Friday, August 07, 2009

How time flies

In 56 seconds from now, the time will be twelve thirty-four and fifty-six seconds on the seventh of August 2009, or 12:34:56 7/8/9. Nice.

You'll never see that again, though for those of my generation or older, we've already enjoyed 01:23:45 6/7/89 and 12:34:56 7/8/90. I remember stopping my 6th grade class to announce the latter one. They very much appreciated my input, I'm sure.

And although I've more or less stopped offering points (they may come back again sometime, since there is nothing new under the sun), I wonder if anyone notices anything particularly apt about this image.

6 comments:

Megan said...

Ok, I'm stumped on the aptness. The clock is 11:41 which are both prime numbers, but can't work out anything more than that....perhaps I need to hand this one over to my twin brother who is the number nerd (both he and my father loved the number 11 as children, for some incredibly boring mathmetical reason I forget. Oh, and my Dad liked the fact that it was the number of Jacks, which were his favourite playing card because of their versatile nature).

Megan said...

ekk sorry mathematical - the problem of typing with a 2 year old on your arm trying to punch the keys with his teddy...

Joshua Kuswadi said...

I remember our headmaster, for whatever reason, was preaching in chapel on the morning of the 7/8/1990 and mentioned the same thing. I remember thinking, 'So what? Shouldn't that point in time be just as important as any other?'

I guess I still think that, but the reminder to me is to seize the day, whenever it is.

byron smith said...

Josh - yes, every moment is irretrievably unique. But some moments are unique for more than purely definitional reasons.

Megan - keep looking...

Donna said...

Here's my guess:

If you tilt your head sideways and squint it looks like it says "President of the United States"? Is that right? :-)

OK, so what is it Byron?

And I can just imagine you telling your class that piece of information. Hilarious.

Julie said...

Some moments are unique for more than purely definitional reasons.
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