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Good Egg Timer
February 28, 2009 3:27 PM   Subscribe

Egg Timer. Instructions here, not that you need any.
posted by william_boot (42 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
Really? This is the best of the web?
posted by exhilaration at 3:30 PM on February 28, 2009


Not very interested in a timer. Why is this one special?
posted by josher71 at 3:35 PM on February 28, 2009


I need something like this for my workstation at work, but it doesn't have sound. So something that will engage in focus stealing would be best.
posted by grouse at 3:37 PM on February 28, 2009


Time to deletion 3...2...1
posted by mattoxic at 3:38 PM on February 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


She is in the kitchen preparing to boil eggs for breakfast.

He walks in. She turns and says, "You've got to make love to me this very moment."

His eyes light up and he thinks, "This is my lucky day."

Not wanting to lose the moment, he embraces her and then gives it his all on the kitchen table.

Afterward she says, "Thanks," and returns to the stove.

More than a little puzzled, he asks, "What was that all about?"

She explains, "The egg timer's broken..."
posted by netbros at 3:42 PM on February 28, 2009 [21 favorites]


Finally -- a plausible excuse to buy an iMac for the kitchen! Only two rooms left to go!
posted by Devils Rancher at 3:48 PM on February 28, 2009 [3 favorites]


Is this something I would need to own an egg to care about?
posted by dr_dank at 3:50 PM on February 28, 2009 [13 favorites]


Tough eggheads.
posted by william_boot at 3:55 PM on February 28, 2009


I like it. Bookmarked.
posted by bowline at 4:00 PM on February 28, 2009


I like it too. It's simple. It counts down. It beeps. Thanks.
posted by NikitaNikita at 4:04 PM on February 28, 2009


YOU HAVE NO CHANCE TO SURVIVE MAKE YOUR TIME!!
posted by pyramid termite at 4:05 PM on February 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


That's actually kind of cool. I use a java-based online timer all the time, but that one looks nicer. I'm bookmarking it.
posted by craichead at 4:06 PM on February 28, 2009


Does no one own a watch any more?
posted by lucidium at 4:30 PM on February 28, 2009


The point of using the timer is to prevent you from looking at it. I set the timer for 45 minutes, and then I work until the timer goes off. If I use my watch, I'm constantly clock-watching. I sometimes use a kitchen timer, but my kitchen timer ticks in a distracting fashion.

I realize this is eccentric, but it works for me, so I'm sticking with it.
posted by craichead at 4:40 PM on February 28, 2009


Does no one own a watch any more?

If only there were some other device that told time and that nearly everyone carried with them.
posted by cmoj at 4:47 PM on February 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


Using a flash applet that's hosted on a remote web site, executing embedded in a web browser is actually a huge stack of hardware and software for this simple task. It's amazing actually when you think about that is involved for this task:

- flash plugin (actionscript virtual machine)
- web browser (HTML parser, renderer, cache, graphics/image libraries, javascript interpreter)
- graphical window environment (common controls, widgets)
- client operating system, TCP/IP stack, network device driver
- NAT switch (likely with its own whole embedded linux or vxworks operating system)
- DSL/cable modem
- a dozen or two routers, spanning god knows how many thousands of miles (each running a Cisco/Jupiter custom OS)
- server's operating system, TCP/IP stack, network device driver
- apache web server
- php (or whatever is in use) scripting module

Just a client OS (Windows XP) and a server OS (Linux kernel) alone is about 50 million lines of code right there. When you factor in everything else I wouldn't be surprised if you could hit 100 million. It's like taking a F-22 jet to go down to the end of the driveway to get the mail.
posted by Rhomboid at 4:47 PM on February 28, 2009 [12 favorites]


how do I get to level 2?
posted by oonh at 5:05 PM on February 28, 2009 [2 favorites]


here you go
posted by nebulawindphone at 5:09 PM on February 28, 2009


It doesn't recognize nanoseconds.
posted by geekyguy at 5:11 PM on February 28, 2009


This replicates neither the form (hourglass with sand) nor the function (3 minutes) of an egg timer.
posted by DU at 5:13 PM on February 28, 2009


Oh DU, you di'int.
posted by BrotherCaine at 5:47 PM on February 28, 2009 [2 favorites]


Seriously. You can set it to whatever number of seconds you want. This is great for a studio apartment.
posted by speedo at 6:13 PM on February 28, 2009


The cool part is that you can specify the parameter in english:

http://e.ggtimer.com/180days42minutes10seconds
posted by odinsdream at 6:49 PM on February 28, 2009


At first I thought it was loading a flash movie, and then it just beeped. I was sad.

Now, I've got this counting down to the end of the Mayan calendar. Well, actually 6 minutes before so I have a little time to prepare for the end of the world, and I actually want to hear the beep.

I tried to turn my macbook upside down to reset the timer, (wouldn't that just screw with those Mayans!) but it didn't work. We're still doomed.

Carry on.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:22 PM on February 28, 2009 [2 favorites]


I cannot dis an egg post. But that timer offers me no use at all.

Eat eggs; feed birds.

Until they stop laying and then eat birds.

BWAHAHAHA
posted by maggieb at 7:41 PM on February 28, 2009


This works especially well if you use one of those browser add-ons that allow quick searches from the location bar (I use Sogudi for Safari). I just set it up so I can just type 't 180' to get my 3 minutes, without having to remember the redunculous URL of the site, and as I always have a browser window open and something to time this is genuinely convenient. Thanks w_b!
posted by nowonmai at 7:51 PM on February 28, 2009


http://e.ggtimer.com/28days6hours42minutes12seconds
posted by xorry at 8:05 PM on February 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


Love the hostname - I'm guess they have a bunch of other services that also end in "ggtimer" and "e" just happens to be the first they've released. The others will be along soon - others, like ... uhh ... di.ggtimer! Yes! And, mmm ... OK, that's it.
posted by kcds at 8:17 PM on February 28, 2009


mu.ggtimer for tea.
posted by odinsdream at 8:27 PM on February 28, 2009


Some toast would be nice on the side....
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 8:45 PM on February 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


This is a useless post. I expected instructions about how to boil an egg...not that the Joy of Cooking doesn't explain it well. And, hey, being a mile above sea level renders all these timing devices moot, anyway. C'mon.
posted by kozad at 8:48 PM on February 28, 2009


Love the hostname - I'm guess they have a bunch of other services that also end in "ggtimer" and "e" just happens to be the first they've released. The others will be along soon - others, like ... uhh ... di.ggtimer! Yes! And, mmm ... OK, that's it.

For surgeons dealing with serious lower body trauma:
amputate.le.ggtimer

For Nabisco factory workers:
newton.fi.ggtimer

For those refreshing posts about police brutality:
comment.saying.fuck.you.pi.ggtimer

For those waiting around for someone to post an antiquated internet meme reference:
for.great.justice.take.off.every.zi.ggtimer
posted by drjimmy11 at 9:19 PM on February 28, 2009 [3 favorites]


oh and for those wondering how many more pages of "Moby Dick" before they get to read more about their favorite character:

queeque.ggtimer
posted by drjimmy11 at 9:23 PM on February 28, 2009 [3 favorites]


But won't go past 28years10months17days20hours34minutes, dammit!

Yes, 32-bit yadda yadda...
posted by swift at 10:44 PM on February 28, 2009


Put in just 28 years and you get 11 months 27 days 23 hours 59 minutes 59 seconds.
posted by samsara at 9:29 AM on March 1, 2009


awesome concept - give it a social twist and its the next twitter, bitches...
posted by Jeremy at 1:29 PM on March 1, 2009


I'm gonna take a shot in the dark and guess that people who say "just use your watch" don't cook much.
posted by autodidact at 6:09 PM on March 1, 2009


I like this, it means I can give myself about 15 minutes to read my email and the news before settling down to do "real" work. Thanks.
posted by duvatney at 8:42 PM on March 1, 2009


Time until the release of the sequel to 'Hot Fuzz': simon.pe.ggtimer
posted by MrMustard at 5:57 AM on March 2, 2009


It now changes the title of the document (and therefore of an open tab) every second. I think that is new. Highly useful.
posted by grouse at 4:13 PM on March 8, 2009


All it needs is the ability to add '&alert=a-little-bit-less-piercing'
posted by nowonmai at 4:46 PM on March 8, 2009


perhaps also '&title=$what-I-was-supposed-to-do-after-those-15-mins'
posted by nowonmai at 4:49 PM on March 8, 2009


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