I can see why, at first glance, it might seem that way. It is “the most accurate wristwatch you can buy” not because of the mechanism, but the philosophy: “the hour hand reads ‘remember’, the minute hand ‘you will die'”.
No, really, it’s not morbid. It’s called The Accurate, and it came in a spiffy box via Royal Mail. The Mr Jones Watch people pay attention to packaging, and tell a good story.
I’ve been looking for a watch for a long time now. Years, actually. I’ve seen some I like, but they all keep being not the right one. The Yes watches came damn close, but are expensive. They have one hand instead of two and track hours of daylight. See, what I’ve been after is something that doesn’t just tell me what time it is, but prompts me to think about time differently. One hand spanning the face every twenty four hours would do that; a graphical display of daylight hours left would do that; I think ‘remember’ and ‘you will die’ circling will do that.
The highly reflective face functions as a mirror, so when I glance at the watch and see the message I can, if I choose, see my eye reading it.
It isn’t about the fifteen minutes left in a meeting or the ten minutes I’ve been waiting for a train or the five minutes I’m already late or the eight minutes until the movie starts. It’s about realizing that time is life energy, and it matters how I spend it. I’m not interested in developing an overly obsessive, be productive every second mindset — that would make me pretty miserable — but in a how am I spending this day, this week, this season, and is it how I really want to be spending it mindset.
It’s about being present now, and remembering the future is uncertain but finite. We never really know what time it is.
Given that NaBloPoMo itself is really a meme it’s fitting that I end on a meme post. Thanks to secretleaves tagging me, you all get to learn seven more random facts about me, and see which seven NaBloPoMo bloggers I will inflict this on invite to participate.
Who are those now-not-needing to post every day folks I will torture? How about MzMullerz, royalrodent.com (for an extra challenge, make them 7 random facts about a photograph too), jamelah, some fancy piece, my friend Holly who refused to get on the NaBloPoMo bandwagon and see how I’m not letting that stop me, my friend Anna who did give it a go, and really she shouldn’t be surprised by this, Krista because InaDWriMo is close enough.
Happy NaBloPoMo, and congrats to everyone who made it through. Take the day off tomorrow, why don’t you?
Sad, I know, to be so close to the end of NaBloPoMo and be reduced to posting a list with very little comment. On the upside, these really are the finest quality links.
- Winkleman’s post on dangerous art, View at Your Own Risk: Open Thread
- Winners of the VIDA awards announced. “It is an international competition which rewards electronic works of art produced with artificial life technologies.”
- Lookybook lets you flip through illustrated children’s books — the whole book. Their selection is small now, I hope it expands. I’d love to have Shaun Tan’s work available to me at all times.
- The hand.written.letter.project.
- How to Fold a Towel Elephant
- chopping block…because serial killers are people too. Caption on first one: “Butch dropped the machete, unable to continue the dismemberment. Damn Carpal Tunnel Syndrome!”
You’ve probably already guessed that I’m telling you about that now because the telling you about it here part does count for NaBloPoMo. I feel like this is sort of, but not really, cheating.
My upcoming vacation next week (which I’m not rubbing your nose in, really, even though I keep mentioning it) isn’t really a reading vacation. That’s weird for me, because I love to read and usually bring a few books when I go away. There is something about Disney World, though, that isn’t conducive to reading… I do love to be out soaking up the lights (everything is decorated for Christmas, and I’m apparently a sucker for happy glowing lights) and taking pictures. I’m not so much into the thrill rides. Pooh is my speed, ride-wise. I did Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, once, and I feel no need to do it again. Also, books tend to get wet in the pool.
Still, there is the plane ride, and possibly some down time when I won’t be fiddling with my cameras, and I do have a massive unread book stack.
What would you read at Disney World?