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Why I Shaved My Beard

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gillette at Sam’s Club. All opinions are 100% mine.

To shave or not to shave: that is the question I face (so to speak) on a near-weekly basis, not being one who opts to maintain a shorn appearance on a consistent basis.

My barber (who lives on Fleet Street) must be on vacation, as I haven’t seen him in a while. If you happen to see Mr. Todd in passing, please tell him that I promise to finally try one of his building partner’s meat pies if he can fit me into his schedule again.

Struggling with blades from the beginning, I find most shaving options treating my skin as though they weren’t treating my skin – which is a shortcoming for someone who has the inherent need to eliminate stubble before it grows into a full-blown beard.

Unless, of course, he finds himself sitting underneath a full-blown beard that has been cultivated over a two-month period of time without any planning, pruning, or promise.

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The timing for receiving a Gillette Fusion ProShield from Sam’s Club was perfect, as my uncontrolled facial hair situation was getting quite hairy. My wife didn’t mind these extra-long whiskers, but they were starting to interrupt my routines. I found myself having to reposition my face as it laid upon the pillow to keep my lip hairs from tangling with my nose hairs (but that’s a matter for a different day to be handled by a different tool). Plus, I was starting to experience random droplets of coffee falling minutes after I had taken a sip… and that was too far for me.

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Coffee is for me – not for my mustache.

It was high time to try the Gillette Fusion ProShield from Sam’s Club (knowing full well that I could use all nine blades included with the package if the beard wouldn’t buckle to one). Yes, the label suggested that it should last me up to 9 months, but you don’t realize just how stubborn my hair can be. And, worst case scenario: I could always get blade refills easily at Sam’s Club.

My bet was that it would take no less than five blades to shave, but one was all I needed.

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Not that I keep track of what’s a good shave or a bad shave, but I always consider the fresh face feeling to be a prime indicator as to whether or not the blade went above and beyond its primary function. I’m a guy who doesn’t use facial creams or other assorted body tonics, so the addition of lubrication during the shave turned out to be a godsend.

I don’t want to worry about lubricating before and after doing something, ya know? I know I should do it, but that doesn’t mean I will do it. The intelligent incorporation of a critical feature that’s viewed as optional suddenly becomes mandatory once you’ve used it. Giving yourself a smooth shave can only happen with a sharp blade, but having a face that feels refreshed after shaving can only happen when it’s not dried out.

If you’d like to try it for yourself, I’ll give you the chance to receive a free Sam’s Club Gift Card to get your own kit. Simply share the link to this blog post in your social feed (like Twitter) and be sure to tag me so that I see it. One person will be chosen at random.  Be sure to use #DontLoseYourSmooth in your Tweet, too!

I don’t have blog comments because I got tired of 50% of the people telling me that I needed to shave more, and the other 50% telling me I needed to shave less.

I’ll shave when I feel that I need to shave, and I’ll be shaving with Gillette Fusion ProShield from Sam’s Club for the foreseeable future.


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That New Operating System Smell

Hello, My Gnomies!

We are on the eve of a new operating system! It's very exciting for me, but I don't get out much.

Yes, I've already reviewed Windows 10 for you for free (what I like and what I don't like, and some people have seen fit to disagree with what I do and do not like - even though that's a lot like saying you disagree with me for having chicken sausage at dinner because you don't like chicken sausage even though you weren't the person who ate it).

But, hey... it's not like I'm charging you every year for a full version of solitaire, right? Or, better yet, it's not like I'm complaining about getting charged for a full version of solitaire even though the operating system update was free, right?

I'm not looking forward to upgrading to Windows 10 because I already have. No, instead, I'm looking forward to updating all of my iOS devices to iOS 9.1 soon. Not iOS 9.0, mind you - iOS 9.1. If only for a single emoji.

I'll let you guess which iOS 9.1 emoji I'm most looking forward to (and who I'm most looking forward to using it on).

Chris "I Didn't Listen to You, But You're Wrong" Pirillo

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Isn't the T-Rex Terrific?

We're Still Doing a Tech Toy Sphero BB-8 Giveaway:

You can get Pac-Man for .25c (instead of $6.99) in right now. Or "Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit" for .50c instead of $4.99.

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I’ve Officially Been a Geek Father for One Year

Hello, My Gnomies!

If you missed the live periscope video stream earlier (or you've been asleep all day), you likely missed the part where we've been celebrating my daughter's first birthday since she woke up.

Granted, Jedi really doesn't know what's going on yet - but that was half the fun. Right now, she's babbling incoherently in the other room (which could very well be my wife, who ate most of the cake this evening).

But it wasn't all boring baby clothes today. She also received a star map that was illustrated based on her location and time of birth a year ago today: - that's pretty awesome if you ask me (and I realize that you probably didn't or wouldn't ask me). Who wants to hang a generic poster when you can have a personalized print of a relevant event?

Oh, and... Jedi asked if we could give something back to our faithful community today as well. I don't think she was planning on re-gifting anything, though? You'll have to settle for a possible Sphero BB-8 tech toy (which is probably going to go on record as the most popular item this year - apart from anything that Apple might release).

To learn how to get one, watch this:

Then watch what a fan did:

And then, watch this:

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My Collection Today on eBay: T-Rex!

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Today's Geek Vlog: Coffee, Headaches, & Top Tech

Windows 10: 7 Things I Like

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Staying Up to Order a New iPhone

Hello, My Gnomies!

Look, I'm gonna be honest with you (because, honestly, I'm usually not honest with you): I've gotta stay up until Midnight to get my new iPhone ordered. Yeah, this is like Christmas for me - for the second week in a row.

Plus, on Monday, Jedi turns a year old! We'll be uploading a very special video to celebrate the occasion, too. She's been with us for the most wonderful 365 days of my life, and definitely more important than the iPhone. She's the real reason I'm staying up until Midnight (or whenever she decides to fall asleep for longer than 20 seconds).

And I'm surrounded by tons of Star Wars toys that I can't wait to open and showcase. Seriously, I don't wanna open them all at once. Half the fun is to plan the plan. Yeah, I've been listening to Sweeney Todd again.

September is officially my favorite month this year.

Chris "Giggity Giggity Gigabyte" Pirillo

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Today's Geek Vlog: Journey to Force Friday at Lucasfilm

Today's Tweet: Specs Are Irrelevant

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Many Tech Journalists are Comedians

Hello, My Gnomies!

There's nothing wrong with your screen (unless, of course, there truly is something wrong with your screen - at which point, I must explain that I was trying to come up with a clever way of suggesting that I haven't been posting these roundups as frequently as I'd like to share them).

Many people wonder how I've been able to lose some excess poundage over the past few weeks, and it's been largely due to guffawing at "tech journalists" trying to reason their way through a myopic, outmoded, and/or ignorant viewpoint in relation to how Apple is doing business.

When I read (or listen to) half-baked consumer tech analysis, I literally laugh out loud. Not figuratively, mind you. When I use the word "literally," I honestly mean LITERALLY (and I can no longer claim that I'm staying true to the definition of the word, given that the definition has inexplicably evolved to accept its cultural misuse as a synonym for "figuratively").

Those of you who have been following me for longer than three hours likely know that I've struggled with my weight throughout most of my adult life (which, admittedly, has been slightly longer than four days). Science dictates that my fat reduction has been largely due to an overall decrease in daily calorie intake, but I think we all know it's really in relation to a near-exponential increase in giggling.

Thank you, "tech journalists," for helping me on my journey to better physical health.

Chris "Dreaming of Sleep" Pirillo

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Today's Geek Vlog: Do You Have a Geekier Pair of Shoes?

Today's Tweet: The Voice Used His Eyes

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Join Me for Live Apple Announcements Commentary

Hello, My Gnomies!

This is going to be a very short update, but that's intentional. It's not that I don't want to keep writing my heart out, it's just that I've got to get some sleep before the big announcements from Apple.

At least, I expect the announcements are going to be big. Maybe bigger?

If you want to tune in to Apple's official stream, that's totally cool - because that's exactly what I'll be doing (with headphones on). You can also simultaneously stream me into one of your systems to hear what I have to say as the event unfolds.

That's where you should look (before, during, and after Apple's keynote presentation). I'm not licensed to re-broadcast anything, but I have permission to speak freely with the world.

My patrons can get priority attention during the broadcast:

So, if you want a bit more interaction, that'd be the way to get it (and support me monthly in the process). I'm offering something to everyone. It's kinda like Christmas.

Yours Digitally,

Chris "Be There or Be Somewhere Else" Pirillo

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Everybody Wants a BB-8 Now

Hello, My Gnomies!

I still can't believe I was involved with a Star Wars production last week.

It's been difficult to readjust my life after the experience, if only because it was something that I'd love to do again. If you watch the daily vlog, then I'm sure you're sitting there thinking: "Chris, you do something like that every day." You're right.

Tomorrow morning, I'll be live streaming my commentary behind Apple announcements - as I tend to do for every one of Apple's announcements. I've done the same for Google & Microsoft announcements - but,  in my experience, those tend to fall flat in comparison (not that I'm suggesting that there's a contest over which company makes a better series of announcements).

If you'd care to tune in, I'll be doing my best to answer questions from the community that I've not yet answered. And, of course, you'll hear my thoughts as they come streaming from my mouth. You never know what I'll say next. Refried beans shampoo.

Chris "Points of Articulation" Pirillo

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All-Access TLDR: Monday, September 7, 2015

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TLDR Highlight: Will Apple Watch Be Supported On Android?

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Today's Geek Vlog: BB-8 Sphero Unboxing & Playtime

Today's Tweet: Why You Should Never Marry a Geek

Today's Least Popular Share: I Got to Hold It Before You Did

Today's Question: Why won't Windows 10 stay sleeping?

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Tech Versus Toys

Hello, My Gnomies!

We're inching closer to the event that every geek has been waiting for all year. At least, every geek that I happen to communicate with on a regular basis.

Of course, I'm referring to Force Friday - what event did you think I was talking about? September 9th for the next set of Apple announcements? No, that's pretty routine - and we all know that consumer tech loses value very quickly, no matter who is making it.

So, then, why would Force Friday be more important than anything (ANYTHING) that Apple might be sending out to the world soon?

I have an emotional attachment to Star Wars (and, specifically, my Star Wars figures). That's a positive emotional attachment, mind you. The typical emotional attachment I have with tech these days is "frustration" - and that's not positive, is it?

Tech tools are just that - tools (a means to an end). Non-electronic toys, on the other hand, are often pieces of plastic that just are there to admire, play with, or showcase indefinitely without ever having to worry about them going out of style.

To put it to you another way: if you're still impressed (by current standards) with the smartphone you used 5 years ago today, I don't think you understand just how fast the tech industry moves.

Chris "Laying Down the Indisputable Truth" Pirillo

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Today's Geek Vlog: Baby's First Crawl & A Sibling (#GeekFather 0012)

Today's Tweet: The Good Kind of Insomnia

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Getting Back into the Vinyl Groove

Hello, My Gnomies!

Yes, I actually own vinyl - does that surprise you? Two record albums came as a bonus for supporting one of my favorite bands of all time. Of course, I don't yet have an actual record player. Then again, I can't remember a time in my life when I'd ever purchased any kind of record player for myself (or for anybody else).

I wasn't trying to be sly by suggesting that one should always go over-the-top to support their favorite creators so much as I was trying to excuse my recent non-incommunicadoness. Yes, I just made up that word because it fits the situation perfectlish.

I've been quite active on social, and - of course - regular with the #GeekFather vlogs. If you haven't heard from me, it's not that I haven't been busy busting my virtual hump. The third VloggerFair event has now come and gone over the weekend, and I'm steadily getting back to doing what I regularly do. Even though I think that what I regularly do seems to shift every six months due to industry changes well beyond my control.

I was producing an event and still bending over backwards (metaphorically) for my patrons - giving them insight that I haven't really shared with anybody else because... sometimes, what I say is worth more than free.


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TLDR: iPhone Rumors & Irrelevant Specs

TLDR: Oversharing, Tech Abuse, & Geeky Weight Loss

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The Extreme Nature of Poison Ivy Rashes

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tec Labs. All opinions are 100% mine.

Now that I’m a father, I have found myself freaking out about things that I’ve never freaked out about before. Like, I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and wonder if we need to stock up on toothpaste just in case she starts brushing her teeth before morning (which isn’t likely to happen, but since when were all parental impulses rational).

There are times, however, that having the right supplies on hand could very well make a traumatic situation far less stressful.

I believe in preparing for the worst and expecting the best. I’ll take it a step further: I expect to find the best products that will help attenuate the worst possible issues.

It’s only fitting that I bathed in a tub filled with poison ivy (and poison oak) to test the Tecnu Extreme Medicated Poison Ivy Scrub that was sent my way to try. However, since I was not sent a lifetime supply of it, I decided to try the homeopathic remedy without actually touching the poisonous plants first.

I mean, there’s only so much I’m going to do for this blog – and I had to draw the line somewhere. Mind you, this is the type of solution that is going to be at the ready anytime our family ventures into the great outdoors. Our daughter’s curious nature is likely going to land her in a patch of poison plants sooner or later. 

Summer is prime time for poison oak, ivy, or sumac – but even in autumn, you can prepare yourself for the next summer season before it’s too late and someone finds themselves itching for an ointment that will receive itching and burning. If you were looking for Poison Ivy Information, don’t ask the plant. 

How fast does Tecnu Extreme work? I know you’re thinking that five minutes is plenty fast, but it’s not very extreme. What about one minute? No, still not extreme enough.

15 seconds.

That’s how quickly this will work to start removing the poison oils.

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It’s the first all-in-one product that can be used before a rash starts (or after the rash has started). And, again, it also stops the itching. There’s no way you can mess this up, really – unless you try to eat it (which is not recommended). The scrub can be put on the whole body after wetting the skin first (with water).

Fast fact: “A rash is created when a resin-like substance from the plants gets on a person’s skin. That substance, if not removed, will create a rash in nearly everyone within about eight hours. Some people take a day or two to break out with the rash.” Breakout is a great video game, but a break out is never fun to experience.

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Tecnu Extreme removes the rash-causing substance called urushiol (pronounced: oo-roo-she-all) from the skin. It does not remove your wife’s “I told you so” after you’ve trotted through a patch of poison ivy, however.

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When using Tecnu Extreme before a rash breaks out, it should be applied within eight hours after exposure to the plants (the sooner, the better). So, don’t stop to watch reruns of Frasier – or, watch the show while you apply the treatment.

You can get this at all major drug store chains (like Walmart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS, and Target), but I have two $100 gift cards and one $300 gift card to Target – ready to give away to y’all. To enter, just send me a tweet (or post a comment in the corresponding Facebook thread for this post) talking about a time you had poison ivy (or talk about what Tec Labs Inc. products you like using).

You can’t just spend the rest of your life indoors (despite wanting to do just that). When you go into unknown territories, know that you have something like Tecnu Extreme to mitigate a potential skin rash from poisonous plants.

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