The sample of Meißner Tremonia’s Pots of Milk shaving soap looks to be good for at least 6 more shaves, but we’ll see. I used the Mühle synthetic shown, which is quite nice but feels more natural than synthetic—a plus or a minus depending on your point of view. It is certainly not so soft and smooth as an angel-hair synthetic (e.g., Plisson, Fine, Chiseled Face, Stirling), and I enjoy those a lot.
Very fine lather once more, and three easy passes with the iKon Shavecraft #101 left my face BBS. This razor is noticeably more comfortable than the iKon Shavecraft Short-Comb and at least as efficient.
I used up the last of the Esbjerg, and if I didn’t have so many aftershaves on hand, I would definitely buy a bottle of this: very nice feel and fragrance.
I usually make it from a can of chickpeas. In a (small like this one works great) food processor, put:
1/4 c tahini
1/4 c lemon juice
Process for a minute, wiping down the bowl when half done. Add
1-2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped—even just halved
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (the good stuff)
Process for a minute wiping down the bowl half way through.
1 can chickpeas, rinsed well; OR (better) 1.5 cup cooked chickpeas, about 9.3 oz. Just soak the chickpeas overnight, and then bring to a bowl, reduce to simmer, skim the scum for a couple of minutes, and let simmer 1 hour.
Add half the chickpeas, process as usual; then add the other half and process those.
Drizzle with EVOO before serving.
This time I used 1/2 sweet onion (really sweet: like eating an apple) instead of the garlic (though perhaps it should have been in addition to the garlic), along with the cumin and salt I added 1/2 tsp smoked Spanish paprika.
The collection slowly shrinks. Here’s the listing. Seven-day auction this time.
The Wisconsin water-fight reminds me of all those treaties we made with Indians “as long as grass shall grow and water run” and then broke
When the going gets tough, the tough ignore what they had agreed to. Monica Davey has a very interesting report in the NY Times of an opening salvo in the war for fresh water.
Or, to put it positively, why mundane routines are pleasurable. From a book review by Elizabeth Kolbert in the New Yorker:
. . . Consider the following scenario. One afternoon, you’re sitting in your office with wads of cotton stuck up your nose. (For the present purposes, it’s not important to know why.) Someone in your office has just baked a batch of chocolate-chip cookies. The aroma fills the air, but, since your nose is plugged, you don’t notice and continue working. Suddenly you sneeze, and the cotton gets dislodged. Now the smell hits, and you rush over to gobble up one cookie, then another.
According to Steinberg, adults spend their lives with wads of cotton in their metaphorical noses. Adolescents, by contrast, are designed to sniff out treats at a hundred paces. During childhood, the nucleus accumbens, which is sometimes called the “pleasure center,” grows. It reaches its maximum extent in the teen-age brain; then it starts to shrink. This enlargement of the pleasure center occurs in concert with other sensation-enhancing changes. As kids enter puberty, their brains sprout more dopamine receptors. Dopamine, a neurotransmitter, plays many roles in the human nervous system, the sexiest of which is signalling enjoyment.
“Nothing—whether it’s being with your friends, having sex, licking an ice-cream cone, zipping along in a convertible on a warm summer evening, hearing your favorite music—will ever feel as good as it did when you were a teenager,” Steinberg observes. And this, in turn, explains why adolescents do so many stupid things. It’s not that they are any worse than their elders at assessing danger. It’s just that the potential rewards seem—and, from a neurological standpoint, genuinely are—way, way greater. “The notion that adolescents take risks because they don’t know any better is ludicrous,” Steinberg writes.
Teen-agers are, as a rule, extremely healthy—healthier than younger children. But their death rate is much higher. The mortality rate for Americans between fifteen and nineteen years old is nearly twice what it is for those between the ages of one and four, and it’s more than three times as high as for those ages five to fourteen. The leading cause of death among adolescents today is accidents; this is known as the “accident hump.”
Steinberg explains the situation as the product of an evolutionary mismatch. . .
Evolution again: adolescents are exploratory and experimental-minded, with benefits to the group as a whole: finding new sources of food (plant, animal, or region), thinking up new ways to hunt, and undoubtedly a fair number dying from consuming toxic food—but the group thus learns and advances. Doesn’t this remind you of the viral swarm entity a few blog posts ago?
Steinberg explains why the risky behavior is done to get attention, and why attention is so important—i.e., such a reward.
Hey, did you read that Josh Duggar was on the Ashley Madison list? And it wasn’t a fake email address either! He confirmed it!
I know that some people get a feeling of joy or pleasure seeing Duggar suffer more misfortune. That’s nice for them. But with all the genuine suffering that this exposure will be causing innocents, can we at least get something good out of it?
The media are already using it for their headlines, therapists and divorce lawyers will be using it to get new clients. But can we get more out of this hack than media hits and billable hours?
We know that some people use disasters to profit, others to push an agenda. “We are going to turn Iraq into a free market paradise using these Heritage Foundation interns!”
I propose we have a couple of items to push on our agenda.
First, increase the importance of privacy in both private governments and corporations. Second, use this data to show the problem with passing judgement on the private lives of ordinary people.
As Glenn Greenwald pointed out in his piece, The Puritanical Glee Over the Ashley Madison Hack,
[None of us should cheer when the private lives of ordinary people are indiscriminately invaded, no matter how much voyeuristic arousal or feelings of moral superiority it provides. We love to think of ourselves as so progressive and advanced, yet so often leap at the opportunity to intervene and wallow around in, and sternly pass judgment on, the private sexual choices of other adults.
But, what are the concrete things we can change beyond trying to change attitudes? [Emphasis added, since this is key: What to do, specifically? – LG] How about a focus on . . .
It is in fact a well-thought-out list of specific, concrete steps. Well worth reading.