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Inspiring men thread

Post by Umnir » Sep 14th, 2011, 18:39

So, here it be, the thread I had in my mind to summon.
In order to balance the things and thangs in universe, here be the thread about men who either inspire you or make your pants wet (whatever sex you are).
Do be aware that I put emphasis on vanity/admiration factor here, instead of how you admire someone of their deeds etc. Nothing as straight as male saying "daaaaymn that guy is fucking handsome". We are all biased, but I'd want to keep it somewhere in line of posting people who are charismatic to you yet have the looks

So here are some for starters:

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Toshiro Mifune. One of Akira Kurosawa's trusted actors, very physical and handsome (you know if you've seen his movies). He had presence unlike anyone, and had swordplay that no one has bettered until today as far as acting goes.

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Tonly Leung. Perhaps more "femine", yet very handsome and good looking actor mostly familiar for me from Wong Kar-Wai's sentimental movies of sad and lost souls.

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Freddie Mercury of The Queen. Man... did he have frame. Not really on my very top list, but wanted to add him anyway because of the "face carved with axe" as we say... yet carved with very skill.. and can't beat those porno stache.

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Ice Cube. Yea. First of all, he is amongst the original gangsta and one of the best rappers on the planet. On top of that, I've always found his face stature somehow pleasing. He also reminds me of good friend, though might have no similarities amongst other people.

As a creator of this thread, I kindly request to keep this thread clean if possoble. No mean to go "post nekkid men" and the rules of posty apply here too ofcourse...

So there you go.
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Post by Daedalus » Sep 14th, 2011, 19:57

This thread needs White men! Let me thus follow up with just some of the handsome devils who I find inspirational:

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Nikola Tesla! Heartthrob of Eastern Europe, this gentleman genius was polite and obsessed with cleanliness. He was one of the few scientists in recent times who could be called an intellectual giant with complete confidence. He had a way of seeing the world that was somehow removed from his contemporaries - he could observe a problem and construct a hypothetical and rational solution purely through power of thought. Had Fate been kinder, the world might well have been a very different place thanks to this visionary. His exploits and manner did not go unnoticed by the ladies, but he was truly a man of his craft and thought that women would only distract him from his experiments. Despite his quirks which frequently come with brilliance, he was a kindly and honorable man, and we have him to thank for much of our technological advantages in this day, and were it not for him we wouldn't have a cool eighth weapon in Blood!

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Henry Ford, creator of Ford Motor Company. Another visionary who helped bring about enormous change in the world. Through his company and vision the world was advanced through the assembly line. Despite being a shrewd businessman, he always had a sense of fairness towards his customer base and is historical proof that a first class mogul can have the needs of the customer at heart and not seek to profit through exploitation. If only the modern CEO could be more like this character, the world would be far more stable. Naturally his company has since become another face in simple corporatism, but it is an interesting intellectual feat to dwell on what might've come about if more men of his caliber had been present during the day - and if their children could've followed their fathers' example!

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Charles Lindbergh. This man has too many exploits to list here, but to sum him up in a word - determination. A victim of tragedy, but always clinging to what he felt to be the right path and seeing it followed through. An expert in aviation, which was a romantic craft back in the day, it was on more than one occasion during his humble beginnings of delivering important mail by air that his aircraft was lost due to weather conditions and he survived, with his first concern being to locate and make sure the mail was delivered promptly! Now that's a strong sense of duty! What can I say? He's a looker as well. Image

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Re: Inspiring men thread

Post by Panoptic Blur » Sep 15th, 2011, 23:06

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Zhou Enlai: The West probably knows Zhou best as the silver-tongued, diplomatic premier under Chairman Mao during the Nixon talks - but the man himself is well-loved in his native China and non-aligned states. Zhou was famous for his work ethic, his generosity, and his political sense of moderation. In a period when corrupt officials from all parties exploited the Chinese populace, Zhou Enlai adopted numerous war orphans. At a time when fellow revolutionaries betrayed each other and fell before the private assassination squads, Zhou's calm demeanor and articulate speech saved him - allowing him to walk free from before the hit squads' gun barrels on more than one occasion. When his own Communist party began its slide into corruption, cultural desecration, and political killings, Zhou did what he could to remain a voice for moderation, saving numerous priceless cultural sites and as many political victims as possible from the extremist mobs.

While Chairman Mao's own personal slide into excess is well-documented, Zhou appeared to remain motivated by a genuine political goal to use his office for good governance. Zhou has been reported to be the "last generation" of traditional Confucianist mandarin officials to come out of the Chinese Imperial Bureaucracy before its dissolution. Somehow, those ethics and ideals remained throughout revolution and chaos, embodied in his "middle road" approach. Zhou was hardly a mere bookworm, either - throughout the revolution, he commanded army units and guerrilla bands alike, sharpening his blade against Nationalists and Japanese fascists alike, and embarking on (and surviving) the epic "Long March" tactical retreat.

Erudite and educated (he was proficient in English and studied abroad in France before coming home to the revolution), Zhou was nonetheless a quiet presence. In the Nixon talks, Kissinger aides recalled that Mao would dominate the room, but Zhou would suffuse it. When strident anti-Communist Adlai Stevenson (then the US ambassador) refused to shake Zhou's hand at a public meeting, Zhou deftly defused the situation with a faint smile and a Gallic shrug of the shoulders. When Soviet leader Khrushchev needled him for his privileged background (compared to Khrushchev's own coal miner background), Zhou Enlai admitted that they did at least have one thing in common - they were both traitors to their class.

Zhou's legacy was cemented with his death in 1976 - Chinese citizens mourned him in large spontaneous public gatherings, despite government prohibitions (Zhou had fallen out with Mao). Even the Chairman's own death months later drew only muted shows of grief in comparison. Zhou remains respected today amongst Chinese for his emphasis of humility over hyperbole, endurance over excess, and his Confucianist dedication to doing what good he could, given the limitations of war, social upheaval, and monstrous masters.
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Re: Inspiring men thread

Post by Panoptic Blur » Sep 15th, 2011, 23:22

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Sterling Hayden: Perhaps best known for his roles in "Dr. Strangelove" and "The Godfather", Hayden made a reputation playing Hollywood authority figures. Being 2m tall will do that to you, as would having a square-jawed, no-nonsense air and poster-model good looks. Most Hollywood actors only get to play the action hero, but Hayden actually filled out the role in his real life, too.

He left school early and joined the crew of a schooner, eventually working as a fireman on the rough-and-tumble decks and winning his own command on a steamer at age 22. Hollywood found him shortly thereafter, but then again World War II did, too. Left to choose between the two, Hayden chose the war - changing his name and joining the Marines to sail the seas and kick ass.

He sailed supply ships, worked on covert ops planning, and finally became a paratrooper himself, parachuting into fascist-held Croatia. He won numerous US military decorations, as well as a commendation from Yugoslavian leader Marshal Tito.

As a husband, his record was mixed - two failed marriages. But as a father, his dedication was unquestionable. He would defy studio contracts and court orders alike to ensure the safety and well-being of his kids, at one time sailing with his four children from the US to Tahiti. Later in life, dissatisfied with the easy money of movie acting, he suspended his acting career to force himself to pursue his intellectual passion for writing.

Hayden died of prostate cancer at the age of 70, in all likelihood still strong enough to kick any offending idiot's ass hard enough to orbit the known world twice and decapitate a nearby homeless guy the following Thursday.
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Re: Inspiring men thread

Post by Panoptic Blur » Sep 15th, 2011, 23:28

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Yuri Gagarin. No explanation needed.
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Re: Inspiring men thread

Post by Umnir » Sep 16th, 2011, 07:40

Good panoptic, thank you. I shall contribute again soon.
Though I have to say, that this went perhaps too much towards merits than admiring axe carved faces.
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Re: Inspiring men thread

Post by Panoptic Blur » Sep 16th, 2011, 15:56

Umnir dude, nobody could fault you for posting Freddie Mercury :)

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Also, in case you missed it on his 65th birthday, a Google doodle video:




Fun fact - Freddie Mercury was originally born Farokh Bulsara, the son of two Indian parents who had been stationed in Zanzibar (modern day Tanzania). Although few people knew it, he was very likely one of the first big Indian rock stars in the West.
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Post by Umnir » Sep 16th, 2011, 16:04

Yea, aware of those :D
But, I just didn't mean Freddie. I sorta intended this thread to be borderline gay stuff (except women)... ohwell :D
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Re: Inspiring men thread

Post by Panoptic Blur » Sep 16th, 2011, 16:54

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Post by kurt » Sep 16th, 2011, 20:05

Umnir wrote: I sorta intended this thread to be borderline gay stuff
Why borderlne? If you want a gay thread Umnir, then go all the way!


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Liberace was quite possibly one of the gayest men to have ever lived. He had a lovely candelabra and he entertained the world with his delightful piano playing and flamboyant personality. Liberace is no longer gay following his death at the age of 67 in 1987.

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Richard Simmons, as seen on tv! He is full of so much gayness that he simply cannot sit still. Now well into his sixties he still delights the world with his dancing, aerobics, and flamboyant personality.

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Charles Nelson Reily was a world famous actor and comedian. He delighted the world with his flamboyant gayness. He was cremated in 2007 but unfortunately he was not actually dead at the time.
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