The symmetry of clocks lulls us into believing that time is a fixed commodity, but studies indicate that’s not the way it’s experienced. Time speeds up as we age. And the older you get, the more quickly it appears to vanish.
Editor’s note: Speaking from experience — the only way to slow down time is to break routine of every day life and create new memories. It forces the brain work harder to fit the new experiences into a pattern it can’t find; it trips up the “time-compression algorithm” of an adult brain, giving us an expended sense of time. This is most effective when packing as many unscheduled events as possible in a short stretch of time.
Easier said than done (creating new memories becomes harder as you grow old; fewer and fewer things will seem truly ‘new’…) but there you have it: the secret to slowing down time in your busy adult life.
"You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it."
— Robin Williams (1951 - 2014)
Editor’s note: This is one of those unexpected losses of someone you never met that truly bums you out. He’s one of those people you’ve been a fan for so long that you take it for granted. I have fond memories of growing up w/ his movies in the 90s - many of which are near and dear to my heart to this day. His seminal 2002 HBO stand-up special on Broadway was one of the few DVDs I owned at the time and saw it more times I’d care to count. I never laughed harder in my life. Outside of his on-screen persona, he always came off genuine, sincere and so full of life; never without his trademark manic exuberance. He’s like that goofy, sweet uncle in your family you love hanging out and play video games with, who’s also kind of a mad genius. In real life though, he was more than just a talented comedian (one of the best there ever was); he was also a gamers, fan of anime, early-adopter of new technology (kindred spirit) - in other words, a true geek - not to mentiona sweet and loving father. Incidentally, he used to reminded me of my dad (especially the ridges on his forehead and the bread in his later years).
What makes the loss even more tragic is the sad and deeply upsetting nature of his death. For someone who gave so much joy to so many to feel so sad, alone and helpless that he resorted to taking his own life in dealing with his depression. A man who’s had been known to lighting up stages all his life found himself in the darkest of the dark places during the last moments of his life. Truly heartbreaking.
It’s universally understood that in movies actor plays fictional roles and if they’re any good — embody the “truth” of those characters. That’s the magic of cinema — to take written words and bring them to life. Richard Linklater’s new film ’Boyhood’ reverses that process. The “character’ in his script, a six year old boy Mason gradually adapts to the flesh and blood “actor” Ellar Coltrane's real life journey from childhood to young adulthood over the course of twelve long years. This has never been done before in films. EnterRichardLinklater. Beyond the impressive scope of such technical audacity, the film itself has unanimously garnered tremendous praise. Someone at Vanity Fair called this film a 'Sublime Celebration of Humanity'. Not to mention a perfect score onRotten Tomato.
Yet I have no desire to see it anytime soon, if ever.
Childhoods are inherently bitter sweet business - an idea that can be even more so emotionally powerful in the hands of someone like Linklater. As someone who’s acutely aware of the passage of time; it’s effect on our lives and shared human condition in general, I’m not entirely sure how I’d react to a film like that. Must have been an interesting for all the actors to see it; especially for Ellar Coltrane who’s own boyhood is now forever entwined w/ that of a movie character.