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Time moves slowly in the future . . .

In Uncategorized on May 14, 2010 at 4:27 am

One thing the little Stockdales and I have had to get accustomed to is the time change.  We are currently 13 hours ahead (in the future) of Kansas City.  Singapore does not do Daylight Savings Time, so we can either be 13 hours in the future or 14 hours in the future, depending on the time of year.   This has made it interesting scheduling Skype calls with the grandparents and friends.  Someone is just waking up and someone is just going to bed.  It also makes reading the news on the Internet odd since we start getting the American morning updates in the evening.  Yahoo updates Fantasy Baseball around 6:00 pm for me.  And, I’m still having trouble watching the stock market.

That said, here’s the first fun surprise I’ve encountered.  I bought a bunch of power transformers before we left to take the Singapore 220 volts ( 221, whatever it takes)  current down to 110 volts so our American electronics will work.  These aren’t just the plug adaptors, they are big boxes that step down the current.  In addition to volts, you also need to consider hertz.   The American power grid runs at 60 hertz, while the Singapore grid is 50 hertz.  

Why does that make a difference?  Digital clocks.  http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/gadgets/clocks-watches/digital-clock2.htm   Digital clocks use the 60 hertz cycle to help them calculate time (60/10/6 = 1 cycle is a second).  Run them at 50 hertz and whoops (50/10/6= .8333 cycles per second.  This makes the clocks run slower when plugged in over here.   ( This looks like the clock should run faster, but if you read through the link, there is more to it.)  Ouch, my brain hertz! 

So, as you can see, time moves more slowly in the future.  I think that is also what Einstein said about moving at the speed of light, but I can’t run that fast. 

It’s funny how much better my brain works when beer is out of my price range.

  1. Love reading your updates! I could you use one of those slow clocks here…I’m always saying I need more hours in the day! Please say hello to the Mrs and the little Stockdales from the Nurphy’s. Hope tommorw brings a great apartment and more fun stories!

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