the time machine is here

time bandit (@bandito) 8 years, 10 months ago

and it’s really tiny.

it’s hard to be in the moment when your mind is always worried for the next, so our time bandit friend made these tiny time machines to bring you back to the present.

spread the word, it’s time to steal time back.

January 31, 2013 at 4:09 pm
DaJetPlane (994)M (@lytning91) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

That’s kind of cool, but…definitely not wearing a full-sized watch with that message. I’d be cool with a bracelet that had the time machine message printed on it.

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time bandit (18) (@bandito) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@lytning91, good input. so you’re thinking more of a bracelet with a message than a watch-shaped/sized concept huh?

we wanted to make them look like watches to draw attention to the fact it’s not a watch and to play with the concept of a watch, or really to play with the social construct of time/clocks.

because it looks like a watch, it breaks the archtype of a watch, since it doesn’t tell time.

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time bandit (18) (@bandito) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

love to hear more feedback from HE-ers

tinytimemachines.com

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DaJetPlane (994)M (@lytning91) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@bandito, I’m speaking solely from a practical standpoint…I wear a watch, so i definitely won’t want that kind of bulk/size on both wrists, even if I appreciate the message. Comfort becomes a factor.

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Caleb McCoy (111) (@cjmccoy93) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

I like the concept a lot. The designs are pretty cute, but the poems surrounding the symbols aren’t that great. Either print the watches without them, or rewrite them. Maybe short quotes even? Regardless, I’ll still support you guys

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time bandit (18) (@bandito) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@lytning91, gotcha. makes perfect sense. we figured most people that would wear our time machines probably wouldn’t wear a watch to begin with (especially since our phones have replaced the function of the watch). watches today serve more as fashion statement than a practical/functioning piece.

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DaJetPlane (994)M (@lytning91) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@bandito, I mean I wear mine mainly to tell time. Regardless, your piece would most certainly gain popularity by its ability to succeed as both a statement AND a fashion statement. If it isn’t comfortable or doesn’t suit them well, they won’t want to wear it (again, even if it’s a good message)

Just trying to give you some perspective that isn’t full of fluff.

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time bandit (18) (@bandito) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@cjmccoy93, thank you!!

if you have any poems or short quotes to fit the concept, we’d love to check them out. we’re looking for friends and artists to collaborate with on our project. let’s harness the creativity out there!

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DaJetPlane (994)M (@lytning91) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

It’s a cumbersome piece if it’s only purpose is to sit on your person all day as a statement. The watch concept is obviously intriguing, but it doesn’t beat the comfort and simplicity of sticking with the more traditional wristband style. Also production costs would be greatly reduced, since the mold would be much cheaper to work with.

Make it more about the movement than about a contrast that might not even be noticeable from a distance. IDK I’m just spouting off ideas in an attempt to give you some feedback from a common consumer.

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Caleb McCoy (111) (@cjmccoy93) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@lytning91, I think the switch to a simple wrist band would rob the product of the potency of its message. Watches are a ubiquitous reminder of our bondage to our own malleable perception of what really is an amorphous concept. It seems to me @bandito is attempting to create a statement by taking a symbol of our bondage and flipping it on its head

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time bandit (18) (@bandito) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@lytning91, send me your address, i’m going to send you one when it arrives next month. free.

these were molded from the company that does the swatch molds, they’re super comfy and lightweight as they’re silicone (like those bracelets).

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WarAgainstReality (4) (@clockworkz21) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

another concept of the watch. interesting. maybe a shirt would be better to advertise the same type of message with more convenience to who’s wearing it. watches serve as a place to know when and where, your message is now and here. the story was different too- being that the clockmaker is evil, I think he’s just lonely (the story of pinnochio comes to mind as he wished for the wood carving of pinnochio to be real, to interface with another entity after isolation or a tragic loss I’m guessing and he made clocks all day to console himself) I guess most villains are, huh? theres some deeper meaning in pinnochio.

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time bandit (18) (@bandito) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@cjmccoy93, you nailed it!

we’re using clocks against the very social construct of time.

did you know the minute hand in clocks only came about during the industrial era? this is where we get time=money, they added minute hand on clocks because people would get paid for their time. and from there, we’ve lived our lives by the clock. some people don’t realize that life existed before clocks.

we’ll remind these people :)

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DaJetPlane (994)M (@lytning91) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@cjmccoy93, Don’t let me give the impression I don’t understand what the goal is. I’m not saying the concept is bad on principle, I’m saying the concept is risky practical.

I know exactly what those plastic watches you buy for $10 feel like on my wrist, and I also am familiar with the elastic, stretchy watches you slip on LIKE a wristband feel like. I, personally, am not a huge fan of either.

To be honest, I’d much rather it actually TELL time and have the NOW concept embedded in the face of the watch anyway. That way, every time I look at my watch out of anxiety or boredom, I am reminded of the message you are trying to spread. Make sense? Mocking time as a measure is just as much of a pot shot as mocking people for having opinions when everything is relative: useless.

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time bandit (18) (@bandito) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@clockworkz21, love the pinoccho reference! the clockmaker is not inherently bad. a friend said it best – there is a time for time. it was once important for us to have clocks and so they were created. now it’s time to remember that our lives are not ruled by the clock.

the time machines serve as a reminder and nothing more. mindfulness when u need it :)

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Caleb McCoy (111) (@cjmccoy93) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@bandito @clockworkz21, Along the lines of puppetry and time:
I looked to the clock,
And cut my marionette strings
His hands now useless,
My once mute mouth could sing

A little poetry I cooked up a couple weeks ago that I thought might be applicable. Thoughts?

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time bandit (18) (@bandito) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@lytning91, all good points.

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time bandit (18) (@bandito) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@cjmccoy93, yeah, you’re definitely a better poet than I am :)

send me an email, [email protected], might have to tap your creative mind for the fall lineup!!

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WarAgainstReality (4) (@clockworkz21) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@bandito I like the idea behind it alot, we create the time we perceive as relevant to us as possible in an infinity of everything. mindfulness should always be there, unfortunately people lose sight of their life – in a sense after doing the same thing over and over again. to know theres no set time for anything is as beautiful as creation itself. I keep track of the now by noticing every visual image before and after my eyes blink.

@cjmccoy93 giving up mobility over your hand for control over your vocal chords. I like that alot since most people couldn’t survive without hands as most couldnt survive without music or songs..

I can up with a rap awhile ago, found it interesting –

trip a land mine, in a mad mind,
curb stomping man kind,
with a blind crave that I cant find,
compelling space blank, when I span time..

a blank reality of nothingness would exist without both space and time, though I’ve always felt there is something underneath it being dimensions or whatever else holds us here. haha

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DaJetPlane (994)M (@lytning91) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

Just saying, if one of these had a watch I think it would be much easier to justify and work with than a piece of non-functional rubber much larger than a slim, comfortable wristband.

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time bandit (18) (@bandito) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@clockworkz21,

curious as to why your name is clockworkz?

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WarAgainstReality (4) (@clockworkz21) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

clock: defining time I would consider myself as being as I move through everything -works: the moving of gears in between the clock is my reality and would make up the universe I exist in. the energy source being atoms, behind the 1.5 volt battery. though this universe I think is perpetual and balances itself out when needed.

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Irina (21) (@psyhe) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@lytning91 , @bandito
I also think that it NOT being a watch takes a whole lot of the meaning it had in the first place. You expect bracelets to be motivational and say stuff, but you don’t expect a watch to do that. Also, why would a wristband tell you ”NOW” ? :D A watch tells you what the time is, and the time is NOW.
And it’s intruiging and I think it would catch people’s attention. There is no need to explain to anyone (if anyone asks) too much; it’s a watch with the only real available time: now.

Also, why wouldn’t you be able to do both? Make a wristband for lytning91, make him/her happy :))

BTW, there are clocks with this idea, did you know about them?

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Irina (21) (@psyhe) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

(hah I can imagine it being used: ”what time is it?” ”now and a half”)

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Dan (890) (@danfontaine) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

I have some negative input you need to hear. I’d feel like a new age idiot wearing that. Sorry. I’m just one person though.

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