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Man! My tooth hurts

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Not much blogging this weekend because I sit around whimpering. I’m knocking down 4 Advil capsules at a time (800 mg), max of 4 doses per 24 hours (3200 mg), timing them so I get a dose at bedtime. My right jaw is awesomely swollen: looks as though the dentist accidentally left a wad of cotton in there. I see the dentist tomorrow, and I’m going to tell her that I spent the weekend shopping and answering perfect strangers who came up to me to ask, “Who’s your dentist?” That’ll shake her. (She’s a very good dentist, really, and I have a great hygenist, in case they’re reading this. Please don’t hurt me.)

Anyway, I’m glad that the wait is over, and I’m right now augmenting the Advil with a proper Martini (whence the factorial jokes).

Hoping that you are not suffering bloody great awful pain,
I remain,
Yr obedient servant,

Written by Leisureguy

30 July 2006 at 6:38 pm

Posted in Daily life, Health, Medical

Idle marketing thought

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Selling things in 10s or 100s sort of makes sense, especially if you’re competing on price and your price is good: the potential customer can immediately compute the price per unit. But perhaps you want to raise the price…. (Not that anyone ever would, of course.)

I’d think about packaging in 11s or dozens: harder to do the mental arithmetic. The ad copy could even proclaim “NOW 11! (or 12!) instead of 10.” And you could go to a higher per-unit price, secure in the knowledge that most potential customers can’t mentally divide by 11 or 12. (13 is a bad idea: unlucky.)

Of course, then you’ll have to deal with customers who complained that there were not in fact 11 factorial items in the package. (11! = 11 factorial = 11 x 10 x 9 x … x 3 x 2 x 1 — math joke. Heh heh. Get it?)

Just had a flashback: remember the electric guitar in Spinal Tap whose volume knob went to 11 instead of 10? One louder, as the guitarist explained.

Written by Leisureguy

30 July 2006 at 6:28 pm

Posted in Daily life

Special on Feather blades

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Feather blades have so far given me the best shave. In the usual 10-pack they run about 60 cents a blade (plus shipping). But here’s a deal (see update): 100 Feather blades for $24.00: 24 cents a blade (plus shipping), for a blade that lasts 4-7 shaves, depending on how well you prep your beard, how tough your beard is, how good your technique, local restrictions may apply, etc. For me, in Monterey CA, they ran 32 cents a blade including shipping. Still a bargain.

That sure beats the price of a multi-blade cartridge all hollow.

UPDATE: Feather blades are no longer available at the link. In the meantime, I believe that Pauldog of still offers Feather blades for bulk purchase. You can send him a private message on the forum to inquire. You can also see whether you can get a bulk purchase deal from RazorandBrush.

Written by Leisureguy

30 July 2006 at 4:41 pm

Posted in Shaving

Situation in Lebanon grim

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Rice’s ploy has been to stall calling for a cease-fire to allow Israel more time for its attacks on Hezbollah in Lebanon. In the meantime, while claiming to want a cease-fire (under conditions that make it impossible), the US is rushing additional shipments of bombs and missiles to Israel. War & Piece sums up the news reports nicely:

Qana. AP: “Israeli missiles hit several buildings in a southern Lebanon village as people slept Sunday, killing at least 56, most of them children, in the deadliest attack in 19 days of fighting. … The missiles destroyed several homes in the village of Qana as people were sleeping. Rescue officials said at least 50 people were killed, and the bodies of 27 children were found in the rubble. [UPDATE: latest AP figure is 34 children] … Jordan’s King Abdullah II condemned ‘the ugly crime perpetrated by Israeli forces in Qana,” calling it ‘a blatant violation of the law and all international conventions.”’ British Foreign Secretary Margaret Becket, responding to …[the strike that killed 37 children] said Sunday that the attack was “absolutely dreadful” and “quite appalling.” AP: “[Israeli prime minister Ehud] Olmert expressed ‘great sorrow’ for the airstrikes but blamed Hezbollah guerrillas for using the area to launch rockets at Israel.” Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Leisureguy

30 July 2006 at 8:46 am

World happiness: rankings by country (US #23)

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Via MetaFilter, this ranking of countries by happiness, “based on an analysis of the results from over 100 studies. It uses data published by by UNESCO, the CIA, the New Economics Foundation, the WHO, the Veenhoven Database, the Latinbarometer, the Afrobarometer, and the UNHDR.” HealthDay reports:

Piecing together information from more than 100 studies in the growing field of happiness research, a British psychologist has produced what he says is the first world map of happiness.

It ranks 178 countries, with Denmark at the top and the African nation of Burundi at the bottom. The United States comes in 23rd.

“While happiness is intangible, the scales used in these studies are very accurate,” said Adrian White, an analytic social psychologist who is working toward a doctorate at the University of Leicester. “Happiness research is far from an exact science, but it is the best way we have of looking at it.”

White analyzed the data in relation to a nation’s health, wealth and access to education. The United States came in relatively low — beneath Bhutan, Brunei and Canada, among other countries — in large part because of health factors. “You don’t have the highest life expectancy,” he noted. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Leisureguy

30 July 2006 at 1:08 am

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