Summer is fast approaching and, after long hibernation, you are working your butt off to get in shape. Protein smoothies? Check! Workout plan? Check! Cool gym bag?
Um, no? Worry not, friend. In this roundup you'll find fit different bags that will fit your budget and personal style.
I am not a regular pocket knife carrier. I own one; it's in a dresser drawer and I get it out whenever I go camping, or I manage to take a package or box upstairs and need to open it. So, like twice a year.
But, I imagine I reach for something sharp and/or pointy and/or thin and stiff at least three times a day. And after reading this list, I'm thinking maybe I might need to add a small pocketknife to my watch, keys, and other daily carries.
I'm proud to say, that after 5 years of living in NYC, I finally got a bike. Not only can I get around easily, but also I'm officially initated into the ManMade Brotherhood of Biking. I ordered a great single speed, fixed gear from State Bicycle Co. (check it out!) and I couldn't be happier with it. However, there is one thing missing from my ride: accessories. So, of course, I took to the internet and searched for some stylin' bicycle accessories. I could easily make this post ten pages long, but since I'm a strong believer in brevity, I narrowed my list down to nine cool items.
You usually can't tell what kind of bar you're in within the first five minutes. You've got to sit for a minute, watch the other patrons, let the jukebox play a few selections, let the bartenders do their thing, perhaps even order some food. Sure, you may know you're in a dive by the general smell and look at the place, but it'll take a round or two to know whether you're in a great dive.
Let this be a reminder: If you weren't yet aware, Mother's Day is less than 2 weeks away! We don't want you to be that kid who buys mom a last-minute Garfield card from the gas station (she doesn't like that...I know from experience). How about this year you get mom a nice, handmade card? No time to make a card yourself? No big deal, because we've compiled a roundup of 15 great handmade cards from Etsy that mom will surely love.
To tell you that Pinterest is hot these days would be like saying football is a sport. Duh. We all know that. But one complaint I've heard from a lot of guys is that Pinterest lacks one thing: men.
According to Mashable, nearly 70% of Pinterest users are female. So, for many guys who are on Pinterest, that means they get flooded with recipes for fancy desserts, photos of hair, and a ton of jewelry and fashion pins.
Well fear not, fellow dudes, because I've compiled a list of 20 male Pinterest users that you should follow. These guys have good taste, pin often, and, like I said, are guys.
Beer = excellent for drinking with food. Right? Yes. Okay...
But, it also had unique properties that lend themselves to many awesome cooking techniques and recipes. It's carbonated brings texture, the bitterness of hops can cut through other strong flavors, and the maltiness is a perfect match for lots of proteins, like beef, cheese, and many beans.
If you're not cooking with beer
I love a seasonal beer. My first question upon sitting down at any pub or restaurant is always, "What are your current seasonals on tap." Often, it's the only way to try something new in all but the most beer-centric of establishments.
Well, except for the winter. I'll try nearly anything in the fall, do my best to get in all the summer seasonals I can, but until a few years ago, I tended to stick with the year-round standards. Perhaps its just cause it's twenty degrees out, but I tend to find most Christmas-y beers a bit too...Christmas-y. First, nearly all winter seasonals are ales (as that's when those yeasts could traditionally ferment), and most American microbrews really, really pile on the hops, which I find to be unbalanced. And secondly, "Christmas ales" are seriously spiced, like a cookie, and I tend to appreciate a beer that tastes like beer, not gingerbread.
Okay... I know. Anytime you start making "best of" lists, you're tredding into dangerous territories. No single list could possibly cover the breadth of music releases, critics are always biased, etc, etc.
Got it. But, if there's anyone who you can actually trust to share, explore, and digest the full spectrum of a year's releases, it's the people that made this list:
Photography blog FStoppers features some seriously incredible photographs from over the last calendar year. I know a whole lot happens every year, but it seems that 2011 was particularly packed with political events, natural disasters, and major news stories.
Esquire magazine has assembled its ultra-list of "25 Skills Every Man Should Know." We appreciate the diversity of the list: sure, it includes stereotypically "manly" things like "Skin a moose" and "fell a tree," but also plenty of ManMade-y stuff, like
Print Workshop: Hand-Printing Techniques & Truly Original Projects
By Christine Schmidt [$13.59]
One of my favorite things about the holidays is having a few lazy days where my only real responsibilities are eating cookies, possibly shoveling some snow, and curling up in a chair with a good book. Granted, my idyllic view of Christmas vacations to-come may not be as carefree as I hope (someone needs to fix my parents computer after all!) but I definitely intend on catching up on my reading list.
After paring down my own reading wish-list, cross-referencing it with recommendations from Chris, and peaking at the bookshelves of all my creative friends, I've compiled a roundup of 10 inspiring books that will get your creative juices flowing and put you in the mood to start some new projects in the new year.
Perhaps it might even give you a few ideas to reply to that incessant question, "What would you like me to get you for Christmas this year?"
Yep, you learned it in first grade, and it's still true: breakfast is important. It's an investment in efficiency - you'll end up eating less during the day, saving you money and calories, and it can actually help you lose weight by supporting your metabolism, and remedy nights of restless sleep. And for creative types, its essential for your mind and body to have the resources they need to be their most productive. Plus, you know, breakfast foods are delicious.
But, of course, they can present the "ultimate Catch-22[.] Without breakfast, we are not fully awake. But to prepare breakfast requires more than a dollop of alertness. Boiling water for poached eggs, hot butter for pancakes — the hazards! And the time — who has the time? Let us help you. Bypass the morning Catch-22, and make your breakfast the night before."
Here at ManMade, we try to avoid cliched phrases like, the "man cave" or "bachelor pad." But, certainly, there are lots of awesome spaces inhabited by single guys. And, cream walls with hand-me-down furniture and wires everywhere these are not.
This collection features some bold, streamlined spaces with a strong sense of play and fun. All the best parts about being a guy, living on your own.
I'm thinking this is my favorite 2010 top ten roundup of the season. I love that they don't make any claims about the most successful films, but delve into the DNA of what great filmmaking can be. Plus, they actually provide the scenes within the article itself, so you can remind yourself of the ones you've seen, and learn new things about those you haven't yet.
As we've remarked before, guys simply love to have a space of their own. Tree houses, workshops, garages, bars... being a man brings a strong sense of place. And it's true for all kinds of men, from average guys to some of the world's best known.
So, here's a collection of some of the working and relaxing spaces of some of Western society's most well known gents: presidents, famous authors, inventors, scientists...all of whom have made a pretty big impact.
Sports fans remember the year in wins, music fans in what records were released, and for avid readers, the year is measured in books.
But in the midst of the "Best ofs" and "Top Tens" for 2010, a great read is still a great read, regardless of what the New York Times says or when it was released. So "might it also be an opportunity to look back, reflect, and share? We hope so, and so, for a seventh year, The Millions has reached out to some of our favorite writers, thinkers, and readers to name, from all the books they read this year, the one(s) that meant the most to them, regardless of publication date. Grouped together, these ruminations, cheers, squibs, and essays will be a chronicle of reading and good books from every era. We hope you find in them seeds that will help make your year in reading in 2011 a fruitful one."