Michael Bock

Contributing Writer at Life'd.com
Reserved, introverted, studious, sometimes-cynical-ass, sometimes-friendly-as-hell hopeless romantic from Memphis, TN in the good ole’ Bible Belt.
bakery_decision_How to Choose the Perfect Career

Remember the “good ‘ole days” when you were young? Remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? Maybe it was an astronaut. Maybe it was a teacher, lawyer, or veterinarian. And what are you doing now? Chances are that it’s not exactly what you had planned as a kid. And if it is, then here’s a huge bag of kudos and touche for […]

balancing on chair

For many, attaining that seemingly elusive balance between their job or career and personal lives seems like, at best, borrowing a miracle off on the horizon. Kids get sick. Those complicated presentations? Well, they’re due tomorrow morning. The spouse or significant other is griping about you never having enough time for them. Seems like it’s an unmerciful, perpetual cycle, no? According to a recent study […]

Cigar on top of alcoholic drink

“The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones.” ~Somerset Maugham Bad habits and addictions run the gamut from overeating and being lazy to chain smoking and drinking. And they’re often not just limited to ‘annoyances'; more often than not, addictions can prove extremely debilitating mentally, physically, financially, socially and in other ways. Good […]

Man partying in coffin

The essence of any good bucket list consists of overcoming fears, achieving goals, realizing dreams and even simple pleasures. Whether it’s an exotic adventure half-way around the world or something simpler, like spending more time with your family or friends, what matters is that you experience all the good and phenomenal things Earth offers.

Here you’ll find 225 things to do before you die. Sure, a few of them are what some might consider to be cliché, but we made it a priority to think mostly outside the box.

Guy waiting for laundry

So you’ve had that pair of Diesels or Von Dutchs for a few weeks. Now you’re wondering “should I wash ’em…and risk an utter fashion faux pas…or keep on wearing ’em until the soot starts falling off in large clumps?” Charming? Not so much. The answer? Well, what kind of denim you sporting? Basically, there are four types: Pre-washed (a.k.a ‘pre-distressed’) Sanforized (treated to minimize shrinking […]

Butler serving a burger

Those on a diet, or those of you who simply want to live past 70-or-so years of age, should—like you would one of those Most Wanted thugs posters—take keen notice of these one-of-a-kind, criminally-unhealthy burgers. That said, most of the following look and sound so ridiculously yummy that “if eating ’em is wrong, then I don’t wanna be right!”. Your doctor, on the other hand, […]

Vintage movie on cinema screen

The best movies evoke tears, laughter, terror, reminiscence, and/or mystery in a truly personal way. Anything less (AKA, around 98% of all movies) serves no purpose other than to shove mindless, forgettable fodder in our face and line Hollywood’s pockets (Be afraid Michael Bay, be VERY afraid). This is that other, sacred 2%—the Holy Grail of cinema. Note: “Memorable Moments” may contain spoilers. 100. Pirates of […]

Icons of iPhone apps

The catchphrase from the Apple commercial: “If you don’t have an iPhone…well, you don’t have an iPhone.” That accurately describe you? If so, read on. Presented here are 20 iPhone (and in most cases, iPad) apps that we, the Lifed staff, (“we” meaning, yeah, Android and Blackberry users, too) claim to be some of the coolest (in terms of useability, functionality, and the ‘dude check […]

Electric car charging station

[Mostly] gone are the days of the behemoth, gas-guzzling road warriors, such as the ugly-as-sin Hummer and Ford Excursion. Consumers—feeling the $3.50+ pinch at the gas pump—continually dump their large SUVs in favor of modes of transportation such as the crossover SUV, hybrid vehicle, and even fully-electric car. We assembled this list of gas and gas/electric (hybrid) cars based not only on overall fuel-economy, but […]

Paparazzi taking photos

What makes an individual popular? Is it the Lexus s/he pulls up in? Is it the 7-seven figure banking account? Or how about the hair: Does hair make the social guru? While all of the former certainly may aid your endeavors in becoming a people magnet, there’s no substitute for character. Below are 10 personal development concepts that virtually anyone can master with enough due […]