minutes at night. Simple and effective.

3. Steve’s Grass-Fed Paleostix, $5.50. Need a slow-carb or Paleo snack? This one will do the trick.

4. CLEAR card, 4 months free trial, $60 value. This is how I skip airport security lines, saving my sanity and hundreds of hours a year.

5. Kumare, $21.73, including two albums of unreleased music, as well as behind-the-scenes photos. This is one of my favorite documentaries of the last 5 years. It blends reality and illusion into an amazing fabric. Check it out.

6. Beats Antique custom drive containing 7 (!) of their albums, as well as a special group of remixes and extras. I fell in love with Beats Antique at one of their live performances in SF. Their “electronic gypsy” music (as they’d describe it), combined with sensual dance, was mesmerizing.

To understand exactly what I mean, skip to 7:15 in the below video for one of my favorite songs (“Beauty Beats“). For the full sexy, play all 25+ minutes in the background while you work:

Here are the albums I included in the box:

Collide 2008, $8.99

Tribal Derivations 2007, $8.99

Contraption (EP Vol.1), $6.23

Contraption, Vol. II 2012, $7.92

Blind Threshold 2010, $8.99

Elektrafone 2011, $8.99

The Trunk Archives, $3.96

7. People in Motion — Documentary on parkour and freerunning, including custom-designed bracelet drive and extras.


Want to get the next box of random goodness?  Just sign up here! Wait until you see what’s coming…

Question of the day: What types of items would you like to see in future Quarterly mailings and blog posts like this?

Posted on: February 26, 2014.

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81 comments on “My Latest Obsessions: Voodoo Floss, Pu-Erh Tea, Electronic Gypsy Music, and More

  1. Hey Tim,

    Maybe we can add some more of the supplements that you’ve mentioned in the past like Alpha Brain or the CILTEP stack.


    • One of the first boxes TIM01 or TIM02 did have a bottle of Alpha Brain in it. The first box also had a container of a powdered greens supplement. I forget what it was called but I used it all up haha. Maybe Tim will reply and remind me. Anyway, I’ve gotten all four of his boxes so far and they are always awesome and always have something health and fitness related which sometimes is a supplement. The value far exceeds the cost and I’m totally looking forward to TIM05.


  2. Fun shopping with you Tim, just as I has water and knees on my mind!

    I think you should replace the stock, mediocre soundtrack for #tfx with a commissioned piece from beats antique. It’s super on brand for you: international, athletic, hot, smart, techno. (The music was my only critique of the show; too typical/DIY/foodnetwork for a guy like you!)

    The 5 min journal sounds fun, but I found only a couple copies for $66 and $368 each:). Did you buy the rights to republish?

    Keep all the fun coming. Always learning with you, and appreciate the many changes you’ve inspired for my life and those in my care.


    • Hey Dodie,

      The five minute journal can be purchased from their website. It’s just They are great and ship fast. I picked up another copy for my wife after receiving mine through the quarterly shipment from Tim.


  3. Hey Tim,

    I will definitely check out some of these items. I’ve read Vagabonding, it’s one of my favorites as well, a true classic.

    I can’t wait to watch more episodes of the TFX TV show, really looking forward to it!

    Keep up the awesome work :)


  4. I am just subscribing for the first time. I forgot to get in #TIM04, But probably would not have been happy with #TIM03. Here is hoping TIM05 is your best yet.

    Any hints what we may see?


  5. TIm,
    Are you flashing subliminal images in this video? Seriously, every minute or so, there is a single-frame flash. I can’t slow it down to see what it is. Anyway, good review. Thanks. Looking forward to more TFX episodes (esp. the jiu-jitsu one). And I couldn’t agree with you more on the Aeropress – love that thing.


  6. Hip flexors! Glad you mentioned them. They were my source of back trouble for the longest time. After a ton of trial and error, I discovered a lot tightness there that I didn’t notice ever before. After working that out, back trouble stopped.


    • From Quarterly’s web site (Where it says $25/35, $50, and $100 mailings, this is referring to the subscription cost for the various curators. Tim’s subscription is $100 per quarter):


      International Quarterly subscriptions—yes, we offer them!—require an additional fee, at the following rates.

      $25/35 mailings: Canada +$10; rest of world +$15. (These legacy rates also apply to ALL curators launched before 4/16/13.)

      $50 mailings: Canada +$20; rest of world +$30

      $100 mailings: Canada +$30; rest of world +$40

      Note: We regret the increase in international rates; we make no profit on shipping, and these rates directly reflect our costs!


  7. Tim, I hope we, the fans, aren’t your guinea pig for subliminal messaging. Haha There are a few skips in the video that made me think about it.



  8. Hey Tim, this may be out of context, but I always wondered what was the image at the top of the site (banner) where you hold a hat and are dressed in a burgundy shirt? What was it for? Why is it on the site as a “main” image? Was it an important event or just a cool image?

    yoursite /blog/wp-content/themes/timferriss_bb-revised/images/random/header_10.jpg

    I’m sure I’m not the only one wondering about that. And GREAT content for the quarterly package, love it.



  9. Hello Tim,

    Since you’re into the gypsy beats, I highly recommend checking out a band called Balkan Beat Box. Easily one of my top 5, I’m sure you’d enjoy their stuff!


    Lee Knaz


  10. Hey Tim,
    So awesome thanks for sharing…. Also, a coffee-lover…. do you have recommendations for organic coffee?

    What about tea that is herbal? (all tea leaves soak up fluoride from the soil/water and you are getting insane doses of it..hence the herbal)

    Thanks are always inspiring.