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Sep 20, 2008

Time Eater

Beware the time-eater: Cambridge University's monstrous new clock

It's gold, features six patented inventions … and has fangs. Maev Kennedy takes a look at a startling new clock before its official unveiling tomorrow


Maev Kennedy - guardian.co.uk
Thursday September 18 2008
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The hour approaches. The beast's jaws gape, its tail quivers and then snap! Another minute has been devoured, and the hour strikes with the ominous clonk of a chain dropping into a coffin. The creature blinks twice in satisfaction.

"It is terrifying, it is meant to be," said John Taylor, the creator and funder of an extraordinary new clock to be unveiled tomorrow by Stephen Hawking at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge. "Basically I view time as not on your side. He'll eat up every minute of your life, and as soon as one has gone he's salivating for the next. It's not a bad thing to remind students of. I never felt like this until I woke up on my 70th birthday, and was stricken at the thought of how much I still wanted to do, and how little time remained."

Christopher de Hamel, an expert on medieval manuscripts and Fellow Librarian at Corpus Christi, described the clock as "hypnotically beautiful - and deeply disturbing".

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8 Comments:

At 9:29 AM , Blogger JerseyCynic said...

Clocks slay time... time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.

~William Faulkner



"Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Kill nothing but time."

 
At 4:06 PM , Blogger Indigobusiness said...

Who knew physicists were such creepy dudes?

I wonder what Einstein would say? Or Newton?

Faulkner had the right idea.

 
At 5:22 PM , Blogger JerseyCynic said...

and that Stephen Hawking sure seems to be all over the place lately!

 
At 8:14 AM , Blogger Zoro said...

Serves him right that he feels so important that "he has so much left to do."

Strive to remember that life is not perhaps so much worth holding on to - perhaps that way lies liberation of some sort?

Z

 
At 1:36 PM , Blogger Indigobusiness said...

No kidding, Z.

Reminds me of the quote about trying to find God by measuring a church.

Hoka hey!

 
At 8:55 PM , Blogger Anna Van Z said...

Reminds me of the Stephen King story, "The Langoliers".

 
At 4:00 AM , Blogger DAVE BONES said...

that is beautiful

 
At 6:45 PM , Blogger Indigobusiness said...

Yeah, it is, but it's so bloody contrived, and the subtext is anti-art.

Give me a million quid and I'll make make you an assortment of things of beauty. Meaningful things.

This boils down to a deadened spirit.

 

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