Product Review: Rockport Ledge Hill Wingtip Shoe

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If you or someone you know is shopping for shoes that can look great in both business casual and straight-up casual looks, check out the new Ledge Hill Wingtips from Rockport. We recently tested these fresh offerings from Rockport and the comfort level is really high. The Rockport Ledge Hill Wingtip men’s dress shoe takes the classic, dressy wingtip and makes it work for everyday casual occasions, with handsomely good looks and a wide array of colors and materials. The Ledge Hill Collection is the perfect embodiment of casual attitude that looks as good dressed up as it does dressed down. Full-grain leather is soft and supple with beautiful details that punctuate this lightweight shoe, which combines coziness with chic style.

You might know from checking out these shoes, but top of the line technology is involved here with:

· ADIPRENE that provides shock absorbing heel cushioning
· Full-grain leather that is easy to clean and maintain to extend product life, as well as suede leather which provides a casual look and great comfort
· EVA cushioning that conforms to the shape of the foot for a personalized fit

The bottom line is that the Rockport Ledge Hill wingtip has classic looks with modern technology that your feet will thank you for wearing every time!

  

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Grooms using Pinterest as well

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Wedding season is around the corner, and this of course makes many women happy. They love weddings, and they get excited for just about all of them. Guys approach it much differently of course. We’re not so interested in dresses and decorations. Instead, we’re thinking about the reception, how it better have an open bar and whether the bridesmaids are hot.

Of course, if you’re the groom, a guy will pay more attention, but that’s nothing compared to the near hysteria that he’ll likely witness from a wedding-obsessed bride. Moms, mother-in-law and every other female connected to the occasion will just raise the stakes.

It shouldn’t be surprising that guys invented the bachelor party. Of course, it’s a natural send-off for guys who have agreed to commit to one woman for the rest of their life. But in many ways it’s a welcome relief from all the crazy wedding planning. Most brides become obsessed with every detail surrounding a wedding, and they often want their man to pay attention and show some level of interest. The stress doesn’t stop there, as in many cases the couple has to bear many of the costs. Yes, the bride’s father often springs for the wedding, but that tradition isn’t what it used to be, and many couple end up fighting about the costs associated with bringing the bride’s wedding fantasy to life.

Now, with the Internet and social media, the entire wedding planning process has changed dramatically and it keeps evolving. Pinterest is incredibly popular with women with its emphasis on products and beautiful images, and naturally weddings are a very hot topic as women share their fantasies on this site. But the surprising development has more grooms using Pinterest as well “to collect ideas on wedding gifts, men’s style, travel destinations and more.” Specific topics like groomsmen gifts and honeymoon destinations get the interest of men.

Then you have the potential for saving money to counter the potential of the bride finding more and more beautiful but expensive options to use in the wedding. Pinterest does offer infinite options, and many of them offer deals as well, so it’s best that a guy pays attention to what his bride is looking at. Also, by using a service like this early in the process, a guy can also find affordable engagement rings that she’ll actually like. The key is paying attention and finding the cheaper options that are similar to what she likes or even better a ring she actually pins on the site! This process can also spark conversations about specifics where she’ll clue a guy in on ways he can save money.

So, if you have a wedding coming up, or one of your friends decides to take the plunge, don’t be surprised if Pinterest gets added to your social media playbook.

  

Mountain Dew Kickstart Adventure Starring BMX Pros Chad DeGroot and Mark Mulville

When Mountain Dew gave me the opportunity to head down to Orlando, Florida for two days to learn how to ride bikes with professional BMX riders Chad DeGroot and Mark Mulville, I couldn’t shirk off the responsibilities of fatherhood, home ownership and general employment fast enough.

Kickstart by Mountain Dew is a sparkling juice beverage made to kick-start your day and get your rear into gear. With just 80 calories per 16 oz serving and 92 milligrams of caffeine (roughly as much as one cup of coffee), Kickstart gets you moving without the bloated, heavy feeling supplied by most “energy drinks” on the market. Don’t think of this as an energy drink — think of it as Mountain Dew for breakfast! Didn’t we all go to school with someone who drank Mountain Dew for breakfast, anyway? My buddy Eric Hoffman drank so much in the ’90s he pisses Yellow #5 to this day, exclusively.

Want to kick ass at BMX? Try this PED. And, it will make you into a sexual tyrannosaurs.

Loaded with Vitamins B and C, plus 5% fruit juice, it’s a morning drink (not an energy drink) that gets your body and your mind higher than BMX pro/stunt cock Mark Mulville off a 10-foot wall at Orlando Skate Park!

Speaking of OSP, (which is what you call it, Brojam), getting there at roughly 7 AM was a serious thing of beauty. The sun had just began to rise, which gave everything a cherubic, surreal glow, and was accompanied by an endless chorus of early morning bird chirping action. It was like a bird mixtape that you made to impress a chick (when you used to do shit like that), except this was played against the backdrop of crisp morning air and the excitement of doing something you had never done before: riding a BMX bike.

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When I first attempted to straddle the BMX, my first concern was for my nutsac. I’m all vasectomied up, so I wasn’t worried about reproductive function being compromised (spray and pray, baby); I was literally worried about crushing my nutsac on the pointy plastic seat. When I asked pro rider Chad DeGroot about the protruding seat, which could tear anal membrane or ball sac-age with equal ease, he said, “Well, you really don’t have to worry because you’re usually standing when you’re on the bike, anyway.”

And with that, I mounted the bike from behind, and rode it, in a rather wobbly way for about 10-15 feet. The bike was really small, my legs felt super long, and the safety of my ballsac was still floating through my mind. Maybe it’s because when I was 13 and playing little league I watched a kid in the on-deck circle take a well hit, yet foul, line drive directly to the nuts which resulted in one of his balls deflating, right there on the field. What a sound!

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App of the Week: Manos – The Hands of Fate

Developer:

FreakZone Games

Compatible with:

Android Devices

Requires:
Android 2.2 and up

Price:

$2.49

Available here

Like many I first saw “Manos Hands of Fate” when it was parodied on the classic TV show, “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” After receiving some of the fiercest lampooning any film ever did on that show, it became widely accepted that “Manos” was indeed the worst film ever made. It was a movie where shots would last for an eternity, the plot was somehow both convoluted and non-existent, and usual film tropes like acting, writing, and directing were seemingly burned at the stake as heralds.

To quote “Mystery Science Theater,” It was a film where every shot “looked like someone’s last known photograph.”

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Naturally then the film became a big cult hit, so much so that it inspired its own gaming app based on the movie to be released for iOS last year. It’s recent debut on Android gives me another chance to tell you why you should play it.

“Manos” the  game is a product of two loves, one of which is obviously the movie, which is squeezed for every creative drop to create scenarios, characters, enemies, and levels (of course since that still doesn’t leave much to work with, it also borrows from other infamously bad movies). The other is a love of NES 8-bit retro side-scroller gaming, which “Manos’s” gameplay revolves entirely around.

Not just any games were borrowed from, though. In the spirit of the source material, “Manos” take many ideas from some of the worst games of that era, and therefore of all time. Enemies are annoyingly difficult and often have no context to being in the game, controls are loose, jumps can be impossible, boss fights require pinpoint pattern recognition, and you often have to start back at the beginning of the game. If you’ve ever seen an “Angry Video Game Nerd” review, you’ll immediately know what’s in store.

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So why does a game based off of a bad movie and equally bad games deserve your money? Because it pays homage to those two things so well. More than just lip service to fans of “Manos” or one particular video game, this app fondly recalls the charm of all bad movies and games with not just specific references, but it’s whole state of being. Besides, the game is never quite as bad as the ones that inspired it, and is often very playable, though extremely challenging.

The easiest people to recommend “Manos” to are obviously the fans of the film (for whatever reason they may be fans), fans of 8-bit gaming, or both. In principle, it’s the tale of a man named Mike trying to get his family out of a desert hell hole run by the mysterious master and his kneecap challenged servant named Torgo. In reality, it’s a dead-on perfect tribute to the lowest depths of nostalgia, and all put together produces an addictive game that defines being better than the sum of its parts and comes away with maybe the only positive award anything “Manos” related may ever garner, and that is my app of the week.

  

Picture of the Day: Linda in lingerie

We discovered Linda in Budapest on our World Tour and we’re thrilled to see this brunette beauty in this thong and bra set, along with all of the other looks in her gallery.

Linda in lingerie

  

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