Re: Types of Bling With Which I Am Not Down

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I think your watch is rather handsome.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 9:44 AM
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I used to wear a pocket watch, but I kept overwinding it/them.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 9:50 AM
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1: Thanks. I gifted it to myself, because all the classrooms at school have the clocks cleverly located at the back, making it hard to check the remaining class time discreetly (unless you're the instructor).


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 9:52 AM
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Stanley, if you ever say "I gifted it", much less "I gifted it to myself", again, you are banned from the blog. Banned!


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 9:53 AM
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For what is a gift, but a given thing? Thus you may simply say "I gave it" bzw. "I gave it to myself".


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 9:54 AM
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4: The reason is because Higgs boson not cool.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 9:55 AM
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How did my shoe horn end up in the dish drying rack, I wonder.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 9:56 AM
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Outside of your dish drying rack it's too dark to horn.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 9:57 AM
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More seriously, don't any rich people have taste anymore?

I guess if you are a tasteful rich person, you are pretty much by definition not posting pictures of your tasteful deeds/purchases on instagram.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 9:57 AM
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The tasteful rich people are all on Pinterest.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 9:58 AM
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Outside of your dish drying rack it's too dark to horn.

Actually, I blind all my shoehorns so that they'll horn all the time.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 9:58 AM
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7: Higgs boson Global Warming PEDs!


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 9:58 AM
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Or rather, photos of their fabulous tasteful possessions are passed around by the rest of us, there.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 9:58 AM
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How does one play the shoehorn?


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 9:59 AM
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14: Don't pay it for the pizza.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 10:00 AM
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Actually, I blind all my shoehorns so that they'll horn all the time.

They're like elephants. You just need to blind them once, when they're small, and then they'll never test the limits as adults and realize the strength of their eyes.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 10:03 AM
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Like many people, I gave up watches when I got my first cell phone, but now I'm wondering if I should reaccouter myself. My phone spends so much time charging I often need and lack it.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 10:09 AM
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I always have a watch on.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 10:14 AM
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Because you lost your watchhorn, so you can't take it off?


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 10:29 AM
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More seriously, don't any rich people have taste anymore?

The best rich people are the perfect combination of frivolous and sensible.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 10:30 AM
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20: Do you mean frivible or sensuous?


Posted by: Benquo | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 11:11 AM
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re: posting photos on one's stuff:

I have four or five nice Russian watches. I went through a phase five or six years back when I bought about half a dozen over a few months on Ebay. Total spend, about $60 USD.

So I have among others [not mine, photos from internet]:

Luch:

http://www.netgrafik.ch/civil_watches7.htm

Poljot/Kirova:
http://img801.imageshack.us/img801/6725/15730760.jpg

[Mine has a less discoloured face]

Sekonda 'deluxe' dress watch:

http://www.netgrafik.ch/civil-watches84.htm

Photos make them look a bit more bling than they are, as they are all fairly small and slim by modern men's watch standards.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 11:30 AM
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Instead of wearing a watch I just write the time on my wrist every couple of minutes in Sharpie.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 12:13 PM
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I just have Sifu upload photos of his arm to Facebook every couple minutes.


Posted by: heebie-heebie | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 12:15 PM
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I wish I could consciously use the part of my brain that knows what time it is well enough to usually wake me up a minute or two before my alarm clock is going to go off.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 12:37 PM
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The numbers on that Luch are lovely. I find the numbers on most contemporary watches to be horribly ugly.

I have three old watches inherited from various family members, all of which work, and all of which I find very attractive, except that my modern, everyday watch is my absolute ideal of a watch and there is never any reason to wear any watch but it. A waste, really.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 12:38 PM
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I like IWC watches, but unemployment and the strong Swiss franc have kept me from buying a second. A friend bought a magnificent IWC Portuguese a few years ago and I am still puce with envy.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 12:40 PM
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22: I really, really like the first one linked, ttaM, though they are all handsome.

And here I'd been contemplating, in my sometimes headstrong manner, a comment along the lines of: Pfeh! People wear watches, what, to engage in status display or somesuch? Pfeh.

I'd briefly forgotten that many watches are quite beautiful. I'd forgotten until just now that I actually scored several pretty ones from my mom's house when she passed. The problem is just that I don't need to wear a watch.

Perhaps if I wore one, I'd refer to it instead of checking the time on the computer.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 12:41 PM
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I like the look of Luch. I wouldn't have thought there were any Belarusian exports of much value.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 12:49 PM
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I have a Timex Easy Reader on an Orange NATO strap. I like it, but I think I'm going to get a cheap mechanical Seiko 5 on a NATO strap soon. I tried to order a soviet watch on ebay once, but the seller wouldn't take paypal, and my bank wouldn't wire the money. Then I found five dollars.


Posted by: Light Rail Tycoon | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 12:49 PM
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I have an IWC, which is the progeny of a nice Sinn, which itself was born of a silly Breitling that a college s.o. bought me a million years ago.


Posted by: vw | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 12:53 PM
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I thought you were employed again, Flip.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 12:53 PM
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That said, I move in perfect concert with the sun, so your so-called time is little more than an afterthought to me.


Posted by: vw | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 12:55 PM
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32: I thought the same but wasn't so gauche as to highlight the issue.


Posted by: vw | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 12:56 PM
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Since I'm not rich I don't mind being gauche.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 12:56 PM
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The problem is just that I don't need to wear a watch.

My boss was talking about how the new doctors have to get into the habit of wearing a watch again because cell phones don't tell seconds easily.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 12:59 PM
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My favorite:

http://www.omegawatches.com/gents/speedmaster/professional-moonwatch/35735000


Posted by: Biohazard | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 1:25 PM
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It's going to be difficult to beat this one for insante ugly and insanely expensive but I bet there are Russian oligarchs waiting in line:

http://www.askmen.com/top_10/celebrity/ultra-complicated-watches_2.html


Posted by: Biohazard | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 1:33 PM
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36: The hell? There are stopwatch lock-screens, IIRC.


Posted by: clew | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 1:35 PM
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I've never seen that used. A watch is still much easier. It's not in your pocket and you don't need a free hand or a place to set the phone.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 1:37 PM
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A hands-free problem? I can see it being tricky juggling a cellphone while you're taking a pulse -- a wristwatch would be easier.

I need to get my good watch fixed -- I have a nice dull Tag Heuer my father got me as a law school graduation present, but a pin in the band broke last month and I keep on forgetting to take it in for repairs. Pulling my cell out to check the time is annoying.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 1:37 PM
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38's watch is hilarious.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 1:40 PM
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re: 29

They were pretty fancy in their day. It's a very slim movement (and thus a very slim watch). I expect not much by fancy Swiss standards, but it's a nice dress watch and keeps accurate time. I think (but might be wrong) mine is 1970s.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 1:40 PM
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I like Mr. Jones watches yet I also think they are too twee. Except for this one, which I'd buy in a heartbeat if they weren't sold out. I think the charm of the linked watch outweighs its self-consciousness. As for the rest, having one would be like having a "Fuck your Noguchi coffee-table" t shirt, which seems funny, but then one can't wear it because people might think one was the sort of person who cares enough about furniture to disapprove of it, which is true but one doesn't necessarily want people to know it. I've been working in design so long that I hate anything that looks like it was designed to appeal to me.


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 1:41 PM
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40 is a much better argument, and I am always irrationally warm towards people who wear their watch-face inside the wrist, as my mother was taught to do in nursing school.

She gave me a nice watch for college graduation, and I lost it off my wrist at a contra.


Posted by: clew | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 1:48 PM
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Conveniently, the most expensive watch is also the ugliest.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 1:51 PM
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I believe I've mentioned before, here or on waste, my disdain for wall cocks that have functioning hands but numbers in disarray, like this one (or the ones where the numbers are just out of order). Because of course you can still tell the time by looking at the hands.

The truly rigorously whimsical clock or watch would be one with all the numbers in order, and properly functioning mechanisms, etc., but no hands.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 1:55 PM
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Well, okay, but you can't tell it's a watch.

This one would be cool if it had "Death From Above" embroidered on the band, otherwise it's a bit drab. It really exists, I've seen one at the Century City mall, where not even the most aggressive lawyers dare to buy and wear it.

http://www.bellross.com/us/#/collections/aviation/br_01/32


Posted by: Biohazard | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 1:57 PM
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Neb likes wall cocks.


Posted by: heebie-heebie | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 1:58 PM
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Heh.

Maybe I should contact Mr. Jones about my preferred watch.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 2:00 PM
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44: I think the charm of the linked watch outweighs its self-consciousness.

I would think that having to overcome self-consciousness is a problem in its own right. Nonetheless! I know what you mean.

Also, nosflow said "wall cocks".


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 2:01 PM
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I have to admit, I've no interest in expensive things in general, but mechanical things that are designed to be used (especially with the hands) are really attractive. Old watches, mechanical cameras, pens, hand tools, scientific instruments, etc.

A work colleague of mine is a keen gardener, and he seeks out really beautiful antique tools at markets which he fixes up and uses. Things of a quality -- all hardwoods and brass, and high quality steel -- you'd struggle to find easily except at crazy prices.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 2:03 PM
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Having been pwned in 51.last, I will say that I'm a big fan of wall clocks in general (as well as framed mirrors). I've never looked into the best and worst of them, but I imagine there's a whole world of contention out there.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 2:08 PM
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My history with watches: As a kid I had a calculator watch, the spitting image of the one Ryan Gosling wore for Half Nelson. I stopped wearing it in middle school because I inexplicably found it exasperating to take it on and off during gym class' swimming weeks.

I only started wearing watches again more than a decade later, when I needed one to wear while jogging home from work ... and conveniently someone's watch had been semi-permanently in our lost and found.

I've felt out of sync in all three phases: Kids didn't wear watches, teenagers just slightly pre-omnipresent-cell-phones seemed to, and nowadays they're rarer again.


Posted by: joyslinger | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 2:15 PM
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Just since this is the active thread, I'll mention that Ryan Cooper guest-hosting over at the Washington Monthly's "political animal" blog is really a very good blogger. Very good.

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Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 2:15 PM
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52 speaks my unspoken language, though I'd add bikes into the mix.


Posted by: vw | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 2:23 PM
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It took me until 56 to realize that "vw" isn't some new commenter I didn't recognize but rather the same commenter as VW.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 2:28 PM
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57: The limp has diminished him. Sad, that.


Posted by: Biohazard | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 2:31 PM
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57 is a fascinating glimpse into the nosflovian mind.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 2:31 PM
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Yeah, I'm with 52 and 56. Fine mechanical things are a pleasure even if they are obsolete in many cases.


Posted by: Biohazard | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 2:33 PM
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re: 60

I still make regular use of my film cameras, but yeah, I'd guess a lot of nice scientific instruments and the like are just museum pieces. Lovely things though they are.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 2:38 PM
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Wall cocks.


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 2:45 PM
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Make a good complement to Nouriel Roubini's wall vulvas.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 2:59 PM
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The art is nosflow's apartment is hung.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 3:00 PM
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I quite like this watch I got from my grandfather. Baume & Mercier. My mom had it appraised before she sent it on to me -- it's apparently very fancy, although I don't remember the dollar figure.


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 3:02 PM
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Jesus, fancy indeed.


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 3:07 PM
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A family friend gave me this edition of the Keith Haring Swatch for my bar mitzvah. I had no idea how valuable it was at the time. Some years after, I'd stopped wearing it, in a moment of idiotic sentiment, I gave it to the girl who relieved me of my virginity.


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 3:10 PM
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67: Whoa, I would never have suspected that watch of being that valuable.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 3:12 PM
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Attn. less-determined fans: season 3 of Archer is now on Netflix.

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Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 3:36 PM
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I just have Sifu upload photos of his arm to Facebook every couple minutes.

I selectively fertilize my lawn to show an image of a clock face and wait for Google Earth to update. It's right twice a day!


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 4:13 PM
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25: I do that. I've always thought it was somewhat normal. Thank goodness I eventually convinced Lee to stop using an alarm clock and just have me wake her up, because I was being driven quickly insane by having to live through her pushing the sleep button on the rare occasions I got to wake up later than she did.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 4:35 PM
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67: You gave her a watch, she gave you the time.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 4:53 PM
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I had no idea how valuable it was at the time.

Not too long ago I was trying to learn about a watch I inherited from my grandfather and was blown away at the prices quoted for related watches (I haven't been able to find anything specifically identifying the watch in question).


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 5:37 PM
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(On the front one reads "Jaeger-LeCoultre", on the back, "Memovox" and the number 1144320.)


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 5:39 PM
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Who are these people who pay thousands of dollars for watches? There must be a lot of them, judging by how many fancy watches there are.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 5:39 PM
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Who are these people who pay thousands of dollars for watches?

Sterling Archer might characterize them as "bag[s] in which one douches", but that seems to be a mistake. Surely "into" is more correct.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 5:41 PM
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I guess, per the OP, the Rich Kids of Instagram are among them.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 5:43 PM
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I wonder if I can learn anything interesting about the three other watches (not including the aforementioned overwound pocket watch) that, for some reason, I own.

Watch one: no, not really. No identifying marks other than the brand (and the engraving on the back, but that just identifies this individual watch).

Watch two: no, but it seems as if it is (a) not automatic and (b) also overwound, though possibly not by me.

Watch three: yes! this watch, and now I know what the smaller dial is!


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 5:50 PM
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I used to have a nifty Russian military watch with (from what I could tell) real radium hand markings, but I haven't the slightest idea what ever happened to it.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 6:03 PM
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I used to not wear a watch in case I had to unexpectedly get into a ninja battle (I wore lightweight shoes for the same reason), but maybe that's not a good excuse anymore.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 6:04 PM
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78.last: plus, it has an engraved cock.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 6:07 PM
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80: The robot people forged an alliance with the ninja people?


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 6:08 PM
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82: nah I just feel like at this point better to delegate.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 6:08 PM
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Also wait robots and ninjas have always been on the same side.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 6:16 PM
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|| Sen. Franken is here raising funds for Max; they had a dinner thing here (friends went, we didn't) last night, and there's a bigger deal over in Helena tonight. Anyway, I see a picture in my FB feed of him with our Superintendent of Public Instruction (rising star Denise Juneau) and she's half a head taller. I guess I've not seen him in circumstances where viewer perspective wasn't controlled. NTTAWWIO. |>


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 6:27 PM
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85: he has a giant head, though.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 6:41 PM
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84: Who's on the other side, then?


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 6:42 PM
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Pirates and dinosaurs.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 6:44 PM
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88 gets it.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 6:53 PM
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Jurassic pirates kept velociraptors on their shoulders. Now they have to settle for parrots.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 7:51 PM
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I got a fairly nice watch some fifteen years ago as a Christmas present from a girlfriend's mother. Nothing spectacular, just a low end Movado, but still way more money than I would ever have considered spending on a watch. I was surprised at how happy I was to get it (and even more surprised that she gave me such a nice present, I was not exactly her favorite person). They do say the perfect present is something you'll really enjoy but would never dream of getting for yourself. It's still going strong, several bands later.


Posted by: teraz kurwa my | Link to this comment | 03- 9-13 9:23 PM
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still going strong, several bands later

Just like the singer from ("fun.")!


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 03-10-13 6:03 AM
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78: now I know what the smaller dial is!

Huh. That is good to know ("subsidiary at six o'clock showing the state of winding"). I've had a couple of watches go south due to overwinding. Smart and clever to incorporate an indicator for that -- I think I've run across watches with one as well. Now I know.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 03-10-13 11:37 AM
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I would guess that a lot of rich kids eskew metal watches while remaining assholes.


Posted by: text | Link to this comment | 03-10-13 1:47 PM
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I have this watch from one grandfather that I like: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/110957468441

Three others from other relatives that are also nice, including a Swiss pocket watch from the mid-1800s in a gold case. Such a nice machine, too practical to sit under glass, but really off-key to actually use it as a watch.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 03-10-13 2:19 PM
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I have the watch GEC-Marconi Avionics gave my grandad the commie sailor and cold war defence electronics engineer; it's a beautiful thing but hilariously flaky. the gold housing cracks, the glass jumps out of it, the hands are curved to fit under the ultra-slim glass and foul the face. And the tool room cut his name into the back in the same lettering you find on old British jets.

a perfect product of the classic-era British aviation industry, then; waaay cool and such a hangar queen it's basically useless. I literally stopped wearing it because it costs so much to maintain.


Posted by: Alex | Link to this comment | 03-10-13 4:02 PM
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96.2: something of a theme in postwar British manufacturing, perhaps.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 03-10-13 4:38 PM
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Conspicuous consumption is out (has been for a while). Now it's all about prestige (tech startups, venture capital, etc.)


Posted by: Scout | Link to this comment | 03-10-13 6:26 PM
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Important protip from Scout.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 03-10-13 7:01 PM
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|| NMM2 Intrade |>


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 03-10-13 7:16 PM
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I wonder if anybody bet on that.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 03-10-13 7:32 PM
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Jay Rosen on Twitter an hour or so ago: Trust me. That joke you are thinking of making about Intrade shutting down has been made and made and made tonight.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 03-10-13 7:48 PM
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I'm also still intrigued at how InTrade lagged almost all of the other betting markets in predicting Obama leading up to the election. The anomaly (~15%) persisted well into election night.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 03-10-13 8:05 PM
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If someone read the news about Intrade and was all, "what's Intrade? Oh I see it's like the Iowa Electronic Markets," would that be like substituting Facebook for Intrade and Friendster for IEM and now you know that I'm old?


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 03-11-13 12:20 AM
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Casio F-91, because it's splashproof, it has a light on it, it tells the time, and when it breaks I can just spend £7 and buy another one. I have a nicer watch but I never wear it because the Casio is more useful.

On Alex's British-engineering point, I used to have a Commodore watch from the mid-70s when digital watches were still a new and high-tech thing. It worked really well, except for the clasp, which broke and allowed the watch to fall off my wrist. After that happened a few times, it didn't work really well.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 03-11-13 6:01 AM
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Casio F-91, because it's splashproof, it has a light on it, it tells the time, and when it breaks I can just spend £7 and buy another one. I have a nicer watch but I never wear it because the Casio is more useful.

AKA the terrorist watch .


Posted by: James B. Shearer | Link to this comment | 03-11-13 6:31 AM
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I keep telling myself that a watch would be very useful and nice to have (ttaM's Russian watches are very cool) but then I remember that I have bizarrely thick wrists (laydeez!) and always have such trouble finding a decent watch band that will fit.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 03-11-13 7:35 AM
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I am embarrassedly thinking of getting a Fitbit, and one of the non-embarrassing reasons is the pocketwatch function.


Posted by: clew | Link to this comment | 03-11-13 1:09 PM
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106 brings to mind a corollary of Poe's Law: there is no story so outlandish that someone in our intelligence service won't believe it, and be willing to defend on account of it either (a) a death sentence or (b) life imprisonment.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 03-11-13 1:24 PM
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Recession Probability Chart ...from Calculated Risk

He reads it as "very low risk."

I read it as nearly worthless, because lag times are very short, 2-6 months, with several false positives. In that it is interesting, in that it shows no gradual declines into recession, and not many shallow slowdowns, but only crashes. Automatic stabilizers don't work for shit.

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Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 03-11-13 5:23 PM
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there is no story so outlandish that someone in our intelligence service won't believe it

Oh, except for "The Soviet Union is about to collapse", or "the Japanese Navy is preparing an attack on the Pacific Fleet in Hawaii", or "Iraq is determined to invade and occupy Kuwait". No one believed those.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 03-12-13 2:51 AM
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