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Heading Out on Your Own: 31 Life Skills in 31 Days — Series Wrap-Up

Heading Out on Your Own: 31 Life Skills in 31 Days — Series Wrap-Up
Happy September first! Yesterday we completed the series we ran every day last month: Heading Out on Your Own: 31 Basic Life Skills in 31 Days. The goal of the series was simple: to help young men heading out on their own for the first time learn some of the very basic life skills they would need to succeed at living independently. To this end, each day last month we published one article on a variety of basic life skills from personal finance to home-ec know-how. While we couldn’t have possibly covered every single skill a young man will need to know to successfully live on his own, I really believe we covered nearly all of the important essentials. If you missed any of the days during the series, or would like to go back and revisit them, here are links to all 31 articles: Day 1: Develop a Self-Reliant Mentality Day 2: How to Do Laundry Day 3: How to Open and Manage a Checking Account Day 4: Keep a Regular Grooming and Hygiene Routine Day 5: Create a Weekly Attack Plan Gone Fishin’! Related:  For Jeremy/LoganBeing a Human Being, a Person, and a Man

Become A Man's Man With These 65 Life Hacks From Goldman Sachs Investment banking firm Goldman Sachs has published a list of bite-sized tips designed to turn you into the ultimate man. (Apparently, a healthy dose of sexism towards women is a pre-requisite.) Photo: AMC What does it mean to be a man today? @GSElevator and NetNet’s John Carney have attempted to break down the chief rules that every man should live by. As you’d expect from Goldman Sachs, there’s a distinct Wall Street/white collar vibe to many of these pearls of wisdom — you should always tip more than you need to, for example, and your sunglasses need to be incredibly expensive. Some of the advice also seems to have come straight out of the 1960s-set TV show Mad Men (“When in doubt, always kiss the girl”, “Hookers aren’t cool, but remember, the free ones are a lot more expensive.” ) We’ve also omitted some of the more overtly US-centric tips such as the best “rest rooms” in New York. The Unofficial Goldman Sachs guide to being a man: [Via Business Insider Australia]

Manly Honor Part IV — The Gentlemen and the Roughs: The Collision of Two Honor Codes in the American North Welcome back to our series on manly honor. In our last post, I said that Northern and Southern honor would be covered in one article, and that future posts would be shorter. Neither turned out to be true. An exploration of honor in the American North during the 19th century offers a fascinating framework from which to build on and expand many of the concepts we discussed in our post on Victorian England’s Stoic-Christian honor code, while also digging into the tensions that emerged as a result of its creation – tensions that are still with us today. The Stoic-Christian Honor Code in the American North The Middle and Upper Classes: The Honor of Gentlemen The North experienced many of the same economic, geographic, and social changes – the rise of industrialization, increased mobility and urbanization, the spread of evangelical Christianity (which took the form of the Second Great Awakening in the US) — that had shaped Victorian England. The Working Class: The Honor of Roughs Conclusion

The 27 Unspoken Rules Of Wearing A Suit You can’t expect to look all dapper and gentlemanly without knowing Suiting 101. Justine Zweibel / BuzzFeed The width of the tie should match the width of the lapel. It’s all about BALANCE. In general, thin lapels are more modern. Mad Men -style. So choose your look accordingly. Pocket squares add an extra level of polish, but make sure it doesn’t match your tie in either pattern or fabric choice. Before you go totally conservative, remember that the pocket square is where you get the most freedom and the one place you get to add a little pizzazz to your suit. When buying an off-the-rack suit, the number one thing to check is how the shoulders fit. Tsk, tsk, John McCain. A collar gap between your jacket’s lapels and your shirt’s collar can signify an ill-fitting jacket. It’s complicated. Opt for a charcoal or gray suit over black, unless you’re attending a funeral. Dark gray is more versatile and goes with more colors. Your belt should be fairly thin and the same color as your shoes.

Be the CEO of Your Life: Using Resource Allocation To Become the Man You Want to Be In the business world, managers spend a lot of time juggling resource allocation. Every company has a finite amount of resources — whether it be financial capital or human capital — to use and spend in order to achieve the company’s strategic goals. Effective allocation generates growth and success, while ineffective allocation results in loss and failure. This delegation can become overwhelmingly complex and difficult because there are often several departments within an organization competing for a limited pool of resources. Stock market analysts often look to a company’s resource allocation to determine the health and direction of that business. How Do You Allocate Your Resources as a Man? In his book How Will You Measure Your Life? Imagine that an independent analyst opened the ledger book of your life and looked over reports detailing the way you spend your time and money. Time Spent in Given Week: Become the Boss of Your Life: How to Effectively Manage Your Personal Resources Mint.

41 Cutest and Most Creative Christmas Cupcakes It's getting close to Christmas, and I've been working on my Cute Christmas food projects. But before I post any of my new creations, let me round up the best Christmas cupcakes I can find. Can you spot any cupcake idea you want to try this holiday season? - Snowman cupcakes from Confessions Of A Cookbook Queen Super cute! - Cute and easy Christmas cupcake ideas from All You - Pull apart snowman cupcakes from Kidscakelady via Cake Central - Christmas tree cupcake via Riya Weddingdress Beautiful cupcakes! - Another simple and yet super cut one. -Reindeer cupcake from With Sprinkles On Top - Learn how to make melted snowman cupcakes with Cory Doctorow Isn't it the cutest idea? - Candy can Christmas tree cupcakes from Bakerella - Angel cupcakes from With or Without Nap - A dozen chocolate mud cupcakes for Christmas from franjmc One word..... - Pull- apart X'mas tree cupcakes from Cupcake Wishes & Birthday dreams There are 13 cupcakes! - Easy snowman cupcake recipe from Taste of Home

A Primer on Greek Mythology: Part II — The Mortal World and Its Heroes Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Tony Valdes. Welcome back to our series on Greek mythology. In the last post we defined what a myth is and examined the pantheon of Greek gods and goddesses. Today we will leave the lofty heights of Olympus and come down to the mortal world. Don’t forget, we’re headed towards some ideas for application at the end of the series. That being said, remember that the goal here is not to delve into every detail and variation, but rather to paint with broad strokes to get the big picture. The Creation of Man Now that the Olympians were enthroned atop Mount Olympus, the human race could make its debut. Version #1 – Metal Men In this version, the Olympians themselves created men out of metal, starting with gold. Version #2 – The Gift of Prometheus In the more common Greek creation myth, Zeus put Prometheus and his brother Epimetheus in charge of creating men and animals. The First Woman The previous myths pertain only to the creation of man. Theseus Perseus

Will the Real Santa Claus Please Stand Up? We always think of Santa Claus as an incredibly old man—positively ancient—but the fact is, he’s exactly 150-years-old, born in 1863. Indeed, we might be thinking of Santa’s predecessor St. Nicholas, who is far older, believed to have been a Turkish Greek bishop in the 300s. But the first European winter gift-bringer is even more of a geezer, going back to ancient Germanic paganism and the Norse god Odin. Even in the early days, Santa had his vices. The gift-bringer showed up during the 12-day winter festival known as Yule, where it was a tradition to burn a whole tree, from bottom up. As the legend goes, Nicholas of Myra, located in Asia Minor at the time, was born a very rich man, who eventually gave away every penny he had. Top: A religious icon of Saint Nicholas of Myra, believed to be a generous 4th-century bishop in Asia Minor. This cheerfully generous and cuddly grandpa served as a comforting Santa figure during the Depression and World War II. Belsnickel, one of St.

How to Be an Awesome Uncle Psychologists tell us that one of the most, if not the most important factor in our happiness is the number of quality relationships in our lives. Decades ago, such relationships were easy to come by. You were very likely to be surrounded by extended family who all got together often for loud and boisterous celebrations. As you grew up, you got to know your cousins, and your aunts and uncles as well. These days, many families live far apart, and family reunions are few and far between — often non-existent, it seems. But everybody still wants to feel part of a clan, and family ties are just as important as they ever were. In the role of uncle, you have a chance to forge those ties in positive ways with your nieces and nephews. Uncles have a unique and important role to play in families. The uncle role is especially important for men who are unmarried and don’t have kids of their own. How to Be an Awesome Uncle Interact with them. Offer to babysit if you live nearby. Be a good example.

Make Your Own Monster Brings Your Horrible Drawings to Life November 20th, 2008 by Lambert Varias Toy store FAO Schwarz has a special service whose results could either be really cool or really abysmal. Although the store’s name sounds like it should be a division of the German army, the name of their service is straight to the point: Make-My-Own-Monster. As you might have deduced from the image above, the Make-My-Own-Monster service is so simple it’s magical. Or diabolical. Although Make-My-Own-Monster is certainly impressive because the finished trash product looks really close to the original drawing, it’s disappointing that the store has to send you a kit first. Now before you get your kids excited about having a green Pikachu, you have to warn them that they can’t draw any copyrighted entities. Mirror'S Edge Gets Flattened Into 2-D Star Wars + Starbucks Cups = Tie Fighter [Papercraft]

How to Network & Socialize Effectively: A Comprehensive Guide Now, despite the fact I write about style and own a custom clothier, I rarely go out and socialize. Being a father of three young children and living in a small Wisconsin town…well, it just doesn’t happen. To put it bluntly – I really had to prepare for this! This article is based off my experience and lays out the steps I took to ensure my time spent out on the town was worthwhile. Here’s the scenario: You’re in a large city, heading to an upscale evening social event. This is my advice on how to prepare for a night of networking and socializing, and how to make the most of this opportunity. Before You Go: Basic Logistics Any Boy Scout knows you should always be prepared. With that in mind, here are some basic steps to review before you depart: 1. This one should be fairly obvious, but know where you’re meeting people. The address is the starting point, and here are a few other details you may need to know depending on what sort of event you’re attending: 2. 3. 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 1. 2.

10 Reasons Why EarthShips Are F!#%ing Awesome Earthships are 100% sustainable homes that are both cheap to build and awesome to live in. They offer amenities like no other sustainable building style you have come across. For the reasons that follow, I believe Earthships can actually change the world. See for yourself! 1) Sustainable does not mean primitive When people hear about sustainable, off-the-grid living, they usually picture primitive homes divorced from the comforts of the 21st century. 2) Free Food Each Earthship is outfitted with one or two greenhouses that grow crops year-round, no matter the climate. 3) Brilliant Water Recycling Even the most arid of climates can provide enough water for daily use through only a rain-harvesting system. 4) Warmth & Shelter The most brilliant piece of engineering in the Earthship is their ability to sustain comfortable temperatures year round. The large greenhouse windows at the front of the house always face south to allow the sun to heat up the thermal mass throughout the daytime. 5) Energy

A Man’s Primer on Greek Mythology: Part IV – The Odyssey and Applying What We’ve Learned Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Tony Valdes. Welcome back to our series on Greek mythology. In the previous posts we established mythology’s core elements by examining the gods of Olympus, the creation of mankind, the mortal heroes, and the ten-year conflict of the Trojan War. In this final post, we will take the knowledge we have acquired and suggest a few practical applications that will help us achieve our goal of becoming better men. Homer’s The Odyssey As you will recall from the last post, Odysseus is the king of Ithaca and one of the heroes of the Trojan War. You also might recall that Odysseus never wanted to join the war; he only leaves his wife Penelope and infant son Telemachus because he is forced to honor an oath. You may have read The Odyssey before, perhaps in grade school or for a classics course in college. I’ve taught The Odyssey to high school students for five years, so I know the obstacles you’ll encounter while (re)reading Homer’s epic. Greek Hospitality