Archive for August 27th, 2006

One For the Road

The other night, my partner was being a little petulant about being thirsty. We didn’t have the important bit on hand to make the drink she asked for – tequila and lime, I think it was – so, being equally petulant, I offered a snarky alternative – a ginger ale and lime. She said that would work, so I fetched a bottle of Canada Dry, and half a lime we had in the ‘fridge.

Apparently, the one soft drink that doesn’t come in a “and lime” flavour – ginger ale – is also the only soda that tastes better with lime than without. Figures, doesn’t it? One decent squirt per twenty-ounce bottle; one anaemic squirt per can or glass. It’s good. 🙂

Published in: Geekiness, General | on August 27th, 2006 | Comments Off on One For the Road

Goat-Milk Soap

So, I broke down and got some shaving soap, and a really, really cheap bristle brush. (Hey, it came free with the soap.) The soap is homemade goat’s milk soap, lightly lavender scented.

I actually used the brush first with Proraso cream, which worked quite well, and a bit better than just rubbing the stuff on my face with my hands, as I’d been doing. (It’s not that there’s anything inherently bad in the manual application, just that the brush works a lot better.) I’ve been doing that for a few days, and been happy with it. Today, though, I felt like something a little different, so I decided to try out the bowl of soap.

It did the job; don’t get me wrong. The scent was mild, pleasant, and inoffensive. It lathered really, really well, too; much more volume than the Proraso. But the lather kind of dissipated on my face, as lather is given to do, though rather more rapidly than I’m used to, even with crud out of a can.

Where it really failed to shine was lubrication, though. It got the job done, but less well than the Proraso, or even the hand soap I’d been using before that. It was still better than foam inna can, but kind of a letdown after almost two weeks of really, really slick shaving. I don’t know if it’s an inherent characteristic of milk soaps, or if it’s just a quirk of this particular brand, or batch.

That said, I’m getting a lot better with the Super Speed; I really think that you need to use a new razor for at least a week, possibly longer, before you adapt to it and learn it’s “sweet spot”. By the end of today’s shave I came to feel that I was almost getting as good a shave as I have been with the Star single-edged razor. Probably, by midweek I’ll have achieved that level of smoothness and satisfaction.

I’ve broken down, by the way, and added a category for wet shaving posts; previous posts on the subject have been added there, but this is the first one to get posted anew there…

Published in: General, Wetshaving | on August 27th, 2006 | Comments Off on Goat-Milk Soap

Still More Technorati Irritation

Five long months ago I wrote about Technorati‘s mildly schizophrenic behaviour regarding my inability to claim this blog as, um, mine, in their silly, useless software. A few days later, it had miraculously worked.

Five months later, this site is again gone from my utterly point- and use-less account there. Trying to add it again produces the same wonderful effect I got back in March – i.e., nothing at all.

At least they’re consistent, over there.

It’s interesting to note, looking at statistics, how traffic from Technorati has dropped off. Much of the traffic I used to get from searches there has evaporated, to be replaced by visits from users of Google’s blog search, or blogs.com, or various other indices and search engines. In true empirical quasi-scientific fashion, I shall choose to interpret this as reflective of a decreased popularity of the nigh-functional and oft-irritating Technorati in favor of competing services that have two clues to rub together.

It’s 2006, after all; a cool URL, a lot of exciting hyperbole, and unfilfilled promises don’t count for much anymore. Ah, well; just another Next Big Thing that’s rapidly becoming The Last Big Could-Have-Been. 🙂

Published in: Geekiness, General, Meta | on August 27th, 2006 | Comments Off on Still More Technorati Irritation