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The Clock

Artist Gislain Benoit builds an incredible hand soldered clock. Ever curious what encompasses a digital watch? Now you can.
posted by KernalM on Feb 1, 2015 - 18 comments

Ask Not What Time It Is, Ask Instead...

The most colorful clock/time-waster that'll brighten up your day, albeit slowly: What Colour Is It?
posted by BlahLaLa on Jan 4, 2015 - 37 comments

Russian empire changes clocks to Putin Time, expands to 11 time zones

BBC: Russia will turn back its clocks for the last time on Sunday to permanently adopt winter hours. It will also increase its time zones from nine to 11, from the Pacific to the borders of the European Union. For the last three years, Russia experimented with keeping permanent summer time, but it proved to be highly unpopular with many Russians. The Soviet Union introduced Daylight Saving Time in 1981. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Oct 26, 2014 - 102 comments

Avoiding analysis paralysis

Chess Clock Jenga
posted by Jpfed on Apr 24, 2014 - 23 comments

Exponential Binary Clock Countdown

Based on the Wheat and Chessboard problem, the Chess Board Clock is "a binary clock counting down 2 to the 63rd power in hundredths of a second". The first few squares go by super fast (a non-seizure mode is available) while the last square won't be reached for over 2 billion years. [via mefi projects]
posted by divabat on Apr 3, 2014 - 15 comments

(setq clock (simulate clock dt))

Clocks is a set of generative art pieces written in gazelle (a lisp (written in elisp!) that compiles to javascript) with the help of processing.js. Best viewed in Chrome.
posted by Jpfed on Dec 5, 2013 - 13 comments

If you've got to watch a clock, then watch this one

LEGO Ball Contraptions have been seen (and gawked at) once or twice on the Blue before. But if you're looking for a bit more purpose to this particular genre of LEGO build, look no further than the impecably accurate and stylish LEGO Rolling Ball Clock.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Sep 22, 2013 - 11 comments

A million times

A million times by Stockholm based studio "Humans since 1982" is a clock based kinetic sculpture. And it is beautiful. (slyt)
posted by zoo on Feb 27, 2013 - 9 comments

TEA NOW

"Even if your alarm clock is one of those Zen alarm clocks with melodious metal chimes, or it's your phone playing New Age music at gradually increasing volume, an alarm clock is still not offering you anything." MeFi's own dansdata wakes up to a proper cuppa.
posted by Harald74 on Oct 31, 2012 - 75 comments

A Watched Clock Never Moves

Have you ever wondered why you don't see motion blur when your eyes flick to a new position? Why, if you sit in front of a mirror and watch yourself, you never see your eyes move? That is saccadic masking, one of the lies your brain tells to avoid confusing you. Have you noticed that the first tick after glancing at a clock with a second hand can take more than one second? No, it's not just you! That's a related phenomenon called chronostasis, or more commonly the stopped clock illusion.
posted by gilrain on Aug 16, 2012 - 46 comments

Wake up wake up wake up

Cat Alarm Clock SLYT
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Apr 17, 2012 - 41 comments

Tiltshift Japan ist Krieg

It's the weekend according to UNIQLO CALENDAR, portraying the four seasons and forty-seven prefectures of Tiltshift Timelapse Japan. Music by Fantastic Plastic Machine who did internet classic UNIQLOCK. [Previous]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Feb 3, 2012 - 24 comments

There is no law in France, it turns out, against the improvement of clocks.

This stealthy undertaking was not an act of robbery or espionage but rather a crucial operation in what would become an association called UX, for “Urban eXperiment.” UX is sort of like an artist’s collective, but far from being avant-garde—confronting audiences by pushing the boundaries of the new—its only audience is itself. More surprising still, its work is often radically conservative, intemperate in its devotion to the old. Through meticulous infiltration, UX members have carried out shocking acts of cultural preservation and repair, with an ethos of “restoring those invisible parts of our patrimony that the government has abandoned or doesn’t have the means to maintain.” The group claims to have conducted 15 such covert restorations, often in centuries-old spaces, all over Paris. - Wired.com "The New French Hacker-Artist Underground"
posted by The Whelk on Jan 24, 2012 - 20 comments

Drop-matrix printing

Osaka Station City has a digital clock (yt) which is made of water droplets (yt).
posted by marginaliana on Nov 3, 2011 - 38 comments

It's solar noon, do you know what time your clock says?

Saturday August 27 Bill Nye dedicated a solar noon clock he designed. The clock is embedded in the facade of Rhodes Hall. At Solar Noon, when the Sun culminates, that is, reaches its highest point in the sky, the sun-shaped feature will light up. It is the marrying of mechanical and electrical engineering with astronomy. What could be better?
posted by IvoShandor on Aug 29, 2011 - 27 comments

The Clock in the Mountain

Kevin Kelly describes how a clock designed to run for 10,000 years will function and the efforts behind its creation and building.
posted by reenum on Jun 18, 2011 - 73 comments

Time is Money

The Shredder Clock will start shredding anything you put in it, from homework to $100 dollar bills, unless it is manually shut off immediately. No snooze button, either.
posted by sweetkid on May 31, 2011 - 61 comments

Doug's Word Clocks

A Word Clock is a clock that tells the time using English words
posted by Blazecock Pileon on May 15, 2011 - 39 comments

Making of an Hourglass

The making of an hourglass. [SLVimeo]
posted by odinsdream on Apr 25, 2011 - 19 comments

Feed me! Feeeeed Me.

What does the future of electricity hold? Microbial Fuel Cells? How about a carnivorous clock?
posted by The Whelk on Feb 10, 2011 - 19 comments

The Flat Venus Society in Library Assessment; promoting accuracy in [reporting of] numbers

The Galaxy Garden is a 100-foot diameter outdoor scale model of the Milky Way, mapped in living plants and flowers and based on current astrophysical data. [more inside]
posted by infinite intimation on Nov 28, 2010 - 11 comments

Unbelievably-shaped Wooden Gears That Really Work

These Gears Really Work? Strangely soothing video of wooden, non-circular gears lovingly crafted by Clayton Boyer (YouTube Channel), talented designer of Wooden Clocks (YouTube Video, Flickr Photo Set). Via jwz and BoingBoing. [more inside]
posted by stringbean on Oct 27, 2010 - 26 comments

Watch

How a watch works in the clear, precise 1949 informational style.
posted by DU on Sep 8, 2010 - 21 comments

Shining Cuckoo Clock

The Shining Cuckoo Clock. The clock mimics the moment from the film, and every hour Jack breaks through the door and the famous line "Here’s Johnny" plays followed by a scream by Shining co-star Shelly Duvall.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates on Mar 10, 2010 - 24 comments

How much wood would a wood clock clock?

A digital clock made of wood and operated by 70 workers for one continuous 24-hour period. "Even though the workers are trying hard to construct every single minute, they are constantly on the verge of failing."
posted by freshwater_pr0n on Dec 27, 2009 - 35 comments

This, my darling, is the Zybourne Clock.

"For Dirk McLauren, Wedesnday January 19 2381 has begun very poorly." The Zybourne Clock was to be a hundred-hour long electro-punk-themed RPG made by members of the SA subforum BYOB. After only a few weeks, the project collapsed in drama and failure, leaving only hilarious snippets of text, original "artwork," and level designs. More effort and skill went into parodying The Zybourne Clock than into creating it.
posted by Optimus Chyme on Nov 19, 2009 - 35 comments

Drag and Tock

The Scroll Clock has no time zone option, but it's open source. There's also a gallery.
posted by ejoey on Nov 18, 2009 - 16 comments

The 10,000 Year Clock

Photos: The 10,000 Year Clock. [Via]
posted by homunculus on Apr 14, 2009 - 54 comments

Antikythera Mechanism revealed

The Antikythera Mechanism has been decoded. Two years ago, it was confirmed that the machine was capable of astronomical calculations. Now it appears there's just one more thing: 3D imaging of the machine made it possible to reconstruct the complete workings, and it turns out it was also capable of tracking the timing of the Olympic games. The findings were reported today in Nature. Previous Apple joke here, an incredibly deep post about it here, and a longer report from the New Yorker.
posted by one_bean on Jul 30, 2008 - 40 comments

It's always right - two times a day.

Fasting may be the remedy for jet lag. By overiding your clock (audio interview 12 min) that prepares your body to eat, it is likely that you can reset your body's clock. Might this be the missing step in training yourself to be an early riser? via
posted by bigmusic on May 23, 2008 - 22 comments

Analog textual clocks

An analog textual clock - An analog textual clock
posted by cillit bang on May 16, 2008 - 24 comments

Etch-a-Sketch Clock!

Etch-a-Sketch Clock!
posted by tehloki on Mar 10, 2008 - 34 comments

The world's first Swahili clock

The Kamusi project, an online Swahili-English dictionary site, has created the world's first clock that tells Swahili time. Not to be confused with the conceptual clocks of Tibor Kalman, like the Five O'Clock Clock, or Kalman's jumbled time clock tower The Swahili clock reflects an actual conceptual change that takes place for Swahili speakers. In Swahili culture the day starts at sunrise (unlike in the Arab world where the day starts at sunset, and in the Western world where the day starts at midnight). Sunrise in East Africa, being exactly at the Equator, happens every day at approximately 6:00 a.m. And for that reason, 6:00 a.m. is "0:00 morning" Swahili time. So the hands of a watch or clock meant to read Swahili time would always point to a number opposite to the number for the actual time as spoken in English. That is, the Swahili time anywhere in the world (not just East Africa) is delayed by 6 hours. [more inside]
posted by derangedlarid on Feb 25, 2008 - 26 comments

1-2-3-4-en pointe-2-3-4-pop it-lock it-3-4

Behold the Uniqlock. (flash, sfw)
posted by boo_radley on Jul 27, 2007 - 65 comments

How many abortions o'clock is it?

World Clock SWF application showing the time of day expressed in actual time, the number of species passed into extinction, barrels of oil produced, the temperature of the earth, prison population, world population, and deaths by various causes. Because, y'know, you weren't depressed enough already. Site also offers a number of free games, calculators and applications for your own site.
posted by psmealey on Jun 30, 2007 - 36 comments

Time Keeps on Slippin' Into the Future

Polar Clock Time and Date in a nifty roundabout of time.
posted by dhammond on Jun 6, 2007 - 32 comments

“I’m so sorry to disturb you sir, but it appears to be morning. Very inconvenient, I agree. I believe it is the rotation of the earth that is to blame, Sir.”

Always wanted to wake up with Stephen Fry? Now you can, with the - in itself quite interesting - VOCO Clock.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Mar 1, 2007 - 21 comments

The astronomical clock of Besancon

The astronomical clock in the French city of Besancon is quite a mechanical marvel. Built in 1860, its inner workings are comprised of more than 30,000 interoperating pieces, driving 37 separate clockface gauges. It is one of the finest intersections between art & mechanics that I've ever come across.
posted by jonson on Jul 4, 2006 - 12 comments

The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich has some excellent online collections related to maritime history and technology, including telescopes, marine chronometers, sundials, and a whole lot more. Some stuff I've been looking at: John Harrison's chronometers (described in Dava Sobel's book Longitude), polyhedral sundials, and pocket globes.
posted by carter on Mar 15, 2006 - 4 comments

Timeline

Timeline. I found this strangely riveting even though it is just a simple clock [flash].
posted by srboisvert on Aug 20, 2005 - 37 comments

Brilliant.

Clocky. An MIT student has designed an alarm clock with built-in wheels and motion sensors. Upon hitting the snooze button, Clocky will roll of your nighttable, bump around your room, and hide, forcing you to have to get up and look for him instead of hitting the button again.
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Mar 29, 2005 - 38 comments

Darkness, sweet darkness

Clear Sky Clocks. How dark is it going to be tonight?
posted by gottabefunky on Aug 27, 2004 - 3 comments

Time

The exact time.
posted by semmi on Jul 30, 2004 - 17 comments

A Clock Compendium

Click-clocks.
posted by pedantic on Jan 16, 2004 - 3 comments

Rubik's Rubicon

I'm starting to think I was only one to ever buy a Rubik's Clock. The hours I spent trying to work it out, the effort I put in, whilst all along there's a simple solution to the infernal thing. While we're on Rubik's games, this man with an audiacious mullet has lots of tips on solving them, and another man can solve the Rubik's Cube in 16 seconds (.mpg file). Impressive, although his social life must have suffered...
posted by wibbler on Sep 28, 2003 - 16 comments

little electronic campfires

"They're like little electronic campfires." Nixie tubes were the face of atomic age electronics. Now, even though they are obsolete, there are enough left to have found new life as art with hobbyists. There is something aesthetically pleasing about typeset digital indicators that glow and move fore and aft as the digits change. What better way to watch the hours of your life slip by than on your very own nixie clock?
posted by jester69 on Sep 17, 2003 - 14 comments

734:00

Early Light Emitting Diode watches. From photos to advertisements. Commodore to Tiffany to Ragen Synchronar.
posted by four panels on Apr 16, 2003 - 14 comments

This handwritten digital clock

This handwritten digital clock is the best use of flash I've seen in a long time. Maybe ever.
posted by sklero on Nov 1, 2002 - 31 comments

The clock in the terminal at Grand Central has gone.

The clock in the terminal at Grand Central has gone. Why do renovated public buildings always seem to lose so much character? Isn't it possible to meld the old with the new?
posted by feelinglistless on Mar 20, 2002 - 38 comments

Cool Clock:

Cool Clock: GMT.
posted by MiguelCardoso on Jan 9, 2002 - 18 comments

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