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A video depicting what is perhaps the oldest form of hunting on earth–persistence hunting. A tribesman pursues an animal for 8 hours, keeping after it until it keels over from exhaustion.

Hat tip to Cody D. for this link.

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You’ve very likely seen the famous British “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster from WWII. This short video gives the interesting history behind it, along with a peek inside the wonderful-looking bookstore that played a role in that history. Would love to pay that bookstore a visit someday.

Hat tip to Charles L. for this.

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In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I present Sean Connery singing “My Pretty Irish Girl” in Darby O’Gill and the Little People.

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AoM reader James B. sent me this video of one his college professors talking about his new book, Theodore Roosevelt Abroad: Nature, Empire, and the Journey of an American President, which recounts TR’s travels after leaving the presidency. I quite enjoyed it, as it shows lots of photos and videos of TR which I had never seen before.

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A great video about Alexander Conley the III, a man who’s been making custom hats the old fashioned way for 64 years. Mr. Conley reflects on how he became a hatter and his love for his craft.

Hat tip to Rich M. for this link.

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Hawleywood’s Barbershop looks like a great place to get a haircut. I need to get out to L.A. one of these days…

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, stop by one of Hawleywood’s locations. I’ve been told that the Costa Mesa location keeps our book out for the patrons to read, which is cool.

via Gentlemint

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I’m a big fan of old educational films. Sure, they’re pretty cheesy, but I like how earnest the filmmakers were at trying to help young people improve themselves.

This video lays out why a young man should develop self-reliance and gives four principles on how to do it:

1) Assume Responsibility

2) Be Informed

3) Know Where You’re Going

4) Make Your Own Decisions

I wish more young men would watch this video. I get emails all the time from guys asking me to tell them exactly what they should do with their lives. I’ve even had guys ask me what toothbrush they should get. There’s nothing wrong with seeking advice and input, but in the end, these are choices a man has to make on his own.

Hat tip to Caitlin for sharing this video with us.

 

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Professional pyrotechnic, Ben, has a YouTube channel where he publishes videos on how to make cool stuff like a mini cannon from a BBQ lighter or a fully automatic Airsoft gun. Great projects to do with the kids on the weekend. Heck, do them even if you don’t have kids.

Check out Ben’s channel today.

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Matt Morris’ short documentary above, Pickin’ & Trimmin’ has screened at more than 60 film festivals around the world, won numerous awards, and recently received a Midsouth Emmy nomination. It’s really a tremendous little film. Give it a watch.

Mr. Morris also sent this commentary about the barbershop and men that inspired the film.

A Life Well Lived: Lessons from The Barbershop

It was about 8:30 a.m. when a Harley Davidson rumbled down the empty Main Street in the small town of Drexel, NC. It pulled up to the barbershop that sits at the end of a row of abandoned storefronts. The biker cut the ignition, hit the kickstand and used some momentum to dismount his hog. When he removed his helmet, I was surprised to see the rider was a man in his 80’s. This was the first time I met Lawrence Anthony, lead barber at the shop. As he retrieved his walking cane from the custom leather strap that held it on his Harley, he pointed out his 737 TANK vanity plate. It commemorated his time in General Patton’s 3rd Army during World War II. Clearly, I’d just met one of the manliest men on earth.

I was 24 years old, an aspiring filmmaker looking for a good subject for a film. I’d heard about a unique barbershop in the Blue Ridge mountains and decided to check it out. Even though I was a perfect stranger, Lawrence welcomed me like an old friend. Straight away, he introduced me to his partner, David Shirley. Lawrence had been barbering at that shop for 59 years, and David had been with him for the last 42.

Stepping into The Barbershop is like stepping back in time. Women are welcome, but it’s a man’s world. The place is packed with sofas and chairs where men eat peanuts and tell stories while they wait for a cut and a shave. The real magic happens a few hours later, when men start showing up in the back room of the shop carrying mandolins, guitars, banjos, fiddles, and even a huge upright bass. As David says, they hang around, joke, trade knives, settle our world problems, and then get to playing music if and when they want to.

Once the jam session starts, there’s no stopping it. For 4 hours, I sat and listened to some of the best bluegrass music I’d ever heard. David wandered over to me with a twinkle in his eye. He knew that I’d never seen anything like this before.

Anyone who visits the shop will know that David is the resident philosopher. We sat and talked about the vanishing small town atmosphere in America. David shared his belief that at The Barbershop, or any gathering place, everyone should be welcome- “democrats, republicans, indian chiefs, town drunks, people who’ve got a million and people who owe a million.” The Shop is a place for fellowship and good fun, and no amount of money can buy that if you’re not happy. What struck me most about Lawrence, David, and everyone else at the shop was how happy they were. When I was their age, I wanted to be that happy.

If you told most young men that they’d spend the next sixty years cutting hair at the same barbershop in the same tiny town for no more than $8 a cut, they’d probably consider it a death sentence. We’re programmed to be competitive, to strive for money, success, and fame. I wanted to be a filmmaker. It’s what I loved to do. But most people considered it an unrealistic profession. It’s too risky. What was my back up plan?

I learned from The Barbershop that if you want to live a life well lived, there is no back up plan. Be a good person. Have fun. When you find out what you love to do, do it for the rest of your life, regardless of pay or prestige. Lawrence told me he hadn’t retired because he “didn’t know how,” but I knew better. Working at the shop was just too much fun.

 

 

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If you watch Parks and Rec, you know the show’s uber-manly character, Ron Swanson, loves food, particularly breakfast food and meat. This video offers a very funny compilation of Ron’s food-centered moments on the show.

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