January 31, 2012

Richard Armitage + Game of Thrones 2 Trailer + Virtual Super Bowl Bash(See buffet choices in latest poll) + Fabulous Friday

Past posts: March 2011--first one has comments that have to be the lengthiest discussion ever about the nature of RA's perambulation...

Want to hear RA's American accent? He might have more than one - I approve of this one (certain he'd be relieved to know that;) *chuckles* believe it's the third reading..they're all music to the ears..

Plethora of tweets saying someone just saw Daniel Radcliffe's new film 'The Woman in Black' and the viewer can't believe the resemblance to Richard Armitage -- thanks to bccmee for her clever vid..

Oh my!  Why would you possibly ever feel this is the appropriate outfit to wear?

Perhaps the only time would be if a certain 6'2" TDH picked you up to attend a Holiday party dressed like this...

Is it a case of severe crinkles?..no need to be concerned--it's not contagious;)
He's so shy....

The askmen.com website states in the following article that picking up girls isn't a science because we're "harder to figure out than the Riemann hypothesis." :) It's a humorous article - worth a read:

Every single poll of women says the same thing: The number one thing they look for in a man is confidence.
It's A Man's World" is a column on anything and everything related to the modern man, by Ian Lang.
Who doesn’t want to do better with the ladies? Even if you’re in a steady relationship (or even married), it’s nice to know you’ve still “got it” when it comes to the fairer sex. Sadly, nature (being the mother of all cock blocks) makes it difficult for us by making women harder to figure out than the Riemann hypothesis. This is good for women because it makes it such that only the most capable of suitors find themselves getting the ladies’ attention (a damning example of the 80/20 rule if I ever saw one).
Does this secret weapon even work?
Fortunately for men, all is not lost. Our secret weapon in the battle of the sexes is known as the dating coach, a “professional” who, ostensibly, has the know-how and skill necessary to transform Stan Marsh into Steve McQueen. [R: why would someone today use an example of a deceased movie star as an example of the highest standard for a chick magnet?  It's not as though there isn't a long list of today's alive and kissing actors to choose from]

(cont'd)Indeed, many companies and individuals advertise guaranteed results, though I’m not sure how they define a result. Thousands of men spend tens of thousands of dollars every year on books, seminars and boot camps hoping to improve their chances of consensual coitus.
There is such a thing as a good dating coach (I’m by and large a fan of David Wygant’s writing, here on AskMen and elsewhere, and there are a handful of other good dating gurus whose writing appears on this site), but most of these coaches are good at teaching men overall life skills and applying them specifically in a romantic setting. Because, really, that’s more or less what dating success boils down to -- social skills. Men who are able to read into social cues and respond accordingly are simply going to be more successful in any situation (including dating) than men who are not, regardless of looks, status, etc.
But instead of just teaching broad, common-sense concepts that would neither fill many pages nor be considered revolutionary to many readers, many dating gurus develop theories and strategies that promise to unlock the secrets of exactly what you need to say and do in order to score that hot half-Asian/half-Colombian girl beckoning you from across the bar (I know most guys like blondes, but it’s my column, so we’re using my fantasy).
Practice does not always make perfect
                         [Lee didn't seem to do too bad with practice makes perfect strategy]
(cont'd)To demonstrate my problem with this, I’m reminded of a fraternity brother of mine. He purchased some dating books and would often “try out” some of the lines on his female roommate. I give him a lot of credit for at least practicing, but, unsurprisingly, his roommate’s typical response was, “No, that probably wouldn’t work.” Similarly, I recall being in a bar in Stamford, CT, sitting next to two women who were maybe in their 30s. A guy my age approached and proceeded to spit out entire routines of canned pickup material. Despite making no headway whatsoever, he plowed ahead with all the finesse of a torch juggler, finally asking for and being denied phone numbers.
Both anecdotes represent the fundamental problem with any dating manual: There’s no such thing as a universally perfect pickup line.

[R: Oh, I don't know, JT's "look back at me" is usually the tipping point when most females watching North and South say to themselves - "if she won't, I will!!" haha  Another pick up/chat up line was in response to the question whether or not the Lucas North tatts were real - the reply: "why don't you come over and find out?"(delivered in a very seductive rathskellar level voice - on national TV! *teehee*).

(cont'd) My reasonably good-looking and successful fraternity brother’s lines fell flat for the same reason those of the nerdy kid did. It doesn’t matter how brilliant something is on paper or coming from someone else’s mouth, because if it’s not something that you would naturally say, women are going to know it. A chubby, awkward guy trying to demonstrate status by telling a girl his ex was a model will come across as less believable than a bunch of politicians playing an honest game of poker. For as much as dating books highlight women’s heightened ability to pick up on social cues, much of their advice centers on boldly ignoring that and misrepresenting yourself in one way or another.
Every single poll of women says the same thing: The number one thing they look for in a man is confidence. I don’t doubt this, but most men misunderstand or misconstrue what confidence really is. Going out of your way to demonstrate your value as a suitor is the opposite of confidence. All the money, all the status in the world is rendered moot when you have to flaunt it for attention.

Confidence is the starting place
[R: Actually IMO this isn't true for all women.  In my case, the guy who caught my permanent attention did not give me the impression he was Mr Cool & Confident when we first met.  In fact, one of my first thoughts about him was "he's seems so intelligent, has a great sense of humor but doesn't give off vibes of having nearly as much confidence as he should. hmmm..perhaps a li'l positive reinforcement from me could remedy that situation."  We were married a year later and have never looked back.  And, yes, his confidence increased dramatically.  Suddenly he was determined to set more ambitious career goals and didn't rest until they were reached]

(cont'd) Confidence is a result, not a cause. A lack of confidence isn’t necessarily the result of failure, but rather the failure to meet expectations. If you’re unemployed but feel like you should be working on Wall Street, then you’re not going to feel very comfortable in your own skin. But if you’re unemployed but have a realistic view of what you can do to get back on your feet, you’ll have a lot less anxiety. Women recognize that. Musicians get laid for two reasons: 1) They can play music, and 2) Most of them genuinely believe that the sky’s the limit in terms of their success. That kind of steadfast optimism and self-assuredness is intoxicating.
                     [Certainly Middle Earth's rock star - Thorin - does not lack confidence..]
If you find yourself failing with women, maybe the problem is less about the man you are and more about how comfortable you are being that man. Don’t look for pickup lines, cure-alls or secret codes, because none of it will work if you’re not in the right place mentally. Reevaluate your ambitions and goals, and you’ll start coming across to others (men and women alike) as more stable, easygoing and, most importantly, confident.
If you need a dating or life coach to help you do that, fine. Remember, if there really was a successful formula for figuring out women, whoever came up with it would be a lot richer and a lot more famous than any pickup artist you’ve heard of.
Read more: http://www.askmen.com/dating/curtsmith_600/665_how-to-talk-to-women.html?utm_campaign=Argyle%2BSocial-2012-02&utm_content=johnny&utm_medium=Argyle%2BSocial&utm_source=twitter&utm_term=2012-02-01-16-15-00#ixzz1lASZ17tk

Lucky woman! You're going to the Oscars ceremony with 'you know who' - Which dress will you wear? See latest poll...




January 25, 2012

Thorin Oakenshield's Genealogy + Richard Armitage Pic Smileathon + Daniel Radcliffe in The Woman in Black - See Poll

Always be prepared is the GirlScouts motto(or is it the boy scouts?) Either way it's definitely a good idea.  Therefore, just in case a miracle occurs in your life and you receive a phone call saying you're invited to attend some event with RA - you have the wardrobe for almost any occasion....denim, fleece lined jacket, more formal event when he might wear a suit/hot pink shirt -  or the worst scenario, if he shows up wearing Dr Track's orange jumpsuit - you have that covered as well...(a girl can  always dream;)

Thanks for the mention Angie :) appreciate it (easy to miss it but there's are 2 'r's in allthingsrarmitage;)

Thorin Oakenshield's family history in great detail:

Whoa! Hands off! He's ours;)*sniggers* - nice idea for a backboard for the single females out there..

                          PAST POST:  Nov 25, 2011 - Gollum rocks the Middle Earth drums:  http://allthingsrarmitage.blogspot.com/2011/11/thorin-company-hobbiting-around.html

A lovely RA fan on Twitter gave a 5 rating to the resemblance between RA and Daniel - she then added "Daniel smiles a lot more often".  Must have triggered my slight *cough* RA defense mechanism - as a result, here are some of my fav smiling Richard photos:

Latest poll asks - "on a scale of 1-10, with 10 meaning "huge resemblance" - how closely does Daniel Radcliffe resemble RA?


                       Downton Abbey vs Spartacus--Most ridiculous comparison ever:
I've never seen such great efforts taken to try to sell a sow's ear as a silk purse. (see link below to full article) IMO, there's only one reason why it's worth taking brief peeks(it's impossible to watch an entire ep) at the Starz series 'Spartacus'. That is, to take a glimpse at the new star - Liam McIntyre.  Yes, those who find it exciting to see blood spurting in 10 different directions, from fresh gaping wounds, have found nirvana in this series - usually within the first 5min of each new ep.  Unbelievably, the writer states both Downton Abbey and Spartacus are almost like watching the same show. *LOL* What a jaw-dropping inaccurate comparison that is! It triggered incredible amazement over the lengths a person will go to justify watching the brutal crapola displayed during every hour of the gladiator epic.  There are so few scenes in the Starz series, without the gruesome butchery, that it's almost impossible to even care about the storyline.  The writer does admit there's plenty of gratuitous gladiator sex, and this season the gorgeous new lead will of course participate - therefore, we can only hope the writers will start to fade out the blood and gore and instead allow the handsome, muscle rippling hunks to obey the 20th century flower childrens' command - "Make love - not war!"


January 21, 2012

Richard Armitage on List of Top 10 Actors w/Smoothest Voices(see link) + Commenters Speculate re Panther, Tiger or Domestic Cat? + RA Youtube Channel(link below) + A Tail of Two Movies - Is it a CATastrophe?(see vid) + Richard Armitage: Interview Guy 2

EXCERPT:  9. Richard Armitage

I first had the pleasure of enjoying Armitage’s magnetic performance in BBC’s North & South (see the proposal scene below). As if his dark looks weren’t swoon-worthy enough, he’s got such a deep, breathy voice to match. No wonder he’s made voice-over work his second career, lending that golden pipes of his to narrating documentaries, audiobooks, and various radio work. I LOVE The Hobbit trailer largely because Armitage gets to sing as Thorin… I sure hope he gets a ton of lines in the movie as well.


Youtube has collected the over 3600 Richard Armitage videos and assigned them a channel:

2012 Oscar Nominations announced:


Indulge me--following is my huge contribution to the over 3600 RA fanvids on youtube *snort, chuckle* ;)