Re: CHAT: Clocks (was Visigoths (was: YADPT (D=Dutch)))
|Date:||Friday, November 14, 2003, 12:05|
On 14 Nov, Phillip Driscoll wrote:
> Benct Philip Jonsson wrote:
> > In spite of digitalization rotation clocks don't
> > seem to be falling out of use (probably because
> > once you learn how they are quicker to read),
> In the kitchen, I have a traditional clock on one
> wall and a digital clock on the opposite wall. As
> my eyesight starts to worsen with age, I find I
> often cannot make out the digits on the digital
> clock, but I can make out the two hands on the
> traditional clock within a couple of minutes.
I personally wear a digital watch on my wrist
(it has a stopwatch-function that I find useful
in my work) but I much prefer rotation clocks
(I made sure that the clock on my wall at work
is rotation.). People probably differ in this,
but as for me, I find that I can deal with angles
a lot faster than I can with strings of numbers.
This is especially true if I have to estimate
how long until some future time or since some past time.
I can visualize the angle of the clock's hands
and translate that, in my head, into the amount of minutes
a whole lot faster than I can set up the appropriate
arithmetic formula in my mind and then do the
likehsna rtem zuv tikuhnuh auag inuvuz vaka'a.
A word is an awesome thing.