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    RIP Carroll Spinney

    The genius who brought Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch to life has passed on. I feel the same way Big Bird did after we lost Mr. Hooper.
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    FS beginish's Brushes and Soaps

    I continue to weed through my shave den and offer more nuggets for sale. Please note that items from my earlier sale thread (FS - Brush Blowout-Vintage and Contemporary Simpsons and Others) are available, with the following price reductions (I include the link so as not to clog up B&B's servers...
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    FS Brush Blowout-Vintage and Contemporary Simpsons and Others

    Having fallen prey to all manner of acquisition disorders around here, I have decided to pare down my shave den to something manageable and usable. As such, I offer here a selection of contemporary and vintage shave brushes, mostly of the Simpson variety. Except where noted, all are in very...
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    RIP Roy Halladay

    We lost him in a plane crash today. He gave this Phillies fan some incredible thrills. Perfect game. Playoff no hitter. Good man. Gone too young.
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    RIP George "The Animal" Steele

    WWF legend and heel from the 1970's and '80's, died today of kidney failure at age 79.
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    A Thank You PIF

    It's no secret that Badger & Blade has the best members on the internet, and all of you have been incredibly supportive while we overhaul this jalopy into a finely-tuned, precision racing machine. So I would like to especially thank the people who go above and beyond to make this great community...
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    Philadelphia Pen Show, January 13-15, 2017

    It's on again for this year (cancelled last year due to snow): http://philadelphiapenshow.com Who's going?
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    Push back from the holiday table support thread-2016

    Thanksgiving is now over, but all of the holiday parties have begun. If you're like me, you put on pounds for the next 30+ days, but would prefer not to. Let this thread be the place where you can talk about the party you're going to in advance, those bowls full of cookie dough in the fridge...
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    As I've been trying to better control my calorie intake, I've been eating a scone and yogurt for lunch at work these last few weeks. It's worked well for me and I've dropped a couple of pounds, but I've been purchasing both at the coffee shop nearby. Shopping this weekend, I figured this is...
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    WTTF: Simpson Chubby 2 Synthetic

    Specifically, version 2 with the knot set at the higher loft. Have a look at my wiki page to see a variety of items that may be available. http://wiki.badgerandblade.com/User:Beginish. Please send me a PM if interested.
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    Has anyone had a meniscus tear?

    I have one. The MRI came back and showed a complex tear on the inside of my knee that goes into 3 different parts of the meniscus. I have my orthopedic appointment set for 3 weeks from now, and judging from what I've read, I'm probably going to need arthroscopic surgery to deal with it...
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    RIP Umberto Eco

    Before Dan Brown was writing about Templars, There was Foucault's Pendulum. The Name of the Rose was the great period mystery. We lost Umberto Eco today, and another brilliant, shining star has gone out. Rest in Peace.
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    What Audiobooks are Cued Up in the Car?

    I spend more than an hour a day driving to and from work, and for years, listened to satellite radio or local sports talk. Occasionally, I would queue up music on my phone. Last fall, I started listening to audiobooks and radio dramas almost exclusively, and I've found my commutes are a lot...
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    Blade Grinders: Is Freshly Ground Still Better than Pre-Ground?

    Inspired by the recent thread of a coffee grinder that is compatible with a fixed income, I have a question. The initial responses pointed to blade grinders as an inexpensive entry to coffee grinders, and eventually included manual grinders. There is a clear improvement (to my nose/palate)...
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    RIP Abe Vigoda

    Tessio, Fish, the Grandfather in Look Who's Talking. You will be missed. RIP.
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    Number Nine, Number Nine

    Do you miss Pluto? Do you think it got the shaft when Neil deGrasse Tyson and friends downgraded our little friend to dwarf planet status? We'll have I got news for you. There may be a new Ninth planet sitting out there that no one has ever seen, in fact we've never even looked for it, but...
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    Christmas Eve Nib Thoughts

    While wrapping and labeling gifts tonight: 1. This felt tip pen has better balance when posted. 2. I should let that ballpoint ink dry a bit on the label so it doesn't smear. 3. Santa is a big guy and probably uses a Pen for Men (Green). 4. What would the elves use to write, since they have...
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    I need a good pad.something different

    Believe it or not, I'm actually running out of paper (if only ink disappeared this fast :001_rolle). I'm looking for a good pad of paper to use. I've used the Levenger pads and like them, Rhodia and like them, Leuchtturm 1917 and like them, Clairefontaine not so much (stock is too heavy)...
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    WTB/WTTF La Toja Manantiales Shave Soap

    I know that this is a complete shot in the dark, and the Manantiales shave soap in the wooden bowl and cork top has been out of production for 4 years now. If you have a new or very lightly used puck, I would be very happy to work out a trade or purchase to take it off of your hands. My den is...
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    Apple Season

    I love fall for so many reasons, but apple season is one of the biggest. The food co-op where we shop stocks a lot of apples of all varieties from local orchards, and I feel like a kid in a candy store whenever I walk in. I am writing this (with one finger) while eating a fresh picked Macoun...
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