Helping Men Survive the 4th Week of May
Every week here at The Dignified Devil, we spend a lot of time thinking about how we can help the modern man survive the modern world. This week of course is no different. Today we explore the apps, the tools, the gadgets and the books that will enlighten the modern man as he navigates his way through his week. These are the things that are worth a man’s time, money, attention and space in his Junk Drawer.
Many successful men have been compelled to achieve by an insatiable desire to find happiness. ‘If I could just…then I would be happy.’ Achieving that one thing, they find emptiness and must create a new impediment to overcome. While the cycle enables achievement, it masks the truth in a negative framework. Perhaps this phenomenon inspired Mads Hagstrøm, perhaps he just has a wicked sense of humor, perhaps he achieved enlightenment…. Whatever the inspiration, the product is fantastic. FLOWmarket “materializes our immaterial needs,” reminding us the virtues we most need in life are not found in objects we can buy and sell at the market. Each can is labeled not for what it contains, but what you can fill it with. Clever; witty; dignified.
Baseball Glove Wallets
The last major American sport to refrain from salary caps and budget limits, baseball is a unique expression of American values. Rich in tradition, bloated by its excesses, baseball is vintage society. There may be no more appropriate expression of baseball’s nature than the repurposed vintage Baseball Glove Wallet from Coach. Limited to 200 pieces in each style, this is more than a wallet; it is a cultural talisman, bending time to bring the past and future together in one extravagant accessory. With a price worthy of the most lucrative of baseball’s guaranteed contracts, this relic of baseball’s glorious past seamless blends with the weight of its modern riches.
The Historical Atlas of New York City
By Eric Homberger and Alice Hudson
The Historical Atlas of New York City, second edition, chronicles four hundred years of Gotham’s rich past, regaling readers with tales from the initial settlement of 270 people in thirty log houses to John Jacob Astor’s meteoric rise from humble fur trader to the most powerful man in the city to the fascinating ethnic mixture that is modern Queens. Full-color maps, charts, photographs, drawings, and mini-essays fill this encyclopedic volume, tracing the historical development and cultural relevance of American’s first city. A fascinating chronicle of the life of a metropolis, The Historical Atlas of New York City provides a vivid and unique perspective on the nation’s cultural capital.
SAS Survival Guide
By Haper Collins and trellisys.com
Too many a modern man is trapped in the zoo that is suburban living. Divorced from his primitive survivalist ancestry, he is ill-equipped for the challenges of natural world. Fortunately, John “Lofty” Wiseman has chronicled the secrets of survival in his SAS Survival Guide. The guide has been lauded as the definitive source for all things natural survival and now it has been translated into the digital domain. The SAS Survival Guide app contains the full text of the book, videos, photo galleries, first aid, a sun compass…a modern translation of primitive survival.
Available: iTunes app Store
RENU Modular iPhone Charger
We all know the frustration of needing an outlet to charge our rapidly dying phone battery and being nowhere near one. Many of us would also like to reduce our dependency on the expensive, environmentally-destructive production of electricity. Enter the RENU Modular Iphone Charger. This marvelous bit of modern technology is a solar panel/battery pack which can charge itself in the sun, then deliver power to your phone when you need it. Green energy that saves you some green in the long run; that’s living smarter.
By Duct Tape
Duct tape is a magical elixir for mechanical objects in need of quick repair. Macgyver wouldn’t be caught dead without it and never died no matter how desperate his situation because he always had a roll on his hip. Duct tape can literally do anything: keep you warm and prevent frost bite should you get lost in a blizzard; bandage an open wound and stop bleeding should you get mauled by a tiger; suture an open wound should you get shanked in prison; prevent blisters should you have to make an extra-long walk of shame; remove warts (no seriously); brace a twisted/broken ankle/wrist/arm; water-proof your shoes; secure objects to the bottom of a table or if you need to execute a corrupt police captain, secure a handgun behind a vintage toilet; trap insects; braid into rope…the only thing duct tape can’t do is make your imagination come up with new ways to use duct tape. Now you can get designer duct tape with stylish patterns or your alma mater’s logo. “Thank you” is the appropriate response. You’re welcome.
Maker’s Mark Cigars
By Ted’s Cigars
We love a good cigar and we love a good bourbon and now the fine folks at Ted’s Cigars have brought them together. The Maker’s Mark cigar is a unique smoking experience. Featuring long-leaf tobacco grown in the Dominican Republic and bourbon distilled from red wheat in the Kentucky countryside, this cigar stands alone. The cigar is aromatically enhanced by Maker’s Mark Bourbon, but the bourbon never touches the tobacco, preserving its integrity. The flavor is unmistakable. Sealed in a glass tube and hand-dipped in Maker’s Mark’s iconic red wax, the cigar is housed in an air-tight container ideal for travel, the golf course, or any excursion where a humidor isn’t available. To smoke, savor, and relax, just add fire.
Price: $8.00 – $11.00