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    William Gibson: 'Mechanical watches are so brilliantly unnecessary'

    I've just read his Wired article 'My Obsession' about ebay and collecting watches, in the collection Distrust that Particular Flavor
    http://archive.wired.com/wired/archive/7.01/ebay.html?pg=1&topic=&topic_set=
    He has interesting things to say about the process of falling in love with watches, the joy of unearthing an area of knowledge, tracking down an elusive 'one.'
    He now owns 'less watches than fingers'
    I've enjoyed his books very much over the years, never knew he was one of us :-)

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    Cool! Is this in the current issue? I'll have to check it out later.

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    That was an enjoyable article.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OhDark30 View Post
    I've enjoyed his books very much over the years, never knew he was one of us :-)
    Very cool! I have enjoyed his books as well and am somewhat surprised that he is one of us, as well. Although when I actually think about it, there is some logic to his connection to watches and an underlying desire to know and explain how things work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfortson View Post
    Cool! Is this in the current issue? I'll have to check it out later.
    No, rf, it's from the Jan 1999 issue :-)
    The collection of his essays I read it in came out in 2012. Just found it the other day in a local bookshop

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfortson View Post
    Cool! Is this in the current issue? I'll have to check it out later.
    It's from 1999 by the look of it.

    I think "less watches than fingers" is probably something I should aspire to
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatmeworry View Post
    It's from 1999 by the look of it.

    I think "less watches than fingers" is probably something I should aspire to
    I've 10 in my wearing collection, but, a bit Dennis Nilsen-like, I've a few others tucked away here and there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Der Amf View Post
    I've 10 in my wearing collection, but, a bit Dennis Nilsen-like, I've a few others tucked away here and there
    Remind me never to invite an invitation to your home
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatmeworry View Post
    Remind me never to invite an invitation to your home
    The Wikipedia article on him has this weird surreal dreamlike quality. The narrative gently flows by, the grim nature of the facts weirdly hidden from view

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    Interesting article, OhDark30. Thank you for posting it. I wonder if Mr. Gibson knows about IWL!

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