Nonsynchronous Timekeeping

What time isn't it? Most of us know at least one person who's habitually late. While the underlying reasons for chronic tardiness range from simple forgetfulness to full-on passive aggression, the effect on those doing the waiting is always the same. In my particular case, the perpetrator only adds to the frustration by arranging highly specific meeting times that, in the end, have nothing in common with the actual time of the event. The meeting, when it occurs, may be anywhere from 15 to 90 minutes on either side of the prearranged time.

This, of course, brings up the subject of synchronized timekeeping, because that's generally how people arrive at the same place at the same time. Ordinary timepieces are useless in this context, which is where my new invention comes in. Using a normal digital clockor wristwatchas the electronic foundation, the addition of a simple pseudorandom number generator results in the arbitrary display of hours and minutes.

Although chronological randomness may seem absurd at first, its utility becomes obvious when you consider that tardiness is impossible when no one is sure of the time.


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