The Watch – A Symbol of Social Status, and Some History

Rolex_Watch-originalWe decided to stop the imprecations (rightfully deserved by some self-conceited schmucks) for a moment and focus on beautiful constructive things. Since watches and their history is one of our passions, we’ll start drawing a bit on that topic. We’ll then gloss over the topic of social status for a bit. But first here’s a bit of background.

There are quite a few high end wrist watches available in the market. They are considered as the ultimate status symbol of being a rich and famous personality. It is a signature that “you have arrived” in the social circuit. These luxury watches are usually worn by the rich and famous celebrities of the world. These high precision instruments are usually equipped with unique serial numbers. Some of the world famous brands include Rolex watches, Cartier, Omega, Piaget, Bulova and Tagheuer and many other such reputed brands. Most of these high-end watches, including Rolex watches, are Swiss manufactured. The Swiss watch industry was based in Geneva in the mid-16th century. Geneva watches are always respected for their superior quality and unprecedented craftsmanship.

A brief history

By 1770, the forerunner of the modern self winding watches was conceptualized at this location. By 1842, the pendent winding watch was invented by one of the founders of the famous Patek Phillipe Watch Company. More complicated watches began to be developed with special features such as perpetual calendar, fly back hand and the chronograph. Rolex watches is one such company which has a rich historical background. Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex watches, decided to counter the view that wrist watches were mere gadgets. He revolutionized their utilities by manufacturing water resistant, chronometer wrist watches with date viewer, launched the diver’s watch and many such innovative time-pieces. For instance, military or tactical watches with complications like the compass, and aviator or pilot watches with complex chronographs,  tachymeters and calculator dials.

Like the founder of Rolex watches, Cartier brand was established in Paris in 1847. The main focus of Cartier watches was to satisfy the most extravagant desires of the clientele. Most of these exclusive pieces are in-set with diamonds on dials and wrist bands. The manufacture of the first wrist watches with a winding crown decorated with a distinctive sapphire created a sensation in 1906 followed by Tonneau which became legendary. However, following the death of Louis Cartier in 1942 the golden era of the family came to an end. Unlike Rolex watches, though the Cartier classics are still cherished, they have been unable to rejuvenate their production. They now sell, along with their own brand, other reputed Swiss watches.

Another reputed Swiss watch, like Rolex watches, is Patek Philippe. This company in 1927 is believed to have presented the first wrist watch with a perpetual calendar. It is also known for the jewel watch with “baguette” movement and a dial set beneath a huge precious stone. In 1941, they developed the chronograph. Similar to Rolex watches, Patek Philippe continues to evolve and they predominate in the production of complicated pocket watches such as Star Caliber which was manufactured in the year 2000.

Omega is another such luxury watch which started production in 1848 and was based in Bienne. This brand is believed to have been used extensively in space exploration as the Omega Speed Master Professional was worn by Neil Armstrong on his maiden walk on the Moon. Like Explorer II of Rolex watches, such Omega line of watches is mostly used in expeditions. The latest Omega watches have an impeccable appearance and is a definitely a prized possession of the owners. They are comparable to the Rolex watches in their finish and craftsmanship. The Omega watch collection, including Sea Master and Constellation are comparable to the Submariner of Rolex watches.

Bow hunting’s Beards and spurs club.

After reading an article about Bow hunter’s Beards and Spurs club, I pick up the phone and called Steve Grace the founder of BBSC. Steve started the BBSC because Pope and Young Club does not have a wild turkey class.     Steve feels that turkeys are an animal that should have the same prestige as any other big game animal.     That is why he stated the BBSC

Steve has been hunting turkey for since 1982 with a bow and he has killed 167 birds to this date.     He wants bow hunters to have there own class like they have for other big game animals. As he say’s on his web page most of the time local turkeys hunting originations are dominated by gun hunters. He feels that there is a need for a bow hunting turkey origination.

Steve is a hunter that understands the problems that are common hunting with a bow.     He has taken his knowledge about hunting to come up with a scoring system that is fair and easy for everyone. This system is very simple and is similar to the way deer are scored.     The weight of the bird doesn’t count.     The score is a combination of the length of the beard and spurs. He also has a different class for each subspecies and Hybrids of turkeys.

The way the system works is the length of the beard is multiplied by 5 and the length of the spur is multiplied by 40. The reason that this is system is so well thought out is that turkey’s spurs keep growing though out there life. With this system, the age of the turkey will increase the score the bird gets. A two year old bird will score 110 a four year bird will score 140.

BBSC also keep records of where the hot spots are. As a member you can see when the most recorder birds are killed.     The BBSC also has hunter of the year and have contest for the top video and scoring turkeys in each category.

If you are a bow hunter for turkey and want to know how your turkeys compare to other turkey this is a good place to start. The cost is $30.00 a year and $10.00 for submitting your score.     About the same as Pope and Young club charges.     Check out there web page

Bow Backpacks 101

As it may be of general interest here to our newly acquired bow hunting audience, I introduce the most prominent among the bow-carrying backpacks that have come to the market in 2014.

We start off with Badlands, a very technical line of backpacks of which we’re presenting their new models.

The first and a good fit for archers is the Diablo model.

It is a superlight, 3.8 lb., and I would say that’s less than half of the weight of a backpack of the same characteristics! It has plenty of pockets, Hypervent system, which makes it comfortable and causes it to flow air between the back and the backpack avoiding much sweating, has internal frame to avoid noise, compression straps, and two side pockets for water bottles.

Another very interesting option, for the more adventurous, is the 4500, a backpack that separates into a fanny pack and main backpack, inner frame of ultra-strong polycarbonate, pockets for scope, straps to attach the bow, etc etc.

They are great quality backpacks, the only downside is the price.

A curious backpack is the new Backpack Blind.

It has a system that allows you to cover the tree stand, of course, having the rail (that almost none of us have) but it allows you to create a blind at any time using branches or anything…

Also interesting are those of Blacks creek guide gear.

We have the new Jim Shockey (which by the way, has a good website) Saskatchewan, which has a generous 1850 plus 250 cubic inches. It allow you to carry the bow or rifle, apart from numerous straps to compress the backpack or attach things, and a few large side pockets for water bottles or a scope.

They also have the new Yukon, a brutal backpack, 6500 cu. In. with external frame and intended for hunting in the great North.

Cabelas have been used by our friend Peter, the Cabelas Bow Rifle Pack, which enables you to carry a bow safely, has a silent fabric and large capacity. The front pocket can be removed and made into a backpack.

As an interjection, check out the page on the best bow hunting backpack from Rangermade.

From Crooked Horn Outfitters, we have the new Trailblazer II, designed specifically for bow hunters. It can be used as a backpack or as a fanny pack, besides having a system also to carry the bow, it has seven pockets, water pockets, and much more.


Another backpack of increased capacity, intended also for travellers is the High Country Extreme II, with about 5000 cu. in. capacity, compartment for a sleeping bag, lots of pockets, bow support, and pockets for scope and compression straps.

Eberlestock have the new Barta Wilderness Stalker, an incredible backpack, with many compartments, large capacity, straps to cinch things, bow carrier (including longbows), waterproof, with a special fabric that does not make noise even in situations of extreme cold. A compartment for sleeping bag, internal pockets, internal frame, and so on. It’s a backpack to take into account (much to my taste), the only con is that they are a little expensive. These are the official backpacks for firefighters and some bodies of American snipers having specific models for them.

They also have the Fanny Pack Slingshot that I can recommend personally because I have one, has great capacity (almost like a backpack), lot of pockets, a folding pocket, you can carry the bow with a system of quick access, etc.

From Fieldline, which in my opinion brings some of the best value for the money, comes the new Montana 2 in 1, another backpack-fanny pack, with about 2300 cu. in. capacity, with many small pockets for GPS, mobile phone, etc, featuring the Modular locking system, for adding more accessories, pockets for spotting, is waterproof, etc.

We are not done with the Fieldline, we leave them for another article, there are much more to cover from them! For the time being I’m just leaving their website.

How to choose a backpack for your travels?

When choosing a backpack, the range of brands and models is extensive. As in any industry, things have changed a lot in a short time. If 30 years ago, mountaineers used external frame backpacks, today, in light of the rapid progress in manufacturing techniques and materials, there are dedicated backpacks for each activity that you can do in the outdoors. Diversification of the products is not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s good to bring things down to the essence, even when it comes to buying a backpack. Let us not forget that the purpose of a rucksack is to help carry things more easily, too, on the route of your choice.

From our point of view it is better to keep an eye on the following points: comfort, loading, reduced weight, freedom of movement, materials and ease of use. Check out this website dedicated to outdoors tactical gear

1. The comfort given by a rucksack is important throughout the duration of a trip, especially if you carry it on your back for a long time. The shape, thickness, possibility of adjustment, and the material from which the straps are manufactured make the backpack more or less ergonomic.

2. Loading refers to the way in which you will carry weight. If the backpack’s weight rests 100% on your shoulders, you have problems. The backpack must rest as close to your center of gravity as possible, rest on the waist, without putting a lot of pressure on the backbone, leaving the hands free for movement. A backpack should help you keep your balance, on any type of terrain. For this, before starting on the trail, you must tighten up the compression straps, attach well any external equipment you may have (that’s attached to the exterior of the rucksack), and adjust it in such a way as to support the weight on the hips and to be as close to the body, in order to have stability while walking.

3. Being lightweight is important, especially for long trips. That’s if you want to carry with you more things than an empty backpack. A backpack up to 70 liters (rucksack volume) must be under 2 kg/4.5 lbs. The lighter, the better for you.

4. The freedom of movement is given by the narrow and tall shape of the rucksack and by how well adjusted the shoulder and waist straps are. The backpack should allow you to move your arms in any direction, as easily as possible.

5.The fabric and seams of the rucksack should be resistant to wear and tear. Also, the materials should have a higher degree of waterproofing, to keep your things free from moisture in the backpack, if you go through rain.

6. The ease of use can make the difference between a pleasant getaway and one after which you want to change your backpack. The sleeping bag compartment at the bottom of the rucksack, the straps for fastening the equipment on the outside, the removable or extensible cover are are just a few of the features that you need to consider when getting a backpack. It’s important to be able to reach fast to the things from the inside, and to be able to configure the backpack for each specific trip.

For a detailed article on how to choose a tactical backpack, see:


The Experience of Searching the Web for a Photo Camera

I’ve been visiting for the past few days a corner of the Web that I never visited before, that is the photo camera reviews searches. What I’m finding here is a battle for the first page of Google that, in my thinking, could only be beneficial for the reader, or the information seeker. However, after spending some interesting time in these quarters, I reached an interesting conclusion: these reviews aren’t 100% accurate.

Let’s consider the new Canon G1X Mark II that yours truly found a keen interest in, and let’s take the Google results all the way from to the lesser That’s four pages of reviews of the same photo camera. Do you think these reviews are slanted, biased, or objective? I would say that, on a scale of 1 to ten, they are at least one point more than they should be on the pink side. Since all these sites want you to click through through their affiliate links, they have all the interest in the world to put a camera in as good a light as possible.

Often times however, the little guys’ reviews are a great resource that gives you the little hints and pointers that you need, since they are not that much involved in the commercial politics that large sites get themselves engulfed in. What gives then? Take it all with the due grain of salt!

Audits, Attendance and the Mac Media

The folks at The Consumer Electronics Association, the people who put on CES each year in Las Vegas, sent out a press release to the media trumpeting their attendance figures for the show this past January. The numbers are staggering.

3,319 exhibitors (up 22% over last year), 5,000 media, 1.86 million net square feet of exhibit space and a record 156,153 attendees.

These numbers are from an independent audit of CES so it’s fair to assume they are accurate. Why is that important? Well, CES is going to charge any number of people, including exhibitors, based on those numbers. The higher the attendance figures, the more popular the show is, the more CES can charge vendors. Accurate, audited numbers serve everyone well.

Contrast that with IDG, the organization that put on the Macworld|iWorld show this past January. In the past, and only for a few years, IDG independently audited and announced attendance figures for the show. But as the show has become smaller, they have stopped doing those audits and only release rough guesses on the number of attendees. IDG claims an estimated 25,000 people at this past show.

My guess is that number is high if only because it’s the exact same number of attendees IDG reported for the show in 2011 even though the 2012 show was smaller and less busy.

Many people will say it doesn’t matter but IDG works the same way CES does – higher numbers means higher charges to exhibitors. If you were going to exhibit at next year’s Macworld|iWorld, wouldn’t you like accurate attendance figures to help you judge whether the show is worth your company’s hard earned dollars?

Before 2004, IDG management announced attendance figures moments after the show floor closed. Those of us in the Mac Media knew those numbers were pulled out of thin air and were “optimistic” to be generous. In 2004, IDG started auditing the numbers and, while attendence “fell” dramatically, we felt better knowing the attendance figures were more accurate. Unfortunately, they stopped in 2007.

Let’s see how many in the Mac Media follow up on the CES press release and ask IDG Management about independent audits of Macworld|iWorld attendance. I predict you’ll be able to count them on the fingers of one hand, if at all.

Religion and The Stupid

I think it goes without saying that, if you’re stupid, you shouldn’t try and use religion to justify anything. You just don’t have the mental acuity to do it. I guarantee you, you’re going to screw it up. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying if you’re stupid, you shouldn’t be religious. God knows, you probably need it more than most. I’m saying, you shouldn’t use it to try and justify your actions and beliefs.

Case in point….

This guy has been told that Leviticus 18:22 is germane to his beliefs about homosexuality.  For those unfamiliar, here is the King James Bible version of his tattoo:

Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Now, I said the guy had been told about this bible passage. How do I know he didn’t read it? Well, if he had bothered to read the Bible or even read all of Leviticus, he would have come across this passage – Leviticus 19:28:

Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you.

Anyone else believe that applies to….oh…I don’t know….TATTOOS?

I feel one hundred percent comfortable in saying to this guy – “You sir, are a moron of the worse kind. Someone so stupid, they don’t even realize how stupid they are. You couldn’t spell “irony” if I spotted you the vowels – even the y.”

When people claim that we will eventually grow out of our bigotry and racism, I point to assholes like this guy. As long as people like him continue to breed and pass on their particular brand of The Stupid, we’ll never get rid of bigotry and racism.

Daily Kos’ Open Letter to People Who Hate

“An open letter to the people who hate Obama more than they love America”

Dear haters, you are the cruel, heartless misinformed assholes who would sell America out to Haliburton in a heartbeat, you would rather pay ZERO taxes than you would see a newly born baby get access to quality health care, you cheer when we discuss denying health care to young people with preventable diseases, and you boo when we discuss the First Ladies plan to cut back on childhood obesity.So stop wearing your hate with pride. Stop celebrating your anti-science, anti-math ignorance. Stop using code words to mask your bigotry like “family values”, especially when you hate my family and when you stand on the same stage as a guy who has had three marriages or if you share a seat in the Senate with a guy who cheated on his wife with hookers while wearing diapers. You should be ashamed.

Hat tip to my friend @Blatherskyte

And Now, for Something Completely Different…

I’m pretty good at guessing ahead of time what Hollywood movies will be “successes” or not. This year has some typically huge blockbusters – which ones do you think will be studs vs which ones will be duds? Here’s my picks:

“Avengers” – Bigger than huge.

“The Dark Knight Rises” – Huge.

“Prometheus” – Big but not as big as the above.

“Spider-Man” – dud.

“GI Joe II” – Complete dud.

“Men in Black 3″ – moderate success

“Total Recall 2″ – dud.

“Bourne Legacy” – Moderate success but lower than MIB.

What are some of the Summer 2012 Blockbusters are you looking forward to – or dreading being dragged out to see?

“iPad’s display is a challenge for manufacturers” Really? Got proof?

CNET (yeah…you know it’s going to be bad) writes that the “iPad’s display is cutting edge–and a challenge for manufacturers” - oh really? According to who,  Crothers?

“according to a display analyst.”

“three manufacturers that are pretty good at making displays and they’re having difficulty supplying it,” said Richard Shim, an NPD DisplaySearch analyst.”

“We know that LG is having some problems” but should begin volume production soon, Shim said.”

“LG’s problems are not as severe as Sharp’s,” Shim said. “We hear [Sharp] may switch back to amorphous silicon.”

None of the above is proof. None of the above contains any facts. But all of the above puts the manufacturers of Apple’s new Retina Displays for the iPad, in a negative light.

Crothers writes, “only time will tell if there is a supply crunch for the new iPad.” And I’m sure you’ll attribute any supply crunch to display issues and not simply demand.