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Archive for June 26th, 2011

The Singing-Bird Pistols

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These are astonishing. Video at the link shows the pistols (and birds) in action.

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26 June 2011 at 6:05 pm

Posted in Techie toys

Soap for Creamy Lather

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I like Creamy Lather quite a bit, but clearly I will be using up soap at a faster rate. However, soap is not a problem: I have quite a bit on hand, as you’ve doubtless noticed, and it’s not that expensive, even when used at a brisker clip.

However, it does seem that some shaving soaps were packaged with this sort of lather in mind—namely, soaps that come in big sizes. Klar Kabinette is such a soap, and it’s quite satisfactory. It has a clean, fresh, rose fragrance, and it makes a fine lather. The fragrance is not so complex and interesting as for some of the high-end soaps, but that is not a serious problem.

And take a look at the size. I put the brushes there for scale. I was tempted to go with the Wee Scot alone, but that seemed unfair, so the Lucretia Borgia, a more normal-sized brush, is also included. The soap comes in a 500 g (1.1 lb) package: 2 bars, each 250 g. And that’s pretty large: the chunk cut from the end of the shorter bar was crammed into the bottom of an apothecary bowl, and I have pumped a lot of Creamy Lather from it.

Unlike my earlier flirtation with boar brushes, this time—having experienced the kind of lather they can make when used right—I’m serious. I’m not shaving today, but I put a handful of new boar brushes in hot tap water to soak while I showered, and then I used each in turn, working up a good creamy lather, applying it to my left hand and working the brush a while, then rinsing the brush (first hot water, then cold) and on to the next brush. I’m going to get them broken in quickly, and my Creamy Lather technique is quickly improving with the practice.

While I certainly am willing to work the boar brushes vigorously, I’m a little more careful with my badger brushes—but, it seems, they don’t require all that much pressure while being loaded: a light pressure with a full minute of rapid brushing of the soap, working the brush around and back and forth, and you’ll find that when you start working it on your face, you probably have achieved creamy lather. Certainly I’ve succeeded multiple times with this technique using horsehair brushes and a horsehair-badger chimera. This week, I’m going to focus on badger and learning more about Creamy Lather techniques with those brushes.

Written by LeisureGuy

26 June 2011 at 12:35 pm

Posted in Shaving

Wonderful column on the progress of gay rights

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Written by LeisureGuy

26 June 2011 at 8:53 am

Posted in Daily life, Government, Law

The Chevy Volt sounds terrific

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Read this report, for example. But I thought the gasoline engine did not power the car directly, but rather drove generators to drive the electric motors that turn the wheels. Not so?

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26 June 2011 at 12:21 am

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