Big Clocks Are Never Wrong

On my way to work this morning, I noticed that according to the time-and-temperature display at Toomer’s corner, the temperature in Auburn was 143°. But it didn’t feel that hot (or that cold, if it was in Kelvin).

13 Responses to Big Clocks Are Never Wrong

  1. Miko September 15, 2009 at 6:51 pm #

    But then, Kelvin isn’t measured in degrees.

    • Anon73 September 15, 2009 at 9:03 pm #

      If that was Kelvin I don’t think you’d be alive to read the sign. Thus, we can say a priori that reading a sign saying the temperature is 143 degrees Kelvin where the sign is accurate is impossible, or another way to say it is that being in that situation is incoherent.

      • Brandon September 16, 2009 at 1:28 pm #

        “I don’t think I’m alive”…”impossible”…”being in that situation is incoherent”…that’s what I kept thinking the last time I tried to watch a Michael Bay movie.

  2. Kevin Carson September 16, 2009 at 1:14 am #

    Bank time-and-temperature signs always send me into a rage. It seems they always have to squeeze just a LITTLE BIT MORE of the streaming advertising and community bullshit in there between each flash of the time and temperature, until half the time you’re already driven past it before the whole thing can cycle through. You’d think pissing potential customers off wouldn’t be a good business model for banks (well, YOU probably wouldn’t think that, obviously, since you know different).

    • Anon73 September 16, 2009 at 1:09 pm #

      If a hidden flying camera could follow Kevin Carson around for a week, I wonder what it would find. “Here we have Kevin Carson stopping at a red light. He briefly ponders the effects of statist, liberal, managerialist Sloanism on propping up the traffic light monopoly before the light turns green a moment later”.

      • Kevin Carson September 17, 2009 at 5:37 pm #

        It’s not really anything as well thought out as that. It just pisses me off to be inconvenienced by that kind of incompetence.

  3. Jacek September 16, 2009 at 5:05 am #

    Maybe it was 14.3°C (about 58°F). It sounds reasonable to me. I’m not sure how it’s in USA but in Europe Kelvins are used only in science.

    • Brandon September 16, 2009 at 11:02 am #

      Yes but they wouldn’t be using the evil Metric system in these United States.

  4. MBH September 16, 2009 at 10:47 pm #

    Roderick, is that to which the Tao refers identical with Logic? (I realize I can’t say ‘that to which Logic refers’ since it is not the function of Logic to refer)

    • Laura J. September 16, 2009 at 11:39 pm #

      The Tao that may be referred to as identical with Logic is not the eternal Tao.

      • MBH September 17, 2009 at 5:48 pm #

        What about the Tao that may be referred to as identical with that to which the word logic refers?

        • Laura J. September 19, 2009 at 12:17 am #

          Unfortunately, the referent that may be referred to is not the eternal referent.

  5. MBH September 19, 2009 at 6:45 am #

    Does that to which we may not refer occupy the same space as that to which the word logic or Wittgenstein’s use of the word grammar refers?

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