Yes, you can create your own movie

If you get inspired by something like The Oscars, you can do some pretty amazing things with modern technology. Here’s a funny take on a wanna-be director who decides to shoot a movie using her Samsung phone.

  

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Product Review: Brut Antiperspirant & Pert Plus Thickening 2-in-1

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What’s the difference between antiperspirant and deodorant? Some guys just don’t know, and there’s no shame in that.

Deodorant is a substance applied to the body to prevent body odor caused by the bacterial breakdown of perspiration in armpits, feet and other areas of the body. A subgroup of deodorants, called antiperspirants, affect odor as well as prevent sweating by affecting sweat glands.

Even though antiperspirants are a sub-species, they offer an additional layer of effectiveness. Sure, deodorant smells good, but it doesn’t protect you from sweating in the first place. And nothing ruins the look imbued by that $200 Calvin Klein dress shirt when visible sweat stains are pouring out of your underarms.

Plus, who wants to go to the store and buy some Certain-Dri? That’s straight emasculating, yo. Even though I’ve “heard” it works.

Brut supplied me with two flavors of its new antiperspirant, which now offers 48 hours of protection: Stamina and Overdrive.

What’s funny about Overdrive is that it has a subtle, almost floral scent. My 7-year-old daughter took a whiff and said, “That smells like a flower.”

When she inhaled some of the Stamina scent, she said, “That smells powerful.”  And it’s true; Stamina was more forthright, more direct. Overdrive is subtle, yet crisp — fun and fruity.

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So now that your underarm game is straightened out, what about your wig? Pert Plus New Thickening 2-in-1 wants to be your Valentine.

I’ve used Pert Plus before, way back. I used to think it was just for old people; it smelled like a clinic, it’s unseemly green bottle tucked away at the very back of the shower ledge for years. But a couple years ago, Pert Plus Classic Clean went strong to the bucket. The thickening agent is the latest new addition to a classic line.

Pert Plus was actually the first 2-in-1 shampoo & conditioner on the market, back in 1987, when “Three Men and a Baby” was king.

The new Thickening 2-in-1 features a pH-balanced fortifying formula that strengthens and boosts density for hair that looks and feels two times thicker.

Enriched with caffeine, hydrating vitamins and protein-dense minerals, Thickening 2-in-1 moisturizes and helps improve fine or thinning hair. It may even strenghten your mustache to new Tom Selleck-esque levels. The new formula features the new scent “Rapid Rush,” a fresh, cool and masculine fragrance. 

Just like before, I was really impressed with the new Pert product, and I also used it as a body wash once again because its contents were so robust. I used it for almost two months and I’m not even a third of the way through the bottle. For just north of $3.00 at a fine retailer near you, it’s a steal.

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Why Shorter Work Outs Deliver Rapid Weight Loss Results

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Those who have huge biceps do so because they workout harder…right? Likewise, women with a trim, tiny waist are able to wear smaller dress sizes because their workouts are more intense. This is not true.

It’s easy to assume the harder, faster, stronger mentality of today’s modern world. We want things quicker and better than before, and when it comes to weight loss results, there are no exceptions.

However, modern physiology research contradicts the faster, stronger assumptions of today’s fitness freaks. Actually, shorter workouts deliver rapid weight loss results. If you’re not sold, consider the science and common sense behind the phenomena.

Smarter and Not Longer

Part of weight loss success depends on finding the sweet spot regarding length of workouts. In a study, those who worked smarter for 30 minutes burned more fat than those working out over 60 minutes. Perhaps supplementing your workout with a fitness app or device that shows caloric and exercise data can help illuminate your optimal zone.

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Joe Gibbs on the return of Crispy M&M’S and the forgotten Redskins’ dynasty

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For an unknown reason, NFL history has robbed the Redskins dynasty of the 1980s and early 90s of the recognition it deserves. But the real question is, why?

NFL fans remember the Packers championship teams of the 60s, the Steelers of the 70s, the 49ers of the 80s, the Cowboys of the 90s, and the Patriots of the present day. But no one remembers the Joe Gibbs-led Redskins.

From 1982 to 1991, the Redskins appeared in four Super Bowls and won three of those games, and in each game, they won with a different starting quarterback and a different starting running back.

Not content with one of the most successful coaching careers in NFL history, Gibbs created his Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR team in 1992. The team has won three Sprint Cup championships since 2000 with stud drivers like Bobby Labonte and Tony Stewart.

At this Sunday’s Daytona 500, the Joe Gibbs Racing Crispy M&M’S #18 car will return to the track after a 10-year absence, piloted by Kyle Busch.

We spoke to Coach Gibbs about flourishing in both sports, the upcoming Daytona 500, his relationship with Jack Kent Cooke, and why he thinks his success with the Redskins has been largely ignored. You can listen to the interview via the audio player or read the full transcript below.

Let’s talk about Crispy M&M’S making their return to the track after a 10-year hiatus, kind of like you making your return to the Skins the second time.

Just about the same; I was 11 years, Crispy’s been out 10 years. We’re excited to have them back. And on Sunday’s Daytona 500, every time that Toyota Camry comes off the corner with Kyle Busch driving it, it’s going to be bright green and it’s gonna represent the return of Crispy. So we’re excited about that and I’m excited to be part of the M&M’S team.

You’re an absolute titan in two of the biggest sports in North America, in the NFL and NASCAR. It’s almost like you’ve lived two different lives, really. What’s it been like for you?

I realize I’m one of the most fortunate people in the world. Because rarely does anybody get to have a dream as an occupation, and I’ve had two of them. It’s a thrill for me. I know how fortunate I am and I appreciate being a part of two great sports.

And what I’ve found, is they are very similar, football and racing. Amazingly, they’re almost exactly the same because it’s what? It’s people. It’s picking people, putting them on a team and getting them to sacrifice their individual goals for the goals of the team. It’s teamwork. And that’s a big part of life. I’m thrilled to be a part of the M&M’S team and it’s a thrill for us to race in a place like the Daytona 500 this Sunday.

Can you talk about (former Redskins and Lakers owner) Jack Kent Cooke and what it was like to work with him? 

Mr. Cooke I think was a great owner, and for this reason: Many times he had a strong opinion. He’d stick that finger out and say, “You need to do this.” But what he always said before I left the meeting was, “But it’s gotta be your decision; you decide.” Many times, if I did something and it turned out to be he was correct, he’d definitely let me hear about it. But Mr. Cooke always said to me,  “It’s gotta be your decision; you make the decision.”

The other thing about Mr. Cooke, he was always at his best when things were at their worst. He would come in, he would visit me, I figured he was going to be upset when we’d be going through a bad streak of losses and he would say to me, “Hey Joe, we’re going up and we’re going down together.” He had a favorite saying: “I’m going to lay down and bleed a while, and then we’re gonna get up and fight again.” He was special, I think, for me, just like Dan Snyder was the second go-around for me. I had two great owners.

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Drink of the Week: The Big and Stout

the Big and Stout.I see my share of boozy pitches here at Drink of the Week Central and, believe it or not, I ignore a great many of them. Still, I couldn’t ignore the one that came from the melding of the great nations of Japan and Kentucky that we call Beam Suntory. Why is easy to explain.

I’ve been increasingly interested for some time in cocktails that include beer or ale. Also, regular readers will note that I’m mad for drinks that include raw egg whites or, better yet, whole raw eggs. So, no surprise that the Big and Stout immediately caught my attention as it contains both stout and whole raw eggs! It’s also created by Midwestern celebrity chef Michael Symon and I gather he’s a very big deal in Bullz-Eye’s home town of Cleveland. Based on this drink, I’m definitely willing to plunk down $75.00+tip and cocktails for one of this guy’s dinners.

The Big and Stout is, I should add, well named as I’m personally a bit bigger and stouter after drinking it for an entire week, but it’s just about worth it. It’s a full-fledged desert in a glass, a full bodied drink that’s the perfect 100% adult sophisticated milkshake without the milk, wonderfully simple and quite hard to mess up — it’s been pretty much a home run every time I’ve tried it, which is saying something. Let’s not waste any time.

The Big and Stout

1 ounce bourbon (true sophisticates will want Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve)
1 1/2 ounces milk stout/sweet stout
1 whole egg
3/4 ounce simple syrup (or 1 rounded tablespoon superfine sugar)

Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake without ice first (the famed “dry shake”) to properly emulsify the egg. Be careful; between the egg and the slight carbonation of milk stout, there’s an excellent chance the top of your shaker will want to come off. Add ice and shake again, this time very vigorously. Strain into a well chilled old fashioned or cocktail glass. Toast your feet. Drink enough of these and you might never seem them again, though you probably won’t care.

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So, yes, this drink comes to us courtesy of the gods of promotion over at Jim Beam land and their small batch collection. It was, I gather, created for regular Knob Creek bourbon, but what I actually got was Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve and an old favorite, Basil Hayden’s. It’s a very interesting spread because both of these are thoroughly adult, sophisticated bourbons but at vastly differing strengths. Hayden’s is 80 proof, actually below average strength for an upscale bourbon but well above average in flavor and drinkability. The Knob Creek Single Barrel is a whopping 120 proof and has a full 10 percent more alcohol than regular 100 proof Knob Creek. It’s definitely the good stuff but not for the faint of heart or liver.

I’m delighted to say that both extremes held up brilliantly in a Big and Stout. Sure, the complexity and pure fire of the 120 proof brew gave all the sweet ingredients something they could fight against for a somewhat more complex beverage. Still, the 80 proof Hayden’s was a delight and anything but insipid. I also tried a pretty decent 94 proof brand X bourbon and it was great, too. Frankly, I have a hard time imagining any bourbon failing with this one, and I’m contemplating giving rye a chance.

As for the stout’s, the original recipe called for sweet stouts but that turned out to be nearly impossible to find here in L.A.’s NoHo/San Fernando Valley land. Milk stouts, which have a sweeter flavor thanks largely to some lactose, are much easier to come by and may or may not be synonymous with sweet stouts, I’m still trying to figure that one out. My choices were Moo Thunder Farmhouse Ale and Belching Beaver Brewery’s Beaver Milk. Gotta love the names and both worked really winningly.

Trying to figure out why I like this drink so much may go beyond a simple love of sweet, creamy, ice-cold refreshing booze flavors and have something to do with my love of coffee…which I actually prefer with a decent amount of milk and sweetener, despite my alleged gourmet tendencies and tolerance/love for bitter flavors. Even more than the similar yet very different Coffee Cocktail, this drink really looks and tastes a bit it like a frozen latte but with a very different impact. Maybe that’s it.

  

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