3 Modern Day Male Role Models

Long gone are the days of the classic male role models. You know the type: iconic men glorified for their toughness, masculinity, and general badassery. These men were idolized by youth the world over as the epitome of cool. There was John Wayne, the unflappable and universally adored Hollywood actor who defined 20th century masculinity in his dozens of roles from gruff cowboy to inspiring military commander. There was also Frank Sinatra, the lounge-singing beau who ladies adored and men vied to emulate. The late President John F. Kennedy is still revered today as a paragon of ideal masculinity.

But the days of male role models seems to be in peril as of late. So many male public figures—politicians, actors, or otherwise—are found to be embroiled in some sort of embarrassing scandal, thus invalidating their candidacy for an ideal role model. Where are the men, the public figures, who the youth can draw inspiration from? Who can we trust as male role models? Consider these three candidates.

Ron Swanson

Consider Ron Swanson of Parks and Recreation. The modern day no-nonsense man, Ron Swanson will not be taken for a fool. As Parks Department Director in the show, Ron carries a quiet but intimidating presence as a government employee against big government. Ron runs his department with the quiet power you’d expect from a revered figure, and he’s not one to mince words about his feelings of distaste (particularly when it involves the government. Not exactly a playboy, Ron has survived two divorces (both of his wives are named Tammy) and maintains a hilariously endearing attitude towards women. This native of Pawnee, Indiana is definitely a top choice for a male role model—the moustache alone seals the deal.

Jon Stewart

The mouthpiece for hilarious counterculture views tempered with common sense, Jon Stewart is the intellectual male role model. As the host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart has lampooned and articulately analyzed the inequalities of topical news for over ten years. His idiosyncratic journalism has earned him a number of Emmy awards over the years, not to mention acclaim from the millions of views who tune into his show on a daily basis. He has the brass to tackle policies that no one wants to talk about, not even members of our own government. And through all his satire and pseudo-news coverage he never fails to emphasize that his goal is to inform (and entertain) the people as best he can. What a guy.

Sean Connery

In his prime Sean Connery was among the most respected and envied men alive. The vintage 007 star commanded respect with his suave manners, his wry humor, and his knowledge of all things masculine. Still a giant among men in his own right, Sean Connery could teach modern day youths a thing or two about how to be a man. From international spy to submarine captain, Sean Connery made danger look easy and alluring, all while simultaneously capturing the hearts of the ladies. In addition to being a world class actor, Sean Connery is an avid philanthropist—his website offers links to charities where he encourages fans to contribute.  If anything, Sean Connery provides a valuable lesson in man’s ability to age gracefully.

Author Bio:

This is a guest post by Nadia Jones who blogs at online college about education, college, student, teacher, money saving, movie related topics. You can reach her at nadia.jones5 @ gmail.com.

10 Celebrities Whose Leaked Nude Photos We Don’t Want to See

When are celebrities going to learn to stop taking nude pictures of themselves? It seems that just about every week there’s a new celebrity who has taken nude pics on their cell phone that were summarily leaked onto the internet. And it always seems to happen to the young, good-looking celebrities. Thank goodness it  not the seasoned veterans or overweight stand-up comedians. There are definitely people who I do not—under any circumstances—want to see nude. Here’s my top 10:

1. Steve Buscemi

Steve Buscemi is not one of those actors who used to be good looking and then let himself go, like Marlon Brando or Kirstie Alley. Buscemi has never been a pin up or heartthrob, and even the thought of seeing his skinny pale body laid out on a beach towel in Maui gives me the shivers.

 

2. Kathy Bates

Bates already appeared fully nude in ‘About Schmidt” (2002), and that is the sole reason I have never seen that critically acclaimed movie.

 

 

3. Louie CK

Louie CK is one of the funniest comedians today. He has a critically acclaimed show on FX and can basically do whatever he wants. But a pasty-skinned, middle-aged, slightly overweight ginger posing in his bathroom with a phone is not the image I want to see when I log in to Reddit.

 

4. Jonah Hill

Like John Belushi, John Candy, and Chris Farley before him, Jonah Hill capitalizes well on the funny fat guy cliché, but just because he makes me laugh doesn’t mean I want to see him hoola hooping naked.

 

 

5. Whoopi Goldberg

Funny woman, intellectual, activist, grandma—Whoopi you have a lot going for you. But if you start taking pictures of your unclothed body, I will stop watching ‘The View.” I swear, this time I’m not joking.

 

 

6. Randy Jackson

“Hey, dog, I—uh—loved you on American Idol. I loved your critiques of the contestants, dog. But, um, I’m not going to pass you on to the next round. Whatever you want to do in your own bathroom is fine, but this is a contest you aren’t going to win.”

 

7. Betty White

Betty, I love you. Just not in that way.

 

 

8. Michael Cera

No matter what this guy is in, or how many movies he makes, he’ll always be George Michael Bluth to me. And when you start talking about naked teenage boys that goes into territory I am unwilling to explore.

 

 

9. Ann Coulter

You know, I usually like fit, thin women, but when they start looking like Jack the Pumpkin King, with shoulder blades like giant Ginsu knives, I draw the line. Please, Skeletor—I mean—Ann, don’t get frisky with your cell phone anytime soon.

 

10. Queen Elizabeth

I’m not a royal hater. Whatever those crazy Brits want to do with their goverment is fine with me. But what the Queen Mum and Prince Philip want to do in the privacy of their Buckingham Palace master suite should be kept far from the public eye. For our own good.

 

James Ged is a writer who watches way too much TV and spends hours a day on the internet. Usually he blogs for CableTV.com, but he also shares cool entertainment stuff on TV Buzzer.

Great College Football Road Trip Destinations

Whether you are a die hard college football fan, or you just love the carnival like atmosphere of the games, nothing could be more exciting than visiting your favorite University for a home game. To make the most of your time, make it an entire weekend and have a chance to explore the off campus environments of cities like Austin, Knoxville, and Ann Arbor. Just be sure to wash off the face paint in your team’s colors before entering the museum, okay?

 

University of Texas, Austin

 

There might be no other state more closely tied to football than Texas, so it should come as no surprise that a Longhorns home game is something you won’t want to miss. In Austin, live music and exciting bars are all part of the build up to big games, and to gain rapport with the local residents, just make the horns sign with your hands to instantly gain a new friend. Be sure not to miss the Austin State Capitol Building, which is completely open to the public. And in true Texas fashion, stands 14 feet taller than even the Washington D.C. Capitol Building.

 

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

 

Head to the giant Volunteers stadium, which holds well over 100,000 fans in a truly unique way. Forget tailgating at the end of your truck–true Volunteers supporters arrive by boat along the Tennessee River. Even if you don’t get a chance to arrive in style by water, be sure not to miss this incredible sight. Once the game is over, don’t miss some of the fascinating older parts of the city, like the historic district and Market Square, home to shops, farmer’s stalls, and quaint cafes. If watching a game of football gets you in the mood to be active, there is no shortage of outdoor activities.  Hiking, fishing, and jet skiing are all popular pastimes in this Smoky Mountains town.

 

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

 

Boasting the largest football stadium in America, it should come as no surprise that the University of Michigan Wolverines are the talk of the town. The town of Ann Arbor has a small-town, collegiate feel.  One of the best things to do when visiting is simply to walk around and take in the sights, including the State Theater, the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Tower, and the countless art sculptures, parks, gardens, museums, and galleries. No trip would be complete without a taste of the local specialty, a “fragel”, or deep fried raisin bagel rolled in cinnamon sugar. Grab some to go before the next Wolverines game!

Heather Johnson is a writer for Honeymoon Destinations, the best honeymoon research and planning site. Discover some great honeymoon ideas today!

Men – Save Cash With These Cheap Date Tips That Aren’t Lame

Guys we all know that our ladies love to head out and do things. While they may enjoy hanging out just like you do, they do not want to do it all the time. Come on now, they aren’t crazy, they just want to have fun. And we want to show them a good time so that they are happy and continue to like us and want to touch us.

Money, however, does not grow on trees. Here are a few of my favorite date ideas that will keep you and your lady happy, and the magnetic strip on your credit card lasting a little bit longer.

Go For A Walk

This may seem very vague, but it’s supposed to be. Walking around is a great time to chat it up with your lady, hold hands and flirt. Every lady has a different capacity for how active they like to be, but you can vary it up depending on what both of you like. You can head into the woods/mountains for a legitimate hike or keep it simple by heading to the local park. You can walk around the botanical gardens or bring a frisbee or a simple game to break it up and have some fun. Also, it will cost a few bucks but check out some local culture by hitting up a museum or something similar. Even if it’s not your favorite, if it makes them happy it will make you happy for sure.

Go Out For Lunch

Going out for lunch is the best thing ever. You can typically get the same food as dinner, only for 60% of the price. Especially when the weather is nice, pick a nice place where you can sit out on a patio and take your time. This isn’t a 15 minute quick hit, but a nice lunch out. Maybe you’ve already taken the advice from the first tip and you took a walk in the local park to build up an appetite before strolling into town for some lunch. You score high on the date points, but this date probably costs you about $25-$30.

Plan Ahead Of Time

A lot of ladies like to have a plan. They like impulse type decisions, don’t get me wrong, but they also enjoy knowing exactly what they’re getting into this weekend so they can get ready. You can take advantage of this by doing some prior research to save some cash. If you pay at the door, you pay at the door, there is no turning back now. However, if you get online and pay attention to all the discount websites out there with daily deals, etc. you can really score a great date for less. And they don’t need to know that you saved, just tell them you’re heading to some event and not that you paid half price. Or, if they are as frugal as you, tell them and it will turn them on to the idea even more!

Dinner and a Movie – At Home

No, No. Not some standard boring affair but a special occasion dinner and a movie take you take all into your own hands. This is especially good if she’s had a busy day and doesn’t really have time to help out. You can look like the extra hero when she comes home and you already have everything ready to go, the prep working being done in the kitchen and the movie on the counter top. You don’t have to go over the top with candles or anything, but make a nice meal, sit at the table, don’t rush, enjoy, watch a movie and maybe see where that goes…

Use Birthdays/Holidays For Big Ones

If you have a bigger idea like a weekend getaway, a vacation or some expensive concert music extravaganza that you have to spend some good money on, make it a gift. That’s not cheap at all, it’s an awesome gift and should be treated as such. It’s something to look forward to and the experience will be valued more than whatever you planned to get them. You’ll feel good about cheaping out a little less because you’ve saved money on some other gift you were going to buy instead. It’s a win-win situation, and definitely something I highly recommend for the big ones.

About the Author

Cooper Elling is passionate about health, fitness & blogging. When he’s not having fun he writes about Sono Bello, saving cash, footbags and a myriad of other topics.

10 Obscure Extreme Sports to Try Before You Die!

zorbing ballAre you looking over your bucket list and deciding that it’s just a little too boring? Here are a few adrenaline-packed extreme sports to give it a little kick. Although, after reading this list, you may think that the title of this post should be changed to “10 Obscure Sports to Die Trying!”

1. Street Luging
If you ever watched the winter Olympics, then you’ve seen the luge competition. Racers sit, face up, on a small sled and race down a hill, feet first, at speeds up to 140 miles per hour. Want to give it a try but don’t have access to a luge track? No worries. Just use a treacherous mountain road. Street Lugers go to the highest point of a mountainous highway, lie on a sled no bigger than a skateboard, and zip down the mountain. Of course it’s important to stay focused so that you can dodge all moving vehicles as you make your way, hopefully without getting squished, to the bottom of the mountain.

2. Volcano Boarding
Believe it or not, thousands of sport extremist travel to Nicaragua’s Cerro Negro mountain for the privilege of volcano boarding. Participants gear up in protective suits, hop on a board constructed of plywood and Formica, and descend the volcano’s slope at up to speeds up to 50 miles per hour. Perhaps they move so quickly because they’re worried the about an eruption? After all, the Cerro Negro is still an active volcano, the most recent eruption being in 1999.

3. Train Surfing
Train surfers climb onto the outside of a moving train car or subway train, stand upright on the top, and “surf.” First introduced in the 1980’s in Germany, train surfing hit all-time popularity in 2005, when a Frankfurt city gang leader successfully surfed the fasted train in Germany, the Intercity Express. As a bonus, he lived to tell about it.

4. Crocodile Bungee Jumping
For some, regular bungee jumping just isn’t extreme enough. To up the stakes, why not bungee jump, head first, into a hungry hoard of snapping crocodiles? This extreme sport is supposedly popular with the Aussies as depicted by the 2003 legendary Foster’s Beer commercial. In fact, there is even a popular movie called Crocodile Bungee…no wait, that’s Crocodile Dundee. Anyhow, this is definitely one sport that you can lose your head over.

5. Air Kicking
This extreme sport is reminiscent of many scenes from that famous cartoon “The Roadrunner.” In fact, it may have been Wiley Coyote that first invented this stunt. Participants sit in a specially designed seat at the back end of a large catapult arm. At the signal, the test dummy, I mean person, is catapulted over 26 feet through the air to a perfect splash-down in a pool of cold water. No need to worry, all trajectories are carefully calculated!

6. Powerising Stilts
Sure, kids have been jumping on pogo sticks for years and sure, ceiling painters wear stilts to get the job done; but what happens when you combine the pogo stick with the stilts? You get a hair- raising, kick-butt, stunt machine, that’s what. Don a pair of powerising stilts and jump to heights of nine feet. Do a flip or two while you’re in the air and you’ll gain the respect high-jumping kids everywhere. Just be careful with those landings!

7. Zorbing Ball
Here’s a sport that puts a definite spin on playing ball. Zorbing, invented in New Zealand, has become a new craze around the world. Participants ride inside a large plastic ball, positioning themselves between the outside wall and an inner ball which is filled with air and designed to cushion their body. Once the rider is inside, the zorbing ball is hurtled down a long slope. The participant gets to experience a ride that definitely gives new meaning to the phrase, “Let’s play ball!”

8. Cave Diving
Cave diving is so dangerous, that a successful dive is defined as a “dive from which you return.” This extreme sport combines all the regular risks of diving combined with exploring impossibly narrow ocean caves in freezing temperatures and low-visibility conditions. Risks include becoming disoriented and lost forever under sea, running out of oxygen and drowning, and being eaten by a wild sea creatures. All in all, a fun and exciting experience!

9. Kiiking
Kiiking, invented in Estonia in 1996, is for all those kids that grew up frustrated with the limitations of a normal swing set. Participants mount a giant swing made of steel arms that swings over the middle of a spindle. By pumping from a squatting to standing position, swingers eventually increase momentum and accomplish a dizzying 360 degree swing around the center of the contraption. No “under-dogs” allowed!

10. Slacklining
This extreme activity is listed last for a reason. Definitely the most dangerous of the bunch, slacklining involves stretching a nylon rope between two anchor points—usually two skyscrapers, or two high cliffs. Participants then make their way, tight-rope style, from one anchor to another. Talented slacker’s often perform imposing stunts while balancing on the impossibly thin rope. Not to worry, however, the slack line is flat and made of nylon, which is supposedly a much safer alternative to a regular tight-rope wire.

There you have it—10 extreme sports to try before you die. Hopefully you can achieve all 10 before you actually kick the proverbial bucket trying!

John wrote this post for Deal Zippy Daily Deals who list a range of deals on extreme sports in London to help you get your thrills for less!

The 12,000 Year Old Secret

Humans. How would you feel about living for hundreds or even thousands of years, free from disease and/or chronic pain and other maladies?  Sounds like science fiction doesn’t it but a newly released book claims otherwise citing evidence left behind by many of history’s brightest minds (Hermes, Paracelsus, Flamel, R. Boyle).

Geometry, Astronomy and Alchemy were the three ancient sciences.  Geometry was math, Astronomy was space therefore time and Alchemy was the Science of Nature. The book makes the claim that the mythical Philosophers Stone is real and that it’s simply a part of nature.  The Philosophers Stone is said to cure-all ailments and transform imperfect metals into perfect ones (gold,silver).  It then proceeds in seemingly plain logic to write about the history of the Stone and of how metal is generated by nature itself within the earth, seamlessly blending the two together as it then lays out the instructions in plain English on how to create the stone for yourself. In the Book of Aquarius the unknown author (which was released on March 20, 2011 for free) writes a highly entertaining history of alchemy and what was believed in for the past 12,000 years.

It claims that the fire that Hermes stole from the gods and gave to mankind was in fact not actual fire but the Stone itself

Fact or fiction it’s a must read for anyone who has any interest in life itself.

The Emerald Tablet by Hermes

A fundamental truth, without error, perfect and complete.
As above, so below; the lesser and greater; microcosm and macrocosm: they are the same. Following this
principle, all things were made from the One.
And as all things arose from a thought by the One; thus all things were formed as an adaption of the One.
This is the fundamental principle.
Its father is the Sun, its mother is the Moon, it is carried by the wind, it is nursed by the earth.
Its power is complete if it can be turned into earth.
Separate the earth from the fire, the subtle from the dense, the light from the heavy, with care and wisdom.
It repeatedly ascends from earth to heaven, and then descends from heaven to earth, thus receiving power
from both the high and the low.
Then you will have the glory of the whole world. All ignorance will flee from you.
It is true force and the most powerful, for it conquers all subtle things and penetrates all solid things.
This is how the world was made.
Each level is a reflection of the one above; the microcosm is in accordance with the macrocosm. Now you
know how all things are made through adaption from the One.
This is the path of knowledge. Hence I am Hermes Thrice-Great, having three parts of the philosophy of the
whole world.
I have said all that is needed concerning the operation of the Sun.

Kicking off Stampede

As Calgary kicks off Stampede week with the Royals Will & Kate starting the Parade.  Us at Malewail started our Stampede week at the Century Casino with Big Sugar and Wide Mouth Mason.  Myself not being a major fan was surprised to find I was a bigger fan then I knew.  Song after song hit after hit I realized that I had been enjoying Wide Mouth Mason and Big Sugar on the radio through out the last decade.  It was a light-hearted love filled energy that emanated from the bands and the crowd.  Starting off the night was Wide Mouth Mason with only three members in the band leaving you wondering where all the great sound was coming from.  Of course three is all they needed with the diverse talent they bring to the stage.  As the night progressed the bass player from Wide Mouth Mason made a quick costume change and took his place as lead guitar and vocals for Big Sugar.  Again reminding us of the diverse talent on the stage.  Big Sugar also  adorned the stage with a myriad of talent including the lead singers daughter who sang back up vocals.  Makes you wonder if we will be listening to her stuff on the radio over the next decades to come. There is so much to say about the talent and professionalism on the stage last night. So I can only recommend that you check out their web sites and look for a future date and get out and see them.

Nintendo Announces New Video Game Console At E3

Nintendo Announces New Video Game Console At E3

Nintendo had some big news last week at the Electronics Entertainment Expo in LA. Nintendo during their big press conference announced that they would be the first of the big 3 console manufacturers to refresh their console. The new game system is called the Wii U and here are
the reasons to be excited.

Graphics
One of the main things holding the first Wii back was in an age of HD graphics it was still pushing PS2 level gameplay graphics. The Wii U is changing all of that, early reports from third party developers are saying that it is at least as powerful as the 360 and that we should expect some amazing things when it comes out next year.

Games Library
The other main problem most gamers had with the Wii was its lack of good games. Sure Wii sports was fun for a while and there were a few gems like Mario but besides that there was almost nothing to play. This was primarily because developers were designing HD games to run on the 360 and PS3 and the Wii just couldn’t handle it. With the new more powerful Wii U we can expect to see games like Call of Duty and Assassins Creed as well as HD Nintendo first party games like Mario and Zelda. As an added bonus all of your old Wii games also work.

Controller
By far the most exciting thing about the new Wii U is it’s controller. Not only does it offer the same motion capabilities as the wiimote but it also features a huge 6-inch LCD touch screen you can use to play games. The new controller is a cross between the joy pad controls found on the new 3DS and an IPad allowing for a truly revolutionary game play experience. Unfortunately there isn’t any price or specific release date yet but we do know that it will be avalible for purchase before the holidays in 2012.

Bio: Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blogger for First in Education where she’s recently written on jeweler jobs along with a piece on online art programs. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, playing piano, and working with origami.

Turn Your 3G IPad Into A Giant Phone With Phoneitipad

Many users have been hoping for a time when they could ditch their phones in favor of only carrying their IPad as their primary phone. Thanks to famous IPhone developer Iphoneislam you can now do just that. It does require you jailbreak your IPad, which voids your warranty so continue at your own risk.

 

How It Works

Phoneitipad is a hacked application available from the Cydia marketplace for jail broken IPads. What it does is fool the operating system into reading the sim-card and interacting with the network as if it were an IPhone. In order for the application to work properly it requires a jail broken original IPad running IOS version 4.3.3. Just install the app, register it on their website and insert a working sim-card and your IPad now really is a giant IPhone. For those who purchased a 3G IPad from ATT it’s important to mention that the sim-card included will not work because it’s configured for data only. If you also have an AT&T or T-Mobile smartphone you can just take the sim-card from that phone and insert it in your IPad. The IPad now has the same number the other phone did and when someone calls you, it will ring in place of your old phone.

 

Other Things To Consider

There are a few others things to consider before attempting to use this app. Currently only the original IPad is supported and while the developer is committed to supporting future hardware and software updates there is no guarantee it can be done. Because of the IPads size by default it answers calls in speaker mode. An easy solution to this problem is to simply plug in a wired headset. While the IPad does have Bluetooth, since it was never intended to be used as a phone it does not support wireless headsets and likely never will. If you understand the limitations and either don’t mind or already have jail broken your IPad then this can be a great way to make the coolest guy gadget around even cooler. The app is available from the Cydia market place for $20.

 

Bio: Maria Rainier is a freelance writer at First in Education where recently she’s written on online jurisprudence programs along with a piece on environmental science technology programs. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, playing piano, and working with origami.

Herbal V User Facts and Information

With all of the women’s health products that have flooded the market over time, men’s health is often overlooked in stores and by professionals. But, even the most healthy and active of men experience health problems in certain areas. With that in mind, it needs to be said that there are many men out there who may feel and look healthy as a horse, but every stallion needs their check-up as well.

So again, with all the women’s products out there to keep them healthy, active and on the go, what are the men left with? Herbal v is one of many products out there to keep you healthy and active. Particularly in one area over others.

One area that can be particularly concerning to men is in the area of sexual health. While this kind of topic might produce giggles from some, it is a health concern that should be addressed that second that it produces any questions or problems.

Herbal V is one such product that sets about directly addressing this issue. You can find yourself more sexually healthy than ever with Herbal V, and this pharmaceutical grade supplement is both safe and proven to work. The substances works to enhance sexual function, improve the sexual experience and promote all areas of health in your libido.

With no serious side effects, Herbal V has experience a success rate of up to 84%, and can be used by men of all ages. It has been the number one selling male sexual supplement around the world, and has surpassed the performance of any similar knock-off brand or product.

Herbal V is works to promote sexual stimulation, and will begin taking affect on your body within an hour. It combines with sexual stimulation to provide an erection, and will not put you in an uncomfortable position if there is no sexual arousal.

Introduced in 1998, the product is among the original male sexual supplements, and is not only available online. It can be purchased at thousands of retail outlets nationwide, and has been sold in Herb Depot stores, Vitamin World locations and General Nutrition Centers.

The supplement gives you the opportunity to enjoy guaranteed success with your libido, and utilize a formula that lets you experience the benefits right away. It has been featured in Maxim Magazine and on ABC Boston, and rivals the price of any male sexual supplement on the market. With natural ingredients – including Ginkgo Biloba, leaf extract, Cnidium Seed and tropical fruits – Herbal V will increase your performance, your stamina, your stimulation and your satisfaction – all in one little pill.

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