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5 Drinks That Are Manly AF

A real man knows his liquor. Not the fruity, bubbly, overly sweet, rainbow-coloured explosions women adore because they saw Samantha drinking it before her next big conquest – a man doesn’t drink from that side of the colour spectrum.

You need something manly, something with a kick and a twist that will not only set the stage for a night of healthy inebriation but will also portray your manly, devilish persona to the rest of the world. The ladies included.

You might not be spoiled for choice when it comes to manly drinks, but at least you will put everyone around you to shame and make all the girls pay attention to your presence, and your drink. Hard liquor demands attention and respect, so here are the top five manly AF drinks that will turn you into a real man.

Martini

A martini is a staple in any man’s repertoire. Reminiscent of the manliest figure to have ever graced the stronger, and fairer sex with his presence, James Bond sure knew how to handle his liquor and carry himself with an irresistible charm that won over even the coldest of hearts.

Like many manly things, a Martini is a simple drink served in a sophisticated glass that combines 3oz Gin and 1/2oz Vermouth and a couple of garnishes, such as an olive and a lemon twist. If you’re preparing it yourself, be sure to mind the details, such as whether you stir it or shake it, and do not complement the drink with more than two ice cubes.

Yorsh

Stepping into the realm of raw manhood slowly and there is no one better to draw your inspiration from than the crazy Russians. Yorsh is one of the manliest drinks around and is the best choice for quick and painful inebriation.

The drink is simple to make and relatively easy to chug, and chug you must, as it consists of ten parts beer and one part vodka. The ratio can, of course, vary depending on your taste preference. However, you are better off sticking to the basic formula until you’ve tried a few of these and lived to tell the tale.

Whisky

Now we are in the manliest zone possible. There is nothing that says manly AF more than a glass filled with a rich, manly spirit that not only packs a punch, but will make you stand up straight and become a man. You see, one does not simply drink whisky like a schoolgirl tasting her first beer, you drink whisky with pride and confidence like you were born with a glass in hand and a cigar between your teeth.

These timeless spirits come in many hues, aromas and textures and if you’re serious about your liquor, you will research the best craft manufacturers, such as those making quality Australian whisky and stay clear from overpriced commercial brands. Having a home bar is your best option when it comes to whisky, too!

Black Russian

Back to the Russians again, this famous cocktail actually hails from Belgium and boasts a unique appearance due to its ingredients. If you want a dash of variety in your life but you still want the drink to be as manly as your previous choices, then you can’t go wrong with the Black Russian.

The preparation process is simple and manly, entailing two parts coffee liqueur and five parts vodka poured over ice in an old-fashioned glass. A unique taste, for a unique man. You are bound to turn some heads.

Flaming Dr Pepper

Interestingly enough, Dr Pepper is not actually an ingredient in this drink. The cocktail is said to taste like Dr Pepper and has therefore been named after everyone’s favourite soft drink. The drink itself is anything but soft, as it boasts three stiff ingredients that are guaranteed to ignite a fire in your heart and put some stupid ideas in your head.

Served in a shot glass, you will layer three parts Amaretto and one part high-proof spirit, set it on fire (that’s right) and then drop it into a pint of beer. Chug immediately and don’t stop before the glass is empty, or it would all have been for nothing.

There is nothing inherently wrong with drinking an appletini every once in a while if you like it, just make sure you’re not giving off the wrong vibe and ruining your chances of going home in good company. Be sure to stick to these five essential drinks and you will have no problem becoming the manliest man around.

Lifestyle

Beards, What are they good for?

There is a reason you’re here, most likely you asked yourself why should I grow a beard? Or what does a beard do? How about can I save food for later? Or something along those lines. I’m going attempt to outline some reasons to grow a beard, and what they are good for. Also to answer your first question no you cant really store food for later. Lets get started.

Chill

Depends on what part off the globe you’re from, winter is either coming or going. With that said my usual audience its located in Australia, so the winter is almost out. How can a beard help though you may ask? With a thick cover of hair on your face, it breaks down the chill of the wind. So instead of a cold slap in the face you feel the mild caress of winters hand. And you thought winter had no chill.

Sun

What about on the other spectrum of the year, when the sun is out and ready to party? Where the same beard that can keep your face warm from the chill of winter, works both ways and prevents  you getting sunburnt. This obviously depends on how much growth you have, and how dense the forrest is. Makes sense that when guys shave their beards they have a pale baby face, imagine your chin not getting any Vitamin D for a year.

Soft

Ever had stubble, or a five o’clock shadow before? Who wants that kind of harshness on their skin or others in general? People think beards are rough, in fact they are pretty soft. I’ve received numerous compliments from women telling me that they are surprised that my beard is soft. Also imagine your face being surrounded by a pillow most of the time, that a good thing. Embrace it.

Makeup

Women can apply makeup to pretty up their face, or hide imperfections. What do guys have? Beards. Simply by having a beard its a way to mask certain imperfections, or spots on your face. I mean you can apply makeup, but would you? Look, even if you can go full viking you can have a neatly maintained Maine that can make a world of difference.

And there you have it, that is some reasons (four in fact) as to what beards are good for. Primarily it’s to either keep you from getting cold or getting hot. While also helping make you look more defined, with the right grooming.

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A Road Trip Guide Through Australia 

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Travelling through Australia seems like the most boring thing in the world for some people – “What’s there to see except the bush and a few kangaroos?” is what they might say – but the others think differently. These are the people who appreciate everything this great land has to offer and know that every part of the bush is a new adventure. That’s precisely the reason why they plan extensive and long trips through Australia carefully and have a rich agenda before them. If you too are among these people, you need to take a number of things into consideration before embarking on this trip, so here’s a quick guide that might help you get organised.

Cover the distance

First of all, do your research and determine where you wish to go and how far you’re willing to drive. Keep in mind that Australia is probably much larger than you think – as a comparison, it’s as big as the USA and Europe, for instance, and is just over 4000 kilometres wide. That means you’ll have to drive for days in order to get from the most eastern to the most western point of the country, and that can’t be easy. Knowing that an average person, i.e. not a professional driver, can cover about 900 kilometres a day before getting too exhausted to hold the wheel, you have to think twice about where you want to go and whether you’re comfortable driving that far.

Find the right path

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Another problem with covering huge distances in a day are the roads – they might not always be as good as you think. The number of high-speed roads where you can put the pedal to the metal is surprisingly limited and over 75% of all roads on the East Coast, for instance, are one-line roads. This means you’ll have to limit your speed to 80 kilometres an hour on most of these roads and you won’t reach a highway for a while.

Find the best roads

However, not being able to drive fast through Australia might not be such a problem after all. There are a number of amazing roads in this country you simply must check out during your road trip. From the Lake Mountain road in Victoria all the way to the Gold Coast 600 Street Circuit in the heart of Surfers Paradise, Queensland, you see everything you’ve always wanted to see in Australia on these roads. Moreover, sticking to reliable roads is much safer in the long run, especially if you experience problems.

Call for backup

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Speaking of problems, you can never know what’s going to happen on an open road. You might run into a dingo in the middle of a highway or your tyre might explode – everything’s possible! That’s why you need to be prepared and ready for all kinds of mishaps. Having a spare tyre, stopping for gas regularly and thoroughly checking your car before a trip is going to save you a whole lot of trouble in the long run. Moreover, should you come across a problem you can’t solve on your own, contacting a trustworthy Australian mobile mechanic can easily save your life. Being stranded in the middle of the bush is no fun and you must react quickly no matter what happens.

Other tips

Some of the other things you should think of before starting your trip are inviting friendly travel companions that will keep you company while you’re driving, bringing an updated map of Australia, finding adequate accommodation and packing all your essentials – the first aid kit, a phone charger, lots of CDs and a camera to capture all your adventures.

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5 Basic Photography Tips


I’ve spent a long time taking photographs and learning photography. But in a time where everything is a snap or a filter away on your phone, it makes it easy to take more and more photos until you have the right one. By no means am I telling you to hipster out and go buy a camera and film. Just a few simple techniques to implement and consider the next time you take out you phone for a snap, that can improve your photography.

1. Exposure

The first thing you learn when you’re learning photography is exposure, the most fundamental technical aspect of photography. Its called the exposure triangle and it includes Aperture, Shutter speed and ISO. With the adjustment of these setting on your camera you adjust how sharp to blurry your photo is and how bright and dark it is.


Aperture

Inside each lens you use whether its a lens on a Digital SLR or a tiny little lens attached to a phone there is an aperture ring. With a DSLR you can adjust it to open up or close it to allow less light. They are numbered stops and the smaller the number the opening is larger to let in more light. Although if you let in more light with a larger aperture, the focus distance becomes smaller.

Shutter Speed

Shutter speed adjusts how long the shutter will open up to allow light to be exposed by the film or sensor In the camera. The numbering system for shutter speed is in fractions. The basic explanation is the shutter can be opened for one second. The “speed” of the shutter speed is relative to one second. 1/60 shutter speed is one 60th of one second. So you take one second and cut it up in to sixty parts and the duration of one of those parts is the length of time the sensor is exposed to light. The shutter speed on your camera can range from 1/5000 of a second to 10 seconds. The larger the fraction the less light gets exposed thus the image will be sharper and darker, the longer the exposure you increase motion blur of movement and more light gets exposed on to the sensor.

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ISO

The sensitivity of the light to your sensor is adjusted by the ISO rating. It usually ranges from 100 to 3200. The higher the number, means the sensor will be more sensitive to light. So naturally you would keep the shutter speed higher so you can get shaper images in low light. I would use the highest ISO sparingly because the higher the sensitivity, you then introduce grain an pixel noise. So even though you can shoot in lower light, you will get a grainier image. I would personally use it between 100-800. Use the higher ranges at your own discretion.

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2. Composition

Composition sounds like what it is, just like musicians compose music, you pay attention and what to include in the photo and what not. And it is the absolute most important thing you need to consider when you take photos. Think about what is in the photo before you press the shutter. Ask yourself is that sign distracting in the background? can I move to the left? How will including this make the photo better?

3. Rule of thirds

What this means is, when you compose your image imagine your image is split up in nine different partitions on top of the image horizontally and vertically. Think a big hashtag over the image “#” which helps with composition. What this technique is used for is to seperate the background middle ground and foreground, where your subject can be in any of those. Usually almost everyone places the focal point of an image in the middle square. To make your compositions interesting try placing your focal point on either of the other boxes, for a more interesting photo.

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4. Perspective

A way to take a mediocre photo is to shoot from eye level, the usual same boring perspective everyone looks through everyday. One sure way to stand out and get people looking at your photos with revere is to change the way they look at things. What I mean is change your perspective, thus changing theirs. Shoot low, mid, from the hip or get up from above.

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5. Zoom

This something I see people do and personally I wish they didn’t. When they take a photo they will stand really far away and use their camera that has a ridiculous 40x zoom. They zoom in to their subject which leaves no room for any movement around to experiment with your rule of thirds or perspective. Physically zoom in, get up close and move around to get your composition and perspective perfect.

Experiment and try something you never have before, or try something you have before with a twist. No one gets good overnight, so what I say is practice, practice, practice. Go out have your camera with you and take photos.

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5 Health Concerns Men Should Stop Ignoring

One popular saying claims that you should always be ‘better safe than sorry’, which is exactly what men often disregard and overlook potential health problems that can become much more serious. This bad practice must be stopped as soon as possible, so stay with us and learn about five health topics men should stop ignoring right now. Denial won’t get you anywhere, so keep reading!

Healthy eating and weight management

Eating healthy and taking care of your weight is not just an issue of aesthetics – it’s much more than that. Unhealthy eating habits can lead to obesity, which doesn’t reflect just on the size of your body – but also on your overall health that can be compromised by such habits. So, the first thing to do is to stop eating processed foods that are bursting with calories but are lacking in essential nutrients. Such foods are full of artificially added sugars that are highly likely to result in obesity and a number of health problems, so cut down this bad habit as soon as possible and start eating healthy!

Prostate cancer

More than 3300 Australian men die every year due to prostate cancer, which is one of the most common issues related to men over the age of 50. However, it can sometimes affect even younger men, especially those with a history of prostate cancer in their family, which is exactly why you need to be aware of the fact that early detection is the key to success. Make sure you have regular appointments with your doctor, just to be safe!

Heart diseases

Stress, smoking, lack of physical activity, and unhealthy diet are just some of the things that can lead to high blood pressure and bad cholesterol. These may subsequently cause various heart diseases and heart attacks, which mustn’t be overlooked. Some of the symptoms include central chest discomfort and/or pain that may spread to the jaw, neck, or shoulder, so make sure to see your doctor ASAP if you experience some of these. Of course, you can prevent heart diseases by eating smaller and healthier meals that include fatty fish and fresh fruits and veggies. Besides that, you should learn to manage your stress, too!

Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a really serious sleeping disorder which occurs when your breathing is interrupted during sleep. Some of the symptoms are snoring, chronic fatigue, restless movements, and laboured or interrupted breathing throughout the night, so you may want to see your doctor if your family or a partner notice these. Many Australian men actually have serious problems with this condition since it causes oxygen levels to fall, which further causes the body to wake from sleep and resume its natural breathing pattern. That’s exactly why these men are turning to sleep apnea treatment which helps with establishing a stable sleeping pattern by opening the airways and enabling them to maintain continuous breathing.

Suicide

The fact is that suicide is one of the leading causes of death when it comes to Australian men younger than 44, which can be triggered by so many problems such as depression, finances, alcohol, relationship breakdowns, and many others. This is a very serious issue people often don’t want to talk about, which is exactly why many of them end up unable to find the way out of a difficult situation. If you’re thinking about suicide, please seek professional help or at least speak to a friend or a family member. Remember that every problem in this world can be solved, just talk openly about anything that bothers you.

Each of these five health topics is really serious, so make sure to understand their importance and not to neglect them. They must be treated as soon as you notice the first symptoms, so have that in mind and you’ll be able to successfully deal with them, without any doubt.

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Morning Routine

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Morning routines, almost everyone says they have them and they most likely do or don’t even think about it. What is involved in a morning routine, what do you do and what should you do?

What you should do and what shouldn’t do is subjective, some things that work for you might not work well for others. The way I see it is you want to aim to get the most value out of your time in your morning routine.

Now what do I mean by that? What I do as soon as I wake up, is actually wake up. Have breakfast and shower, and I check the news for the day and do some light reading. Then I go over my list of goals. I look at what’s on the list, and Then I check of what I’ve done and make a new one for the day, so I know what needs to be done. Once I finish the 9 to 5 job, I want to spend at least three hours actually working towards those day-to-day goals. That’s pretty much what I do almost everyday has my daily routine, it does vary slightly from day to day.

Now what I want to talk about is things that you can do and implement in your daily routine, that will help you get to the next level.

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Waking up early

This is something that I struggle with, and I’m not necessarily telling to wake up early but what I’m saying is try to wake up earlier than usual. Time is a finite resource and an invaluable asset. Think about what you could do with an extra 2 to 4 hours a day if you only woke up earlier. Now I’m not telling you to wake up that three or four in the morning but if your wake up time is closer to noon then you could definitely try waking up a couple of hours earlier.

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Meditation

I don’t do this, in the traditional fashion. But I do enjoy some quiet time. This is all about de-stressing, and spending the time focusing and just relaxing. Professionals say a lot of our problems and illnesses caused by stress, and I really do believe that. Make it a habit of taking some time out, breathe and listen to the speech by Al Pacino in any given Sunday and go out and kick some ass.

There you go, a post about what I do during my morning routine. And some of the things that you can incorporate in yours, and definitely something I could incorporate mine. I pretty much did the research for this post as a way to find new morning routines for myself, and now I have a new blog post, so you’re welcome.

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How to win friends and influence people. A book…

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This book is actually definitely one you need to read, written by Dale Carnegie published in 1936. You might say that’s an old book and the principles will be outdated. Fair assumption to think that but a lot of the content in the beak is still relevant. Why? Human behaviour is still the same as it was in 1936.

What do I mean when I say human behaviour is still the same 80 years later? Well the basic principles of human behaviour. some of the topics discussed in the book are:

Fundamental Techniques in Handling People
Six Ways to Make People Like You
Twelve Ways to Win People to Your Way of Thinking
Be a Leader: How to Change People Without Giving Offence or Arousing Resentment

The book gets into these topics in to great detail with case studies and personal experiences, from different people who have interacted with Dale Carnegie

One fundamental teaching of the book is talk in terms of the other persons interest. Everyone Wants something. And if you want to influence someone look at it from their point of view and see what they want. How to win friends? Just listen and take interest in them instead of talking about yourself.

Last thoughts

Overall the advice illustrated in this book is 85 per cent solid, and is a must read for anyone. Firstly it you an understanding of how to win at social interactions and win friends. I rate this book a solid eight out of ten doughnuts. Get onto it as soon as possible, and the best thing is because it is an older book, you can find a free copy on archive.org here.

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Where to get good coffee in Melbourne

One things for sure, I love my coffee. That’s my I thought I’d come to Melbourne CBD and try my favourite coffee shop and some others around the area and give you a list of some of what I think are the best coffee shops around.

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Tobys Estate Flinders Lane

Now this one is a little gem, which over the last couple of years has grown into something even better. Initially I came here for the coffee which by far is the best I have had. What made me stay and keep this coffee shop as one of my favourites is the customer service. Everyone is friendly and they make you feel welcomed as any guest. And did I mention their coffee is the best?

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Dukes coffee roasters Flinders Lane.

I had only been To dukes coffee once, and initially I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was. And the coffee was really great. When talk about brownie points for a cafe, atmosphere is one of the things I look at. I really enjoyed the atmosphere at dukes Dukes’ and it’s has style, although not much room to sit as it is set up narrow and long.

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Bar ampere Russell​ place

I love this place, it’s hidden away and from afar it looks like it might be a hole in the wall. The place is tiny but far from having no charm. As you walk in the walls are lined with graffiti, and inside the glass doors vintage absinthe bottles surrounds the seating area. Apart from the great coffee, bar ampere specialise in absinthe. And is a fully licensed bar with a kitchen in the back, so even if you get hungry they’ve got you covered.

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Little Rogue Drewery Lane

This is another one that is literally a hole in the wall, but figuratively speaking it is tiny little shop with barely any external signage. So you won’t spot it easily. This is for you guys up the northern part of the city. It’s a tiny contemporary place with a vintage twist it’s cozy so seats are scarce. It might not the type of place where you can sit there for a long time. But no biggie because you can just take the coffee with you and walk, it’s better for you anyways.

 

Well there you have it, a list of some of the places I like to have coffee. And some that I discovered while walking around Melbourne. The list is in no particular order of best to least best. Get out there and try them for yourself if you get a chance, you might like them as well.

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Crush It! – Book Review

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Crush it!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion by Gary Veynerchuck

My thoughts

Crush it was published in 2009, about 8 years ago. First and foremost. It is still relevant in todays landscape because the underlying fundamental aspect of what this book is about is still applicable.

Its not an overly long book at one hundred and forty two pages, you can read it in a couple of afternoons.

This book is meant to show you how you can cash in on your passion using free and available resources, and it is what Gary pretty much preaches on every one of his #AskGaryVee and DailyVee shows.

In essence crush it is about finding your passion, what ever that is. And work to build a personal brand around that passion then monetise that passion through social media. Putting emphasis that content is king, and creating new content every day is critical to having any success on building your brand.

Reading the book in 2017 has content that is out of date naturally as it was written at the time when Facebook and youtube was still new. Both these platforms had yet to position themselves as the industry leaders in content and social media. There’s mention of other platforms like viddler and FriendFeed some have evolved and some have merged with others, in the evolution of social media.

Last thoughts

Overall in my opinion Crush It! is a solid book to read if you’ve ever thought of opening a business, or if you have a hobby that you want to eventually learn to make money from it. It shows you what you need to do to achieve that. The examples shown in this book are not a way to get rich quick. There is lots of work ahead of you if you want to follow Gary’s advice, but worth it in the end.

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Every Day Carry – what’s in your pockets?

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What do I carry with me everyday or EDC, heres list of things whats in my pockets every day.

Phone – iPhone 6s Plus

The iPhone 6s Plus, I pretty much don’t go anywhere without it. As well as yourself don’t go anywhere without your phone. Usually pocket space is sparse, so I opted in having just my phone in any note taking and a quick drawing that I need instead of carrying a notepad and pen as well. The phone is used in any quick videos that I need to take, as well as running my Facebook pages to working on this very website. A lot of power in the space of a pocket, and I sure don’t need to tell you its something that needs to be part of your everyday carry, as you probably do already.

Beard Comb

Being the editor and chief bearded bro, it’s a no brainer that I need a beard comb to be part of my every day carry, It’s small and light and slips away in your breast pocket if you have one or your back pocket, and the clip keeps it in place., and tames your follicles right.

Watch

Swiss Military Hanowa – SWISS RECRUIT PRIME

I bought this watch when I was traveling though Europe, and I never leave the house with out it. Its Swiss made through and though. Formal style with the metal band, and somewhat ruggedness with a sapphire glass. This is a good one for all you minimalists out there, as it has a pretty simple watch face. Simple yet functional. Having a watch stops you from reaching for your phone all the time when you need to see the time which I think is a bad habit, also the less time you look at your phone the battery will last longer. 

Wallet

JAG Wallet

I have has this walled for a long time, It’s a mini/small JAG wallet. Made out of leather and its stood the test of time ten years strong and still going,

Keys

Basic set of keys here, Cant leave without them, as I’ve got my car keys on there. A good idea is to have a small USB thumb drive, you never know when you might need to transfer some things or copy some files from a friend, a handy addition for you everyday. The big red tag Is a replica of an aircraft tag, serves as a way to see the days from a distance.

Tablet

Acer Android Tablet

This is not something I carry with me every day, as it doesn’t fit in my pocket. But it is a basic 8” android tablet, and I use it as an ebook reader. I always try to read when I get a chance. And reading ebooks is the easiest, who wants to lug books around when they don’t have a lot of space.

And there you go, nothing spectacular but I am a minimalist at heart.