17 May 2013, Zihuatanejo, Mexico
OK, so I've been gloating about making the most accurate portable timepiece in the world. But sometimes that misses the point.
My mother-in-law always sets her clocks and watches fifteen minutes fast. She explained that it ensured that she was never late. "But surely," I asked, "you get used to it being fifteen minutes fast, and so you don't fall for your own trick?"
"For a few moments you don't realize, and then when you remember, what a great relief!" she said. "It's like when you lose your passport. When you find it again, you're much happier than if you'd never lost it at all..."