Tuesday, February 15, 2011

SUNRISE - February 15, 2011

February 15, 2011 Sunrise 6:56 am
  " Man is enabled to find sense in this chaos of experience and discover the meaning and measure of this incomprehensive flux of perpetual 'flourishing and perishing' which we call Time." 
    Dr. K. Bhaskaran Nai r

 "How is it that an hour drinking wine with the one you love travel so much more quickly than an hour in the dental chair getting a root canal"  rlw

Measuring Time
*  with a calendar
*  with a clock
*  with a watch
*  the movement of life between sunrise and sunset
*  the 8 to 5 spent at work
*  the marks on the door frame measuring how fast your child grew up
*  how fast Monday rolls around again
*  how quickly it is time to fill your weekly pill box again
*  how quickly the weekend went away
*  the inequities of  time travel from birth to 30 vs 30 to 60

 "Ancient man has left us very little about the details of his timekeeping, but whatever we have found seems to indicate that in every culture, some people were preoccupied with measuring and recording the passage of time.  Ice-age hunters in Europe over 20,000 years ago scratched lines and gouged holes in sticks and bones, possibly counting the days between phases of the moon.  Five thousand years ago, Sumerians in the Tigris-Euphrates valley in today's Iraq had a calendar that divided the year into 30-day months, divided the day into 12 periods (each corresponding to 2 of our hours), and divided these periods into 30 parts (each like 4 of our minutes).  We have no written records of Stonehenge but its alignments show its purposes apparently included the determination of seasonal or celestial events such as solstices and may have included lunar eclipses."

Horology (from Greek: ὥρα, "hour, time" and Greek: λόγος, logos, "study, speech"; lit. the study of time) is the art or science of measuring time. Clocks, watches, clockwork, sundials, clepsydras, timers, time recorders and marine chronometers are all examples of instruments used to measure time

People interested in horology are called horologists. Go figure.
Horologist Bob.



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