Nov 262014

Paula Poundstone had a great bit about naps. Basically she said they were an indicator of adulthood. When you wanted one instead of resented one, you were a grown-up.

I’ll buy that.

I remember my mandated naps from childhood. I went to sleep maybe once every fifteen or twenty naps. Most of the time I read and watched the clock. I can remember thinking that an hour measured from half-past to half-past—like from 1:30 to 2:30—felt shorter than one measured from on-the-hour to on-the-hour. Don’t ask me why.

I’ve always said that if there were ever a BoCo, we’d have a designated paid nap time—like 1 to 2. You’d have a mat for your cube/office floor. You wouldn’t have to sleep, but you couldn’t schedule meetings, and you couldn’t make any noise beyond mousing and keyboarding. We’d rotate who answered the phone, and that person would be able to nap 12 to 1 or 2 to 3 if s/he wished. I just have a hunch that would be good company money spent.

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Oct 082014

harryfoam(Note: This review has been modified since initial publication. Please read all the way to the end.)

Given my substantial enthusiasm for Harry’s razors and shaving cream, it seemed a slam-dunk for me to review their new foaming shave gel and after shave lotion. I received them this week. Here are my thoughts.

The foaming shave gel handles well, and more conventionally than Harry’s first shaving cream, which is rather like Noxzema in a squeeze tube. The foaming gel is in a familiar pressurized can and emerges readily, the gel quickly turning white on the surface when it hits the air.

The gel lathers as you rub it on, much like other gels I’ve used, though this may be a little more slick-feeling. My Harry’s Truman razor made short work of my three-day neckbeard. The shave was comfortable and efficient.

The after shave lotion comes in a rigid bottle with a pump dispenser. A bit thicker than a typical mass-market product, it went on easily, though I admittedly didn’t have much irritation for it to soothe. So my review is perhaps a bit wanting on that count.

I expected these to be fine products, and they are. I suspect that anyone using this shave gel and lotion will have a fine experience. They have a pleasant fragrance that isn’t cloying, and a clear effort has been made to make them feel good.

That said, it is much harder for me to recommend these products than it was the Harry’s razor and original shaving cream. This gel and lotion are both very  expensive.

This 4-oz. can of shave gel is $8, or $2/oz., delivered. I can get a 7-oz. can of my longstanding go-to Nivea for Sensitive Skin to my house for $4.50, or $.64/oz. The after shave is even worse, at $10 for 1.7 oz. or $16 for 4 oz.


With no complaints about my usual consumables, there is no reason for me to repeat this purchase.

These products seem like a misstep for Harry’s. The keystone of their strategy for blades is offering a product of comparable quality for less. These are products of comparable quality for much more.

Now much is made of their natural ingredients, so if you have particularly sensitive skin and trouble finding a solution, this is another line of shaving products for you to try.

The rest of us need to stay with the excellent blades and pass on this gel and lotion.


Addendum, December 9, 2014: I’ve only just now used this entire can of shave gel, and I’m going to bump it to 7/10. For one thing, you don’t need as much to get coverage similar to my Nivea product, so you use less. For another, it is noticeably gentler, lubricating and moisturizing effectively.

This is still a bit of a product portfolio oddball in that it’s really a luxury product, whereas Harry’s blades are positioned as cost-effective but comparable alternatives to the giants. But I am much more impressed with the product having used it for two months than I was on an initial foray.

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Sep 292014

“A woman deserves equal pay for equal work.” – Barack Obama, January 28, 2014 Women make 77 cents for every dollar men make for the same work. This is particularly egregious discrimination that we ought to be past by now, don’t you think? Hmmm. This statistic always gave me pause. For one thing, I couldn’t […]

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Sep 282014

I started a post last week that got much too long, and it occurred to me that it would make a good post series. Introducing Facts That Aren’t. Facts That Aren’t posts will examine assertions that “everyone” “knows,” that in fact have extremely limited or highly qualified truth values. Generally these “facts” are propagated by […]

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