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|4 weeks 5 days ago||This is my experience as well - go w/the DE safety razor!||
I'll second all of TheThief's points above. For years I used Mach 3, and then store-brand disposable Mach 3 knock-offs just to save some $. The shaves were OK to pretty good, but I always had more irritation and cuts than I wanted. I'd thought about switching to the old-fashioned double-edge safety razor for a while, and finally made the jump a few months ago and really enjoy it now. Lots of men have made the switch in recent years, so there are tons of resources (books, web forums, YouTube videos, online shaving supply companies) out there to guide a newbie.
There certainly are cons. The upfront cost is not insignificant, though you can soften the blow by stretching it over two months -- first month, get all your prep stuff: a good badger brush and quality shaving cream or soap (and pre/post-shave lotions if you're into that sort of thing). Start with that and focus on making a good lather, while continuing to use your current cartridge blade. Even if you eventually decide to stick with your overpriced cartridge, using a good lather rather than a can of chemical goop will make a dramatic difference in the quality of your shave.
Second month, get your razor (the Edwin Jagger DE89 and the Merkur HD are the consenus favorites for beginners; I chose the Edwin Jagger and like it a lot), and a variety pack of sampler blades (blade brands work dramatically differently for peoples' unique faces; experiment to find the best blade for you). As with any male pursuit, you can turn DE shaving into an obsessive hobby that involves buying lots of different (and expensive) gear, and some dudes really enjoy exploring all the options and products -- but you don't have to geek out too much. Just get a decent brush, razor, cream/soap, and blades, and get going.
As mentioned by others, there is a learning curve, and it's not always pleasant. It takes a lot longer to shave at the beginning; you have to learn your face and how to keep consistent blade angle and pressure in a way you never did with a cartridge. You'll probably have a day -- I did -- a few weeks in when you cut yourself a bunch and got a not-very-close shave, and wonder, "Why the heck did I even try this?" You must push on -- you *will* improve. Your technique will get better and more efficient, you'll find the blade brand that works best for your face, and you'll love it.
And the pros of DE shaving are real. Once you've gotten the hang of it, you'll get closer, more comfortable shaves and the whole shaving experience transforms from a chore to a ritual you'll anticipate. Yes, there's more upfront cost, but a good DE razor like those mentioned above will last a lifetime if cared for properly, and can even be something you pass along to your son. And DE blades are dirt cheap -- over time your cost-per-shave will be way, WAY lower than whatever you're paying now for Mach 3, Fusion, etc.
Sometimes, the older way of doing things *is* better, no matter what corporate marketing departments looking to boost their companies' profit margins tell you.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||As another on the five-year plan, this makes me laugh||
My last round through this was such a pain in the ass; ChiComs, please help me the next time.
(Actually, screw you, ChiComs.)
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Yes, Phyllis from Mulga!||
The only reason I know about Paul Finebaum is from seeing the fantastic Bama-homer rants of regular caller Phyllis from Mulga featured on ESPN. If any MGoBlog readers haven't heard Phyllis in action, I highly recommend you find the clips on YouTube -- you'll laugh so hard you'll have tears in your eyes. (Sometimes I wonder if Phyllis is on the show's payroll.)
Here's her epic rant againt Colin Cowherd ("Cow-turd"), a particular target of Phyllis's righteous wrath:
"The Dynasty is not over! Do you hear me, Cow-turd? Bama's dynasty has just begun! KISS MY BUTT! Roll Tide!!!"
And here she is going nuts after Bama lost to osu in the national semifinal in January:
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Pinup Posbang for Memorial Day Weekend||
In honor of those who gave their lives in service to our nation, how about some Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable, two of the great pinups of WW2?
Have a great weekend everyone.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||There's an entire Buzzfeed list on this phenomenon||
"Fifteen of the Most Deformed Fingers in Sports" -- not for the fainthearted. Check out Anthony Munoz in particular.
My favorite story along these lines is that of Ronnie Lott -- I'd always heard that he got his pinky finger smashed so bad once that the tip actually came off (or, that they cut it off) DURING a game, and he played through it, thus cementing his status as an NFL tough guy. As it turns out, he actually had the tip amputated the following offseason.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Not a world-beater, but we don't need him to be||
Big thanks to Brian for UFR'ing multiple Rudock games to see what exactly we've got in him, showing a nice range of good-to-great Rudock (vs. Northwestern) to meh-mediocre Rudock (vs. Maryland).
Is he the second coming of Andrew Luck? Hell no. But neither is he a guy who's occasionally going to be so awful he'll lose games for you single-handedly. As others have said above, he's low-variance -- and with the kind of defense we expect to have this fall, that's plenty good enough to lead this team to at least 8-9 wins with this year's schedule. And as the previous UFR against Northwestern showed, when this kid has decent protection, he can be pretty darn good -- he's got an accurate arm with some zip that can make all the necessary throws. And unlike every other QB on the roster right now, he's got significant starting experience as a Big Ten QB.
Ideally, Shane Morris is so good in fall camp that he beats out Rudock for the job -- I think his upside (and thus the upside for the offense) is higher, and it would sure be nice going into 2016 with a loaded roster that includes a senior QB with a year of starts under his belt. But worse case, Rudock is your starter with Shane pushing him hard, and then in 2016 you have a senior Morris w/a year of Harbaugh polish ready to take the reins, unless he's beat out by one of O'Korn/Speight/Malzone/Gentry. It's good having multiple bullets in the chamber.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||This was my thought too||
It's a win-win for all involved. Great for the athletes, obviously. Great for the coaches, especially the small-school guys. And not coincidentally, great for us -- Harbaugh knows that when he succeeds in Ann Arbor, his staff's gonna get poached quite a lot by other schools w/HC or coordinator jobs open. This is just another way for him to network with other up-and-coming coaches and ID talented folks who he might want to join his staff someday. Brilliant stuff.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Can't have a posbang w/out Alison||
Where's The Mad Hatter, anyway?
Happy Friday everyone!
|16 weeks 18 hours ago||Smith's currently our best RB, which is slightly frustrating||
Another thing this analysis brings home to me: It's a little frustrating that out of our current stable of RBs, the one who seems to have the best instincts, balance, toughness, and vision -- Deveon Smith -- is also the one with the least speed, quickness, and burst. (I'm withholding judgment on Ty Isaac b/c I haven't seen him enough yet.) If you could put those qualities of Smith's in Green or Isaac's body, that would be a dangerous back. But Smith's pretty good, when you also consider his ability to keep getting positive yards after contact. He's not going to bust any 70-yard TDs, but if the guys up front get the job done, he can be a very nice Chris-Howard style back for us.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||This posbang needs more Alison||
One banger above provided some Alison, but where is Mad Hatter? He's usually early on the Alison Brie beat.
Anyway, here she is, looking for some upvotes!
Happy Friday to all, and Go Blue.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Most interesting thing to me is the QBs||
This draft seems to confirm what we saw in that practice report the other day -- Morris is in front right now, with Malzone close behind, and Speight clearly #3 at this point.
Let's hope all these data points mean the lights have finally come on for Shane.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Tweak or tear, this is still grim news||
Some guys' bodies just aren't built for high-level athletic competition; for whatever reason, they are "injury-prone," even when they take care of themselves properly and rehab the right way, etc. As a Dallas Cowboys fan, I've seen this phenomenon w/Sean Lee -- the guy is a terrific linebacker: smart, hard-hitting, great instincts, makes plays all over the field, a natural leader. But he also can't manage to stay on the field, and had the same problem when he was at Penn St.
I wish Drake the best and hope he gets past this, but it would be wise for all of us to re-calibrate our expectations for him as a Michigan WR from "future superstar" to "any meaningful contribution will be a pleasant surprise."
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Splitting coaching the staff, probably||
That's what I remember from watching videos of the spring game drafts he did as Stanford -- Harbaugh acted as the master of ceremonies, if you will, announcing the choices, but the rest of the coaching staff was split up into two separate rooms and actually drafted the teams.
Another interesting tidbit, re: just how good Andrew Luck was/is -- in one of the videos, one team (probably as a result of a coin flip) got Luck as the first pick, and Harbaugh gave the non-Luck side the next THREE picks to compensate.
Here's the one from 2010: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ivcSnXiPTA
(Drevno sighting at 1:45, btw)
|18 weeks 4 days ago||MGoBlog, where you get ...||
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Let's do this...||
Put a little "spring" in your step, MGoBlog friends.
But she reminds you this is a BEWBZ-FREE posbang:
Happy Friday to all!
|19 weeks 4 days ago||You can never have enough Alison in the posbang||
Happy Friday, everyone.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||That's a hell of a downvote he's giving there...||
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Sideline sightings||
Devin Funchess looking on from the sidelines at around 2:25, I believe. (Would've been interesting to see how he would've responded to Harbaugh & Co.'s coaching...) And is that Jack Miller taking things in from the sidelines in street clothes at 2:57?
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Yes -- coaches on the board, weigh in, please||
Showing them how to transition quickly from receiving a shotgun snap into a throw? Something else?
|21 weeks 4 days ago||I'll see your Alison Brie pic, and raise you a gif||
Chugga chugga choo choo, get your Friday rolling down the tracks, my friends.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Hail to the Bangers||
Happy Friday to all, and may winter end soon.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks for reminding me, State Street...||
... why I avoided Greek life like the plague when I was a student in A2.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Students in general, maybe||
Michigan students in general, sure. Students in student government? Not so much...
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Let me add some more Alison Brie to the SFW posbang||
Agree w/you re: Brie over Upton, M-Dog.
Here's some more non-bewbz Alison cuteness for everyone...
Upvotes for all on a Frigid Friday! (It was 1 degree when I left my house in N. Virginia this morning! Thought I'd left this weather back in A2 when I graduated...)
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Yes... let's make this a chance to exercise some creativity||
Doesn't take much thought to post pictures of HAWT BEWBZ (though I like 'em as much as anyone). Time to raise your posbang gif game, MGoBloggers. Think of this as a chance to creatively abide by the rules.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Four day weekend posbang||
Four day weekend because I'm home sick today, alas.
On the plus side, my wife loves to play nurse, and also believes Valentines Day is absurd. She's the best!
Happy Friday and stay warm, my friends.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Surprised Beilein's "sit w/2 fouls" not on Brian's rant list||
Beilein's non-negotiable policy of sitting players with two fouls in the first half, no matter the circumstance, has always been a big pet peeve of Brian's (and is maybe the only possible thing for which JB can be justly criticized). Very surprised it didn't make the list of his "top rant subjects in recent times."
|24 weeks 17 hours ago||Thanks SC and Magnus for clarifying this||
Thanks for clarifying, especially on the differences b/w the split-back and I-form versions of the West Coast offense.
The emphasis on the fullback in the passing game is one thing that has always intrigued/puzzled me about the WCO; I remember Tom Rathman catching tons of passes as the 49ers' fullback in the late 80s. On one hand, it seems a great way to attack defenses who are more focused on other skill players and consider the FB an afterthought in the passing game. On the other hand, if the intention is to have, as SC puts it, "quick, easy throws with the intention of getting the ball in space and stretching the field laterally," wouldn't you rather have the more explosive and elusive athlete (i.e., the tailback), getting those passes in space rather than a lumbering FB? That might be the difference b/w a nice 5-10 yard gain and a nicer 15-25+ yard gain... Just curious why this I-form version of the WC offense places such emphasis on making probably the least athletic/elusive skill player on the field such a focus of the passing game. If you've got a Rathman or Moose Johnston, OK, but those guys are hard to find.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Upvotes from Alison for all the late pos-bangers||
We can't all pos-bang at 6am... Happy Friday to all!
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Here's an upvote, fellow late-banger||
Leaving work early today to celebrate the Mrs.' birthday -- bang me!