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Archive for November 21st, 2020

The Only Mechanical Gears Ever Found in Nature

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Above is a photo of the gear “mechanism” (only it’s not a mechanism, but a natural adaptation) used by the small hopping insect Issus coleoptratus to precisely synchronize the kicks of its hind legs as it jumps forward.

Interesting, due to tooth fragility, the gears are dropped as the insect matures (by molting). Full report in this Smithsonian article.

Written by Leisureguy

21 November 2020 at 11:44 am

Posted in Evolution, Science

Nancy Boy Signature: Two observations (with Maggard V2OC)

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I really like Nancy Boy Signature shaving cream a lot. It’s not advertised but depends on word of mouth, and is available only from their website (though perhaps they have a brick-and-mortar store in San Francisco).

Although at one time it was promoted as a brushless shaving cream — and indeed I imagine it will work if you just smear it over freshly washed and rinsed stubble — it really is a lathering shaving cream for which a brush works well. That’s one observation.

The other is a discovery I made this morning: the travel tub shown is the same caliber as a 22mm brush. I hadn’t realized that, since I normally use the Wee Scot with this tub, but today the brush at hand was my Rooney Style 2 Finest (a 22mm knot), and the knot just fit into the tub. (The shaving cream level is now quite low.) I was able to load the brush well by twisting the tub briskly with the damp brush fully inserted, and so I could coat the morning stubble easily.

When I added a driblet of hot water and worked it into the layer of shaving cream, the lather (as they say) exploded, though the detonation was soft and no shrapnel was involved — but definitely there was a quick expansion in volume and I got the thick consistency of fine-grain lather one wants. So this is definitely a lathering shaving cream for which a brush is best. The fragrance was, as always, wonderful.

Maggard’s V2 open-comb, modeled on the Parker 24/26 (and for all I know, the heads are purchased from Parker), is a very comfortable and efficient razor, here mounted on one of Maggard’s stainless steel handles. Three passes, perfect smoothness, no damage.

A splash of Alpa 378 (another street address, I believe) finished the shave with a fine traditional fragrance accompanied by a touch of menthol — about as much as in Alt-Innsbruck or Floïd.

A late start, but a good one.

Written by Leisureguy

21 November 2020 at 11:34 am

Posted in Shaving

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