Monday, September 14, 2009

Is That a Planet in Your Pocket?

How long has it been since I sent you on a linkerific treasure hunt? Too long, really. My bookmarks floweth over with dazzling gems of all things writerly and time-centric.

Before I get into the first one, let me first say how delicious it was to browse Half Priced Books over the weekend and discover a "Sundial Day Planner." What does such a planner look like? I'm glad you asked. It was hard for me to see past the awesomeness of organizing my day around a circle the size of a dime, but after my left brain considered if such a thing were useful I decided I didn't need a quarter of the page to pencil in sleep whilst the details in my 3 to 6 pm life karate chop each other for day planner real estate. Great if you're a non-linear thinker, just like this next link:

Beware the Visual Thesaurus. Pretty soon you'll be looking up profanity to see how it shakes out in visual representation, right? Seriously, though, it's a great idea generator. I'm sure you can imagine what entering "time" into the search box did for me. Try the random word option under the search box if you don't want them to bother you for a downloadable trial.

Behold: Eris. Students at the School of Applied Arts in Geneva have created a timepiece based upon the newest dwarf planet in our solar system. What makes this a treasure, though, is the catalog writer's delirium that anyone will a.) wear this in a rubber lanyard around his/her neck or b.) shoved into the pocket of a man's dockers. Let's just own that this timepiece is a $450 paperweight that will roll off your desk at the slightest orbital shift.

And finally, thanks to the Mannahatta Project, I can travel back in time to 1609 New York and get in touch with my inner Pocahontas. I could wax philosophical about the importance of remembering a forgotten ecosystem that didn't involve an F.A.O. Schwartz and a couple hundred java huts, but that wouldn't be much fun, would it? Happy Monday, explorers!


Vesper said...

These seem like fun links! Thanks for sharing them.
Eris looks futuristic, but it's not that practical - you have to keep turning it to see the time... and, as you say, the slightest orbital shift... But I suppose it comes with a stand. :-)

Happy Monday, L.A.!

Todd Wheeler said...

Resisting the urge to go to visual thesaurus. Things to do, must not go ...

Charles Gramlich said...

I want to check out some of these. Cool.

Sandra Ferguson said...

Just to be difficult, I decided to try 'propinquity'. Not much of a visual word -- apparently. Bummer, that it's a service to pay for. I realize folks need to make money, boy, do I. But I'm such a word slut, I just want easy access to every word possible, and of course, in the easy way possible because I'm a word bum as well.

Happy writing on this Monday!

the walking man said...

You, my dear, are the supreme ultimate time suck master!

Robin said...

Love the Visual Thesarus! Thanks for the link.