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If I could turn back time

What are the most awesome ideas for marking or celebrating time that you have either done or heard of? There are some criteria… [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles on Mar 3, 2014 - 10 answers

Is there an app for that?

I’m interested in the DURR, a simple display-less “watch” that vibrates every 5 minutes to influence your perception of the passing of time. Since DURR is not currently shipping and I already own an iPhone with a clock and a vibrating buzzer, I feel like this should be doable with an app. There’s already a Pebble app so I’m sure it’s not crazy. If this doesn’t currently exist, how hard might it be to write one myself? I’ve compiled things in XCode before but not written my own from-scratch Objective-C, so I’d be approaching this as a newcomer.
posted by migurski on Feb 9, 2014 - 10 answers

Before or After Christmas to buy a desktop computer?

Does Dell Computer run the best sales of it's desktop computers before or after Christmas? [more inside]
posted by BillyAnne on Dec 20, 2013 - 4 answers

Increased fusion in the sun's core: How long to reach the surface?

If hydrogen fusion in the center of the sun suddenly increased by a factor of 10^3 to 10^10, how long would it take until the energy burst reaches the surface and is radiated away? As I understand it, energy is transfered via convection and radiation within the sun and may take tens of thousand of years until reaching the surface and being radiated away. Would this hold even when the energy flux is much bigger? [more inside]
posted by Triton on Nov 15, 2013 - 8 answers

No Carb Woes

I've done a very strict no carb diet for 3.5 weeks now, and haven't lost any weight, haven't seen any change in clothing fit, never felt particularly terrible (ie never saw a "carb crash"). BF who is eating the same exact diet has visibly shed pounds and looks fantastic. I know women tend to loose weight much slower then men, but this is feeling a little rediculous. Should I stay with the diet? [more inside]
posted by larthegreat on Sep 12, 2013 - 41 answers

Marriage & Work Filter, opposing schedules edition

What non-obvious effects can I expect if I take a job with hours that are very different from my wife's? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Aug 31, 2013 - 21 answers

Dave Brubeck and Daft Punk walk into a bar

It seems 4/4 is the universal time signature for electronic music / techno / EDM. Is there a song or artist that uses any other time signature in a consistent way? As in not just a bridge or for special effect.
posted by msittig on Apr 15, 2013 - 28 answers

Online Days Since counter for many recurring tasks?

Before iGoogle disappears, I need to replace my 'Days Since' counter widget. Can you help me find one? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Apr 12, 2013 - 3 answers

Mac shows Time Maching but not External HD

Reinstalled Snow Leopard but ejected my external drive before this. Then, when done, plugged back in via USB as my usual custom....and Time Machine still shows up, but the External Seagate drive does not. I made sure that in Finder/Preferences that the external disc box as others was checked. I tried a different cord, and different port. I opened up Disc Utility and the External HD's partioned Time Machine is available but the other part, now renamed something else (a default name from manufacturer?) is greyed out and I cannot touch it. Any thoughts? Should i now go to the boot disc of Snow Leopard? Not sure why TM shows but the rest does not.
posted by chicaboom on Mar 31, 2013 - 11 answers

Not just get things done, but find out what I did...

In short: I need to track a couple of hundred tasks over 10-15 projects (in any of 7 areas) on the go at any one time. In a month, when I am asked, I currently have only a vague notion which project took up the most time. Currently using Things for Mac and iphone, but am open to moving if it is for a better solution (i integrated time tracking with no loss of functionality). Am ok with paying for it. [more inside]
posted by Brockles on Mar 18, 2013 - 6 answers

The dawn of time, parking version.

I am parked on a city side street that is marked 2 hour parking only from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. It is now after 8 and I will be parked in this spot overnight. My question is, does my two hour parking start at 7:00? I have to move my car before 9:00? Overnight parking is allowed, lots of cars are there with mine. Thank you!
posted by jennstra on Mar 7, 2013 - 5 answers

Should I get a part time job?

Before I start, I'd like to point out that I'm not spoiled or lazy. I've been dealing with the very real problems of depression and anxiety for most of my life, and for the past five years I've been working from home. [more inside]
posted by Cybria on Feb 26, 2013 - 9 answers

Perception Problems

How can I improve my perception of distance and time? [more inside]
posted by Angel of Khaos on Jan 9, 2013 - 10 answers

Replace the motion of my Pop-pop's pocketwatch

So I have my father's father's retirement pocketwatch. My father gave it to me almost twenty years ago and it has never worked. Recently I pulled it out of the china cabinet and tried to fix it myself following some youtube tutorials. Unfortunately I forgot that I am clumsy and bad at not losing small things. Long story slightly longer, I lost/broke a couple pieces. At that point I took it to a jeweler/watchmaker and he could not fix my mistake. Now I'm wondering if I can just replace the entire internal mechanism of the watch while keeping the part that has my Grandpa's name on it. I'm having no luck finding anything online. [more inside]
posted by runcibleshaw on Jan 7, 2013 - 6 answers

Please help me remember a short story!

Short story help, please. I remember this... [more inside]
posted by pentagoet on Dec 14, 2012 - 5 answers

Time Traveling Submarine?

Does anyone remember a short sci-fi story about a time traveling submarine? [more inside]
posted by lstanley on Nov 30, 2012 - 5 answers

How long should this translation have taken me?

I recently finished my first ever translation assignment, a play from Spanish to English. When I first began, my employer asked how long I thought it would take. I grossly underestimated the time. What should I do now? [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210 on Nov 5, 2012 - 12 answers

Airline shifting departure time unilaterally

Is there any recourse when an airline moves your flight earlier and earlier, eventually adding a new flight at the original time that costs much more? [more inside]
posted by Mapes on Nov 1, 2012 - 7 answers

What time-card should my small start-up use for DCAA compliance

Got a Government research contract - now everybody needs to start tracking their time with some kind of DCAA compliant time card system. We're a small 10 person start-up and there's a bewildering range of people and companies offering time tracking solutions. So I'm seeking the hive mind's experience. Should I just use a paper time-cards? If so, where can I find a good template or sample? Should I go with a software or web-based solution? We only have one contract and it encompasses almost everything we do so there's not a lot of complexity tracking multiple proposals. Our business is not to be a government contractor - this project is more in the line of a small business incubator grant.
posted by Long Way To Go on Sep 27, 2012 - 5 answers

What are the dates for the 9th and 20th business day for the rest of this year and all of next year?

I need to quickly figure the 9th and 20th business days of each month for the rest of 2012 and all of 2013. Preferably not in a manual fashion. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Sep 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Should I read Hunger Games 1? I've already seen the movie.

Stupid question: Should I read Hunger Games 1? I've already seen the movie. This is normally a no-brainer because usually book >> movie: in this case, I have seen the movie first and have the book on-hand already, plus tonight I have a book swap and dibs on many other books that I don't know yet! Bonus: your opinion on reading parts 2&3.
posted by whatzit on Aug 22, 2012 - 32 answers

1 month before work starts: what to do?

I'm starting work soon, any ideas on how I could best spend my time before it starts in one month? This is my second fulltime job since I finished my degree last year, and I'd be far away from home this time. Just wondered if there are worthwhile things to do in this not so short, but not so long period of time. [more inside]
posted by vastopenspaces on May 23, 2012 - 8 answers

Looking to Manage My Call Time on Android Phone

I manage a non-profit in New Jersey and often need to make a large number of calls in a short time to supporters, clients and/ or donors. I like to set up a to do list of calls that I can run through and just make call after call to get through my lists as fast as I can. I have an HTC Thunderbolt phone. I've tried to do lists, but none of the ones I've used are not tied in to the phone dialer. I want to be able to click on a phone number in my list and have it call up the dialer. It'd be awesome if it also tracked my calls on Google Calendar. If there is a to do list app out there that connects to the dialer on Android then I would prefer to use that. But if I have to I'll keep my to do and call lists separate. Thanks!
posted by nathanrudy on Apr 6, 2012 - 4 answers

Book on Time

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

multi-alarm woman's watch

My googling is inadequate. I need a woman's watch, a small one, with TWO OR MORE daily alarms, for a friend who needs reminders to take her medications. I'm hoping to find a watch that costs less than $30 (the only one I can find is $70) [more inside]
posted by anadem on Feb 23, 2012 - 5 answers

How can I integrate a time sequence of correlations?

Statistics filter: If I asses the same paired variables for the same population at multiple points in time, can I integrate the relation into an overall correlation? [more inside]
posted by lord_yo on Feb 1, 2012 - 3 answers

What's the story, optional Cory?

So after reading the recent posts in the Blue and MeTa about Cory Doctorow, I've come to wonder if there are any really worthwhile alternatives to BoingBoing out there. [more inside]
posted by erskelyne on Feb 1, 2012 - 20 answers

String on the finger that reties itself every 15 minutes

Time Tracking: So I have this new job where we have to keep track of what we are working on. I have never had to do this before. I want something that will popup every 15 minutes and allow me type a little description and have a timestamp. I'm on a Mac with Lion. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Jan 25, 2012 - 18 answers

Help me figure out how to do a time lapse video.

I'm facing a massive construction project I want to chronicle, start to finish, in a time lapse video. How do I go about this? [more inside]
posted by zagyzebra on Jan 3, 2012 - 5 answers

About to buy my first used pickup. I Know very little about prices and mechanics.

Hey! So i am about to buy my very first vehicle and am pretty excited about the whole deal. My budget is no more than 5k and I am looking to get me a used small pickup truck. It seems like my best options are either a T100, Tacoma, frontier or a b2500. Are those considered reliable used pick ups? What kind of year/mileage y'all think 5k could bring? I am thinking a 2000 with about 120000 miles. Does that seems reasonable? The truck should be very reliable and could take some abuse, I don't really care about towing much because it will be used mainly for tools. I know VERY little about cars and mechanics and wouldn't even know the first thing to look out for when looking at a potential truck... I've been told to insist on a clean title, see that the engine and transmission are in good order, and pass it by a reliable mechanic. Anything else? Thank you for your time!
posted by Sentus on Jan 3, 2012 - 17 answers

Why do checks take so long to cash at the issuing bank?

Why do checks take so long to cash at the issuing bank? [more inside]
posted by Lugos on Nov 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Time Capsure vs Network Accessible Storage

What is the right apple/mac storage solution for me? [more inside]
posted by YukonQuirm on Nov 10, 2011 - 8 answers

How to have the longest birthday possible

I really like birthdays. I want to have the longest birthday that is technically possible. How do I achieve this? [more inside]
posted by v.barboni on Oct 15, 2011 - 11 answers

How much time do you spend budgeting and tracking spending?

How much time do you spend each week or month budgeting, tracking spending, thinking about your money, paying bills, etc.? These are tasks that I hate, and I , therefore, do not dedicate enough time to do them. Right now money comes in (paychecks are automatically deposited into my checking and savings accounts) and money goes out (bills are paid automatically by my banks and I spend cash and use my debit card). However, I'm not tracking everything I spend (I know that I should be), and I'm not budgeting for the future. I have a (very) small savings, but basically live paycheck to paycheck. I know that tracking spending and budgeting are the way out of this trap, but I'm loathe to get started (again--I've tried before), because of how much time I anticipate it will take. If you are tracking spending and budgeting on a regular (weekly?) basis, how much time does this activity take in order to have a clear picture of your finances and adequately plan for the future? Thanks in advance for your replies.
posted by buddylove on Sep 14, 2011 - 21 answers

Hospital Visits Can Be Fun, Right?

My girlfriend is going to be spending the next week in hospital- nothing too serious, but definitely a little frightening!- and I want to spend a lot of time hanging out with her, looking after her and making a boring time a little bit fun. What are some things we can do to pass the long hours? [more inside]
posted by Philby on Aug 24, 2011 - 23 answers

I need to temporarily become a workaholic

I need to work my butt off, burn the candle at both ends, turn on the afterburners, etc etc. I can work just fine, but I don't know how to be that guy who puts in 16 hour days and sleeps on a cot in his office. How do I become that guy? [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Aug 21, 2011 - 35 answers

Kits for mechanical clock movements?

Are there any kits for making a mechanical clock movement? [more inside]
posted by Hither on Jul 27, 2011 - 9 answers

Calculating durations and times in Excel

Excel help needed in calculating times. I need to calculate and predict times based on fixed distances and a known average speed. [more inside]
posted by dg on Jun 28, 2011 - 8 answers

Railway time, but not a timetable.

Help me find a book about railways! [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg on May 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Is this Time Radiation at work?!!!

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

Birds? Those are dinosaurs!

Can'tFindThisVideoAgainFilter: YouTube, perhaps; within last 6 months. A couple of guys go back in time (!) and keep a diary. They return to the present and assert that birds are just dinosaurs. Pretty sure the punchline was something close to my tagline above. Much better than as described...
posted by TigerMoth on Apr 26, 2011 - 1 answer

What is Time Machine Backing Up?

Why is Time Machine backing up nearly a Gigabyte every time? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Apr 23, 2011 - 11 answers

It must annoy me when I don't expect it.

I need a program that will randomly pick a time to sound an alarm without my knowing in advance. It needs to be available for Mac or iPhone -- or failing that, a physical device that I can keep around would work too. [more inside]
posted by Nattie on Mar 1, 2011 - 16 answers

Time Formats in Belgium

I'm curious about the custom in Belgium of representing the time with what appears to be a lowercase "u" in place of the colon or full stop (14u38, rather than 14:38). [more inside]
posted by Jeff Howard on Jan 26, 2011 - 6 answers

Can you watch my stuff for a second? Or should I bring it with me?

What do you do with your stuff when you're working in a coffee shop all day and you have to pee? [more inside]
posted by obliquicity on Jan 7, 2011 - 22 answers

Appliance Clock Anomaly

Why would three digital clocks lose time at exactly the same pace? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Yuck on Oct 29, 2010 - 10 answers

What's the time?

Why is my laptop stuck in the past? How do I fix its lagging time? [more inside]
posted by routergirl on Sep 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Desperately need name of late 70's Early 80's TV show!

Ok! What was the name of the show. It involved two guys, one in his late 20's, incredibly handsome, looked like the blond guy from Dukes of Hazzard only with brown hair, and he wore like a Gulliver's Travel get up, (he may have been from another time in the past) with a wine colored velvet laced up vest, billowing white shirt, and his sidekick was this super dorky teenager 14-18? and they would go on time travels together, and narrowly avoid tricky situations. It was usually shown on weekend afternoons, but it could have had a regular time slot in prime time. Racking my brain! Thanks for your help!
posted by donaldjans on Aug 22, 2010 - 15 answers

Best eBay auction timing?

What are the best days/times to have ebay auctions end? Which are the days/times to absolutely avoid?
posted by lord_yo on Aug 9, 2010 - 10 answers

Sandwich rage: what the 3@$!! do I pack for my lunch???

Can anyone point me to a source of packed/brown-bag lunch recipes that genuinely take no more than 5 minutes to prepare, and aren't overreliant on peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches? Bonus points if it isn't all mimsy about low-fat mayonnaise and such. Also I only have an English freezer, so batch pre-prep is out. [more inside]
posted by tel3path on Jul 9, 2010 - 33 answers

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