[extropy-chat] Timeshifting

Adrian Tymes wingcat at pacbell.net
Thu Feb 26 20:13:36 UTC 2004

--- Brian Lee <brian_a_lee at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Ever since I installed my ReplayTV I've been
> observing the positive effects 
> of time shifting. Activities that used to take an
> hour now take 30 minutes. 
> It feels like a type of time travel and reminds me
> of taking taxis in new 
> york.
> When I was living in new york I had a time/distance
> perception of my travel. 
> It would take about 30 minutes to take the subway
> from grand central to wall 
> street. This would vary by a few minutes but
> generally 30 minutes. Taking a 
> cab only took about 10 minutes so I had 20 free
> minutes.

That's not really "timeshifting", but "optimization".
"Timeshifting" refers to doing the exact same thing at
another time - for instance, watching the show with
commercials intact, all the unpredicted interruptions
and distractions which were poorly handled (and thus
took longer) since you were trying to watch an
unpausable show at the same time, et cetera.  It is,
of course, a cover label for the optimization that we
really use these devices for.

>From what I've been hearing lately, time is the
dominant commodity for many people here in Silicon
Valley: that which saves time is valuable, while that
which wastes time (without any benefit, i.e. excluding
the pleasurable/entertainment "time wasting" many
people indulge in) is almost universally frowned upon.

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