A Blog Around The Clock

Time

In my part of the world, and most of the US and Europe as well, there was a general agreement that all clocks would be set an hour off back in April. This may have made sense in a world in which most people worked on a single shift, and most factories were lit via skylights for that single shift, but it’s absurd in the 24/7 world of this millennium. Fortunately, as of 2:30 this morning we’ve allowed to set our clocks back to the correct time. The computers switch automatically, I think I know how to set my wristwatch back (well, ahead 23 hours actually, it’s digital), but millions will be digging our the manuals for their VCRs today. Today’s theme: Time.

Okay, so it’s yesterday’s theme. By the time I had the quotes selected something else came up and I forgot to mail them!

Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.
– Andrew Jackson, 1767 – 1845

Lost time is like a run in a stocking. It always gets worse.
– Ann Morrow Lindbergh, 1906 – 2001

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
– Carl Sandburg, 1878 – 1967

Bad times, hard times, this is what people keep saying; but let us live well, and times shall be good. We are the times: Such as we are, such are the times.
– Augustine of Hippo, 354 – 430

The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at a time.
– Sydney Smiles

Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.
– Theodore Roosevelt, 1858 – 1919

From today’s Quotes Of The Day

Comments

  1. #1 Rob Knop
    October 30, 2006

    This may have made sense in a world in which most people worked on a single shift, and most factories were lit via skylights for that single shift, but it’s absurd in the 24/7 world of this millennium.

    Amen!

    On Sunday, I was on a plane flying in to Tucson, AZ, and of course when the question of what time it was in the destination city came up, there was much Daylight Savings discussion. AZ doesn’t bother with DST, which means that the difference betwen its time and the rest of the country varies over the year. Others around me on the plane wondered why Arizona didn’t just get with the program and do DST like everybody else.

    I wonder the opposite — why don’t the rest of us get with the program? Pick one and stick with it. I don’t care if we pick what we now call Standard Time, or what we now call Daylight Savings Time, but there’s no need to jump clocks around anymore.

    (Hell, on some days I think we should just ALL use Universal Time, regardless of where we are on Earth, and realize that at different places what we think of as “morning” and “evening” will be at different clock readings. That’s not going to be a popular opinion, however.)

    -Rob

  2. #2 Rob Knop
    October 30, 2006

    Time is an illusion; lunchtime doubly so

    (From the Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.)

  3. #3 NJ
    October 30, 2006

    Tired of lying in the sunshine, staying home to watch the rain.
    For you are young, and life is long and there is time to kill today.

    – Roger Waters, 1943 –

  4. #4 HP
    October 30, 2006

    I can’t believe you missed this one (and on a biology blog, no less):

    Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.
    –Groucho Marx

  5. #5 coturnix
    October 30, 2006

    I did not miss it (I have a number of quotes stashed away for future use) – this is what Quotes Of The Day served today. I used to post quotes on time, clocks, sleep etc., back on Circadiana. Perhaps I can do it here as well.

  6. #6 jeonjutarheel
    October 30, 2006

    Korea doesn’t do it, which is especially annoying to me because now I can only listen to at most the first period of Thrashers games before work at 10am.

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