Feb 29

Whenever we hear about token pro-athlete (who made more money than god) lamenting about how (insert outside person or thing) screwed him out of his money and now he’s broke, a huge discussion always seem to follow about financial education. In the mind of many people, the reason why the athlete has burnt millions is always due to ignorance. We think that if the guy had a Dave Ramsey type as his teacher in college he would have gone the way of the “smart pro-athlete” and invested his money well. People envision the athlete as a young, impressionable college student being thrown into a fast life of partying, gold-diggers and shark accountants, then because he is ill-equipped to handle 7-figures, he ends up broke by the time the checks stop coming in. Are all pros this naïve, or is it an individual thing where most… [Read more]

Feb 28

  So the Academy Awards Ship set sail, went by and was talked about for all of 10 minutes by myself and my fellows. One thing that stuck out to me in conversation with one of my buds was that sexy had an age limit with certain men. Observe this conversation: Greg: Cameron Diaz is so damn goofy at times but did you check out J-Lo’s cleavage dress? Friend: (hisses his teeth) Ya I saw her… what is she like 40 now? Greg: Around that age, but she’s still got it going on… Friend: Sure, but you know… it’s like, we’ve seen it a million times. Greg: Who her? Friend: Ya, I was looking at(insert young actress), now she was cute to me (trails off into describing other actress). That conversation is par for the course for guys; chances are you yourself have had them. It makes… [Read more]

Feb 27

So the warning signs are going off like alarms in your head and you know that you’re about to get “the talk” from your woman about the relationship and how you need a break, which will lead to your being dumped. If your feelings are anything but panic at this point, chances are you are going to be somewhat happy about your newfound freedom. Being that we at The Hall have all been there before, we offer up 5 positive reasons why a breakup can be positive. 1. You’ve got your free time back – If it’s one thing that separates the sexes it’s the importance of chill time. Most guys will agree that our respective women look at chill time as “her time” which leaves us slinking away in the shadows, rationing off what little time we have to do stuff we actually like… [Read more]

Feb 25

One of the profiles that we respect on The Hall is that of men and women who fought, lived and maintained longevity on their own terms. What I mean by this is that any man who could survive into his late adult life within a society that used laws, government, schools and police to keep him “less than” is already a champion. If you add in the fact that a man like this defiantly and legally married 3 women that were of his oppressors and found a way to beat all challengers into a bloody pulp within the boxing ring then what you have is a certified badass. “for more than thirteen years, Jack Johnson was the most famous and the most notorious African-American on Earth.” – Ken Burns If you were a white man who loved boxing in the early 1900’s you would hate… [Read more]

Feb 23

Editor’s Note: One of the harshest “competitions” going on in life is the measuring stick of success that people seem to strive for. But guest author The Marksman brings to question “Isn’t success an individual journey?” A journey whose results are subjective at best? Of course it is, at least I personally agree but people still refer to others as being “successful” when they see nice cars, clothes and homes. Having been called “successsful” by quite a few people while feeling quite the opposite, I found the following article to really speak to me personally. I hope you find some value in it too.” – G.Dragon Just because you drive an expensive car or live in a big house, does not mean that you are successful, that is a common misconception in this country. Success is something that people measure differently, and most have opinions… [Read more]

Feb 22

In the movie Scarface, there is a scene where the drug lord Frank Lopez instructed a young Tony Montana that it was the guys who flew quietly in his business that did well. At the time the hot-headed Tony took it as a soft guy’s instruction on how to play it soft and stay a peasant but Frank’s words held more meaning than he even knew. When you work for someone, and you aspire to grow within the company and accomplish wonderful things, you cannot do it by joining the regulars in gossip, discontent, and mediocre work. There is a fine line between brown nosing and what I am about to say to you, but brown nosing is something else completely so please don’t misunderstand my intent. “A man is a good retainer to the extent that he earnestly places importance in his master. This… [Read more]

Feb 21

Hello my fellow IT nerds; one thing that I have noticed about our profession besides the loud discussions on MMORPG’s and the war of the cell phone companies is that we can be some of the most sloppy, uncoordinated dressers in the building. While I chalk this up to our attention being paid to other things that we deem important, it is still something that can be remedied… if you want to attract the attention of the new girl who you are instant messaging your buddies about behind her back… it can be as simple as taking time to adjust your wardrobe – you know, the trivial things! Let us start by discussing money… You make over $50,000 a year, you do not spend much of it (outside of video games and random hobbies) so you are naturally a “saver” that doesn’t spend too much… [Read more]

Feb 20

Be Supportive. Act like a man… as in don’t be overly dramatic, be extremely candid and demand sex often. Never compare your man to your father. Keep that to yourself! Have a life (and friends) of your own. Don’t give up the sex too fast – until we’ve had sex, then give it up often. Be upfront and not passive aggressive. Express yourself, we aren’t mind readers and we lack your “intuition”. Have a sense of humor. Don’t pretend to like everything we like. Have a passion – something besides the man: career, cooking, flying jets… anything! Let a man be a man. Accept that a man isn’t into the same things that you are (shows, food, shoes, etc.) Have a positive and refreshing outlook on life. Never vent without want of a solution. This is irritating and worthless to a man. Don’t dictate a… [Read more]