## 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?
posted by mzurer on Aug 8, 2015 - 18 answers

## How Long Until They Knew Who Won The Battles?

I'm interested in better understanding the rate at which data transmission has increased through human history. I would like to graph this to understand better how to compare ancient events with modern based on how long it would take an idea to filter through a population at a given time. I know this is a tall order, and so I've settled on one variable that I think will be useful for me: the speed at which the results of a battle were relayed back to the relevant parties.
posted by jefficator on Jun 20, 2015 - 7 answers

## Are we there yet? 17th Century Version.

How long did it take to sail from the Americas to England in 1609? And vice versa?
posted by Big_B on Nov 25, 2013 - 9 answers

## Use of The City as a metaphor for the Internet/Web

I am looking for examinations of the Internet and World Wide Web that use the structure and/or history of the city as a metaphor.
posted by 0bvious on Apr 12, 2013 - 9 answers

## Book on Time

I'm looking for a non-fiction book about the history of time in human societies.
posted by cupcakemuffin on Mar 12, 2012 - 6 answers

## Would an alien radio pick up a cacophony or a damp fizzle?

If an alien located on a planet 100 light years from here was to switch on a big, multi-frequency radio receiver, and record all the noises coming from outer space for the next hundred years, on all frequencies, how many soap operas, advertisements and new broadcasts would they pick up from Earth? Would a mass-market radio, similar to our Earthly equivalents, pick up anything? Over time, as the number of Earth transmissions increases exponentially, would the alien pick up a cacophony or a damp fizzle?
posted by 0bvious on Feb 23, 2012 - 10 answers

## Wake me up before you...wait, how did YOU wake up so early?

Completely random question: How did people wake up at a certain time before the spread of cheap, accessible clocks?
posted by peachfuzz on Jun 3, 2011 - 34 answers

## Great, absorbing books and films showing life in different times and places

I'd like to broaden my horizons by getting a better understanding of life in different cultures and time periods. Please recommend great books or films (fiction or non-fiction) which paint a broad, immersive, reasonably accurate picture of a place and time.
posted by MetaMonkey on Jul 12, 2008 - 29 answers

## What are some good books on calendars, chronology and the division and measurement of time?

What are some good books on calendars, chronology and the division and measurement of time? I'm interested in the history, physics and especially mathematics of it all. A giant encyclopedic reference tome would be excellent. Thanks!
posted by hoverboards don't work on water on Mar 2, 2008 - 10 answers

## Art and artifacts experienced through technology

How is the meaning of art and artefacts being altered by the methods we use to: Experience, Define and Preserve them... In other words, in what ways have technologies been used to experience, re-define and/or preserve art and artifacts?
posted by 0bvious on Feb 5, 2008 - 12 answers

## Reinventing My Cortex

DesignFilter. Help me poke and prod my nondesigner's mind to consider new ways to present that hackneyed standby of the elementary school social studies textbook, the timeline. Too much information inside.
posted by foxy_hedgehog on May 2, 2007 - 12 answers

## Fixing a water-logged cassette tape

I have an audio cassette tape which has been waterlogged and soaked in dirt for over 10 years. What are my options for respooling/fixing the tape with its contents intact?
posted by 0bvious on Dec 26, 2006 - 12 answers

## Surviving a Total Perspective Vortex

I'm on the hunt for sites and/or blogs about big ideas... Who wants to join me?
posted by 0bvious on Jul 9, 2006 - 17 answers

## Perceptions of Time

Have perceptions of time changed in the last few hundred years? Did people used to speak more casually about periods of time? I'm reading Jane Eyre, and Charlotte Bronte uses "ten minutes" in an odd way. I suspect she means (by today's standards) 30 seconds. Is this sloppy writing, cultural difference or what?
posted by grumblebee on Mar 28, 2005 - 20 answers

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