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Dam! You’d think the sea levels would drop or something...

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What'd I miss?

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It was a link to worldwide dam building for the last 100 or so years. I was trying to be funny, guess it wasn’t. Going back to Casio F91W shopping.

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I missed the whole thing on the plane apparently.

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

Avoidable Watches Forever: Anyone have a recommendation for a tough automatic "knockaround" watch that I can wear doing outdoors activities? I already have a Desk Diver Seamaster, the Mandatory Rolex, and a I Like Talking About Racing but Am Afraid To Speedmaster, among others. However I mostly wear my G-shock (thanks Robert) so I'm looking for something in between.

I've looked at the Doxa 200s and a lot of the Seiko 5s and Prospexes. Nothing has really caught my interest - I'm looking for something that can withstand some slightly adventurous things like hiking + skiing but also I could wear to a meeting if it came to that. Looking to keep it around a thousand dollars or so.

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Orients for sure.

ORIS Big Pilot.

Pre-Nashvill Weiss.

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

+1 for Orient. I beat the hell out of my Kamasu and don’t feel bad about it.

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+1 for Kamasu. Scratch proof sapphire glass with a hacking movement at an affordable price.

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I have an ORIS Big Pilot - Not worth the money. They are poorly made. Mine had to go in for repair 4 months after I bought it. As it's out of warranty, next time it breaks, it goes in the trash. Get a Citizen - they last.

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I had a very good one but to be fair I didn't keep it long enough for it to cause trouble

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Honestly, the occident watches have better quality control

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

Sinn?

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Ah good call.

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

It’s not automatic, but I wore a Citizen EcoDrive for about 12 years that was damn near indestructible even with my clumsy ass. Cost about 30% of your budget and it was great.

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Ditto. Mine's 10 years old and is bulletproof.

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They make basic ones as well as more ornate ones also

THis one made of titanium would be unstoppable

https://www.citizenwatch.com/us/en/product/BM8560-02X.html?cgid=mens-ecodrive

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I had a citizen EcoDrive that lasted through 12 years of really abusive ownership on my part. It's Seiko 5 replacement didn't make it a year until I started having issues with the metal band.

I recently decided if would be nice to have a watch again... EcoDrives seem to be the Lexus ES of watches: nice enough and entirely sufficient for people who don't care about watches.

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

For an everyday I always plug a Citizen Eco-Drive. Not fancy and just does the job.

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

If buying used doesn't bothered you, get the best watch ever made. The Seiko Skx007 or 009. I guarantee you will be still wearing it 30 years from now, without the ridiculous expenses involved in keeping a Swiss watch running. Besides being a certified 200m diver, it's also substantial enough to hammer nails, and has an aftermarket to rival the small block Chevy.

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

Thanks for putting that on my radar.

Seems just my jam.

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I almost got rid of mine, and I regretted it immediately. Before the era of dive computers, this was the watch that most professional divers used. The guy who put me onto them had thousands of dives and almost 30 years without a servicing into his.

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Dec 7, 2023·edited Dec 7, 2023

My ironman, don't remember which one but it said "200m" on it lasted at least 1500 dives for me, most of them working, some over 200ft. It was my backup backup but never let me down. Worked great as a timer, or local time reference. Also has easy to manipulate buttons to with gloves. By all rights using the buttons at depth should have caused failure but never did.

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Be aware that new SKXs are now selling at roughly 3X original list. They stopped making them a few years ago.

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Damn. Thanks for the heads up.

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Yeah, but those are really only the new ones with Tags that fetch silly money. It's likely to be most produced true dive watch of all time, and there is no shortage of them around in good shape for reasonable money. Read $300.

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Much better news!

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TBH I like these better than any seiko made right now

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

fuck yeah speedmaster

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You DO know you basically said "watches that suck, avoid them," right?

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I feel like that's good advice in general!

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

You've got the diver and the chronograph, perhaps a mountaineer next?

Seiko Alpinist, with the totally useless (but still fun) internal rotating bezel.

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

hello yes id like to buy one seeko alpenis

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

I hadn't even thought about those but they are _really_ nice.

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Dec 7, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

This. I've worn mine hiking and mountain biking, and it looks nice enough on a leather strap to wear to the office. Haven't seen the Prospex in person, but it looks good in pictures and is probably cheaper new than a used SARB017.

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I missed out on the pre-Prospex a dozen times, and feel like an idiot for doing so.

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Dec 10, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

I randomly got mine off of Massdrop when that was still a thing.

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Oh yeah, I was there! My Massdrop/DROP order history is something like 40 items.

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I was replacing horrid 3 year old APC and excellent but really old Tripp Lite UPS's with hopefully good Eaton UPS's, and all the way at the bottom of the rack amongst spaghetti, dust bunnies is a watch, not ticking, with a broken band. It's a Timex Expedition, water resistant to 100M. Heavy stainless steel, more dirty than scratched. Forest green band stitched to leather. One Panasonic CR2016 for $5 and an Amazon spring kit for $11 (it was a clamshell organizer tray of 20 different spring pin sizes, with 10 or 20 in each. I am to take one and throw away the rest. So much for so cheap, thanks China. The movement was labeled TMX, made in the Phillipines), and we are up and ticking. Literally, it ticks really loudly, putting it face down helps. It lights up! And a day counter, must need to fix it once a month. The wheel on the side faces my hand, and it juts out, its already forming a callous and wore off my a hole in my arm hair, but all watches are shaped like that, so must be normal. This thing is really cool, I'm now a watch guy. It seems like something similar goes for $60 new, but I can't imagine the band is as high quality. This thing has worn leather on the inside, its barely cracked and I can make out "water resistant leather" branded on the inside still.

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Yep, I had a Timex divers watch that I wore religiously for years. It went skiing and hiking and diving, and got bashed around in all kinds of places. That thing never let me down so I’m feeling a little bad that I have no idea what happened to it. It was shamefully discarded when my wife bought me a TAG which I had always wanted. I’m going to find it someday squirrelled away somewhere and probably still working.

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Dec 7, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

The Marathon Black General Purpose Mechanical has been my go-to knockaround for 5+ years now. Affordable, light, but extremely durable. If a nylon strap isn't meeting-worthy, they have other stainless automatics in their lineup, but they inch above the $1000 level. Not much higher though.

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Dec 7, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

Huge fan of Squale. Their auto is 95% of a submariner and is $485

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Dec 7, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

For about $1K I’m a fan of used Oak and Oscar - either the Olmstead (field) or their GMT. Sandwich dial, non-tool adjustment, drilled lug holes. I wear mine more in the winter with flannels / layers / etc vs the summer which is more Submariner time.

They go for 1,600 to 2,000 new but can be found at the 1K mark on the forums.

Other off the beaten path is Serica (French brand) - they just came out with a field watch that I really like.

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Dec 7, 2023·edited Dec 7, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

Christopher ward c63 gmt, definitely looks like another famous watch but more like a true homage

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Dec 7, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

The Garmin tactix Delta has oddly become a workaday "beater" watch for me. If you aren't using the GPS extensively they can go a full month on a charge. If you don't want to be tracked you can disable all T/R features and make it silent. I have the version with Applied Ballistics software. You can range a target with your bluetooth laser and the drop solution will appear instantly on the watch. I've found this to be a handy feature;-)

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Sounds incredibly useful if you like hitting stuff from far away.

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Dec 7, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

I JUST went through this exercise!

If you want something that's indestructible it's Casio. I have a Casio Pro-Trek that is my go-to "indestructible". At 12+ years old, it's been covered in mud, salt water, and even oil - banged against everything possible and still works / looks near new.

That said Casio Pro-Treks, G-Shocks, or Tough Solars look as tough as they are and aren't exactly office wear. I too wanted something in between my dress watches and Casio. A watch I could wear on a boat, a hike, at the bar, to dinner - etc.

For an auto I would second the SKX007 and SKX009 suggestions. I have the 009 - it's great, though personally I find the case a bit thick. I'd also suggest a Hamilton Field Khaki - I prefer Arabic numerals - and the "field watch" face. Hamilton's Khakis come in many dial colors, movements, bracelet options, and sizes.

My Hamilton is very similar to this watch: https://www.hamiltonwatch.com/en-us/h70545140-khaki-field-auto.html

Although mine is a cream / salmon dial, stainless steel, and quartz movement. The face is one of my favorites, it's easy to read and it has a lot of depth to it. At 42mm it also wears quite well. I linked the Titanium one, which is at the highest point of your budget, but other variants can be had for much less or from 3rd party retailers.

I also have the 38mm auto w/a black dial on a leather, which is slightly more casual, but is still at home just about everywhere that doesn't involve a tie. However, I can't truly attest that it's a rugged watch. A drop from about 4ft (off my dresser) required a spring replacement.

...Which is why I don't consider autos to be as rugged as a quartz. If you can "slum" it with a solar quartz watch (I personally love solar; for the sheer laziness of not having to set them!) - the Ecodrives are solid choices. I have a few, their stats are impressive, as are their materials, but there's just something about the execution of a Citizen that I rarely find comes together. For that reason, I prefer Seiko to Citizens, though Seiko has much less of a solar selection. Their proliferate expansion of the Seiko 5 line, both in terms of options and price - at the sacrifice of performance does leave a bit to be desired. Not that Seiko was every really high end, but it does seem like they are going further down market and perhaps are not quite the value they once were.

Alternatively, there are a few microbrands that may scratch that "all rounder" watch itch. Boldr, Vaer, and Nodus have some interesting ones. I particularly like the Nodus Retrospect line, though I have yet to pull the trigger.

Lastly - my newest "all rounder" was an impulse buy from a company called "Momentum" based out of Canada. Like most micros they other's movements (Japanese mostly) and have traditional watch designs similar to more iconic brands. I was intrigued by their Smoke Jumper solar line - which looks a whole lot like my Khaki Field (same dial, but a black case) - AND in SOLAR!! At $200 (after discount) I figured it would be worth a try. Should get it next week. Hopefully it's not one of those watches that looks great on paper and less so in person...

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Dec 7, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

Vostok Amphibia?

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

I somehow get targeted ads for bras for petite women. No doubt because I clicked on one once trying to figure who the model was. Like your ads, this also creates much food for thought, but it’s different thought, knowwhatImean? I have no complaints.

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

Hahaha!

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

I hate when misclicks change your ads. Insta thinks I'm a woman in my 30s. Horrible.

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

What are these 'ad' things you people talk about?

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

They're these chunks of useless info and screen space whose only purpose is to bother and spy on you.

Awful invention.

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You're NOT one, right?

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In clownworld, I can be anything at any time!

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Does that mean that in Clownworld, I can be a normal, well-adjusted human being?

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lolno

its not a miracle machine

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In Clownworld you ARE a normal well-adjusted human being!

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Normal?

Like Gary Busey, with his beady eyes and crooked smile, wearing a suit made of human hair and driving a brand-new Cadillac with roof racks full of nasty, warped lumber?

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I was watching jazz videos from Barcelona a while back and then all the YouTube ads switched languages from English to Spanish.

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A lot of mine on my phone show up in French. I have no idea why.

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Canuckistan doesn’t mandate that LOL?

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No, we've not yet made Hindi an official language yet either.

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Dec 7, 2023·edited Dec 7, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

I saw something today where some Canadian official was complaining that the people signing up for their euthanasia program are too white and too rich. Can’t make this stuff up.

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Probably only a matter of time for that and Mandarin.

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Instagram apparently thinks I like men’s clothing, watches, Porsches, and curvy goth chicks. Eh, it’s got that one right.

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I hope you mean the Porsches...

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Yeah, the goth chicks look good in them

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No doubt that's why I know all about Shelby Beatty and Casee Brim, to say nothing of "Laparasian" and "Vivacious Honey".

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

Your demo is a little different than mine. For instance, I’m now big into fishing, courtesy of Erica Lynn.

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

zero chance you dont get "hot single moms in your area want to meet you" ads

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They don't bother. Already met them all.

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

savage

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Or, at this point, "salvage?"

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

well they are used goods

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Hot single moms in jacks area are like shermans lists. They start at 0

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Dec 7, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

they're about as enlightening, too

I'm kidding, Sherman

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Dec 7, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

often in the same night.

hey-oh!

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Dec 7, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

Be grateful- at some point they become "attractive seniors in your area" ads. Not cougar hunting, since I qualify for AARP membership.

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OH GOD NO

ANYTHING BUT THAT

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Dec 7, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

I could take a mauling.

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Dec 7, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

I wish you luck. I've an acquaintance who, five years or so ago, found himself suddenly divorced in his mid fifties after two or more decades of marriage. He can't seem to make it to a 3rd date, despite being an accomplished bassist/guitarist/skateboarder/grandfather and a fit 60 year old. Might be a Michigan thing.

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Dec 7, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

I wish him the best. Fortunately, I found my second wife at the age of 43 in 2015. Having spent the previous 3 years in the online dating gristmill, it felt like I caught the last helicopter out of Saigon.

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Dec 7, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

On my 50th, which happened during 🦠🦠, an AARP membership application was waiting in my mailbox.

Apparently they’re jumping the birthday gun a bit since, as my brother’s application arrived two weeks before his 50th birthday, in October.

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I actually don't mind the AARP junk mail, beyond paying to dispose of it. They seem to have given up once I reached retirement-eligible age.

But since I have the same name as my father, I received MediCare signup mailings for an entire year at age 41. It was pretty amusing at the time. With modern advertising being what it is I now can't help but laugh out loud over the notion that databases have Dad, myself, and my cousin of the same name so conflated that they won't know whom to spam with what.

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One of the few things that offends me is the AARP's assumption that every old geezer wants to be a member of their club.

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Some of those supplemental MediCare insurance plans really need to update their databases. I regularly get them in the fall addressed to the guy I bought the house from 20 years ago. Even stranger are the extended vehicle warranty renewals addressed to his wife who died two years before I bought the house.

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AARP started sending me membership applications for my 35th birthday. Love their optimistic outlook on my expected retirement age. Don't want to join their club though.

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What really stings are the mailers for burial plots.

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Never too early to plan for the future.

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That’s a grave decision to make, you dig?

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Dec 7, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

[SIGH] Alright, in order:

Would, have, if drinking, it's a maybe for me

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

Facebook marketplace did a similar thing to me. I was searching for motorcycle boots and found a woman's race car driver halloween costume being sold by a 20 year old sorority girl. I clicked to get a better look at her and now Facebook thinks I like woman's clothing

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Dec 6, 2023·edited Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

I mean I do, when modeled by 20y/o sorority girls. It’s terrible what FB is doing to us!

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

There are a lot of advantages to being 25 with a bit of cash in my pocket in a college town. Unfortunately I actually like my gf so I haven't experienced as many as I like to think I could have otherwise

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i like womens clothing

when theyre taking it off

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“I dress for women and I undress for men.” Angie Dickinson.

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6-7 years ago. Id take them off l. 4 years of children and 2 years of marriage. (Happy recent anniversary to us) “alright we have 8 minutes, you take them off”

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Conversely, I got a hit on Facebook marketplace for my Miata by a gorgeous 19 year old “E-Girl.” Im almost certain she has no interest in the Miata, but we exchanged Snaps and I think she’s got some interest in me. Cue my mother, angrily ordering me not to sell the Miata at a loss so I can sleep with a blue-haired Sheetz employee.

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Dec 7, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

Also creates different food

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

is it wrong of me to notice that the dwarf likes to get high

Anyway, I think elevating prole-grade content (the stuff I consume anyway) by way of highbrow critique is at least funny because of the juxtaposition. Tangentially related is the writing of scientific white papers on nonsense things for the lulz.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/322530755_Analysis_and_Qualitative_Effects_of_Large_Breasts_on_Aerodynamic_Performance_and_Wake_of_a_Miss_Kobayashi's_Dragon_Maid_Character

This is stupid. I like it. If you've ever wondered if jumbo jugs would change the drag coefficient, this is your jam.

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

They do I seem to have an effect on tennis. Look at before and after pictures of Simona Halep. She played much better after the reduction although she is now banned for doping.

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

I hate this fucking app. I type too fast, typo, post, and then realize the mistake.

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

you can just edit the post lol

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

All I see when I click the three dots is share link, hide link, or delete. I am using the app on an iPad.

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Hear hear!

Same here.

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God created the internet and web browsers for a reason. Apps mostly suck.

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Dec 7, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

I can't use the substack app at all. Phone won't admit it's already installed and sends me to the Play store.

ACF emails mercifully offer a link to open in the browser. Nothing else I subscribe to does this.

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

I know I can edit on a browser.

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Dec 6, 2023·edited Dec 6, 2023

sorry bud

my bad

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No problem. I should just use a browser but I would rather suffer and complain. It’s a boomer thing.

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I hate the app. The site is infinitely better in a browser, even on a phone browser.

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The app feels a bit to me like malicious compliance for the lesbians who read Bari Weiss on iPhone XR.

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They just fixed something using the web browser. If you accidentally clicked the person, you'd go to that person's potential writings. So, you go back. But it was going back to the beginning of the comments and you'd have to wade through them all. That's fixed. You come back to where you were before.

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Misaligned incentives!

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More research is required. In a video format. With slow motion options.

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I'm sure R34 has you covered for whatever you're looking for.

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N. Rabino the author of the above, in his best George C Scott voice "Adrian Newey, you magnificent bastard, I read your book!!!!"

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The guy applied fluid dynamics to anime tiddies

the absolute madman

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Do midgets get high, or medium?

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Hey-O!

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They just get less short.

YOU WILL NEVER BE TALL

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Hahahaha

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You can work on your dragon-girl titty thing after you get that moon base built.

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I'd rather just repurpose the Nazi moon base that's already there tbh

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

How about the argument against quartz watches vs automatics........

They say quartz has no soul, but making a crystal oscillate with a tiny amount of electrons is pretty cool.

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

Isn't the Grand Seiko Spring Drive a blend of the two? Ultra cool. Want one as my dress watch.

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Spring Drive is a mechanical movement that is braked/smoothed via electronics. I'm wearing a Bulova Precisionist today which accomplishes the same effect in completely different fashion.

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

Neat! Which one is that? Some look pretty busy and others look like dress watches.

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I have the most basic no frills dress one.

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

Solid. Probably the one I'd get if I did.

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

Cool. I love the Precisionist. I have one in my Lunar Pilot (43mm Snoopy), but I only get half the coolness of the movement in that. Bulova has to fire whoever the designer is on the Precisionist line though. Just incredibly busy designs. The new Jetstar, however, is the bees knees.

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YES IT IS.

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

It’s like the ACF Home Shopping Network today!

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

Now we need a 1-800 number and we're golden!

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Ain't no one in Australia buying a watch called Jetstar!

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YES! The newer Bulovas are too friggin busy.

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Dec 7, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

I wish there were more brands that followed Bulova's approach. A sweeping hand quartz is the best of both. Make is solar and you'd have a killer movement.

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

Now you got me thinking how smartwatches keep time. Is it via the cpu?

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

I thought they used a kind of reference from the internet, like smartphones.

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

Very good question, I don’t have any idea!

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Not well, when they don't have GPS turned on. Nothing loses track of time like a 32-bit and up CPU through a modern operating system.

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

There's a whole rant here about abstraction layers and how we ended up with a system where we need to synchronise everything against network time because we've lost the ability to regulate timekeeping in electronic devices.

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When I was studying for my CPA, we had something like 2 years to use the source material before it would expire. I was being lazy and didn't want to study so 5 years after paying for a review course, I had to change the time clock on my old dell laptop to 1/1/2009 so I could still get to the study materials. It worked. Now my network administrator manages the time. Do you know how annoying "See your network administrator" is when you are the network administrator (by default, not by job performance) and have no flipping clue what they're talking about. I used to like computers.

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Dec 7, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

When work locked down computers so you couldn't do that anymore, it made some testing a bit difficult. Say you have something that does THIS on M-F, but THAT on Sat + Sunday. Unless you planned on testing THAT on Sat + Sunday, you were a bit screwed. So, you made options you could feed it to tell it, "Yeah, we are doing the Saturday + Sunday stuff and it's Wednesday.". So, instead of accessing the system date, here and here, here, here (A few hours later) and here in a bunch of spots, you grabbed the date and time from the get go, and stuck it in a field and used that instead. But if you had an option set, you'd modify the field before doing anything else.

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And some dude somewhere probably died because some similar medical programmer forgot to update the call from the work around to the actual date before it went live.

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Exactly.

OH WE'LL JUST DO IT IN SOFTWARE.

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Some dude spent years building a virtual machine thats always saturday/sunday inside a virtual machine thats always m-f. I dont know this but i also know this.

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Fix it in post!

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Dec 7, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

But a disciplined oscillator is almost always best.

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

Thanks. I expected it to have an on-board timekeeping method complemented by an occasional online check. If my memory serves me correctly the original apple watch had to be paired with a phone, so the reliance on the online servers makes sense.

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It’s interesting that, with the Apple clock application, the second hand moves like an old electric clock, and not one movement per second.

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Dec 7, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

To me now it's a question of what is the right tool for the job/which scratch matches the itch. I have suggested to a number of women to go for the quartz version of the gold Cartier because I surmised they did not have an interest in and did not want the maintenance of a mechanical movement. On the other hand recently I suggested an Orient and a Seiko display-back for the opposite reason. I suppose the proverbial door for the watch and car analogies is comparable to the B-2 hangar's.

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I like both, but my preference is for low maintenance.

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Dec 7, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

I got out of the habit of wearing a watch during the plandemic. Need to start again.

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Dec 8, 2023·edited Dec 8, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

I prefer quartz to automatic because if I don't wear it for a week or two, it's still keeping good time. I sold off all my automatic watches because I was tired of having to wind and set them every time I wore them, or keeping them on a watch winder which is an expense of its own.

Quartz gets a bad rap because watch companies have figured out how to make them cheaply and then engaged in a race to the bottom. Take a 32,768 Hz XT-cut tuning fork crystal, use a standard chip to divide it by 2 thirteen times (8192), then use that 4hz output to drive a stepper motor. Then run that through a gear train to move the hands. Don't bother with temperature compensation because the drift is fairly symmetrical around 25 degrees C. The best accuracy you can get from cheap crystals is 5-10 ppm, which translates into 0.5-1.0 seconds/day. Almost everybody does this which is why quartz movements get no respect.

With two exceptions:

1) Grand Seiko 9F movement pushed the limit with what you can do with an XT crystal. They selected the most accurate crystals in a batch, burned then in for 90 days, then carefully plotted the variation and temperature drift FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL CRYSTAL. Then they programmed a somewhat more complex microchip in the movement with said crystal's compensation information. Finally the 9F movement reads the temperature about every 3 minutes and corrects the fractional-N PLL divisor for the timekeeping logic. The result is that every 9F movement is guaranteed to +/-10 seconds per YEAR. The "gold star" versions are guaranteed to 5 seconds per year. My personal "Sea of Clouds" GS is keeping to less than -2 seconds per year, but I'm kind of fuzzy on that because i don't remember how precisely I set it last year.

2) Alternatively, don't use the XT-cut 32khz tuning fork crystal. Citizen has mastered using higher frequency AT-cut crystals which have superior accuracy. The trick is that the higher frequency also means higher power consumption. Citizen's accomplishment was in reducing the power consumption to get 3 years out of a battery. Their flagship Caliber 001 watch is claimed to be accurate to within one second per year(!). Bulova, part of the Citizen watch group, has their Precisionist line (Jack mentions below), which oscillates at 262 khz (actually 2^^18 hz). That higher frequency meant that the stepper motor can step more often; my Bulova Lunar Pilot had a second hand that sweeps much like an automatic watch.

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Plastics are just like quartz.

Hydrocarbon polymers are miracle materials, but they almost always get used to make cheap, shoddy substitutes for metals.

Then there's aluminum. Best used as a heat sink and exchanger, every single structural application of the metal has a bunch of asterisks attached to it. It's ONLY redeeming quality is its light weight.

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Yeah, fuck aluminum and it's little micro-fracture bullshit that has put so many BMX kids in the hospital.

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

Wow. I had no idea.

Neat!

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Dec 8, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

One of my g shocks is accurate to about 2 seconds a month, not an expensive watch by any means, I think that what they are able to do with cheap movements is amazing.

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You must understand, Jack, that midgets are the second of the Inherently Hilarious Things.

You doubt me? Then try imagining something that ISN'T made both awesome and hilarious by adding a midget.

Go ahead, as they say. I'll wait.

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I didn’t know Peter the Great commented here

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If you're talking about that doorshaker in "The Wizard of Oz," that was Peter the Fabulous.

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not that I know from personal experience, but I'd wager porn tops that list

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I know way more about prole shit than about high class things. Recently I've been listening to more classical music. I listened to it on WKAR when I was driving around Lansing in my wife's 4Runner because it didn't have Bluetooth to hook my phone up and pop/rock radio stations are garbage. I enjoyed it and downloaded the Idagio app to listen more. I'm just not sure I $10-per-month enjoy it. I don't know enough to choose what I want to listen to, to curate a playlist (or several playlists) and it's easier to load my phone up with 500 5-min songs than it is 50 50-minute symphonies. At least right now it is...

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Most radio stations have apps and online streams. Or you can just listen on FM!

This is the local classical station in Potland, OR:

https://www.allclassical.org/mobile-apps/

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The preferred contemporary phrase for a “midget” or “dwarf” or “little person” is … “person of short stature”

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It was JUST "little person" relatively recently, I thought. They changed it AGAIN?

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

we need to put the names on a higher shelf so they cant get at it

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Don't forget to hide the ladders, chairs, and step stools.

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I shouldn't be laughing audibly at that joke

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This reminded me of the Dewey Cox protest song about little men. Classic.

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Who cares?

None of them hit you the way "midget" does.

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im still partial to floor [slur]

hits like a truck

thanks louis ck

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

A good friend of mine is about 5’6” (married to a former Big 10 cheerleader, and hes completed an Ironman, don’t cry for him) and in the group text when he gets fired up we always send him the “You’re an angry elf!” gif.

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

Are cheerleaders supposed to be tall?

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

His wife is short even for a cheerleader. The classic “spinner”.

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Dec 6, 2023Liked by Jack Baruth

Gotcha, the one that flies.

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lmao I thought you were literally referring to her cheerleader position as a flyer

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Ah, Urban Dictionary!

Without you, I'd never have learned the meaning of such terms as Dirty Sanchez and Fat Elvis.

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