Skunk Works book review

This time I am reviewing an old book.  And I have a feeling most of the people that read a blog like mine may have already read this book.  It was printed in 1994, so the same year I graduated from high school.  It’s called Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed by Ben R. Rich.

Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed by Ben R. Rich

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TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Pendulum Concept

Before I get started I wanted to mention the pictures I have are huge and look great.  So be sure to click on them for the full version.

Front of watch

According to Tag Heuer this wristwatch, the TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Pendulum Concept, has “The first-ever mechanical movement without hairspring.  Developed and constructed in-house by TAG HEUER A MAJOR WATCHMAKING INNOVATION!”  I’m not sure why they felt the need to use so many caps.  But that’s their prerogative I guess.

In TAG’s press release, they mention their Monaco V4 Concept watch which replaced the gear transmission with a belt drive system.  That watch was a concept in 2004 and became reality in 2009.  So based on that time line, you should be able to pick up one of these beauties around 2015.  Being that far from production, there is obviously no pricing currently set.

The TAG Heuer Pendulum Concept marks TAG Heuer’s 150th anniversary.

So how do they eliminate a spring yet keep the movement mechanical?  Fairy dust?  Unicorn horns?  No, it’s achieved through the magic of magnets.  That’s how, Mr. Smartypants.  It has 4 magnets located in 3 dimensional space that provide a constant field for decades.  And best of all, according to TAG, this new movement is “resistant to changes from perturbing forces.”  They don’t specifically state what these “perturbing forces” are, but I would assume vibration, temperature, humidity, gravity, solar flares, and alien invaders.

The oscillator in the Pendulum Concept beats at 43,200/hour.  It took the TAG Heuer R&D team 3 years to perfect.  Apparently one of those “perturbing forces” that has not been defeated is temperature.  That’s the next step for the R&D team is finding magnets that are less temperature sensitive.  So maybe that 2015 time line is a bit optimistic.

Now onto the case.  The case of the TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Pendulum Concept is motorsport inspired.  The Grand Carrera is said to be inspired my modern GT cars.  The finish is black titanium covered steel.  It has a dial aperture at 9 o’clock to view the beating pendulum.

The wife’s new venture

So this weekend, my wife decided to become a Scentsy “sales consultant”.  It’s another pyramid scheme company.  But all they sell is wickless candles.  So you buy their warmer, drop in the scent of your choice and make your house smell all yummy.  They have something like 80 different scents available and come out with a new one every month.  I am hoping for bacon, popcorn, or prime rib scents.  I am sure I will be waiting for eternity for that though.  Lori really loves it and the scents are good.  And if you always have candles burning, this is a much cheaper and better way to go.  There is no flame involved, just a light bulb.  The wax washes off carpet easily.  And the wax when melted is not warm enough to hurt a baby that decides to dip its fingers in it.  For $5 you get a bar that lasts about 60-80 hours.

They have tried to bring out some man friendly product, but honestly, I don’t think they have consulted a real man in the process.  All the man products seem to be what women imagine guys would like.  Of course my wife likes a lot of the warmers, but after spending a minute looking through the catalog, I had to whip out the laptop and design up my version of a warmer.  So about 10 minutes later, this is what I came up with for something I would like to see on my shelf:

My Scentsy warmer design

My Scentsy warmer design

All of their current offerings are some sort of ceramic.  This baby is brushed bronze.  I think brushed stainless would look just as good.  Or maybe some sort of polished then anodized aluminum in a deep blue or red.  Or of course, I have always been a big fan of black chrome.  Anyway… I didn’t take the time to measure the light bulb interface so of course this design would need tweaked for that.  But for a 10-15 minute dorking around session, I think it looks pretty good.  I called it EyeFinity due to the elliptical eyes cut through each face.  Anyway, if you want t check out Lori’s new blog, you can get there HERE.  It’s her first ever blog, so be nice.  And her Scentsy homepage for ordering product or setting up your own party and getting free stuff is HERE.

Worth noting here

All of you that read this blog know I am VERY anti illegal immigration.  Like not just anti as in I think it’s bad, but anti as in I am so against it that if I put my true thoughts here I would probably go to jail due to freedom of speech being non-existent in the U.S. for many decades. Continue reading

Craig Harrison is a super stud

Craig Harrison, a British Army sniper made 2.  Not 1, but 2 kills with 2 shots at a distance of 8,120 feet.  That’s 2707 yards, 2475 meters, or 1.54 miles!!!!  He did it with a .338 Lapua Magnum Accuracy International L115A3 sniper rifle.  I believe the optics that AI provides to the British military is the Schmidt & Bender 5-25×56.  Also, the A3 typically comes with a suppressor.  I have no idea what optics were actually on the rifle, or if the suppressor was being used, but wow.  I don’t care what optics he was using.  Continue reading

Free comic book day

This Saturday, May 1st, I took my boy too the local participating comic book store for free comic book day.  Now he is still too young to be reading.  Although he does try, but currently it usually consists of reciting memorized information.  Yes, there is a couple books that are not super short that he has memorized.  It’s crazy.  I can’t believe how amazing his brain is at this point.  He memorizes books, he remembers things that someone said at his 2nd birthday lunch, he remembers things people were wearing almost ½ his life ago.  Again, it’s CRAZY to me.

Anyway, back to the comics.

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