Craftsmanship

A few days ago I put up a video showing how Patek Philippe’s 175th anniversary watch was made.  At over US $2.6 million, I doubt whether any of my readers will be buying one out of petty cash . . .  Be that as it may, the video displayed the exquisite craftsmanship that goes into such watches. Here’s another, shorter example of craftsmanship from Nomos Glashütte, a relative newcomer to the field of watchmaking.  View it in full-screen mode to see more of the details. You’ll find more of their videos on the company’s YouTube channel. I don’t think I’d

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Ebola update

I’ve had a couple of people suggest that I’m an alarmist about Ebola.  I emphatically deny that.  I don’t believe we’re going to have a major epidemic or endemic situation in the USA, if only because we’ll shut out the sources of infection before it gets that bad.  This will happen whether President Obama wants it to or not.  If he doesn’t act, State governors will;  and if they don’t, the people of America will.  If (as I do expect and predict) Ebola or something similar starts gaining a foothold in South America, and new floods of ‘refugees’ try to

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Not your average security job . . .

I had to laugh at this tale of a prison guard in Austria. After a panel decision, a prison guard in Vienna has lost her job working as security for a local brothel. . . . Rather than serving customers directly … the guard was responsible for the security of the brothel, as well as undertaking collection tasks – presumably if customers got into arrears. . . . The woman had followed procedure by reporting that she had a source of secondary income in a local business, but wasn’t specific as to the nature of the business. There’s more at

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In honor of Halloween

The Telegraph has published a picture gallery of strange and interesting graves.  Here are a few selections. Here lies Fernand Arbelot, a musician and actor who died in 1942.  He wished to gaze into his wife’s eyes even after death. This remarkable grave is located in the Dutch town of Roermond. One one side of the wall lies JWC van Gorkum, a 19th century Catholic woman of nobility, on the other her husband, a Protestant. When he died, he was buried in the lot reserved for Protestants. Eight years later she passed away too, leaving directions for this monument –

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