Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

Shapes of the Hours

I was recently reflecting on 24 versus 12-hour thinking, specifically howmy mental perceptions of time shift when I use each. Some years back, I decidedthe 24-hour system was better, because I don't like the need for the am/pm tobe remembered/written seperately from the numbers. I haven't fully adapted to24-hour thinking, but I'm certainly also not thinking primarily in 12-hour mode.Anyhow, what I've noticed is that my perception of time isn't flat. Somehow,conceptually the distance between 10:00 and 11:00 seems shorter than thedistance between 2:00pm and 3:00pm. I imagine this might be partly because ofwhat I remember doing at those times, but it also may be that, perhaps acquiredwhen I was learning math, I built some kind of association with the raw numbersthemselves. In 24-hour time, I don't have such strong associations -- thedifference between 19:00 and 20:00 feels closer to the difference between 13:00and 14:00. This fascinates me. Yesterday, while driving to the PAA for dinner,I was worried about being late, due to meet N at 7. It was 6:40, and I keptthinking about when I would be calm (I actually was fairly unworried, but theidea of being worried came up) versus worried, and I noticed that it seemed tobe attached around certain set numbers, instead of being a smooth scale.When I mentally scooted our meeting time forward a few minutes, it was revealedas not being time-until so much as something more complex. Hmm. Yes, there aresome stray associations going on in there, I think.

To those of my friends who celebrate these things, happy Rosh Hashanah.

This might amuse. Yeah, I found it on Slashdot. Maybe you don't read slashdotthough... And while we're being political, here you can watch the two maincandicates say so much about the issues that they don't say anything at all.No wonder some ostriches think the two parties are literally identical.

Bill Gates has donated some big money to CMU.Apparently, we're to have a Gates Building. How embarassing. I also find myselfwondering why they've chosen the place they've chosen for the building --it's not a very spacious place, and the new grassy area will close a reallyuseful road through campus. I guess that's not so bad when I think about itthough.

Love is a complicated thing sometimes. It's very rewarding though.I think I'm going to rollerblade around the neighborhood unless some betteridea comes along.

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