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<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-17782" title="names2" src="http://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads//2011/06/names2.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="398" /> You’re at a business convention chatting with a colleague, when up walks a man, the head of some major department, a guy you know you’ve met before. “Hey there, Sam!” he says as he shakes your hand.
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-19872" title="ilondoj001p1" src="http://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads//2011/08/london.jpg" alt="" width="320" height="327" /> Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Mark D. Niehus. Ever since our ancestors first scratched on a dark cave wall a tale of great conquest or success on a hunt, man has strived to write.
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<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-18294" title="indy1" alt="" src="http://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads//2011/07/indy11.jpg" width="250" height="351" /> In case you missed it: Read Part I of this short series . It’s the 2005-2006 NFL Playoffs.
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-17961" title="survival-shotgun-artofmanliness-t-shirt-3" src="http://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads//2011/06/survival-shotgun-artofmanliness-t-shirt-3.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="297" /> Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Creek Stewart of Willow Haven Outdoor. As a Survival and Preparedness instructor, I take my line of work very seriously–sometimes too seriously. Occasionally, though, I like to take on survival projects that are just downright fun. This article highlights one of those projects. I’m fortunate in that I’ve been able to turn my passion into my profession–this being the study of Survival and Preparedness.
<img class="size-full wp-image-18210" title="1950s Laughing Teenage Couple Dancing To The Phonograph Playing 78 Rpm Records In Living Room" src="http://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads//2011/07/dance.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="395" /> Bonus #11: Impromptu living room dance party. Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Joe Weber of Dappered.com. “’Cause I don’t care too… much for money, money can’t buy me love“ – The Beatles If you’ve decided to take on the challenge of dating women instead of simply hanging out with them , there’s both good news and bad news. The bad news is that you’re going to have to overcome your nervousness and fear of rejection.
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-18088" title="4thofjuly" src="http://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads//2011/06/4thofjuly.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="259" /> This post is brought to you by Char-Broil. Visit Charbroil.com to find more about their Infrared line of Char-Broil Grills. A man has a healthy appreciation for positive traditions. Traditions add rhythm and texture to our lives, bind us together with others, give us something to look forward to, and simply provide a good deal of joy and satisfaction. When it comes to traditions in my family, no day of the year is filled with more of them than the Fourth of July.
In the past couple of years, as studies have come out sounding the alarm on the ill-effects of excessive sitting, the popularity of standing or stand-up desks has soared. Those who have read much of the coverage of this trend might be forgiven for thinking that standing to work constitutes a new hip fad. But as it is with many things, everything old is new again. For the stand-up desk was cool long before the cats in Silicon Valley got hip to them. They’ve actually been a secret of great men for centuries. Today we’ll explore the standing desk’s place in history, discuss the benefits of using one, and outline how you can rediscover this old/new tradition.
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-18094" title="clutch2" alt="" src="http://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads//2011/06/clutch2.jpg" width="400" height="387" /> The score is tied up. Only a second is left on the clock. A state championship is on the line. You step up to the foul line, dribble the ball a few times, take a deep breath, and then–swish–sink the foul shot that wins the game. That’s clutch.
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-18021" title="boy" alt="" src="http://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads//2011/06/boy.jpg" width="500" height="333" /> In this Switches of Manliness series, we’ve been talking about those unique parts of a man’s psyche that have fallen into disuse in the modern world and need to be reactivated. But there’s likely some overlap between the needs of men and the needs of women; for example, primitive women used to be quite physical too, and I think modern women need to have an element of physicality in their lives as well. But with this switch, there’s definitely more than a little overlap. The Switch of Nature is for everyone.
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-17742" title="switch (1)" alt="" src="http://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads//2011/06/switch-1.jpg" width="500" height="375" /> We started the last post in this series with a surprising fact–that only about 33% of our ancestors were male. We’ll begin this post the same way: When the Titanic sunk, the survival rate for the rich, first class men (34%), was lower than that for the poor, third-class women (46%). Most people know that the Titanic had less lifeboats than were needed for the number of passengers, and that the richest passengers were given first dibs on those limited seats. And yet, the numbers tell an interesting tale.
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-17769" title="life" src="http://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads//2011/06/life.jpg" alt="" width="447" height="607" /> “Show me a man with a tattoo and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past.” -Jack London Tattoos. Few art forms have such a long history, and even fewer evoke such a broad spectrum of opinions. Revered by some as a sign of honor or distinction, by others as an outward expression of creativity and personality, and by others still as the mark of criminals and lowlifes, the perceptions of tattooing are vast indeed.
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-17670" title="short" src="http://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads//2011/06/short.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="325" /> Short men have always had a tougher row to hoe than their taller fellows. It can be frustrating to be picked last for the pick-up basketball game, to feel like you’re overlooked when walking into a party, and to struggle to see your favorite band at a concert. And then there are those studies that say that tall men are perceived as more powerful and better leaders, are more desirable to women, and make more money (almost $1,000 more for every inch of height).
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-17281" title="shackleton" src="http://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads//2011/05/shackleton.jpg" alt="" width="492" height="332" /> Let’s say your plane crashes on a desert island and you’re stranded with only a rugby ball as your friend (a volleyball isn’t a manly enough companion for you). Each day you scan the skies, waiting, hoping, aching, to spot a rescue plane coming your direction. If a plane does buzz your island, will you be able to catch the pilot’s attention, or will he fly on by, oblivious to the crazed bearded man screaming below? Cell phones and GPS die and break. Knowing how to signal your distress with natural resources and basic tools is a valuable skill.
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-17255" title="switch" alt="" src="http://content.artofmanliness.com/uploads//2011/05/switch.jpg" width="500" height="375" /> This post begins our series on the five switches of manliness . The five switches of manliness are the power switches that are connected to our primal man and deeply ingrained and embedded in the male psyche. When they’re turned off, we feel restless, angry, and apathetic.