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Saturday, December 10th, 2011

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  1. #1 |  Sun Tzu | 

    For the razors, the problem is water dulling the blades. If they are dried off properly you don’t need to sharpen them or throw them away. They can last just fin that way for the better part of a year no problem. Some drugstore chains even sold a blade drier.

  2. #2 |  Bob | 

    “Your WTF of the day.”

    The park area in the ‘cloud’ part needs to have statues of terrified people pointing at the incoming airplane.

    And it needs to be in the path of the runway at a major airport.

  3. #3 |  Bob | 

    “This sounds great. Provide it works as advertised. Disposable razors are such a ripoff.”

    In theory, it should work, except that you’ll use up the “lubricating strip” right away. I won’t even touch the big name disposables because of the high cost, favoring the ones where you get a bag of 10 double blade shavers for a lot cheaper.

    But then, I don’t actually care what I look like.

    Radley probably has to have stock in Gillette to keep that giant dome chromed.

  4. #4 |  cApitalist | 

    I bet the blade buddy works, but you don’t need to buy one of those. Just “shave” a pair of your jeans every few days. I saw this on and I’m not sure why it works. It takes less than a minute, works on the exotic 15 blade models, and you can use the blades basically indefinitely. I’ve been on the same one for literally 6 months. The only downside is losing the lubricating strip.

  5. #5 |  cApitalist | 

    While we’re on the topic of shaving, here’s a link to an article by Jeff Tucker (another badass libertarian) about the disutility of shaving cream:

    I kicked the shaving cream habit about a year ago and haven’t looked back. The first week or so is rough, but after that, no more razor burn.

  6. #6 |  b | 

    a bar of glycerine soap costs a little more than ivory, but it makes great shampoo when you rub it on your head in the shower, and great shaving lather when you rub it on your hands, so it saves money, saves storage space and saves a big trail of empty shampoo bottles and shaving cream cans in landfills.

  7. #7 |  johnl | 

    Ever heard of “fighting a losing battle”? Shaving can’t ever work. The hair keeps coming back. Give up.

  8. #8 |  Nipplemancer | 

    @#5 – Take it a step further – grow a fucking beard. Why fight your body EVERY DAY and attack it with a razor? Let it grow.

  9. #9 |  crazybob | 

    The “nasty piece of censorship” is of course desperatly needed to preserve democracy, and we need it now before the devolution to oligarchy is irretrevable. The solution to the media company problem is of course simple: the constitutional “freedom of the press” provisions only extend to outlets that are pure press in nature. This means that ABC news can print and say anything they want, but that Disney can’t own them. Yes it will eliminate the oligarchs useful nexus of media control, but its necessary. News Corp would be fine, but WaPo would have to divest its not news holdings. etc.

  10. #10 |  crazybob | 

    i.e. create a special “press” corporation that has specific onwership/business limitations, everyone else is subject to campaign finance regulation to level the playing field.

  11. #11 |  Nick T. | 

    If I may add my own link: Dumb libertarian attack article of the day.

  12. #12 |  damaged justice | 

    Occupy L&O: Normally I’d be outraged at the state’s heavy-handed, inappropriate response, but I’m too overjoyed that the pinnacle of police state propaganda has had its permit revoked.

  13. #13 |  Nipplemancer | 

    The press, as referenced in the Constitution meant the printing press – i.e. a means of mass communication; not the modern definition of paid journalists and their outlets.
    [i]”Freedom of the press” provisions only extend to outlets that are pure press in nature[/i] is ridiculous now more than ever in this age of instant communication and dissemination of information.
    What you propose is to limit who can and cannot communicate, which is quite the opposite of freedom and democracy (not that I care for democracy, tyranny of the majority and all that).
    Fuck off crazybob.

  14. #14 |  Juice | 

    When I saw the Korean towers with the headline “What were they thinking?” I thought, “Yeah, that looks unstable as hell.” Then I read why people were saying WTF? and that made me say WTF?

  15. #15 |  Jeff | 

    Can anyone explain why the Bjorg ad was number 16 on the list, and not number freaking one?

  16. #16 |  BamBam | 

    To sharpen disposable blades, run them across your jeans 20-30 times after every 30 uses. I have been doing this for a year after hearing about it on youtube, and by golly it does make the blades last much longer.

  17. #17 |  Maria | 

    Re: the buildings. It’s tragic but to some people, any two rectangular objects standing side by side are going to evoke that day, for as long as they live. I only noticed the resemblance with your side by side comparison. I think it’s a cool concept and I really hope they don’t change it too much.

  18. #18 |  Juice | 

    There have been many many many razor sharpening tools sold on late night infomercials and none of them have taken off. One reason, none of them actually work that well.

  19. #19 |  Juice | 

    Rubbing baby oil on your face everyday is going to feed the bacteria that cause acne. Do not do this. Just shave in a hot shower with a fogless mirror (the kind you fill with hot water) and you’ll be fine. The glycerin soap idea sounds good. And keeping water away from the blade after shaving is essential to multiple uses. Problem is the bathroom tends to be a damp environment so if you keep the blade in a cup of isopropyl alcohol (I know 30% water, but it’s ok, it’s the air+water that does it) it will stay sharp for much longer.

  20. #20 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    “Two high-rises connected by a “pixelated cloud” structure that, tragically, calls to mind the kinds of images you don’t really want to call to mind when looking at a new set of twin towers”

    Jesus Harold Christ! These guys are geniuses. I’ll bet former Mayor Rudy, Dick Cheney and a host of Neo-Conservatives support this idea wholeheartedly though. You know, as a reminder for those of us who have “forgotten 9-11.” Stay terrified folks, it’s good for ya!

  21. #21 |  crazybob | 

    The definition of the “press” would obviously include modern media outlets, not just the printers of 1776. But in a world where their are limited broadcast frequencies those with money can and DO limit the ability of other to communicate. This limits freedom and democracy. What I propose would actually expand freedom and enhance democracy rather than limit it as happens now.

  22. #22 |  Nipplemancer | 

    Limited broadcast frequencies….? Dude this isn’t 1978. We have more than 3 channels. There’s this new-fangled thingamabob that you may have heard of called the internet. What you propose limits freedom and does nothing for the cause of democracy.

  23. #23 |  Mark Z. | 

    ” here’s a link to an article by Jeff Tucker (another badass libertarian) about the disutility of shaving cream”

    That could be the ur-Lew Rockwell article: furious but strangely shallow conjecture about how some quotidian practice must be impurifying our precious bodily fluids (“Shaving cream is destroying your skin, turning it into a whining, pathetic, dependent, beaten, insipid layer of pasty pulp”), a kind of Gnostic self-congratulation on having escaped the veil of maya, and that curious dialect of almost-English:

    “You won’t have the face of a tenderized chicken breast.” (What does the face of a chicken breast look like?)

    “You will find that you will be able to shave ever more swiftly and with ever more abandon.”

    “There are many thing that are true — the state is a parasite on society, private property would solve most social problems, rock music is tedious and stupid — but are nonetheless not generally known or applied.”

    I didn’t know the guys had the necessary self-awareness for this kind of parody.

  24. #24 |  mad libertarian guy | 


    So would taking away the favors that legislators have to dole out in the form of regulations and taxpayer cash.

    In a free market, paying politicians would serve no useful purpose, because said politicians wouldn’t have the ability to dole out favors.

    Fuck off, authoritarian.

  25. #25 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    1. Mirrors are for sissies.
    2. Go slow.
    3. No shaving cream needed…soap will do.
    4. Jean-trick works on the blades.
    5. Shave in the shower.

    The shower is the place to do 5 out of the 6 morning rituals.

    Or buy one electric razor and keep it in your car.

  26. #26 |  Over the River | 

    I use an electric razor …

  27. #27 |  el coronado | 

    I expect the little jerkoff Korean “architect” is just brimming with self-satisfaction at his edginess & hipness & mocking of a historical mass murder in which thousands of innocent lives were ended/ruined.

    Wonder what he – and his fellow Koreans – might think of a building that looks like a Japanese soldier about to deflower a Korean ‘comfort woman’; or perhaps a few dozen Korean civilians lined up in front of a firing squad. Somehow, I rather suspect they wouldn’t appreciate all that edginess quite so much then. Assholes.

  28. #28 |  CharlesWT | 

    “The shower is the place to do 5 out of the 6 morning rituals.”

    Maybe so with your significant other.

  29. #29 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    Any and all “Campaign Finance Reforms” that limit the amount that United States citizens may spend to say anything they goddamned please about any person, political candidate or not, is a limitation on the Right to Freedom of Speech with which the Government cannot be trusted. The people of this country need to tell their would-we elected representatives to repeal all such restrictions. If a serious attempt to do to is ever mounted, the proof that it is necessary will be in the squeals of outrage from those who are currently privileged.

  30. #30 |  Aresen | 

    The WTF of the Day looks like a hoax to me.

    While architects and planners can make really dumb mistakes, there would have been enough people involved in a project that size that someone would have said “Uh, guys, have you seen these photos from 2001?”

  31. #31 |  Juice | 

    The shower is the place to do 5 out of the 6 morning rituals.

    I tried, but my eggs and bacon get soggy and the coffee gets watered down.

  32. #32 |  MassHole | 

    “The shower is the place to do 5 out of the 6 morning rituals.”

    I hear ya, but I just can’t get over having to stomp it down the drain.

  33. #33 |  MattJ | 

    Safety razor refills can be had at a little over $0.10 each. Been shaving with them for about 5 years now.