March 1, 2013

Great Americans Among Us: Carl Edgar Blake II

“I can build a motorcycle, I can fly a model airplane, I can throw somebody out of a bar, I can wrestle a pig and I can program a computer,” he said. “I’m a strange duck, that’s for sure.”...

"When he reached his mid-40s, rather than settle into his career, he embarked on a new unconventional endeavor, one he hopes will revolutionize an industry. Carl Edgar Blake II has tried to breed the perfect pig. Fatty and smooth. Meaty and flavorful. -- With Iowa Swabian Hall, a Farmer’s Quest for Perfect Pig -

HT: King of American Swine. | A Continuous Lean.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at March 1, 2013 11:30 AM
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You do realize, of course, that March 1st is National Pig Day - don't you?

Posted by: Rob De Witt at March 1, 2013 1:08 PM

"The Perfect Pig?"

What, Snookie gave up her title?

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at March 1, 2013 1:33 PM

The best thing about trying to breed the perfect pig is that even the failures are tasty.

Posted by: Rich Fader at March 1, 2013 2:23 PM

Pork,the other white meat.

Posted by: Jimmy J. at March 1, 2013 3:45 PM

Big F-ing deal. I can write code, too. I can also ...

Design and build custom furniture
Breed Toggenberg and Kinder goats
Design machines for electronics assembly and test
Fly airplanes
Speak and translate technical German into English
Install wafer handling robots in semiconductor fabs
Raise and homeschool six children
Make Survivorman look like a f*&^ing girl scout
Remain married to the wife of my youth after 16 short years
Skin and dress a rabbit in under a minute
Manage multimillion dollar defense contracts
Make a tidy income on the side raising and selling produce at the local farmer's market
Brew mead, wine and hard cider
Employ a spectrum analyzer to identify threats
Utilize an FDM machine for rapid prototyping
Breed registered German shephard dogs
Perform a Lamotte soil test
Speak Spanish
Design a mount for a 30MM cannon
Press ceramic tile, glaze and fire in a kiln
Shoot a .44 Magnum Ruger Blackhawk with one hand

But, he's got me on building motorcycles. While I ride and inherited my dad's vintage BMW some years ago, I have hated the @!$% things since first watching Orange County Choppers.

Posted by: edaddy at March 1, 2013 6:45 PM

Oh meow, Bill, meow.

Posted by: teresa at March 2, 2013 7:08 AM

Sarcasm is lost on this crowd. I swear some of you people are just like, well ... a bunch of Iowa pig farmers.

While I've always been a legend in my own mind, no one else seems to recognize my greatness. Generally, I lick my wounds at American Digest. Yesterday, as I fled to that one refuge left on the web, what did I find but some gigantic Iowa pig farmer whose only claim to fame is writing programs, building motorcycles and raising rare pigs?

Btw Bill, that was more sarcasm ...

Posted by: edaddy at March 2, 2013 9:49 AM

We not only recognize but we hail your greatness, edaddy!

Posted by: vanderleun at March 2, 2013 11:03 AM

Behold, a response from the Master Himself! When Gerard unsheaths the sword of sarcasm one can only bow down in awe and respect.

Posted by: edaddy at March 2, 2013 12:59 PM