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If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do. -Ghandi

Ditch the Expensive Cartridges and Shave Like a Man

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I’ve been shaving with the Gillete Fusion for a couple of years now and finally got fed up with paying for the overpriced cartridges. It is a fine razor but I can no longer justify the cost of the replacement cartridges. I decided to go old school and looked into double edged safety razors like my grandfather used to own. I purchased the Merkur Model 180 Long Handled Safety Razor and a pack of 25 Derby Extra Double Edge Razor Blades and will never look back.

Shaving with a double edged safety razor is a bit different than shaving with the multi-blade razors of today. It is much easier to nick yourself and for this you should have a styptic pencil on hand. You must slow down a bit and pay particular attention to what you are doing to get a proper shave. It takes a little more time but the results are worth the effort. Also, at around $0.23 per blade your wallet will thank you.

To get a really nice shave with less irritation you need ditch the foam in a can and use a shaving cream that contain glycerin and apply it with a shaving brush. A good, economical brush choice is Tweezerman Men’s Shaving Brush and I like to use Pacific Shaving Company All Natural Shaving Cream. Purchase a nice stand and you’ll have a classy looking shaving setup that any man can appreciate.

Good Advice

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This is an excerpt from Paul Graham’s Rarely-Asked Questions page:

How can I avoid turning into a pointy-haired boss?

The pointy-haired boss is a manager who doesn’t program. So the surest way to avoid becoming him is to stay a programmer. What tempts programmers to become managers are companies with old-fashioned corporate structure, where the only way to advance in salary and prestige is to go into management. So if you want to avoid becoming a PHB, avoid such companies, and work for (or start) startups.

I never had to manage anyone in our startup, even though I was the president. The other hackers were my peers, and would have given me the raspberry if I’d tried to “manage” them. We operated by consensus. And the rest of the company reported to our experienced COO, who was also more of a peer.

Why be a manager when you could be a founder or early employee at a startup?

Good point!

About.me

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About.me is a neat little site I stumbled across that allows you to create a custom splash/profile page. The site is in private beta at the moment but allows you to reserve a url.

Sites like these are great for personal branding, especially if you’re able to use your own registered domains to host/point to them. I’ve been looking for something like this for awhile and have come across a couple of similar services such as flavors.me and card.ly but about.me seems to be the best of the three.

I like the simplicity of these sites. Just add a photo, write a short bio, provide an email address and configure your social networks if you choose and you’re done.