Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Vulcan Razor Update

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Friday, December 1, 2017

Arko Shave Stick

Here's a quick look at the Arko Shave Stick. 

For me, when paired with the Vikings blade Synthetic White Knight badger brush, Arko shave stick creates heaps of lather!  It's a snap to use!  Simply rub the stick on a wet face and use the brush to face lather.  In moments you'll have a rich, creamy, dense, lather for your morning shave!

At approximately $15.00 for a dozen shave sticks, Arko is incredibly affordable and one stick looks to last along time.

Arko Shaving Soap Stick, White, ( Pack Of 12 ):

VIKINGS BLADE Luxury Badger Brush (High end synthetic badger hair):


Other Traditional Wet Shaving item to consider:

Vikings Blade Chieftain Razor:

VIKINGS BLADE The Godfather Safety Razor :

VIKINGS BLADE Swedish Steel Replacement Razor Blades, 50 Count:

Edwin Jagger DE89Lbl Lined Detail Chrome Plated Double Edge Safety Razor:

Merkur HD 34C Safety Razor:

Perfecto Badger Shaving Brush:

Van Der Hagen Boar Shaving Brush as part of the Men’s Luxury Shave Set: (comes with Brush, Mug, Soap and stand)

The Art of Shaving Pure Badger Brush:

VIKINGS BLADE Luxury Badger Brush – Dark Stallion:

RazoRock Plissoft IVORY 22 Synthetic Shaving Brush:

VIKINGS BLADE Luxury Badger Brush – White Knight Synthetic:

Perfecto Deluxe Chrome Razor and Brush Stand:

Proraso Shaving Soap in a Bowl:

Taylor of Old Bond Street Eton College Shaving Cream:

The Art of Shaving TAOS Soap with Bowl, Sandalwood:

VIKINGS BLADE Luxury Shaving Cream, Traditional Swedish Heritage, Sandalwood & Western Red Cedar:

VIKINGS BLADE Black Ocean Luxury Shaving Cream:


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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Introduction to Linux

Ever wonder, "What the heck is Linux? What does it do? where do I get it? How do I run it?" Well, this video will help answer many of those questions.

Installing Linux

Here's an in-depth, step-by-step look at how to install Linux on your computer. As you'll see, it's quite easy to do. So, grab an older spare PC that you might have sitting in the corner, collecting dust, download a copy of Linux, and give it a try!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Gimp 2.6 Cookbook

Gimp 2.6 Cookbook. Over 50 recipes to
produce amazing graphics with the GIMP.
I've been using graphic photo manipulation software programs for nearly 20 years. After using several, I've come to the conclusion that all of them are quite similar in features, bells, and whistles. The main difference comes in how they carry out the task at hand. That is to say, the menus, tool bars, and commands are laid out differently from program to program. So, migrating from one program to another isn't difficult, it's just that you need to learn (or relearn) the “moves” and menus in order to get the application to respond to your input.

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you already know that my graphics application of choice is the Gimp (current version 2.6). The Gimp is a free, open source software application available with the Linux operating system. Gimp is also available for Windows and Mac.

After cutting my teeth on many other software programs on the Windows platform, I moved over to the Gimp when I switched to the Linux operating system. The minor challenge for me, as noted above, was relearning some of the moves in order to get the Gimp to do what I wanted it to do.

This is why I LOVE the Gimp 2.6 Cookbook by Juan Manuel Ferryera so much! How I wish this book was available when I made the switch to Linux and the Gimp! It would have made the transition much easier. A lot of my questions would have been answered in one place rather than spending countless hours on Google trying to track down some of the information I needed.

The Gimp 2.6 Cookbook is a terrific combination of step by step tutorial along with being an introduction to The Gimp and all its features. The book, when followed sequentially, chapter by chapter, gives the user a good foundational understanding in how to use the Gimp. You build your understanding of how to use the program from the ground up.

The challenge in using The Gimp sometimes comes from not having enough good instructional books available to learn the program.  It's important to learn the moves, so to speak. Once you know some of the basics, you can build on doing more and more complex projects.  The Gimp 2.6 Cookbook - Over 50 recipes to produce amazing graphics with the Gimp does just that!  It's a wonderful resource manual to learn the Gimp! I love this book!

Juan starts you with simple tasks, increasing the level of difficulty with each chapter. As the difficulty increases, you're introduced to new tools and methods to accomplish the task.  In this way, you learn more about the program.  You learn where the tools and filters are located and how to incorporate them into the various tasks.

Juan also encourages the user to experiment. That's where the fun in using Gimp comes into play. Juan recognizes that there are many approaches to achieving the same result. He shows you the most common and fundamental path. By encouraging experimentation, the user can teach themselves new ways to to achieve a desired result. In so doing, the power of the Gimp is really unleashed. It becomes a continual process of uncovering new tools and methods to reveal a new way to edit an image.

Many times, while using this book, I've said to myself, “Oh! So THAT's how you do it!” Which means, I’ve learned a new process from Juan or realized that there's a better way to editing an image than the one I've been using.

The book shows you how to use color, paint tools, cloning, filters, effects, text, fonts, photo manipulation, etc. The Gimp 2.6 Cookbook covers all the bases!  It shows you how to achieve professional results, step by step! It gives you a great start and, as you go through each lesson, you can actually have some finished pieces to add to your portfolio.
With the Gimp 2.6 Cookbook,
learn cloning basics to
transform the top photo
into the bottom photo!

Whether your a beginner or seasoned pro, Gimp 2.6 Cookbook is incredibly helpful. Even after 20 years of using graphics editing software, I've learned some new techniques and methods, and gained a new understanding in using Gimp. I know I'll be pulling this book out from time to time as new photo editing/cartooning projects come along.

The Gimp 2.6 cookbook is available from Packt Publishing.