I shave with a shavette. It's basically a straight edge razor that uses disposable blades. I like it. I find it gives a close shave much like that of a straight edge without having to deal with all the fuss of maintaining the sharp blade. I've loved using one since the first day I tried one, and I've never regretted switching to them. Until today.

I have a long history with wasps. I've had encounters where a wasp ignored other people walking by but attacked me the moment I came near. I don't know what it is, but it's been a source of amusement for my family since I was a kid. Combine that with bad reactions to wasps, and I am somewhat paranoid about them.

I'm usually not worried they'll kill me though. My throat doesn't close up when I'm stung or anything like that. The last time I got stung a wasp got me on my ankle. I couldn't walk for three days. Now I hear that dreaded buzzing sound and I... react poorly.

This isn't just some random, embarrassing thing I'm sharing. Today, a wasp was hiding in my bathroom. It waited until I was halfway done shaving to attack. I didn't see the thing until it was a few inches from my face. I was holding a razor blade to my throat.

I think I'm switching to disposable blades from here on. Can anyone recommend a good brand?


  1. I find the name brands (e.g., Gillette) to hold an edge a bit longer than the generic or store-brand versions although they cost more. The multiple blade versions need frequent clearing of debris. Nicks and cuts are rare and shallow with either as long as the stroke is perpendicular to the blade. If a wasp causes deviation from the recommended geometry, you will need the styptic pencil. Better that than a tourniquet...

  2. I do have to think using a tourniquet on a person's neck might not produce the desired results.

  3. You already said you were using disposable blades. Dollar Shave Club and others have propped up since Gillette raised their prices.

    I've found with mosquito bites, press on the bite for half an hour and it goes away.

  4. I'm currently using disposable blades for a shavette. That's different than disposable razors. I might be able to find a razor I can replace the blades in so I could keep using disposable ones (though they'd have to be different than my current set of blades), but that still leaves me with the question of which razor to use. I mean, how do you even choose between a 1/3/5/9/37 bladed razor? The only disposable razors I've used were cheap single blade ones, and they seemed to work alright (they don't give as clean a shave). How much of a difference would moving up in blades/price make?

    As for mosquito bites, that's an interesting idea. I'll have to give it a try the next time I get one.

  5. I thought the 3 blade was best, and the 5 blade excessive and made it clutter. There are certain other kits that people swear by, but I have yet to try them.

  6. I have been very happy with dollar shave blades, and basically they just turn up in the mail so nothing to think about. They cost a pittance and do a fine job. They have styles with different numbers of blades so you can see what suits you. I have recently switched from the 3 blade to the 5 blade, and reduced my frequency to bi-monthly and that seems to be working well so far.

  7. Joshua, I think that piece might have only been four minutes in full, but I'd definitely be interested in hearing more details of the story. Things like that can definitely happen. I thought it was interesting interesting to learn about how states try to combat it for state-regulated gambling machines like those you might find in bars or gas stations (at least in some states). It's been years since I looked into gambling machines specifically though. There might be some developments I've missed.

    One story I heard about but never verified is there was a guy who intentionally programmed a line of gambling machines to have a weak PRNG so that their behavior could be predicted by a person with the right information. The idea was once the machines were in operation, he or anyone else with the right setup could ensure they'd only play during "hot streaks." I have no idea if that story is true though. A similar idea came up in an episode of the television show Numb3rs with card shuffling machines, so I'm skeptical it ever happened.

    Even if it never happened, it's an interesting idea that could theoretically happen. It's also possible for something like it to happen just by mistake. If people design or implement an algorithm for a PRNG improperly, it can wind up being far more predictable than expected. I'd be curious to know just what was going on in this case.

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