My youngest brother recently flew across the country to visit me for a couple days and I found myself faced with that periodic question of what values or cool things I wanted to impart to him. The reality is that it's unbelievably easy to just go through life without putting intention into the relationships around us, particularly those who look up to us in ways we don't even realize. So I'm always fascinated when I come across articles where men talk about the things that older mentor figures in their lives taught them, whether that figure was a father, friend, or Uncle John...
Man against Nature is considered one of the oldest three stories in human history, and there's a good reason why it's stayed around so long. As story fodder it's perfect since we get to see characters pushed to the fringe of their wits and capabilities as they fight to survive. This story carries over to some truly great movies, and here are the Top 10 from Cool Material.
The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday next month so here are 8 of its lesser known, but no less breathtaking national parks to visit this summer. Complete with family friendly ideas and helpful tips, this guide is perfect for families that want to log some quality time in nature or for the more adventurous bachelor just looking some good wilderness away from pesky glampers.
I've never been a morning person. Or rather, I've never been a waking up person. I've recently been trying to work my schedule forward because I've discovered firsthand how immensely more productive I can be when I take advantage of those early hours.
You can buy cold brew coffee at a coffee shop. But, if it happens to be from a certain Seattle-based java-serving monolith named after a Melville character, or an pink and orange East Coast chain known for selling fried rings of dough for, uh, "placing" into your coffee, then what you're actually getting is cold coffee...that is, hot coffee that's been iced down.
Cold brew is an entirely different beast altogether. And with the weather warming up, it's time to cool our coffee down. Or, more accurately, never heat it up to begin with.
Most men I know are pretty committed Yelp users. If you're checking out a new place without recommendations from friends, or in a new town or neighborhood, or have a craving you just gotta satisfy, it's an ever-reliable resource of aggregated information to help you decide. I've even used it for things like finding a good local dentist...
But now Yelp has put together their list of places that every man must try in their lifetime based on the community of opinionated commentators
Freaking out because you haven't finished everything you need to do on your list? No worries! We have some last minute tips for you.
With the holidays nigh upon us, now is the perfect time to take advantage of your hard-earned vacation days and learn those simple DIY skills you’ve been meaning to master. Go ahead and perform some household maintenance like fixing basic plumbing problems or tending to your heating and cooling system, or opt for more exciting prospects like using a soldering iron or learning to sew.
Most men I know like motorcycles, at least in the abstract. My friends and I often talk about which bikes we want and in what order, all to varying degrees of seriousness since none of us actually own any bikes (I did briefly have a motorcycle license though, which I felt was a step in the right direction). However if you’re interested in pursuing the prospective-first-motorcycle-purchase conversation a little further,
You’ve heard it said that baking is a science and cooking is an art, but the science behind baking something as simple as bread is such a mind-boggling stream of interconnected processes all working together to finish in one harmonious piece, it makes you question the adage.
You can’t talk about Wes Anderson movies without talking about style. His movies drip with it, from the limited color palettes of the mise-en-scene to Anderson’s uniquely boxed sets and cinematography to his subtly grounded yet utterly original costume choices that seem to exist just a slight world away in the pantheon of Anderson cinema.
I think I have a fairly well cultivated sense of style, but I love seeing a well put together outfit with all the steps and accessories broken down nicely so that I can steal from it. If nothing else, I think it improves my style sense to see the trends in what makes great outfits. I found that nobody does this for my price range better than Primer Magazine, which recently put together five unique style guides for men this fall.
This is the most informative collection of men's fashion terms and history that I've found on the internet so far. Each fashion icon comes with some quick facts (Corduroy gets its name from the French "cord du roi" or the cord of the king, and has been around since ancient Egypt), but then each item breaks out into an extensive history if you click on it. And all this comes from GQ, so you know they know what they're talking about.
What gifts did you receive from your father? Did he teach you to play chess? How to hike down a steep hill, feet turned sideways? How to go camping and sleep in the back of a 1977 Chevrolet Monza hatchback, looking up at the sky for shooting stars?
If you've got a dad, grandfather, husband, or even a son (who's a dad), you probably have lots of reasons to say thank you to that person. Here's a list of things I'd love to give (or receive) this Father's Day.
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Hot dogs were a huge staple of my youth and often the unit of measurement to describe how hungry I was ("Yeah guys I'm down to chill, I just need like three hotdogs first"). I usually opted for the standard ketchup and mustard, but when it comes to accessorizing this traditional American classic, it's a worldwide free for all.
These "Life Lessons" from famous people go around the internet from time to time (and I've even posted some before) but this article from Jack Archer has truly practical advice that's all the more enjoyable to listen to coming from a master of cool...
I'm a big believer in pen and paper. I like apps just fine, but I'm a fan of having personal stationary - it makes me that much more likely to actually follow up with kind words and thanks. And a great pen is just as important.
Little known fact: in addition to preserving our wildlife and preventing forest fires, the US Forest Service is surprisingly chock full of cocktail experts. Cool Material recently discovered this 1974 Cocktail Construction Chart detailing their favorite cocktails and how to make them.