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About Time

"About time" could refer to the 2013 film about Tim who apparently uses his time-traveling powers to get–a girlfriend. Maybe there's more to it, but I've never seen it. "About time" could also be part of the  surly phrase, "it's about time," to express annoyance that I'm a half hour late to pick you up. "About time" could also just be part of the sentence: here's a roundup of some of my favorite media about time.

About Time (2013) - IMDb
About Time: Directed by Richard Curtis. With Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Lydia Wilson. At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not…

It's safe to say, About Time (2013) didn't make the list.

Time: A Growing List

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) - IMDb
Safety Not Guaranteed: Directed by Colin Trevorrow. With Aubrey Plaza, Lauren Carlos, Basil Harris, Mary Lynn Rajskub. Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel.

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

A delightfully odd comedy about time travel featuring Mark Duplass and Aubrey Plaza.

Being and Time - Wikipedia

Being and Time (1927)

A philosophy of time by the controversial philosopher Martin Heidegger, who argues that the entire history of philosophy is besmirched with faulty conceptions of time. In the end, it's all about the end, the mortality of being human.

What we get wrong about time
Most of us tend to think of time as linear, absolute and constantly “running out” – but is that really true? And how can we change our perceptions to feel better about its passing?

What We Get Wrong about Time

Claudia Hammond discusses the psychology of time, and most interesting to me, the cross-cultural conceptions of it: she mentions the Amondawa tribe in the Amazon who–supposedly–have no word for "time."

Apparently Dogs Can Tell Time With Their Noses
Each day wears a new smell, and its hours mark changes in odors that only your dog is noticing.

Dogs Smell Time

Aside from the insight provided by comparing concepts of time across human cultures, we can also wonder about how non-human animals sense time. Melissa Dahl gives a nice summary of Alexandra Horowitz's book, Being a Dog, where the scientists from the Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College asserts that the degradation and changes of smells help dogs keep time.

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