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Archive for June 1st, 2011

Top 5 deathbed regrets

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Interesting. I’ve avoided some, though doubtless will have others.

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1 June 2011 at 4:38 pm

Posted in Daily life

Lennie Tristano plays “Tangerine”

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I do like Lennie:

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1 June 2011 at 11:59 am

Posted in Jazz, Writing

Another new-to-me shaving vendor

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Razor Blades & More Co. Lots of goodies. Take a look.

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1 June 2011 at 9:42 am

Posted in Business, Shaving

When the president is completely ignored

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The president in question is Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan, where several countries are busy fighting something of a war—a war that includes killing, with no warning or determination of guilt, hundreds of women and children noncombatants, which the US and its allies lump together as “collateral damage” and pay the surviving kin a few hundred dollars per head. There’s no accountability for the killers unless they simply go berserk—as some have.

The Afghanistan people, in their untutored simplicity, do not like strange nations bombing them to death along with some suspected terrorists, and they undoubtedly have communicated this displeasure to their president, who then ordered the armies in his country to cease dropping bombs and sending missiles to blow up dwellings, since it’s generally unclear who’s inside—and they’re running out of child-sized coffins, perhaps.

What he doesn’t realize is that he’s now just a figurehead and Afghanistan has lost its sovereignty. The US military and its allies will ignore this and continue their campaign.

But it’s not just Karzai: the Afghani people are also tired of being the target of bombs and missiles. If your children or your wife or your family were killed by a foreign army, even though they had done nothing wrong, would you be satisfied with a few hundred dollars? Or would you want revenge? Maybe we’re creating the terrorists we’re fighting.

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Written by LeisureGuy

1 June 2011 at 8:17 am

Fine shave, still working on lather skills

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The lather I worked up with the Omega 49 Boar brush shown was quite good, and normally I would be delighted with it. But it wasn’t quite Creamy Lather™. I don’t know whether it’s the soap (cold-pour glycerine, rather than triple-milled tallow), the brush (still breaking in), or—most likely—my nascent technique. The nice thing is that I get another shot at it tomorrow. I’m trying the same brush, but with triple-milled tallow-based soap: specifically, the Yardley vintage soap that has been soaking up the spray of Guerlain’s Vol de Nuit EDT for several days.

As I said, the lather was perfectly fine. Three passes, with one additional trip to the soap to gin up more lather, and I was both recipient and deliverer of a fine shave. I used the Merkur 34C HD—I was surprised yesterday to discover that they now have a variety of razors with that nickname, but the 11C was the original and—to my mind—only HD. It does a fine job, this morning with the Swedish Gillette blade that was already in it. Fine little razor.

Written by LeisureGuy

1 June 2011 at 7:51 am

Posted in Shaving

One-time custom horsehair shaving brush ready for order

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The window is narrow [UPDATE: If you don’t order by Sunday, you’ll miss the chance to own one of these], so if you want your own custom horsehair shaving brush from the Pogonotomy forum, this is the time to order. They are of particular interest for those interested in the Creamy Lather™ phenomenon: I first experienced it with a horsehair brush, and now I learn that this form of lather is most easily made with horsehair and boar brushes: it can be done with badger, but it’s easier with the other two—which is why Italian barbers favor boar brushes.

The brush is €26 for European orders, €29 for non-European. For US residents, that amounts to US$41.81. And it’s quite a handsome brush:

If you would like to order one of these, go here by (say) Friday and follow the instructions. I especially recommend the brush if you do not already have a horsehair brush. They’re quite good and the reasonable price is more a mark of the ready availability of horsehair compared to badger bristles than a sign of difference in quality of brush or lather.

Written by LeisureGuy

1 June 2011 at 7:00 am

Posted in Shaving

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