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Snippets #25, Saturday, 02.Mar.2002     (ISSN 1530-9622)


_______________S N I P P e T S

_________________________from James S. Huggins' Refrigerator Door

___________________________________#25, Saturday, 02.Mar.2002

_____________________________________________ISSN 1530-9622


_____0. Thoughts

_____1. Quotations

_____2. Ephemerae

_____3. New on My Site

_____4. Awards

_____5. How You Can Help Me

__________0. THOUGHTS

March has arrived. February was an interesting month that, for me, went very
fast. It seems like only yesterday it was the first of February. Yet now,
four weeks later the month has gone.

Time is interesting. Our perception of time varies so much based on what we
are doing.

I've always been interested in time. From my first watch I wanted to know
the precise, exact, official time. A second off was too much. My father, a
PhD electrical engineer, knew about standards and places like WWV, the
National Bureau of Standards radio station that broadcasts official time
from its atomic clock.

My father was also the most punctual man I have known, one of his great
traits that I have inherited. For Dad, there were two possible states: early
and late. "On time" was an instant. Network television could start "on
time". Rockets could launch on time. But people were early or late. The
difference between early and late is two seconds. (Or, if you have a more
accurate clock, even less.) Dad's dictate was "early"; late was not

The National Bureau of Standards has become the National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST). And they now "broadcast" the official time
on the web, not just on shortwave. I'll give you the web link below. But if
you'd like to hear the radio broadcast, you can dial it and listen:
303-499-7111. Listen at least a minute so you'll hear the "at the tone"
announcement. That tone is one of the many things in my life that reminds me
of my dad.

It seems like only yesterday that he was here.

Time is interesting.

__________1. QUOTATIONS

Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once.  
         — Woody Allen (1935 – ), actor

Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same
number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can't buy more hours.
Scientists can't invent new minutes. And you can't save time to spend it on
another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how
much time you've wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.  
         — Denis Waitley, author

Life is not a stress rehearsal.
         — Loretta Laroche, professional speaker

I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can
do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.
         — Helen Keller (1880 – 1968)

everything I understand, I understand only because I love.
         — Leo Tolstoy (1828 – 1910), writer

You do what you have to do, to do what you want to do.
         — Patricia Fripp, professional speaker

== I have just added these quotations to my website.
== You can see these and more at the Quotations section:
== http://www.JamesSHuggins.com/h/quo1/quotes.htm

__________2. EPHeMeRAe

every day interesting “stuff” crosses my desk. Some isn’t important enough
to put on my site in any permanent way. But it is interesting enough to put
there somehow, quickly, at least for a while.

These are ephemerae: collections of temporary, transitory tidbits. 

_____Scientific American (13.Jul.2001),
_____"Scientists Devise the World's Most Accurate Clock":
I'm obsessive about time. I call WWV in Fort Collins, Colorado to set my
watch. I like knowing that my watch is "right". So any article about atomic
clocks is fascinating to me. This article describes how scientists have
created a new clock. The old one ticked every nanosecond. The new one ticks
every femtosecond . . . Every quadrillionth of a second!

_____Official U. S. Time Site:
The website is shared by the Naval Observatory and the National Institute of
Standards and Technology. Want the exact time? Here it is.

== I have the same information and links to prior items at
== http://www.JamesSHuggins.com/h/eph1/ephemerae.htm

__________3. NEW/CHANGED ON MY SITe

_____How Accidents Happen:
The supposedly true explanations of accidents from insurance reports.

== I have the same information and links to prior items at
== http://www.JamesSHuggins.com/ephemerae

__________4. AWARDS

_____BearzWeb 110% Prestige Award
After reviewing your site, we feel that it is eligible for our 110% Prestige
Award. Your layout looked nice and was easy to navigate around. Sites like
yours give a 110% to the World Wide Web. . . Thank you for your enjoyable
web site.

__________5. HOW YOU CAN HeLP Me

First, keep me in mind if you if you encounter something interesting. Please
forward it to me. I'd love to hear from you.

Second, if you know of anyone else who might appreciate receiving Snippets,
forward a copy to them so that they can subscribe.

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