Friday, January 02, 2009

Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping...

Well then... it's a brand new year with brand new opportunities AND brand new data!

That's right. I found this intriguing world clock on this web site today and I have to admit I'm a little more than captivated by it. If you click on the picture it will take you to a page where you can watch all these various numbers increase in real time as of a year ago, a month, week, day or as of right now depending upon which button you press at the top.


This app was originally written as part of a group of apps by poodwaddle.com, but shamblesguru was smart enough to combine several different data streams onto this one image.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to get ready to go to the beach. Nevermind that it's only 16 degrees outside right now. According to this clock, the earth's temperature is rising at 1 billionth of a degree every second.

It'll be crazy hot around here in no time!

20 comments:

Roger said...

Know what I find funny, and maybe even ironic? Your timestamp says Jan 2, even though it's still Jan 1 at 10:00PM.

You have MOVED time!! I bow down to you, O Master of Time. Can I get 1992 back?

Anonymous said...

That's a lot of stuff happening! But I don't get how to read this thing... if there are 0 traffic accidents now (but don't watch long or it'll change), 290/day, 15,574/week, 3,548/month, and 3,548/year.... Wow, that was a busy week. Are you sure you should be going to the beach just yet?

Mooselet said...

That's someone with a lot of time on their hands! Geddit? *Time* on their hands... :::sigh::: I'm going swimming now.

JD at I Do Things said...

That is wicked cool. I love stuff like this! Hey, I'm going to the beach fo' reals in about 2 weeks. I don't even need a magical time clock!

JD at I Do Things

JD at I Do Things said...

ACK! I love your hat! Just noticed it.

JD at I Do Things

JD at I Do Things said...

I'm trying to watch to see if "Births" are going faster than "Deaths." Also, it's reassuring to see that "Wars" has stayed the same. So far.

JD at I Do Things

Jeff said...

roger - You're right. I have the ability to blog from the future. In fact, I know that later today Chicago will reach 30 degrees and you will unknowingly take a giant swig of sour milk at dinner. Don't drink the milk!

anon - I think something went wonky with the "week" button after the year rolled over. Kind of like a Y2K bug, but only for Y2009. My question is... are the stats calculated as if the year was from 365 days ago or from Jan 1? That would explain why the Year and Month totals are the same.

Mooselet - Enjoy your hot and balmy summer and the swimming pool in your back yard. (I put that in there so everyone else would know to hate you too).

JD - So you're going to the beach so I don't have to huh? I'm looking forward to reading about it. I think.
(p.s... Note my disdain for Mooselet's weather. Did I mention it's -7 right now?)

April said...

My head's about to explode.

Memarie Lane said...

That's pretty freaky. They should make one that's more soothing, like number of donuts made, number of people having sex at any given moment, number of panties thrown at a NKOTB reunion concert, etc.

Gette said...

We have a thinkgeek catalog that has clocks which tell time in binary, epoch, roman numeral, etc...
That oughta keep ya busy for a while.

Mom Thumb said...

That's pretty cool. Now I have another reason to waste time on the computer!

Windyridge said...

This is a hoax of course. If you look at the Now screen, the data can't possibly be collected that quickly.
Jeff, am I the only one that rarely leaves a witty retort? I'm just not all that witty I guess and it's giving me a complex. LOL

Jeff said...

April - If that's true, you'll show up in the statistics!

Memarie Lane - True confessions eh Marie? So when exactly did you go to that concert?

Gette - Bring it on! I love geeky clocks.

Mom Thumb - Yeah, it's important to have good reasons, like blogging for instance... NOBODY can argue this isn't a good use of our time.

Windyridge - No, these numbers are not "actual" but they are calculated based on a variety of other actual and historical data. Click here to see the main source of this stuff (look at the various tabs on the left side) and also hover over the Help tab. It explains how he does it.

And don't worry about trying to be funny in the comments. I welcome ALL comments... serious, funny or (as in my case) just plain stupid. :-)

Bill said...

I was going to say you could be spending too much time on your blog, but then I saw how fast you wrote the blog about the dogs that were our guests for over two weeks. I told Lois that you must write things in your mind first, and I am impressed that it drew 52 comments.

Prefers Her Fantasy Life said...

I just bought a Mona Lisa clock with no numbers at all. That way I don't know how much time I'm wasting. ;)

Elizabeth said...

People did go swimming at the beach here Jan 1st. It's the annual polar bear swim and it was about 9 degrees! I liked Nome, they couldn't have their polar bear swim in the winter because the ocean was frozen so they had it in in July!

unfinishedrambler said...

That looks pretty depressing. Great way to start out the New Year, to think about all that stuff. ;) Thanks, Jeff.

Michelle said...

Heh. And yet some things I'm just better off knowing. Do I *really* want to know how fast the prison population is growing, or will that just depress me? :)

Ed (zoesdad) said...

I'm not so sure how accurate that thing is. I clicked the now button and waited for the falls to increase. 3 minutes and nothing. Except for the two of my kids who fell out of bed!!

Ed (zoesdad) said...

I stand corrected. I just checked back and the fall count was up to 2.

Creepy!