EppsNet Archive: Time

The Miser and the Angel of Death

28 Oct 2017 /

A miser had accumulated, by effort, trade, and lending, three hundred thousand dinars. He had lands and buildings, and all kinds of wealth.

Death and the miser

He then decided that he would spend a year in enjoyment, living comfortably, and then decide as to what his future should be.

But, almost as soon as he had stopped amassing money, the Angel of Death appeared before him, to take his life away.

The miser tried, by every argument which he could muster, to dissuade the Angel, who seemed, however, adamant. Then the man said:

“Grant me but three more days, and I will give you one-third of my possessions.”

The Angel refused, and pulled again at the miser’s life, tugging to take it away.

Then the man said:

“If you will only allow me two more days on earth, I will give you two hundred thousand dinars from my store.”

But the Angel would not listen to him. And the Angel even refused to give the man a solitary extra day for all his three hundred thousand pieces.

Then the miser said:

“Please, then, give me just time enough to write one little thing down.”

This time the Angel allowed him this single concession, and the man wrote, with his own blood:

“Man, make use of your life. I could buy not one hour for three hundred thousand dinars. Make sure you realize the value of your time.”

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Wild Wild Life

23 Oct 2017 /

Sleeping on the interstate oh oh oh
Getting wild, wild life
Checkin’ in, checkin’ out! Uh, huh!
I got a wild, wild life
Spending all of my money and time oh oh oh
Done too much wild, wild
We want to go, where we go, where we go oh oh oh
I doing wild, wild life


Time is Money

13 Aug 2015 /

Short histories

Amazon sent me some book recommendations, including A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson and A Really Short History of Nearly Everything by the same author. The second book costs five dollars more. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

Maybe condensing a short history into a really short history saves me some time and I have to pay more for that. Time is money . . . in this case, five dollars.


10 Seconds is Too Long

14 Apr 2015 /

“Starts working within 10 seconds.” Ten seconds seems like a long time in 2015. It should start working in 10 nanoseconds.

Cyanide works within 10 seconds . . . coincidence?

Starts working in 10 seconds


A Short One-Act Play About Time

3 Dec 2014 /

MY KID HOME FROM COLLEGE: That clock says 8:42, that clock says 8:45, your phone says 8:47 and my phone says 8:48. So what time is it?

ME (singing):

Does anybody really know what time it is?
Can anybody really care? (About time)
If so I can’t imagine why (Oh no-oo)
We’ve all got time enough to cry

Did that answer your question?

KID: Not really.

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Time Management

9 May 2014 /

We had a time management seminar at the office today but I couldn’t find a way to fit it into my schedule.


They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. — Andy Warhol


The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once. — Einstein


A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

28 May 2012 /

“Time’s a goon, right? Isn’t that the expression?”

Jules had drifted over from across the room. “I’ve never heard that,” he said. “‘Time is a goon’?”

“Would you disagree?” Bosco said, a little challengingly.

There was a pause. “No,” Jules said.

— Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad

It’s not easy in a book to communicate the passage of time . . . you can write a book that takes place over a long period of time, but what I mean is to communicate the passage of time so the reader feels it rushing by, which Jennifer Egan has done.

Highly recommended!


Let Me Save You Some Time

1 Sep 2011 /

Are you sick and tired of . . . ?

Fill in anything and my answer will probably be yes.


Graduation Still Life

16 Jun 2011 /
Graduation Still Life

Time passes. Listen. Time passes. . . .

— Dylan Thomas, Under Milk Wood

Unlike Paul Cézanne, I didn’t spend hours setting this up. I captured it just the way it looked when I came downstairs this morning.

As one chapter ends, another begins. For the kids — most of them — the next chapter is college; for the parents, old age and death.

Happy Thursday, everybody!


This Instant Right Now

14 Feb 2011 /
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

The past cannot remember the past. The future can’t generate the future. The cutting edge of this instant right here and now is always nothing less than the totality of everything there is.


We’re in Such a Hurry

12 Feb 2011 /
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

What I would like to do is use the time that is coming now to talk about some things that have come to mind. We’re in such a hurry most of the time we never get much chance to talk. The result is a kind of endless day-to-day shallowness, a monotony that leaves a person wondering years later where all the time went and sorry that it’s all gone.


Just Say No to Meetings

18 Dec 2010 /

No one likes meetings, but we can’t stop having them

Many of my co-workers say they spend too much time in meetings. I notice that they keep going to the meetings though.

If I really thought I was spending too much time in meetings and I kept going anyway, I would have to question my own integrity.


You Have to Neglect Things

24 Aug 2010 /

Given two people with exactly the same ability, the one person who manages day in and day out to get in one more hour of thinking will be tremendously more productive over a lifetime. . . . I spent a good deal more of my time for some years trying to work a bit harder and I found, in fact, I could get more work done. I don’t like to say it in front of my wife, but I did sort of neglect her sometimes; I needed to study. You have to neglect things if you intend to get what you want done. There’s no question about this.


Time and People Shortages

7 May 2010 /

High-tech workers fervently believe in time and people shortages.

Much of the time, you have no idea whether a shortage really exists. You assume that the shortage is real, instead of carefully examining the situation. Many explanations based on insufficiencies arise from unexamined assumptions.


Converting to Dog-Time

4 Mar 2010 /
Lightning at the Dog Park

Because I’m pressed for time, I take the dog for a short walk this evening, just long enough to take care of the essentials.

My wife is concerned that five minutes isn’t enough exercise for the little guy, but isn’t a five-minute walk equivalent to a 35-minute walk for dogs?


Twitter: 2009-12-31

31 Dec 2009 /
  • Time marches on!! We are all dying!!! We are coming to the end of our lives!!! Happy New Year!!! #

Twitter: 2009-08-16

16 Aug 2009 /
  • There's always plenty of time, right up until there's no more time… #
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Twitter: 2009-07-19

19 Jul 2009 /
  • Something I didn't know: Leave Sydney at 10 a.m., arrive at LAX at 6 a.m. — on the same day! It's like going back in time! #

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