November 2009 Blog Posts (55)

DE shaving...take two...

I tried the DE shaving thing about a year ago and it was a disaster. Painful, ineffective, and just a bad experience in general. At the time, a family member had given me a gift card to Anthony Logistics so that is where I purchased most of my shaving supplies, aside from my Futur. This time around I went all out though. Badger brush, DR Harris shaving cream, and some Clubman aftershave. Wow!! What a difference!! I'm totally hooked!! Granted, I didn't get the best shave on the first try but I'm… Continue

Added by Patrick T. Bunt on November 30, 2009 at 11:57am — 3 Comments

How I Became A Home Dad

I've only been a part of the AoM community for a short time now. I've already discovered that merely looking at a Saddleback Leather Bag can put more hair on my chest, gotten my new reading list, and been struck by the progressive views on what it… Continue

Added by Chris Hamm on November 30, 2009 at 12:03am — 4 Comments

Why Your Packages May Soon Cost Twice as Much

For the past several months, FedEx and United Parcel Service (UPS) have been in an intense legal battle that could shake the entire shipping industry. FedEx, because it ships the majority of its packages via air, is governed under different unionization rules than UPS, which ships the majority of its packages via trucking. As a result, FedEx's labor must have a majority of all its employees voting in favor of organizing in order to unionize, while UPS' labor need only get a majority of the… Continue

Added by randroth on November 27, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

Civilization and Its Governments

Philosophers generally hold two clashing views of humanity: one optimistic, the other pessimistic. Each of these viewpoints is often held as an argument to increase the authority of government, whether in economic policies, personal lives, or civil liberties.

The optimistic view of humanity holds that people are inherently good, and indeed are perfectible creatures. All that is needed for a utopian existence is more time for mankind to iron out its faults and get its act together.… Continue

Added by randroth on November 25, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Happy Thanksgiving...

To ALL who celebrate / observe Thanksgiving... :)

Happy Thanksgiving

Added by I'mCosy on November 25, 2009 at 11:19am — 1 Comment

More Tools to Get Things Done

One of the most useful tools in getting things done is the calendar. I prefer my Palm and its desktop application, but it's getting old, so I'm trying other things. Stay with me on this.

After reformatting my hard drive and reinstalling software, including new stuff that is superior to what I had before (extensively using Revo Uninstaller to really rip out the sucktacular…

Added by Cowboy Bob Sorensen on November 24, 2009 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Dress Shirt & Tie Mixing Simplified

On my first blog post I mentioned that I would like to Help out those of you at AOM with any of your fashion needs. Since then I have helped a couple of people and appreciate being so well received by those of you who come to me for assistance. I extend to you my deepest gratitude.

A fellow AOM reader Paul has asked for a hand picking out some shirts and ties for his job in the spring. He knows how to put together traditional combination's such as striped ties with solid shirts,… Continue

Added by Reg Williams on November 24, 2009 at 12:30am — 6 Comments

Egads, I've been conned!!!!!!

Well the holidays are coming, and that means my wife wants cleaning done. Not just your standard everyday cleaning but one of those thorough house cleanings that only happen a couple of times a year. We spent a lot of time cleaning house yesterday and I thought I would be able to have a nice relaxing Sunday off.

I should have known when my non-breakfast eating wife offered to make a nice pancake brunch that something I didn't want to happen was about to... Of course, after the… Continue

Added by Liam Boyle on November 22, 2009 at 2:08pm — 7 Comments

Hemp Sword Belt Take Two By the Happyhippiebilly

Okay, since the first hemp sword belt turned out well. I made a second attempt. While I used "found" components for the first model, this one has bought matching rings. I again used the 20# hemp cord from Hobbly Lobby (I really need to upgrade my materials) with the goal of making this belt a bit thinner, longer and more adjustable than the "fixed ring" construction of this first.

W.I.P. pic #1 showing the thinner width of the new belt…


Added by Liam Boyle on November 21, 2009 at 7:59pm — No Comments

What I Plan on Providing to the AOM

As a wardrobe consultant I would love to elaborate on a mans wardrobe. I am a person who not only works in the field, I study it. I make sure I know the modern and classics of a man wardrobe and would love to elaborate more on each item in a mans closet.

So if anyone has any questions feel free to reply with questions and i will answer them in the order I receive them. If a topic becomes popular enough i will do a full blog post on it.

Take care for now and I hope to hear… Continue

Added by Reg Williams on November 21, 2009 at 12:52am — 7 Comments

World Hello Day - Nov 21st

Hello Friends...

Happy World Hello Day (21/11)

World Hello Day

Added by I'mCosy on November 20, 2009 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Top 50 Free Audio/Text Books

Top 50 Free Audio/Text Books

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top 50 free audio text books

Added by I'mCosy on November 19, 2009 at 1:42pm — 4 Comments

Toss a coin

coin toss face choices

Added by I'mCosy on November 19, 2009 at 12:29am — No Comments

A storm in late spring

A totally spur-of-the-moment piece of descriptive writing.

It seems that every spring, the weather becomes an irritable beast, never quite sure of itself. One would think that the really hot weather would hold off until summer, but in each of the past five years here, there’s been a heat wave come along in October or November, followed by a cooler spell, before summer brings more of the same. This year has been no different, so far. People sometimes say that we should never mind the… Continue

Added by Dave Findlay on November 18, 2009 at 8:15am — No Comments


Oops, got a little excited there.

But seriously, will you listen to yourself? It seems to me that a "pet peeve" is simply something that someone does not like, and does not pertain to the best interests of community, town, country or mankind. I would like to believe that this particular item is for the benefit of all.

"Shut up and get on with it, Cowboy Bob!"

Simply put, people "down" themselves. That is not good. Expressions like "dummy me", "I am an… Continue

Added by Cowboy Bob Sorensen on November 17, 2009 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Hemp Sword Belt By the Happyhippiebilly

Okay, here's the latest project from the Happyhippiebilly - the hemp fiber sword belt. I'm actually kinda proud of how it turned out, but I would love to get some honest feedback from other folks.

Here's the website description:

"Hand crocheted with 1mm 20lb test hemp jewelry cord. app 48 inch over all length, 1-3/4 inch width, suspension strap is 2-1/2 inches long, and scabbard strap are 1x6 inches. Initial… Continue

Added by Liam Boyle on November 17, 2009 at 10:26am — No Comments



The latest poem from my friend, Jennifer...


I am thankful for

The Moon and the Stars,

The Sun and the Earth below;

The mountains and the valleys,

The ocean, the lakes, the rivers,

And the streams that flow;

I am thankful for

The trees that give fruit

And the ones that do not so;

For their beauty is all year long,

Their green branches give me

Shade in a hot summer… Continue

Added by I'mCosy on November 17, 2009 at 2:44am — 1 Comment

Power Inverter & Installation


My father has helped me out with installing a Power Inverter in my truck. This is one that he's had for a while, and it only produces a modified sine wave (early technology from at least 7-8 years ago), but it's a 3000 watt BEAST.

First, he built a custom box for it, two cooling fans on each side to promote airflow through the box and over the inverter. He's made attempts to ground it a little better than it is, but has only had limited luck with that. I've tucked… Continue

Added by Joseph L. Rogers on November 17, 2009 at 12:07am — No Comments

What does an 8 hour work week mean?

We have 24 hours in a day. This notion has been around for some time and it is widely accepted that we work for 8 hours a day, and go home. But how long has the 8 hour work day been the standard? It has certainly been the standard sense the pre internet era, or pre cell phones. So wouldn't the standard work week change as the world gets considerably smaller by means of modern technology? I would think that it would, but as you walk through offices around the world, one would see the exact same… Continue

Added by Don AuFait on November 16, 2009 at 5:14pm — 2 Comments

How to split firewood

I’ll admit it: for me, splitting wood has nothing do with lowering the heating bill. I like that satisfying thunk! and the feeling of power, seeing that big obstinate piece of wood doing what I want. The look of the fire in the evening is nice, too, especially when you didn't have to buy the wood at the supermarket.

Here's how to make it happen.

What you need

An ax. A maul is fine, but you don't need it, unless you're entering a wood-splitting… Continue

Added by Sir on November 16, 2009 at 5:03pm — 1 Comment

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