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Christopher Armstrong is an acclaimed industrial designer and product developer, having held senior leadership positions on multiple Advanced R&D / Special Projects teams. His work has been featured in Hypebeast, Footwear News, TransWorld Motocross (TWMX), Red Bulletin Magazine, AOPA Pilot, Digital Trends, Coroflot, RECOIL, Performance BMW, Octane, ImagineFX, and others.

After studying at the Art Center College of Design, he has since spent nearly a decade in the design industry working with over 30+ clients worldwide everything from small business Startups to Fortune 500 companies including EVS Sports, LIFT Aviation, Hazard 4, Stanley Black & Decker, Sony Playstation, Hot Wheels, O'Neill, Gridiron Labs, Microsoft Xbox, Piloti, and
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Read this many years ago in my comic book reading days, having seen it recommended on so many best of the best lists. Hands down the most deep, thought provoking and philosophical of all graphic novels I've ever read (gets into some heavy stuff about ...more
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Christopher is 75% done with Bigger Leaner Stronger: 1 - 1.5 Hour workouts, 4-5 times a week (+recovery)? Ain’t nobody got time for that!! Unless you’re a gym rat/bodybuilder. Marc Rippetoe’s suggestions only work if you’re a full time athlete, b/c you’ll be adding sport-specific training on top. Busy execs have been switching to CrossFit’s training modalities en masse. If you only have 2 days a week, 50-60 min max each (3 days/wk rare) kettlebells+CrossFit is best!
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Improved Innovation > Kinetic Warfare. Powerful lessons, preaching to the choir for Libertarians.
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
"  photo First20Flight_zps91jaommt.jpg The first photo of flight snapped by a man who was taking his first picture ever. The Wright brothers were very careful to document each stage of their development not only with photography, but also with journals.


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“Clarence “Kelly” Johnson was an authentic American genius. He was the kind of enthusiastic visionary that bulled his way past vast odds to achieve great successes, in much the same way as Edison, Ford, and other immortal tinkerers of the past. When Kelly rolled up his sleeves, he became unstoppable, and the nay-sayers and doubters were simply ignored or bowled over. He declared his intention, then pushed through while his subordinates followed in his wake. He was so powerful that simply by going along on his plans and schemes, the rest of us helped to produce miracles too. Honest to God, there will never be another like him.”
Ben R. Rich, Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed

“My years inside the Skunk Works, for example, convinced me of the tremendous value of building prototypes. I am a true believer. The beauty of a prototype is that it can be evaluated and its uses clarified before costly investments for large numbers are made.”
Ben R. Rich, Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed

“We became the most successful advanced projects company in the world by hiring talented people, paying them top dollar, and motivating them into believing that they could produce a Mach 3 airplane like the Blackbird a generation or two ahead of anybody else.”
Ben R. Rich, Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed

“Overnight, however, he apparently had second thoughts, or did some textbook reading on his own, and at the next meeting he turned to me as the first order of business. “On the black paint,” he said, “you were right about the advantages and I was wrong.” He handed me a quarter. It was a rare win. So Kelly approved my idea of painting the airplane black, and by the time our first prototype rolled out the airplane became known as the Blackbird. Our supplier, Titanium Metals Corporation, had only limited reserves of the precious alloy, so the CIA conducted a worldwide search and, using third parties and dummy companies, managed to unobtrusively purchase the base metal from one of the world’s leading exporters—the Soviet Union. The Russians never had an inkling of how they were actually contributing to the creation of the airplane being rushed into construction to spy on their homeland.”
Ben R. Rich, Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed

“When Congress approved the decision to retire the SR-71, the Smithsonian Institution requested that a Blackbird be delivered for eventual display in the Air and Space Museum in Washington and that we set a new transcontinental speed record delivering it from California to Dulles. I had the honor of piloting that final flight on March 6, 1990, for its final 2,300-mile flight between L.A. and D.C. I took off with my backseat navigator, Lt. Col. Joe Vida, at 4:30 in the morning from Palmdale, just outside L.A., and despite the early hour, a huge crowd cheered us off. We hit a tanker over the Pacific then turned and dashed east, accelerating to 2.6 Mach and about sixty thousand feet. Below stretched hundreds of miles of California coastline in the early morning light. In the east and above, the hint of a red sunrise and the bright twinkling lights from Venus, Mars, and Saturn. A moment later we were directly over central California, with the Blackbird’s continual sonic boom serving as an early wake-up call to the millions sleeping below on this special day. I pushed out to Mach 3.3.”
Ben R. Rich, Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed

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