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frugal technology, simple living and guerrilla large-appliance repair

Regular blog here, 'microblog' there

Many of my traditional blog post live on this site, but a great majority of my social-style posts can be found on my much-busier microbloging site at updates.passthejoe.net. It's busier because my BlogPoster "microblogging" script generates short, Twitter-style posts from the Linux or Windows (or anywhere you can run Ruby with too many Gems) command line, uploads them to the web server and send them out on my Twitter and Mastodon feeds.

I used to post to this blog via scripts and Unix/Linux utilities (curl and Unison) that helped me mirror the files locally and on the server. Since this site recently moved hosts, none of that is set up. I'm just using SFTP and SSH to write posts and manage the site.

Disqus comments are not live just yet because I'm not sure about what I'm going to do for the domain on this site. I'll probably restore the old domain at first just to have some continuity, but for now I like using the "free" domain from this site's new host, NearlyFreeSpeech.net.

Sat, 05 Aug 2017

I use these razor blade - I buy them by the 100-count box

I have been doing what some people call "wet shaving" -- with a double-sided safety razor instead of the usual cartridge-based razors -- for well over a year. Believe it or not, I was inspired to start wet-shaving by The Dick Turpin Road Show, an ostensibly Linux-focused (and now regrettably silent) podcast that was mostly two British guys sitting around talking. Even when presenter Pete was wet-shaving his head and bleeding like crazy as a result, I still wanted to do it.

I use these Personna double-edged razor blades in the Target-sold Van der Hagen safety razor my girls got me for Father's Day probably two years ago. Amazon sells them in a box of 100. They are currently going for $12.30 a box. That is very cheap, and if I wanted to use each blade only once, it would be a bargain. I rarely go more than three shaves on a blade -- why do that when they're so cheap.

When the blades are done, I drop them in this Feather Blade Disposal Case: