Friday, May 24, 2013

Why The First 20 Hours Are The Most Important When Learing Anything


Josh Kaufman specializes in teaching people from all walks of life how to master practical knowledge and skills. In his 20-minute TEDx Talk, he shares how having his first child inspired him to approach learning in a whole new way. He also reveals the four steps to learning any new skill, fast.

He wrote a new book about this topic called The First 20 Hours.






Here's a breakdown of his four steps (as found via Lifehacker):
  1. Deconstruct the skill: It starts with breaking down the task in several parts and find the most important things to practice first. If you were learning to play a musical instrument, for example, knowing just a few chords gives you access to tons of songs. If you want to learn a new language, learn the most common 2,000 words and you'll have 80% text coverage.
  2. Lern enough to self-correct: Use reference materials to learn enough that you know when you make a mistake so you can correct yourself.
  3. Remove barriers to learning: Identify and remove anything that distracts you from focusing on the skill you want to learn.
  4. Practice at least 20 hours.

 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The History of Whiskey And Everything You Need To Know About It

This 6-piece series on YouTube shows you everything you need to know about Whiskey. The history, how it's made, common terms explained and much more. A must-watch for every beginner, but nonetheless very interestingfor everyone else.















Wednesday, May 15, 2013

My Favorite Tudor Watch From Baselworld 2013 - The Heritage Chrono Blue (Watch Wednesday)

One of the few watches that where introduced during this years Baselworld and that I really liked is the Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue (Ref. 70330B). It is heavily inspired by the iconic 1973 Tudor "Montecarlo" (Ref. 7169) and cites many details of its predecessor.

Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue
Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue with Nylon strap and steel bracelet - (c) Tudor

I like both versions with steel bracelet or with a nylon strap in blue, grey and orange - colors that match the watchface and give a hint of mediterranean flair.

Nonetheless it isn't just another version of  the Heritage line introduce by Tudor in 2010 (which is very successful so far). This is a completely new watch by itself. It differs from the other Heritage models especially in the hour markers filled with SuperLuminova, the form of the hands and the bi-directional bezel.

Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue - Superluminova
Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue - SuperLuminova - (c) Tudor


The dial sports two counters 3 and 9 o’clock for the small seconds hand and for a 45-minute counter.
The sapphire crystal keeps a self-winding mechanical ETA2892 movement with a Dubois-Dépraz-module and 42-hour power reserve. The bezel has a blue aluminium finish, while crown and pushers are knurled with a chrome finish. Additionally the crown features a blue lacquered shield.

Tudor Montecarlo and Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue
(c) Tudor


It comes with a retail price of 4'200 CHF / 3.480 EUR / 4,350 USD.

This comes in perfect timing with the return of Tudor to the US market in September 2013. It should be available in both select Rolex boutiques as well as third-party watch retailers.

 

Technical specifications:

  • Reference: 70330B
  • Movement: ETA 2892 automatic movement with Dubois-Dépraz chronograph module, 55 jewels, 28,800 beats/hour
  • Case: Stainless steel, 42mm diameter with polished and satin finish, screw-down crown with triple waterproofness system, screw-down pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock
  • Bracelet: Multicolor fabric strap (blue, grey, orange) and steel bracelet with folding clasp
  • Bezel: Bidirectional rotatable with 12-hour grades (48 positions) to be used for second time-zone display, blue aluminium finish
  • Dial: Small seconds hand at 3 o’clock, date at 6 o’clock, 45-minute counter at 9 o’clock
  • Water resistance: 150m/500feet


For more information visit the official Tudor site.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Would a Modern Mad Man Wear a Glashütte Original Sixties Square Chronograph?

The Glashütte Original Sixties Square Chronograph is a modern reiteration of a classic watch that I can well imagine on the wrist of a certain group of men. But that's just my opinion. What do you think? Would a modern times Mad Man wear this watch?

Glashütte Original Sixties Square Chronograph (Ref. 39-34-02-32-04)


The watch is from the Glashütte Original 20th Century Vintage line and should fit well with any dress.

The list price is US$ 9,300, but I found several offers online, both new and used, starting at as low as US$ 7,000 / 5.300 EUR.

Specifications


  • Reference: 1-39-34-02-32-04
  • Caliber: 39-34, Automatic movement
  • Functions: Hour and minute, small second (off-centre), chronograph with stop second, 30 minutes display
  • Case: Stainless steel, sapphire crystals on top and bottom, screwed case back, waterproof up to 3 bar
  • Measurements: 41.35 mm × 41.35 mm, height: 12.6 mm
  • Dial: Dial galvanized black, domed dial, luminous hour dots, hands made of rose gold inlaid with Super-LumiNova
  • Strap: Louisiana Alligator leather strap with buckle made of stainless steel