Watches, Stories, & Gear: Citizen Kane, A New Civic, & Michael Collins

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See People Get Vaccinated At The Museum Of Natural History

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Even about 4 months into the widespread vaccination effort against Covid-19 here in the United States, we absolutely never get tired of seeing people getting their shots, and the pure joy that follows. Mass vaccination sites have sprung up in all kinds of unusual places, but perhaps none more curious and photogenic than the one at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Anyone who has visited the museum likely remembers the enormous suspended model of a blue whale that has become one of the museum’s most famous exhibits, and now, if you’re so inclined, you can get your shot right underneath it (and you’ll be rewarded with a custom “I got vaccinated!” sticker when you’re done – certainly worth hanging on to). If it’s possible to be jealous of someone’s vaccine location, this ought to trigger it. More at Gothamist right here.

Old Review Knocks Citizen Kane Off Perfection 

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We’re not generally proponents of conspiracy theories here at Worn & Wound, but do you get the sense that Rotten Tomatoes is out to destroy Citizen Kane? While it’s not clear why the ubiquitous move review aggregator has it in for Orson Welles’s masterpiece, and what many consider the consensus pick for the greatest film ever made, it sure is curious that they’d slide an 80 year old review of the movie into their analysis, bringing Kane’s perfect 100% rating down a point, and leaving The Terminator and Godzilla Vs. Destroyah as the only movies in their archive with perfect scores. Considering the sheer amount that’s been written about Kane and the general tendency for film criticism to become more and more contrarian over time, it’s frankly surprising that its 100% score lasted so long, but it’s odd (and hilarious) that a decades old review written under a pseudonym threw it off its perch. Could James Cameron be behind this? Let the wild speculation commence. More here.

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The NYT Retires The Term ‘Op-Ed’

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In yet another sign of the changing times, the New York Times announced recently that they would be retiring the term “Op-Ed” and switching to the more accurate term “Guest Essay” for opinion pieces written by those outside of the larger NYT umbrella. “Op-Ed” is a term that has slipped into our collective lexicon (well beyond the reach of the Times) and as this explainer reminds us, it refers to the geographic placement of the page in relation to the Editorial section in the paper edition of the times, and does not refer to “opposition editorial” or anything similar. In a newspaper that’s largely digital, layout matters less, and thus we have the “Guest Essay.” While the Op-Ed nomenclature is being retired, we have a feeling it will take some time for the often used phrase to disappear from use, but just as nobody ever asks “Hey, who has a camera?” in the age of the smartphone, in a generation this too could be a relic of the past.

Honda Reveals The 11th Generation Civic

Honda took the lid off their latest Civic this week, revealing the 11th generation of the car which will be a model year 2022. The new sedan will get the usual 4 trim levels, each packed with more tech than the last. The latest generation says goodbye to the manual transmission altogether, going entirely to CVT (for the moment, at least). While that news is a bit of a bummer, the car itself looks very mature for its entry level stature. Ditch the touch screen mounted on the dash and I get major OG Prelude vibes from the look, a car I’d dearly love to see brought back for another round. Learn more about the new Civic from R&T right here.

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Remembering Apollo 11 Astronaut, Michael Collins

This week saw the passing of NASA astronaut Michael Collins, member of the iconic Apollo 11 mission crew, Gemini Program alum, and Air Force pilot. Collins famously flew the command module around the moon while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to step foot on it back in 1969. As a core member of the test programs that laid the foundation of the Apollo missions, Collins was duty bound to push the boundaries of human exploration. Learn more about Michael Collins’ time at NASA right here and view NASA’s statement on his passing right here.

eBay Finds: Vintage Adanac

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The Adanac (Canada spelled backwards) diver watch was issued to Canadian armed forces and the USAF during the mid 1980’s. It was modeled after the iconic Benrus Type II military diver, and a well done ‘homage’ at that. This example is in excellent condition, and the 42mm wide steel case looks to be unpolished and original. Gorgeous black dial with 12/24 hour dial and broad 12 hour bezel are also superb. The quartz movement is worker per the seller. Great way to get a military diver in the style of the classic Benrus Type II without breaking the bank.

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