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Archive for October 18th, 2013

(US) Thanksgiving is coming up: How about a stuffed, deboned turkey?

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Here’s exactly how to do it, with photos.

It’s early enough so you can make one for practice.

Written by Leisureguy

18 October 2013 at 11:12 am

Posted in Food, Recipes & Cooking

Interview with Bill Watterson

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I quoted from it previously. Here’s the whole interview.

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18 October 2013 at 10:55 am

Posted in Writing

Sean Hannity interviewed three couples about their problems with Obamacare

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And then one enterprising reporter called the couples and talked directly to them. His findings were interesting.

Written by Leisureguy

18 October 2013 at 9:46 am

Posted in GOP, Healthcare, Medical

When an author writes too fully

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I’m thought I’d read the Joanna Brady series of mysteries. I got Desert Heat, the first in the series, but I’m having trouble with it because the author doesn’t know when to leave well enough alone. (I suspect she was told at some writer’s conference that the secret is to use specific details, so that’s what she does, but immoderately.)

Here’s an example:

Jenny finished her sandwich, pushed her plate aside, and started in on the dish of sliced peaches. Eva Lou Brady, Joanna’s mother-in-law, had canned them herself with fruit from the carefully nurtured freestone peach tree planted just outside the kitchen door.

Too much detail for my taste. If the writer goes that far, I would like to know whether the tree is on the left or the right as you go out that kitchen door.

In fact, I would replace “the carefully nurtured freestone peach tree planted just outside the kitchen door” with “her backyard peach tree” and be done with it. Perhaps readers would then clamor for more detail, but I think not.

Another example:

With a grateful sigh she took a first tentative sip of coffee, letting the hot liquid warm her chilled body from the inside out.

The author thoughtfully included that final phrase, “from the inside out,” to disabuse readers of the image of the character pouring the coffee over herself to warm herself from the outside in. But that thought had not occurred to me until the writer so carefully brought it to mind. I believe a good writer would have ended the sentence without the additional (and counterproductive) explanation of how the coffee was used: being sipped instead of poured over herself. A period following “body” with the rest excised would have been better.

I don’t know that this is a good writer for me.

Written by Leisureguy

18 October 2013 at 9:42 am

Posted in Books, Writing

Another BBS shave: ARC Weber and Tabac

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SOTD 10 Oct 2013

NOTE: This shave is from 10 October. WordPress occasionally tells you that’s published a post when in fact it has saved the post as a draft. Drives me crazy, but I figure I’d throw this one up anyway.

Terrific shave today. I’ve settled on the emu-oil formula for my pre-shave beard wash. I really like it: 1/4 c Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap—I use Rose—and 2-3 tsp emu oil. Shake well before each use, and works well in pump bottle.

That Edwin Jagger synthetic in the photo works extremely well—it’ of the new generation of synthetics—and I have to say that I really like the handle. Extremely comfortable, good shape.

Tabac is a tallow-based soap—like various others, it’s quite a hard soap, though some tallow based soaps (Mystic Waters, Strop Shoppe) are soft. I would guess it depends mostly on the drying/curing, though perhaps also on formulation. At any rate, Tabac makes a mighty lather, and I very much enjoyed my ARC (“Advanced Razor Coating”) Weber, which has always seemed to do a sterling job. With a previously used Astra Keramik Platinum blade, the razor cut comfortably and closely, giving that feeling that you couldn’t cut yourself if you tried (a feeling that is best not tested). Total smoothness, no nicks or burn.

A good splash of Tabac, and I’m ready for the day.

Written by Leisureguy

18 October 2013 at 9:39 am

Posted in Shaving

Super-smooth shave

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SOTD 18 Oct 2013

Extremely nice shave this morning: a Kai blade in the Gillette 1940’s Aristocrat (the same one picture on the cover of the book, shown at the right).

But first, the lather. I used my G. B. Kent BK4, a wonderful brush. ACMEanvils on Wicked_Edge pointed out this very good deal: $83 with free worldwide shipping. The brush was selected after a discussion of good gift brushes, and the BK4 is not only a very good brush, it comes in a cylindrical red-lather box with a hinged door: quite impressive to receive as a present.

I immediately a thick, creamy, spice-fragranced lather from Strop Shoppe’s Russian Tea shaving soap, and then three very smooth passes: the Kai blade is great for me in this razor, terrible in a Weber. Odd.

A good splash of Klar Seifen’s Klassik aftershave—the labels quite worn away—and ready for Friday.

Written by Leisureguy

18 October 2013 at 9:36 am

Posted in Shaving

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