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Pair O’ What?

Micah’s Pocket Paradox:

It does not matter in which pocket you place your keys, for when you exit the store, laden with a hand-full of awkward, unwieldy shopping bags, you will find that said keys are in the pocket on the same side as that hand.
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I thought I’d throw out a little more blog-love to a good friend of mine. If you’re a musician, specifically a guitarist, you owe it to yourself to check out http://www.pappasamps.com/ Cody is an accomplished amp builder and has dedicated many hours to perfecting his amp design. He’s a firm believer in “old school” tech, and open-source design. Having worked on older amps from the 50’s and 60’s, he’s taken the best aspects of those classic designs and refined them. I’m no electrical engineer, but I like what I see in his amps, and I know that he knows what sounds good. So, if you’re in the market for a good amp that’s highly customizable and easy to service, check it out. Tell him Micah sent ya.

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If you’re in a bind trying to find a good gift for a male friend/coworker/family member, you can always give them the gift of a good shave. Get them a shaving brush and a puck of soap or even a tube of shaving cream and point them to http://www.badgerandblade.com/ They’ll be in for a life changing experience. If you’re on a tight budget, you can get a simple boar hair brush like the burmashave brush available at your local Walmart for less than $5 and a $1 puck of Williams shaving soap. If you want to step it up a notch, get them a basic badger hair brush like the Tweezerman (available here for $10 with shipping included) and a puck of soap from Sue. If you want to lavish that special man with luxury, then you might want to think of putting a Crabtree & Evelyn Best Badger and a tube of quality shaving cream under the tree. Then, if you really want to work wonders in his life, get him a decent double edge razor and a blade sampler. He’ll love you for it!

If your fella’ has already taken the red pill, then might I suggest you check out my wishlist of movies? There’s some real gems in there, and you never know, you might just find something you want to see as well.

As always, if you order from any of these places, be sure and tell them where you heard about them. Hope this makes your Christmas shopping easier this year!

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Viva Revolucion’

I’ve got an idea that’s going to rock the political world (to use a tired phrase)! I want to start a third party. We’ll call it the Coin Party. Here’s the basic platform, which I’m sure is flawed beyond reason, but hey, it’s a fantasy, so roll with me on this:

If elected to *insert office here* I pledge to approach every vote/issue with the same guiding principle. I promise to flip a coin. Heads=yea, Tails=nay.

The basic idea is that with any given party, there is a guiding motive behind the voting habits of the politician. Whether voting based on morals, financial guidelines, or just personal beliefs, it’s a fairly safe assumption that the guys in office at least attempt some sort of consistent pattern in their stance on issues. Often they fail, but overall, they tend to follow a trend. How else can one explain the whole right/left leaning analogy?

If you assume that given any two options, one is a better choice for the nation, then by flipping a coin, you will statistically make the right choice at least 50% of the time. I figure that part of the reason that we have had such unsatisfactory service from our congress over the last *many* years is because they have consistently performed at a lower than 50% level. I’m figuring they get it right about 35% to 40% of the time.

It has been proven in studies that portfolios comprised of randomly selected stocks consistently outperform those portfolios that have been assembled and managed by “experts.”

Is our government comprised of people who follow some guiding principle? How about we try chance for a change?

Vote Coin!

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2007 in politics, tongueincheek

 

A note on shaving obsessions and bad habits.

You would not believe the looks I get from people when I tell them that shaving is my hobby. My wife says it’s my newest obsession. Tomato, tomato. Anyway, I realize that like any fanboy, I can ramble on incoherently about badger hair brushes, and double edge razors. I’ve got my opinions on what your best options are for a good close shave, and I’m not afraid to share them. What amazes me though, is that whenever I see an opportunity to regale others with the wisdom I have so recently obtained about de-fuzzing techniques, I fall into the same bad habits that I detest in others.

Living in North-East Texas, I daily encounter those with a penchant for sports. Now, I enjoy the occasional boxing match, minor league game, maybe a round or two of golf, but I could care less about football.
I might as well turn in my “Man” card by admitting that. Really though, football holds nothing for me. I just don’t “get it” and I don’t want to. Whenever I run into an acquaintance who loves the *insert team name here* all they want to talk about is their team’s chances of making it to the *insert championship title* finals. They’ll tell me all about what teams have to score what and which players are sidelined, and all I can do is nod my head and act like I give a flying rat’s patootie. Frankly, the whole thing leaves me feeling a little guilty, like I’ve overlooked some great aspect of living and now, somehow, because I don’t care about this subject, I’m denying my friend the joy that is unhindered discourse on a subject very near and dear to their heart.

Likewise, I can almost feel their thoughts as I launch into a tirade about how the razor industry is fleecing so many sheep with their 26 blade cartridge razors with vibrating handles and heated lotion strips. I recognize that same, “Uh huh, fascinating, you’re a nut” look that I find myself trying to mask from them when they bore me senseless. I’m not sure what to do about it. I don’t seem to be able to turn it off, but I know it’s a bad habit. So if you see me, and I start to bore you, just smile, and nod politely, and remember, I’ll do the same when you excitedly share what you’re doing to your big-block Chevrolet with the dual carbs and open headers.

Go Team!

p.s. Some of you may know that I’m working on a fiction story (or 12). I’m thinking about maybe posting some segments on here. What do you think? Anyone interested in reading about the real-time adventures of a guy with insomnia?

 
 
 
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