Archive | December, 2011

Rules of a Gentleman

30 Dec

1. A Gentleman is always presentable.

2. Live a passionate life, with a compassionate nature, and a dispassionate judgment.

3. Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.

4. Opening a door for a lady is not optional.

5. A Gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.

6. Nothing beats a good hat, so lon as it is removed when indoors.

7. Anything worth having, is worth working hard for.

8. A Gentleman will never instigate a fight, but he is permitted to end one.

9. A Gentleman reads and reflects.

10. The best suits are tailored (ties should never be a focal point).

11. A Gentleman means what he says, and says what he means.

12. Be gracious in manner, humble in tone, and thankful for what is given.

13. A Gentleman lives beyond his zone of comfort.

14. The line between confidence and arrogance is very thin, and a Gentleman is aware of it.

15. Drinks are not meant to be mixed.

16. A Gentleman can drive stick-shift.

17. A Gentleman can jump if need be.

18. Know the differences between courage and stupidity.

19. A Gentleman is observant, and takes action without delay.

20. To a lady, a Gentleman will readily offer both his coat and his hand.

Courtesy of The Gentlemen’s Society

Google’s 2011 Zeitgeist

19 Dec

See how the world searched the internet in 2011….

The Art Of A Toast

15 Dec

Some men live for this moment, others dread standing solo in front of a captive audience with a raised glass attempting a complicated combination of inspired eloquence and humor. Regardless, at some point in your life – a party, wedding, holiday dinner or New Year’s Eve – your turn to toast will arrive.

For every good toast, we’ve heard heaps of bad ones, so before you take the spotlight unaided, note these suggestions to help you deliver with class and grace:

Prepare. Odds are you’ll know in advance when an occasion requires a toast so don’t wait until the last minute to come up with something. All of us need a little preparation and work to be witty, well spoken, honoring and inspirational all at the same time. Privately practice and time yourself. You’ll feel odd, but better to flesh it out alone than wing it in front of a crowd.

Write it down. Putting words on paper will help you organize your thoughts, weed out bad ideas and remember what you want to say. Your outline should include an introduction of yourself, a sharp or humorous opening, a sincere and personal focal point and a winsome conclusion that appeals to the best in humanity. A note card with cues is fine for an occasional reference, but never read an entire toast.

Keep it short. It’s a toast, not a speech. The length depends on the context, but chances are people are waiting to eat or dance, so highlight the occasion, pay your respect and wrap it up in under two or three minutes. Even if you have a gift for oratory or wit, making a toast longer will rarely make it better. Also, if a few other toasts have proceeded you, adjust to the situation and shorten it.

Don’t be patronizing. A toast is not the same as a roast. Keep it tasteful, mature and suitable for mixed company. If you do tell a story in jest, make sure it concludes without being divisive or degrading. The toast reflects just as much about you as it does who you’re toasting.

Be honest and sincere. Flattery can be insulting, so pay your compliments with heartfelt authenticity. Being clever and witty is encouraged as long you are yourself. Personal anecdotes and remembrances are likely a perspective only you can offer and will make your toast unique.

Customize for the context. Tailor-make your toast for the occasion and be appropriate to the setting. Your content may vary at an office Christmas party, a family wedding, or a guys’ night out for steaks and cigars.

Note your delivery. Your presence and body language communicate nearly as much as your actual words. Be confident, but not arrogant. Stand up straight, look your audience in the eye and speak with a sturdy but not overbearing voice. Also, don’t forget to raise your glass at the end.

All the credit for the above goes to

Imagination: The J.P. Auclair street segment

14 Dec

Earlier in the year, I posted a teaser video for the upcoming release of ALL. I. CAN. by Sherpa Cinemas. Well, the following video is Chapter 5 from the documentary video entitled Imagination. It shows one of the world’s best skiers, J.P. Auclair, doing a little street segment through Trail, British Columbia. The cinematography is phenomenal and perfectly complements Dance Yrself Clean  by LCD Soundsystem. After letting the anticipation build, the video really takes off at the 2:09 mark. Enjoy!


The 7 Chakras for Beginners

9 Dec

The 7 Chakras are the energy centers in our body in which energy flows through. Blocked energy in our 7 Chakras can often lead to illness so it’s important to understand what each Chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely. Here’s a quick summary of the 7 Chakras:

1. Root Chakra – Represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded.
Location: Base of spine in tailbone area.
Emotional issues: Survival issues such as financial independence, money, and food.

2. Sacral Chakra – Our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences.
Location: Lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel and 2 inches in.
Emotional issues: Sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, sexuality.

3. Solar Plexus Chakra – Our ability to be confident and in-control of our lives.
Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area.
Emotional issues: Self-worth, self-confidence, self-esteem.


4. Heart Chakra – Our ability to love.
Location: Center of chest just above heart.
Emotional issues: Love, joy, inner peace.


5. Throat Chakra – Our ability to communicate.
Location: Throat.
Emotional issues: Communication, self-expression of feelings, the truth.


6. Third Eye Chakra – Our ability to focus on and see the big picture.
Location: Forehead between the eyes. (Also called the Brow Chakra)
Emotional issues: Intuition, imagination, wisdom, ability to think and make decisions.


7. Crown Chakra – The highest Chakra represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually.
Location: The very top of the head.
Emotional issues: Inner and outer beauty, our connection to spirituality, pure bliss.

If this sounds interesting and you have a few minutes, take this quick test to see which of your chakras could use some realignment!

LSU fans smell just like corn dogs.

5 Dec


LSU fans smell just like corn dogs.

Yes, it is often said, but so, so true. 

LSU fans do smell like corn dogs.

I would never tell them that to their face though. This is something 
better said at internet distances. Even now, I am afraid.

I am afraid that they’ll know I said it. I’ll walk past an LSU fan 
someday, and he’ll see that look in my eye that gives it away. 
That look that says, “gee, what is that smell? Is it corn dogs?” 
The next thing you know, I’ll have flat tires on my car.

If you only learn one thing from me today, remember not to tell LSU 
fans how they smell – you know, like corn dogs.

LSU fans seem, somehow, sensitive to that whole corn dog issue.

I think this may be why a lot of fans get beaten up by LSU fans. If you
attend a game in Baton Rouge, try to avoid telling them that they smell 
like corn dogs. Say something else instead. Like, “Wow, LSU sure does
have a great team this year. This is going to be a great SEC game.”

It’s hard. I know. It’s like when you’re having sex and you try to 
think about baseball. That corn dog smell is just so overwhelming.
It makes it hard for you to think about football or baseball or 
whatever else. Your brain wanders into corn dog topics like: “Gee, I
wonder if I took a bite of your finger, if you would taste just like 
a corn dog?”; or “Is this a real person or is it a giant corn dog trying
to make me think it is a real person?” or “What did that giant corn dog
just say?” or “Excuse me, Mister, why is it that you smell just exactly
like corn dogs smell?” or, of course, after a silencer: 
“Madam, did you just let the corn dogs out?”

Heck, after what I’ve heard about LSU fans, I think it may be better 
not to smell them at all. Okay, not all of them. Some of them are 
nice. Sure. Smell the nice ones. That’s okay.

You know what else is a bad thing to do? Holding your nose around them. 
They are real sensitive to that, too. Try holding your breath. But
don’t be obvious about it. Somehow they know you’re trying not to 
breathe in the corn dog smell. And that offends them. They’ll likely 
punch you for that if they catch on to what you’re doing.

If you do breathe it in long enough, though, it’ll permeate your whole 
body, and then you’ll smell like a corn dog just like they do. But
don’t say, “Dang, now I smell like a corn dog.” They take offense to 
that. And they will throw things. But not corn dogs. Hard stuff.
Stuff that leaves bruises and makes you bleed. Then you may have to get 
stitches or something. Just don’t say it. If you do start smelling like
a corn dog, just shut up about it. Okay?

I think kids are acutely aware of corn dog smells too. Counsel your 
kids on how to behave around LSU fans. If LSU fans are driving around
town, do not let your kids stick their heads out of your car window and 
sniff the air. No. Keep your windows rolled up. An odd change in 
their expression – indicating they smell corn dogs – might get a wrench 
or pipe or some other object tossed at your windshield. So, that’s 
dangerous. Let your kids stick their heads out of the car windows as 
you drive – on some other weekend

I know you are just as puzzled as I am about some of this corn dog 
stuff. What puzzles me most is that I’ve never actually seen any of 
these LSU fans with a corn dog in their hand. Okay, maybe there’s no 
mystery there – maybe they already ate the corn dogs. Who knows?
Maybe there’s a corn dog factory in Baton Rouge and they all work there.
Maybe, there’s a corn dog lotion that they wear, or a French perfume.

Maybe their city council puts corn dog juice in the water supply – 
kind of like fluoride. The politics there are probably weird.
The big political issue during the city election is whether they should
add more ketchup or more mustard to the water. Don’t comment on it 
though. It’s not politically correct over there. It’s like a 
malnutrition issue or something. It’s like the corn dogs are probably
added to the water to prevent starvation or something.

I know when you go to Baton Rouge, you’re thinking: “Ahhhh. Here I am 
in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I’ll bet the people here smell just like
boiled crawfish or shrimp etoufe’ or some fancy Cajun food.” But just 
stop thinking that. That’s just a myth. They smell just like corn dogs.

In fact, please listen to my advice. Leave them alone about the corn 
dog odor. And don’t try masking the odor with something stronger. 
They’ll curse at you. They’ll say something like: “WTF, how dare you 
smoke a cigar in my home,” or “WTF!! Are you too good for the smell of
corn dogs?” and they’ll cuss out your kids too: “WTF!!! Little Mister 
fancy pants over here acts like he doesn’t want to smell like corn dogs.”

Cajuns are not like us. Don’t you see that, yet? They are really 
sensitive about being sniffed and about their corn dog aroma. They know 
they smell like corn dogs and it is no laughing matter to them at all. 
I know, I know. We sniff the Bammers and the UGA Dawgs and the Ole 
messes, and we keep a straight face with each of them, but don’t press
your luck with the Cajun tiger fans. Don’t refer to Death Valley as corn
dog valley either. I mean that’s just wrong. Even if you’ve been 
drinking, they’ll beat you up and curse out your kids.

Along these lines, be extra careful when you laugh in their direction – 
even if you’re laughing about something else. Like baseball or football,
or sex or whatever. If you can’t control yourself and you must laugh 
though, do not snort. The snorting makes them think that you smell their
corn dog body odor from a distance or that you’re choking on it or
something. They’ll likely burn your van for that. We lost a campus
building over just one snort. 

So, just remember. You can love one another without sniffing each 
other. You can enjoy the clash of a couple of good football teams.
You can enjoy the thrill of the rivalry. But after the game, please heed
my words. Please just move along. No sniffing the opposing fans after this
National Championship. Okay? Get your corn dog jollies at home.

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