An Orient

So I treated myself with a new watch. It is an entry-level Orient watch, and it is an automatic. My first automatic, and I love how organic it feels.
Orient is one of not many watchmaking companies that do every part of their timepieces in-house.

Data:

ref: FEM7L007W9
– movement: automatic
– case material: stainless steel
– dial colour: white
– bezel material: stainless steel
– bezel function: fixed bezel
– glass material: hardened mineral glass
– water resistance: 5 atm water-resistant according to DIN standard 8310
– other functions: day display / date display
– bracelet material: leather
– bracelet colour: black
– bracelet locking clasp: buckle
– specifics: illuminated hands

dimensions:

– case calibre: 42 mm
– case height: 13 mm
– bracelet length: for wrists up to 21 centimetre (1 cm or 10 mm = 0,39 inches) circumference
– web width: 22 mm
– weight: approx 92 grams (1 gram = 0,035 oz)

Orient_EM7L_K5e (manual)

Film Magistery #7: 12 Years A Slave/A Man in Chains

In the seventh episode of Film Magistery Dino talks about slavery throughout history. The Code of Hammurabi is mentioned, and so is the slavery in Africa, Europe and the United States.  And do we have slavery in modern times, here in 2017?
The reference to the concept of slavery is Steve McQueen’s powerful film 12 Years A Slave (2013).

For more visit the Film Magistery website: magistery.dk

12 Years A Slave, poster

Resources

Code of Hammurabi.
http://www.sacred-texts.com/ane/ham/ham05.htm

Roger Crowley, Conquerors: How Portugal Forget The First Global Empire, 2002.

International Labor Organization: 21 million are now victims of forced labor
http://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/newsroom/news/WCMS_181961/lang–en/index.htm

Slave Voyages

How Many Slaves Landed in the U.S.?

“12 Years a Slave.” Dir. Steve McQueen. Fox Searchlight, 2013.

Hans Zimmer: Solomon
Copyright © 2013 Columbia Records

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Sapiens

It’s been long time since I wrote something about a book I have read. I feel it is a high time for that, especially because Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, written by the Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari, is in my opinion a must read for everyone who is interested in the history  and the progress of humankind.

Harari takes his reader on a journey almost to the beginning of time or 13.5 billion years ago, when the Big Bang occurred. However, his focus is on Homo sapiens, a peculiar species of great apes that existed around 150,000 years.

Reading this book is so interesting, everything is so fast-paced and extremely informative, that it feels like binge-watching a quality TV-series. Harari is very entertaining, a great educator and a guy with a lot of humor.

He divides human history in three distinct eras or revolutions: The Cognitive Revolution (about 70,000 years ago), The Agricultural Revolution (12,000 years ago) and The Scientific Revolution (500 years ago).

The book is chock-full with interesting information, assertions and  proclamations, such as:

  • “[…] myths give Sapiens the unprecedented ability to cooperate flexibly in large numbers” (27),
  • “Ever since the Cognitive Revolution, there hasn’t been a single natural way of life for Sapiens” (51),
  • “Domesticated chickens and cattle may well be an evolutionary success story, but they are also among the most miserable creatures that ever lived” (104f),
  • “The discrepancy between evolutionary success and individual suffering is perhaps the most important lesson we can draw from the Agricultural Revolution” (109),
  • “[Capitalism] is the first religion in history whose followers actually do what they are asked to do” (391).

I like how Harari treats all ideologies, such as national socialism, fascism, communism and all other -isms, but also economic systems as capitalism to be almost  some kind of of religion (see for instance page 260 where he calls various forms of humanisms downright humanist religions).  Furthermore he concludes rightfully that before the Scientific Revolution the largest part of humankind didn’t believe in progress. It all changed with capitalism.

I warmly recommend Sapiens and regard it as a very import educational literature, and a good starting point for all those who are interested in history (that is, a history of humankind). This book gives a holistic, yet detail-rich insight into the mind of a peculiar species that reigns on a little blue planet we call the Earth.

Film Magistery #6: Burn After Reading/Age of Bullsh*t

In the sixth episode of Film Magistery Dino talks about the abundance of bullshit today around us and Coens’ underrated film ‘Burn After Reading’ (2008), a tongue-in-cheek spy film about some people who know nothing, but pretend to know a lot. It says a lot about the cultural and interpersonal condition of the modern society today.
We ask what bullshit is and why is there so much of it around us.

For more, visit the Film Magistery website: magistery.dk
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References:
Harry Frankfurt, On Bullshit, 2005.

Photo “I’m not a liar!” by Tristan Schmurr
Licence: Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

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18 Unbelievably Expensive Artworks That Sold
For Millions This Year
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/17/most-expensive-art-2013_n_4454930.html

This painting just sold for $46.5 million at Sotheby’s in New York
http://www.businessinsider.com/afp-rothko-painting-sells-for-46.5-million-in-ny-auction-2015-5?r=US&IR=T&IR=T