One time, in an interview, I was asked, "What's the connection between all the styles of crafts and projects you feature on ManMade? What makes them of a kind?" After thinking for a second, it occurred to me that most of the things I'm interested in involve a similar process: take some materials, cut them up into different shapes and sizes, and then put them together in a more interesting way. Sometimes we do that with joinery, or hardware, or a sauce, but often, that work involves the magical power of....
GQ shares this fascinating chart excerpted from the new book The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining: How to Drink and Make Whiskey by Colin Spoelman and David Haskell.
Sometimes, while spending a hour finely slicing vegetables for soup or kneading a dough, or specifically, whipping a meringue to make ice cream, mousse, or, more-or-less, any dessert I actually make, I muse on how so many dishes couldn't exist without the unique white-and-yolk properties of eggs. Or rather, it's precisely because we have eggs and the work the way they do that we have these dishes in the first place; and if chickens popped out some entirely different foodstuff, our culinary traditions would be rather different, because they would have been based on the properties of this other thing, rather than the egg. It is indeed incredible, and edible.
Depending on who you are, the worlds captured in "reality TV" can feel just like home, or like they're on another planet altogether. But even more interesting? That there are that many shows about the same eight topics.
"It's not your imagination — there really are that many reality shows about swamps, weddings, Louisiana, and cake. And here's visual proof: The following Venn diagram maps the overlapping relationships between reality shows.
Some men are hat guys. You know, like that friend who's hair you never actually saw until you both went to that wedding, like a decade into your friendship?
And some men are not. I'm certain I should never. I own but one, a stocking cap that I wear only in snowball fights... when everyone looks ridiculous anyway.
Jason Oberholtzer, editor of I Love Charts, recently rounded up his ten favorite movie-related charts for humor site Slacktory.
"Nerds love movies. Nerds love charts. Nerds love combining their loves (bacon unicorns, zombie narwhals). Thus, we get tons of charts about movies at I Love Charts. Here are ten of my favorites."
Sure, when thinking of the word "geek," it's easy to conjure up images of less-than-attractive guys, obsessed with technology or role playing games or fantasy novels. But, I believe that anyone who's passionate about stuff is gonna be a geek about something, whether sports, celebrity gossip, music, or even design.
The newest offering from the clever artists at Pop Chart Labs is worthy of a toast, indeed.
Includes not only 89 varieties of beer, but more than 200 recommended and representative brews so you actually know what and how to taste them. Add in a dozen glassware suggestions, and you've got six square feet of beer-soaked goodness.
I like Mad Men as much as the next guy, but I'm a bit skeptical of the classic, manly role model conversation that the show seems to be sparking, especially among "men's" websites.
But, I do think this flowchart from Matthew at the Oatmeal is spot on, both mimicking the idea that Don Draper's antics should be in any way normative, and recognizing how easy it is to imagine...well, just read it.
Musical choices are a peculiar thing, with all your combined tastes making perfect sense to you, and hardly anyone else. (What? I can trace the lineage of David Bowie to the Spice Girls...can't you?)
But, chances are, your musical tastes are at least a little influenced by the stuff your parents listened to. So, in honor of Father's Day, Sonos made a chart to help you source your influences. "There’s no end to the reasons why you listen to the music you do today, but we’re willing to bet that more than a few of you were subjected to your father’s music at some point in the past (or present). So that leads to the question: what do dear old dad’s listening habits say about the artists in your repertoire? In honor of Father’s Day, we tried our hand at finding out."
Okay...so, this is not necessarily for men. In fact, it's specifically not addressed to guys. But as passive observers of the crazy places that women's bottom-oriented clothing are going, it's a good 101 to learning about what in the world is going on.
And it's really funny.