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Sep 27, 2016

5 Movies That Left An Impression On Me

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindWe all watch a lot of movies these days, but only a few make an impression beyond the credits. Here are 5 of my favorites that left a mark.   

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Sep 27, 2016

40 Things You Can Do in One Minute or Less that Will Make Your Life That Much Better

A few years ago, I was attending a conference, and, as I recall, not really listening to the keynote speaker. It was one of those trying to eat-lunch-and-try-to-meet-new-people-and-I-can-barely-hear-from-the-back-of-the-room sort of things.

But, in a moment of unexpected drop in the banquet room din, I caught something that sunk in. The speaker, musing on happiness, suggested that it's all those little tasks and the clutter that hang over our heads and keep joy from settling in. That knowing you have a million little tasks to do is more stressful than actually doing those tasks. And it's not the big work projects, the term papers, the spring deep cleaning that keep us down, but the little stuff that piles up and creates anxiety about when we'll get it all done. 

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Sep 26, 2016

The Surprisingly Fascinating History of the Tailgate

These days, the word "tailgate" conjures up images of cooler and pavement, jerseys and face paint, grills and foldable chairs. But, despite its current association with parking lots and sporting events, it's actually got quite a rich history. Like, older than you think. Like... 1861?   

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Sep 23, 2016

Five Presidential Biographies Every Man Should Read

created at: 09/22/2016

Six years ago, my father decided he wanted to read one biography of every American president before he dies. He’s fallen a little behind (I think he’s currently on Madison) but it’s made it easy to think up go-to presents when gift-giving holidays come around. Scouring the internet for the most definitive biography of each president has rubbed off a little and now I’ve got some serious must-reads to recommend…   

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Sep 15, 2016

Why You Feel Busy All the Time... Even Though You Actually Aren't

created at: 09/15/2016

There are countless scientific and cultural studies, book summaries, and thinkpieces that come out each week, with attractive headlines about being more happy, or losing weight, or the benefits of travel or achieving crazy productivity. Most of them are sorta interesting, but ultimately disappointing, and very fun are pertinent to the discussions here on ManMade.

But, this one kinda got to me, and I thought it was worth sharing. And the reason is:   

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Aug 24, 2016

A Handy-Dandy Guide on How NOT to Be a Jerk at Restaurants

Dining out is one of life's simple pleasures. You shouldn't do it all the time, but it's a great treat when the time is right. But it's also a dialog - between you and the restaurant; between your table and the kitchen; between your server, your tablemates, and the rest of the dining room. 

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Aug 23, 2016

5 Things I Learned About Money From My Dad (Plus A Few More)

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My dad taught me many things when I was growing up. Here are five important standards I  took from what he had to say about money, and a few I've learned on my own.    

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Aug 23, 2016

How to Improve Your Sleep Schedule: A Man's Guide to Feeling Rested

created at: 12/07/2014  I developed pretty intense insomnia during my junior year in college. Admittedly, I was a way-too-involved workaholic at the time, but even when my life chilled out a bit more, I still had lots of trouble sleeping. Like, intense months of sleep issues. So I've spent a lot of time investigating ways to improve my sleep schedule and here are some of the top tips I've found…      

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Aug 23, 2016

An Original History of the Baseball Bat

From Roy Hobbs' “Wonderboy” in The Natural to Tom Cruise’ thinking bat in A Few Good Men, baseball bats hold a special place in the American masculine consciousness. A versatile weapon on the field, the baseball bat embodies an element of the American dream wherever it goes. The lone batter, a man himself against an entire team, hoping to hit it big.   

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Aug 22, 2016

How to Eat, Exercise, and Live Like Walt Whitman

Guys guys guys-- did you know Walt Whitman published a fifty-thousand word serialized guide to "Manly Health & Training" that has recently been compiled by a PhD candidate? It started in 1858 in the New York Atlas but was pushed deeper and deeper into the newspaper with each issue due to lack of interest. However, it's great for both its practicality and its utter impracticality,

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Aug 15, 2016

Good Reads: 5 Money Books That Will Change Your Life

Money ShotIn a world full of exceptions, we still have some unifying traits. This is one thing I can say for certain, you handle money almost every day. It's a constant flow, either in or out like a steady tide. I have a small but powerful set of money books on my shelf, and you should too. This list is probably not new, but I know there's something on this list you need to grab today to up your money game in the very best way.   

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Aug 12, 2016

Take A Break: 5 Animated Shorts Worth Watching

DuelI'm a fan of animated shorts. They're moving and inspiring, and usually just long enough to give your brain a rest without checking out entirely. So click here and check 'em out. 

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Aug 09, 2016

Don't Miss The Meteor Shower of The Decade This Week!

This August 11th and 12th will be the peak of what is traditionally the biggest meteor shower of the year known as the Perseids, but this year it'll be the meteor event of the decade. Every year the Perseids features about 100 meteors per hour, but this week there should be double that due to the unique positioning of Earth's orbit this year...   

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Aug 09, 2016

The 50 Best Sci-Fi Films Of The 21st Century (So Far)

With summer blockbuster season in full-swing, and all its explosions and aliens and smashy smashiness, The Playlist decided to take a look at real science fiction films. Those movies that explore the relationships between the organic and technology, opportunities to explore what our moral standards actually are, and what really happens when we encounter the unknown.

I've never been a huge genre fiction person, and for a while, I think I inadvertently dismissed sci-fi for fantasy. It's not, and I know that now, so it's been fun to catch up with some of the better pieces that have stood the test of time. Here's my take: I appreciate world

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Aug 03, 2016

Why We Meditate (and We Think You Should, Too)

Why we meditate

This year Chris and I both started meditating, independently of each other. We got into the practice for different reasons, and with different approaches, but the thing we definitely both agree on is this: meditation is great. Since we're both newbie meditators who are getting a lot out of it, we thought we'd share a little about our experiences in hopes of encouraging a few of you out there to give it a try.

How did you start?

Bruno: I actually have tried meditation a few times over the last ten years or so, but never stuck with it for more than a couple of days. A few years back I picked up a copy of Mindfulness in Plain English (which

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Jul 26, 2016

5 Things I'd Tell My 20-Year-Old Self

Looking At The ValleyI actually don't remember a lot of the blur that of this exceptional decade in my life, but I do remember a few things I should have known. Here they are.   

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Jul 21, 2016

Five Poems Every Man Should Know...and Reference

For the last couple years, I've had a framed tattered page I tore out from an old book of poetry (pictured below) that I picked up at a garage sale in Minnesota when I was a boy. I've taken it with me wherever I've moved, usually displaying it on my desk, although occasionally on a shelf or bedside table. The poem is titled SEA-FEVER and came from a poetry collection called Salt-Water Poems and Ballads by John Masefield, first published in 1902.  created at: 12/14/2014 The poem expresses the yearning for the grey seas from the perspective of a presumably landlocked rover, and was one of my initial inspirations for rafting the Mississippi River.

I must go down

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Jul 19, 2016

Flavor Tube: 5 Killer Food Videos You Have to Watch This Week

HarissaIf you love good food, these videos are for you. Take a look at the artisan side of New York food - everything from diners-style doughnuts to Tibetan fare - and if weren't already hungry for something seriously tasty, you will be. Take a look.

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Jul 18, 2016

5 Warning Signs Your Morning Routine Is Broken (And How To Fix It)

Morning CoffeeI’m pretty sure it’s just the season, but lately I’ve been in a perpetual rush. From the moment my feet hit the floor each morning, it seems I’m already late for life. It's a bit of overachieving, and just lot of seasonal activities that have left my life in a jumble.

It’s time to take back some control. Do you feel like this too? Read on.   

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Jul 13, 2016

How to Travel Like a Pro: Tips from Anthony Bourdain

created at: 09/24/2014

The author, host, and chef Anthony Bourdain reckons he's been away from home for about 250 days a year, for the past decade. If you're familiar with his adventure food and travel properties like The Getaway and No Reservations, you can see how it happens.   

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