[time-nuts] Toys for time-nuts in old-folks home

Bill Hawkins bill at iaxs.net
Thu Jan 19 23:04:31 EST 2012

Just so, Chris.

Another possibility is loss of interest in time, which has become the enemy.

I've become fascinated with the workings of the brain, and how that has
affected aspects of civilization. Maybe I can write a book, before I can't.

Bill Hawkins

-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Albertson
Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2012 9:12 PM
To: Discussion of precise time and frequency measurement
Subject: Re: [time-nuts] Toys for time-nuts in old-folks home

On Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 6:53 PM, Hal Murray wrote:
>>> The cure for time-nuttery is to get old, and realize that your
>>> collection of equipment will prevent you from being able to
>>> move  to assisted living.
>> You mean you can't take it with you?!  It will (hopefully) be a long time
>> before I get to that point, because it sounds boring already.
> Suppose you are moving into an old folks home where you have limited
> What toys would you take with you?  How would you decide?

Technology will have moved by them.   I would have zero use for a lot
of the stuff I have not.   So my answer would be "the future version
of an iPad and not much more"

I was at a presentation today where they have some space qualified "TN
stuff"  Like a cesium clock and an Rb.  These were "old" because of
the time it takes tho quality something to use in space.  Also I say a
current "chip scale" atomic clock that was a few millimeters cube.

My point is that in years from now the $39 Rb form China will be
inside a tiny package the size of a 2N2222 transistor and interface
directly with your iPad.  You will keep the parts in a used medicine
bottle.   Think about the reduction in size and cost for the last 20
years.  This will happen again in the next 20.  In 20 years the "chip
scale" clocks will be on eBay for $40 each.

Chris Albertson
Redondo Beach, California

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