Throughout time gentlemen have harnessed the power of technology and different tools to improve their lives and to become the best gentleman they could be. Cave-gentlemen used flint and steel to start fires. Ancient soldiers smelted different metals to create stronger swords and weapons. Mariners used astrolabes and compasses to conquer the seas. The Colt revolver became the go-to tool for many a gentleman in the 19th century, and it helped tame the Wild West.
Fast-forward to today. The technological wheel of progress now spins at lightning speeds. If a gentleman wishes to thrive in today’s world, he needs to embrace new technology and new tools. For many gentlemen, their go-to, everyday tool is their smart phone. What was once just a device to make simple phone calls, now can be used to navigate cities, send emails, and even teach essential man skills. Sure, it’s not as rugged or “manly” as, say, a broadsword or a battle axe, but in today’s world it is just as useful. Plus, there’s something pretty powerful about being able to hold a tool that can do a thousand different things in the palm of your hand. (Not that powerful thing you just thought of, mind…)
And so to the iPhone. After three years on the market, the iPhone has spawned over 50,000 different apps that both entertain and help us be more productive. With so many apps to choose from, it can be overwhelming to sift the chaff from the wheat. With that in mind, we compiled this short list of iPhone apps that a gentleman might find particularly useful (and sometimes entertaining).
Men’s Health Workouts
If you are looking to improve one’s physique, investigate the Men’s Health Workouts App. The app comes preloaded with over 20 of the magazine’s most popular workouts. Additionally, the app features step-by-step instructions on how to perform each exercise and a logging feature so you can record your weight and reps for each exercise. Additionally, the app includes a timer to help manage your resting periods.
SAS Survival Guide
For over two decades, the SAS Survival Guide has been the definitive book on surviving any situation, anywhere in the world. Now you can have access to this popular survival guide on your iPhone. Not only does the SAS Survival Guide app have the full text of the book, you also get 16 survival motion videos, a photo gallery of edible and poisonous plants, a sun compass, and a rigorously detailed first aid section. You can argue that an app like this would be pretty useless when you are actually out in the wild. When you run out of power or drop your phone in a river, you’re pretty much S.O.L. But I think the point of the app is to use it as more of a study guide. Read it while you are in one’s coach or waiting in line at the postal office. When you are lost in the wild you will have the vital wisdom stored in your skull.
How To Cook Everything
One’s wench has been feeling quite poorly lately and so one must provide one’s own dietary requirements. How to Cook Anything App, based on Mark Bittman’s bestselling cookbook with the same name, supplies all the wench replacing recipes instruction you require when wenchless, replete with 2,000 different recipes and hundreds of menu ideas. When one selects a recipe, one can generate a shopping list in a snap. Another remarkable feature is the recipe timer. Whenever a recipe instructs you to cook something for a certain amount of time, you can bring up a small timer with the requisite time preloaded. Bravo!