Schick Hydro 5 Review


I usually don’t get too excited about products I use everyday for my manly up keeping, ie. shaving supplies, toilet paper, etc. However, I know this is gonna sound cheesy, but the Schick Hydro 5 is the bomb! I’ve never gotten a better shave from a razor, and I’m 44 years old and have gone through a shit ton of razors in my life. I have a really tough beard that chews up razors like mad, and the original razor has made through two weeks of shaving and still leaves my skin smooth and cut free.

This isn’t one of those sponsored(paid) posts. I really do like the razor and wanted to give a shout out to Schick for making a damn good shaving product.

You can buy it everywhere.

Shopping Cool Design at Cooper-Hewitt


Vintage Matchsafe

I ran across an article on Design Awards of 2013 which brought me to perusing the website of the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, part of the Smithsonian Institute. This website, and even better the actual museum seems well worth a visit. Although the museum is currently closed for renovation. So I guess it leaves you with the website for now.

But even the website really gives you good insight into what makes good design. Luckily they also have a store on the site which has some really interesting items. My two affordable favorites are a matchsafe and corkscrew. The matchsafe was designed in 1912 by Heinrich Vom Hofe in 1912. It reminds me of a bygone era when a large portion of the population smoked and didn’t carry lighters. There was always a danger of getting your matches wet, so the matchsafe kept them nice and dry, no matter the weather. My smoking days are long past, but I wouldn’t mind carrying this case around for the cool factor.

The other item is the parrot corkscrew, designed by Alessandro Mendini.  It would be a nice conversation starter at parties. It might also be a prime item for getting stolen at the end of a drunken night since it is so cool and unique.

Cool Corkscrew

Both items can be bought at the museum’s website. The matchsafe is $40 and the parrot corkscrew is $63.

Cool Eyewear


Justin Timberlake Glasses

There’s always been a stigma about glasses, thanks to the geek moniker and “four eyes” insults that began when glasses were, let’s face it, unflattering to say the least.

Things have changed in the past decade or so, as glasses have become more of a fashion statement. Except for some people, who still make poor choices in frames that look good on them, glasses can make you look  cool.

Case in point is all of these celebrities wearing the latest frames, like Ryan Gosling, Justin Timberlake, etc., etc. And I do admit I like the Statement Frames. They are both retro and modern. I think they frame the face well, and they can accent your personal style.

Anyway, you can check out some of the frames that have been making waves in 2013 here.


Simple Ginger Ale and Whiskey Cocktail


I live in a part of the United States that gets really cold from November until April. During these long winter months, I look out at my deck and think of warm summer evenings, watching the sunset while drinking some concoction I threw together out of my liquor stash.

Well it’s Summer now and I’m taking advantage of a warm evening at my patio table and a bottle of Jack Daniels Single Barrel Whiskey, a gift, Ginger Ale and a lime. Now, I’ve never been a big Ginger Ale fan, but for some reason it mixes very well with Whiskey. To make your own you really need just three ingredients: Whiskey, Ginger Ale and a lime.

Assemble these items, and fill a tumbler with ice. Pour one part Whiskey (a part is basically one shot) over the ice, and fill the rest of the glass with Ginger Ale. Then squeeze a wedge of a cut lime into the glass and drop the wedge in. Stir and enjoy. It’s guaranteed to make your fleeting Summer nights more enjoyable.

On a side note, I use Jack Daniels or Jameson Irish Whiskey in my Whiskey drinks, but this recipe works well with whatever bourbon or scotch you have laying around.

Old Porsche Made Way Better


Porsche 911

I’m not rich. Not even close. But I did own a BMW 3 Series a few years ago. What happened is I read an article on MSN about why you should spend $18,000 on high end used car, rather than say a two year old used Chevy or something. Well, that’s exactly what I was going to do, so I changed my mind and bought a five year old 3 series with 40,000 miles on it for around $20,000 with tax and title.

40,000 miles later I was trading it in due to it falling apart. Well not so much falling apart, but needed several thousand dollars in repairs which I didn’t have. Not thinking ahead when I bought it, I soon realized BMW parts are much more expensive than a Chevy. I assumed it would be around 200,000 miles and paid off before anything major happened to it. So that’s when I started driving a Mazda 3. A very fun and affordable car in it’ own rights.

Which kind of leads me to Rob Dickinson, an auto designer trained in the 80’s, and former lead singer of Catherine Wheel. Anyone remember them? I think I owned one of their albums. But I digress, What Mr. Dickinson does is take old Porsche’s like the one above, and update them to today’s standards through his company Singer Vehicle Design, in L.A.

His clients must show up with a 1990-to-1994 911 Carrera 2, what Dickinson considers one of the last pure 911s. He then spends 4,000 man-hours updating almost everything. The already sporty engine gets an extra hundred horsepower, new interior, a new stereo is fitted and rewired to control a state-of-the-art audio system. And then he replaces the body with one made of carbon fiber, making it look it’s from the 1960s or 1970s.

So, if you have $350,000 to fix up an old Porsche, and you can get it to L.A., you will surely have one of the coolest and most unique cars around. And in lieu of all of that, you can always rent a Porsche from Hertz.

Via GQ

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