Watches, Stories, & Gear: Fly Fishing, A Honda Powered Ferrari, & Minecraft

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Talking ‘The Simpsons’ with John Swartzwelder

Illustration by Vanessa Saba for The New Yorker; Source images from Getty (top); “The Simpsons” (bottom)

If you’re a Simpsons fan, John Swartzwelder’s recent interview with The New Yorker is a must read. Swartzwelder is often mentioned as one of the top writing talents to ever work on the long running series – many of the episodes he’s written are comedy classics. But the man himself has proven to be somewhat elusive and mysterious. He rarely gives interviews, and unlike his colleagues who worked on the show during its golden age, he didn’t leverage that experience to continue a career in big time showbiz comedy – he writes and self publishes detective novels these days. So getting into his head in a wide ranging interview that covers his early career in advertising through key Simpsons highlights is truly fascinating, and his wit, of course, is on display throughout. Check out the interview right here.

The Case For Fly Fishing From The Optimist & David Coggins

If you’re a regular Worn & Wound reader, David Coggins is a writer who should probably be on your radar. He writes about travel, style, and a variety of other things for many publications, and his latest book, The Optimist, tackles fly fishing in a way that we imagine will be pretty compelling based on his prior work. You don’t have to be a fly fishing expert to intrinsically understand that there are life lessons that can be learned from its pursuit, and we’re excited to get our hands on this book to see what a writer of Coggins’s caliber has to say about this age old hobby. More information here.


Keep An Eye To The Sky For Falling Chinese Space Debris This Weekend

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If you’re out and about this weekend, keep an eye on the sky. You wouldn’t want to be hit by a stray Chinese rocket, falling from space and currently hurtling towards earth at 18,000 miles per hour. The Long March 5B rocket is currently in the midst of what is being called an “uncontrolled re-entry,” which, we have to say, doesn’t sound like what you want. While the chances of the rocket hitting a populated area are extremely slim, as this New York Times article points out, they’re not zero, and it’s a potential problem that private companies and government agencies involved in space exploration increasingly need to deal with as we expand our reach well beyond earth’s upper atmosphere.

Building A Time Attack Ferrari 308 With A Honda Engine

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Trigger warning for those with sensitive constitutions on this one. The man behind the controversial site Mike Burroughs is sharing details about his latest build, which he intends to use in SCCA Global Time Attack events. Obviously, he went with a Ferrari 308 with a Honda K24 swapped into the rear. Holup… what? You read that correctly, and while the K24 is a great base for all manner of build, sticking one into a 308 feels, well wrong. But in a good way. Check out more details of this bizarre but fascinating build over at Road & Track right here.


Recommended Listening: Tenn & Two Podcast w/Lydia Winters

Our friends at the Tenn & Two Podcast have been on a tear lately with some amazing guests, from the incredible Amy Shore, to most recently, Lydia Winters, the Chief Storyteller for Minecraft. Lydia happens to be an avid watch collector and (very talented) photographer (@enjoythewatches) with a great perspective on each. Here, she discusses life in Sweden, what it’s like in the gaming industry, and of course, watch collecting. There’s a lot to love in this one so carve out an hour(ish) and take a listen right here.

eBay Finds: Vintage Wittnauer

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Here’s a clean little classic dress watch with loads of vintage cache. This circa 1950’s Wittnauer is housed in a 33.5mm steel case that has razor sharp lug chamfers and is definitely unpolished. Those chamfers give me goosebumps! Fantastic two-tone silver dial has a bullseye look and an even patina that is straight out of Mad Men. Couple that with arrow markers at 3, 6, 9 and 12 and the lume filled dauphine hands and you have yourself a winner. The crown shows some pitting, indicating that it is likely original. Seller states it runs about 1.5 minutes fast per day, not bad for vintage.

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