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Orchestral Gentleman 12/12/20(Thu)02:54 No. 1857 [Reply]

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Good day or evening, gentlemen! What are your preferences when it comes musical finery? I'll start:
One of my personal favorites is Berlioz's Symphony Fantastique, of that I've had the pleasure of performing and listening to whenever I am able.

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Sophisticated Gentleman 14/02/09(Sun)22:47 No. 2703

Ah, yes. A quite embarrassing mistake, but I thank you for correcting me without undue reprimand. That aside, I agree with your tastes. Electroswing seems to combine two relatively lively and popular (in their times) genres into an enjoyable third genre. But one cannot forget the roots, and what fine roots indeed.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/04/12(Sat)01:14 No. 2747

Scott Joplin particularly "Solace" and the opera "Treemonisha". also the occasional musical especially shows such as Ragtime and Spring Awakening. Ragtime has incredibly clear and rich orchestrations in the turn of the century style lots of solo instruments and percussion. Spring awakening is much more minimal and even uses rock but only sparingly and does so excellently. Particulary nice is the use of the string quartet with the other instruments in an almost impressionist style. reminds me quite a bit of the debussy string quartet 3rd movement.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/04/18(Fri)21:22 No. 2757

As a gentleman oft pressed with the vicissitudes of life, I lean towards sharp, coarse compositions. Names such as Schnitke and Cowell are usually in order. Prokofiev, in particular, is quite deserving in this category. Of course, amongst polite company and friendly camaraderie I will quote the works of Bach and Chopin as well, as any other proper man of letter would.

dhiwhe 14/03/26(Wed)18:27 No. 2739 [Reply]

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how good is porpoise meat?

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/04/10(Thu)02:20 No. 2746

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how evil is porpoise meat?

is porpoise meat beyond good and evil?

let's ask this guy.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/04/16(Wed)22:40 No. 2753

I was advised to try chancho marino when I was in Peru as part of the "pick something of the menu at random and see if it's any good" experience thinking it was some kind of Peruvian surf 'n' turf.

I received an oversized tuna steak (I love tuna steak) but the flavour was a bit more mellow and it had a smoother texture. Half-way through my friend translated it for me and I immediately regretted not taking a photo before hand to show off my achievement.

So, to answer your question, it's quite good, but I prefer tuna.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/04/18(Fri)21:08 No. 2756

Think of squirrel meat mixed with stewed alligator liver sauteed in shark oil and spruce. That's the approximate taste.

Like for Swag Ragnarox 13/07/07(Sun)21:35 No. 2428 [Reply]

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Share for class.

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Sophisticated Gentleman 14/04/15(Tue)21:13 No. 2751


Was p sure OPs post was for parody, but now less sure.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/04/18(Fri)01:30 No. 2754

Gentlemen, please. Your collective conduct is rather unbecoming. As users of this board, it is your duty to act and speak in a civilised manner. I can see that there are certain disagreements in this thread, however I see no need for foul language and name calling.

In regards to the OP; I'm afraid I shall not be sharing this image with my acquaintances, for comedic purposes or otherwise. I apologize for disappointing you.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/04/18(Fri)21:05 No. 2755

The questioned posited by the OP's gentleman in the picture is indeed of utmost importance. The search of a random generator, based solely on deterministic rules, seem to be a contradiction in itself and yet, one that is continually advanced. While no current scheme is perfect they are often within the error mark of many systems and they certainly took more than two days to formulate.

As for the gentleman's attire, I must say quite dandy.

help Sophisticated Gentleman 14/03/05(Wed)04:25 No. 2714 [Reply]

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Sophisticated Gentleman 12/12/09(Sun)02:25 No. 1820 [Reply]

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Nothing makes my day quite like putting on a custom tailored suit. I swear if I was poor, I'd be a tailor just so all my clothes would fit properly. What would you say makes your day, gents?

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/01/16(Thu)04:03 No. 2670

My day is made when I get some fresh air. I live in a little town which has an alarming number of trees lining the streets, so the air is very clear and clean.

Sophisticated Gentleman 13/12/25(Wed)22:41 No. 2652 [Reply]

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Would you fine folk consider electronic cigarettes to be classy?

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Sophisticated Gentleman 13/12/29(Sun)21:07 No. 2657

The device itself cannot be classy. Like any smoking peripheral, it depends on how you carry yourself while using it.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/01/02(Thu)21:54 No. 2658

As long as it can be repurposed to blow bubbles.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/01/04(Sat)02:52 No. 2659

One could enjoy the occasional pipe or cigar while staying classy as long as all of it is of high quality and it is done simply for the pleasure of the quality while staying classy but other than that tobaccy is never classy. It's about as classy as having tattoos or soiling oneself.

Gourmet chefs among us: A question Sophisticated Gentleman 12/12/11(Tue)04:06 No. 1831 [Reply]

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Cast iron or nonstick?

My mind is already made up for the cast iron camp. My go to skillet is a Lodge 12". I know cast iron cooking takes a bit more knowledge. Seasoning of the metal must be understood. The thought of dish soap removed.

Good, heavy, cast iron, heats so evenly and cooks so cleanly that I've shunned the other option. Has nonstick technology caught up to the point of wanting to pass cookware down generation like well treated cast iron? I think of all the pans I've seen with the nonstick surface worn off. Shudders.

I hate the idea I may be holding on to an old school method simply because its an old school method. I'm the first to say old is not always better. But I have yet to see an improvement in my opinion. Even if the nonstick coating is Perfect, if its on a thin pan, the heat wont be spread correctly.

TL:DR Cast iron or nonstick

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Sophisticated Gentleman 13/12/11(Wed)21:10 No. 2634

Cast iron is just too much to deal with and requires a lot of grapseed, olive and vegetable oils
Ceramic non stick is hardly non stick and gets scortched at the bottom and gets hard to clean after awhile.
I prefer stone ware

Sophisticated Gentleman 13/12/15(Sun)21:43 No. 2638

I prefer non-stick, because I know how to care for it by not using sharp metal (i.e. anything but a metal spatula) on it. I might learn to like cast iron if I knew how to care for it. To be honest, I only learned not to use soap on it just last Thanksgiving.

Sophisticated Gentleman 13/12/16(Mon)07:14 No. 2639

I like cooking in mine, but I find cleaning it to be a real chore sometimes- it's no where near as easy as my carbon steel wok, due to the fairly rough texture of a new pan and the angled sides- Fish, sausages etc are fine in it, but cleaning after cooking bacon or steak is really hard- water doesn't remove the gunk, you have to wipe it out manually, and it uses up loads of kitchen towels.

The sear I get on those steaks though is amazing, far superior to my older creuset cast iron non stick frying pan.

Frank!Oq/9NMk1yg 13/11/26(Tue)01:35 No. 2618 [Reply]

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Gentlemen of /class/, I have discovered an online store for all your grooming, smoking and general welfare of living, right here on the interweb:
What's that? Why yes it is a british shop. Well what did you expect.

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Sophisticated Gentleman 13/12/01(Sun)07:40 No. 2622

so is smoking pipe worse for you than cigarettes? I've been thinking about getting into it.

Frank!Oq/9NMk1yg 13/12/04(Wed)17:22 No. 2627

I heard most people prefer the smell, pipe smoking is all about flavour.

Sophisticated Gentleman 13/12/08(Sun)10:43 No. 2633

Smoking a pipe is not as deadly as smoking a cigarette. You still run a high risk of throat cancer, as well as other mouth and throat related diseases. You also run a higher risk of black hairy tongue if you smoke a pipe, because the smoke remains in your mouth for a longer time and dries it out. The unsightliness of the black hairy tongue is quite ungentlemanly, I assure you.

Your first pipe should be made from briar. Don't get yourself a corncob, they're probably the worst pipes available. Don't get meerschaum, it takes an experienced smoker to season it without cracking the bowl. Don't get clay, they break too easily. Don't get metal, they condensate and the condensation collects tar, which combines to form a big drop of crap that gets sucked straight into your mouth, despite any filter you may have. Don't get composite, it's rare that a composite pipe will be of high quality. Don't get a water filtered pipe (no, I don't mean the glass ones, I mean a legitimate water filtered smoking pipe), they tend to spill easily and stink to high heaven, not to mention that one wrong drag can give you a mouthful of nasty water. Briar. Briar, briar, briar. Cherrywood is fine too, but it's a less common pipe material.

Pipes tend to be a "you get what you pay for" type of product. If you want a rugged, durable, high quality, no hassle pipe, you're going to have to shell out more than $60 for one. Do you want an affordable pipe, say, less than $30? Well, prepare to deal with cracks, weak stem plastic, constant clogging, uneven heat distribution, inadequate air flow, and so on. Anything in between that price range, I have found to be hit or miss.

You want a good air flow, something you can breathe through without discomfort, but the hole shouldn't be so large that tobacco could get sucked in. Some people use filters, some don't. I prefer my pipes unfiltered because the increased air flow makes it so that the tobacco stays lit longer, and I don't have to keep dragging or lighting it as often.

Don't worry about how to pack it, every pipe smoker messes it up when they start out. When I smoke with my friends I have to pack it for them every time, and then I have to light it for them because they don't know how to do it themselves. You'll get it eventually if you smoke often enough. The basic idea is to pinch a wad of tobacco on top of the bowl with your thumb, then massage it in. Make sure you have a good air flow by taking an unlit drag, but also make sure the tobacco isn't loose. Light it with a match or a zippo until the ember is even. Yeah, you can use a zippo, only anal purists will freak if you use anything but a match. It won't taste as good for like, the first couple of drags. After that the taste is pretty much Message too long. Click here to view the full text.

Classical Piano Ben Heindermey 13/12/04(Wed)08:58 No. 2625 [Reply]

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Hello fellow gentlemen, I would like to know what your opinion of Paul Schlozer's two etudes is.

The fine and lost art of gift-giving NewGuy 13/09/08(Sun)21:07 No. 2527 [Reply]

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Dear gentlemen of /class/, I believe I might benefit from your advice: I am looking to resume correspondence with a man whom I respect. I intend to meet him with a classy gift, but am having difficulty choosing. [details to follow]

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Sophisticated Gentleman 13/10/17(Thu)15:58 No. 2577

i second this motion

there is nothing more valuable than a good fountain pen; the calligraphy that emanates from such an item is nothing short of exquisite.

perhaps a first or rare edition of a novel he admires may do the trick also?

Sophisticated Gentleman 13/11/24(Sun)11:44 No. 2613

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Furnish for his study a musket, borne in fine mahogany as pictured. Otherwise, endeavor to allow your respect and genuine interest esteem your friend until an ideal gift becomes clear.

Sophisticated Gentleman 13/11/25(Mon)10:59 No. 2616

I would second the notion of a nice pen.
A nice aluminum Kaweco Sport AL can be had for 70~ USD- a novel pen, compact when stowed, pleasing to look at and a very nice writer. I'd go with the EF nib myself. The plastic version can be had for 30~ USD.
Avoid the Lamy Safari. While a fine pen, it's *the* entry pen that everyone has and is seen everywhere. Do not buy a fancy-looking fountain pen without due research, and whatever you do, avoid any pen that's nib is stamped "Iridium Point Germany" or "IPG"- They're made in China and only usable with a good tweaking.

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