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Post September 14, 2009, 07:12:37 AM

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To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.
Macbeth Act 5, scene 5, 19–28

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Post September 14, 2009, 10:13:47 AM

Random thoughts on Time...

Also

The sun'll come out -- tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow
There'll be sun...

(from the musical "Annie")

And

Time flies like an arrow.
Fruit flies like a banana.

(author unknown?)

But

If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I'd like to do
Is to save every day like a treasure
And then, again
I would spend them with you...

("Time in a Bottle", Jim Croce)

Does anybody really know what time it is?
Does anybody really care?

(The Guess Who)

And finally

Time keeps on slippin', slippin'
Into the future

(I should know what band did this song, but like time, it has slipped my mind.)

Most material in Aphelion depends on time -- it's in the past (or a mythical version of same), the future, or if sort-of-contemporary, across time in an alternate reality (where magic works, or aliens are running things, or...).

What I'd like to know is, if you have a daily-interest savings account, in what units do they record the interest? Minutes? Seconds? And if you make a withdrawal, CAN you get back the hours wasted watching a really bad movie?

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Post September 14, 2009, 07:52:17 PM

Re: Random thoughts on Time...

Robert_Moriyama wrote:Time keeps on slippin', slippin'
Into the future

(I should know what band did this song, but like time, it has slipped my mind.)


Steve Miller Band - I quoted it as the first line of the editorial. :D

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Post September 15, 2009, 11:35:17 AM

If it wasn't for time, everything would happen at once. -- Albert Einstein

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Post September 25, 2009, 12:26:24 PM

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I agree with Einstein. In fact, that was one thing I never understood about a Judeo-Christian heaven:
It says in Revelations, "And time shall be no more" - but if there wasn't anymore time, then how could anything continue to happen in Heaven - or does everyone in heaven - all the angels and everything just stop moving, like they're frozen statues or something?
I'm sure Einstein is glad I agree with him, or else, he would if he wasn't dead - but maybe he's in heaven and he's frozen and wishing someone could stop this whole "And time shall be no more" thing.
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Post September 25, 2009, 01:21:50 PM

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bottomdweller wrote:I agree with Einstein. In fact, that was one thing I never understood about a Judeo-Christian heaven:
It says in Revelations, "And time shall be no more" - but if there wasn't anymore time, then how could anything continue to happen in Heaven - or does everyone in heaven - all the angels and everything just stop moving, like they're frozen statues or something?
I'm sure Einstein is glad I agree with him, or else, he would if he wasn't dead - but maybe he's in heaven and he's frozen and wishing someone could stop this whole "And time shall be no more" thing.


Would you believe the zombies ate everybody, and therefore there is no time (in the subjective sense), since dead folks can't read their wristwatches (and calling up the time on their smartphones is completely beyond them)?

Personally, I suspect the phrase was incorrectly translated. The actual meaning was that there will be graham cracker-marshmallow-chocolate treats for everybody. In other words, "It shall be time for s'mores."

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Post September 25, 2009, 01:37:07 PM

Time?

What is Time, in an infinite universe, one that possibly expands and contracts, pardon the term, for ever?

Time is a human invention. There is no time. In our limited existences as humans, the need to regulate farming-ariculture lead to a delineation of what we call time. Day and night were a good segment to begin with; then the rotation around our star was yet another one.


We have bought into the idea of time like we have for many things, accepting as real, the imagined. And for our technology loaded world, delineation of our time/space-based segments are necessary, I'll admit, but it's not time in the larger sense.

It just is and is not.

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Post September 25, 2009, 07:39:27 PM

Will the astronaut crew of the first faster than light spacecraft find their time-date chronometers running backwards? Or not running at all? Would they end up in the past or future? Is eternity timeless?

We can't ask Einstein. Maybe Stephen Hawking could help.

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Post September 25, 2009, 09:41:32 PM

answer

I thought those questions were answered in Hitch Hikers Guide.

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Post September 27, 2009, 11:23:27 AM

Thanks. I'll add Hitchhikers Guide tp my reading list.

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