This week last year, I was writing about my 2015 goals. Looking back, I ticked plenty of things off my list. At the same time, I missed completely on a few big goals, specifically the outdoor side of things. Here's a new approach to set up this next year right.
The art of the memory palace (or method of loci) dates back to Ancient Rome with rhetorical treatises on how to memorize anything based on the art of visualization and associating the things needing to be remembered with those imagined spaces. Believe it or not, this is still one of the most famous methods used by Memory Champions today (yes that is a real thing).
They say a fine wine only gets better as it ages. Guess what? So do you. Being a young adult is awesome. It's all about setting yourself up for success, and forming yourself into the kind of man you want to be.
But, at some point, you actually get to live out those commitments and really embrace the kind of grown-up you want to be. Whoever said "never trust anybody over thirty" must have never gotten there, cause being in your thirties, if you do it right, is freaking awesome.
We're not ones to harp on the supposed decline of social masculinity. Manhood exists as long as there are men around to claim it. But we do still have social expectations of MEN as opposed to GUYS, many of which have fallen to the wayside of tradition.
The debate: is this shirt on the hanger wrinkled enough that it's worth busting out the iron, or can I get away with it and just move a lot so the creases fall out.
The answer: you can iron that shirt in, literally, a minute and a half. Less time than it would take to let the iron heat up in the first place.
Over the weekend, I was glancing through old screenshots on my tablet. See, I like to read magazines through the (very cool) app Zinio and free access to titles from my local library (yay libraries!). I will always take screenshots of interesting bits and photos I like, and store them in a folder...and then completely and entirely forget about them for the rest of time.
Or at least until I remember that I do that, and I go check out the archives.
I stumbled across this one the other night,
If you've ever considered backpacking around the world, or are simply interested in economic travel-packing, then this post is for you.
The holidays are a perfect time to catch up on all those movies and TV shows you've been waiting to binge watch. But as everyone knows, it's hard to find something everyone in the family wants to watch and it's easy for things to spiral out of control when facing the paralysis of endless options provided by Netflix. No more.
This is a post about those weekends. Specifically, how to do those awesome, work-free 48 hours right. To bring it together, ManMade partnered with Gillette Clear Gel, which provides protection against wetness and odor for 48 hours straight. Which is a good thing, 'cause it's gonna be a busy weekend. Read on for my tips on putting together a couple of days full of things memories are made of...
If you've ever been mugged (or accidentally lost your wallet in a river like I've actually done, TWICE), you know the insane pain it can be to replace everything. While there's a good case to be made for why you should immediately photocopy the contents of your wallet, there are lots of other great ways to reduce the fat wad in your pocket and streamline your life with redundancies to spare.
Look, we know you're a grownup. You know it's essential to eat breakfast, and to never be late to work. But that doesn't make hearing that damn alarm go off any easier. So, no matter what time you have to wake up, here's how to make that first hour of the day go smoother, mean more, and set yourself up for success.
The leaves are turning, the temperature is dropping, and yet most men don't feel they have the availability to take the time and experience it in full. But that doesn't have to be the case. Here's an article written by Alastair Humphreys – famed adventurer, author, motivational speaker, and National Geographic's 2013 Explorer of the Year – championing the concept of the 'microadventure.'
While proper tipping is a sign of a good manners, knowing how much- and when to- is one of those life skills I think I was supposed to pick up by osmosis. Generally speaking I’ve done my best to lean on the generous side, but I’ve definitely guessed my way through a handful of social situations. Thankfully, this long-form article written by an academic - and former waiter - takes a look at some of the large-scale statistics on tipping in different situations across America.
Conde Nast Traveler teamed up with Project Bly, "a travel and design website built on the philosophy that to know a city you must wander its streets" to create a new photo essay called "Fresh Cuts." There, they've shared candid shots of a cross-culture social hub: the barbershop. After all, basically everyone has hair, and most people need it cut.
Whether its our birthright or our burden (or, like most things, somewhere right in between) men gots to shave they faces. While we've been doing it for years, there's always room for improvement, to both care for your skin, minimize cutting, and getting the finish you want.
Mr. Porter, an online men's style shop, teamed up with Drake’s of London Creative Director Michael Hill for this helpful video on folding pocket squares. Mr. Hill (he seems more like a "Mr. Hill" than a "Mike," right?) offers four options for folding the same pocket square for four different looks: business, eccentric, casual, and elegant.
Chivalry isn't dead in 2014. It's just, you know, different. In the era of smart phones at dinner and social networking breakups and Google glass and streaming media and cigarettes that aren't really cigarettes but still kinda are, the be-a-good-guy rules still apply, they just need to be updated a bit.