Archive for the ‘time’ tag
I’ve some entries in the busyness archive, and we’ll throw this on the pile too. It’s feels a little bit self-satisfied, but the basic point is undeniable and worthy of consideration:
We… choose some of what makes us “busy.” We choose Kumon. We choose the yoga class that’s just far enough from an after-violin-lesson pick up that it’s a rush every single time. We choose to let one child do swimming and the other soccer, on the same afternoon. We choose to add in the stop at the dry cleaner and the ATM. And maybe those choices make us feel rushed and unhappy, and maybe they don’t.
A fun little list of how people in business (and life, really) might ask for your time and really intend their question:
“Just a sec” = 5 minutes
“Just a minute” = 10 minutes
“Pick your brain” = 17 minutes or, in rare cases, 90 seconds
“Quick chat” = 48 minutes
“No more than five minutes” = 1 hour
(via The Browser)
Inspired by yesterday’s time video, I Googled to discover how GPS is owned. Turns out, it’s owned by the US national government, which constitutes an understandably a troubling monopoly to rival powers. So China, India, Russia, and Europe all have systems that provide similar functionality to GPS. I went on a mini rant about the whole topic on Twitter.
An artful video tour of the facility with the most highly-accurate clock in world with Dr. Demetrios Matsakis, Chief Scientist for USNO’s Time Services.
I’d always wanted this map but not realized it. This map plots the difference between the exact time of solar noon and when the clock registers it. China’s rather famously off for enforcing Beijing time throughout the country, but Eastern Russia is actually as bad and worse — which I’d never have guessed.
(via /r/MapPorn, where there’s a pretty good discussion of it as well)
EDIT (28 Feb 2014): Added link to source, found via Kottke.
A simple beautiful illustration of life by Ze Frank and company.
Tim Kreider’s essay got a fair bit of attention, and there are two things about it that I want to record here. The first is a very interesting thing to think about, a dichotomy that while just as false as all other dichotomies, seem to fit my experience:
Notice it isn’t generally people pulling back-to-back shifts in the I.C.U. or commuting by bus to three minimum-wage jobs who tell you how busy they are; what those people are is not busy but tired. Exhausted. Dead on their feet. It’s almost always people whose lamented busyness is purely self-imposed: work and obligations they’ve taken on voluntarily, classes and activities they’ve “encouraged” their kids to participate in. They’re busy because of their own ambition or drive or anxiety, because they’re addicted to busyness and dread what they might have to face in its absence.
And then there’s the clarifying existential insight bit:
Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness; obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day.
Louis CK on Comedy
If you’ve not watched this video (in HD) yet, you should. Also interesting: the making of.