The Best Razors | The Wirecutter

As user of the Merkur razor, I cannot help but agree with The Wirecutter’s The Best Razors. I have been using this razor for a few years now and despite how infrequently I shave I do find it is much more bearable with this razor.

For me a sharp razor makes all the difference in a good shave, and using the Merkur allows me to use a fresh blade every shave. As the article mentioned, eBay is your friend in obtaining these cheap blades, I picked up an 50 pack of assorted blades for maybe 25 cents a blade. The other part that is touched on in the article is how good it feels to whip your own shaving cream. I even use a candle warmer style hot place with my shaving mug to give a warm lather, improving the shave that much more. For those of you looking to start out with safety razors I would highly recommend looking at antique stores, garage sales and other 2nd places for the Merkur razor or similar ones. Although $35 is not much to spend a razor that you can give to your Grandson, why not just use the one your Grandfather almost certainly had.

I must admit I have not tried either of the brushes listed in the article and have a badger hair brush of unknown make, I might be tempted to try them at such low prices.

Personally I would recommend the videos of mantic59 on youtube, who apparently he now runs a blog called Sharpologist. I used these videos to learn how to use a safety razor and get a good shave.

Thoughts on touchscreen interfaces

A while back I read Bret Victor’s thoughts on the then popular Future Vision video from Microsoft:

The video its self is quite awesome in some aspects, I like lots of parts of it. However, I do side with Mr. Victor. Tactile feedback is needed to really make devices great. I bought the original Android G1 with a hardware keyboard and trackball. This was primarily because I know how to touch type, in fact I prided myself on knowing my T9 well enough I could type a text message without looking.

Now I have the Galaxy Nexus it lacks basically any sort of physical buttons. I’m sure there are many reasons for this but there are so many annoyances as well. I cannot do something so simple as unlock my phone without looking at the screen. Ordinarily this might not be such a big issue but while driving this becomes a big problem, not even for text messaging or anything that I shouldn’t be doing. Want to change tracks in your music player? Need to see what the next turn is on your GPS? Need to dismiss the notification that just popped over your map? You have to look at the screen to do these things.

This is a big argument in my mind as why devices should have physical buttons or at least some way of separating out buttons on a touch screen. Then it becomes an something that can be used to help you, instead of something that demands you to context switch to it.

Asynchronous Processing in Web Applications, Part 1: A Database Is Not a Queue

A page that is making it’s way around the internal webernets is a multi-part series by Miso Engineering: Asynchronous Processing in Web Applications, Part 1: A Database Is Not a Queue. The article is an interesting read for those starting to expand their web application horizons.

This article as with many others, I am sure I will post addresses what I feel is a very common problem among programmers: using the right technology for the job. I am certainly among this collection of programers who knows, technology A, and knows that A can address problem B. In this case it might be PostgreSQL and acting as a message queue. However, I really need to sit back and think more about the overall architecture to see learning or implementing a new system might be the better option.

Welcome to my new blog

Hello all,

I have recently decided that I am going to start blogging about my thoughts on life, business, code and technology.

With any luck this will be more then just absent ramblings, but don’t get your hopes up.