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Better Man in a Month Day 7 – Personal Grooming

Personal grooming - nope, this is NOT what I mean

Well it’s Sunday, so rather than give you a big challenge to do today is going to be something really simple that will hopefully set you up for a great week at work. Guys can be pretty sloppy with their presentation in general and in their personal grooming especially because a lot of the time they don’t realise just how great an impression it makes. Now, when I say personal grooming I’m not talking about shaving your chest, waxing your legs or anything ridiculous like that. We’re talking just the basics here, which no one has an excuse not to take care of. The first reason personal grooming is important is because it shows you pay attention to detail and look well put together – very important for making a good impression at work. Secondly, while women do prefer masculine men, they also don’t necessarily like them to be filthy and unkempt. Continue reading

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Weekly wash up – Sunday 8th May 2011

My apologies to all my readers out there for not having posted anything for the last 3 days. As I had to travel interstate for my wife’s graduation ceremony (a big congrats to her by the way!) amongst other things I have been too busy to get online for more than 5 minutes at a time. Rest assured, there is always more great content coming.

Quote of the week – Gene Kranz

This week’s quote is a long one, so I’m presenting it here rather than in its usual spot on the left. It was said by NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz to Mission Control after the Apollo I launchpad fire that killed all 3 astronauts.
“Spaceflight will never tolerate carelessness, incapacity, and neglect. Somewhere, somehow, we screwed up. It could have been in design, build, or test. Whatever it was, we should have caught it. We were too gung ho about the schedule and we locked out all of the problems we saw each day in our work. Every element of the program was in trouble and so were we. The simulators were not working, Mission Control was behind in virtually every area, and the flight and test procedures changed daily. Nothing we did had any shelf life. Not one of us stood up and said, ‘Dammit, stop!’ I don’t know what Thompson’s committee will find as the cause, but I know what I find. We are the cause! We were not ready! We did not do our job.

We were rolling the dice, hoping that things would come together by launch day, when in our hearts we knew it would take a miracle. We were pushing the schedule and betting that the Cape would slip before we did. From this day forward, Flight Control will be known by two words: ‘Tough’ and ‘Competent.’ Tough means we are forever accountable for what we do or what we fail to do. We will never again compromise our responsibilities. Every time we walk into Mission Control we will know what we stand for. Competent means we will never take anything for granted. We will never be found short in our knowledge and in our skills. Mission Control will be perfect. When you leave this meeting today you will go to your office and the first thing you will do there is to write ‘Tough and Competent’ on your blackboards. It will never be erased. Each day when you enter the room these words will remind you of the price paid by Grissom, White, and Chaffee. These words are the price of admission to the ranks of Mission Control.”

Video of the week – Laird Hamilton

I had forgotten about this video until I stumbled upon it the other day. Laird Hamilton is one of the pioneers of big wave surfing, and as far as the best of the best list goes, it’s all him. This video showcases a ride of his in Teahupoo in Tahiti, known variously as “wave of a lifetime” “wave of the millennium” and quite simply “THAT wave”. Have a watch and tell me the guy doesn’t have balls of steel.

Book of the week – Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

One of my favourite books of all time, this is one I almost read cover to cover without putting down. It showcases a tribe of Mexicans that are legendary for running obscene distances regularly, but also veers off into tangents of how humans are made to run, the history of running, running footwear and so on. I’m not a runner, and this book had me enthralled from start to finish.

Drink of the week – Magners pear cider

I’ve been a huge cider fan for a long time, but recently I’ve become a bit bored of apple cider and decided to give my taste buds a change with some pear cider. I prefer it a lot more now – it’s got more of a uniquely pear flavour than apple cider does. Apple cider tends to have a somewhat generic flavour that a lot of the time doesn’t actually taste like apple, but pear cider seems to taste like pear more often than not. Magners is one of my favourite brands.

Product of the week – IWC Grande Complication

Wow, this is a beautiful watch. IWC only put out 50 of these puppies a year. Why? There are 659 components to this watch with 21 functions, fitted in a Portuguese 18 carat rose gold casing. The price? A cool $300k+. Yep, not likely we’ll see one anytime soon, but it’s always nice to dream huh?

Sales

I have several items on sale at ebay this week. Firstly, the Merkur 34c HD razor with blade sampler. A beautiful razor for the beginner or experienced wet shaver at a great price. For those with a little less cash on them, or just not sure where to start their wet shaving journey, the Feather Popular razor is a good choice. For shaving brushes, I have a Simpsons Colonel in best badger which is an absolutely beautiful brush. Finally, if you’re after razor blades I have 100 packs of Feathers, sharpest blades going around at a great price.

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Wet shave Saturday

Well the weekend is here again, and you know what that means. Yep, it’s wet shave Saturday, the last for this month. Today is your last chance for a shot at this month’s mystery prize – the beautiful razor you see above, the Merkur 34c HD. If you aren’t a wet shaver, this little baby will convert you and last you a lifetime. It’s so good that many reviews say you will never need an upgrade. Not bad eh? I’ll even be a nice guy and throw in a small sample pack – a 5 pack each of Feather, Derby and Astra blades. If you don’t know the rules: head to the Facebook page, click the like button and leave a comment on the wet shave Saturday post with what equipment you used to shave today. Pretty simple guys, get on it!

Another post to follow this afternooon.

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Signs you’re a douchebag

We’ve all seen them – guys that are so in love with themselves and their image that the only person that doesn’t realise they carry on like a prat is them. Now, it’s not in the nature of this site to be judgmental about how people live their lives – people are free to do what they want as far as I’m concerned as long as they aren’t hurting anyone else. However, considering we get ahead in our careers and life in general not only by our own hard work but by the good grace of others, it probably pays not to be seen as a douchebag by everyone around you. Below are some telltale signs that make up our typical modern douchebag. If you are more than a couple of these things, time to take a look in the mirror buddy because you aren’t doing yourself, or masculinity in general any favours by acting the way you do. Continue reading

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More shaving stuff

Picture: Scott Feldstein

Here we are, back again with yet more information on wet shaving, as if we don’t have enough already! But there are so many nuances and fantastic things to explore that there is always something that can be explained, so in the interest of answering the many questions that have been posed to me lately we are going to get into a few more things tonight. Continue reading

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Wet shave Saturday

Welcome to our first monthly competition, wet shave Saturday! All you have to do is get on our Facebook page, like it if you haven’t already and tell us how your shave was on Saturday and what equipment you used. At the end of the month all the people that have posted will be put into a hat and a lucky name will be drawn out for our mystery prize (what could it be? Well you’ll just have to post to find out!). The more Saturdays you post, the more times your name goes into the hat. Since it’s already mid April, you only have to post once or twice to have a shot at a prize in 2 weeks time, nice start wouldn’t you say?

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Ultimate man tools – the straight razor

There is nothing quite like a straight razor when it comes to manliness in an implement – they are well crafted, useful and just a little bit dangerous. Being skilled with one takes time and dedication in addition to a few other materials that aren’t necessary with cartridge or safety razors. For most of its history, the straight razor shave has been the sole domain of the barber and made up a large component of the curriculum taught at barber college. However, with a renewed resurgence in traditional wet shaving, the straight razor is beginning to make a big comeback. While quite pricey up front, once the equipment is purchased the only thing that the shaver then needs to keep buying is shaving cream. This saves money in the long term as well as the environment since there is nothing to throw out except for the occasional tube of strop paste and your shaving cream container. Continue reading

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