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Travel kit

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I will be away for three days next week—and no blogging, since I’m not taking my computer with me. One of the lessons I learned in software development is that it’s good to do things as early as possible (for example, if I had a big report due in two months, I would work on a tentative outline the day I learned of the assignment, and start writing what I could and gathering the information I lacked in the first week).

So I’m packing now. Here’s the shave kit I’ll take:

Travel kit

The Mühle travel brush is the best travel brush I’ve found; the knot stores in the base, and a large opening helps it dry. (You can get a variety of knots for it, including synthetic and silvertip badger.) The shaving soap is quite good and was selected because of the compact container. Three aftershaves from Hardy Shave Products because I’ll be away three days. (I do like variety.) And for the razor, since I’ll be using carry-on this trip, the Gillette Guard, a single-blade cartridge razor I got some time back to test as a shaving option. Because of the handle, I prefer this to the Bic disposable single-blade razor, that handle being the diameter and strength of a plastic soda straw. The Guard isn’t bad, though I did note that I was unable to control blade angle (because of the usual cartridge pivot).

It’s perhaps worth noting that, while 8 Gillette Fusion Proglide Power Cartridges cost $32.50 on Amazon, 8 Gillette Guard cartridges are $4.00, less than 1/8th the price. Of course, the Guard cartridge will probably not last the 5 weeks Gillette claims for its multiblade cartridges, but then the multiblade cartridges don’t seem to last that long, either.

For more packing tips, including a few new to me, check out this post on Cool Tools today. Some very good ideas there.

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12 May 2014 at 9:22 am

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Travel thoughts

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At the end of the month, The Wife and I shall travel to NYC for The Son’s wedding. Very exciting, but of course one must then deal with the TSA. I’ve already mailed ahead a pack of blades to have on hand there. But, of course, there’s aftershave to be considered.

It suddenly hit me that the sampler pack of Booster aftershaves (scroll down) are perfect for travel. The 1 oz size is comfortably under the TSA limit, and an ounce of aftershave will last quite a while.

I happen to have a Booster Mosswood sample that I will take on the trip.

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4 May 2009 at 8:10 am

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Good tips on cheap lodging when you do travel

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If you decide to brave the TSA or pay the gasoline prices (if you drive), maybe you can save some on lodging when you get there. Here are some good tips.

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24 July 2008 at 9:59 am

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Man, this can’t be true, can it?

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Government control:

The Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security are quietly pushing for a set of crazy new rules. All travellers in the U.S. will be required to get government-issued credentials and official clearance before every flight, both within the United States as well as internationally.

And Monday we received a new political action alert from Edward Hasbrouk, The Practical Nomad blogger who’s been fighting the plan (and who testified about it at a TSA hearing). “The international Advance Passenger Information System rules were published, as ‘final’ effective February 19,2008, with no further opportunity for public comment even on the changes from the original proposal.”

Hasbrouck sees this as a very ominous development. “The Department of Homeland Security can now evade debate on the similar elements of their Secure Flight proposal by claiming that it’s needed to ‘harmonize’ the domestic and international travel restrictions — as though travel within America was tantamount to and subject to the same government restrictions and controls as crossing international borders.”

The stakes are high — and air travel may never be the same. “The Secure Flight proposal also includes new and odious requirements that travelers display their government-issued credentials — not to government agents, but to airline personnel (staff or contractors), whenever the Department of Homeland Security orders the airline to demand them… ” That alone will create a huge potential for abuse. “The proposed Secure Flight rules would leave travelers hopelessly at the mercy of any identity thief who claims to be an airline contractor (subcontractor, sub-subcontractor, etc.) demanding ‘Your papers, please!’ anywhere in an airport.”

But your personal information faces an even bigger risk. “In addition, the proposed rules would leave the airlines free to keep all the information obtained from travelers under government coercion, even after they’ve passed it on to the government. Your personal data would continue to be considered, at least in America, solely their property. Not yours…”

According to Hasbrouk, the Identity Project — an organization defending our right to travel freely in our own country — has made requests under the Privacy Act and they “have uncovered many more details (and many more problems) with the U.S. government’s dossiers of travel records, which include everything from what books travelers were carrying to phone numbers of friends and associates to whether they asked for one bed or two in their hotel room.”

Unfortunately, Monday, October 22 was the deadline for posting public comments on the proposed rules.

But it’s never too late to express your outrage… against another act in the continuing project to turn the United States into North Korea.

See Also:
Homeland Security Follies
Is It Fascism Yet?
Art of Bioterrorism: Who Cares?
Anarchy for the USA: A Conversation with Josh Wolf
Venezuela: Dispatch from a Surrealist Autocracy

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23 October 2007 at 4:58 pm

Big Brother Is Watching YOU

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Especially if you travel. I have to say that the US is going through a very odd phase.

The U.S. government is collecting electronic records on the travel habits of millions of Americans who fly, drive or take cruises abroad, retaining data on the persons with whom they travel or plan to stay, the personal items they carry during their journeys, and even the books that travelers have carried, according to documents obtained by a group of civil liberties advocates and statements by government officials.

The personal travel records are meant to be stored for as long as 15 years, as part of the Department of Homeland Security’s effort to assess the security threat posed by all travelers entering the country. Officials say the records, which are analyzed by the department’s Automated Targeting System, help border officials distinguish potential terrorists from innocent people entering the country.

But new details about the information being retained suggest that the government is monitoring the personal habits of travelers more closely than it has previously acknowledged. The details were learned when a group of activists requested copies of official records on their own travel. Those records included a description of a book on marijuana that one of them carried and small flashlights bearing the symbol of a marijuana leaf.

The Automated Targeting System has been used to screen passengers since the mid-1990s, but the collection of data for it has been greatly expanded and automated since 2002, according to former DHS officials.

Officials yesterday defended the retention of highly personal data on travelers not involved in or linked to any violations of the law. But civil liberties advocates have alleged that the type of information preserved by the department raises alarms about the government’s ability to intrude into the lives of ordinary people. The millions of travelers whose records are kept by the government are generally unaware of what their records say, and the government has not created an effective mechanism for reviewing the data and correcting any errors, activists said.

The activists alleged that the data collection effort, as carried out now, violates the Privacy Act, which bars the gathering of data related to Americans’ exercise of their First Amendment rights, such as their choice of reading material or persons with whom to associate. They also expressed concern that such personal data could one day be used to impede their right to travel.

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22 September 2007 at 9:12 am

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