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This idea might be superfluous for Half Bakers, but there
are, Ive noticed, plenty of Half-Butchers and Half-
Candlestick Makers (among others) out there for whom it
might be useful.
The other day I was puttering around in the lab/garage
with my Time Machine--typical Saturday afternoon stuff--
into the always uncertain future (what *is* it
that, anyway?), then back to (no matter how many times
try to get a different slant on things) the murky past.
Nothing special, just killing time, so to speak.
Anyway, right in the middle of things, I look up and
my wife talking to some stranger--a rather unsavory-
looking chap, I thought. Before I could get the drift of
their conversation, one of my (known) children ran past
porthole. Boomer Junior, I swear, looked 2 years older
I think we all know what was happening here. I was losing
track of time and, in the process, some arguably very
important events. This realization brought me up short (I
am only 4 23 to begin with), and subsequently led to
All the time machines Ive seen come equipped with
standard PAST and PRESENT levers. I propose that
manufacturers add, as an option, at least, a large, well-
MEANWHILE GAUGE, in the center of the console. Time
Machine instruction manuals should also urge travelers to
keep a close eye on this gauge AT ALL TIMES.
||This will only work if those who are meanwhiling do
not time-travel themselves.
||Have you considered implementing this by modifying
a mechanical wristwatch, so that the hands stay still
but the body turns at different speeds to indicate
the hours, minutes and moments?
||[Boomer], glad to see you back in the saddle! [+]
||[MB] I was under the impression that meanwhile
was what happened no matter what else you were
doing, at least as long as you return to where you
started. I might be mistaken, in which case, I must
reconsider everything....again. I think I'll begin by
looking up *metaphor*.
||That watch idea is interesting, but to whom exactly
would the moving body be indicating? I'm mostly
concerned with paying attention to my own
meanwhile, not necessarily being made a mess of
for the benefit of others. Still, one must allow for
the possibility that you have a good point. If I were
using this stationary watch idea on myself, would it
not appear to me as if the watch hands were
||[Grog] I hadn't thought my absence would be
noticed. This is very nice, thanks.
||[+] a much needed function!
||//under the impression that meanwhile was what
happened no matter what else you were doing//
||Ah yes, but what about if others are doing the doing?
||//Ah yes, but what about if others are doing the
||Well, that would be their business, I suppose.
||[Max], is that your mother I hear calling you?
||[IT] Trust me. They are gone. If you had a Meanwhile
Gauge you would know this.