An App With A Lifetime of Purpose

In the middle years of my career, right about the time I was transitioning from middle management to senior level management, it was all about simplicity. Most of the work I was doing before this transition was highly technical, hard sciences, math and engineering centered projects. There were times when my reports and presentations brought me a lot of feedback that could be summed up as, “Can’t you make this easier so that we can understand what you’re talking about.” Then one day I changed my reporting style. Instead of writing to impress the professor, as I had done in college, I instead wrote as if I was trying to impress my wife. I took my time to set the foundation, the plot, simple evidence, and outlined the results. It worked in most cases.

This cooltech article is one of those cases where the subject is hard science based. I could go deep into Albert Einstein and Issac Newton laws of spacetime, quantum physics, and gravitational warps, but let’s agree not to. Instead I’m going to just say this about their thoughts and experiments, how can I obtain the minimal rate of aging. It’s not like I want to live forever, I don’t. It’s not like I’m not ready for death, I am. The fact is that while I’m alive, I want to do my best to perfect my existence. I think that sounds kind of weird. What I mean is, as long as I’m here it’s responsible to do my best. Not that it’s an easy task, but at least I need to be mindful of the task.

Time gets warped and stuff

Time warp after

This “Time Warper” app is a very fun way to stay mindful of both the universe and my existence without having to be a brainiac like Einstein and Newton. The App does all the hard math and reports the results for me in two graphics. The first one shows me how much faster I’m aging because of my location, that is my location based on the distance from the center of gravity. More on this in the next paragraph. The second graphic shows me how much faster I’m aging based on my relative speed. 

It’s not so much what the app does that can make it fun. How I use this app is what I think makes it fun. First, I have to quickly explain what this faster and slower aging is about.

Relativity Speaking

The theory of special and general relativity made no sense to me for a very long time. The whole concept of “space and time are actually spacetime” and not two different things, etc. can blow my mind. One day I saw a video where Albert was talking about quantum, and he made it so easy for me to grasp. He said, and I am paraphrasing here, that the three dimensional world is simple to understand for most of us. We see what’s ahead of us and what’s behind, we can see what’s above and what’s below us, and we can see what’s to the left and to the right of us. Three dimensions. What relativity does is add the fourth dimension of time.

Without time there would be no present existence and there would be no dimensions at all. There would be no existence without time. Wow, I got it. So the fourth dimension is just this present moment. 

Space and time, no it isn’t

Existence itself made everything possible and it seemed so obvious to me when he said it. We just take it for granted that there is this thing called existence. He went on to explain that time is therefore evidenced by space. Without space there would be no existence and without time there could be no space. So, you see, space and time are the same thing; spacetime. Now this truly blew my mind for quite awhile. 

When he said this I experienced one of those moments where I watched my intelligence reach the edge of my capability to understand. My intellect limitation so-to-speak. When my mind reaches the intellect-limitation point I can often start to feel dizzy and uncertain. It’s almost the same kind of feeling as when you reach into your pocket for your wallet and realize it’s not there. Where did I leave it? Panic, stress, a sense of bewilderment as your mind scrambles trying to think faster than you possibly can, and, well you know, it’s a weird lost sensation.

Stay calm and move forward, quickly.

Any way, once I got back to being in control of my thoughts, probably a day or two later, I liked my new understanding of spacetime. I understood the four dimensions. So relativity then gets involved because of this gravity thing. Apparently gravity bends space around the center of gravity and as space bends it warps time. Sort of slows it down since it has further to go than it would have if it was just going in a straight line. It’s quicker to get from one place to another as the crow flys — so the saying goes.

This gravity thing adds an obstacle to the journey. And, if an objet is moving really, really, really fast. Something around the speed of light for example, then you almost exist faster then time itself. And if you get faster then time itself, time simply folds like a blanket. Ouch! Said my brain.

Simple explanation of this whole aging and spacetime theory

When I’m closer to the center of gravity I age slower than when I’m further away. So if I’m at sea level I age slower than when I’m standing at the top of Mount Fuji. And, if I’m on the space station moving at 27,600 km/h; 17,100 mph, I’m aging slower than when I’m not moving at all, like when I’m laying on the beach sunbathing. That’s what the Time Warper app is calculating and displaying the results for. The distance from the center of gravity on earth and my relative speed. 

Here’s how I have fun with Time Warper App

My wife, Kimber, and I have retired and moved to Spain. In retirement we frequent the bars and restaurants as often as possible. These establishments are well known for providing tapas. When Kimber and I visit them we order an adult beverage and the waiter or waitress brings free tapas with our drink order. Pretty sweet deal in our perspective. We will often write a review about these locations we visit. We take pictures of the location, the drinks, and the tapas and include the pictures in our written reviews that we then post on our blog. There on each post is where I include the time warper app.

When we get to the bar or restaurant, I take a screenshot of the aging graphics from the app. Then, when we are leaving the location I take a second screenshot from the app. Later when I’m writing the review I’ll calculate the rate of aging per minute at the location. The aging rate can tell me where in town, which bar or restaurant I should frequent the most often to maximize my lifespan. 

I can almost hear my friend Rocky saying. “You clearly have too much time on your hands!”

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