I just installed AIM. Yes, just. I have used IRC on and off over the past two years, but apparently the vast majority of people use AIM. This is suprising to me. Suprising because the people I need it to talk to are internet savvy people that are using a closed, proprietary, centrally controlled protocol, when I was expecting a preference for an open protocol like Jabber. It's not a big deal, I just found it odd. But that isn't what I want to talk about. The install of AIM is what I want to talk about.
What jumped out at me, not on the first install mind you, but later, when I was installing AIM on a second machine, was a informational message. The AIM installer pops up with a little box stating, "Please be patient, the installation may take a few moments."
Now I can see it taking 'a moment', but I never thought of moments as things that could accumulate, things that could be aggregated. This opens up whole new questions, what do moments add up to? Spells? How many moments are in a spell? And what makes up a moment? Bits? Or are bits what make up a jiffy? How can we operate like this? Obviously this is an area that needs better specification so here's my proposal, a rough draft of gregorio-vague-time-scale-hierarchy-00 if you would:
- There a ten bits to a jiffy.
- Ten jiffies to a moment.
- Ten moments to a spell.
- And ten spells to an age.
Now that we have a spec we can use it to translate phrases. For example, "I'll be back in a bit", could be re-written as, "I'll be back in a tenth of a jiffy". Or, "I'll be there in a minute" translates to "I'll be there in a 100 bits".
If you have any feedback on this please provide it in the next moment or two, since were heading into a corner turn in a spell, after that we'll be deployed and there's no turning back.