20 Questions Tuesday: 32 - Time

It looks like there are enough questions about time to carry this topic over for another week. Time is a fickle beast that is very much connected to our perception of it. Many feel that it is the fourth dimension, some think there is a physical essence to it, most people just think there is not enough of it. Thanks this week go to the Info Diva, ACW, Lsig, J.A.Coppinger, and Dr Civil.

On to the questions:
1. Daylight Savings Time is this weekend. Will computers will ready for the change or will the time display be wrong?
Computers have dealt with DST for quite a while now, so I do not foresee it being a problem. You might need to restart the machine to have the clock reset though. The same is true for cell phones. If your phones or PC’s do not update with DST (if this is instituted in your area or the world) restart them and let the clocks re-initialize.

2. Time heals all wounds. Your thoughts.
Sure, why not? In all “seriousness” though, given an adequate amount of time most wounds will heal to a certain point. Sometimes damage is bad enough that even in a “healed” state it is not like it was prior to the injury.

3. Time-outs. Does this parenting technique really work?
This method can work for some kids, just not all. Much like everything else associated with the rearin’ of younguns, what is best for some is worst for others.

4. Do you hold any credence to the theory that time will end on 12/21/2012?
Not even a little bit. Our time and dating system is pretty arbitrary. Sure that is supposedly when the Mayan calendar stops, but how many digits of PI are there? I assume they were going to update the calendar later but just never got around to it. Granted there is the whole crossing the galactic equator, blah, blah, blah, Earth’s moon at it’s closest perigee, blah, blah, blah, celestial doom, blah, blah, blah, but really I think it is merely about waiting till later to fill out the rest of the calendar. I know I haven’t filled out my Outlook calendar for more than 3 weeks ahead (if that), but I don’t expect others to think that the world will end on 27 March 2007 because of that.

5. Will Morris Day and the Time cease to exist?

6. The villain in Star Trek Generations said, "Time is the fire in which we burn." Agree or disagree?
I tend to agree. If cellular decay and radioactive decay can be determined using increments of time and considered to be fire, then sure, why not? Really, it is difficult not to agree with Malcom McDowell.

7. Which would you prefer- unlimited free time or unlimited funds?
Unlimited funds can create unlimited free time.

8. They've changed Daylight Savings Time- do you care?
I would rather DST not exist. It is a throw-back to the US’s agrarian roots that is unnecessary in today’s economy. Farmers will get up when they need to get up regardless of what the clock says.

9. Is not giving someone the time of day really that awful?
Someone should have their own means of telling the time, a chronological time clock, if you will. That being said, it is not a remarkable inconvenience for me to tell someone what time it is, ‘cause it is always Hammertime for SRH!

10. “Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.” (Douglas Adams) Your thoughts?
True enough. “Time” is elusive, so that would make it seem illusionary, and eating an illusion is silly, so Adams is right on the mark here.

11. “Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely” (Rodin) What was the most wisely used moment of your life?
My proposal to Wifey . Why is that blind sculptor blathering on about time anyway?

12. “Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.” (Wil Rogers) What one deadline in your regular life truly ticks you off?
Work stuff. It is not going to be the end of the world if the graphics for this report are 1 day late for the culmination of a 7+ year study.

13. “Time does not change us. It just unfolds us.” (Max Frisch) If you could redo one hour of your life over, when would it be?
Little Man’s birth. In truth, I wouldn’t change much of Little Man's delivery. There is some information I would impart to Wifey about this particular delivery process that could have made it smoother and less injurious, but I really would not change much in that hour. I would redo that particular hour to more studiously remember every detail I could.

14. “This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) If you had no time constraints at all, what would you do on your “perfect” day?
Play with Little Man and Wifey, get a bit of World of Warcraft time in, draw some, and watch a good soccer game.

15. Can you really "save time in a bottle?" If so, what kind of bottle would it need to be?
Yes, but it needs to be a Klein Bottle. As soon as you can manufacture one of those babies, you are set to bottle time.

16. Why does it take longer to drive back from someplace than to it?
That is not so much a time issue as much as a perception issue. Those questions will be for later. Also, it depends on the destinations. If you are going predominantly downhill on the way to the destination, the return trip will possibly take longer.

17. What would be the coolest way to create a rip in the "space/time continuum?"
Hmmmm… using a Sponge Bob Squarepants Toddler cup. The Space/Time continuum never saw it coming.

18. Ecclesiastes said
For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

WTF was he really saying? Did you think it was just a song?
Oooh, biblical from Dr Civil. Will wonders ever cease? I think what the author was trying to get at was that time keeps on slippin’ slippin’ slippin’ into the future, I want to fly like an eagleto the sea. Fly like an eagle let my spirit carry me. I want to fly like an eagle ‘till I'm free. Oh, Lord, through the revolution feed the babies, w o don't have enough to eat, shoe the children with no shoes on their feet, house the people livin' in the street. Oh, oh, there's a solution.

Where was I? Oh yes, answering questions. Dit dah dit, doo doo doo doo

19. Do you think that Mark Twain was right when he refuted the age old saying that "Time and tide wait for no man" by saying "A pompous and self-satisfied proverb, and was true for a billion years; but in our day of electric wires and water-ballast we turn it around: Man waits not for time nor tide."
Personally, I know I don’t wait for time or tide, time and tide wait for me… ‘cause I am slow. Langhorn might have been onto something with his electric wires and water-ballast except for the fact that electric wires and ballast really only have a localized effect.

20. Do you believe that "Love vanquishes time. To lovers, a moment can be eternity, eternity can be the tick of a clock" or is it all just a bunch of damn Hallmark card drivel?
Hallmark drivel at its finest. Lovers’ moments don’t last for eternity, conversations about taking out the trash, or leaving the toilet seat up take eternity, or making your wife talk to your parents. Sweet, Jebus, you pray for the tick of a clock during those eternities. At least then you know that time has not come to a complete standstill. Ummm… I mean, love ya honey.

To recap:
I got 12 questions waiting in the wings, and that is without the physics Phd speaking up
I will have 20 questions by next week
As GOD as my witness, I will have 20 questions by next Tuesday!
I am hungry
And I am tired
Both at the same time
I know, that is an odd combination for me
Usually I am tired AND hungry, not vice versa
Glad I clarified that
I like clarified butter on crab legs
Mmmmmm crab
I am really hungry