Time travel warning

Cartoon with a warning for time travellers – take note!

A warning for time travellers!

time travel warning
Image kindly supplied by Keith Hall (https://www.facebook.com/keith.hall.39545)

Paul

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Temporal (re)assignment

Cartoon strip highlighting the problem of temporal paradoxes.

temporal (re)assignment
Image reproduced with permission from http://tequalstime.blogspot.nl/

Seems like there’ll be a temporal (re)assignment in any case…

Paul

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Time creation from angular momentum

Can the laws of conservation of angular momentum be manipulated such that we can create time? Here’s a graphic from www.xkcd.com which suggests so!

Not quite the creation of time…but one way of apparently getting more of it!

angular momentum and time creation
Image credit: www.XKCD.com

Paul

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Time travel in nature

Sceptics of time travel might argue that it’s an abomination of the natural laws that are already in place. But time travel does appear in nature…

Sceptics of time travel might argue that it’s an abomination of the natural laws that are already in place. As Einstein said “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once”.

That might be true…but this cartoon strip of “The Snippers” I found in the Dutch newspaper “The Metro” last week may have hidden truths…

Nature's fast forward
Nature’s fast forward. From “Snippers” cartoon.

Rough translation: Why does it seem with sparrows as if someone pressed fast forward?

So that’s birds. Not quite time travel, but victims of time’s accelerated passage.

A few weeks ago I saw a phenomenon which had me puzzling over time’s role in nature. We’re often lead to believe that everything has it’s time – it’s just that I thought that everything had it’s time at the right time.

Spring. The time for daffodils and crocuses to sprout and inject a blast of colour after the blandness of a cold and white winter. All well and fine, except these Dutch daffodils found themselves a little temporally displaced.

Daffodils in January
Daffodils in January

…poppies for drugs, and Dutch daffodils for time travel?

Flowers in the snow
Flowers in the snow

Well anyway. So much for the high speed sparrows – in nature everything is in balance. Let’s finish off with the slo-mo sloth!

The sloth: natural slow motion
The sloth: natural slow motion

Paul

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Tea with a dinosaur

Perhaps we don’t understand or know about history as much as we think we do!

Perhaps we don’t understand or know about history – or at least dinosaurs – as much as we think we do! 🙂

More tea (with a dinosaur)?

Paul

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Not enough time

Whatever I do, I always seem to have too little time to do it in. Even if it’s simply getting out of the house in the morning. I think I have an excuse, but this guy…?

Whatever I do, I always seem to have too little time to do it in. There’s just never enough time, even for simply getting out of the house in the morning.

All we have to do, is wake up, get dressed, have breakfast, brush our teeth, and leave the house. 2 hours should be enough, right?

The alarm is set to early. My daughters’ clothes are pre-chosen last night and are lying at the bottom of the bed ready for them or for me to help them put on. Breakfast things are laid out on the table from the night before in preparation. School bags are already loaded in the car.

But it’s still all rushed and frantic. My two and a half and my 5 year old are getting distracted by…anything and everything. Hair clips, toys, walls…and before I know it the 2 hours I’ve planned in just isn’t enough. The time that was earmarked for a few simple basic activities has been lost to untangling and brushing hair, finding and fixing hair clips, deciding what things to do next and in what order…and doing these same activities for my girls instead of their dolls.

Aargh!

If I don’t get them sorted and dropped off to the nursery and school in time I’m going to have misunderstanding child-carers and teachers having a go at me (or worse…my girls) and I’ll also miss my train.

I barely make it in time, but I do. I’m on the train and reading the free newspaper. I can’t read Dutch, so I look at the pictures.

Never enough time!
“Snippers” cartoon from Dutch newspaper Metro (Thursday 8 January 2015)

I think I have an excuse, but this guy?!!

Paul

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The Dutch Masters of Time

Holland. Well known for being flat, tulips, clogs, windmills and bicycles. Now add hideous table clothes and a strange idea of the English calendar!

We know and love Holland (or “the Netherlands” as the locals would have you call it) for its tulips, clogs, windmills and bicycles. And for being flat.

In an earlier post I asked What is it with Holland and time travel? Indeed, I have even witnessed time travel here, to a certain extent. Perhaps!

Holland now presents to us a new view on time, or at least our marking of its passage. A couple of days ago I saw this rack of table cloths outside a shop called “Marskramer” (“Peddlar”). It’s basically a bric-a-brac kind of a shop which sells…well. Table clothes for one thing.

"June 31" :  The Dutch idea of the English calendar?
“31 June” : The Dutch idea of the English calendar?

Much as I hate this mnemonic, it does come to mind…

“Thirty days hath September, April, June…”

Well maybe we can forgive our Dutch friends for their strange idea of the English calendar (if not for their hideous taste in table cloths). The author of the novel The Go Between, L. P. Hartley, noted the following:

“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” – L. P. Hartley.

I think the same applies for Holland; Holland is a foreign country, and they do things very differently here.

Take counting. You know, like you might count the days in the month, for example 😉 Cavemen counted with stones, my 2 year old can manage up to 8 (she must be a computer!), so counting can’t be that tough can it?

Let’s take 123

English: “One hundred and twenty three.”
Hundreds, tens, units. Simple and logical. Easy as, literally, 1, 2, 3.

Dutch: “One hundred, three and twenty.”
Hundreds, units then back in the middle to tens. It’s all over the place. Easy as…1, 3, 2?

Then take 123,456

English: “one hundred and twenty three thousand, four hundred and fifty six.”

Dutch: “one hundred, three and twenty thousand, four hundred six and fifty.”
1, 3, 2, 4, 6, 5
Confused?!!

(Oh yes. And there’s the use of a comma in place of a decimal point!)

And telling the time. This was possible as early as 1500 BC with sundials (source: Wikipedia.) So it shouldn’t be complicated, right?

Ha! In Dutch, “Half two” means “half one”. It’s an optimistic outlook where the Dutch look forward ‘two’ the hour rather than back to the ‘one’ that’s passed. (See what I did there?! 😉 )

It’s really tricky to remember 10 minutes later when it’s embedded in a string:

English: “twenty to two”

Dutch: “ten past half two”

Are we going backwards or forwards here? Is the big hand going 10 minutes past the 6, or forward to the 2? Who knows?

I think the Dutch are surely they are the true masters of time – they’ve even come up with an extra day in June!

Paul

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Time traveling dinosaurs

I don’t know how, who, what or why, but somehow these time traveling dinosaurs turned up at home…

I don’t know how, who, what or why, but somehow these time traveling dinosaurs turned up at home…

time traveling dinosaurs
Hey guys, got the time on you?

Paul

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The Temporal Jester

One of the Goodreads time travel group moderators commissioned an artist to draw The Temporal Jester. Here it is!

One of the Goodreads time travel group moderators commissioned an artist to draw The Temporal Jester for his avatar. I’m not usually much of an art lover but I think this is fantastic – so it has a place here!

The Temporal Jester
“The Temporal Jester” used with kind permission from Lincoln

Click here to see an enlarged view.

(If you have an interest in time travel fiction, be sure to check out the Goodreads time travel group for friendly “…people who enjoy books that transport them to a different time and place through time travel”. Hope to see you there!)

Paul

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Dating for Geeks

Dating for Geeks cartoon strip asks: What would you like most if you were like Marty McFly in Back to the Future?

I found this cartoon in a Dutch newspaper (“Spits”) on the train this morning (click to enlarge). Dating for Geeks…with an ounce of time travel! 🙂

Dating for Geeks
Courtesy: www.spitsnieuwes.nl

And the loose translation into English is:


– What would you like most if you were like Marty McFly in Back to the Future?


– A time machine? A hover board? Shoes that tie their own laces?
– Hmm, no…


– I would like to choose something that in real life I would never get…
– What’s that then?


– A girlfriend.



Actually, it’s not that funny is it? I’m feeling sorry for him…

Then again, it seems as though the hover board and the self tying shoes might soon become a reality…so there’s hope yet for our geeky friend! 🙂

Hoverboard
Hoverboard as in Back to the Future II set to become a reality!
Courtesy: aliencyborgs.com/back-to-the-future-hoverboards-finally

self tying shoes
Courtesy: refinedgeekery.com/2014/03/04/is-this-hoverboard-video-real/

Paul

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Time travel aneurysm

Friends at the goodreads.com time travel group directed me towards this strip from SMBC comics.

Despite the humour, who’d have thought that event the thought of time travel could give you an aneurysm!

Enjoy!

Paul

Time travel aneurysm
Image credit: smbc-comics.com

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