How It Works

A Short Tutorial

About 1:23 pm

The day fills an entire disk, with day and night that move accurately throughout the year. That red mark is solar noon, giving another reference point. (It’s around one currently because of Daylight Savings Time.) It appears that it’s about quarter past one.

The major marks on the day disk mark out four hours, and the next disk down represents four hours. One hour fits nicely in your field of vision. In this case, we are in second quarter of the hour, a little after 1:20pm

If you need more detail, go down a step; the next disk is one hour, and you can see the individual minutes marked out. The blue highlighted section is 15 minutes, with the marker about three ticks into the second section, or around 1:23pm.

The next disk is 15 minutes, corresponding to the major divisions in the hour disk. In this case, it is just a few seconds past 1:23. Add the fine detail set if you need more precision.

Explore for yourself

Not sure what a disk represents? Just move the pointer over it – On the left side, you can see the time past in blue. Hover on the right, and you see time remaining in red. Hold the ALT key, and the description will show exactly what is under your pointer, at the end of the yellow arc.

Powerful operators

Three simple operators – add, replace, and subtract – allow you to create your own custom interface that smoothly reconfigures itself in response to pointer hover.

Expand Your Horizon With Add

Zoom out from a day to a year with a flick of your wrist

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Change Gears with Replace

Switch between unrelated views, or simply maintain maximum size for each piece of information you need. (You can also run multiple instances and see everything at once) Here a classic clock switches over to a high resolution view where you can watch the seconds fly by.

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Zoom in with Subtract

Display the information you need all the time – and then drop out the larger scales to read finer detail with greater accuracy. Or come up with your own use – combine any set of disks with any operator to make your own view of time.

The continuous disks are a natural way to look at ancient calendars such as as the Mayan Tzolk’in and Long Count Here, the apocalyptic long count zooms into the Tzolk’in.

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Undocumented

The program could use some in-place documentation. Meanwhile, here are some things that aren’t mentioned anywhere else just yet.

  • Press shift while entering or leaving the widget to run the disk animation effects in slow-mo.
  • Press control to switch out of ‘hover’ mode.
  • Press alt to read the description of the time pointed at.
  • Hover mode will auto-show for a few seconds when switching to Dashboard.
  • Auto-show won’t occur if you’ve triggered it recently (1 hour by default)