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Ancient Greeks are still an inspiration today, despite their rich culture. Let’s look at the ways that ancient Greece inspired fashion and style trends in modern times.

Hairstyles for Beards

Ancient Greeks took pride in their appearance. They accessorized their clothes and used cologne. No surprise then that the ancient Greeks had a grooming regimen. Ancient Greek male characters are depicted as having perfectly styled hair, and even a beard. These were not mere mortals.

In the media, ancient Greek gods look well-groomed and stylish, whether it’s on TV, in films or even in online casino games. This helps create a more believable characterisation, as well as making the game more immersive.

Aeolus, for example, can be seen sporting a floppy, slicked-back hairstyle that blends with a tapered moustache and a beard. This helps to engage players and provide a more authentic gaming experience.

The same style has remained popular for men of all ages, from middle-aged to elderly. While those in their 30s may opt for a skin-fade and a quiffed edge, older gentlemen are more likely to maintain their hair long and smooth it back.

Avoid using products that are too heavy and avoid slicking the hair up to the scalp. The latest trend is to separate the beard from the moustache. Trim the beard a little closer to your face rather than the upper lip. Try using a beard twirling pomade on the handlebars to add more attitude.

Clean and Simple Silhouettes

The simplicity of the designs is probably the first thing we think about when we consider ancient Greek fashion. These simple silhouettes, with their clean lines and straight edges, are perhaps the most distinctive element of ancient Greek style. They have been a part of modern fashion for centuries.

This influence is most evident in the loose-fitting, functional styles that have recently been seen on the catwalks.

Brands like Gucci and Dior will present men’s skirts in their Fashion Week collections by 2023. This is something Marc Jacobs, Jean Paul Gaultier and Vivienne Westwood have done for years.

Celebs have worn this trend on the red carpet during award ceremonies and film premieres. If it worked for ancient Greeks, then why not for modern men?

Patterns and Motifs

Grecian embroidery and prints strike a balance between opulence, simplicity and elegance. Patterns are straight lines and squares, but the colours and effects are inspired by the vibrant colours found in nature, such as the turquoise waters and terracotta earth.

Versace continues to use ancient Greek prints for its sunglasses, accessories and clothing collections. The geometric pattern is usually printed in greyscale, with pops or gold to exude glamour and luxury. The logo is based on ancient Greece and features one of the most popular characters from mythology, Medusa.

Ancient Greece’s influence on fashion is evident in the many trends that we see today. It’s time to experiment and discover your own ancient style.

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Odds & Ends: July 12, 2024

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SABANI Portable Charger 35000mAh Power Bank. The AllTrails app has downloadable maps that I use to navigate during backpacking trips. If you are out in the wilderness for longer than a single day, you will lose your phone battery. And there is nowhere to charge it. Before our last backpacking trip in New Mexico, I purchased this power bank to solve the problem. It worked perfectly. I used it to charge both my iPhone and Apple Watch while we were on vacation. This power bank can charge your iPhone five times and comes with four cables. This charger is not allowed on planes, so it’s best to save it for outdoor trips.

After watching the movie in 2016, we recently watched it as a whole family. The Founder shows how Ray Kroc, played by Micheal Keaton, went from a struggling, middle-aged, Willy Loman-esque salesman to building an international fast food restaurant empire through doggedness, ruthless cunning, and a dose of motivational Norman-Vincent-Peal-esque self-talk. Keaton is fantastic and the best scenes are the tension-filled phone calls between Dick McDonald and Nick Offerman, McDonald’s co-founder who was played by Keaton. Recently, after watching both this film and The Social Network, I have been reflecting on my own business philosophy. It is a paraphrase from the advice George Washington gave in delivering his farewell speech: avoid entangling allies.

Mr. Brightside. You know that I am a Killers die-hard fan. The 20th anniversary is the release of HotFuss by the Killers, which contains some of their biggest hits. One of my favorite songs to use as a PR boost-up for deadlifting is “All These Things That I Have Done”. But the song that has become a cultural touchstone, “Mr. Everyone starts singing Brightside as soon as it is played at any large gathering, such a a party or stadia. What is the appeal of this song over time? Mike Hilleary credits its universal theme of betrayal in romantic relationships and its sing-along structure. Listen to the song after you’ve read the article. Destiny calls you.

John Kay, Obliquity: How to achieve our goals in an indirect way. Although I read the book more than a decade before, its ideas still resonate with me today. In Obliquity economist John Kay argues that indirect methods are more effective than straight-forward paths in achieving big, complex goals. Kay says that adaptability, experimentation and flexibility are more likely to lead to success and happiness than rigid linear strategies. This book is full of interesting ideas.

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My New Favorite Squat

I have done the barbell squat all my life. This is a great way to build strength in the lower body. I’ve also tried other squats: the front, goblet and belt squats.

This year, I’ve started doing the Hatfield squat. It’s my favorite squat.

This exercise is great. The traditional barbell squat was uncomfortable for me because of my cranky shoulders and knees. After years of frustration, the Hatfield squat made squatting enjoyable and productive after I tried to make barbell squats work for me. Hatfield Squats are also great for increasing quad hypertrophy. This is in line with my fitness goal to get more ripped. It has been a game changer in my training.

The Hatfield squat is a great alternative to barbell squatting.

What is the Hatfield Squat? What are its benefits?

The Hatfield Squat is named after the legendary powerlifter Dr. Fred Hatfield (aka Dr. Squat). It is a variation of a back squat that uses a safety barbell, which looks like an oxyoke.

The safety squat is placed on your back when you perform the Hatfield Squat. Instead of resting your hands on the safety bar, you can place them on an extra barbell or on a set handles placed at navel height on the barbell rack. You keep your hands on the barbell rack support as you lower yourself into the squat. This helps you maintain your balance, and a straight torso.

The Hatfield squat offers some unique benefits because of its increased stability.

Excellent for quad hypertrophy. The Hatfield squat is a great tool if you want to get legs that are as large as tree trunks. The increased stability of the Hatfield squat allows you to overload quads more than with a traditional one. You can focus more on the movement and less on maintaining your balance. This allows you to add weight or reps with greater intensity.

The Hatfield squat is great for squatting with injuries. Hatfield squats have allowed me to squat heavily again, despite niggling injuries I’ve had for years.

The traditional low-bar position made my shoulder pain worse because I suffer from shoulder tendonitis caused by bench pressing. I also struggle with shoulder flexibility despite all the time I spend working to improve it. You don’t need to hold the bar in your hands when doing the Hatfield Squat because you are using a safety bar. This completely relieves your shoulders of stress.

Hatfield squats have also helped me work around a pain behind my knee that I’ve been experiencing since 2020. Pain only occurs during the descent portion of a barbell squat. I have seen an orthopedic surgeon, and had an MRI done. But the source of my pain has not been identified. I think it’s an overuse injury to a tendon. The increased stability from the Hatfield squat, however, allows me to squat heavily and below parallel with no pain behind my knee.

Hatfield squats are also helpful for people with lower back problems. They allow them to squat without aggravating their injury.

Because of the Hatfield squats’ ability to reduce pain, I have also called them “Midlife Man Squats.”

This is an excellent accessory lift to the barbell squat. Hatfield squats don’t need to completely replace the barbell squat. You can also use the Hatfield Squat to supplement your barbell program. You could perform the Hatfield Squat on deadlift day for 3 sets of 8-12 repetitions to increase work capacity and hypertrophy.

You can also use the Hatfield Squat as a way to overload train in order to gain strength and confidence when lifting heavier weights. Do 3 sets of 3 repetitions using weights that are heavier than what you would normally lift with the barbell squat.

Here is a hypothetical program for barbells that incorporates the Hatfield Squat:

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Podcast #1,005: A Surprising Solution for Disordered Masculinity

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Media coverage and discussion about the challenges men face in modern times has been extensive. Some solutions have been offered to help men overcome these challenges. Dr. Anthony Bradley’s idea is one of the more unusual ones that you do not hear very often: revitalizing fraternities in college.

Anthony is a professor and research fellow. He wrote Heroic Fraternities, How College Men can Save Universities and America. Anthony gives his opinion on the current state of modern men, the differences between heroic masculinity and disordered masculinity. He also discusses the insight that a writer of the mid-20th century can offer on the different forms of disorder and why so many men choose to resign. Anthony believes that fraternities in college can help develop virtue. We discuss the nobler origins of fraternities and why they have devolved at some universities into organizations that are symbolic of the worst qualities of masculinity. Then we turn to Anthony’s six principled for revitalizing the potential of college fraternities in shaping great men.

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