30 posts tagged with clocks.
Displaying 1 through 30 of 30. Subscribe:

In 1527 how did English households tell time?

In the novel "Wolf Hall" Liz Cromwell is shocked to realize she and Thomas are awake at 3 o'clock in the morning (quote, though no real spoilers inside). How does she know what time it is in 1527? Would a successful lawyer and merchant have a clock in his bedroom? Would a church or town clock tower ring the hours through the night? [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Aug 8, 2015 - 18 answers

Cuckoos in New York City?

Hello. Does anyone know of a bricks-and-mortar store in New York City that sells cuckoo clocks? Doesn't have to be exclusively cuckoo clocks, of course. Some clock repair shop that might sell them? An antique clock place? Or a German specialty store? It does have to be a bricks-and-mortar place, though. Classic cuckoo clocks. Halp me, I'm cuckoo for cuckoo clocks! Dankeschön!
posted by Capt. Renault on Aug 27, 2013 - 5 answers

Tell me how to refurbish this vintage Elgin wall clock.

Need some advice on refurbishing a vintage 60s Elgin wall clock. [more inside]
posted by mullacc on Aug 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Terrier Time Training

Is it possible to teach a dog the concept of time, or at least to read a clock?
posted by Query on Feb 13, 2013 - 15 answers

Don't Shine Unless I Need You To!

I need a bedside clock which emits zero light in that dark, but can be read at a touch, or push of a button. [more inside]
posted by Danf on Feb 25, 2012 - 37 answers

The phone rang every night at the same time . . .

Please help me find out the name of this song and who performed it. I'm pretty sure it was 1985 when I heard this song on the radio. It was kind of an oddball novelty song that used a lot of sounds like ticking and ringing clocks. [more inside]
posted by arkham_inmate_0801 on Nov 22, 2011 - 7 answers

What can wake me up?

Chronic snoozer/late sleeper looking for alarm clock recommendations - what have you found useful? [more inside]
posted by MattWPBS on Jun 13, 2011 - 27 answers

Is this Time Radiation at work?!!!

Can cable boxes affect digital clocks? [more inside]
posted by Hanuman1960 on May 11, 2011 - 6 answers

I need a public grandfather clock

Are there any interesting, publicly viewable (and photographable) grandfather clocks in the Philly area? [more inside]
posted by phrygius on Jan 18, 2011 - 4 answers

This is really ticking me off

How can I keep my clock from tick-tocking? [more inside]
posted by Mizu on Dec 10, 2010 - 13 answers

Why are there no clocks at airports?

Why are there no clocks at airports? [more inside]
posted by joshwa on Dec 7, 2010 - 29 answers

Are digital watches STILL a pretty neat idea?

Seeking recommendations for an inexpensive watch or clock (or other thing) with a low-volume hourly chime. [more inside]
posted by Anephim on Dec 2, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me find a big digital clock for my wife's grandmother

Help me find a big digital clock for my wife's grandmother, who is having some temporal issues after pretty major brain surgery... [more inside]
posted by gravity on Feb 13, 2010 - 6 answers

How do we accurately measure time?

How did people make clocks more accurate before accurate clocks? [more inside]
posted by eclecticlibrary on Jan 7, 2010 - 26 answers

I need a SILENT wall clock

I need a good, classy SILENT clock. [more inside]
posted by Bazoo on Oct 31, 2009 - 6 answers

ads for watches and clocks

Why do watch ads always show one hand on ten and the other on two? [more inside]
posted by Postroad on Jun 2, 2009 - 13 answers

Wall clocks vs PC clocks

My phones, watch, mp3 player, wall clocks and bedside alarm clock all keep near perfect time (+-1 minute a month) with little or no brain. Computers, with their comparatively limitless power seem unable to maintain anything even vaguely resembling accurate time without connecting to an atomic clock on a daily basis (It's not uncommon for my desktop PC to lose 10 minutes when left switched on overnight). Why are computers so bad at keeping time, and why does no-one improve them?
posted by twine42 on Aug 6, 2008 - 17 answers

Wake me up in style!

Who knew finding a tabletop alarm clock would be so hard? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay on Oct 7, 2007 - 15 answers

How to Eliminate Daylight Savings Time?

I'd like to build a clock that makes shifting to daylight savings time unnecessary by instead gaining or losing a bit of time each day as appropriate for the season so that when the second Sunday in March and first Sunday in November roll around it's already in sync. Setting aside the logistics of making this work from a societial point of view, how would you do it technically? Something like leap seconds or leap minutes? Or smaller changes on a more constant interval? [more inside]
posted by Jeff Howard on Aug 31, 2007 - 26 answers

1984 Seiko Pyramid Talk Clock

I have an original, fully functional, Seiko Pyramid Talk clock (the world's first talking clock) from 1984. Does anyone know if these are rare or desired by clock collectors? I can't find a single one for sale anywhere.
posted by unccivil on Jul 3, 2007 - 4 answers

Find me an alarm clock that doesn't suck.

AlarmClockFilter: I'm picky about exactly what I need for an alarm clock and I'd like to harness your collective searching powers to find what I want [more inside]
posted by jimmy0x52 on Jul 13, 2006 - 6 answers

Lever-driven clock

WoodenClockFilter Saw a link a few months ago, lost it now. Guy who built a wooden clock with no gears, ONLY LEVERS. Help me find it again. [more inside]
posted by asavage on Jan 29, 2006 - 10 answers

Waking up: alarm clock advice for the undisciplined.

Two-part question about waking up: I'm looking for something that functions like the iPod alarm clock (but without having to own an iPod) or better yet, this "peaceful progression wake-up clock." The catch is I'm kind of a cheapskate, and have no idea whether an expensive alarm clock will really help me wake up earlier & more easily. (Secondly, any good advice on how to drag myself out of bed in the morning is more than welcome, too!) [more inside]
posted by soviet sleepover on Jan 25, 2006 - 12 answers

What are the digital not-clocks on the Budapest Metro all about?

On the Budapest Metro there are signs hanging from the ceiling that show train times - they have analogue clocks at one end and, at the other end, a digital display counting upwards, apparently in minutes. They're not minutes past the hour and they're not minutes since the last train arrived, so what the devil are they for?
posted by jack_mo on Apr 20, 2005 - 6 answers

Highly Visible Alarm Clock?

After an unintended sleep in due to an incorrectly set alarm clock, I decided that what I really need is a highly visible clock. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by tomble on Dec 22, 2004 - 9 answers

Computer Clocks

Why are computer clocks so BAD? I know about time sync programs, but why should I need one? Why can I get a watch in a Happy Meal that's only off by a second a year, but the clock in my fancy Pentium IV desktop loses a minute a week?
posted by bradhill on Dec 14, 2004 - 13 answers

Internal Clocks

Somewhat related to grumblebee's question below but not really: I have an uncanny sense of time. I never wake up to an alarm because I spontaneously wake up a minute or two before it goes off and reach out and shut it off. Also, If asked to guess the time after not having looked at a clock for a day, I am usually within 10 minutes or so. Firstly, what exactly is the "internal clock" and how does it differ among people? Secondly, is my behavior typical or is it at an extreme?
posted by vacapinta on Nov 24, 2004 - 18 answers

Best clock radio?

Clock radios: What's your favorite? Is Bose's the best?
posted by o2b on Sep 9, 2004 - 19 answers

Can you suggest a stylish alarm clock under $40?

I have an old alarm clock. And I replaced it before for the problem that I have. Sometimes it decides that it isn't going to go off. Now I have tested this awake and it isn't just me hitting off or anything like that. So the alarm was replaced before, but then its replacement got broken in a move and I went back to the old one. This morning it decided to not work. I want to get a new alarm, but I want something that looks good. Not just a standard hotel alarm or anything like that. I remember places like Service Merchandise used to carry all kinds of alarms, but unfortunately they are out of business here. Any suggestion on a store to go to and/or websites that have better looking alarms? Its hard to describe what I want because I haven't really looked for anything. Oh yeah, I want to spend max $40 on the alarm.
posted by thebwit on Mar 3, 2004 - 7 answers

Help with a world time clock?

World clocks. I am trying to put together a clock application and can't work out how to discern the actual time is in each city. The time zone part is easy, but a great many countries (most?) use seasonal time adjustments. I have an online world clock on my screen and a physical one hanging above my head. How do they work?
posted by elliot100 on Feb 10, 2004 - 4 answers

Page: 1