Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Clocking

This is the bedside clock in the spare bedroom. It looks cheap and it was. Visitors get a comfortable bed, clean bedding and an overhead fan. Do they really expect a decent clock radio? I have no idea what the alarm sounds like.


This is R's bedside clock. I bought it for him a year or more ago. It was on special, but I still paid a good bit for it. It is very stylish and the alarm is soft and melodic. Sadly it won't show a 12 hour dispaly, only 24 hour. The photo does not do it justice.


My bedside clock is old, very old. It is covered with a couple of decades of dust and grime. Its predecessor was one of those digital flap models which started audibly grinding as the flaps dropped down and had to go. I think R bought this one for me. I would very much like a smart new one, but this one is so good, I just can't replace it. It does have a horrible high pitched alarm. A loud and high pitched alarm is appropriate when you are a young person and sleep the sleep of the dead, but not for me now.

Its good points far outweigh its bad. Its AM reception is excellent. It must have a long internal antenna. Its FM reception is also good via a long piece of trailing wire. It has stereo speakers and the quality of the sound is very good, compared to any other clock radio I have heard, and I do listen to radio in bed, as older people do. It has electronic tuning with preset station buttons and perhaps its best feature, a soft touch snooze button on top. All I have to do is just touch the top of the clock to shut the blasted thing up when it shrieks at me.

17 comments:

  1. When I came back from London I had to buy myself a new clock radio as I couldn't find my old one, I still think they're expensive for what they are. My volume dial is wedged with a 10p coin as it doesn't work properly. I only use it to tell the time now as I have a digital radio & I use my mobile for my alarm.

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  2. I like clocks. A lot of people don't because they remind them that their lives are ticking away. Can't say as I see it that way, myself. Personally I like a good steady tick-tock. It reminds me of my grandmother's mantelpiece clock when I was a kid. A pleasant, woody-sounding clock has the same comforting effect on me as rain on roof tiles, waves on the beach or a cuckoo in the woods. In fact, just talking about it is making me feel pleasantly sleepy...

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  3. For once, just this once I'll agree with Fleetwood.
    I don't like clocks that tick over in seconds because you can see your life disappearing.
    And loud alarms are dangerous to one's health. It's like having those heart paddles applied when a screeching alarm goes off.

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  4. Anonymous12:03 am

    Clocks? - we let a machine run our lives, regulate and measure our days and ways.
    Get rid of them - the passing of the seasons, or the phase of the moon is time enough.
    Michael.

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  5. My first digital clock "outed" me to my mother. I had inadvertently left the alarm on when I was "staying over" with "my mate". My Mum came in to turn it off and saw the large photo of my "best buddy" beside the bed...

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  6. I have a radio and I have an ancient wind up clock.
    Never the twain shall meet :P

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  7. If mine went wrong Fen, I would probably do as you do. Opening an eye to peek at the time is much less disturbing than picking up phone and lighting up the screen.

    Nudge Brian from his slumber. Somewhere in my blog I posted a photo of our mantel clock, a wedding present to my grandmother. It still ticks, but I don't wind the gong.

    Jahteh, tell me about it. Nothing worse than being in a deep sleep, and I usually am, when the alarm goes off.

    What a luxury that would be Michael.

    Oh dear Scott. That is a new way of being outed to me. Reminds me of a joke where a mother put a frying pan in her son's bed to prove he had not slept in it, but slept with his 'friend'.

    Jayne, you set the clock to wake you to kick hubby out of bed and make you tea?

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  8. Spot on, Andrew, only in my dreams lol.

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  9. That has to be the most mammoth alarm clock I've ever seen!

    Mine dates back to the teenage days of my sister, I've had it since I was a teen myself so it would be approaching 30 years of age. It is digital and the alarm doesn't chime so much as screech, fantastic for those of us who struggle to thow back the covers and greet the world with a smile in the morning.

    At the very least, it is a compact unit and it had a 'sensor' snooze, so just waving your hand over it silences the beast for nine minutes. No radio either, which I quite enjoy.

    The buttons to set it have recently failed though, so if the power goes off, I unplug it, or (most likely) daylight savings ends, I'm screwed... Time to crack it open and see what can be done I think, maybe a case-mod is in order too. Any suggestions?

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  10. What Mutant? You are only 22 aren't you. A suggestion yes. Visit a $2 shop and get a new one. You may find it more satisfying to smash a fist down onto a snooze button.

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  11. Anonymous11:18 pm

    Mutant - Google on Steampunk for mod ideas. . The no set functions will be dirt/crap under the set keys...sometimes fixable, sometimes not...
    Michael.

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  12. Anonymous3:18 am

    I used to study by my dad's clock radio. I would sit on a chair and use his bed side drawer as my study desk.
    The clock radio was bright orange. I enjoyed listening to the Top 40 music while I recited my notes for exams. I wish I had scored that radio now that you mention clocks.
    Cazzie

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  13. The problem with the volume control on mine Michael.

    Bright orange Cazzie? I can pinpoint the period.

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  14. I SO get the reference but let's face it, the air in Melbourne is SO much better and one doesn't sweat and weep as much in the car or taxi.

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  15. I think this comment went on the wrong post MC, but thanks for the comment, and yes, car travel is comfortable.

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  16. I would be lost without my radion beside the bed -if I wake up 4amish and just want to enjoy not having to get up - on goes the talkback and off goes my own mind chatter - and I usually drift back into the best sleeps of the night...my clock is separate and very small with NO INDICATOR LIGHTS...hate the bloody things - I just switch a little on of battery light in front of it when i need to look

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  17. Haha MC. Talkback radio has that effect. R is fussy about blacking light out when he is asleep, with Roman blinds over venetians, yet his clock is so bright.

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