Diamonds are WORTHLESS




Diamonds are much, much more common than you think and, in fact, are relatively WORTHLESS!
Another British Royals CONfidence GAME!

Corporate advertising, marketing and promotional campaigns along with the help of British royalty and Hollywood propaganda artists have created a perceived need for diamonds in the mind of the public. The true value of diamonds is very nominal since the stones are quite plentiful and have very limited uses. Yet prices for the carbon stones have been driven up by the cartels that hoard diamonds in order to constrict the supply, thereby creating an artificial scarcity and driving prices exhorbitantly high. As you will see, the diamond dealers can hardly contain their laughter…

Diamond is only valuable because people think its valuable. if all of us stop falling for the scam, diamonds would lose a TON of its value. there is nothing inherently special or unique about diamonds that makes it worth its price (its not even rare) i could get myself a ring that used glass instead of diamond and you wouldnt even be able to tell the difference unless you used a microscope . if i ever get married i will never ask for a diamond ring. id ask for a moisanatte ring which happens to be shinnier and cheaper and way more worth it. that or maybe i will ask for games instead.




Diamond are also the strongest stone in the world. Although it doesn’t make up for them being mined and cut using slave labor and then chased after fanatically by consumers. There is a pretty sweet pun about love being as strong as a diamond.

The rich seem to spend most of their money on things that are a complete waste of money. That’s all well and good but what galls me is that most of us are having to flog ourselves to death or get into serious debt in order to create wealth for these bastards so that they can go throw it all down the drain on pointless dross like this.

Godless in America. The COMPLETE Short Film of Madalyn Murray O’Hair




The extraordinary life story of Madalyn Murray O’Hair. The complete uninterrupted short film “Godless in America”.
There are many accounts of Madalyn’s life, with most having a Christian twist or edge of nastiness. This film is free from such bias, at least in the telling of the story.

It’s sad to me the way her son William has became a born again Christian and still speaks terribly about his now murdered mother. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised or saddened these days, just another example of Christian love.

Madalyn Murray O’Hair was a gutsy woman who was not afraid to speak her mind, and she got shit done. The world is in desperate need of another or others like Madalyn Murray O’Hair.

Belief disconfirmation paradigm: Dissonance is felt when people are confronted with information that is inconsistent with their beliefs. If the dissonance is not reduced by changing one’s belief, the dissonance can result in restoring consonance through misperception, rejection or refutation of the information, seeking support from others who share the beliefs, and attempting to persuade others.




you do have to believe in something. believing in nothing is not quite the same as not believing in anything, insofar as ‘nothing’ is something that can be believed in. if someone didn’t believe in anything, they wouldn’t take a case to the supreme court about mandatory prayer in schools, because they wouldn’t believe in the existence of the rule of law. if someone didn’t believe in the value of money, they wouldn’t go to work. & so on. believing in “nothing” & believing in “god” are one & the same — one simply being a negative expression & the other an affirmative expression of the same thing.

According the autobiograhphy, when Bill stuck up for his grandfather during an argument, his mother lunged at him and bit a chunk of flesh out of his arm. Regrettably, child services weren’t as quick to react then as they would be today.

Say what you will about Dawkins (or any other number of controversial atheist speakers), at least he’s never been guilty of child abuse.

For twenty years I could not talk to my brother. He would hang up the phone on me or tear up my letters and send them back. The same was true of my daughter. They both called me “TRAITOR” because I had accepted Christ and changed my life. By “traitor” they meant that I no longer followed the absolute direction of my mother as they did … My mother was an evil person … Not for removing prayer from America’s schools … No … She was just evil. She stole huge amounts of money. She misused the trust of people. She cheated children out of their parents’ inheritance. She cheated on her taxes and even stole from her own organization. She once printed up phony stock certificates on her own printing press to try to take over another atheist publishing company. I could go on but I won’t. All the money my mother made in this manner stayed behind. It did not go with her. For we brought nothing into this world and it is certain we can carry nothing out.




-William Murray O’Hair

Sticker shock: Why are glasses so expensive?




Optician here. You’re all getting amazing. Luxottica makes medium-grade products that we charge more for because of the name on the side. A $300 pair is easily $80-$100 wholesale. Prescription lenses are even worse, sometimes with a 90% markup.

To be clear, there are some products that are expensive for good reasons. But luxottica makes a lot of dog shit. Fuck Bvlgari, fuck Tiffany, fuck Persol, fuck all their lame brand names.

Edit: since I got voted up, I’m going to give you some tidbits I’ve learned:

Never buy spring hinges. The fit sucks and they are always the first thing to break.

If your lenses scratch then odds are that you’re not cleaning them correctly. You’re probably just moving gunk from one part of the lens to another. Hard shit gets caught up in the gunk and scratches the lenses when you try to clean it again.

Never buy polycarbonate. It scratches easily and has poor optics. Plastic(CR39) is fine. It’s not shatter resistant, but if you’re not wearing them while practicing MMA then you’ll be fine. If you need shatter resistance then get trivex. (Kids should have poly though)

Want rimless glasses? Cool. Stay away from silhouettes and swissflex. They are ill-fitting dog shit.

Have a high rx? Never go to a chain store. Odds are, you’ll pay a lot of money for a jacked up pair of glasses. They hire people based on sales, not knowledge.

In the US you cannot be charged for a copy of your RX.

Always visit twice to make sure you like a pair. Good opticians will want to make sure you’re happy.



Polarized lenses are an amazing piece of technology. But you still like the tinted look, huh? Ask for a polarized “a” lens so that you can get it tinted.

If you have single vision lenses, don’t let anybody charge you more for “digital” lenses. They’re not noticeably better.



Transition lenses are garbage.

Maui Jim is awesome.

Edit: 1.74 lenses are not much thinner for the price and they are much more brittle than 1.67. If you can find a place that sells 1.70(Hoya product) then go with that.

Edit: I’ll be doing an AMA tonight. If you think of any more questions, save them for that. I’m willing to spill the beans about a lot of stuff. I love my job, but hate my industry.

Edit: speaking of cheap shit: look at these Internet glasses this guy brought in because the lens fell out. See how the lens is popping out of the front? That looks like some dog dick. That’s worse than lens crafters.(note: not sure I mentioned, I do like warby Parker.



The Art of Vintage Manliness: The Vintage Haircut

This article will be updated as new tips & photos come in.

I spent a great deal of my mid-teens to late 20s trying to get a good vintage 1930’s/40’s men’s haircut, first à la Swing Kids, and later à la the kind of haircut the swing kids had before they grew it out. This took me quite a lot of trying to explain what I wanted and produced mostly mediocre results. The main reason was I didn’t know how to communicate exactly what I wanted, and during most of that time my stylists had hardly ever done a vintage men’s haircut.



Thankfully, men’s vintage-ish haircuts are coming back into mainstream fashion — whether through the influence of Mad Men, or the indie fashion of people like Arcade Fire front man Win Butler, or European soccer/football stars, or Justin Timberlake— and so it should be easier for stylists and barbers to know what you’re talking about when you say you want a men’s vintage cut.

sax-section-1934Luckily, most styles of the 1930s to 50s have these basics in common: a short back and sides (also known as “high and tight”) and a longer top, especially near the front of the head. However, one should know that there are still a lot of variables at play. Where the variations mostly come in is how high, how tight, how long on top, and how dramatic the fade you want between the sides and top.

This basic vintage cut is the same for most hair types; super curly, curly, wavy, straight…they will obviously look different, but you’re still telling your barber the same details.

Also, please note my use of the word “vintage” is speaking more about the general spirit of the hair cut. Clearly some of the pictures below are very modern twists on the vintage “short back and sides” style. (Which is what The Art of Vintage Manliness is all about: taking what you like the best in vintage manliness, and making it fit into your modern life.)

High & Tight

“Tight” is the short back and sides of your haircut, and how tight it is means how short it is. You want to have an idea of what you like so that you can show your barber (better yet, bring a picture, or a collage — we’ll talk about that later). To see how varied the shortness can be, check out the diagram below. (I recommend clicking on it in order to see it full size.)


“High” refers to how far up the side of the head you want the short part to go. Here’s a diagram:

WARNING: Be careful going into a barber and only saying “give me a high and tight,” as this is also terminology for a military-style haircut, which will probably take off a lot more than you’re expecting from on top. Again, the best bet is to bring in pictures to your barber/stylist.

The Fade

The “fade” is how your hair transitions from the short back and sides into the longer top part. This can be done gradually or abruptly:

Another aspect of the fade to consider is the line the fade makes across your profile:

Length on Top

The final big piece of information you will want to give your barber is the length you want on top. For the truly vintage look, you want the front to be longer than the back. However, the difference can be severe or only slight. (Also, you should note that the longer your hair, the harder it will be to manage.)

The Back of the Head

Finally, there’s the shape of the back of the head. My stylists recommended that, rather than try to explain what you want to happen there, one should bring in some pictures (he said that was probably the best all-around advice for someone trying to tell their stylist what they want).

Now, it’s actually hard to find pictures of the back of vintage men’s haircuts on the web. So I recommend that the next time you see a haircut you really like, ask the person if they would mind if you took a picture of it so you could show your barber. I’ve done this probably a dozen times, and every single one I’ve asked has allowed me to do it. (Even random people in airports.) Most are flattered and appear more than happy to do so. Here are some examples of the backs of vintage haircuts. (Please note that all the dimensions of the sides of your haircut will dictate a lot of what is possible with the back of your haircut.)

 

So those are the basic dimensions of the vintage haircut. However, a good stylist or barber knows there are some more subtle ways each of these dimensions can be altered for various effects. If the person cutting your hair offers a good reason for trying something different, it might be worth a try. Also, please note that hair comes in many different varieties — the exact haircut you want might not be possible with the hair you have. Again, that’s something to discuss with the person cutting your hair.

Other: Parts, Product, and Texture

There are a few tips that can add the final touches to your haircut.

The first is your part. Most vintage men traditionally parted their hair on the left side of the head. You don’t have to. You can part it on the right, down the middle, or between the middle and side. Your part can be well-defined, or simply implied, like a path in a jungle surrounded by bushes. You don’t even have to have a part — a lot of modern takes on vintage hair cut is that the hair is simply swept over from the point of the fade (the line made by the “high & tight” part).




Here’s a secret for getting an awesome part: Your barber can actually shave it in. By using the clippers, barbers in the old days reportedly would made a part bolder so that your hair could easily be managed and you wouldn’t have to worry about creating your part with a comb every morning. You just want to be careful if the person cutting your hair is new to this; if the part’s too wide, it’ll look strange.

Next is product. It is almost a must-have. Oftentimes vintage haircuts only look good with some form of product in the hair, whether that be a little mousse or gel to keep it somewhat in control, or whether you want to pomade it into an oiled-back slick. For product, you will want to test out your own — based on smell, hold, and general annoyance to wash out. I will give a quick plug for water-based pomades, of which there are many now on the market. They do a good job of holding the hair but also are easy to wash out. Some friends of mine use old school products like Murray’s pomade, which they pass over with a cigarette lighter in order to get it loosened up just right.

Also, a little secret: Before you ever apply hair product, rub it between your hands very quickly for a while to create a lot of friction. The heat will make the product more liquid-like so that it won’t clump your hair, and it will settle back into hardness when it has had a few moments to cool off. You can also run a hair dryer for a few seconds over the pomade in your hand before putting it into your hair.

Texture is often added by cutting the hair different lengths. For example, see the picture right. Of course, you don’t have to add texture. Many vintage men just had their hair cut simply straight, since it would mostly just be greased back by oil anyway. However, texture does allow the haircut to be a little more interesting when it’s not slicked back.

Stylists & Barbers

I’ve seen quite a few stylists and quite a few barbers around the world (literally) in my efforts to get a good men’s vintage haircut. Especially today, many cities have men’s barber shops that specialize in vintage cuts.

From my experience, barbers skilled in vintage cuts are good at getting the general effect and they won’t need a lot of explanation when you mention you want a vintage haircut. (And don’t be alarmed if they pull out the clippers and just buzz your head for fifteen minutes — some of those barbers use clippers almost exclusively.)

At a barbershop you may get the added bonus of being around a group of guys enjoying the old-timey barbershop experience, but the downside of that is you also might be surrounded by a bunch of guys trying way too hard to have that old-timey experience, which to some (like me) is annoying. However, if you find a barbershop you like with a barber you like in it, it can be a great experience.

classic-mens-haircutMany stylists at regular hair salons rarely have had practicing in doing vintage cuts, but as mentioned before, that is quickly changing. (When in doubt, I have often mentioned recent movies. “You know, like Inglorious Basterds.” “It’s a Band of Brothers haircut, but longer in the front.” “It’s like in The Artist.” Or I’ve used this handy dandy guide to the right a few times.)

And stylists, unlike many barbers, are trained to shape the haircut specifically for your face and head shape. They are also used to people being picky — and if you’re a guy getting a vintage haircut for the effect it will have on your swing dancing and vintage fashion, you are probably, at the very least, more specific about your hair needs than average.




Now it’s not a hard and fast rule, but I have had some vintage haircuts from barbers that looked amazingly vintage but were not quite right for my face/head, and some haircuts from stylists that that were only vaguely vintage but really looked great with my face/head. (And, a good rule of thumb is, if you go with a stylist, to choose stylists close to or inside your nearby big city, since they are more likely to be up on the ironically modern trend of doing vintage haircuts.)

The best outcome is if you find a barber that can recommend shapes that specifically fit your features, or a stylist with vintage haircut experience. If you like the haircut they give you, stick with them and tip them well. (And, of course, take pictures of the front, back, and sides for future reference. Keep them on your phone in case you find yourself getting a haircut form someone new.)

And of course, your location will have a role in the decision to choose a stylist or a barber. For instance, I figured I’d have better luck explaining to a nearby stylist how to do the vintage haircut I wanted than in being able to track down a vintage barbershop in Rockville, MD. A few stylists were pretty good at it and they did fine for a few years; however, I finally found the perfect stylists for me about a year ago.

Over the last few years, he has begun studying vintage haircuts partly based on the times I’ve come in and we’ve played around with them. He has begun to really enjoy men’s vintage hair fashion, and we get closer and closer to mastering exactly what I’m looking for. It has taken some time and experimenting, but he’s very patient and awesome about doing so.

Conclusion

A lot of what I tell my stylist is what I’ve shared with you today: If you know, let them know how high you want it, how tight, how dramatic a fade, what line you want that fade to have, and how long on top. Otherwise, ask advice on what they recommend. If you wish you can also mention parts and texturing and ask what kind of products they have to try out. And that should get you on your way to a great-looking men’s vintage haircut.

Finally, I came up with a collage that basically has my haircut’s directions taken from the photos I’ve shared with you. I made it in Microsoft Paint in just 20 minutes. I just handed this over, and see the results:

You can help!

If you are a person who has gotten a men’s vintage-style haircut, please consider posting pictures of it in the comments below, as a reference for other people looking to see what is possible, and also as a reference for people to take to their barbers or stylists.

For instance, Brad Pitt, among others, was nice enough to send in pictures of his recent haircut…

The most iconic Royal wedding gowns of all time

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