Hugh Howey
Hugh Howey

Bestselling author of Wool and other books. Currently sailing around the world.

Feel like you don’t have enough time?

Guess what? You have even less of it now. Blame Chile.

After that 8.8 quake last week, the 8th most powerful quake on record (which doesn’t mean much, considering we haven’t been around that long), our days are now a little over a millisecond shorter than they used to be. That might not sound like much, but as social media becomes more and more about cataloging our every blink and fart, milliseconds can add up.

Here’s the story: http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20100302/sc_space/chileearthquakemayhaveshorteneddaysonearth

Also of concern is the discovery that our planet’s axis has moved three inches. That might mean winter will last an extra five minutes this year. Which, when you think of all the time you’ve lost due to our shorter days, is quite frightening.

So . . . what does this all mean? Not much, really. The Earth has been undergoing far greater changes over its 4.5 billion year existence than we can comprehend or chart with our pathetic time frames and perspectives. This quake undoes the work of one that probably took place 10 million years ago and threw the pole off by an entire foot. Besides, the days are already getting shorter every year because of the braking action of the moon. Which, incidentally, is getting further away from us every year.

All the systems around us are about change. We just can’t see it because we’re so unpracticed at that beautiful endeavor ourselves.