Archive for the ‘time’ tag

#  Refusing To Be Busy →

May 26th, 2014 at 16:00 // In Worth Considering 

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.

(via Farnam Street’s Brain Food newsletter)

#  Corporate Time Units →

May 14th, 2014 at 17:05 // In Worth Distraction 

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)

#  Europe’s GPS Alternative Tested, Works →

March 4th, 2014 at 11:42 // In Worth Knowing 

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.

#  Where Time Comes From →

March 3rd, 2014 at 11:08 // In Worth Watching 

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.

(via kottke)

#  Map of Solar vs. Clock Time Across the World →

January 9th, 2014 at 13:16 // In Worth Seeing 

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.

#  The Time You Have Left →

June 21st, 2013 at 16:06 // In Worth Watching 

A simple beautiful illustration of life by Ze Frank and company.

#  The “Busy” Trap →

August 22nd, 2012 at 9:32 // In Worth Considering 

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

May 5th, 2009 at 19:31 // In Worth Seeing 

Neither of these bits would have merited a post on their own, but they made a nice pair. And I love Louis CK.

(via BF and @darrenhoyt, respectively)

#  A Year in 40 Seconds →

December 31st, 2008 at 12:29 // In Worth Seeing 

If you’ve not watched this video (in HD) yet, you should. Also interesting: the making of.

#  A Broken Clock… →

December 6th, 2008 at 9:56 // In Worth Seeing 

An ephemeral art display explains the beauty of ephemerality. For those too lazy to find the translation in the comments, every twelve hours the wall reads:

Time passes, and each time time passes, something gets erased.

(via kottke)