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Archive for December 25th, 2022

A new slant tries for the Stealth

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Shave set-up with a shaving brush that has black bristles and a black octagonal base with a red rounded octagonal handle next to a shaving soap in a red metal tub imprinted with a silhouette of a cupid and the words "Dark Chocolate.." Next to that is a bottle of aftershave in a transparent bottle, also with the cupid and the "Dark Chocolate" label. In front is a DE razor with a massive head, lying on its side.

The color scheme seems somewhat Christmasy, though a patch of white is needed. In the shave, the lather provided that, with a dark chocolate fragrance that was beguiling. This razor is the George Bernard Shaw slant, which in Amazon is listed as “G.B.S Heavy Duty DE Slant Bar Safety Razor with Protective Case – Help for Sensitive Skin – Classic Style: Stainless Steel – Mechanical Strength, Smooth Shave Father’s Day.”

The razor is clearly a knock-off of the RazoRock Stealth slant — same overall (and distinctive) head design — but the Stealth was precision-machined in aluminum and this razor is cast in zinc alloy and then chrome plated. (“Stainless steel” in the description refers only to the handle.) It is a long way from precision machining as was immediately shown by the threading of cap into handle: “approximately right” is a charitable description. I assume they took a Stealth, made a mold from that, and got to work.

It is a half-comfortable shaver, and fully efficient. “Half comfortable” means that one side is comfortable (feels good, not inclined to nick) and the other side is uncomfortable (feels threatening, nicks easily). Still, I finished that shave with only a couple of small nicks, and My Nik Is Sealed easily took care of those. And the good side was actually quite pleasant — that’s the only side I used on the final pass. 

A drop of Grooming Dept Rejuvenating Serum followed by a splash of Dark Chocolate aftershave finished the job and set me up for Christmas Day.

I have to admit that I’m a bit disappointed in the GBS razor. I wanted the Stealth to return, but this doesn’t do it justice. Update 17 March 2023 – I discarded the razor. Poor quality.

The tea this morning is Murchie’s holiday-appropriate Ode to Joy: “Black tea, jasmine green tea, calendula flowers, elderflowers, natural and artificial flavouring.”

Written by Leisureguy

25 December 2022 at 8:59 am

Posted in Caffeine, Shaving

How to have a good internet experience in 8 easy steps

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ghostonly has some excellent advice posted on Tumblr:

#1 – Stop having a bad faith interpretation of every thing you read

If you think something someone said might have been something you disagree with, instead of starting an argument, ask them to clarify or ask them specific questions about what they said

You will be so surprised to find that half the people you assume are being shitty or negative just didn’t phrase what they meant very well

#2 – Learn to block people

It’s free, it’s easy, and it will save your life. Tired of someone tagging your stuff with characters from a fandom you don’t like? Don’t try to control them by telling them not to, just fucking block them. Less upsetting to them, less work for you, less inflammatory, more effective.

#3 – Don’t . . .

Continue reading.

Written by Leisureguy

25 December 2022 at 7:10 am

Posted in Daily life, Technology

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