sábado, 31 de outubro de 2020
Na morte de Sir Thomas Sean Connery, tempo para recordar o Rolex 6538 que ele usou em Dr. No, na série 007, em 1962. Trata-se de um Sumariner automático, com caixa de 38 mm, de aço. O mais famoso dos relógios usados por James Bond. Daí ter o nome de "Bond Rolex" e de ser muito valorizado. Chega aos 100 mil euros em leilões. Actualmente, é a Omega que equipa o mais famoso agente secreto.
A edição de Novembro do Relógios & Canetas online já está disponível nos sítios do costume. Aqui, aqui ou aqui. Mas também aqui. Continue a consultar a maior plataforma do seu género em língua portuguesa. Estamos consigo há quase um quarto de século. Anuário, a marca que marca.
Há exactamente 30 anos, a 31 de Outubro de 1990, tomávamos em Beijing o Transiberiano, com destino a Moscovo e paragem mais demorada em Ulan Bator, cinco dias de viagem, três deles pela Sibéria, junto ao lago Baikal. Depois de uma semana em Moscovo, seguimos para Budapeste, também de combóio. Depois de 3 dias na capital húngara, fizemos o Expresso do Oriente para... Ocidente, até Paris. Ali, passada uma semana, apanhámos o Sud-Express até Santa Apolónia. Tem que se fazer, pelo menos uma vez na vida, o Transiberiano.
I can shoot a hundred numbers through the chest and watch them bleed decimal points in the palm of my hand. I can rip the numbers off a clock and watch the hour hand tick tick tick its final tock just before I fall asleep. I can suffocate seconds just by holding my breath. I've been murdering minutes for hours and no one seems to mind.
Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me
sexta-feira, 30 de outubro de 2020
—should warn you that this letter will not be eloquent. However, it will be sincere, especially in light of the fact that you will never read it. I have felt these words like a weight in my chest, until I find myself amazed that a heart can go on beating under such a burden.
I love you. I love you desperately, violently, tenderly, completely. I want you in ways that I know you would find shocking. My love, you don't belong with a man like me. In the past I've done things you wouldn't approve of, and I've done them ten times over. I have led a life of immoderate sin. As it turns out, I'm just as immoderate in love. Worse, in fact.
I want to kiss every soft place of you, make you blush and faint, pleasure you until you weep, and dry every tear with my lips. If you only knew how I crave the taste of you. I want to take you in my hands and mouth and feast on you. I want to drink wine and honey from you.
I want you under me. On your back.
I'm sorry. You deserve more respect than that. But I can't stop thinking of it. Your arms and legs around me. Your mouth, open for my kisses. I need too much of you. A lifetime of nights spent between your thighs wouldn't be enough.
I want to talk with you forever. I remember every word you've ever said to me.
If only I could visit you as a foreigner goes into a new country, learn the language of you, wander past all borders into every private and secret place, I would stay forever. I would become a citizen of you.
You would say it's too soon to feel this way. You would ask how I could be so certain. But some things can't be measured by time. Ask me an hour from now. Ask me a month from now. A year, ten years, a lifetime. The way I love you will outlast every calendar, clock, and every toll of every bell that will ever be cast. If only you—
And there it stopped.
Lisa Kleypas, A Wallflower Christmas
quinta-feira, 29 de outubro de 2020
a bed of grass, a soft green pillow
lay down your head, and close your sleepy eyes
and when again they open, the sun will rise.
Hear it's safe, here it's warm
hear the daisies guard you from every harm
hear your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true
hear is the place where i love you.
Deep in the meadow, hidden far away
a clock of leaves, a moonbeam ray
forget your woes and let your troubles lay
and when again it's morning, they'll wash away.
Hear it's safe, hears its' warm
hear the daises guard you from every harm
Hear your dreams are sweet and tomorrow bring them true
hear is the place where i love you.”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games
quarta-feira, 28 de outubro de 2020
terça-feira, 27 de outubro de 2020
Cecelia Ahern, Love, Rosie
segunda-feira, 26 de outubro de 2020
domingo, 25 de outubro de 2020
By modeling such a universal clock, he and his colleagues were able to show that it would have implications for human-built atomic clocks, which use the pendulum-like oscillation of certain atoms to provide our best measurements of time. According to this model, atomic clocks’ ticks would sometimes be out of sync with the universal clock’s ticks.
This would limit the precision of an individual atomic clock’s time measurements, meaning two different atomic clocks might eventually disagree about how long a span of time has passed. Given that our best atomic clocks agree with one another and can measure ticks as small as 10^(minus19) seconds, or a tenth of a billionth of a billionth of a second, the fundamental unit of time can be no larger than 10^(minus 33)seconds, according to the team’s paper, which appeared June 19 in the journal Physical Review Letters.
“What I like the most about the paper is the neatness of the model," Esteban Castro-Ruiz, a quantum physicist at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium who was not involved in the work, told Live Science. “They get an actual bound that you can in principle measure, and I find this amazing.”
Research of this type tends to be extremely abstract, he added, so it was nice to see a concrete result with observational consequences for quantum gravity, meaning the theory could one day be tested.
While verifying that such a fundamental unit of time exists is beyond our current technological capabilities, it is more accessible than previous proposals, such as the Planck time, the researchers said in their paper. Derived from fundamental constants, the Planck time would set the tiniest measureable ticks at 10^(minus 44) seconds, or a ten-thousandth of a billionth of a billionth of a billionth of a billionth of a billionth of a second, according to Universe Today.
Whether or not there is some length of time smaller than the Planck time is up for debate, since neither quantum mechanics nor relativity can explain what happens below that scale. “It makes no sense to talk about time beyond these units, at least in our current theories,” said Castro-Ruiz.
sábado, 24 de outubro de 2020
Aquando da elaboração de História do Tempo em Portugal -Elementos para uma História do Tempo, da Relojoaria e das Mentalidades emPortugal (2003), falámos com o então responsável por este espaço, um dos mais antigos no seu género na cidade.
Em Relógios & Relojoeiros - Quem é Quem no Tempo em Portugal (2006) incluimos entradas sobre este tema:
OURIVESARIA QUEIROZ Estabelecimento inaugurado em 1903 – o mais antigo do género na cidade de Braga. Fundada por José Augusto Pinto de Queiroz, um operário têxtil que se dedicaria à relojoaria e que passaria, à sua morte, em 1933, aos três filhos – José, João e Maurício.
A casa, que esteve primeiro no Campo da Vinha e que se mudou depois para o local onde ainda hoje se encontra, a Rua D. Frei Caetano Brandão, é dirigida pelo actual proprietário, Paulino Ribeiro de Araújo.
Paulino Ribeiro de Araújo, em 2002, no seu estabelecimento (fotografias arquivo Fernando Correia de Oliveira)
Publicidade de 1940 (arquivo Fernando Correia de Oliveira)Publicidade de 1967 (arquivo Fernando Correia de Oliveira)
In most cases, this discrepancy isn’t terribly important. The separate realms described by quantum mechanics and relativity hardly overlap. But certain objects—like black holes, which condense enormous mass into an inconceivably tiny space—can’t be fully described without a theory of everything known as quantum gravity.
sexta-feira, 23 de outubro de 2020
quinta-feira, 22 de outubro de 2020
Mitch Albom, The Time Keeper