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Why the World Needs Superman

I recently watched the third trailer for Man of Steel. It sent shivers down my spine. While I had certainly been looking forward to the latest incarnation of Superman, I was unsure what sort of arc they would take or if it would live up to expectations. This trailer finally gives us a real idea of what the movie is going to be about. It seems to very much be about the journey Kal-El goes through before he dons the famous costume and becomes Superman. A simple man from the country with extraordinary gifts who drifts from one place to the next just trying to help people, just trying to do good. Continue reading

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Better Man in a Month Day 6 – Survivalism

In the last year, we have seen an unprecedented series of natural disasters. There have been severe floods, tsunami, earthquakes and nuclear reactor problems.Today we are tackling the topic of survivalism, and how as a man it is your job to start thinking about it and forumulating a plan. Don’t worry, we are going to make this fun. To begin with, you are going to rent the movie 28 Days Later and you are going to honestly ask yourself how well you’d do if you were one of the characters in the movie. What does 28 Days Later have to do with any of this? Well, zombies and/or viruses symbolise the end of civilisation as we know it, it is basically an apocalyptic event. For those people in Fukushima, it may as well have been exactly the same thing. Everything is rubble, food and water is going to be scarce, you don’t know where you are and you don’t know when help is coming. How are you going to handle this as a man? Do you have any idea of the best course of action, or are you just going to freak out and hope for the best? No, you want to be prepared. You want the confidence to say that when disaster strikes, you are going to go down swinging if you go down at all. Continue reading

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Better Man in a Month

I’m proud to announce that starting Monday (you know, to give you guys time to prepare) I will be presenting the Better Man in a Month series. Each day there will be a new challenge set for you – nothing too far out, all designed to take you out of your comfort zone, broaden your horizons and hopefully help you see the world in a different light. This will also be posted on the Facebook page – the person who follows every day and participates the most on the page, in addition to the best write up at the end of their thoughts on the challenge will win a prize. I may give out several. So prepare yourself, get your mates worded up and be ready on Monday for day 1 of the Better Man in a Month!

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Measuring success

Success is one of those funny words in modern society that is often heard, aspired to and held in high regard but does not seem to have an exact definition. Everyone wants to be successful, but what does that actually mean? What is it to be a successful person? A successful businessman? A successful family man? Almost all of the answers to these questions depend on the person being asked. One of the problems of modern society is that we as men are expected to be successful, but do any of us know exactly what the hell that means? Does it mean we have to be rich? Famous? Have a washboard stomach? Be super popular? It could be any of these or none of these. 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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Osama Bin Laden – what his death can teach us about critical thought

I’ve been watching with great amusement over the last couple of days the continuous news coverage of the death of Osama Bin Laden and how the news agencies are falling all over themselves to get the story straight. Even more amusing, or perhaps disturbing, are the many comments I have seen almost by the minute on Facebook and what I hear in your typical “water cooler” conversation at work. What OBL’s death and its subsequent coverage can show us all is how to think critically, and the fact that a majority of society doesn’t know how to do it. Before we get into it, let’s look at what critical thought is: the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action. In short: it’s actively thinking, assessing and evaluating what you hear, see and read, rather than taking the first information you come across as fact. Why is it important? Well, it teaches you to read the fine print, to look behind the scenes and find out what is really going on – whether it is news, a history book, or a person’s account of an event. Continue reading

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Lessons in masculinity from two professional fighters

Today we are going to look at two professional fighters that have recently been in the news and what their actions and words can teach us about masculinity: what it is and what it isn’t. The two men I have chosen come from different combat sports and could not be more different in terms of personality and the road they have taken to get to where they are today. One is UFC fighter Georges St Pierre, who just recently defended his welterweight title for the 6th time. The other is Anthony Mundine, who began as a professional rugby league player and made the move to boxing. He has won two titles, both controversially. Continue reading

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