Your own home arcade using RetroPie on Raspberry Pi 3 (Model B)

A couple weeks ago I wrote about messing around with the Raspberry Pi and how it made me a hobby hacker again. In that post I mentioned the desire to build an Emulation Station so Abby and I could play old video games. That project has become much more of a reality and has been increasingly enjoyable.

The RetroPie Emulation Station lives inside a little 3” x 5” black box on my entertainment stand. This little beauty contains every game console from Atari to PS1, including full MAME library, DOOM Engine (Yea!) DOS Box, the works. It cost about $80 and a few weekends full of patience and perseverance. The reward was well worth it, and fulfilled not only the childhood dream of having a working arcade in my house. It opened up worlds of possibilities in micro-comupting, I never knew were there.

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Citrus Vinaigrette

Salads have become a regular on my menu. Which means I am making salad dressings just as much. Since I totally despise bottled dressing, which is usually mass produced with tons of preservatives. Not to mention it makes that nice bed of leafy greens less nutritious than a stick of bubble gum. There is also no imagination to it. And there is my inner Alton Brown. Who would never forgive me for not making my own. So, I have been experimenting.

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Can we take a moment and talk about the baseball cap? Because you may be using it too much, guy.

Many men have the propensity to allow the casual nature of their twenties, creep well into their style habits during their thirties. No element of style is more evidence of this than the baseball cap. While it is a versatile casual accessory, it can be misused by many of our brethren.

The largest epidemic of misuse is too many men in their thirties sporting their cap backwards or cocked to the side like. It is really unflattering, quite juvenile and honestly not helping. Wearing your cap backwards speaks to a lack of desire to put away childish looks along with the childish things. Allow yourself to evolve. Reserve the cap backwards for when you are elbows deep in a ’84 Porsche 911 930/20 engine. Not when you are out on the town with the lady.

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These Three Pairs of Shoes Should Be The Foundation of Your Wardobe!

Let’s start with the bottom and work our way up. Since we are new at this and all, and by we, I mean me. Shoes are a very important element to any style.  It really does not matter what you do daily, your shoes are something you should give a bit more thought to. I promise I will not promote dressing up in fancy shoes everyday. However, shoes can make an outfit, and in some occasions add a bit of playfulness to your style. Continue reading These Three Pairs of Shoes Should Be The Foundation of Your Wardobe!


Welcome! I’m Johnny and I want to be a gentleman.

There are many constants that exist in my life, and one of the most prevalent, has been my quest to be a gentleman. My inspiration for this began with Carey Grant. when I was maybe 5 or 6 years old. My mother was watching To Catch a Thief while I sat and ate a some kind of sandwich.  It was a Saturday on the cusp of spring and summer. There, on the screen, sat Carey, picnicking in the south of France with Grace Kelly, and it forever became my image of a man, sharp as a blade and all class. At that young age I was unable to really express that, I did not have the outlet but I was hooked. I wanted to be this person, I wanted to be this kind of man. Continue reading Welcome! I’m Johnny and I want to be a gentleman.


Style Yourself

Being a fashionable man is not for everyone. I recognize that. Fact is, there are certain barriers to entry when caring about men’s style. I am not quite sure what all of those barriers are, however I know they are there.  I think some of these barriers can be removed by finding your personal style, then putting together a good foundation in your wardrobe.  You never know…you may actually find out you like it.

Style, in my mind, is a personal journey. What works well for some may not work well for others. There are men out there that look quite fashionable in double breasted suits. I do not. You have to be open to explore the possibilities. Style can be many things but what is most important is that you feel confidence in it. This is admittedly a difficult task. However, if you are able to establish a good foundation, it is very rewarding. Finding your style has the ability to change a person.  Mostly for the better I think.  Just because you are doing it from the outside in does not mean it cannot be good.

When I think of style I do not just think about sharp suits and wingtip shoes.  A man can look stylish in jeans and a t-shirt if worn correctly. I know that may seem a little silly, but once your eyes are open to style, you will know when something is worn incorrectly.  For example, a striped tie against a striped shirt makes you look like a pillock, trust me.

Style is also more than clothes, it is about the elements of your life that make you interesting.  Your hobbies, likes, dislikes, how you work or play games, etc.  It’s how you carry yourself.  Your walk, talk, and most importantly how you treat others. Take the time to find your style and I promise the experience will be rewarding. The outer expression of your inner self, is your style and it should never be a second thought.