Recent content by GCurtis

  1. Keeping Discipline Past New Year's Resolutions

    Keeping Discipline Past New Year's Resolutions

    With the start of a new year, a lot of people are making their resolutions for the coming months. There are the usual ones: people want to lose weight, kick bad habits, make more money, and so on. But, there’s a lot more to getting those things done than signing up for a gym membership and...
  2. Ten Habits of Disciplined People

    Ten Habits of Disciplined People

    When it comes to maintaining discipline, for example, to keep a New Year’s Resolution, the key to doing that is both simple, and difficult to master. The key to maintaining discipline, I find, is to develop habits that you can keep consistently, and that will help you reach your broader goals...
  3. Oven Roasted Prime Rib

    Oven Roasted Prime Rib

    Now that the holidays are upon us, it’s time to start planning some excellent holiday meals. The other day, I noticed that my local grocery store had standing beef rib roasts on sale, and I thought that I’d give it a try. Following some advice from my dad, who has made this before to great...
  4. Ten Easy Ways to Improve Your Living Space

    Ten Easy Ways to Improve Your Living Space

    Over the past few years, I’ve spent a lot of time at home, between working remotely, teaching from my home office, and, finally, wrapping up my first book-length project. Given the nature of my work, as well as long-lasting pandemics that might force us all inside for a long time, I want to...
  5. Ten Gift Ideas for Men

    Ten Gift Ideas for Men

    With the holidays coming up quickly, and birthdays being pretty constant, it can be a struggle to brainstorm what the men in your life might want for a gift. Here, I’m going to offer ten ideas that I think most men will enjoy as gifts. Generally, I like gifts that last a long time and are...
  6. How to Properly Care for Leather Shoes and Boots

    How to Properly Care for Leather Shoes and Boots

    Whether you got them as a gift or for yourself, a quality pair of leather shoes or boots can last a lifetime, if you take care of them. In this piece, I’ll be going through the methods that I use to keep my leather shoes and boots in the best shape that I can, even in wet and humid weather down...
  7. Craft Beer Review:  Hollywood Bushka Stout

    Craft Beer Review: Hollywood Bushka Stout

    With the weather cooling down a little bit, I think it’s a good time to discuss a little heartier beer than the lagers we like to drink in the summer. This time, I’m going with a local brew, the Hollywood Brewing company Bushka Stout. As usual with these reviews, I’ll talk about the beer...
  8. Ten Cold Weather Meals

    Ten Cold Weather Meals

    With the weather in a lot of the Northern hemisphere getting cooler and wetter, now is a good time to take a look at some foods that will help shake off the chills. Here, I’m going to walk you through ten of my fall and winter favorites. Where I am in Miami, it’s been unseasonably cold and...
  9. Make Better Coffee for $15

    Make Better Coffee for $15

    As an academic, I think my blood-caffeine content, most of the time, is well above what the FDA would consider being a good idea. But, all of my experience with coffee has led me to try to get to a cup of coffee that is good, cheap, gets me up in the morning, and doesn’t take too much time out...
  10. Changing Our Consumer Habits in Uncertain Times

    Changing Our Consumer Habits in Uncertain Times

    Right now, there are tens of thousands of cargo containers, filled with everything from cars to computers, sitting off of America’s coasts, and we can’t unload them fast enough to meet consumer demands. Aside from that most recent shipping debacle, the past two years have been a jarring...
  11. Ten Bond-Inspired Style Tips

    Ten Bond-Inspired Style Tips

    With the recent release in No Time To Die, Daniel Craig’s last Bond film, I thought this would be a good time to think about men’s style. One of the things that most interested me about the movie from a style perspective is how many different outfits and settings we saw. The contemporary Bond...
  12. Film Review: No Time To Die

    Film Review: No Time To Die

    Spoiler Alert: This review is a discussion of No Time To Die, 2021’s James Bond Film. I’ll be talking about substantial parts of the plot. If you want to see it, but haven’t, here is my one-paragraph, spoiler-free version: No Time To Die is, in my view, the best Bond film to date. It has all...
  13. Ten Tools and Tips for Returning to The Office After Working from Home

    Ten Tools and Tips for Returning to The Office After Working from Home

    With at least parts of the world getting back to normal as COVID19 gets more under control, a lot of us are going back to the office. I recently did so, teaching on campus for the first time in over a year, and it’s been a bit of an adjustment. Here, I want to share some of my experiences as...
  14. Craft Beer Review: Einstock Toasted Porter

    Craft Beer Review: Einstock Toasted Porter

    With the weather finally cooling down a bit, it’s a great time to start considering heartier spirits. This week at my local liquor store, the guys behind the counter recommend Einstock’s Toasted porter. As usual for my reviews, I’ll go over the maker of the spirit first. From there, I get into...
  15. What's Bitcoin and Why is China Banning it?

    What's Bitcoin and Why is China Banning it?

    As an academic who teaches both political science and computer science, this is has been an interesting week as my two academic fields have collided in real life. So, I thought this would be a good chance to examine what, exactly, Bitcoin is, and why China has recently banned trading it and...
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