For 170 years, crossing the Channel from the UK to France would have brought you 11 days forward in time, and crossing back would have brought you 11 days earlier. Why? Because the Church of England wasn't about to adopt a new Calendar
instituted by a Catholic pope
. After all, if the old style was good enough for Caesar....
In fact, it took over 300 years for the new Gregorian Calendar to come into use throughout Europe,
causing, no doubt, more than a few missed lunch dates as people forgot to convert between them
as they traveled.
There are, of course, many other calendars in use around the world
, and no shortage of people suggesting that let's do the time warp again
posted by John Kenneth Fisher
on Jan 30, 2005 -
In light of approaching finals do you find yourself excogitating WTHHIBD (what the hell have I been doing) over and over, and wondering if your lost time may have been due to circumstances
beyond your control? While the vindicating qualities (obviously you would have been more productive if you hadn't been somebody else's science experiment) of this alibi are usually ephemeral, it is still curious to think is all this talk of sightings/abductions/misplaced keys just a hoax
, an elaborate cover up
, or some yin yang amalgamation of the two? Is the mystery surrounding Area 51
nothing more than conspiracy, (even if well positioned
)? To what extent are we inexorably skeptical or prepared to sort through the overflowing, spooky coffers of galactic mystery?
posted by superposition
on Dec 7, 2004 -
Just in time, you’ve found me just in time. Richard Linklater
, like Wong
, is a lyrical and elegiac filmmaker. In many of his films, as in many of Wong's (and as in Ming-liang Tsai
's What Time Is It There?
), the subject is time
-- the romance and poetry
of moments ticking by
, the wonder and anguish of living through and then remembering an hour or a day.
In 1995 Linklater made Before Sunrise
, the story of the chance encounter of two strangers
(an American young man and a French young woman) on a European train and their sleepless night in Vienna. Now ten years have passed, and they meet again in Paris
: they -- and the audience -- only have 80 minutes to make up for the time they lost, Before Sunset
. Linklater's new film, shot in uncut Steadycam takes (the longest clocks in at 11 minutes)
, in a sense is about how we create selves just by talking. But it’s also about how we become prisoners of time
Towards the end
of the movie, Celine
, sitting in the backseat of a car with Jesse
, starts to caress his head while he isn't looking, then suddenly pulls back, and that simple curtailed gesture carries in it a sense of tragedy, the consequence of the weight of time
... (more inside, with Nina Simone)
posted by matteo
on Jul 20, 2004 -
Home is where the heart is.
Karl Taro Greenfeld, journalist and author of Speed Tribes
, among others, has a nostalgic piece in Time Asia (Aug. '03) recounting his heady youth in Tokyo alongside his thoughts on his ailing Japanese grandmother.
posted by gen
on Jul 9, 2004 -
The False Controversy of Stem Cell Research.
Kinsley: In fact, thinking it through is a moral obligation, especially if you are on the side of the argument that wants to stop or slow this research.
It's not complicated. An embryo used in stem-cell research (and fertility treatments) is three to five days past conception. It consists of a few dozen cells that together are too small to be seen without a microscope. It has no consciousness, no self-awareness, no ability to feel love or pain. The smallest insect is far more human in every respect except potential.
posted by skallas
on May 31, 2004 -
The Paper Trail
"But TIME has obtained an internal Pentagon e-mail sent by an Army Corps of Engineers official—whose name was blacked out by the Pentagon—that raises questions about Cheney's arm's-length policy toward his old employer. Dated March 5, 2003, the e-mail says "action" on a multibillion-dollar Halliburton contract was "coordinated" with Cheney's office. The e-mail says Douglas Feith, a high-ranking Pentagon hawk, got the "authority to execute RIO," or Restore Iraqi Oil, from his boss, who is Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz. RIO is one of several large contracts the U.S. awarded to Halliburton last year"
posted by Postroad
on May 31, 2004 -
"Time passes, or rather doesn't pass.
It is just there, solid as a coffee mug
on the diner's counter
. Time hangs
like the reek of old tobacco in the hotel furniture
". We all think we know Edward Hopper
's images, even if we've never seen his paintings
. Somehow the solidity of the world
-- even the sky is like a wall
-- is at odds with the transience
of the people
in it, however long they sit
. Hopper's people, like Manet
, often appear consumed by the irreducible business of being
, too, would descend into his own silences
, would delay himself in self-doubt... (more inside)
posted by matteo
on May 25, 2004 -
You may be familiar with the story, reported here
, about the southern California watch maker who supplied wrist watches for Mars scientists to get to work on time
. You may not have seen these time applications that make the time story equally as compelling for the rest of us. What is interesting from a graphics standpoint is the different qualities expressed with these versions, as a table of exact times
for specific locations (this site has a lot of great detail about the mission), or as an approximate time with shadows projected on the Mars map (for Mac OS X)
Any other Mars time graphics that you know about?
posted by xtian
on Jan 23, 2004 -
NASA is running their Spirit Martian explorer program on Martian solar time. With the project day running 39 minutes longer than a real day, engineers found they faced difficulties adjusting to this virtual timezone. Their solution was nearly as old as timekeeping itself.
posted by Ogre Lawless
on Jan 9, 2004 -
What time is it?
Tonight marks the transition in many parts of the US between daylight savings and non-daylight savings time. Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour!
posted by silusGROK
on Oct 25, 2003 -
A bold paper
published in the August issue of Foundations of Physics Letters seems set to change the way we think about the nature of time and its relationship to motion and classical and quantum mechanics. The work also appears to provide solutions to Zeno's paradoxes
. (Via Kurzweilai.net
. More inside...)
posted by Pinwheel
on Aug 1, 2003 -
Spring Forward, Fall Back...
Daylight Savings Time is just around the corner. This Sunday at 2am to be exact, for Americans. This
is just a friendly reminder. In Europe it's already happened. Time's weird. Humanity's been trying to figure it out since Stonehenge
and we still have to reset our clocks twice a year. You think by now we'd have gotten it right. Even MetricTime
would require regular fixin'. Why can't we just stop the madness
? Or would that be even worse?
posted by ZachsMind
on Apr 2, 2003 -
Time, philosophy, alchemy, tons of interactive puzzles and great flash. I can't tell you more, I'm still figuring it out.
posted by talos
on Oct 16, 2002 -
A family's yearly self-portrait
from 1976 to 2002 is both uplifting and unsettling; a bit like human life itself. How does one separate the morbid fascination with aging from the spiritual joy of growth? Not to mention the element of voyeurism... [From ZoneZero, via Eclectica
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Oct 14, 2002 -
"I asked who was playing. A Moroccan group, said the cabbie. He told me its name. Did I want to know what it was singing? Certainly. It was a plea to Israel from the Arab people. The chorus was, 'We have the same father. Why do you treat us this way?' Who might the father be? I asked. 'Ibrahim
,' he said. 'The song is called Ismail and Isaac,' after his sons."
posted by artifex
on Sep 24, 2002 -
How the U.S. Missed the Clues
Time magazine assessmeznt of what went wrong in evaluation of intelligence pre-9/11. I am not yet sure why I find the conclusions a bit evasive but it seems to me the article tries to satisfy differing perspectives rather than taking a stand for a specific point of view. But then that may be my reading and wrong headed.
posted by Postroad
on May 27, 2002 -
Temporal Anomalies in Time Travel Movies
discusses time travel concept discrepancies in popular movies, such as Back to the Future, 12 Monkeys, and Flight of the Navigator. Although they're really just movies, and time travel isn't real (as far as we know), author M. Joseph Young provides very logical arguments for why those things couldn't really happen.
posted by lnicole
on Mar 18, 2002 -
The Case for Profiling
'As it happens, the suicide bombers who attacked us on Sept. 11 were young, Islamic, Arab and male. That is not a stereotype. That is a fact. And there is no hiding from it, as there is no hiding from the next al-Qaeda suicide bomber. He has to be found and stopped." From what can be read here
, and in another Time article here
, it would appear that profiling is a touch harder to do than this lightweight rant suggests. Whether one agrees with profiling or not, there seems little point in Time Magazine cheerleading it with an article that can only add to the high level of ignorance already surrounding this subject.
posted by RobertLoch
on Mar 15, 2002 -
Does anybody really know what time it is?
If anybody really cares, the NIST is the place to go for not only the answers (including a list of government operated open access NTP servers), but more information than you probably ever wanted to know about standard time.
posted by baylink
on Jan 5, 2002 -
Giuliani is Time's Man of the Year.
For a year when the choice would have been hard before 9/11, this seemed like one of the most obvious choices. It's feel-good and he really did do a lot to rally the city. Were you expecting it? Should they have chosen Osama bin Laden or the firefighters?
posted by onthestereo
on Dec 23, 2001 -
U.S.' first Afghanistan conflict casualty may be C.I.A. operative "Mike"
Time magazine's Alex Perry reported from the scene outside Mazar-i-Sharif that at least one American, whom he identified as "Mike'' and said belonged to U.S. special operations forces, was missing and presumed dead after prisoners began firing smuggled weapons. If the man was confirmed as a soldier, it would be the first known U.S. combat death in Afghanistan since Washington began attacking Taliban forces -– although it is suspected that "Mike" is a covert CIA operative.
posted by marc-hamilton
on Nov 25, 2001 -
Time's 2001 inventions of the year awards.
Why do all of these have that cheesy "Sharper Image" feel to them? Aren't there inventions out there slightly more important than a potato masher or a remote control smoke alarm? Naww, everything else would go over the heads of the readers. Keep that gravy comin' ma!
posted by skallas
on Nov 21, 2001 -
Time Inc. Fires Mailroom Staff
Time claims it's coincidental to the anthrax scare, they are just trying to cut costs. Like liability costs of having their own employees contract a deadly disease?
posted by Vek
on Oct 22, 2001 -
The Case for Rage and Retribution.
An essay by Lance Morrow from the special all-attack issue of TIME.
"What’s needed is a unified, unifying, Pearl Harbor sort of purple American fury — a ruthless indignation that doesn’t leak away in a week or two."
posted by aaron
on Sep 16, 2001 -
Stolen shamelessly from Tom
: a charming clock
, reminding us once again that "time" is an intellectual concept meaningless without human participation... (Don't miss the webserver
, either.) Considering the depth and breadth - and apparent copious free time - of the MeFi community one would hope we'd be able to help fill in
some of the still unphotographed minutes
posted by m.polo
on Jul 27, 2001 -
it's 95.5 do you know where your children are? (Check out the whole site; it's a wonderful melange of crazy and not so crazy ideas.)
posted by silusGROK
on May 29, 2001 -
'I Feel A Great, Personal Loss' Conservationist Rakhaldas Sengupta spent nine years restoring the world's tallest Buddha statues...
This has been covered by MeFi before but Sengupta has a perspective on the statues that hasn't come to light yet. To think that the Taleban is destroying these 1700 year old statues breaks my heart. I hope I never understand the reasoning of religious zealots.
posted by gen
on Mar 9, 2001 -
The Male Minority
The percentage of men enrolled in higher education has dropped below that of women.
Are men not encouraged as much as women to go to college?
posted by amanda
on Dec 7, 2000 -