Monthly Archives: March 2005

The button: The Gilette M3Power Razor

It was a scene from a TV commercial … i was standing around at a party and i noticed that Rob Reid has a really clean shave. commenting on this, Rob launches into a log product pitch on the Gillette M3 Power razor and tells me that his fiancée was also impressed with his close shave. Nearby at the same party, fellow shaver Alan Peterson chimes in that he loves the M3 Power too. they both made the switch right when the product come out — and neither will ever go back.

of course, i ran out to my local Walgreen’s the next day to pick up the $10 shaver and the $2 blades. pricey. is it worth it? well Rob and Alan swear by it. my tests for one week are very positive and i’m liking it enough to spend the time blogging it.

Gillette M3 Power razor is part of their Mach3 line. but unlike those shavers, the M3 Power has room for a AAA battery and it buzzes while it shaves — so it gets really close. And it is shower safe which is key. i’m not totally sure why it works, but it does. it is really cool. of course, when buzzing the handle on the shaver looks exactly like a marital aid … but that is another story …

Summation: this is definitely a product worth testing.

I asked Alan Peterson, who is my new maven on all things shaving, a question where to get cheap blades.


Ah, cheap blades. That’s a tough one. Even at Costco there doesn’t seem to be a huge discount, so I’m not sure what to tell you. However, don’t feel that you have to get the blades housed in matching green plastic. Results from my test lab indicate that you can use the plain old blue “Mach 3” blades with the vibrating green handle. The only difference, as far as I can tell, is that the green cartridges have more yellow than the blue ones.

Alan also has a really good travel tip:

When traveling, I now take the battery out of the handle–sometimes the button gets pushed by the baggage handlers/inspectors, and then you arrive with a button that when pushed has no perceivable effect.

Books: The Moral Animal

Review of Books: The Moral Animal : Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology by Robert Wright

Why are we the way we are? Moral Animal tries to answer this question. The book was suggested to me by Patrick McKenna and Scott Faber and Alan Peterson … all telling me the book would change the way i look at life. And while the book was not as profound as to change my outlook, it was extremely fascinating and mind expanding and i would highly suggest reading the book.

The book chronicles Darwin and his ideas. And it has some great pages relating us humans to many other animals.

SprintPCS Girl … I love you

I’m in love with SprintPCS Girl … you know who I’m talking about … don’t deny it …

She’s the one that chimes in right before you leave a message on someone’s voice mail. She has such a sultry voice: “To leave a voice message, press one or just wait for the tone …”

Wow. I’m breathless every time I hear that soft voice.

And sometimes I cannot decide what to do. All the options are so good. I could just wait for the tone. That’s always really nice. And I can try to go extra long and press “#” after my message to review my options. Or I can go for a quickie and just press “2” to send a numeric page.

So many choices … so little time

She’s got so much more class Verizon Girl. And T-Mobile Girl is just too easy. Cingular Girl is boring — too businesslike for me. SprintPCS Girl — just right …

(disclaimer: this blog was posted at 1am … after the censors have gone to bed …)

product idea – web code for business cards

it would be great if most people put a little code on their paper business card.

you could give the card to someone you want to make contact with. if they saw the code they could, instead of typing in your contact information into their PIN (or using a card-scan reader), they could just type in the code and it would automatically download your most current information.

of course, ideally this would also work on a mobile phone.

i can’t imagine why plaxo (or even linkedin, skype, or numerous sites that collect your information) couldn’t do this today. if just a small portion of people adopted it, it would be a lifesaver for people that collect a lot of business cards (and very helpful to even the average person that collects a few). and it would be a great way of further advertising the service. i know i’d put it on my business card immediately…