Missives from the void

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Sticky Post

This was all getting untidy. Politics and computers and watches. So I created a special page for watch stuff, here: https://tinker.crq.systems/ . The previous watch stuff will be slowly phased out from here (it is all on the new site,… Continue Reading →

The Double Red Sea-dweller (ref 1665)

This is an iconic watch from Rolex. You can read about the history of the model here. I will just recap. Sea-dwellers were meant to cater to the niche market of the saturation divers, that is people who needed something… Continue Reading →

Playing with the Hulk (116610LV)

The green Rolex Submariner, serial number 116610LV (for Lunette Verte, i.e. the green bezel), also called ‘The Hulk’, because it is big and green :). They are relatively recent model from Rolex. I am sure one can google it, but… Continue Reading →

Playing with the Submariner (update)

So, this is a followup from a previous post about the subs I bought. There was some more stuff I wanted to do: Swap the movement for the VR/SA3135, the new version of the Noob 3135 clone. It is getting… Continue Reading →

Playing with the Submariner

So, I already own a DSSD and a SD43, but I thought perhaps the regular submariner (116610LN) is the way to go. Submariners have a long, illustrious history. They first went on sale in 1955 and have gone through many… Continue Reading →

The no-deal rationale

A narrative emerges: “The EU anti tax avoidance laws will come into action soon, therefore the UK billionaires want to get the UK out of the EU asap with no extension to ART50”. Panama papers shoud give one a clue… Continue Reading →

Leaving Cambridge

After five years and a bit, we are leaving Cambridge. It is somewhat bitter-sweet parting. I’ve met some good friends here and people that I genuinely like (and some of them seem to like me). I’ve met a bunch of… Continue Reading →

Omega Seamaster PRO Chronograph (2599.80.00)

There are a few replicas that are so good that they are termed NWBIG (Not Worth Buying In Genuine) in the replica watch community. Many Breitlings fall into that category, because apart from the bling, Breitling, until recently, put stock… Continue Reading →

Omega Seamaster PRO GMT (2535.80.00) Revisited (Update #3)

After the first two updates (both in this post), I got along fairly well with the SMP. It got put into my regular rotation and it was fairly accurate (~+2s/d). However, I noticed two things: (1) The GMT hand would… Continue Reading →

Stop attempting to hack my page, please.

Seriously, guys. I know it is fun, but stop trying to reset my wordpress password. There are sites out there that have a lot worse protection than this one. Why don’t you set your bots on that? If you are… Continue Reading →

Omega Seamaster PRO 300 GMT

I am interested in watches. I like tinkering with them. I have a growing pile of parts that I hope to reuse at some distant time in the future. There is this fascination I have with Omega. At first I… Continue Reading →

The Brexit choices, Brexodus and rocky road ahead

It occurs to me that there is fundamental disconnect between reality and the expectations of English people. It looks like the tories expect to crash out of the EU without a deal, but attempt to pin it on the EU…. Continue Reading →

New Immigration rules

New immigration rules leaked to the Guardian. For those who are still interested in this freak-show: – no more indefinite right to remain. At most one could stay in England is for five years. So, better not plan to attend… Continue Reading →

The rise of fascism in the West and the need to be loved

A colleaugue of mine, posted a note on Facebook, comparing Trump to Berlusconi. This is what I think about it. I think, actually, that a comparison to Mussolini would be more apt. What, with the planned military parades (and here), the… Continue Reading →

The fight for the interpretation (or: After the Brexit speech on January 17th, 2017)

  There is now a fight going on about what the British people wanted when they voted to leave the EU. The first rational thing to do in this case is to look at the referendum question. It was exactly… Continue Reading →

Restoring the Rolex DeepSea Sea Dweller [Updated! 05.jan.2017]

Rolex DeepSea Sea Dweller is an iconic watch. Until it was superseeded by Deepsea Challenge it was the most water-resistant mechanical watch in the world.  It is certified to 3.9km depth! One of the DeepSea Sea Dwellers has actually been on the… Continue Reading →

iPhone 7 audio jack saga

OK, the fallout begins. Here is a story from VOX about why apple abolished the headphone jack: How badly is this written? The arguments are if I briefly list them: (a) Apple has done this before. Initially with the iMac… Continue Reading →

Mladina about Brexit

I translated an article in Slovene about Brexit from a popular Slovene Magazine Mladina. To be clear, the following text is not mine, it was written by Grega Repovž and the original can be found here: http://mladina.si/175145/cas-za-delavsko-internacionalo/ All the rights are retained… Continue Reading →

Brexit postmortem as it is happening

    Well. Hard to say anything really. I was ambivalent before and still am. On one hand I am childishly expecting the screws to start tightening, on another I still cannot believe someone could be so insane. The markets… Continue Reading →


OK, let’s talk about Brexit. I have only peripherally been following this overly politicized storm in a tea cup. It is not that I think it is impossible for Britain to shoot itself in the foot and “leave”. I guess… Continue Reading →

About nationalism

Recently, I came across posts on Facebook, claiming that politicians are importing refugees and migrants into their countries in order to get their votes. Since this is exactly what I proposed about six months ago I don’t have an issue… Continue Reading →

The resurrection of bigotry; and naiveté of the left wing

I have been thinking about this for a while now. I keep getting exposed to vile facebook posts from sad specimens of human race, who try to disguise their smallness behind ideology and in the same breath try to convince… Continue Reading →

About stealing articles and free knowledge

There was recently an article about a Russian researcher running an article hub, here. In a nutshell, they made most of the world’s scanned journal articles available online, free of charge. I say ‘made’, because while the site is still live,… Continue Reading →

After Paris

I actually wrote this some weeks ago. But it is still topical. D I keep seeing posts on the Internet about how it isn’t good that the person or person(s) responsible for the Paris attacks had their passport stamped in… Continue Reading →

The human condition

I wrote this on a trans-Atlantic flight several years ago. I just came across it and thought I’d put it here. DM I am on this flight to L.A. and it is taking a while. 10.000 mile flights do.  A… Continue Reading →

The Restoration of Sector STE200 part 2

The Restoration of Sector STE200 part 2 This post has moved to a new, dedicated, watch blog.

Waterproofing replicas part 2

Waterproofing replicas part 2 This post has moved to a new, dedicated watch blog.

Waterproofing replicas part 1

Waterproofing replicas part 1 This post has moved to a new, dedicated watch blog.

The Restoration of Sector STE200 part 1

The Restoration of Sector STE200 part 1 This post has moved to a new dedicated watch blog.

About academic fraud

I have done a presentation for a web-security firm in 2011. The presentation is here, and it is live, my voice and picture included. I talked to a crowded room. I was nervous but it went fine. Recently, I needed… Continue Reading →

Improving the science

Here is a post about how science could be improved. To sum up: Stop people from hitching themselves up on work of other, junior, researchers (stop ghost or honorific authorship). Rethink REF and implement other measures of academic merit Support… Continue Reading →

O družinskem zakoniku

Ko grem na Facebook, se srečam z različnimi mnenji o noveli družinskega zakonika. Tisti, ki ne veste, novela družinskega spomenika je bila sprejeta 51:28. Bistvena sprememba je, da so istospolne družine in tradicionalna družina izenačene. Slovenija zdaj pozna samo še… Continue Reading →


Imam to smolo ali pa morda srečo, da sem periodično izpostavljen viharjem v žlici vode na temo cepljenja. Obe strani sta dodobra vkopani. Sam sicer cepim svojega otroka, ker ocenjujem, da je zanjo tveganje dovolj majhno, da se izplača biti pro-socialen… Continue Reading →

O nadpovprečnosti

V Mladini (19.02.2015) je v izjavah tedna tudi tale: “Čedalje več je takih ljudi, ki so nadpovprečni” (Vlasta Nussdorfer na Valu 202 o inflaciji nadpovprečnosti) Na prvi pogled je to smešno. Sej ne more biti več kot polovica ljudi boljših… Continue Reading →

On Deception and Conflict

  My research area is psychology of: persuasion, deception, fraud etc. I have an interest in other connected areas – decision making under risk, altruistic punishment, self-regulation…   I am not an expert in politics or psychology of war. I… Continue Reading →

O malih ljudeh in malih politikih

SDS opozarja (po Twitterju, mensezdi), glej zgodbo, da se moramo varovati (parafraziram) “instant strank, z instant politiki in instant programom”. Ja, ker instant stranke z instant programom so nekončno slabše kot etablirane stranke z vedno istim programom, ki ga nikoli… Continue Reading →

About fleecing them for all they’re worth

There is an initiative by the Slovene Tax Authorities to tax … carpooling, essentially. Here is the link to the article (in Slovene language): dnevnik.si There is a platform similar to uber operating in Slovenia. People advertise where they will be… Continue Reading →

About educational policy

There is an article in the Guardian, titled: “Advent of Google means we must rethink our approach to education” I generally agree with the premise that we could change the education process, but I think this article is somewhat skewed…. Continue Reading →

O plagiatih in odgovornosti

V Dnevniku je 25.02.2013 objavljen tale članek: Plagiat je najprej huda sramota za mentorja Mislim, kako je to najprej huda sramota za mentorja? Malo treznega razmišljanja, prosim. Kot sem že večkrat rekel: npr. na področju psihologije na leto izide 60.000… Continue Reading →

O visokem šolstvu in begu možganov

    Polno potovalko imam analfabetov in ludistov, ki se čutijo poklicane za to, da nam povejo kako bi moralo funkcionirati šolstvo in kdo je tisti kader, ki ga pa res potrebujemo. Celo vrsto zmot in zablod najdem v dnevnem… Continue Reading →

David Modic, PhD

Štiri leta. Štiri leta! Če vštejemo prijave, čakanje, organizacijo financiranja, intervjuje.., potem šest! Od trenutka, ko sem prvič vstopil v svojo pisarno in se instantno spričkal s sistemcem, ker mi ni hotel dat mrežnega kabla za moj leptop (“Univerza ne… Continue Reading →

No Pasaran!

Ko sem l. 2008 odhajal v Anglijo delat doktorat se mi je zdelo, da je Slovenija v dobrih rokah. Majer je bil poražen, levica je prišla nazaj na oblast, ljudje so dali vedeti intelektualnim pritllikavcem in nemoralnim apartčikom, da jih… Continue Reading →

Janša ne bi razlagal kolegom iz tujine zakaj imajo njegove akcije posledice

  J. Janša v Dnevniku: “V zadnjih dneh imam težave razložiti svojim kolegom iz Evrope, kako je možno, da je Slovenija v treh letih padla praktično iz vrha na dno in drugič, da tudi sedaj, ko še imamo možnost, da… Continue Reading →

O (ne)zaupnici

18.07.2012 Tole pišem pred glasovanjem o t.i. zlatem pravilu. “Če ne boste glasovali kot jaz hočem, obstaja možnost, da vežem zaupnico na taisto glasovanje.” Kako prozorno. Ta besedni konstrukt, “obstaja možnost da” je približno tako prepričljiv kot vsa sprenevedanja do sedaj…. Continue Reading →

Skrajno kvalitetni maturanti

… Kot vedno so bili najuspešnejši gimnazijci, ki so maturo opravljali prvič: od 6.248 jih je naporno preizkušnjo, ki je včasih veljala za zrelostni izpit, opravilo 6.715 ali h 93 odstotkov, kar je za odstotek bolje od lani. … [Dnevnik.si] Kako… Continue Reading →

O statistiki nezaposlenosti

“LJUBLJANA – Zavod za zaposlovanje se je pohvalil z nižjo junijsko brezposelnostjo že peti mesec zapored, brezposelnih pa je po uradnih evidencah 105.630, kar je dobrih deset tisoč manj, kot jih je bilo januarja.” …”Za osebe, ki niso aktivni iskalci… Continue Reading →

Karlova igra

“Po mednarodnem pravu uživajo predsedniki vlad, držav in zunanji ministri popolno imuniteto, ki jih odvezuje tudi pričanja v sodnih procesih,”  Dagmar Albegger, tiskovna predstavnica avstrijskega ministrstva za pravosodje.  Sedaj je torej igra malo bolj jasna. O Plagiatorju ne bi izgubljal… Continue Reading →

Predstavitev superministra

Le redkokdaj dobimo sleherniki tako lepo priložnost, da se spoznamo z razmišljanjem velikih. Tokrat imamo priložnost videti prezentacijo samega superministra, Žige Turka – do nje nas vodi povezava na njegovem blogu.   Z zanimanjem sem predstavitev odprl, da bi videl… Continue Reading →

O mehkem udaru

Tisto, ker ne gre neopaženo mimo nas, pa vendar se nam na videz neizogibno približuje, je prikrit vojaški udar. Janša, skupaj z ostalimi “partnerji” jemlje tisto, kar mu ne pripada – oblast. Dobra četrtina volivcev je volila zanj, ostali, ki… Continue Reading →

O volitveni norosti

11.1.2011 glasovanje za mandatarja v slovenskem parlamentu definira nove standarde tajnosti. “Da ne bi kdo pomislil, da glasujem tako, kot mislim, da je prav, raje ne bom vzel glasovnice.” Janković ni potrjen, Janša takoj pove, da bo privolil v mandatarstvo… Continue Reading →

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