Beer Tasting Tips from Mansome

If your snotty with your beer tasting or have friends who are, here’s a good video for you to help you score points with everyone. I did grab a beer right after I watched this, so you may want to be near your fridge while watching. Drink up and watch!

Adopt an Alpha Male Attitude & Get More Girls: 5 Secrets to Embracing Your Inner Alpha Male

The alpha male instinct lies deep within you, young grasshopper. As you know, many of your pack members have not gained full wisdom in the ways of domestication. They reject the rules and, sometimes, must be punished for their lack of social skills, often requiring re-education on some of the most elementary practices. Not only is it your duty to stand up and become the man everyone wants you to be, but as the alpha dog, I mean alpha male, you must set the example by using your sovereignty for good, not evil.

While there is no made manual explaining exactly how to dig into your soul and allow your manly instincts to kick in, they are, in fact, there. So how about some help? Take it from television’s extreme alpha males — Packmaster Alcide from “True Blood” (a pretty little lady always by his side), Jack Donaghy from “30 Rock,” Ari Gold from “Entourage,” and the one and only mans man/ladies man, Don Draper of “Mad Men.”

Get Some Cojones

Confidence. Guts. Balls. A very necessary trait when attempting to succeed at anything, let alone meeting a lovely lady. Within the confounds of confidence, lies humor, wit and education. Say what you mean, but with style and poise.

There are a few different types of alpha males, including full-fledge tool bags, ones who are obnoxious and overbearing (how do they still get chicks?), and then the one you want to be. Themodernman.com suggests leaving arrogance behind and finding your wit: the keen perception and cleverly apt expression of those connections between ideas that awaken amusement and pleasure (thank you dictionary.com).

Nail the Look

Take as many of these manly ideas home with you as you groom yourself to be the best you can be.

  • 5 O’clock Shadow — Grow one. Women find it sexy, studies show it. What studies? I don’t know but it’s true.
  • Tone It Up — Muscles are popular women desires, according to research out of UCLA.
  • Go Deep — A deep voice is one of those comfort issues. Strong hands and a deep voice continue to make women melt, says a study in Memory & Cognition.
  • The Car — Depending on the type of alpha male you want to be, your car says a lot! Men’s Health states that a 2011 study from the University of Texas at San Antonio found that a fast car can equal a fast hook-up. Listen, just make sure you have a running car and you’re fine.
  • Nice Threads — The clothes make the man, or so the saying goes. Again, this depends on the type of man you want to be. Go with a style and groom yourself. If your style is disheveled and unshaven, do it with confidence. Groom yourself to be properly and admirably unkempt.

Be Playful

Laughter is infectious. This might be where education plays a crucial role. When in conversation, know what you are talking about by doing your research. When delivering jokes, be sure you think before you speak and that you are playfully intelligent and witty. Give a wink to your female interest and direct humor towards her. You’ll win the entire crowd over, not just your new lady friend.

It’s All in Your Hands

Take control. Lead the way. Take her hand and hold it strong. As Art of Manliness simply suggests. be a gentleman and open doors for her. When you hug her, do it with passion. Have a firm handshake with other males and females. If confronted by a possible altercation, face out your palms, shrug your shoulders, interject some wit and walk away. You are the leader of a pack, alpha male, don’t forget that. But if totally necessary, hold up your hands and knock the dude to the ground. Bam, alpha dog!

Meet Sidesplitting YouTube Comedy Troupe Zeke Mahogany

Actors Kris Kjornes & Mike E. Winfield talk with director Travis Kurtz (far right).

Zeke Mahogany combines simple but thorough concepts with stunning visual effects to create hysterical comedy routines. The troupe has developed a wide palette of ideas, from socially satirical sketches to laughs for laughter’s sake. With videos playing on ESPN, Huffington Post, Gawker TV, Failblog and more, I expect big things from the comedy machine that is Zeke Mahogany. Recently, I had a chance to interview the channel’s creators, Travis Kurtz and Matin Atrushi. They answered my questions in their trademark zany style. [Read more...]

Interview with YouTube Musical Genius Grant Woolard

Grant Woolard is one of the more intriguing Youtube artists. The Japan-based, University of Virginia educated user creates videos on a wide range of topics, in a wide range of styles. Whether he’s sending up famous speeches or blending Beatles songs together into a delectable truffle, Woolard always seems to hold the viewers attention, sometimes for as long as 6 minutes. I recently had an opportunity to “sit down” with Grant and ask him about his creative process. His answers to my meddling questions were just as thought-provoking as his videos.

What made you want to start a YouTube channel in the first place?

Back in 2007, when I was supposed to be studying biology, I wrote several pieces for piano and decided to post them on YouTube, but I didn’t start making videos on a regular basis until about a year-and-a-half ago, after watching MysteryGuitarMan’s videos. [Read more...]

11 Questions with 11Points.com Creator Sam Greenspan

By Elizabeth Downing Johnson

11Points.com creator Sam Greenspan is the most knowledgeable guy about everything, ever. Except cats and Star Trek. I had the opportunity to ask him 11 questions, (of course it was 11) so I did, and he answered them with his characteristic good-natured charm and cleverness. You might remember when I did a review of his book 11 Points Guide to Hooking Up.  I was a fan then, and I’m even more of a fan now, especially since he answered my questions thoughtfully and thoroughly, and didn’t once ask if I was dropped on my head as a child. Read on to learn more about Sam.

1.  Do you make lists for everything in your life (grocery, Christmas card, apocalypse survival kit, etc.) or do you save that for your website and book?

Making 11-item lists has become a creepily subconscious habit. Like I try to extend to-do lists to 11 and such now. I also spot 11s everywhere, like Jim Carrey in that movie “The Number 23″. Which I didn’t see, but I think I got the gist from the trailer. [Read more...]