Friday, March 30, 2012

Young Man: Random Pictures

Here are a few shots from the new camera. I took many, many more, but most were of my daughter.

I love being able to blur fore and backgrounds.




Thursday, March 29, 2012

Young Man: New Toys


Just got this today. Canon 40D with a 28-135 lens. Unfortunately, I neglected to look into what kind of card it took so before you'll see anything from this camera I have to get a card reader, but that shouldn't take too long. You'll just have to take my word for it for now.

I'd like to say "Only good pictures from here on out." But I know that's not true. I'll try and do better, how about that.

Conor

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Curriculum Gets a Makeover

Longtime readers of the blog will know that I'm a pretty big fan of forums. Of all kinds. In the last five or so years, I've been a regular reader of longboard forums, clothing forums, recurve bow forums, EDC forums, photography forums, music forums, Irish Traditional Music forums, coffee forums, tea forums, and others I'm sure. But one of my favorite has been The Curriculum, a traditional clothing forum.

Part of the appeal is in the fact that it's invitation only. That creates a mystique. And it also makes the posting better. Which is another part of the appeal. And most of the core members contribute regularly.

Well, the forum administrator Jordan, has been working tirelessly lately on upgrading the forum software, and the update just dropped yesterday. It looks great. Herringbone tweed as the background, faster software, and really nice topics as usual.

Again, it's an invite only forum, but the opinions of members carry a lot of weight in that regard, so send me an email or something if you want in.


On an unrelated note, I just started using Google +. Not really sure how to work it all, but hit me up if you use it too.

Conor

Old Man: Sunday Style

Today was one of those weird transition days. 50's in the morning and 70's in the afternoon.

Cords for the morning and madras for the afternoon. We were in the nursery so no coat.




Brooks/Don Loper


Enjoy the warm weather everyone.

Conor

Friday, March 23, 2012

Human Equality and Worth

A lot of times, non-Christians say that Christianity is a religion that is discriminatory against certain women or other people groups. Unfortunately, many Christians live in a way that perpetuates this statement.

To counter this charge, I would say that Christianity is a religion that expressly promotes the equality and worth of every human being, no matter what their ethnicity, sex, and even religion. The Bible states that humans were made in God's image. This gives every person an inherent worth and dignity. It is no small thing to be a representation of the image of the Creator of the world.

Unfortunately, as in many things in Christianity, Nikolai Berdyaev's quote rings true here:

"Christianity is the religion of love and of freedom, but it is judged according to the hostility and hate and acts of violence of so many Christians, men who compromise their faith and are a stumbling-block to the weak."

Many people have big problems with the actions of people who claim to be Christian (the Crusades, for instance). And you know what, so do I. There have been some real atrocities by Christians throughout the history of the religion. However, the actions of the adherents do not denigrate the worth of the belief system. Especially in Christianity, where the admission of sin is so prevalent. We have dignity from being made in the image of God, but we have tarnished that dignity (not wiped it out, mind) through sin. And so we as believers, being imperfect, will always cause the truth of Christianity to suffer through our sin. But if we acknowledge that and confess it freely to others and ourselves, the grace of Christ can really shine through.

(this is another post inspired by Francis Schaeffer)

Thanks for reading.

Conor

Young Man: Style Inspirations


Justified

I started watching Justified on Netflix a few months ago. Aside from being a good show, two of its characters are quite stylish.

First, the main character, Raylan Givens. A good-old-boy with a badge and a gun.


Usually in a suit and tie (and almost always that hat) when on the clock.


Chambray for more casual.


Ties are usually black (not my cuppa, but they work for him). Some nice plaid shirts at times.


And the main antagonist, Boyd Crowder.






Boyd is just a good old boy who likes making drugs, then blowing up drug making trailers, then stealing lots of money, then preaching the gospel. All sorts of things. A diverse fellow. Chore coats and selvedge denim. And occasionally prison orange.











He also does a stint as a coal miner, in which he wears awesome glasses.







And of course the two are best buds.



It's a great show and I can't wait for season 3 to come out on Netflix. Almost makes me want to wear a hat. Almost.

Conor

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Old Man: Sunday Style

As promised.

I went back to the curriculum for this one.


Brooks blazer/button down, wool blend thrift tie, RRL chinos


Florsheim boats


The gig went great yesterday. Hope everyone had a safe and not too irresponsible St. Patrick's day.

Conor

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Old Man: Happy St. Pat's

Here's to you Saint Patrick (I always thought it was funny you wore green on St. Patrick's Day when his color is blue).

If you're around the upstate and trying to decide which place to get blackout drunk in, why don't you come over to McGee's in Anderson. I'll be playing with Emerald Road from 5-10. We'll be in a tent outside, so be sure to ask for us.

If you're staying in, but want some good tunes and songs to listen to, why not go buy Emerald Road's new cd, It's About Time? I play flute on a tune on the cd, and the rest are OK too (no they're all great, even better with my absence). Here's the iTunes link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/its-about-time/id510535948

I play on track 9, the Haste to the Wedding set.

Enjoy it all. Be safe please. Don't go re-enacting the Easter Rising because the bartender is fed up with your shenanigans (or the musicians won't play you Danny Boy - so don't ask).

Conor

Friday, March 16, 2012

Old Man: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

I recently finished reading through Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. I hadn't read a spy/espionage book since early high school, when I blitzed through every Tom Clancy book ever, then got burned out on them and turned to beat poetry.

In Tinker, Tailor Le Carre fulfilled my desire for espionage topics with my desire for skillful writing. This book completely engrossed me. It was so different from other spy/action books that I had read because it focused so much on the mental and moral side of things, instead of the physical and action oriented side. Indeed, the only action that happens in Tinker, Tailor is told in a flashback at the end.

The next chance I get I'm definitely going back to McClure's (they had a whole Le Carre section) to get The Honorable Schoolboy and Smiley's People, as well as some others. Wonderful writing.

Conor

Monday, March 12, 2012

Young Man: My Favorite Socks

I have a lot of argyle socks. I went a little argyle crazy at first. I wore them all the time. I've simplified a lot lately. Many of my argyles came from Target, in those three packs with plain socks in the same colors. I find myself wearing the plain socks more than argyles.

But these are my favorite socks. I bought them at Target, at closeout prices. A pack of three blue, and a pack of three brown. They were like $2 each. I wear them all the time. With boots, tennis shoes (NB's), my LL Bean Sig blucher mocs, penny loafers, and I've probably even worn them with the wholecuts (ill-advisedly, I'm sure).


 A good investment, I'd say.


(sorry about missing Sunday Style again. I had a gig with Emerald Road right after church, then small groups right after the gig. Next Sunday, probably. Maybe.)


Conor

Friday, March 9, 2012

Young Man: Eats


You can't really call this a pizza, I guess, but it was pretty tasty. Whole wheat dough, olive oil, roma tomatoes, avocados, fresh mozzarella (buffalo ball), spinach, red wine vinegar, basil, oregano, salt and pepper.

Yum.

Conor

Young Man: Random Pictures

On a walk last week.






Conor

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Old Man: Guaranteed to Last Review

(see my other post for a few of my own pictures)

I've had Guaranteed to Last for a few weeks, and I think I can give a pretty comprehensive review. I'm a little more than halfway through content-wise (up to the Goose down vest with careful reading, though I've skimmed through the whole thing a few times), so here is my review.

  • Pros: 
    • Gorman's writing style is very friendly. The purpose of the book is to give an insight into a huge company, but the way the book is written makes the reader seem part of the inner circle, privy to all kinds of insights in the formation and running of the company.
    •  These personal insights, particularly into the life of LL himself, are a really cool part of the book. When I used to think of LL Bean, I would think of the company. Now I'll think of the man first. It's really neat to be able to read about the founder.
    • The book is filled with all kinds of scanned correspondence between customers and LL Bean (the man and the company). But not just regular joes telling him how awesome his boots are. There's a letter from President Franklin D Roosevelt thanking him for a knife (see below). There is also a whole double page spread on letters to the company lamenting LL's death. 
    • The original ads. I love seeing how the Bean boot or Field Coat were first marketed, how the blurb read (usually LL's writing), and how much they cost originally. If only Bean would bring back the old pricing for the 100th anniversary. 
    • The original catalogue covers. Very cool outdoor scenes in paintings. There are a bunch of these represented in the book.
    • The format. I love the idea of going through a company's history through the decades with a focus on its iconic products of the decade. Main Hunting Shoe, Chamois Cloth shirt Field Coat, Boat and Tote, Goose Down vest, Norwegian Sweater, Deluxe Bookpack. These are the chapters of the book, and each piece is the focus of the chapter, as Gorman goes through the development of the company.
    • The historical references. Each chapter (roughly a decade, give or take a few years) has a timeline with the major events of that decade interspersed with major events in the history of Bean. There are also historical references throughout the narrative.
  • Cons
    • To be honest, there is only one con in this book for me, and it's housed in a pro. The extensive pictures are great, and it makes it an easy read, but there will often be places in the book where you'll get to the bottom of the right page, turn to continue reading, and have to turn again to pick up the narrative. There are so many pictures that there will often be two full pages with pictures. This can disrupt the flow of reading (I'm not really used to reading magazines or books with more pictures than words), and I'll have to turn back a few pages to remember what the last sentence was. This isn't a huge deal, but it did bug me a little.

In conclusion, I love this book. A big thanks to LL Bean and Weber Shandwick for sending me this book. I'm definitely going to enjoy finishing it, and it's a pleasant and easy enough read that I can tell it will get re-reads, even if it's just a chapter or two.

Check out Max's review of the book, if only for his description of his mom's reaction when she saw him in the book.

Here are some nice high res shots from the book. It will give you a sense of the content of the book, but seriously, there are pictures of this quality all over the book. Definitely worth it.










Conor

Monday, March 5, 2012

Young Man: Catch-Up

Sorry for the lack of posts - and especially Sunday Style. We went down to Orlando this weekend for a wedding. I tried to snap a picture of my digs for the wedding but our camera's battery died.

Pretty simple though: blue Norman Hilton suit, blue Brooks button down, black/gold Talbott paisley tie, red huge paisley square, wholecuts. The wedding was really nice. I celebrated at the reception by sitting with my wife and drinking coffee (our daughter fell asleep in my wife's arms after dinner). No better way to spend the night.

I'll be posting some more this week. I'm more than halfway through Guaranteed to Last and am really getting a feeling for the book. It's really awesome. So I'll be doing a full review post this week hopefully.

Conor