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U.S. Lands on Mars

Monday, August 6th, 2012

 

 

And so…we landed on Mars!

No, this isn’t the beginnings of a Ron Hubbard novel, but actual real life. At approximately 1:31am, last night, or morning rather, Curiosity landed on Mars. And there was no cat to kill it either.

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Fox News reports, “Through the chute, a unique robot arm and a rocket-powered hood, the rover slowed until it drifted to a stop on Mars, to cheers and applause from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory late Sunday.

“Touchdown confirmed,” engineer Allen Chen said. “We’re safe on Mars.

Minutes after the landing signal reached Earth at 10:32 p.m. PDT, Curiosity beamed back the first black-and-white pictures from inside the crater showing its wheel and its shadow, cast by the afternoon sun.

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“We landed in a nice flat spot. Beautiful, really beautiful,” said engineer Adam Steltzner, who led the team that devised the tricky landing routine. The rover then released a slightly higher resolution pair of pictures.”

And from the NASA website, “NASA Lands Car-Size Rover Beside Martian Mountain

PASADENA, Calif. — NASA’s most advanced Mars rover Curiosity has landed on the Red Planet. The one-ton rover, hanging by ropes from a rocket backpack, touched down onto Mars Sunday to end a 36-week flight and begin a two-year investigation.

The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft that carried Curiosity succeeded in every step of the most complex landing ever attempted on Mars, including the final severing of the bridle cords and flyaway maneuver of the rocket backpack.

“Today, the wheels of Curiosity have begun to blaze the trail for human footprints on Mars. Curiosity, the most sophisticated rover ever built, is now on the surface of the Red Planet, where it will seek to answer age-old questions about whether life ever existed on Mars — or if the planet can sustain life in the future,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “This is an amazing achievement, made possible by a team of scientists and engineers from around the world and led by the extraordinary men and women of NASA and our Jet Propulsion Laboratory. President Obama has laid out a bold vision for sending humans to Mars in the mid-2030’s, and today’s landing marks a significant step toward achieving this goal.”

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Just wait until the dust settles…

Curiosity landed at 10:32 p.m. PDT Aug. 5, (1:32 a.m. EDT Aug. 6) near the foot of a mountain three miles tall and 96 miles in diameter inside Gale Crater. During a nearly two-year prime mission, the rover will investigate whether the region ever offered conditions favorable for microbial life.

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Isn’t your inner Trekkie so excited??

FYI: “As planned, the rover’s early engineering images are lower resolution. Larger color images from other cameras are expected later in the week when the rover’s mast, carrying high-resolution cameras, is deployed. “

A Day in the Life of a Cufflink

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

 

 

 

A Day in the Life of a Cufflink

Our Guest Speaker: Mr. Gold Stud Cufflink

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Cost:$84.95

        Ever wonder what your cufflinks are thinking? What if they could talk? What would those tiny little accessories say to you? What would they say about themselves? We recently scored an exclusive interview with one of our long-lost cufflinks, who was sold a few years ago to a now-famous cigar-smoking billionaire. His subsequent cufflink set, that is, Mr. Gold Stud Cufflink, arose during our client’s rise to fame, and that is precisely why he was willing to open up and tell us what a day in the life is really life…

Say what?!?! Mr. Gold Stud Cufflink

6:30am: Beat out Mr. Royal Blue Stripes today. Ha! That’s five times this month I got picked over him. Boy will he be mad at the end of the night. So much for “blue is always in style…” What a lame-o.

Royal Blue Stripes Cufflinks

Poor Mr. Royal Blue Stripes. Ha.

His price: $49.95

7am: Got a nice water drizzle from the sink when Mr. Fashionable was brushing his teeth. Hey, it’s alright I’m made of pure gold anyway…well. Not really pure solid gold, but at least I’m gold pated. Right? Guys? Back there in the jewelry box?

9:30am: Cool, no rust stains from the tooth-brush water drizzle action. Must be because I’m made from the best! 🙂 Thanks Cufflinksman.

11am: I know I look good and all but I’m not getting enough attention from these other dudes. Business meetings don’t do much for my confidence. We’ll see how the afternoon goes…

2pm: Still shining! All day, everyday baby.

2:15pm: Ran into a sweet looking, shiny Ms. Pink Lady Cufflinks in the hallway today. Wowza! Does she have style…I wish I had mother of pearl accents on my belly too. She makes my Torpedo back Closure tremble…

Pink Mother of Pearl Cufflinks

Mmm…Ms. Pink Mother of Pearl Cufflinks, come on over to Mr. Stud!

5pm: Spaghetti sauce dribbled on my frontal etchings. It’s okay though, as long as he wipes me off…

5:20pm: Still haven’t been wiped off…

5:45pm: Smelling like spaghetti…

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Thanks Italy for your sauce…

6pm: Looks like I’m going home with sauce on me. Ah well, the night’s still young!

7pm: Scraped my face a little on the bar stool, but other than that I’m good. Ran into a rather snobby “Trust me, I’m a Doctor” Cufflink. I think he thought he was better than me, but, I know I cost more, so…little does he know. He’s probably not even a doctor.

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9pm: <3 Thinking about Ms. Pink Lady Cufflinks. <3

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10pm: Ready to go home. C’est la vie in a day in the life. Mr. Fashionable is talking about baseball with a guy wearing a Yankees Cufflink Set. This could quite possibly go on all night…

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Who does he think he is? Little does he know, I like the Mets!

11:12pm: Back home, back in my box. The other cufflinks are super jealous. Loving life, got my bling on and the spaghetti sauce was eventually wiped off. Another day, another shirt.

 

 


 

 

Drive, The Soundtrack and The Man

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

So some say the movie Drive was the best film of 2011 and here at Cufflinksman, we agree, wholeheartedly. An ideal mix of passion, violence, cars, intensity, and on-the-edge-of-your seat suspense, it is a perfect “date night” film, so as long as your date doesn’t have a squeamish stomach.

Ryan Gosling in Drive

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Defined as “neo-noir”, this film easily could of flopped had it not been for the acting. Yes, it’s action packed, but without Ryan Gosling’s and Mulligan’s brilliant character input, the movie would amount to a boring sack of potatoes. It also harbors some of the best cinematic scenes in the 21st century (think of the elevator scene, for instance).

Ryan Gosling in Drive

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And one couldn’t leave out the second best part of the film: the soundtrack. Most of the electro-new age/80s style/transient style beats were written and produced by Cliff Martinez. His beats take up a majority of the soundtrack album, but new electro-tech bands such as Desire, College, and even Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx sop up all the amazing points.

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And don’t forget about this hypnotic, dance style mix by Desire:

The good news is, the film has recently been put up on Netflix. (whatt???) Yes they finally did something right. And totally worth the $8 a month, just for this film. You’ll thank us later.

 

 

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…but for now, you’re welcome.

Top Six Highest Paying Jobs in America

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

 

 

Top Six Highest Paying Jobs in America

The Department of Labor has ranked the top jobs in America and, not surprisingly, the majority of them fall into a medical category. Most of these jobs require a specialty in the medical field, so once you get out of pre-med and actual med school, you need to go just a little further to make the extra bucks.

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Let’s start with highest paying job number six:

6. Orthodontists

They rake in about $80.00+ per hour and average about $166,400+ annually.

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Giving children and adults alike the gift of straight teeth. Who knew a set of braces, which set most families back thousands, contribute to the fat pockets of one of America’s highest paying professionals? Get yourself to dental school! For the love of teeth…

Number 5:

Airline Pilot

Rough starting salary: $134,090
Training time: 5 to 10 years

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From askmen.com: “A pilot can not only captain in America a commercial airliner, but he can also fly helicopters, test aircraft, serve as an aviation director, crop dust, monitor traffic, and pilot cargo planes.While everyone has heard of the grand benefits enjoyed by commercial airline pilots  — they fly only 100 hours per month due to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations — it is not easy to obtain that status. Becoming certified as a pilot is not too stringent — you need to be at least 18 years old and have at least 250 hours of flight experience to obtain the basic licenses. Commercial airline pilots need to be at least 23, have at least 1,500 hours in the air, and pass an array of FAA tests (written, flight and instrument).

A four-year degree is not necessary; however, the increasingly competitive landscape is making many airlines require a bachelor’s degree. Due to the number of required — and generally expensive — flight hours, many airline pilots have earned their experience in the military. There are, however, many private flight training schools. After being hired by an airline, it can take 5 to 15 years to become a captain and reap the rewards in terms of pay, benefits and choice of routes.”

 

Number 3

Engineering Manager

Highest salary: $140,210
Training time: 6 to 7 years

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From askmen:com: “Engineering managers are responsible for plans, coordination, research, design, and production activities. Frequently, engineering managers oversee natural science managers and information systems managers — two professions that also made this list.

Typically, engineering managers determine specific technical or scientific goals, provide broad outlines, plan the execution and, in some cases, are responsible for the financial viability of a project. For example, engineering managers may be actively involved in the development of a real estate community, or they may work in the manufacturing space to solve technical problems. However, managers who deal with semiconductors and electronic components manufacturing are among the highest paid.

Most engineering managers have bachelor’s degrees, and many will pursue post-graduate degrees, such as an MBA, a Master of Science or a doctorate.”

3. OB/GYN

Annual Average salary: $174,610

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For the love of women! After getting your passing regular med school, you can get a specialty in women’s health. The main drawback is OB/GYN doctors have one of the highest insurance rates to cover them in case of medical malpractice. So if you choose this career, know that you’ll be shelling out a lot in insurance to cover your own medical expenses.

2. Anesthesiologist

Annual Average Salary: $174,610

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They put you to sleep and make six figures. But they’re not sleeping on the job…According to wikipedia, “Anesthesiologists are responsible for ensuring the delivery of anesthesia safely to patients in virtually all health care settings, including all major medical and tertiary care facilities. This includes a preoperative evaluation, consultation with the surgical team, creating a plan for the anesthesia tailored to each individual patient, airway management, intraoperative life support and provision of pain control, intraoperative diagnostic stabilization, and proper post-operative management of patients. Preparation of patients for emergency surgery are mandatory, essential, and critical skills that anesthesiologists have been trained to employ. Because anesthesiologists are physicians, in contrast to other anesthesia providers, they are able to utilize their extensive knowledge of human physiology and diseases to guide their decision making.”

1. Surgeon

Annual Starting Salary: $181,850

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So after the wealthy anesthesiologist puts you to sleep, the other wealthiest man/woman in the room takes over. That’s right, surgeons generate the highest income in the United States, averaging more than top tier athletes. Because its such a broad career field, there are countless specialties in surgery, ranging from vascular surgery to neurological surgery to cosmetic surgery.

Medical Stethoscope, Doctor Cufflinks

Medical Stethoscope, Doctor Cufflinks

 

Celebrating Veterans Day

Friday, November 11th, 2011

 

 

All around the United States today, celebrations will take place honoring those who have served our country in the armed forces. “Britain, France, Australia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World Wars I and II on or near November 11th: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November). In Europe, Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11.” (from the HIstory Channel) Some recognitions will be solemn, memorializing brave soldiers lost in battle, and others will be celebratory. Either way, today’s the day to say “Thank You” to our veterans and remember those who have gone before us.

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Star and Stripes Commemorative Medallion Hand Painted Coin Money Clip

 

What do Michele Obama and Dr. JIll Biden have to say about their children joining the armed forces?

*Source: 2010 American Community Survey, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, as found on the Christian Science Moniter

*1. Vietnam War
Vietnam War(1964-75): Many of the 8.8 million who served in uniform were draftees; 7.6 million are alive today.

Air Force Commemorative Medallion Hand Painted Coin Money Clip

Air Force Commemorative Medallion Hand Painted Coin Money Clip

*2. Korean War
Korean War(1950-53): Often called “the forgotten war,” it finally had a memorial dedicated to it in Washington in 1995. Of the 5.7 million Americans who served, 2.7 million survive.

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United States Navy Cufflinks

*3. Operation Desert Shield/Storm
Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm(1990-91): America’s first encounter with Iraq’s Saddam Hussein involved 2.3 million military personnel, of whom 2.2 million are still present.

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*4. World War II
World War II(1941-45): America’s most massive mobilization involved 16 million men and women, of whom 2.1 million are still alive.

“American effort during World War II (1941-1945) saw the greatest mobilization of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force in the nation’s history (more than 16 million people); some 5.7 million more served in the Korean War (1950 to 1953). In 1954, after lobbying efforts by veterans’ service organizations, the 83rd U.S. Congress amended the 1938 act that had made Armistice Day a holiday, striking the word “Armistice” in favor of “Veterans.” President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the legislation on June 1, 1954. From then on, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.”- History Channel

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Army Cufflinks

*5. Global War on Terror
Global War on Terror(2001- ): Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have involved 1.4 million military personnel.

And what will President Obama being doing on this commemorative holiday? The Huffington News reports:

“The president is hosting a veterans breakfast Friday at the White House, then laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns before speaking at a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Soon after, Obama flies to California to take part in the first-ever Carrier Classic, basketball game between Michigan State and No. 1 North Carolina aboard the USS Carl Vinson.

The Veterans Day observances come a day after the Senate approved Obama’s call for a tax credit for those who hire jobless veterans. In a written statement, he said the vote is a fitting way to help honor those who’ve served their country.”