Happy Holidays!

Posted by Harry Bishop on Dec 23rd, 2011
2011
Dec 23

May you and yours enjoy an overabundance of fun & festivity, an environment of tolerance and care, and a break from the worries of the year.

Brain Freeze – cause, cures, and prevention

Posted by Harry Bishop on Dec 2nd, 2011
2011
Dec 2

Most people sometimes fall victim to sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia.

No it’s not a life-threatening illness, it’s what we all as kids commonly called “brain freeze”!



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US Thanksgiving Math

Posted by Harry Bishop on Nov 27th, 2011
2011
Nov 27

Thanks to UtterlyBoring.com for pointing out this one…

Legacy of the Space Shuttle

Posted by Harry Bishop on May 3rd, 2011
2011
May 3

I know, it’s still not about watches, but it IS about another machine with lots and lots of parts!

As a followup to yesterday’s post, here is a video narrated by William Shatner about the legacy of the US Space Shuttle program. While waxing positive about the future, it’s another milestone without a concrete plan forward at this point. It’s good that he talks about all the so many people that made this program a success, not just the newsworthy ones.


Thanks to malbonnington.com for this link!

Manned Space Travel

Posted by Harry Bishop on May 2nd, 2011
2011
May 2

Reading some recent posts about the Seiko Spacewalk, it saddened me to then see this comic and realize what it was saying. I never thought that I might one day be alive when we have no living person with us who has ever walked on another world. The moon has come and gone, will we ever go back, or beyond?


Image from XKCD.com

WWII Stalag Masons

Posted by Harry Bishop on Apr 26th, 2011
2011
Apr 26

Like all dictatorial regimes, the Nazis were terrified of what the Craft (Freemasonry) represented – for much of its history membership of the Craft was an admission of being a champion of human dignity, political freedom and democracy. This was best stated when in 1938, Hitler’s publishing house issued Freemasonry, Its World View (Weltanschaung), Organization and Policies, by Dieter Schwarz, with a preface by Reinhard Heydrich, second in command of the Gestapo. To demonstrate why every new Nazi member must confirm, by his word of honour that he does not belong to a Masonic lodge, it says:

Masonic lodges are … associations of men who, closely bound together in a union employing symbolical usages, represent a supra-national spiritual movement, the idea of Humanity … a general association of mankind, without distinction of races, peoples, religions, social and political convictions.


This is perhaps one of the greatest backhanded compliments ever paid to the Craft.


Authored by United Masters Lodge no 167, Lodge of Research in Aukland, New Zealand. Shared with their kind permission.

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Making the Ikepod Marc Newson Hourglass

Posted by Harry Bishop on Apr 18th, 2011
2011
Apr 18

I admit, this represents a run of “non Seiko” posts, however this is one of those leftover “huh?” items from Basel that I really noticed.

With these items Ikepod have stepped away from the wristwatch world into what Hodinkee calls “Quite Possibly The Coolest Desk Adornment Ever Made”, which I can come close to agreeing with, they truly are beautiful items.

 (NOWNESS via HypeBeast via Hodinkee)

AWOL (for a good reason)

Posted by Harry Bishop on Apr 3rd, 2011
2011
Apr 3



I started a new job last week! I’m now a public servant, working with the Ontario Ministry of Food Agriculture and Rural Affairs. Specifically, in the Food Safety and Traceability Programs Branch.

It’s great, but really busy, so I expect posting will be even more sporadic than normal for the next month or so. In the meantime, enjoy the archives!

Harry

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