It is time for me to write my first blog post for Viewpoints 9. Exciting and scary at the same time!
Time fascinates me. In theory it moves at a regular pace, but in reality it can move very slowly or very fast; it depends on perception. Nine minutes can feel an eternity if you are simply waiting for something; while nine hours can pass in a flash if you are busy and active and never stopping.
Clocks are fascinating instruments. They are everywhere, and they regulate time and our lives. There was a time when they were rare and very expensive; the development of cheap watches changed that.
Large clocks could be beautiful home centrepieces.
Clocks on public places were common and often consulted.
See below - Jen Jensen's World Clock in Copenhagen.
Nowadays time is kept by atomic clocks, which are so accurate that they deviate only one second in 20 million years. It is that kind of accurate time that is transmitted to our mobile phones.
About Time is also the title of a recent British film where time travel is used as a device for a story intended to make us appreciate time – how important it is to use it well, and not do things we may later regret, as we cannot go back to the past to change our actions.