March 31, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Michael Douglas and Friends

Today's celebrity facial hair Friday star is movie star and lucky, lucky man, Michael Douglas. Seems my loyalty to T-Mobile and the Sidekick isn't enough to woo Catherine Zeta-Jones away from his loving arms. Or his scraggly beard. Yo Zeta. Have you looked at your hubby recently? Dude needs a Fusion.

The scary photo on the right comes from USA Today's Pop Candy Blog, where writer Whitney Matheson has assembled a list of 8 star studded beards, ripe for your sarcastic wit. There's Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, Orthodox Jewish rapper Matisyahu (I'm not kidding), Daniel Day-Lewis looking a little rounder than usual, and even the freaky dude from the Skittles commercial. Once you're through ridiculing them make sure you vote for your favorite. I went for the Beastie, and at last check he's in the lead with 21% of the vote.

Michael Douglas - shave it.
Beastie Boy - save it.
Orthodox Jewish Rapper - oy.

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March 31, 2006

The Best of the Blogpire

Cheapfunwines-2Another week and another Best of the Blogpire. Make sure and check out the latest from all of our blogs and also each blog now offers a mailing list and RSS feed for you to read your news from. Now on with the Best of the Blogpire!

Liquor Snob
- Reviewing Booze Is More Than A Numbers Game - Skorppio Vodka: Feel the Sting

Really Natural - Disturbing News About Organic Dairy Farms - Kashi TLC All Natural Snack Crackers Original 7 Grain

Critical Gamers - Warhammer Marches on PCs this Fall - Spice up your Scrabble with Wildwords

Single Serve Coffee - Review: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Fair Trade Island Coconut™ K-Cups from Single Serve - Reader Reviews: Aerobie AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Maker

Just The Chips - Texas Hold'em Odds - RFID goes all-in at the casino

Kitchen Contraptions - Cheese Scissors - Wine Preservation Steward

Shaving Stuff - Gillette Fusion Razors - 8 for $14.99 - Free Schick Quattro Midnight Razor

Whats All The Racquet - BROKEBACK BORG - THE FINAL CHAPTER! - What do Vince Spadea and Kevin Federline have in common?

TV Snob - Is That the HDTV you Really Want? - Amazon Now Listing the TCD649180 Dual Tuner Series 2 TiVo

Shirt Snob - Falling in Tank by Ya-Ya - Short Sleeve Top with Leather Band by Lauren Moffatt

GPS Lodge - New Navman GPS Receivers: iCN 720 and iCN 750 with Cameras - Garmin Launches GPSMAP 378 and GPSMAP 478

The Cooking News - Recipe News: Taste of Home Recipes - Wine News: The effect of oxygen on wine

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March 30, 2006

Gillette Fusion Razors - 8 for $14.99

fusion_razors.jpgPrices are starting to drop! An 8-pack of Gillette Fusion razor cartridges has fallen to $14.99 at Amazon, for a limited time. That's less than 2 bucks a piece, or about 31 cents a blade if you count that sixth little guy. It's also about half the price of the Fusion Power razors, which we thought shaved as well as the regular blades, and even cheaper than RazorsDirect, which is usually the cheapest place on the net. Any way you look at it it's the lowest price we've seen by far. Snatch these bad boys up before Amazon comes to their senses. Buy two and get free shipping!

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March 30, 2006

The Man and His Products

manHair.jpgHere's a challenge - find the website for a line of personal products called "The Man". Go on, head over to Google and try. I'll wait...

Give up? I did too. The website is I had seen these at a local store and figured I'd do a little research. A frustrating hour later I concluded that while the product name is great for the retail shelf, it doesn't translate to the web.

But enough of that. Problem solved. Let's take a closer look at these guys. The Man has got you covered in the areas of face, body, and hair, with products that include shampoo, scrubs, lotions, and of course, shaving cream. Dr. Seuss may tall you that big "A" is for Aunt Annies Alligator, but in The Man's world, "A" is for after shave lotion ($20), and "I" is for impressively smooth shaving cream ($20).

According to The Man:

these are not beauty products. These are high-performance, demanding products for a man’s face, body and hair. Purest ingredients, nothing complicated, just great stuff designed to make you feel and look your best.

"M" is for Man. Check him out... if you're Man enough.

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March 29, 2006

Free Schick Quattro Midnight Razor

12010-large.jpgYep. You heard right. A free Schick Quattro Midnight Razor for the small cost of giving up an email address. Nothing in life is really free. But hey - that's why god invented Hotmail.

Here's how it works. Go to and fill out your name and address. Then... actually, I don't really want to give it away. It's actually quite funny. Let's put it this way. What follows is a clever merging of Flash and location-aware marketing. Apparently I'm known as "Sweet Cheeks" in my home town. Perhaps you are too.

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March 27, 2006

Sign Up for Weekly Emails!

Are you looking for ShavingStuff in a more manageable format? All this blah blah blog business with its RSS and its atom feeds got you perplexed? Wish you could go back to the old days before the web, back to plain old simple email? You're in luck. We've just integrated with FeedBlitz to create a weekly email digest of all new posts on the site. Comes out every Monday morning, right about the time you roll out of bed. Looks a little something like this:

How do you sign up? It's easy. Just look to your right. A little higher. Nope. Lower. There is it! The textbox above the "Subscribe me!" button. Hit it! And hey - we won't use or sell your email address for anything else. That would be totally lame. We're not lame.

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March 24, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Terry O'Quinn

normal_2x16-truth-cap196.jpgDid you guys see Lost this week? Did you notice the major shaving faux pas committed by John Locke, AKA actor Terry O'Quinn? The lack of shaving cream? Well, that might be one. But I'm talking about the up-shave. The egregious, inexcusable, uncomfortable up-shave. And you'll remember this wasn't just one upward motion. This was stroke after futile stroke, tearing away skin, destroying a face. Haven't we been warned enough? The up-shave means in-grown hairs, razor burn, and more.

normal_2x16-truth-cap195.jpgThis week's celebrity facial hair pick is Terry O'Quinn, but for the wrong reasons. Please. Terry is not a role model. Do not emulate this man.

Oh, and if you're stuck on a deserted tropical island for a while, use an aftershave with a little SPF. And stay out of the sun.

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Keep On Top of the Modern Board and Social Game Revolution at

Criticalgamers BlogadIs your closet full of mid-century board game titles like Monopoly and Sorry!? Are you still answering questions about 1980's science and technology questions from a dusty version of Trivial Pursuit? The staff at can help move you from the drab repetitive gameplay of yester-year into the entertaining world of modern Eurogames and social card games.

Blogpire Productions is pleased to announce the addition of to our growing family of product- and category-specific Web logs. will provide news and reviews of social board games, Eurogames, and card games. Critcal Gamer's goal is to weed-out the mediocre from the slew of modern table top game titles, and to keep readers posted on what's new and popular in the world of social gaming.

At CriticalGamers

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March 23, 2006

USA to Host World Beard and Moustache Championship in 2009

philolsenbyandrewbuscard.jpgAlmost a year ago we wrote about the then upcoming World Beard and Moustache Championship to be held Berlin in October of 2005. Kind of fell off our radar (shame on us!), but big thanks to ShavingStuff reader David who wrote in recently. First of all we should congratulate all the winners, especially those in the Schnauzbart Freestyle category. Totally Xtreme Schnauzbarts! Secondly, we're excited to announce that the 2009 World Beard and Moustache Championships will be held right here in the good ol' US of A. USA! USA! Well, actually Anchorage, Alaska. Which is still USA. But getting out there.

And how is team USA preparing to defend their home turf? Check out Beard Team USA's blog for up to date info. Phil Olsen, self-appointed team captain, will keep you informed on all the latest news and tips for the upcoming showdown. Plus, if you feel the need for some pre-world championship training, you can enter in these upcoming events for a dry run to the big day.

Gentlemen, start your beards.

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March 22, 2006

Razor Projections from The Economist

OK, file this under bizarre. The Economist, the world renowned magazine on business and financial news, had an article last week analyzing the growth rate of the number of blades in a razor. Was it a slow news day? I can't believe they're taking this seriously.

This relationship (see chart) suggests shavers are going to get more blades whether they need them or not. However, just like Moore's law—the observation that computer chips double in power every 18 months or so—it seems that technology as well as marketing determines the rate at which new blades are introduced.

They even got a quote from spokeswoman Michele Szynal of Gillette:

"Every additional blade [...] adds weight and size to a razor."

Um... OK. Hey, thanks for fitting a hyperbolic curve to that graph. Do you really think we're going to have 14 razors per cartridge by 2010? If we could just have one more data point. Someone call Schick and find out when their 6-shooter is coming out.

Read the whole article here, and for extra credit, calculate the areas under the two curves to three significant digits.

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March 21, 2006

The Scarsdale High School Beard Club

scarsdale.jpgA while back Gizmodo expressed their disbelief at the existence of our little shaving site. Now it's my turn. A high school beard site? Serious?

Well... yeah. Kinda.

A warm web welcome to the Scarsdale High School Beard Club, whose quest for official club status appears to be the main motivation. That and getting enough people together to go to a monster truck rally so that you don't feel like the lone loser. Amazingly these guys gotten some press by a few of the other beard blogs and sites. And now us.

But cry not for the poor scarred youth of Scarsdale, their dream has apparently come true. According to this post on the Beard Team USA Blog (more on that in the next few days), the kids have triumphed.

Congratulations to the Scarsdale High School Beard Club in Scarsdale, New York. The school recently granted the club official sanction, despite initial opposition, due to overwhelming support from the student body. The SHSBC is now the second largest club at Scarsdale High, with 41 members attending the second meeting. Good luck and keep up the good work!

You know... I watched this documentary recently about inner city kids whose schools had cut most programs, yet somehow ballroom dancing was allowed in and gave their lives purpose. Must be similar. Beard on.

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March 20, 2006

Update on Hitachi's +10 Razor of Goodness

Back in September of '05 we reported on the Hitachi RM-SX100, a new electric razor with 10 internal blades. The main site which we got our small tidbits of information from was in an Asian language which we incorrectly reported as Japanese. Shame on us. I'm grateful to ShavingStuff reader Tony who recently wrote in and not only correctly pointed out that the page is in Korean, but even translated it.

The title reads: "Hitachi's 10-blade rotary-style water-proof electric razor"

Below the first picture it says:
"Hitachi is planning to release a 'Waterproof Electric Razor (Model RM-SX100)' which is equipped with ten blades in a rotary style razor."

Below the second pic:
"This product is not one that just gives you a deep, clean shave with it's high speed continuous rotation, but one that will give you visible results going in only direction and without changing speeds."

And the third pic:
"It has also been equipped with a rotary washer, which has had it's rinsing effectiveness improved."

So, thought you would just like to know. Also the tech spec box said it comes with a 220V DC adapter and it is water-proof(which I think it had already stressed enough).

Awesome. Thanks Tony.

To see the pictures go to this page on The Hitachi RM-SX100-A is currently available on in cool metallic blue (pictured) for ¥7,580, down from ¥8,526 when we first reported on it. Still no word on US availability.

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March 17, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Moustache Review!

burtreynolds1.jpgToday's celebrity facial hair Friday features a huge selection of be-moustached celebs. Big thanks to for compiling this mostly horrifying compendium.

johnoates.jpgFreddy Mercury, Gabe Kaplan, Gallagher? They're all there. Gene Shalit and Geraldo? Yup. How about John Oates, Keith Hernandez, and Tom Selleck? Of course. And we'll throw in Burt Reynolds and Carl Weathers to boot.

wilfordbrimley.jpgOnly Wilford Brimley seems to really pull it off, although have you seen John Oates recently without the moustache? Might be best if grew it back.

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March 16, 2006

The Wet Shavers Group

msn.gifAttention old-school shaving fans! There's an MSN group out there that's perfect for you. It's called the Wet Shavers Group, and it's a happenin' place. Tons of discussion, advice, and all-around bonding over shaving. They've got four main posting areas:

General: for wet shaving techniques, equipment, supplies, and suppliers. This is our largest, most active forum.
Grooming: soaps, cleansers, lotion, toothpaste, hair products, and related topics.
Sale and Trade: wet shaving related items for sale, trade, or want-to-buys.
Off-topic: clothing, dining, relationships, and other "good life" matters.

If you're anti Microsoft you can still browse all the forums without signing in. To post you'll probably have to sell your soul to the evil empire, or at least an email address. The group is current, active, and full of quality information. All but the "off topic" forums have recent posts, and there's very little spam. Have fun over there, but please come back.

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March 15, 2006

Proraso Now Available at Target

proraso.jpgShavingStuff reader Mark wrote in yesterday with a light scolding. How could I mention Target's Caldo Razor and not the fact that they're now selling Proraso shaving product? "This is HUGE news with the Old School Shaving crowd." Looks like the roll-out of Proraso products at Target is scheduled for the week of March 8th - 15th.

For those who don't know, Proraso is an Italian brand of shaving products designed for use with brushes and straight razors, although many of their products can be used with modern safety razors as well. Their shaving creams and soaps feature ingredients such as eucalyptus and wheatgerm, although they also have the straight up "shave cream" without the fancy ingredients too. Prices are in the totally reasonable range of $10 to $20.

It appears that Target hasn't added these products to their website yet, although most are available at Amazon if you want to buy online. If you want to go brick and mortar, here's Mark's advice:

Proraso appeared in my local Target this morning. They had not only the shaving cream, but also shaving soap, pre/post cream, aftershave, and a decent-looking boar brush as well. It was located in a new "spa" section, adjacent to the women's cosmetics, and not in the men's shaving isle.

Look for the distinctive old-world Italian red and green packaging. Oh, and if anyone can tell me how to get past the first page of Proraso's website, I'd be eternally grateful.

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March 14, 2006

The Caldo Razor at Target

caldo_razor.jpgTarget. You know it. You love it. It's the friendly Walmart. It's not as big, and you don't feel as threatened when it moves into your neighborhood. And, they're big on design. With celebs like Isaac Mizrahi developing exclusive home decor and fashion, or Rachel Ashwell doing her shabby chic thing, Target has emerged as the leader in attainable, affordable design. And now the have a razor.

Introducing the Caldo Razor, available now at Target for $29.99. The Caldo takes Gillette Mach3 blades, and makes a great upgrade to your gummy original Mach3 handle which is probably a bit of an embarrassment at this point. The Caldo is unpowered, so don't make the switch unless you're into the power-free shave.

Now, I'd like to link directly to the Caldo so you can find out more for yourself, but it appears that the one thing Target can't design well is their website. Here's the best link I can give you. Once there, mouse over "Featured Products" in the center section, and then use the right arrow to scroll over to the razor. But wait, once you click on the razor you can easily miss it. That's because depending on where your mouse is placed you'll either see a picture of a well-dressed man or the Caldo. Ridiculous. Come on guys. Drop the Flash and let us link directly to your pages. Oh yeah, and make the razor available online. I'm lazy and into ecommerce.

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March 13, 2006

Win a $75 Gift Certificate at

TG-Logo-BrownSilver.gifJust got word of a quick survey running over at where you could win a $75 gift certificate to their site. Seem they're looking to learn more about how often you shave, where you buy your products, who taught you to shave - standard marketing questions. It's quick and painless.

What is I'm glad you asked.

Created distinctly for men, the True Gentlemen shaving products are prepared with the purest ingredients and botanical extracts available. The fine blend of True Gentlemen shaving products combined with traditional shaving methods assure a comfortable shave while drastically minimizing common shaving problems.

The luxurious collection of shaving products is designed specially to bring out the "true gentleman" in today's modern mad. Paired with proven benefits of aromatherapy the True Gentlemen shaving products bring to every gentleman the True Ultimate Shaving Experience.

Browse their site and check out their full range of premium high-end shaving products. Pre-shave oils, shave creams, after-shaves - all available in unscented or infused with lavender oil. Bushes, stands, and razor handles which fit Mach3 blades. Even gift sets. They've got you covered. Prices range from $20 for some of the oils to $125 for gift sets, but oh... the luxury.

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March 10, 2006

Learn to Pick the Most Luscious Wines on the Planet for Under $20 at

Cheapfunwines-1We're pretty excited here at Blogpire Productions to tell you about our new site - Cheap Fun Wines.

How many times have you shelled out ten bucks for a bottle of wine only to have your hopes dashed when you poured the first glass? The staff at is here to help. They're goal is to find the most luscious bottles of affordable wine on the planet for under $20.

Kim and the staff at love wine. There is little in life that’s more fun for them than pouring a new wine or revisiting an old favorite.

What they don’t love is wine snobbery. At www.CheapFunWines they'll promise to write about wine in plain English and make fun of people who don’t. That said, they don't profess to be a wine experts. They're totally wine beginners - each with a keen sense of smell, a decent palate, a passion to learn, and a sense of humor.

For the past six years, the staff at has often trekked to wineries in Napa and Sonoma, trying dozens of reds and whites. Slowly, they've learned what they like (Full-bodied Cab and peppery Syrah) and don't like (Bombastic fruity Zin and overblown Chardonnay).

At CheapFunWines the staff won’t always be right. They won’t always use the proper wine vocabulary. But that’s OK. They're all learning together. So pop a cork and join them on a fun journey to a cheaper, better bottle of vino. And send them your favorites!


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Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Johnny Damon

This week's celebrity facial hair Friday superstar is none other than baseball's Johnny Damon. I say "baseball's" because it just doesn't sound right to say that New York team's name. As you may know, Johnny recently followed in Babe Ruth and Roger Clemens's footsteps when he left the beloved Boston Red Sox for the New York Yankees. There. I said it. It still smarts.

On the right we see Johnny in all his Red Sox glory. Full mane of hair. Unkempt beard. Bob Seger would be proud. On the left we see Johnny today, clean-shaven and trimmed for the pinstripes. Truth is, he looks better. But you always wonder if Sampson had any regrets.

Normally this is the part where I say "save it or shave it". But today I think I'd like him to grow it back. And put on that old bean-town uniform again. Oh Johnny... We already miss you.

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March 9, 2006

Norelco 6423LC Corded Men's Shaver

Here's a quick electric razor alert - the Norelco 6423LC Corded Men's Shaver is on sale at Amazon for only $33.99, and that includes shipping. This guy isn't too flashy, but for 34 bucks you get a decent razor which is great for international travel. The Norelco 6423LC features "automatic worldwide voltage", however I think you might still need different plug adaptors for different countries. It does come with a car cord adaptor, but please, don't use it while you're on your cell.

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March 8, 2006

BodyTools, and a History Lesson

You wouldn't attempt to fix your sink without the right plumber's tools, so don't even think about caring for your face without body tools. That's BodyTools, with a capital B and T. Think of it as Home Depot for skincare.

BodyTools offers an array of skincare products, from "Basix" - like body washes and scrubs, to hair - shampoos and conditioners, to, you guessed it, Face Savers - shaving creams and after-shaves.

Here are some things which caught my eye - their shaving cream has tons of natural ingredients - Lanolin and Apricot Kernel Oil for a smooth shave, Tea Tree Oil and Aloe Vera for moisture, and Anti-Oxidants for healing. And their After Shave Repair & Protect is SPF 15. Remember boys - too much sun can be a bad thing. Why don't you go inside once in a while and use your computer.

If that's not enough, there's a great write-up on how to shave in their Fall 2004 (or 2005?) issue of The Body Mechanic. Here's my favorite factoid from the opening paragraph:

A man can expect to spend almost 3500 hours in his lifetime removing over 28 feet of beard.

28 feet? Damn. Can you imagine some caveman dragging that size beard around? Thank god someone invented Gillette. Actually, if you read the history of shaving you'll learn that there's evidence of cavemen using pieces of flint in 30,000 BC to shave their beards. Flint. Again, thank god for Gillette.

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March 7, 2006

Razor Magazine's Tombstone Website

What happens to websites when their associated magazines shut down? Some just keep on going. Case in point - Razor Magazine.

Razor launched in November 2000 by editor in chief /CEO Richard Botto as a hip lifestyle title for twentysomething men. At its launch, Razor positioned itself as a diversion from laddie titles such as Dennis Publishing's Maxim and Emap's FHM. Instead, the title attempted to be a younger version of Condé Nast's GQ or Hearst Magazines' Esquire, covering fashion, tech, pop culture and celebrities without the gratuitous sex and slapstick bar humor.

Turns out young men didn't want a diversion from Maxim. The magazine shut down in September of '05. Who would have guessed?

Now I know Razor Magazine really has nothing to do with shaving, but I find it interesting that the website is still up and cheerfully beckoning you to browse its flashy content. It's a perfectly preserved digital death. That's got to be new concept.

Read more in this MediaWeek article from late last year, or visit Razor Magazine's site and click through the oddly fresh-looking stale content.

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March 6, 2006

Review of Origins' "Blade Runner" Shaving Cream

When I first learned there was a shaving cream called Blade Runner, my inner sci-fi geek was overcome with joy. Finally, my odd demographic had gained enough cred to warrant a shaving/movie cross-promotion. Alas, Harrison Ford meets Gillette will have to wait. Instead we simply have Blade Runner Shaving Cream from Origins, filled with herbal extracts and exotic oils to free your face of unwanted hair. After several weeks' use and between 10 and 15 shaves, I'm ready to pronounce it... pretty good.

The most outstanding characteristic of this shaving cream is its smell. Somewhere between lemon and 1800s medicinal balm. If a covered wagon came through your town selling something called Dr. Sorenson's Stunningly Smooth Shaving Salve, you'd expect it to smell something like this. Now don't get me wrong, Blade Runner is not a placebo scam. It's just that the smell is something you really want to make sure you like. Aside from the hint of citrus, Blade Runner is scented with Coriander, Australian Eucalyptus, and French Peppermint. Breathe deeply and feel your congestion clear. I'd recommend stopping by your local mall's Origins store and asking for a whiff.

The feel and experience of applying Blade Runner is great. You scoop this light and fluffy cream out of a tub, smooth it into your face, and feel a slight tingle as it softens up your skin. Some other shaving creams I've used recently have been too soapy. Blade Runner is like cake-frosting - light, creamy goodness. And it doesn't completely obscure your facial hair so you can see where you need to shave.

The Shave
The shave is... well... average. A little above average maybe, but not anything to write home about. Honestly I'm a fan of a more oily shaving cream. Even though Blade Runner has both Kukui Nut Oil and Soybean Oil in it, I kept wishing it were just a little more slick and lubricating, so the razor would glide a little more easily over my face.

Wrap Up
So Blade Runner wasn't ideal for me, but Origins is a respectable brand and produces some great products. If you're a fan of their other products you might want to check this out. Blade Runner is available on the Origin's website in a 5 oz. tube for $14.00, and also in their omnipresent retail stores. Blade Runner used to be available in a 16.9 oz tub (which is what I used), however it appears they might be phasing that packaging out. If you can find it in the tub it will be significantly discounted. I saw references to sale prices as low as $22.50 (down from $47.25), however they were all sold out. Look for the tub.

Other Opinions
Finally, I found this great review of Blade Runner on Epinions from a woman's perspective, written by gatorgirlie. Definitely worth a read if you're on the fence, or thinking about using it anywhere else than on your face.

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March 3, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - The Oscars

story.oscars.jpgWith the Oscars this weekend it seemed only right to find a suitable leading man for this segment. But alas, the five men nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role tend to be pretty much clean-shaven. Philip Seymour Hoffman was clean-shaven in his role as Capote. Same for Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain, Joaquin Phoenix in Walk the Line, and David Strathairn in Goodnight and Good Luck. Only Terrence Howard for his role in Hustle & Flow shows any kind of facial hair, and that's just a pretty standard mustache/goatee combo.

So what gives? I think it may have to do with the era in which the movies take place. The four clean-shaven movies all take place during the middle of the 20th century, while the one with facial hair is present day. Styles definitely change, and while people in the middle of the century were more reserved, unique facial hair is one aspect of today's self-expression. We may look back on those crazy oughts and wonder, "what was I thinking?" But for now, flaunt your facial hair. Here's to hoping for a more exciting crop next year.

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March 2, 2006

Shave 'n' Cut Gama-Go T-Shirt

Want to be the coolest shaving kid on the block? Then you need the Shave 'n' Cut Gama-Go T-Shirt. Never heard of Gama-Go? Hmm... OK, find a kid, preferably male, slightly nerdy, yet oddly fashionable. Or go to

In late 2000 Greg Long & Chris Edmundson started screen printing tee shirts and working out of the basement of Greg's house to help showcase some of their friends artwork. It was a great way to help promote the local San Francisco art scene and get their minds off the drudgery of their day jobs.

Might sound mundane but trust me, Gama-Go is ultra hip. The Shave 'n' Cut Gama-Go T-Shirt is only $28 and is available in blue and black. Go on - shave a couple years off your wardrobe.

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March 1, 2006

Gillette vs. Schick - Why Must They Fight?

boxingGloves.jpegA while back we reported on the lawsuit between Gillette and Schick over the number of blades in a razor. Seems Gillette filed a patent for a ''progressive blade geometry" razor system which they claim covers three or more blades, so that when Schick came out with the four-bladed Quattro, Gillette sued them for patent infringement. Hmm.... Then Schick countersued Gillette on false advertising claims based on Gillette's ads, which say that the shave from a Gillette razor is, questionably, "'The Best a Man Can Get." Oh please...

Well, a couple weeks ago the companies quietly decided to forgo a lengthy trial before the case went to a jury.

''Both companies have resolved the vast majority of litigation between them," said Eric Kraus, a Gillette spokesman. ''While Gillette and Schick will remain competitors, we'll compete in the marketplace, not in the courtroom."

It's kind of like that time when Hulk Hogan and the Iron Sheik decided to stop their verbal sparring and step into the ring. (I think I might be dating myself here.) The upshot is that both companies are placing their bets on the fairness of the pure capitalist marketplace. Letting a jury of your piers decide whether three or four or now even five blades is the right number of blades is ridiculous. Especially because some of the jurists probably had beards and don't shave much. Or some of the jurists are women and don't shave their face with a Quattro. Let's let America decide who has the better razor. Game on!

Read more in this Boston Globe article or this one from Reuters

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