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 -
A Tsar Is Born.
For his "extraordinary feat of leadership in taking a country that was in chaos and bringing it stability," Time
has announced Vladimir Putin as Person of the Year. Al Gore
and J.K. Rowling
posted by XQUZYPHYR
on Dec 19, 2007 -
There is time, and there is "African time"
. The Ivory Coast is fighting chronic lateness
with a contest that offered a $60,000 villa as its grand prize. The winner, legal adviser Narcisse Aka, is known by his colleagues as "Mr. White Man's Time" and said
that his punctuality makes him feel like "an extra-terrestrial."
posted by stbalbach
on Oct 9, 2007 -
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 -
In Our Time
Faced with a wet weekend indoors, I realised it's time to dig into the archive
of In Our Time
, the most unashamedly intellectual radio discussion series every produced. Broadcast on BBC Radio 4
, and hosted by Melvyn Bragg
(sorry, make that Lord Bragg
), the show's format is simple: Take a topic that's shaped our world, invite a handful of academics who specialize in that field, and chat. But remember: Commercially suicidal program(me)s like this wouldn't be possible if it wasn't for the unique way the BBC is funded
posted by humblepigeon
on Mar 24, 2007 -
is a blog dedicated to portable timepieces, spotlighting the spectacularly beautiful
(and spectacularly expensive
), among the rare handcrafted artifacts such as this watch made from wood
, or this one made from bone
posted by jonson
on Mar 15, 2007 -
Raft to the Future:
An article about the weirdness of physical models of the universe, how that weirdness correlates to the inherent incompleteness
of mathematical systems, and how time itself can emerge
at the fringes of these incomplete models.
posted by knave
on Nov 6, 2006 -
The New "Science" of Siblings
An amusing article from Time magazine by Jeffrey Kluger which reports that your siblings have more influece on your personality than any other group-- parents, peers, spouses, children, etc. My ex-wife thinks I'm sarcastic, combative, insensitive, etc. Do I get to blame my brothers and sisters for this now?
Another article on this issue "The Science of Siblings"
. Apparently, they could have made me more likely to be gay too.
posted by notmtwain
on Jul 9, 2006 -
Will Wright & Brian Eno, Playing with Time.
) Will Wright, creator of the video games "Sim City," "The Sims," and the forthcoming "Spore," spoke with Brian Eno on many subjects, including time, and generative programming, on June 26, 2006, in seminar put on by the Long Now Foundation. (Summary
posted by crunchland
on Jul 8, 2006 -
is yet another new, incredibly charming, Eyezmaze
puzzle game from On, that GROW
guy. It is along similar lines, but while in GROW the arrow of time is firmly fixed in the forward direction, here you can flip back and forth between different times whenever you want.
Despite this, the game is quite a bit more difficult than GROW (especially if you want the maximum score - keep going after the little guy escapes from his cage!), and it's very new so there may still be a few bugs, but it's immensely satisfying to solve!
posted by JHarris
on May 23, 2006 -
The BBC reports
that twenty years on "the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power station is teeming with life." Lynx, eagle owl, wild boars, horses, wolves—even signs of bears which haven't been seen here in centuries.
British scientist and environmentalist James Lovelock (recently discussed
whether "small volumes of nuclear waste from power production should be stored in tropical forests and other habitats in need of a reliable guardian against their destruction by greedy developers."
Chernobyl as "a nasty accident that took 45 lives." This article in the New Scientist claims
that that the death toll may ultimately reach 60,000.
posted by 327.ca
on Apr 21, 2006 -
A conversation about the future
is a 1 hr. 15 min. Time magazine podcast (mp3 file) of a panel discussion, featuring Internet entrepreneur Mark Cuban, LA Times op-ed editor Andres Martinez, author Steven Johnson ("Everything Bad Is Good for You") and magazine writer Caitlin Flanagan.
posted by edlundart
on Mar 23, 2006 -
Autopsy: Life & Death. Following on from Anatomy for Beginners which concentrated on the anatomy of life, anatomist Dr Gunther von Hagens and pathologist Professor John Lee now turn to the process of understanding death.
Full video clips.
posted by srboisvert
on Jan 21, 2006 -
The Angels of the Hours
offer us the opportunity to direct our lives from within,not being swept along by the demands of the clock.By living in the real rhythms of the day we become more real...(real audio) .
posted by hortense
on Dec 12, 2005 -
"... we are sweeping everything under the carpet, but the oddness is cropping up all over the place. And then, the carpet starts to move…".
, "le manipulateur" who introduced his latest film, Caché
, at Cannes with a half-amused “I wish you a disturbing evening
”, is the proponent of a "cinema of disturbance
". A cinema of loving self-mutilation
, where time is non-linear
and everything happens in long take shots
; in Haneke's world, guilt destroys lives decades after the original sin
. All his male characters are "Georges" and his female characters are either "Evas" or "Annas", "because I lack fantasy
". Unsurprisingly, he is a Bresson and Tarkovsky fan
. He'll direct "Don Giovanni" at the Paris Opera in early 2006
: "In 20 years of working in the theater, I only staged one comedy, and that was my single failure".
posted by matteo
on Nov 18, 2005 -
Music is nothing.
Sound could become music.
The end must be in the beginning,
and the beginning in the end.
I am here because I am not here.
Music lives in the eternal now.
Music is the now becoming now.
What I learned
from Sergiu Celibidache
, by Markand Thakar
. More inside.
posted by matteo
on Oct 14, 2005 -
"Should comic book characters age?
A Boy Wonder doesn't stay a boy for long if a book is set in real time. That makes it so that any Robin can have an active career for, what, ten years? And that's if you buy that a fighting mad ten-year old can really kick anybody's ass." Some insightful comicbook commentary by Erik Larsen
, creator of Savage Dragon
posted by grabbingsand
on Sep 27, 2005 -
"If time has to end, it can be described, instant by instant," Mr. Palomar thinks, "and each instant, when described, expands so that its end can no longer be seen." He decides that he will set himself to describing every instant of his life, and until he has described them all he will no longer think of being dead. At that moment he dies.
In memoriam of Italo Calvino
, who died exactly 20 years ago
by his friend Gore Vidal. Calvino's obituary
by Vidal, il maestro William Weaver
's essay on Calvino's cities
, Jeanette Winterson on Calvino's dream of being invisible
, and Stefano Franchi
's philosophical study on Palomar's doctrine of the void
. More inside.
posted by matteo
on Sep 18, 2005 -