Category Archives: blogging

The Republican Debate: Bad Lip Reading

Um, I’m pretty sure that there is nothing that I can say that would improve this.

Review: Men Essentials Shaving Gear

Man, I can’t wait until I have a job again, so I can shop for gear and kit again.  I was asked to review some things from MenEssentials a few of weeks back.  I’m a shave geek, so I jumped at the opportunity.  They sent me some stuff to try out in exchange for a review of their products, and I am happy to report my results.

A little about Men Essentials first, though.  They are a supplier of high-quality products for skin, face, and body-care products, fragrances, and accessories geared toward the discerning gentleman.  They carry  wide selection of some of the best-known brands in the market, as well as some interesting-looking up-and-comers.

MenEssentials sent me three shaving products to review.  Pictures and reviews after the jump.

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This is why we can’t have nice things

Ok, first, here’s the FFRF ad:

Video © Freedom from Religion Foundation

As far as I am concerned, this ad is somewhat less upsetting than pretty much any TV ad for the ASPCA that shows abused animals. It is also little different than ads that I’ve seen for the Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or the United Methodist Church

According to the ad was submitted to pretty much all of the TV networks, but was rejected by everybody but CNN (and Comedy Central, last year), which I have no significant issue with, though I think it’s pandering to the Christian Right Wing, but whatever. They’re perfectly within their right to air (or not) pretty much anything they want.

Anyway, I tagged a friend with this on Facebook, and got a comment back, which I started to reply to, then thought better of it. My extended response to the comment is behind the jump. Continue reading

Cross-post: Policy Statement on American Food Security Risks

I posted a copy of my final project for Consequence Management class over on my more professionally-oriented blog this evening. The paper is a public policy memo which focuses on the fact that the American food supply is mostly unprotected, and would make for an easy terrorist target with a high chance of inflicting serious damage on the American economy and population.

Check it out over at Hurricane Dad and do a little reading. The government keeps stripping funds out of the agencies that can protect our food supply, with no signs of reversing this trend. You need to know what we’re dealing with.

Some things that I learned this week…

This week, I learned something profound:  It matters to connect with people you care about early and often.  I learned this because there is a friend that I can no longer connect with.

She died this week.  Suddenly.  Several niche communities lost a great personality when Andrea died on the 21st.  This loss was significant to me in a number of ways, not the least of which was the fact that I held Andrea and her husband in high regard.  She will be missed.  She had a wicked sense of humor and was a Master (Mistress) of Snark, and her delivery was so soft-spoken that she took more than one person by surprise. 😀 Continue reading

Thoughts on “A Manifesto for Blogging”

I’ve been sitting on this for a couple of days, so that I could let it digest in my brain. I saw this article come across my Twitter stream the other day, and I’ve been thinking about it: A Manifesto for Blogging | Social Media Today.

I’ll admit, I am a spotty blogger. I’ll post furiously for a while, then fall silent for days or weeks, which is not a good way to retain readership. I really need to change that, despite what I have said here. At the very least, I need to be consistent about posts. this is especially important for my other blog at Since I started that one in order to be a voice of emergency preparedness, I’ve been really inconsistent. Bad blogger.

After reading the article mentioned above, I think that I mostly do OK with the guidelines that Chris Street uses. I welcome feedback. I’m not trying to sell something, especially in a manner of whoring for it, though I am willing to do reviews. I share what I learn, and do so freely. I hope that I encourage individual thought and inspire readers. I share resources that I think are helpful.

I’m not fearless, though. I censor myself, often a lot. Sometimes that’s because I am ashamed of the thoughts in my head. Sometimes it’s because I don’t want to cause discomfort with my friends or family. Sometimes it’s because I don’t think that what’s in my head is “significant enough” to put out there for the entire world to see.

And sometimes it’s because the thoughts in my head feel so fragile that they’re crumble under the weight of being put into words. I may act like I’m resilient, but I know the truth: I’m not very much.

Anyway, this manifesto is worth reading. I’ll be trying to put it into practice more often.


Light weekend reading

While Kristen was out running errands with Kirk and Katie, the mail came. However, I wasn’t paying attention, so they brought it in when they got home.

Side note: Kristen is starting to get freaked out by the numerous packages that are arriving with my name on them lately. Fortunately, there are only a few left pending. One on Monday, which is my water bath canner, and one that will ship on May 5, which is my birthday money from Barnes and Noble.

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UBP12 Twitter party

Ultimate Blog Party 2012

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Party on! Ultimate Blog Party 2012

Ultimate Blog Party 2012

This week is the 2012 installation of the Ultimate Blog Party, as started by 5minutesformom back in 2007.  I have to say that I hand;t heard about this before, but considering that I’m starting to become something of a full-time (?) lifestyle blogger, I should throw my hat into the ring. I suspect that most of the participants will be “Mom bloggers” but they have a separate category just for us “Dad bloggers” this year.

Come take a look around and see what the party has in store!

My ugly mug

I live with depression, and have recently lost my job, so I’m kind of in a tight spot. Fortunately, I have a supportive family, and a good outlook, so I’m not crushing under the situation. I blog about my life and how I am dealing with the changes to my self-image, coming from a provider role into a support role in the family. I am becoming something more of a “Mr. Mom” because of the situation.

I hope to be able to make some connections to other Dad bloggers through the party, and maybe making a few friends at that.


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