Buy a watch… winder, help save the world? #5 (Wolf Blake Double Winder w/Storage)

Fellow watch dorks!

So, in a previous thread, I asked in a poll who might be interested in bidding on a watch winder:  https://www.watchcrunch.com/HotWatchChick69/posts/any-interest-in-charity-auction-for-wolf-watch-winders-11502

After 54 votes, here are the results…

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67% of poll takers indicated “yes” although roughly half of those yes’es require that I use the proceeds towards cocaine.  Also, I realize now that the poll was poorly constructed.  Option B was “No, go f*ck yourself.”  In reality, Option B should have been “No, I’m not interested in a watch winder” and then Option D should have been, “No, I won’t bid, because you should go f*ck yourself.”  See?  As the poll was constructed, we can’t disaggregate how many of the 18 “no go f*ck yourself" voters aren’t interested in a watch winder, and how many of those voters are folks who chose B, because that was the only way to tell me to go f*ck myself.  Key lesson here: The structure of polls can greatly influence respondents’ votes - that’s how all these different opinion survey companies game polls to give whatever results they think their clients want to hear!

In any event, up for your consideration today is the Wolf Blake Double Winder with Storage!  

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And to sweeten the deal, winning bid also gets WatchCrunch swag!  WC t-shirt in size large comes with the winder.  

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So, for all y’all idiots who are still stuck in the One Watch Challenge…

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… here’s your chance to bow out gracefully and still get your WatchCrunch swag.

Anyway…  for all those folks interested in a watch winder, the Wolf Blake Double Winder with Storage is incredibly nice.  "What’s this whole 'with storage' thing about?”  Well, I’m glad you asked.  Check out the storage!!!

3 extra slots for additional watches…

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A little travel case that accommodates an additional 2 watches

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All in all, this Wolf Blake Double winder gives you storage for 7 watches!

And check this out!

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You can program it to produce as many rotations as you desire!  Clockwise?  You’re covered!  Counter-clockwise?  Alternating clockwise and counter-clockwise?  Got you there too!  

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All proceeds to GiveDirectly.  GiveDirectly DIRECTLY sends on funds to recipients in some of the poorest countries on Earth, with an incredible track record to-date.  The effort sprang out of the Effective Altruism movement.

https://www.givedirectly.org/beta/

https://www.givedirectly.org/financials/

The first 4 auctions worked out spectacularly, in which our esteemed colleagues, @Bessio's and @Robcollects's and @Ichibunz's and @Deeperblue's  winning bids helped to raise $1,350 and $900 and $2,000 and $3,294, respectively, for a number of Kenyan families.  These are families earning less than the global poverty line of $1.90 / day.  All of the auction proceeds went directly to them, and the funds from the 4 auctions thus far will effectively double the incomes of 21 families for a year!

Charity auction #1:

https://www.watchcrunch.com/Omeganut/posts/buy-a-watch-help-save-the-world-5479

Charity auction #2:

https://www.watchcrunch.com/Omeganut/posts/buy-a-watch-help-save-the-world-part-deux-6622

Charity auction #3:

https://www.watchcrunch.com/Omeganut/posts/buy-a-watch-help-save-the-world-2-10284

Charity auction #4:

https://www.watchcrunch.com/HotWatchChick69/posts/changing-my-wc-handle-for-charity-buy-a-watch-help-save-the-world-numero-quatro-10788

“Why are you auctioning the Wolf Blake Double Winder with Storage, HotWatchChick69?”  Well, because I gotta hit my charitable pledge goal before the end of the year, and at the current pace I’m behind!  Until I hit it…

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Here's what I propose:

  • Let's open up bidding on the Wolf Blake at, say, $20
  • Please post your bid by commenting below
  • Unfortunately, only bids from folks in the continental U.S.  The winder is so large and so heavy that were I to try to ship international, it would cost $20,000
  • The highest bid by Monday, July 11, 12pm PT wins the winder
  • Here’s where we do some real good for charity:  If you are the winning bidder, please then Paypal or Venmo me the winning bid amount.  I will make the donation of your winning bid, plus I will match that amount, to double the donation…  But that’s not all folks!  My employer will then do a full 100% match of that combined amount!  Thus, every $1 of the winning bid will get multiplied by 4!!!  Let me say that again - every $1 of the winning bid will turn into $4 donated to GiveDirectly!!!
  • I will then post the screen shot of the full donated amount!

So, in summary:

  • Win a Wolf Winder and WatchCrunch swag
  • Have the entirety of the proceeds go towards lifting a family out of extreme poverty
  • QUADRUPLE the size of your charitable contribution through my and my employer’s matching funds

Whaddya say?  

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As much as I’m concerned my wife could have a strong opinion to my sending $$ off to HotWatchChick69, I’ll us off at $200. 

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Robcollects

As much as I’m concerned my wife could have a strong opinion to my sending $$ off to HotWatchChick69, I’ll us off at $200. 

Baguette GIFs | Tenor

Off to a roaring start!  Thank you, sir!!!

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May I ask why you are complicating what is in essence an auction for charity when they already work so well and so often??

Kindest

Bob

England

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Giggley1

May I ask why you are complicating what is in essence an auction for charity when they already work so well and so often??

Kindest

Bob

England

Happy to answer your question, but not quite sure I understand what the question is?  Can you clarify?

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Good luck with the auction and hitting your goal HWC69, there's so many decent people on this forum. ❤

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morganthedruid

Good luck with the auction and hitting your goal HWC69, there's so many decent people on this forum. ❤

Thank you, my man!

You know what’s funny? I finally went through all my receipts yesterday, and realized that I’m a lot closer to the pledge goal than I’d previously thought. Apparently I had an auto-deduct thing set on my payroll that I hadn’t taken into account!

So, probably only a couple more this year, will hit my employer’s match cap for the calendar year, and then… there’s 2023.

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HotWatchChick69

Happy to answer your question, but not quite sure I understand what the question is?  Can you clarify?

OK, why all the polls etc. when charity auctions work jut fine without all the preamble your are involved in? Enquiring as wondering if it boots your sales or if you just enjoy it all? No damning criticism intended.

Bob

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Key lesson here: The structure of polls can greatly influence respondents’ votes - that’s how all these different opinion survey companies game polls to give whatever results they think their clients want to hear!

I still get votes for "I like cheese" on the poll I put up like 3 weeks ago.  

We're looking into sponsorships from Big Dairy.

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Giggley1

OK, why all the polls etc. when charity auctions work jut fine without all the preamble your are involved in? Enquiring as wondering if it boots your sales or if you just enjoy it all? No damning criticism intended.

Bob

Ah, okay!

  1. I put up a poll, because I've done a number of auctions for watches that I feel have been incredibly  successful, but had no idea if anybody might be interested in winders or not.  If there weren't interest, then I suppose I would have simply listed the winders on eBay or some such
  2. The preamble...  If I hover over your handle, it says that you joined WatchCrunch relatively recently, yeah?  Well, there are a bunch of folks here who've been on WC for a little longer now, and we've all typecast ourselves.  For example, @Deeperblue is always and forever known for bringing up interesting topics and using nothing but GoT memes.  @Aurelian does nothing but make erudite and obscure 1-line quips.  @Ichibunz just posts this annoying dancing watermelon gif in every thread.  My schtick is long, autistic ramblings.  Gotta stick to character, you know?
  3. Yes, I enjoy it.  I'm engaged in the age-old, Silicon Valley tradition of "resting and vesting" now that my career ends with a whimper.  So, it's either alcoholism or long autistic posts on WatchCrunch...  so, WatchCrunch it is!
  4. I don't know if it boosts the final winning bid amount or lowers it.  But, partially, my calculation is that if I can entertain anyone with the long rambling, it will significantly signal boost GiveDirectly and GiveWell, so why the hell not?

Hope that answers the question!

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HotWatchChick69

Ah, okay!

  1. I put up a poll, because I've done a number of auctions for watches that I feel have been incredibly  successful, but had no idea if anybody might be interested in winders or not.  If there weren't interest, then I suppose I would have simply listed the winders on eBay or some such
  2. The preamble...  If I hover over your handle, it says that you joined WatchCrunch relatively recently, yeah?  Well, there are a bunch of folks here who've been on WC for a little longer now, and we've all typecast ourselves.  For example, @Deeperblue is always and forever known for bringing up interesting topics and using nothing but GoT memes.  @Aurelian does nothing but make erudite and obscure 1-line quips.  @Ichibunz just posts this annoying dancing watermelon gif in every thread.  My schtick is long, autistic ramblings.  Gotta stick to character, you know?
  3. Yes, I enjoy it.  I'm engaged in the age-old, Silicon Valley tradition of "resting and vesting" now that my career ends with a whimper.  So, it's either alcoholism or long autistic posts on WatchCrunch...  so, WatchCrunch it is!
  4. I don't know if it boosts the final winning bid amount or lowers it.  But, partially, my calculation is that if I can entertain anyone with the long rambling, it will significantly signal boost GiveDirectly and GiveWell, so why the hell not?

Hope that answers the question!

"I am triggered."

-Tacitus, De vitus et moribus lulii Agricolae

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Aurelian

"I am triggered."

-Tacitus, De vitus et moribus lulii Agricolae

Hey man, I've been thinking more about your commentary with regard to WC's moderation policies.  I have a totally contrarian take:  I LOVE WC's moderation practices and wouldn't have it any other way.

  • Yes, I want all of us - including, and perhaps most of all, myself - to engage in self-censorship
  • In every other social situation, we self-censor, so why should online behavior be any different?  Half the time, if somebody spoke to me face-to-face the way they speak via social media, it would require Herculean will power not to punch that person in the nose.  Self-censorship is the mark of good behavior
  • If I spoke freely with my friends, neighbors, and community members, I would immediately be socially ostracized, fired, my wife would divorce me, and my children would disown me.  Potentially, the only ones who would stick by my side are my pups, and that's only because I constantly feed them raw steak.  So I'm glad that half the time I'm forced to reconsider what I say here on WC

And, finally, I would say the proof is in the pudding.  WC is the only online community worth being a part of.  Don't know what the magic ingredient is.  But, I'm almost certain that its strict moderation policies are part of the enchantment.

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I’m here for the cocaine. 

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HotWatchChick69

Hey man, I've been thinking more about your commentary with regard to WC's moderation policies.  I have a totally contrarian take:  I LOVE WC's moderation practices and wouldn't have it any other way.

  • Yes, I want all of us - including, and perhaps most of all, myself - to engage in self-censorship
  • In every other social situation, we self-censor, so why should online behavior be any different?  Half the time, if somebody spoke to me face-to-face the way they speak via social media, it would require Herculean will power not to punch that person in the nose.  Self-censorship is the mark of good behavior
  • If I spoke freely with my friends, neighbors, and community members, I would immediately be socially ostracized, fired, my wife would divorce me, and my children would disown me.  Potentially, the only ones who would stick by my side are my pups, and that's only because I constantly feed them raw steak.  So I'm glad that half the time I'm forced to reconsider what I say here on WC

And, finally, I would say the proof is in the pudding.  WC is the only online community worth being a part of.  Don't know what the magic ingredient is.  But, I'm almost certain that its strict moderation policies are part of the enchantment.

You don't have a contrarian take.  You have an establishment take.  You are siding with the authority.

In my day job I require the government to prove a violation of statute before they get to impose punishment.  It must, or usually must, be a knowing and intentional violation.  There is a mens rea element that it is the power's burden to prove.

Here nothing need be proven or shown, merely alleged.  The criteria is vague. The policy is probably implemented fairly in most instances. However, there are times that are perhaps not so clear.

It takes all types and we should be a little more tolerant of everyone, even if they offend us.  In the end we only control our response, not the behavior that provokes our response.

Are you enchanted by opinions over the relative merits of Tudor's recent release? That's your brave new world if we travel too far down this path.

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Aurelian

You don't have a contrarian take.  You have an establishment take.  You are siding with the authority.

In my day job I require the government to prove a violation of statute before they get to impose punishment.  It must, or usually must, be a knowing and intentional violation.  There is a mens rea element that it is the power's burden to prove.

Here nothing need be proven or shown, merely alleged.  The criteria is vague. The policy is probably implemented fairly in most instances. However, there are times that are perhaps not so clear.

It takes all types and we should be a little more tolerant of everyone, even if they offend us.  In the end we only control our response, not the behavior that provokes our response.

Are you enchanted by opinions over the relative merits of Tudor's recent release? That's your brave new world if we travel too far down this path.

Dude!  Come on!

  1. I have signed a social contract - not really, but let's just say implicitly I have by being born into this society - whereby I have granted the Leviathan a monopoly on violence.  So, yes, I require the state to prove a violation of statute BEFORE the Leviathan can deprive me of life, liberty, or property
  2. A technology platform / site IS NOT the Leviathan.  As far as I'm aware, Instagram, FB, Google, et al, have no ability to deprive me of my life, liberty, and property!  These are simply services provided by profit-maximizing corporations.  Corporate entities can and should moderate their sites howsoever they deem appropriate.  If I somehow run afoul of a nebulous set of moderation policies and get myself "de-platformed" or "canceled" then so be it.  I'd probably be sad for about an hour...  and then get back to trying to hit my goal of 6 Marvel Comics a day, and finally sitting down to get through Squid Game
  3. If a given platform's policies / content become too egregious, then they will see users defect, and they will fail to make profits, and invariably potential competitors will sniff out a profit-making opportunity to jump in.  Witness the collapse of traditional print media and the rise of Substack.  Or, going back even further, to the 90's, witness the rise of the most profitable news channel in the world - the Big 3 were serving a very particular audience, to the detriment / exclusion of a very large customer base, a new entrant emerged, and quickly dwarfed the original Big 3 oligopolists
  4. Take Twitter, for example.  My understanding is that Twitter has a very strict set of moderation policies, and that they are generally known to favor a particular worldview.  Take a look at this chart...
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[Yellow line is Google.  Blue line is Twitter.  When users don't like a given platform's offerings, they defect and the platform suffers, which paves the way for new entrants to provide better offerings.]

So, in the end, I really don't worry about platform moderation too much.  Can't get worked up over it.  Either they'll 1) get it right, and 2) users will voluntarily continue using the platform, and 3) the platform providers will make money.  Or 1) they won't, and 2) they won't, and 3) they won't, and then new entrants / competitors will emerge.

I do agree with you that we all should be more tolerant and that we should control our responses.   But, by the same token, we all should lead lives of rectitude, we all should only ever tell the truth, and we all should treat all animals kindly.  Until that day filled with rainbows and puppy dogs comes to pass, I'm perfectly happy having moderation policies that ENFORCE good behavior through self-censorship.

Unless and until WC has the ability to take my life, liberty, and property, the way the Leviathan does, I will continue to be absolutely enchanted by opinions over the relative merits of Tudor's recent release!

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HotWatchChick69

Ah, okay!

  1. I put up a poll, because I've done a number of auctions for watches that I feel have been incredibly  successful, but had no idea if anybody might be interested in winders or not.  If there weren't interest, then I suppose I would have simply listed the winders on eBay or some such
  2. The preamble...  If I hover over your handle, it says that you joined WatchCrunch relatively recently, yeah?  Well, there are a bunch of folks here who've been on WC for a little longer now, and we've all typecast ourselves.  For example, @Deeperblue is always and forever known for bringing up interesting topics and using nothing but GoT memes.  @Aurelian does nothing but make erudite and obscure 1-line quips.  @Ichibunz just posts this annoying dancing watermelon gif in every thread.  My schtick is long, autistic ramblings.  Gotta stick to character, you know?
  3. Yes, I enjoy it.  I'm engaged in the age-old, Silicon Valley tradition of "resting and vesting" now that my career ends with a whimper.  So, it's either alcoholism or long autistic posts on WatchCrunch...  so, WatchCrunch it is!
  4. I don't know if it boosts the final winning bid amount or lowers it.  But, partially, my calculation is that if I can entertain anyone with the long rambling, it will significantly signal boost GiveDirectly and GiveWell, so why the hell not?

Hope that answers the question!

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