I’ve Tried Harry’s Razors for 1-Week Now

I started using Harry’s razors a week ago, so I thought this would be a good chance time to look at how things have been going.

Let’s start with the “why”.  Why did I decide to switch from what I’ve been using for the last, oh, 17 years or so?  A big part of it was the timing of needing some new blades, and the cost.  I had a promo code from a podcast I listen to, so I was able to get the complete starter kit for $3 and some change, all delivered to my door.  That included a blade and handle, a bottle of shave gel and a bottle of after shave balm.  Plus I’ve heard good things about the razors (from that same podcast, but I got the impression it was genuine and not just because Harry’s is a sponsor).

Worst case, I got a pretty good deal on this.

Worst case, I got a pretty good deal on this.

So what did I use before?  For years I’ve used Gillette, through a few different iterations (I think one was the Mach 3, currently the Fusion, and it seems like something else was before all of that).  They do a great job of hooking you early.  I remember getting a free razor in the mail when I was 18 after registering for the draft.  Brand loyalty is huge in this country, and they do a great job getting customers early in life.

I use Nivea sensitive skin shave gel and after shave balm as well.

Re-read that last paragraph.  That’s kind of a key of something I was looking for with Harry’s.  I do have fairly sensitive skin.  Especially along my neck I’ll get irritate after shaving.

So what did I experience?  I wasn’t sure after my first few moments.  The shave gel seemed thing when I rubbed it on, but it actually worked really well.  I’m very used to the gel I’ve used in the past that is very thick when I rub it on my face.  This was a change, but still effective.

The shave was clean.  I don’t know that it was necessarily any smoother than my old blades, but one thing I’ll be watching for is how long they last (this is one of the main things I’ve heard about Harry’s blades, that they last a long time).

More importantly, I’m very pleased with how my skin has reacted.  I had a few days where my skin felt a little bothered, but once I put the aftershave balm on everything calmed down.  I did have one day where I had some red spots along my cheek and neck.  But that’s better than what I’ve experienced in the past, so I’m pleased.

Another perk I noticed is the cost.  The cost for 8 blades is just over $2 (with taxes and shipping and everything), which is less than the per-item cost of Gillette when you buy in bulk at Costco.

All-in-all I’m very happy.  Harry’s uses the subscription model (another perk, and definitely something I think a lot of people are looking for today), so I’m scheduled to have blades ship in about another week.  I was using this trial time to decide what to do, and I’m going to let that order go through.  I want to continue to try these blades out and see if I remain this happy going forward!

*Disclaimer* I received nothing for this post, it is just my personal opinion.  This post is not sponsored, although if anyone from Harry’s is reading this and wants to hook me up just send me a note on my Contact Page

 

Who wants free stuff?

Well, the free stuff is admittedly copies of my book, but it’s still free!  Anyway, I’ve got some copies of my book “Kauai The Garden Isle” available for your kindle.  These are leftover from a previous giveaway, so it’s sort of “first come first served” today!  If you’ve got a kindle or the kindle app and want a copy of my book, just visit http://www.amazon.com/acceptgift and enter one of the following codes.  They’re only good once, so if it’s used just try the next.  I’ll try to update this as they get redeemed.

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And if you missed out on the giveaway but want a copy anyway, you can buy one for $1 at https://smile.amazon.com/Kauai-Garden-Isle-Photo-Collection-ebook/dp/B013OA36JY/?tag=jaimwrit-20

Movie Prediction – “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

It has been a little while since I did one of these, but I think I was just riding the high of being (pretty darn) accurate on my Rogue One theory (which you can find here: http://www.jaimeh.com/2016/11/06/bold-prediction-rogue-one-a-star-wars-story/

If you’ve read my “Bold Predictions” before, then this one might look a little familiar.  Back when Doctor Strange came out last year, I had predicted that we would meet Captain Marvel.  Maybe it’s because Captain Marvel is currently one of my favorite comic characters, but I’m going with this one again.  Since we don’t really know the story for the Captain Marvel movie, we don’t know if we’ll meet her on Earth or in space, so I’m going to go with space in some way.  I think that we’ll meet her in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

Captain Marvel

But Captain Marvel isn’t all I have for this one!  This is also really a wish more than a prediction, but I’ll go with it anyway.  Guardians comes out on May 5, with the early screenings on May 4, which is Star Wars Day.  I may be going out on a limb, but I’m really hoping that we get a teaser trailer for Star Wars The Last Jedi before Guardians.

Again, this may be a pipe dream, but I’m going to stick with it!

What else are you predicting or even just hoping for in Guardians of the Galaxy?  Leave your hopes and guesses in the comments below!

Baby #2 Announcement Idea

We recently got to make the announcement that my wife was pregnant with baby #2.  We went through a couple of ideas on how to announce it before she came up with this idea.

It’s pretty simple really.  She got a box of various-sized safety pins and chose the appropriate ones to represent me (dad), her (mom) and our current little one.  Then she bulged the “mom” pin a little bit and put a tiny pin inside to represent the new baby.  She was able to snap the picture below.

Baby Announcement Idea

Baby Announcement Idea

What do you think of this idea?  If you like it, feel free to use it for your own announcement, or change it a little to make it just right for you!

The Last Jedi

“Star Wars: Episode VIII” has a name, and we now know that it is “The Last Jedi”.  The image below was released today, giving us an official name for the next Star Wars movie.

The Last Jedi

The Last Jedi

There has of course been no end to the speculation in the last few hours.  Let’s start with my own speculation:

If the Jedi do die out, it doesn’t mean they’re really gone.  I’m thinking of what Maz Kanata said in “The Force Awakens”.  She says that she’s seen evil in many forms: the Sith, the Empire, the New Order.  Ultimately, even though the Sith are no more, the Dark Side still exists.  Maybe we’ll see something similar with the Light Side.  If Luke dies, the Jedi are gone, but the Light Side carries on through Rey.

In “Return of the Jedi” one of Yoda’s last words to Luke are “When gone I am, last of the Jedi you will be.”  Maybe this is just a reference to that.

And we can’t ignore the fact that the words “Star Wars” are in red, rather than the typical yellow.  No way that Disney accidentally did that.  It means something.  And it seems very foreboding.

What other thoughts and theories do you have for Episode VIII?  I’m sure there will be plenty more to come in the next 11 months (including from me), but I’d like to hear what you all think!

Most Anticipated Movies of 2017

2016 is hours away from ending, so it’s time to start looking ahead to 2017.  The new year already looks to be full of great movies, so I thought I’d put together a list of the most anticipated movie of each month.  There are very few months I had to actually stop and think about what I was looking forward to the most, which is pretty amazing.

This is based on movies listed on IMDB at http://www.imdb.com/movies-coming-soon/ as of 12/31/16.

January – “The Red Turtle” – I don’t really have anything super specific to say about this, other than it has caught my attention and I’m looking forward to seeing it.

February – “A Cure for Wellness” – I’ve been looking forward to this since the initial trailer debuted during last season’s “American Horror Story.” The slew of new trailers only leave me more excited.  There’s clearly something going on behind the scenes – it reminds me of “Shutter Island”.  Can’t wait.

March – “Logan” – The final movie that Hugh Jackman will do as Wolverine, and so far it’s actually looking good.  Unfortunately that hasn’t worked out for the past stand-alone Wolverine movies, but I’m still looking forward to this.  And if they’re using “Old Man Logan” as a template, we could be in for something awesome.

Close second goes to “The Belko Experiment”.  If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, go check it out.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCl0bOwq62c

April – “The Circle” – I’m still not 100% sure what this is even about, but it looks interesting.

May – “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” – This was already near the top of my “most anticipated of the year” right behind “Star Wars Episode VIII” even before the Baby Groot trailer came out.  “Guardians” is probably my favorite MCU movie to watch over and over again, so of course the sequel is one I’m looking forward to!

June – “Wonder Woman” – Based on the early trailers, it looks like we’re going to get a good DC movie.  I’m hoping it works this time!

Consolation prize to “The Mummy” just because the mummy itself looks pretty awesome.

July – “Spider-Man: Homecoming” – Linking Spider-Man into the MCU should be fun.  And Tom Holland has already given us a preview of the fun he can have with the role in “Captain America: Civil War”.

Second prize goes to “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”.

August – Not a lot to pick from at this time (only 4 listed with an August release right now), so I’ll give it to “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” because a cast of Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek and Gary Oldman has to be good for something.

September – September actually doesn’t really have anything I’m looking forward to (as of now).  Remakes of “It” and “Flatliners” feel pretty unnecessary.

October – Sigh.  Another month without much to offer.  Another “Saw” sequel.  Another installment in the “Insidious” series.  Eh.

November – It’s close, but I’ll give it to “Thor: Ragnarok”.  Depending on how “Wonder Woman” works out, I may give the edge to “Justice League”.

December – “Star Wars: Episode VIII” – Duh.  Can you imagine the opening night when the movie ends and there’s a dedication to Carrie Fisher?

Episode VIII

So what do you think?  There are going to be plenty of new movies announced as the year goes on, but what are you looking forward to most right now?

First Thoughts on “Rogue One”

As a fair warning, this post does include some spoilers from “Rogue One” so if you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favor and stop reading now. Seriously, don’t even read this sentence. Go watch Yoda sing about how much he hates seagulls. Really, go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9t-slLl30E
OK, you’ve been warned.
  

I don’t really consider this a full review, just some thoughts on what I did and didn’t like about “Rogue One”. 

The Good

The best character by far is Donnie Yen’s portrayal of Magic Stick Man (If you don’t know what that is, do yourself a favor and watch this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CehVgQ43pn0 ). OK, Chirrut Imwe. And his partner Baze Malbus, portrayed by Wen Jiang. Those two have a great chemistry. Throughout the movie, Baze kind of teases his counterpart about his belief in The Force, but as Chirrut is dying and Baze picks up the mantra of “I am one with The Force. The Force is with me”, that was one of the most emotional parts of the movie.

The effects in space. A lot of the ships looked almost “bad” by modern standards, which is a good thing. They had the feel of models used in the original trilogy, which was perfect for a movie leading directly into “A New Hope”.

Some of the little cameos. The a-holes from the Cantina. A few of the pilots in the battle (I didn’t catch all of them, but a buddy pointed it out). The quick little bit with R2-D2 and C3PO.

Vader. Obviously. His best fight scene in any of the movies. And it dawned on me that there isn’t any other villain out there that can be actively beating up the good guys and you’re cheering it on.

Galen Erso and his intentional design flaw. I should put this first, because this is pretty darn close to what I predicted here http://www.jaimeh.com/2016/11/06/bold-prediction-rogue-one-a-star-wars-story/. Although I predicted that the exhaust port was intentional, I’m taking credit for the intentional design flaw that he built into the core. 

The direct connection from the end of “Rogue One” going into “A New Hope”. I love that it was almost like “Rogue One” ended with a teaser going into a commercial, and “A New Hope” is was starts up the next episode.

I loved K-2SO. I still love R2-D2 and BB-8 more, but he was great. And he actually had character development. Going from really kind of an a-hole to sacrificing himself to protect Jyn and Cassian was great.

The Bad

There wasn’t a lot that I would consider to truly be “bad” with “Rogue One” but a couple things do stand out. Tarkin. He was too obviously CGI. I felt almost like I was watching Shrek, but as a friend put it, a video game is probably a better comparison. I would have loved them to find an actor who looked very close and just use makeup or some prosthetics to fill in the gap. I really want to say the same for Leia at the end, but at least her shot was just quick.

Vader and the cheese factor. “Don’t choke on your aspirations”. Boo.

I’m sure I’ll have more to say after I go again next week, but those are my initial thoughts. What did you all think?

Comic Gift Guide for the Geek in Your Life

I’ve been reading a lot of comics (or graphic novels if you prefer) lately.  With the holidays right around the corner, this seemed like a good time to put together a little shopping list for the geek in your life.  I hope this list helps you find something for that comic lover in your life!

The Good Stuff – These are just really good

Marvel 1602 – I probably don’t need to say much more than this book is written by Neil Gaiman.  That alone tells you it’s great.  All your favorite Marvel characters, but set in Victorian England.  With plenty of intrigue and surprise, this is great for any comic lover.  You can order it on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2fqLFsj

Superman Red Son – What if Superman had landed in Soviet Russia instead of the United States?  That’s the question this tale tries to answer.  The Man of Steel being in another country has a profound effect on the rest of the DC Universe.  Another great book.  Available on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2gnHAas

House of M – When Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch, changes reality as we know it, the X-Men and the Avengers must team up to find a solution.  Another great “Alternate Reality” book.  Get it on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2gj8Rgz

Avengers Vs. X-Men – Following the events of “House of M” (and a few others), we get this epic battle.  Who wouldn’t want to see various X-Men fighting various Avengers??  The battles are great in this entertaining book.  Available on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2fTpWNB

Batman: The Killing Joke – One of the all-time greats.  The Joker is once again out to prove that the line between sanity and insanity is grey at best, and of course he brings Batman along for the ride.  This is a must-have for any comic fan.  Get it on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2fTocnb

The Dark Knight Returns – Another classic.  An older Batman returns to fighting crime, and has to deal with opposition from crime-lords as well as the police and government.  You’ll see lots of inspiration here for modern DC movies.  Get the 30th Anniversary Edition on Amazon http://amzn.to/2gnK1tn

For the Marvel Cinematic Universe Fan

Civil War – This really belongs up above with the “Good Stuff” books, but this category seemed like a good spot for it too.  We’ve all seen “Captain America: Civil War” (and if you haven’t, what’s wrong with you? Get on it!), now read the inspiration.  The story is vaguely similar, with superheroes becoming government employees in order to help control them, and you do get Captain America Vs. Iron Man, but the overall outcome is much different.  Get it on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2fqJHIj

Infinity Gauntlet – The Marvel movies have spent years building up to Thanos acquiring the Infinity Stones, which will culminate in 2019’s “Avengers Infinity War” but don’t let the name fool you, this is where you want to start.  This collection starts with Thanos getting the Infinity Stones and wiping out half the life in the universe.  It’s up to the Avengers and other heroes to come together to find a way to stop him.  Get “Infinity Gauntlet” on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2fqNFk2

For the Horror Fan

The Walking Dead – Know a fan of AMC’s “The Walking Dead”?  Of course you do.  Probably the best spot to start is “The Walking Dead: Compendium One” which collects the first 48 issues of the comic.  Starting from the beginning of Rick’s saga, this is a great collection.  Get the Compendium on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2gnO9te

Not sure that the full Compendium is what you want?  Get the first trade which includes the first 6-issues of “The Walking Dead”.  Get it here: http://amzn.to/2gi0U7H

American Vampire – Much like “Marvel 1602” above, I probably just have to say that Stephen King is involved with this one.  As America moves west and Hollywood grows bigger, the first of the American vampires is born (made?).  He’s not quite the same as the vampires of old.  This is an awesome book, a must for any horror fan.  Get “American Vampire” on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2fqOA3Y

For the Man-Child in Your Life

Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe – Come on, the series is called the “Killology”.  With the success of the “Deadpool” movie, fans will enjoy this one.  The character Deadpool isn’t exactly what we would call “stable.”  And this contributes to him setting off to kill all of the heroes and villains in the Marvel Universe.  Definitely not for kids!  Get it here http://amzn.to/2ftwvFI

Deadpool Kills…Everything – There are actually several series around Deadpool killing stuff.  “Night of the Living Deadpool” explores Deadpool during a zombie apocalypse.  “Deadpool Kills Deadpool” has, well, Deadpool killing other Deadpools.  And “Deadpool Killustrated” has Deadpool killing all kinds of literary characters (like Moby Dick).  Finally, “Deadpool Vs. Thanos” has Deadpool battling the Mad Titan, Thanos.  These are all lots of fun.  Note that the “Marvel Universe,” “Killustrated” and “Deadpool Kills Deadpool” make up the awesomely named “Killology”.

 

Bold Prediction: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

If you read my movie prediction on “Doctor Strange” then you know It was a bust.  But that’s not going to stop me from making my prediction on the upcoming “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”.  My inspiration came from the most recent trailer.  If you haven’t seen it yet (what’s wrong with you??), here it is:


In this trailer, we see Jyn’s father, played by Mads Mikkelsen, apparently being taken away by the Empire, and forced to work on the design of the Death Star.  He makes the statement that “Whatever I do, I do it to protect you.”  So he’s going away peacefully in order to protect her, but that gives me the impression that he doesn’t support the empire.  Which leads me to my big prediction:

What could be happening?

What could be happening?

Since he is being forced to work on a superweapon that he does not support, I think the whole exhaust port leading directly to the outside of the Death Star….will be an intentional design flaw.  Although he is helping to design it, he’s going to build in a weakness, hoping it can be found and exploited.

So there it is.  Instead of a “critical design flaw,” it’s intentionally left there for the Rebels.  This immediately popped into my head when I saw that trailer, and I’m sticking with it.

Maybe this was intentional?

Maybe this was intentional?

So what do you think we will see in “Rogue One”?  Am I crazy with my theory?  Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Movie Review: Dr. Strange

Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” came out today, and I was able to catch an opening show last night.  This is your standard warning that this does include spoilers, so if you want to avoid that, stop reading now!

Doctor Strange

 

Let’s start with the special effects.  The visuals are stunning.  If you’ve seen the previews, that should be no surprise.  The best way I heard it was “Inception” on LSD.  The nice thing is that no matter how much is going on, it’s done in a way that you can still follow what is going on.

As for the story, although it’s a bit slow to get going (it is an origin story, after all), I really enjoyed it once things got going.  I found the good Doctor to be pretty obnoxious at the beginning, but I get that they had to build the character as an egotistical genius before his accident.  There were some pretty big jumps in time that you just had to accept, but overall I think this was handled well.

The biggest part I’ve been struggling with was toward the end.  In order to defeat his enemies, Strange goes to the Dark Dimension to bargain with Dormammu.  He essentially blackmails Dormammu into taking his enemies away.  After giving it some thought, I really enjoyed this.  Dr. Strange battles lots of enemies far more powerful than any human, and he has to use his intellect to find a way to beat them.  I think a lot of viewers who are used to the other Marvel Cinematic Universe films will be expecting a giant fight.  But Dr. Strange is no Thor, Iron Man or Captain America.  Which is a good thing.

I’m super glad that Marvel has brought Dr. Strange into the movie realm.  He will play a key role in the Avengers’ battle with Thanos, and I can’t wait.

Overall, I enjoyed this movie, and look forward to seeing more of him!

What did you think of “Doctor Strange”?  Leave your thoughts in the comments below.