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Archive for July 9th, 2007

A family grows

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This blog tells a wonderful story of a California couple’s adoption of a Chinese baby girl—the long process, the trip there, the meeting, and the trip home. Quite wonderful. The very first post is where to begin, and then you can move forward, post by post, by using the archives file at the left. Click the triangle to expand the list to show individual posts, and work your way to the present. A great journey.

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9 July 2007 at 6:05 pm

Posted in Daily life

Familiar library pattern

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Take back two books, return home with five. One of them is the first Mark Mills novel.

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9 July 2007 at 2:59 pm

Posted in Daily life

For St. Johnnies & Classicists especially

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An extremely good mystery: The Savage Garden, by Mark Mills. I suggest that you don’t read anything about it, just pick it up and start reading. It’s quite new (published 10 May 2007). I, being so incredibly thrifty as I am, got it from the library. Enthralling and fascinating and satisfying.

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9 July 2007 at 1:28 pm

Posted in Books

Good productivity advice

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Zen Habits has a good list of productivity tips—how to move from the “to-do” list to actual completed accomplishments (not always an easy step). Take a look.

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9 July 2007 at 12:22 pm

Posted in Business, Daily life

Apollo razor at last

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Apollo poster

Many months ago, I saw the above poster on eBay, being sold with an Apollo razor. I immediately leapt on it, only to discover that the razor was not the razor pictured in the poster. So I set up a “favorite search” for Apollo—and man, do a lot of Apollo razor blades come up for sale—and finally hit the razor itself, being sold in Germany. I bid, and today the Apollo Mikron arrived:

Apollo 1

Apollo 2

Apollo 3

(Click each photo for enlargement.)

It was in a nice leather case with zippered lid, two heavyweight brass blade holders, and a brass bullet-shaped holder for a styptic pencil, still there. It’s in beautiful shape, and I’ll shave with it tomorrow.

The top comes off to load the blade—just like the Merkur Progress—but you can put the top on either way. (For the Progress, you have to put the top on correctly for the “1” position to line up with the indicator dot.) The Apollo cleverly has two indicator dots, on opposite sides of the handle, so when you tighten the top over the blade, the “1” will be lined up with one of the two dots. 🙂 (The poster suggests that the top has one correct orientation—line up the red dot on the top with the red dot on the base—but that presumably is an earlier mode. The one I have doesn’t have any dots on the top or base, and the two dots on opposite sides of the handle make those unnecessary.)

It’s a hefty razor, and I can’t wait to try it.

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9 July 2007 at 11:59 am

Posted in Shaving

“Bush justice is a national disgrace”

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Via TPMmuckraker, this column from the Denver Post:

As a longtime attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, I can honestly say that I have never been as ashamed of the department and government that I serve as I am at this time.

The public record now plainly demonstrates that both the DOJ and the government as a whole have been thoroughly politicized in a manner that is inappropriate, unethical and indeed unlawful. The unconscionable commutation of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s sentence, the misuse of warrantless investigative powers under the Patriot Act and the deplorable treatment of U.S. attorneys all point to an unmistakable pattern of abuse.

In the course of its tenure since the Sept. 11 attacks, the Bush administration has turned the entire government (and the DOJ in particular) into a veritable Augean stable on issues such as civil rights, civil liberties, international law and basic human rights, as well as criminal prosecution and federal employment and contracting practices. It has systematically undermined the rule of law in the name of fighting terrorism, and it has sought to insulate its actions from legislative or judicial scrutiny and accountability by invoking national security at every turn, engaging in persistent fearmongering, routinely impugning the integrity and/or patriotism of its critics, and protecting its own lawbreakers. This is neither normal government conduct nor “politics as usual,” but a national disgrace of a magnitude unseen since the days of Watergate – which, in fact, I believe it eclipses.

In more than a quarter of a century at the DOJ, I have never before seen such consistent and marked disrespect on the part of the highest ranking government policymakers for both law and ethics. It is especially unheard of for U.S. attorneys to be targeted and removed on the basis of pressure and complaints from political figures dissatisfied with their handling of politically sensitive investigations and their unwillingness to “play ball.” Enough information has already been disclosed to support the conclusion that this is exactly what happened here, at least in the case of former U.S. Attorney David C. Iglesias of New Mexico (and quite possibly in several others as well). Law enforcement is not supposed to be a political team sport, and prosecutorial independence and integrity are not “performance problems.”

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9 July 2007 at 9:46 am

Lather puzzle

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This morning was, of course, a shave-stick morning: I used the Wilkinson shave stick: blue, and facing yourself in the mirror with a blue-flecked beard is a tad bit unsettling. “Woad” was the word that leapt to mind. But the Rooney Style 2 Finest quickly transformed the blue flecks to rich, white lather.

That’s not the puzzle, though. The puzzle is that a number of shavers on the forum say that using a shave stick gives them enough lather for two passes, but not quite enough for three. I’ve not noticed that, so this morning I paid close attention.

I used the renovated Hoffritz slant-bar, still sparkling from its ultrasonic cleaning, and did four (counted ’em) passes: with, across, across the other way, and against. And then, just for the sake of research, I rinsed and lathered once more. Enough lather for 5 passes, and still lather in the brush.

What accounts for the difference? One thing, I suspect, is that I scrub the shave stick against the grain all over my wet beard: where there are whiskers, I rub the shave stick against ’em. Upper lip, too, which some say they skip. Neck. Everywhere. So I have plenty of soap on the beard. And then I take my time building the lather. I have to go over the upper lip several times to get that soap involved, for example. All the brushing and lathering—using all that soap—provides plenty of lather, at least for me. Their mileage varied, apparently.

Very smooth shave, naturally. And I finished by using a sample of Creed’s Green Irish Tweed as the aftershave.

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9 July 2007 at 7:21 am

Posted in Shaving

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