Get Your Work Style Groove on with These Five Dapper Looks

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Summer is here and in full-throttle mode, which means dressing up for comfort while keeping the hero pieces intact. Modern office wear dressing needs more vibrancy than what is the norm. It must encompass a touch of minimalistic simplicity along with elegant basics transitioning the overall look into an effortless style statement. Here’s our list of five sample dapper looks that’ll rev up your new-age corporate honcho style.

1. Color Block Those Solid Colors

Not all men would prefer buying executive shirts that are boldly colored. Most men look at it as risky enough to think of. Think color blocking this time, where you can use two or three very solid segments of colors to match one single ensemble. Mix and match the warmth and the cool palettes around and throw in a little neutral tone trousers to give individualism to your overall look.

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The death of former Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata

The world of gaming was stunned earlier this month when the death of former Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata was announced. Iwata gained a legendary reputation amongst gamers for his innovative approach to gaming, as well as his loyalty to his company and customers.

The tragic passing of Iwata was marked in the streets of Kyoto, Japan by thousands of people attending his two-day funeral that signaled just how strong an impression the games-maker had made on people’s hearts.

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How safe is it to gamble in an online casino?

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Experienced players will know that land based casinos can be quite a safety trap. No matter as how safe they are portrayed, it is no big secret that larger gathering in small places pose a certain risk. In this sense, online gambling, despite its image as being risky, can actually be the safer alternative.

Your pocket is safe

A good pocket thief can have quite a blast in a land based casino especially since intentions of guests cannot be read and thus thieves can freely enter. This threat does not exist when you play from the safety of your home. Of course, giving away your credit card details to make a deposit etc. can seem risky but those are usually in good hands when gambling at established online casinos since these operate with equally high security standards (such as the encryption of your personal details) as your bank. Basically, if you can trust online banking procedures, you can certainly trust a recognized online casino – and that without having to watch your back while inserting your money into a machine, worrying what is happening to your car in the valet parking, or be around people you’d rather not.

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Drink of the Week: The Rye Ball

the Rye Ball.I often praise simplicity in cocktails. This is partly because my mission in these posts is to show you how, taking very little time, you can make drinks that taste at least 100 percent better than what you’re likely to get at your typical bar. That’s because, unlike the staff of your standard dive or chain bar, you won’t use sour mix and you will have enough time to actually measure your ingredients.

The other reason I like simple cocktails is that I’m lazy! I have a day job and, while bellyaching about getting free booze in the mail and making mostly very good cocktails would be unseemly, doing the stuff that’s necessary for these posts does take a bit of time. So, especially during a week when I was recuperating from a cold I picked up on the way to Comic-Con, and then Comic-Con itself, and then the Dracula-like return of my cold, the simplest possible drink was bordering on a necessity.

Moreover, with a brand new bottle of very good Alberta Rye Dark Batch on hand after my earlier uncorking misadventure, the cleverly named Rye Ball pitched at me by the Alberta PR team seemed like the perfect beverage. It is, in fact, basically a highball (any hard liquor and any beverage, i.e., Scotch and soda, 7 and 7, rum and Coke, etc.) but with hard cider providing the fizz. A dash of bitters gives the thing some cocktailing respectability. See what you think.

The Rye Ball

1 ounce Alberta Rye Dark Batch
4-5 ounces hard cider
1 dash aromatic bitters

Build in a highball or collins glass with ice. Stir. See, I said this was simple!
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Considering the high proportion of hard cider here, your choice in this regard is obviously going to make an enormous difference. The Rye Ball is still something of a work in progress in that I have yet to find perfect pairing. Still, with a growing number of hard ciders on the market, the sky is pretty much the limit and I encourage folks to experiment with this refreshing cocktail concept.

I happen to enjoy hard ciders quite a bit, and I definitely dig them on the drier side. Still, to stand up to the whiskey and bitters, I definitely leaned towards the sweeter brews for a Rye Ball. Smith and Forge Hard Cider produced a full bodied blend, though I also enjoyed using the even sweeter Strong Bow Honey and Apple Hard Cider almost as much. No offense to the bottle of Henry Hotspur’s Hard Pressed for Cider I picked up at Trader Joe’s, but I was less partial to the result. It wasn’t bad, just a bit overly sophisticated and boozy tasting for my mood that night. I guess some part of me still expects cider to taste a little bit like apple juice.

The one thing I will say is that I strongly suggest going with four ounces of cider rather than five. I have no idea why this should be, but using more cider somehow resulted in a more medicinal flavor.

I should add, by the way, that the recipe doesn’t specify an apple cider, so feel free to try this with pear cider or whatever else you can find. While I still think Albert Rye makes a truly outstanding Old Fashioned, the Rye Ball is something of an unexplored drinking frontier, so there’s no need to be overly cautious.

  

Buyers Guide: What You Should Look for in Your New TV

Are you in the market for a new television? It’s the golden age for purchasing new sets, because the technology continues to evolve each year. Since the widespread adoption of HDTV, picking the right unit has become quite the challenge. Here’s a buyer’s guide to help you understand what to look for in a new television.

Size Matters

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The size issue applies in both directions. If you buy a large unit for a smaller room, you may discover that you don’t enjoy a perfect view of the entire set. If you place the HDTV five feet from your view area, any unit larger than 40” will cause this problem. Conversely, in a larger room, where you’ll position the television seven feet or farther away, you’ll want at least a 56” HDTV. Check a distance chart to verify the appropriate size for your needs.

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