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James Joyner

TweetI saw this ad on another website just now and had to chuckle:  “Bonobos – Better Fitting Pants.” Better fitting than what, pray tell?  They appear to be simultaneously too tight in the crotch (thus the bunching) and too wide in the leg (thus the billowing) and about three inches too long (thus covering the [...]

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Manly Tip of the Day

by James Joyner on 1 September 2009

Tweet“There is a distinct difference between the way you jumped rope in grade school and the way you should do it at the gym.” – Esquire‘s rule #1071

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Fathers and Daughters

by James Joyner on 30 August 2009

TweetA commenter at Tyler Cowen‘s place say “every man needs a daughter. ALL of my male friends who had children were changed for the better by having at least one daughter. It is not a wife who socializes a husband, it is a daughter.” My daughter was born eight months ago tomorrow and she’s certainly [...]

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Army’s New Parachute

by James Joyner on 29 August 2009

TweetBack in the days when men were men, Army paratroopers jumped with ‘chutes like the T-10 Charlie or the Dash One Bravo. Now, they’ve switched to wimpy little ‘chutes that provide soft landings. Nathan Hodge: Today’s soldiers are weighed down with a ton of gear, and the Army wanted a new parachute that could carry [...]

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How a Suit Should Fit

by James Joyner on 28 August 2009

TweetEsquire provides the following illustrations of how a man’s suit should fit: While this looks right, it amusingly is not in accord with how the models in many recent issues of Esquire are shown; most wear their jackets and pants too tight, overcompensating for the return to the well-tailored fit. Also, the guide doesn’t deal [...]

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Shopping with the Wife

by James Joyner on 28 August 2009

TweetI stumbled upon the following at Esquire: Sixty-year-old advice on shopping with the wife still rings true today Photo credit: Bettmann/Corbis “A word to the wives is sufficient. And the word is NO. When you have serious shopping to do, leave the pretty things at home. They can call in a few harpies from the [...]

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TweetBrett and Kate McKay have put together a series of Ernest Hemingway-inspired motivational posters.  Several of these are pretty good. I’m more of a demotivators man myself, alas.

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TweetWhen Matt Sheffield passed along word via Twitter that “Jessica Biel is the most dangerous celebrity on the Web,” I was naturally intrigued.  His link took me to this AP report in the Washington Examiner: Security technology company McAfee Inc. on Tuesday reported that searches for the 27-year-old actress are more likely to lead to [...]

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Despite what the advertisements may tell you, manhood has little to do with what kind of cigarettes you smoke, what car you drive, or how white your shirts could be.

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Tweet John Kennedy famously killed off the tophat by refusing to wear one to his inauguration.  Is Barack Obama helping kill off the necktie? John Derbyshire has a touching ode to the necktie, which he notes “was a key item in gents’ attire all through the 20th century, having condensed out of a more varied [...]

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Tweet19 Steps to Fantasy Football Championships is a slightly repackaged version of my Fantasy Football Guide, aimed at the social media market. Mostly, it’s an experiment in how different marketing and search optimization strategies work in attracting site visitors.

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