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The manual that came with the razor claims that it will take 10-12 days to “train my beard” to the new razor so that I’ll get an optimal shave, and that I’m not to use a manual razor in the meantime. Research I did before buying the electric razor indicates that all manufacturers say something similar–two to four weeks for the best shave. Why is this?
I just bought a fancy-shmancy electric razor and I’ve always assumed the “it takes two weeks for your face to get used to it” was just a way of making product returns a little more difficult.
I asked my barber about this yesterday and he says it’s true – you need to train your face for an electric. It’s probably not merely a ploy to keep you from returning an electric razor.
I’ll have to write about my shaving experiences over the years in more depth later. In short, I went like this.
- Mach 3 (resulting in bumps)
- Buying into the DE wet shaving craze (still getting bumps)1
- Fuck this I’ll grow a beard (can’t see bumps)
- Bite the bullet and buy an expensive electric razor (we shall see)
In this episode of Mac Power Users David talks about using shared calendars among his family. Everyone has their own iCloud calendar and they share a Family Calendar for scheduling family gatherings and events.
His 12-year old uses it. “It’s not that hard.” he says.
I’ve always wondered what it will be like when nerds take over the world. In this version if you want to go to the movies with someone in your family you send them a Calendar invite.
Could make dating way easier. There’s even that “Accept [Tentative]” setting so that the expectation of flaking is up front instead of an hour before your date.
Been reading The Anditode: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman and have been getting some good nuggets out of it.
The routines of almost all famous writers, from Charles Darwin to John Grisham, similarly emphasize specific starting times, or number of hours worked, or words written. Such rituals provide a structure to work in, whether or not the feeling of motivation or inspiration happens to be present. They let people work alongside negative or positive emotions, instead of getting distracted by the effort of cultivating only positive ones. ‘Inspiration is for amateurs,’ the artist Chuck Close once memorably observed. ‘The rest of us just show up and get to work.’
“In Mastah Blastah who’s the ultimate boss to beat?”
I love how they tried to make these shows hip and then they face the reality that their audience is filled with little nerds and dorks.
I wanted to be on this show so bad when I was 10.
From Ep. 99: White Ribbon of Roderick On The Line.
For other things John Roderick says, check out @rotl_quotes for gems like these:
Although it hasn’t been updated in a while.
This Ted Rall comic was timely since I took a sick day yesterday.
More than one in four Americans go to work even when they’re sick because they are afraid of losing their jobs. Nearly 20% of Americans say they come to work when they’re sick, no matter what. And 17% of workers report that only doctor’s direct orders would keep them home.
I wonder how many boardrooms conspire to restrict sick time – I think most of the jobs in which people are afraid to come in tend to be entry-level positions.
Related: You come to work sick = You’re Gaëten Dugas
My position is still the same – I think you’re selfish if you come in sick and expose healthy people to your illness. Stealing somebody’s health is one of the worst things you can do.
Macrumors reports: Statue Honoring Steve Jobs Destined for Apple Headquarters Unveiled in Belgrade
I wanted to present some of the recognizable Serbian motifs such as a letter Ш which is the last letter of the Serbian alphabet and Apple rather liked the idea. I’ve also placed the Latin letter A and binary code 0.1 too. I’ve wanted it all to represent a sort of “magnet”.
It looks like that goddamn THING.
I’ve been saving this link in Omnifocus for months trying to figure out why this idea of technology “saving” classical music bothers me so much.
So much industry tries to get off the ground by claiming that it’s about education and “the kids.” When I was in 6th grade there was a “Cable In the Classroom” campaign which claimed to bring something like “a new world of learning!” to elementary classrooms, but really it was a weekly break for teachers to catch up on whatever else they needed to do while kids watched a video.
I think it’s a similar thing with iPads and classical music. Advocates like this can fool themselves into believing that the real problem with classical music is that it needs more iPads – that there’s an app for that.
Did anyone else HATE their english classes in high school? Why? I rarely liked the books we read. They were oftentimes HUNDREDS of years old. English classes may be the place where we teach kids to HATE reading. They jokingly write on their Facebook profiles things like “Reading? HAHA!” under the “favorite books” section. Is it really a surprise that many students never pick up a book again after high school? We tried to shove “The Hobbit” down their throats in 7th grade (Yes – I HATED the Hobbit).
An eighth grader reading “Great Expectations” is probably going to be bored out of their mind whether they read it on paper or on a Kindle. I’ve read of classical music programs where they claim to lift the stuffiness of the performance by allowing their audiences to come and go as they please – as if the puny brains of today’s youth just can’t handle a symphony.
When you were in second grade, what COULD you handle? How long could you sit still? When is the right time to introduce them to classical music? Why even call it that?
Maybe it just isn’t the right time for these kids yet. That’s going to change if you let someone go to the bathroom between movements and play Angry Birds?
In the same way some kids learn to love to read by picking up the right book, some kids learn to love classical music by finding the right music – for them. It’s not really a classical music problem. It’s not a technology problem. It’s not “these kids” today. It’s a content-to-kid problem.
Amazon is having a magazine subscription sale today. If you want an all access digital and print subscription of Wired today check it out.
But you won’t be able to get it on your Kindle e-reader.
The disconnect between medium and content has never been greater. Check out this customer discussion thread, or not – because this is the most relevant part.
Here’s the problem there: the value of Wired is not merely the content, but the medium. Specifically, the visual display of the information in that inimitable Wired fashion (e.g. neon inks, beautiful layouts, fullpage graphs, etc.). It wouldn’t translate to the current Kindle.
Hmm, I always thought of that as stuff I had to put up with.
Check out this TED Talk with Shlomo Benartzi titled “Saving for tomorrow, tomorrow.”
Although the video is about setting aside money, watch how he cites an example of changing from opt-ins to opt-outs in the name of a common good. Germany’s 12% organ donation rate is minuscule compared to Austria’s 99%. The difference is that in Germany citizens opt-in to the program. In Austria citizens opt-out.
Austria looks progressive here, but it didn’t sit well with me. I don’t want someone else making decisions for me. Germany’s 12% actually WANT to be organ donors. Austria’s 99% just didn’t look at the fine print.
The intentions are good, but with savings and organ donation I don’t want to opt-out. I want to opt-in. I want to explicitly make that decision for myself, not be the victim of someone else’s good intentions.
When marketers at companies do things similar to this people waste no time saying how unethical it is. How are opt-out retirement plans and organ donation wishes any different?
Related: What you lose when you sign that organ-donor card
The Atlantic takes a look at Goodreads and the opportunities they have to grow the site.
We don’t want to spam our users. We’re only at the tip of the iceberg of what we can do for authors in terms of helping them connect to fans. I was once having drinks with the author Tim Ferris, and we looked at the site together and saw that [tens of thousands of members] had read his books. And he was like, “Great! How can I email them all?” And I was like, “No, we don’t have that.”
JUST BECAUSE I’VE READ A TIM FERRIS BOOK DOESN’T MEAN I WANT TIM FERRIS EMAILING ME. EVERYBODY SEEMS TO UNDERSTAND THIS EXCEPT TIM FERRIS.