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It’s been a long time since I came around

It’s been a long time but I’m back in town

But this time I’m not leaving without you

You taste like tick-tack when you kiss me oh

I’d give everything again to be your baby doll

This time I’m not leaving without you

You said: “Sit back down where you belong

In the corner of the bar with your sneakers on.”

I said: “Sit back down on the couch where we

Will make love the first time.”

And you’ll say to me

Something, something about this place

Something, about those lonely nights

Or my lip-gloss on your face

Something, something about my cool science guy

Yeah there’s something about

Baby, you and I

It’s been six years, since we’ve first met

In those years few words have been said

While muscle cars drove a truck right through my heart

On my birthday singing about that heart of gold

With your guitar humming in childhood overload

This time I’m not leaving without you

You said: “Sit back down where you belong

In the corner of the bar with your sneakers on.”

I said: “Sit back down on the couch where we

Made love the first time.”

And you said to me

Something, something about this place

Something, about those lonely nights

Or my lip-gloss on your face

Something, something, about my cool science guy

Yeah something about, baby, you and I

You and I

You, you and I

Baby, I’d rather die

Without you and I

You and I

You, you and I

Jay Mister, I’d rather die

Without you and I

Put your drinks up!

We got a whole lot of money

But we still pay rent

‘Cause you can’t buy a house in heaven

There’s only a few man

Imma serve my whole life

It’s my daddy, Jay Mister and

Darwin, for the theory of evolution

Hutton, for showing us the age of our world

Newton, for universal physics application

Malthus, for seeing that population growth will always outrun food production

Hardin, you discoverd our tragedy of the commons. “The population problem has no technical solution; it requires a fundamental change of mind.” We should reflect more on our technical evolvement, for new solutions should not bring about new problems. Critical reflection is at the base of a healthy progress, and we humans are blessed with a self-reflective mind so let us not ruin our world with foolishness…

Now something, something about the chase

It’s one shy guy

I’m a science girl chasing science boys

And want my lips all over your face

Something, something, about just knowing when it’s right

So put your drinks up!

For science, Jay Mister, oh boy, I love ya!

You and I

You, you and I

Baby, I’d rather die

Without you and I

You and I

You, you and I

Jay Mister

I’d rather die

Without you and I

It’s been a long time since I came around

It’s been a long time but I’m back in town

But this time I’m not leaving without you


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My father sometimes says: “We have the clock, they have the time.” The  “we” refers tu us, Western people, and our habit to hurry, to stress and to live on the clock; the “they” refers to people in developing countries, specifically middle Africa. According to a little joke my dad likes to tell, “all men in Africa sit in the shadow of fruit trees while the oranges drop the ground and rot in the sun”: they seem to have plenty of time.

Social scientists study globalization, and many have recognized the astonishing acceleration in transport, production and way of life that took place in the last century or so. Time has lost its meaning, its significance. Information travels across the globe within ms via glass fiber cables: the Internet. And still, though everything goes fast, it is not fast enough. We act grumpy when our bus is one minute late and when our train is delayed by five minutes. It is true: we spend hours a day waiting for public traffic, in queues, traffic jam etc.

But consider those countries where they cannot answer the question “At what time does the train leave?”, because civilians will answer you “It comes from the north, stops at our village, and goes south. Once a day.”

It would be fun to write a story in which time is the limiting factor. An average day in Ney York and at noon all clocks stop working. Chaos. No “I’m going home at six.” No “I’ll pick up the children from school at three.” No “We’ll meet at 19.30 in the cinema.” Or worse: no electricity. No Internet. No television, radio or airco. No waste. No emissions. No impact.

What if we did not measure time like we do know. No years with 12 months, 52 weeks, 7 days, 24 hours, 60 minutes and 60 seconds. Working days do no longer last for 8 hours. Distance is no longer expressed in minutes. Speed will lose its meaning (distance per unit of time), just like acceleration (distance per (unit of time)^2). Will then finally end the tick tack of time?

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