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The Fuck It List
  • October 21, 2013 : 07:10
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Indulge your Napoleonic narcissism without having to deal with the expense and hassle of hiring a fine artist to paint an oil portrait. At the New York showroom of 3-D-printing pioneer MakerBot, have a 3-D image of your face scanned in a photo booth for a mere five bucks. For $60 more, buy the plastic 3-D version of your head, suitable for displaying on your fireplace mantel or hot-gluing to the hood of your car. makerbot.com

Don’t let Jeff Bezos, Justin Timberlake and Ashton Kutcher have all the fun of reshaping the future of technology and culture. New crowdsourcing platforms put digital entrepreneurship within the reach of regular folks.

$$$$$ • MICROVENTURES For $5,000, accredited “angel” investors can bankroll start-ups with growth potential. microventures.com

$$$ • APPBACKR Browse mobile-app start-ups and back your favorites for as little as $30. appbackr.com

$ • FUNDLY Give back like Bill Gates. Use this site to support deserving charities, favorite causes and other nonprofits. fundly.com

Sure, you can wait until you retire to chronicle your life’s exploits in a memoir or thinly veiled novel, but in today’s confessional digital culture there’s no moment like now. Below are ways to do it, from the traditional route to the easiest.

$$$$$ • WORKSHOP Quit your job and apply to the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Tuition: $26,000

$$$ • SELF-PUBLISH Amazon’s Create-Space service sets up authors with Kindle, print-on-demand and audiobook distribution. Base price: $4,500

$ • PLAY THE VIDEO GAME Practice your chops in the video game The Novelist, in which you—that’s right—try to write a novel. Price: $15

The golden age of travel is far behind us, but a -little-known network of luxury train cars straight out of Murder on the Orient Express—think Tchaikovsky--playing pianists and fine china in the dining car—is out there for men willing to pay. Thanks to Private Rail Cars, meticulously restored railcars with names such as Northern Dreams, Majestic Imperator and Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express can be rented and hitched to commercial trains in the U.S. and Europe for an unforgettable adventure in the way travel ought to be. privaterailcars.net

Despite the well-known fact that most restaurants are doomed to fail, legions of men with Top Chef fantasies remain undeterred. If you are one of those dreamers, consider a realistic first attempt—one that won’t leave you saddled with a building lease and a vast wine cellar that needs to be unloaded at auction. Try your hand at running a food truck for a more manageable taste of hell’s kitchen. Los Angeles–based Road Stoves will set you up with a truck and marketing and promotion services and will even help you dial in a concept. roadstoves.com

You used to have to be a Fortune 500 CEO or a studio head to skip the insults of modern air travel and fly on a private jet. Thanks to the minds behind Uber, the revolutionary car-service app, you can now use their new aviation equivalent. BlackJet takes advantage of deadheads (empty seats) on underutilized aircraft to offer fliers the private-jet experience for the price of a full-fare first-class ticket. A jet may not offer lay-flat seats and warm Brazil nuts, but the pleasure of leaving the hoi polloi behind in the security line is priceless. blackjet.com

The adage that no man is an island may be true, but there’s no stopping a man from buying an island all for himself. For the price of a top-of-the-line Hyundai you can buy a one-acre island off Maine, a beachy slice of Belize or a Nova Scotian redoubt. Buy an iPhone solar charger and start putting together that desert-island playlist. privateislandsonline.com

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