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Analog Fun Lately I’ve been heavily focused on all things analog. Writing supplies (pen/paper/pencil), shaving hardware, belts, jewelry, etc. It’s been a very fun journey but along the way I realized something that may not be obvious : the ‘mass market’ effect is real and tends not to produce ‘high quality’ goods anymore. ‘Unique’ is also becoming an oxymoron. Mass Market / Mass Production I can go to Amazon, Google, others and do a search for something like, say, a ‘razor’ and a nice, very long list of products will materialize from thin air. [Read More]

Markdown Wins


[Editors note: this post was inspired by ‘Reach for Markdown, not LaTeX’ (link)] Years and years ago I learned about a wonderful markup language called LaTeX. It was far more powerful than HTML, had many templates available, handled math correctly and generally ‘just worked’. Having content and presentation generally separate was a freeing moment in my journey through markup languages. Once I discovered this disconnect I became an instant and heavy user of markup languages. [Read More]

Text Editors

Let the flame war begin!

Text Editor Opinions? Yes, I am a bit crazy, have a few screws loose and am wearing flame retardant underpants while writing this post. This post is not intended to start a flame war but I will be playing with fire a bit. An Alternative Historically I’ve reached for nano, vim, Notepad2, Sublime Text 3 and other editors for my day to day needs. They work well, are ‘simple’ in nature (yeah, yeah) and don’t carry the full overhead of an IDE. [Read More]

Razors, blades, brushes

Hairy Apes Rejoyce

Full Disclosure To be 100% clear before presenting anything to you, the reader. NOPE I am NOT a shill I am NOT paid by any of the companies named here I was NOT given any products for testing or review purposes YEP I DID seek this out on my own I DID reach out to some of these companies via STANDARD means These are my OPINIONS Length As you might be able to tell by the scrollbar in your browser. [Read More]

Soap "Dishes"

Maximizing Longevity

Just a quick post today. Soap sitting in water is a fast way to have it dissolve. I’ve come to find regular soap ‘dishes’ have shallow ridges and closed edges which allows a lot of water to marinade a bar of soap. When this happens, the soap dissolves / erodes quickly unless you’re vigilant about draining your dish. If you’re going to switch to bars of soap, I highly recommend you consider this when selecting a soap dish. [Read More]

Scary Shaves

Trepidation awaits

Full Disclosure A disclosure. Why? Because I want to be 100% clear. I am NOT a paid shill I was NOT given products for review I sought the products listed here on my own A Detour While digging through the world of Safety Razors I noticed that there were a few Single Edge offerings available. Per usual, I couldn’t resist and detoured in my research a little to find out more about Single Edge Safety Razors and the blades they use. [Read More]

Personal Grooming

Shaving - From primate to hairless human

Merkur Before I get into the post, I need to call attention to Merkur. I discovered an interesting piece of advertising as I was doing research for this blog post. It was too late for my razor purchase but what I found may affect your purchasing decisions. They have a promotional image with the text: “Sorry Ladies, Men Only” present. I know my audience and I cannot leave this piece of advertising alone. [Read More]

Sloppy Soap Redux

Yes, more soap. Deal.

One Month Later It’s been just short of a month since I started using Sloppy Soap (link) daily and a few weeks since I started using it all over my body. Face, chest, ass, feet, arm pits. The works. Pretty or gross, I rub their soap without boundary or shame. Last Week Something ‘clicked’ last week. It’s Winter here and very dry and cold. More so than usual for this time of year. [Read More]

Sloppy Soap

A different kind of post

Soap?!? Yes, soap. Sloppy Soap (link) in particular. Someone I follow on ‘the socials’ posted about this artisan soap company and I couldn’t resist. After using their fine products for a month, it’s time to put my thoughts to words. You want this To be blunt: you want to buy a bar, or two, or ten. Seriously. I’ve already bought more based on my initial purchase of a few different bars. [Read More]