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Not so much a thought experiment as a single neuron misfire.
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time can fly, or it can drag. Whilst the clock ticks of one equal and average second after another.
A digital clock / watch has 3 parts.
1 a display
2 a quartz oscillator
3 a mechanism for counting the pulses from the oscillator, and advancing he display.
I suggest replacing the quartz oscillator
with a white noise generator.
A white noise generator [ based around a transistor that has been wired up 'backwards' ] can be set up to generate the same number of pulses in a week as the clocks quartz oscillator dose. But with a random pulses rate. sometimes a lot and time will fly, sometimes a few and time will drag.
Ideal both for a hole who lives by the clock. And for of us who are happy to be on time, give or take five minutes.
Uses gears instead of random numbers
[FlyingToaster, May 30 2011]
||Hook it up to a mood ring and you'd have an interesting
experiment in General Relativity.
||If you time the RNG to the same frequency as a quartz oscillator (which of course means you need a quartz oscillator to time it), then you'll probably be accurate to a millionth of a second. If you use a (mythical until now) self-oscillating RNG, you'll still be too accurate....
||Maybe pulse the minutes instead of seconds or fractions thereof ?
||I think you'll like my <link> for metered revenge on clockwatchers.