Nov 28
richard-harrow-beach

Many people like the character of Richard Harrow played by Jack Huston on HBO’s hit show Boardwalk Empire. While we may admire Richard Harrow as a professional and a marksman, the true reason behind his likability seems to be somewhat of a mystery to folks that fell in love with him. What he had that many of the characters in Boardwalk Empire, and in many shows like it, is humanity. In this one man we get a complex mix of loyalty, respect, good and evil. Richard, to me, was similar to a warrior’s sword back in the feudal times. When warriors acquired their family sword, it was a treasured heirloom that was a representation of their ancestors along with being a deadly weapon that could protect them in times of danger. When you received it, it was in good shape because the warrior sword was… [Read more]

Nov 27
thinking-man

It’s the time of the season when we are hiring new talent at my job and I have been fortunate in being one of the people ushering in the interviewees. As a unit we scan hundreds of resumes, checking out who should match and who would end up wasting our times because they had little experience with our software. When we have a good number, we make some phone calls and bring them in for the interviews. One thing you learn when you interview people, it’s  that the worst tends to come out for those who buckle under societal pressure. You get the liar who thinks he can freestyle the interview by pretending to know anything you ask; you get the nervous wreck who rifles off a ton of personal details that no boss should know, and you get that one, fake cocky applicant. The… [Read more]

Nov 26
beautiful-married-couple

In another one of those “studies that tend to piss women off” it was recently found that the secret to marital bliss—for men—is in having an attractive wife! In a study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 450 newlywed couples were given the lab animal treatment for four years and psychologist Andrea Meltzer along with her team came to the conclusion that a woman’s beauty plays a major role in her husband’s marital satisfaction. On the flip-side a man’s attractiveness served little impact on his wife’s happiness throughout so it will suffice to say that we are as shallow as we are said to be… or worse. No, not really… keep reading. It leads me to think of a scenario where a man is having a hard time connecting with his beautiful wife but every time he wakes up and sees her… [Read more]

Nov 25
woman-rejecting-flowers

One of the most common stereotypes that women get plagued with is the notion that complaining is happiness. Another one is that a woman is never truly happy with a man, even if he is the drama-free type that gives her the world. These stereotypes come from a root of confusion, negativity, and oversimplification when it comes to communication, or should I say lack thereof between the sexes. The very popular backlash against approaching women in public has become deafening on the web. At the same time we have another loud cry for men to take it old school and approach women to court them face-to-face. If you aren’t already shaking your head at the paradox, I would urge you to read the first two sentences of the paragraph again. Men are being asked to stay away from women in public, but at the same… [Read more]

Nov 20
bane-and-batman

One of the popular tropes in movies is the one where a masterful genius is shown to be the arch-villain up until the end when we learn that there is someone in the shadows pulling his strings. For the entire hour and a half you watch this master of strategy put the hero on his/her toes and you grow a bit of admiration for him/her. But what happens when the big reveal is shown and you learn that this “master” is nothing more than a deadly marionette? You feel disappointed with the movie and you lose respect for the villain. One of the most popular villains to lose my respect was Bane from The Dark Knight Rises. Bane could fight, he could deliver a powerful speech and he was always a step ahead of Bruce Wayne. Bane had an ideology and carried out his plans… [Read more]

Nov 19
young-man-perched

When I went to College some of the best advice I got was from an older nerd than ran a bulletin board system prior to the internet that you are enjoying right now. I was one of the guys that was a senior in high school, hooking up my 14 400 baud modem to an old Packard Bell with a 4-color CGA monitor playing online, text-based competitive games. One day the host of one of these channels had a chat with me and I told him I was going to College in a few months. The advice he gave me was to force myself to be social and talk to as many girls as I could because never again would I find myself in a place with such an abundance of diverse women. Now as a man that is running strong in the rat race,… [Read more]

Nov 18
boat-and-anchor

A workout relationship can have many forms, sometimes it is beneficial to both parties and other times it is one person hanging on for dear life. Many times with working out I compare the partnership to a boat and an anchor when docked. The anchor keeps the boat in place, preventing it from drifting out to sea and living as an example of fortitude, while the boat is there for support. For the anchor, the boat can be an important fixture that tests it’s resilience during stormy times and through the passage of time. To an outsider the two need one another but in terms of the people working out, it isn’t always so… The Immortal Anchor and The Reluctant Boat An anchor is a driven person that lives and breathes the workout. On days when they are sick, unmotivated, or lonely, they will still… [Read more]

Nov 15
mad-men-the-boys

Let me preface this piece by saying that I am a man and I am prone to objectify a beautiful woman as much as any other guy. I do not write under the guise of some reformed, feminist, eunuch, trying to convince readers that I am “above” male behavior. So know that I write these observances not as an outsider per se but more like a person that wishes to understand. I can tell you that I have been blown away by the amount of men that sweat any new girl that starts working in an office. The only criteria that a woman needs to meet for this to happen, is that she must look young, and appear naïve. Look too good, like so good that men are all over you even outside of the office and the opposite tends to happen. Guys will be… [Read more]