August 2009 Blog Posts (44)

Arthur Saxon

I had an old-fashioned bodybuilder phase for awhile (that I'm still somewhat in), and this book really fueled it. Although I was initially interested because of the aesthetic respect I have for steriodless mustachioed "natural" strongmen , there's actually some depth and truth to this book. I found the chapter on diet particularly interesting.

"The Development of Physical Power"

Added by Sam on August 31, 2009 at 10:36pm — 3 Comments

Jimmie "The Beast" Foxx

It is a past time of mine to search for extraordinary men from the past that inspire me to better myself. For this reason, I want to use this blog as a sort of documentation device for the men I come across.


Known as "The Beast," this baseball player of the 30s was known as the right-handed answer to Babe Ruth. He regularly hit "tape-measure" home runs clear out-of-the-park, ending his career with a whopping 534… Continue

Added by Sam on August 31, 2009 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments


Tonight I'm off to the first gathering of the year for my Monday Night Football Club. This has been going on for 5 years now. We have a diverse group of men that attend. Some football fans some not. It is held at my friends Man House. Some sit on the plush leather sofas and chairs and intently watch football. Some are gathered around the vintage poker table, Some gather at the bar, some huddle around the grill outside, some smoke cigars outside. Politics are discussed, jokes and tales are told.… Continue

Added by Mike Norris on August 31, 2009 at 4:57pm — 1 Comment

Did Anyone See that Red Bull Indy GP Race?

Did anyone go to the race this year?
What a good race with a bunch of crazy events in the race.

Added by Matt Facchin on August 31, 2009 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Quite the impression...

All I can say is, I'm envious of the few thousand men who've found this site before me. Finding this site brings newfound joy to being a man in an increasingly homogenous society, and I hope to grow in manliness through this affiliation.

Added by Trevor Wessman-Lavelle on August 30, 2009 at 11:32am — 2 Comments

Operation 'New Man'

This is sparked by a couple of things. The first one is my own discussion topic on celebrating one's own birthday. In addition, I noticed a topic on mid-life crisis. I believe that I have some thoughts that are in common to both. We shall find out.

First, for a birthday, New Year's Day or something else that is noteworthy,… Continue

Added by Cowboy Bob Sorensen on August 29, 2009 at 4:43pm — 1 Comment

Weighing in.

So today was apparently the day my brain would refuse to wake my body up. I did still get up at 6:30 and walk the dog before breakfast, but I was going to get up at 6 to walk on the treadmill... I thought it would be another day or two before I totally shut down.

Oh well. I will get on the treadmill when I get home so that I don't totally punk out for the day.

In other news, I weighed myself today and I was at 231. Last week on Friday I was 235. So w00t. I'm sure that some… Continue

Added by Aaron Schnabel on August 28, 2009 at 12:39pm — 7 Comments

International Backpacking 101

I have circumnavigated the earth on a shoestring budget without the use of airplane, traveling through 43 countries via land and sea. By traveling on a freighter ship across the north Pacific, camel-trekking through the Sahara, and riding a horse at full gallop across the wide open Mongolian countryside, I not only learned about the forty-three countries I traveled through, but I picked up a few great backpacking tips. Here I've included some of most useful tips.

1. Take advantage of… Continue

Added by Joseph P. Lenze on August 27, 2009 at 5:35pm — No Comments

Early mornings suck

So in order to have time to exercise, walk the dog, eat breakfast, make lunch, shower and get dressed, all before work, I've been getting around up 5:50 every morning.

I have come to the conclusion that missing sleep sucks. My wife keeps telling me that after a couple of weeks I will start to feel good and the exercise will make me feel energized and pumped up. I'll believe that when I'm not yawning at noon and ready for bed by 5pm every day.

Somehow I've managed to muddle… Continue

Added by Aaron Schnabel on August 27, 2009 at 2:00pm — 13 Comments

10th Anniversary

In December my wife and I will celebrate our 10th anniversary. Understandably I would like to do something awesome and special. I am seeking some assistance here. We have four children eight and under. We do not live near family. In other words, the chance of leaving them all with someone over night is highly unlikely. We also happen to live two hours away from any major city.

Given the above information, does anyone have any suggestions on what I could to do to make this anniversary… Continue

Added by Jason P. Franklin on August 25, 2009 at 10:16pm — 3 Comments

Almost time to start the year...

So I've decided that my official start date is September 20th, which also happens to by my first anniversary with my wife!

Even though that is my official start date, I have already begun some work... I am on my treadmill 3 or 4 days a week (the goal is 5 eventually) and doing push ups every day. I currently do 10, which sadly is enough to make me sore the next day. My goal is to increase the amount I do every week until I can do 100 a day.

Also, I have started putting… Continue

Added by Aaron Schnabel on August 24, 2009 at 3:47pm — 2 Comments

Mission to India

During the 30 Days to Manliness Challenge, one of the challenges was to do a Bucket List. I wrote up my list. On it I wrote that I wanted to go on a mission to another continent. Writing up the list got me thinking about doing missions, but not really about when. The thought was more for a few years from now....

One day in church, I was sitting next to a girl I was dating… Continue

Added by John Clanton on August 24, 2009 at 3:00pm — 7 Comments

Through Being Cool

I wrote this about a year before I pledged my masonic lodge, and a little less than a year before I joined my synagogue. This was an exploration of masculinity, and reading Robert G. Davis' book,…


Added by Jeremy Gross on August 21, 2009 at 12:30pm — 15 Comments

The Paradox of Thrift

There is an apparent weakness within free-market economics that is often referred to by Keynesians, socialists, and the occasional Chicago-schooler as the Paradox of Thrift. The paradox is as follows: during a recession consumers naturally tighten their belts and start saving more money. Because consumers are not spending as much, producers cannot sell as much and start losing money. Because supply then goes down, prices go up, and consumers spend even less, sending the economy into a steep… Continue

Added by randroth on August 20, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Help Meet

I gotta brag on my wife.

I am a missionary in a small, very rural and rather remote mountain community. I was feeling rather depressed last night, struggling with things. She drew it out of me, then encouraged me with her insight into the situation. I'm feeling better, have renewed energy and sense of purpose.

God has truly blessed me with this woman. I love her deeply and passionately.

Added by Jason P. Franklin on August 20, 2009 at 11:40am — 2 Comments

A Libertarian Argument on Abortion

Libertarianism is based on the principle of non-aggression: no man or institution, including the government, may initiate force against another man or institution. This solid principle leads to a clear-cut set of positions for libertarians: no wars of aggression, no wealth redistribution, no substance control, and no trade restrictions, among other things.

This principle is applied to abortion by nearly every libertarian, but it is applied in different ways within the libertarian… Continue

Added by randroth on August 19, 2009 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

In Regards to Youth, Gender, and Politics (sort of)

Stuff I should have mentioned before.

This is to explain myself further so everyone understands the kind of person these odd and often different opinions are coming from.

My Age: 20. Often confused for 30. I tend to act it.

Steve's Age: 30. He balances my youth out with his maturity and I learn a lot from him. However, I'm one of those old soul people so I'm not some ditzy little young thing in the… Continue

Added by Emily Fine on August 19, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Military Music Traditions

I have a friend that just earned a DMA in Theatrical Music. She’s very attractive and we’ve dated off and on for a few years. We went out for dinner then dancing. On the way home I asked her out to dinner for next Wednesday. She declined and said she was going to the musical Wicked. I told her I was jealous, I’ve wanted to see wicked but can’t afford the time or money to travel to see it. She looked at me like aliens had taken over my body. Then she called me a liar! She accused me of having… Continue

Added by Robert Disque on August 19, 2009 at 3:31pm — 3 Comments

Crafts-man-ship... a lost art?

The master craftsman puts a critical eye to his work - a hand-bound book - and isn't satisfied. Once again, he takes up his bevel, and scrapes away another micrometer of paper. He blows the dust away, sets the book down on his workbench, and looks at it again... It's good enough, he thinks. He places the new book on a shelf next to other masterpieces of ornate and intricate books.

Ok, so I chose books for the image above, but it could have been anything from a shiny metal part of a… Continue

Added by Thomas White on August 19, 2009 at 10:42am — 9 Comments

Art of Manliness Suit School - Quality Men's Shoes

You CANNOT skimp on shoes. A lot of guys will blow hundreds on a suit and skimp on shoes. This is very silly, as you spend all day on your feet.

Shoes are an investment. A good pair will last you your whole life. Bad shoes will ruin it.

Bad shoes are glued, made with inferior leather, and are generally not durable. Stay away from fashion brands, especially Kenneth Cole. The shoes, while some might think stylish, are bottom barrel when it comes to quality.

You… Continue

Added by Leo Doom Occulta on August 18, 2009 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

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