Merkur Safety Blade Shaving

So a month or so ago I decided I was fed up with all of the Gillette multiblade razors that tore up my skin whenever I shaved. I was also tired of dropping an arm and a leg to buy a bunch of razor head replacements that probably cost 15 cents to make. After weight my options (single blade, electric, safety razor), I decided to buy a single bladed Merkur Model 180 razor. It had great reviews and the replacement blades were a reasonable price (30 blades, around three shaves each for $13).

I decided to go all out and buy some shaving soap, a novelty stand, and a shaving brush.

After waiting a couple of days for shipping (thank you Amazon Prime!) my package came in the male. I had purposely timed my shaving schedule to make it so that I could shave right when I got the new razor. My facial hair doesn’t grow that quickly and I normally just shave once every few days (less if I am feeling lazy). From all the reviews I read online, I was expecting to cut myself pretty severely the first few times I shaved. To my surprise, this wasn’t the case. There were a few minor knicks and cuts, but nothing that produced an unusual amount of blood. My shave was baby skin close and the soap left my skin feeling very soft. Definitely a learning curve, but not bad at all!

For all those people that are fed up with paying ridiculous prices for shaver replacements, I highly recommend buying a single blade safety razor. It’s not quite as hardcore as a straight edge, and provides a nice middle ground for us normal people. It does take a while to get used to (especially if you always used a Mach 3 to shave like me), but you get an awesome shave once you master it.

Linux Development

I have always considered myself a Windows guy. It is easy to use, powerful when you need it to be, and generally reliable. Yes, that’s right, I said Windows is generally reliable. I think it gets a bad reputation for being the popular/most commonly used OS. This means that the widely uneducated general public’s stupidy transfers over to people conceptions of Windows. Some people say that it is easy to get viruses on Windows.

Well yeah, Windows is unreliable if you you’re stupid enough to open files like “ParisHilton.jpg.exe”, but saying this is the equivalent of saying, “Linux is unreliable because I typed “sudo rm -rf / ” and now nothing works!” I never run virus protection and I have never got a virus. Learn how to use a computer.

I digress. I am not here to argue the merits of Linux over Windows… that’s for another post. At work, we primarily use Linux for development. I say that, but I still use Eclipse. Eclipse is great because it is platform independent, powerful, extendable, and easy to setup/use. You don’t have to learn 1000 different key combinations like VI/EMacs. People argue that Eclipse uses Java and is therefore a resource hog. To this I say, who cares? In a world where quad core computers with 4GB of memory are standard, is that extra 256MB of memory that Eclipse is using going to kill you? Do you really need to be programming when you are encoding a video, have five instances of Photoshop open, and are pegging your CPU with decryption algorithms?

That’s another thing I don’t really understand. Why use VI/EMacs? I can understand if you are in a shell and you need to quickly edit/modify a file, but there are people that use VI/EMacs for largescale/multi-stage projects. Not only is this programming practice archaic, it severely limits a programmer’s abilities. Ever try to debug with a command line debugger? It’s not fun. SVN interaction? Better learn a ton of unnecessary SVN commands. Context complete and mind-reading mode? Good luck on setting that up.

Now some of you might think I am a hypocrite. I said Windows (and also Linux) is powerful if you know how to use it in the beginning of my post. “But Tim, VI and EMacs are the same way, they are powerful if you know how to use them!” True, but the following statement still holds. In Eclipse, you can do everything that you can do in EMacs/VI, but it isn’t the other way around. In the end, I don’t really care what people use to program; to each their own. People tend to be overzealous about this sort of thing.