Archive | December 2013

Charlottes Best Breweries

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So I recently found a great link for Local breweries are Charlotte. Breweries are just like beer themselves. Everyone thinks that there favorite is the best and that nothing else can bet it. Click on each of the logos and it will give you more insight and background into each one of them. I have found that I can usually find a beer that I enjoy just about anywhere, except for Four Friends Brewing and Rock Bottom. They just have no flavor to me and are ver plain. I always try then at beer festivals but to this day I have found any that I like at those two. These are my favorites in order: NODA Brewery, OMB, Bird Song, Triple C and Heist Brewery. I haven’t had a chance to go to Ass Clown or Free Range Yet, but I heard great things. So do you have any that I’ve left out?

http://www.charlottebeer.com/charlotte-breweries/

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Growing a Beard and Save Your Life

Ok so maybe they can’t protect you from a car accident or being trampled by a heard of elephants. But beards do have have proven benefits from researchers who have discovered that men with beards and moustaches actually enjoy numerous benefits including, but not limited to, instant handsomeness.
1. Sun Protection
Beards block up to 95 percent of the sun’s UV rays, which can play a huge role in preventing basal-cell carcinomas (the most common form of all cancers).
 2. Blemish-Free Skin
Forgoing the razor doesn’t just hide blemishes—it actually prevents them.
3. More Masculinity
The more facial hair a man has, the more masculine both men and women perceive him to be, according to research published in Evolution and Human Behavior.  A study found that a ten day growth is the length women find the most attractive.
4. Natural Moisture
You probably didn’t know your face has its own built-in moisturizing regimen—it’s called your sebaceous glands (oil glands for short) and, according to Trotter, it secretes a natural oil that keeps skin moisturized.
5. Trapped Allergens
Your nose hairs trap more than you think they do. So it makes sense that a beard or mustache would have even more of an effect.  Just be sure to treat your beard like any other filter and wash it regularly.
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50 Best Albums of the Year according to Sterogum

Stereogum_50_Best_AlbumsSince we are approaching the end of the semester and the end of the year I thought it might be good to share some of the best albums of the year. Now I don’t fully agree with this list nor do I clam to have listened to all these albums, hell I don’t even know who some of them are. But I wanted to share this particular list because I felt it gave a wide range of genres and artist and didn’t stick to one kind of style. Click the link below and check out for yourself. Maybe you’ll find something that you like or something new that you have heard of yet.

http://www.stereogum.com/1567541/the-50-best-albums-of-2013/list/attachment/stereogum_50_best_albums/

8 of The Best Facial in Pop History

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1. Abraham Lincoln
Before Honest Abe came around, the White House was pretty devoid of beard and stache.
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2. Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin dug the toothbrush style mustache for its comical appearance—and also because it didn’t hide his many facial expressions.
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3. Salvador Dali
Salvador Dali’s paintings epitomized the surrealist movement. And his quirky persona matched his obscure art, his look was defined by his waxed, twisted upward mustache, Once when asked about the mustache, he said “Since I don’t smoke, I decided to grow a mustache – it’s better for my health.”
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4. Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley made sideburns popular again during the “greaser era” by defining the rebellious style and look. As Elvis’ fame (and waistband) grew, so did his facial hair. Since his death, legions of Las Vegas impersonators have paid homage to the Elvis burns—both old and new, real and fake.
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5. ZZ Top
Hair of the ‘80s can best be described with one word: big. And for Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill, frontmen of the rock band ZZ Top, their beards were no exception. (In one of the greatest examples of irony ever, the name of the band’s mostly clean-shaven drummer is… Frank Beard.)
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6. Tom Selleck
 In his heyday as Magnum, P.I., Selleck sported probably the smoothest stache in history. But if you watch In & Out or Season 6 of Friends you miss out on this wonderful stache.
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7. Hugh Jackman (as Wolverine)
This is the second time he is mentioned in one of my list, so you know he’s kind of a big deal.
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8. Ron Swanson
Ron Swanson (played by Nick Offerman on the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation) in amidst a sea of over-the-top hipster beards, Swanson sports a clean-cut stache that has been known to store steak particles for weeks. His cranky character even has a philosophy about facial hair, thanks to the “Ron Swanson Pyramid of Greatness” he revealed during Season 3. (“Facial Hair – Full, thick and square. Nothing sculpted. If you have to sculpt it, that probably means you can’t grow it.”)

Can Beer be Good for You?

We have all always heard of the benefits of drinking a glass of wine a night. But now with the popularization of cart bears and local brews it becoming highly accepted that beer has some of the same effects. With heart increasing it’s been noted that people who have one (one or two for men and one for women)  of these frosty beverages had low risks. Below is a list of other health reason to have beer.

Heart Health – Men with healthy lifestyles, those who consumed moderate amounts of alcohol had a 40 to 60% reduced risk of heart attack compared with heart healthy men who abstained.
Stroke – Beyond helping you get heart healthy, moderate drinking also may help prevent the formation of blood clots that can block arteries in the heart, neck and brain.
Hypertension – A link between hypertensive men drinking moderate amounts of alcohol and a lower risk of fatal and non-fatal heart attacks.
Diabetes – Studies have shown that people with diabetes who drink moderately may be able to reduce their risk of coronary heart disease, their biggest killer.
Cognitive Function – Moderate drinking may Be associated with better cognitive function in women. Adults over 65 who consume between one and six alcoholic beverages each week have a lower risk of dementia than non-drinkers and heavier drinkers.
 Bones – Studies have shown that beer may play a role in preventing bone loss and rebuilding bone mass in men and young women
Staying Alive – The lowest risk of death appears to occur when people consume one to two drinks per day, likely a result of the protective effects against coronary heart disease and stroke.
Feeling Healthier – The higher the consumption of total alcohol, researchers found, the lower the levels of subjective poor health.

Favorite Music Sites

So I have a lot of people ask me, how I’m always finding new music? There are a lot of different avenues. Word of mouth, live shows, spots in a tv show or movie or even sometimes reading about a band. But in todays world internet is always the easiest way to discover new music. Yes, there are a ton of these sites out there and sometimes their opinions are way off and sometimes biased. Some of my favorite sites usually go along with my own music tastes and what my friends call my “music snob” opinions.

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http://pitchfork.com – Pitchfork is one of those sites that I go to first. They have a lot of great underground musicians and a lot of other music related topics.

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http://www.stereogum.com – Sterogum to me feels like a site that gathers info from a lot of other sites and artist blogs and Facebook and band sites. But it’s a pretty great one stop site. Sterogum does share a lot of the same posting that pitchfork does. But they have great lists and breakdowns of the year, season, decade etc.

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http://www.undertheradarmag.com – Under the Radar is a site that is also a magazine. The magazine is how I originally cam across this site. The site is set up more like an actual magazine with interviews artist and up and coming bands. I really the writing on this site and find it to be informative. But again you have to check out the band to find out for yourself.

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https://www.spotify.com/us/ – Spotify is my favorite site to go to listen to new music. The great thing about Spotify is that you can listen to whole albums. Unlike Pandora you aren’t just constantly on a shuffle. But for the most part they are always current with newly released albums, even crazy obscure stuff. They also usually have good suggestions for new music based on what you previously listened to.

Give these sites a look and let me now if there are any you think are better.

Some of the Worst foods for a Bearded Man

In honor of this past week being Thanksgiving. I’ve decided to give a brief run down of some of the messiest foods that I’ve encounter with a beard. Sure this isn’t everything out there just some of my miss haps. Feel free to comment on your own beard and food blunders below.
1.Drinks – Granted this seems to be a minor issue. but for those of us who like frothy beers and foamy coffees. This can be a big dilemma. So just be cautious when grabbing beers on a date or coffee with a co-worker to always check and recheck.
2.Soup – Yes you can control this by using a spoon or drinking it from a to-go sippy-cup but still it’s a pain.
3.Birthday – Icing in my experience has proven to be the devil. Especially if no one tells you and the icing hards it a bitch to get out.
4.Guacomole & Cheese Dips – I have found these can be controlled by smaller bites and smaller deeps. But still sometimes you just can’t help but to just drink that cheese dip from your favorite Mexican restaurant. Again just make sure to check and recheck.
5.Corn on the Cob – This can be one of natures curelest vegetables for beards. But hey the extra butter does help soft my beard and give it a nice shine.
6.Pancakes – No matter I do, I can’t seem to keep syrup out of my beard. No matter if it’s smaller bites or less syrup it is going to be stuck in there. So i’ve just learned that if I can take a shower afterwards then it’s no pancakes for me.
7.Ribs and Wings – These are even horrible for people who don’t have beards. You just might as well face it, you going to get it all in your beard, there is no way around it. At least most places provide those handy little lemon scented wipes.
8.Fettucine Alfredo – Lastly for me this is the worst. As much as I love Alfredo sauce it is the worst. Again no matter what you do it will get stuck in your beard. But what makes this the worst is the smell. Once that sauce isn’t fresh anymore it almost gives off the odor of vomit, which for me is unbearable. So again just like with pancakes, I have to go shower afterwards or it’s no Alfredo sauce for me.
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