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by Dexterous
Sat Jul 19, 2014 1:15 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 1265
Views: 158223

Re: What are you reading?

I just finished Bart Erhman's "How Jesus Became God". Erhman does a very good job and describing the intellectual, social, and spiritual environment of the time. It was a very good read for anyone interested in the development of early Christianity.
by Dexterous
Sun Jan 19, 2014 7:07 am
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 1265
Views: 158223

Re: What are you reading?

Foundation by Peter Akroyd. The history of England from the beginning to the Tudors. I've heard Akroyd is good, though I've never read anything by him. My favorite reads on English history have been Rutherfurd's semi-fictional Sarum and London . I hold a degree in history and find Akroyd to be a fi...
by Dexterous
Sun Jan 12, 2014 11:12 am
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 1265
Views: 158223

Re: What are you reading?

Foundation by Peter Akroyd. The history of England from the beginning to the Tudors.
by Dexterous
Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Lighters
Replies: 10
Views: 1299

My one, single complaint about Zippos: that type of lighter fluid makes a cigar taste awful. No complaint about the hardware, but a new formula would be great! I use my Zippo to light cigars also. I usually swap the original inner mechanism for a Z-Torch insert. This gives me a butane Zippo without...
by Dexterous
Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:52 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Compact florescent bulbs
Replies: 5
Views: 868

I use Daylight CFL bulbs in areas that need more light than an ordinary CFL bulb. These bulbs produce 800 lumens for as little as 14 watts. They are available at most hardware and department stores.
by Dexterous
Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:51 am
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 1265
Views: 158223

Picked up Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals yesterday. Started it last night and found myself regretting to have to put it down to go to bed.
by Dexterous
Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:32 am
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Bow Ties - A New AD for Me
Replies: 83
Views: 7571

I haven't seen them mentioned here but, after days of visiting every local upscale department and men's store and seeing nothing that didn't look cheap, I bought from Beau Ties Ltd of Vermont ( http://www.beautiesltd.com/ ). I bought two ties (the Blenheim [think Churchill] and the Philbin) and a po...
by Dexterous
Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:22 am
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 1265
Views: 158223

Finished "Cloud Atlas" yesterday. It was a very good read and I recommend it. I'm going to start stock piling Mitchell's other works.
by Dexterous
Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:24 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 1265
Views: 158223

I'm about 125 pages into "Cloud Atlas" by David Mitchell. So far it's been a great reading experience.
by Dexterous
Sat Jun 09, 2012 8:52 am
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 1265
Views: 158223

Reading two at this time:

The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson, and
The Mormon Mirage by Latayne C. Scott
by Dexterous
Tue May 15, 2012 5:11 am
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 1265
Views: 158223

Ashenden by W. Somerset Maughm. These short stories are based on Maughm's own experiences as a British Intelligence agent in Switzerland during WWI. It is said that these stories inspired Ian Fleming when he began the James Bond novels. Recommended.
by Dexterous
Sun May 13, 2012 1:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Longmire shaving with a brush on the tube
Replies: 8
Views: 2091

It's a modern police drama set in the rural West. I've been trying to get a clear view of the razor being used in the trailer but without success. Did you note that he has nicked his cheek?
by Dexterous
Sat Apr 14, 2012 10:26 am
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: CANADIAN FUNNY MONEY
Replies: 26
Views: 2267

I've always thought that the adoption of a dollar coin in the USA would be a good idea. Coins are virtually immortal whereas paper currency can last, at most, 5 years. We have dollar coins in the US, off course, but for some reason all of the coins are about the size of a quarter and are hard to ide...
by Dexterous
Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:14 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Dollar Shave Club
Replies: 9
Views: 2673

BTW, I learned about this service on the "Clark Howard Show" on CNN. Howard claims he is getting very clean shaves with a disposable razor he has used for months. Here are the show notes for that claim. http://www.clarkhoward.com/news/clarkhoward/deals-money-saving-advice/cheap-razors-now-being-sold...
by Dexterous
Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:13 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Dollar Shave Club
Replies: 9
Views: 2673

Dollar Shave Club

I didn't see this posted so I thought I'd share. Dollar Shave Club couldn’t be simpler. Select one of our great razors, pay one low monthly fee, and we send ‘em right to your door. No more over-paying for fancy brand name shave tech. No more forgetting to buy your blades. http://www.dollarshaveclub....
by Dexterous
Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:19 am
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Any Belgian beer recommendations?
Replies: 40
Views: 4420

I'm not a big fan of Belgian ales but I live within walking distance of an award winning brewer of those ales. I thought I'd make you aware of his products. I don't know how widely distributed his products are but they are generally available in Michigan. http://www.jollypumpkin.com/artisanales/Defa...
by Dexterous
Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:09 pm
Forum: Straight Razors
Topic: Possible Northern Michigan Seminar
Replies: 6
Views: 2971

Re: Possible Northern Michigan Seminar

I'm thinking about putting together a Northern Michigan seminar for this July. It would be similar in scope to the Ashokan Seminar (www.knifeseminar.com), except all about razors only. The idea would be to have top razor makers and honemeisters come and lecture and demonstrate. This would not be th...
by Dexterous
Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:41 am
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Does anyone enjoy a Manhattan?
Replies: 15
Views: 1403

Manhattans are my usual cocktail when dining out. I believe the original recipe for Manhattans included rye, although, recently, most of the restaurants I frequent automatically reach for the bourbon bottle. For those who want a dryer Manhattan, Bourbon makes the drink less sweet. I have had dry Man...
by Dexterous
Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:16 am
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Anoyone Else Use Moleskine Journals?
Replies: 25
Views: 2649

I use Moleskine Cahier notebooks on projects to record meeting notes, strategies, and problems and their solutions. Even though they have a craft paper cover I find them to be very durable. At about $8 for a three pack at my local B&N they are inexpensive and very practical. On the down side, the pa...
by Dexterous
Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:51 am
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Hercule Poirot
Replies: 28
Views: 3849

We watched episode 2.1 of Downton Abbey Sunday night and celebrated its return. I'm currently reading The Fall of Giants by Ken Follett, and there are many plot parallels. As for further British period drama, we spent about six hours of the New Year's weekend on Netflix devouring The Forsyte Saga, ...