Shaving Your Face to Impress: The Art of Grooming

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Beard TrimmersOne of the most beneficial things that you can do for your looks, according to the book “Shaving Your Face to Impress and The Art of Grooming”, is to keep yourself well shaven or styling a potential beard. In the book, several ideas are discussed as well as How to’s on the many different criteria, purposes, and methods of grooming for men. These methods include the clean shave look, the stubble look, the mid sized beard look, and the “hobo” look. Each style requires a different amount of persistence in terms of the amount of effort that you put into your shaving techniques, as well as the tools used, so lets take a look.

The Clean Shave Look: This is an obvious one for today’s business crowd, and can be done in a number of ways. The book discusses how old fashioned techniques such as using safety razors and soaps are the most beneficial in terms of proper shaving, and that the disposable razors today with the multifaceted blades are actually bad, because they grind up your stubble and push it back into your skin, causing ingrown hair. The book does acknowledge however that there are benefits to doing this, namely time. The second way to shave is with an electric foil or rotary shaver, and this also is a tremendous time saver, doesn’t grind up your hair, and is really convenient. However, it doesn’t give you the closest shave possible.

Stubble: The stubble look is the rough, working mans style of beard. Its rough to the touch and kind of feels like sand paper, but can be smoothed out with certain gels and oils. How do you get the stubble look? Well, just don’t shave for a week! Really, that was what it said. Interesting.

The Mid Beard Look: Now, the book gets a little more clever, and discusses the use of trimmers and clippers to trim up your beard. One of the aspects of the book that I really liked is how it talked about the psychology of looks, and said that one of the reasons why beards were fashionable today was because they are so rare, but if a lot of people turn towards them and try to keep a beard, their popularity and sex appeal would eventually go down. Using a beard trimmer, you simply reduce the hair on your face to certain lengths using the clips that come with your product.

“Hobo Look”: To get the hobo look, you have to let your hair grow out, but you also have to clean it up a bit. In order to get the most out of your look this way, you have to use scissors and shears.

Conclusion: I actually learned a lot from this book, and I plan on growing a beard out soon. Take a look at it.

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The Best Beginner Bows, Recurve and Compound

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Best Beginner BowsOne of the most exciting hobbies to partake in is the art of hunting, or simply going to a gun range and shooting targets. Its exciting, its fun, and its manly. However, for the ultimate enthusiast, your going to have to graduate from a gun, to a bow at some time. This means that you’ll have to learn to use one, and this can take a lot of practice, not just in learning how to use your bow, but in gaining the arm strength and repetition to use it correctly. Luckily, there are guides out there to help make this process easier, and I found the perfect one “Beginner Bows and How to Use Them”, which goes over the parts of the bow and the methods that make the art of archery an interesting hobby to partake in.

The first type of bow that you learn about are recurve bows. Recurve bows are basically traditional bows that archers from hundreds of years ago would use. The reason they are called recurve bows, is because they are bent, or “recurved” back towards the archer. What this does is that it allows the torque of the wood to increase at a much higher rate than it normally would, and you will be able to keep the pressure on both ends, making the task of pulling the string plus the actually velocity of the arrow itself leave the bow at a higher speed. The downside of using a recurve bow, is that you will need a lot more arm strength in order to get the necessary power to plant the arrow, or to increase the distance that the arrow travels. To compensate for this, beginners can use different models which reduce the strength needed, but also significantly lowers the velocity. Building up your arm strength and practice is necessary for using one of these.

The second type of bow which the book discusses, is the compound. These bad boys are much more expensive than their recurve cousins, and require you to understand many more moving parts. How this contraption works, is that it utilizes a system of pullies and levers which helps to hold the torque required to shoot an arrow. Basically, it significantly reduces the amount of arm strength needed in archery, plus it increases the take down power, velocity, and distance, its a killing machine. On the other side, it is extremely cumbersome to use, and one little malfunction from the complicated system can leave you totally out of luck, if you are out hunting.

Overall, no matter what style you decide to use, understand that these aren’t for everyone. You can easily attempt to use these, but a certain degree of skill is involved, which requires practice no matter how much you read on them. compared to guns, which you can just point and pull, these are for advanced users, but it significantly ups the challenge and is a lot more fun.

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“EDC Knives” – Review on How Every Day Carry Blades are the New Guns

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best edc knifeOne of the biggest news themes in the U.S. for the past decade has been about guns, and about how they have been abused by main stream society. Huge media firestorms such as the Columbine High School Tragedy, and the Aurora Colorado theater shooting have provoked outcries for tougher laws on the prevention of firearms. Meanwhile, crime continues to rise in every sector. This has led to people going to the streets and purchasing guns in mass, with fear that a ban makes will make its way. This is where the book begins, that along with the purchase of firearms, people have begun buying knives in mass.

Knives that people purchase and use everyday are called EDC Knives, and its like the new Wild Wild West. There are different types of knife laws in place around each state, but they are obviously much more lax than gun laws. Some of these states allow for knives to be used in plain view, which is called “open carry”. Other states allow people to carry knives, but underneath clothes and they are not allowed to use these knives in plain view, this is called “concealed carry”. There are also differences in the types of knives used, which depending on their practical purpose, means that they are either used for lethal means, or for useful household assistance. For instance, the best survival knives are not necessarily intended to hurt anybody, because they have practical purposes such as for camping or for cutting wood. The same goes for swiss army knives. On top of this, there are knives that have different functional capabilities, such as folding knives, versus OTF knives, and fixed blade knives. Folding knives are knives which fold into themselves, this helps them become much easier to carry and are the primary type of EDC knives. Fixed blade knives on the other hand, require some kind of equipment belt, so that they can be strapped on and carried with their sheath. Believe it or not, but they are probably the safest knives because they require storage and are easy to use, where as foldable knives require a safety mechanism.

The author concludes that in a few decades, when gun laws have been voted into law, knives will take their place as the kings of lethal weapons in the United States. Instead of comparing guns such as glocks, we will be comparing brands such as Spyder and Bears, I guess we will have to wait and see.

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Camo Swimsuits and Underwear – Book Review on Southern Vacations

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camo swimsuitsOne of the more interesting books I’ve read in a while, is a non-fiction book about how rural folk in the southern United States spend their vacation time. They already live in a sunny climate, so unlike how most other people around the world spend their time, they don’t go on cruises, and for those living in poor areas, especially the rust belt or bible belt of the Appalachian mountains, they can’t afford to go skiing or some of the other traditional cold weather vacation spots. So what do they do? Go to the beach, and go fishing! A particularly interesting tidbit of the book, involves how people generally just sit around in their boxers or panties all day, and watch television. I guess this is where the “camo underwear” part of the book comes from. Its actually a bit of a problem for the tourist industry in the south, because they rely on people to go to restaurants and spend money in order to stay in business.

The second part of the book, actually deals with where these people do spend their time, and this includes the beach, going out boating, or hunting. Camouflage is a traditionally themed color for people living in the southern United States, which is where the attribute comes from. Areas where southern tourists might visit, include Daytona Beach Florida, Myrtle Beach South Carolina, and New Orleans, amongst other places. They wear camouflage swim wear, which I guess is pretty stereotypical, but makes sense.

The author concludes that this is not likely to change any time soon. The southern U.S. is one of the poorest regions in the entire country, and unless the economics change in the near future, it will continue to be. Government subsidizing and Obamacare might help free up some income for these rural folk, but the standard of living has continued to plummet. Also, the housing market, especially in the South Eastern corner where tourism once thrived, what is referred to as a bubble. Tons of money was dumped into the land for development, and it never came to fruition, people simply did not move into the region. On the bright side, the populations in these areas has gone up by almost 60% in the last decade, and industries such as Nike have invested money into shoe production in the region. This make this areas less a touristy destination, and instead, people are more likely to partake in tourism activities out of the country in the near future.

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