Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Koan of the fourth dimension

I bought this kitchen timer over the weekend.
I can set it.
I can stop it and restart it.
But it can't be reset to zero.
The instructions don't cover this minor detail.
The only way I've found to get it back to zero is to remove the battery and reinsert it. Or, I can simply wait for it to count down to zero.
Technology speaks volumes.


Anonymous said...

Looks like pressing "M" and "S" at the same time will do the trick. But what a great lesson, huh? ;-)

TAYLOR Classic Big Digit Timer
# Press M button to set minutes
# Press S button to set seconds
# Press START/STOP to start timer
# To pause the time, press START/STOP, press again to resume timing
# When alarm beeps, press START/STOP to turn off alarm, the time will recall the last set time
# Press START/STOP when the display reads 00:00 and the timer will count up
# Press START/STOP again to pause and resume timing, press M and S at the same time to reset to zero
# The timer will time up to 99 minutes and 59 seconds
# AAA batteries included!




Jean said...


Michael said...

Hi Kit,
Thanks for the tip! Though it turns my timer into just a timer and not an imponderable, it will save time (and provide the fodder for another koan).

Hi Jean,
Yes, indeed.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I've robbed you. ;-)


anu said...

Michael? the aikido class has turned me away after 3 sessions. they are scared of the legal consequences if i die in their class.

i spoke to the Director stating my case that i'm more normal than so many other normal people.

the director said he'll speak to his lawyer to check if there is a way out but he told me not to keep high hopes.

Michael said...

Hi Anu,

I'm sorry to hear of this setback. The search may be longer than you had hoped, but I'm sure you'll find a dojo that can accommodate you. Please don't be discouraged in the meantime. It's just a matter of time!

Matt Kohai said...

"To err is human, to really screw things up requires a computer." Ah, the "wonders" of technology...

I used to have an electric toothbrush, a fancy ultrasound model. I used to use a powered flossing tool. After a while, they just started being more hassle than they were worth - now it's floss picks and a plain-jane manual brush.

I hardly even boot up my TWO computers these days (plus my wife has the third one), because my phone does most of what I need in a simpler, stripped-down way that's just effective enough most of the time... Tech in and of itself isn't bad, but simplicity and good design fall by the wayside all too often in the quest for bigger, better, faster, stronger, more powerful, etc.

Michael said...

I agree, kohai.

mallika1929 said...

I was going to suggest a sun dial, but then, you'd have to do all your cooking in the daytime and when it's sunny.

Michael said...

Hi Mall!!! It has been a very long time since we last corresponded! How is everything? How is your photography going?

mallika1929 said...

Hi Michael,
:-) Things are well. I just thought I'd drop in to say hello.I went to look at your photo. site again to get inspired. My photography is somewhat on the backburner since I've been busy with other things. I hope to bring back some photos though when I come back from Sri Lanka to attend Vesak ceremonies. best regards, M

Michael said...

Have a wonderful trip, Mall, please share your photos when you get back and please keep in touch!