I’ve been standing here for the past 30 minutes trying to calculate what time I need to get ready for bed tonight.
Counting time under pressure feels similar to calculating a tip under pressure. How do you do 20%? What’s $9.15 divided by 5? Do I include tax? Divide by two and…ten? Something about a decimal. I give up, tip 25%.
When it comes to calculating time, it’s about the same. I tend to either overestimate (i.e… show up three hours early), or fail completely.
Stuff like this seems to be straightforward for most of the population. They can adjust easily. That is, without counting on their fingers and panicking and/or crying.
What’s 7:45 minus two and a half hours? What’s 7:15 AM minus eight hours minus 45 minutes minus an hour and a half? How in the name of everything holy, do people do this in their head?
For me, just thinking about time doesn’t cut it. My brain throws away numbers that don’t have any significance, and only holds on to vague characteristics.
– 7:40 turns into 7:20, because all I remember is it’s 20 minutes away from the hour.
– 7:30 PM becomes 9:30 PM if I’m thinking partially in army time (19:30).
– My friends had a go at me once when I couldn’t remember my mini golf score for longer than 40 seconds.
This is frustrating. I somehow passed calculus, but still can’t add and subtract time. (Although now that I think about it… I’m pretty sure I failed the “clocks” unit in 2nd grade math. I remember tears and staring at pictures of clocks, through the tears.)
In search of solution, I’ve found that writing down time and performing manual calculations sucks. One, because it takes time, and people are like “what are you doing”. Two, it doesn’t really reduce frustration or confusion. Because it’s in base 60 and once you cross the 12 PM/12 AM line everything goes to shit. There’s no easy way to subtract 7:15 AM minus nine and a half hours, goddamn it, I refuse to do it.
In this golden age of limitless technology I demand a solution
If we can build a spaceship that can take off into orbit and then land back on Earth for reuse
@elonmusk #gothefucktosleep we can build a time calculator that can add or subtract multiple units of time.
Why doesn’t this exist yet? Hm? With a preliminary Google search, I see calculators for business people who want to keep time cards for employees. And I see time calculators that will only add or subtract a maximum of two times. I see no calculators for numerically challenged ADHD people. I see no Android apps.
So I’m going to make a time calculator template on Excel. And, if I can scrape together the remains of my programming knowledge from like, 10th grade, maybe a little unaesthetic app or web app.
Anyways that’s all. I have nothing particularly helpful in this post for you; I just came to vent! I still have no idea if anyone reads this blog, but if nothing else maybe I’ll stumble upon it again in ten years and laugh at myself.