# Revisiting time

| Rich B. Clifford | Blog

In Switzerland, we have these giant analog clocks that can be found at any rail station throughout the country. They’re white with thick black hour and minute hands and a thin red second dial that bulges at the end.

They’re quite noticeable, not only because of their consistency and exactitude… but because Apple tried to steal the design about 10 years ago.
If you find yourself waiting for a train one day, watch the clock for a few minutes and you may notice something odd. The minutes and hours are exact minutes and hours. But the seconds are not exactly seconds. They’re close but not exact.

As you watch the bright red second hand slide around the face (it does not tick), every interval appears to be 1 second. But watch as the clock passes 60. Here, the second hand pauses for a moment, as if held back by something, then jolts forward as the minute hand ticks forward. The 60 seconds are not uniform. One second is longer than the others.
Time is a variable that seems very straight forward. It can’t be sped up. It can’t be slowed down (despite the Swiss Rail’s attempts). And it simply doesn’t seem to care about any other variable or force. Even 60 of the world’s most renowned physicists have trouble defining it.

While time seems innocuous (it’s always there whether you like it or not), it plays such an important role in everything we do, we likely would not exist without it (was that too deep)?

Time defines when we sleep, eat, play and work. It defines how we behave, react or ignore events around us.
And while we may not understand its significance or meaning, it forms and defines every pattern in nature.

Over the last year, we have released several articles on the importance of time and how it drives patterns.

We have shown how mathematical patterns are based on time rather than price. We’ve showed how patterns (bounded by time) reverse course when limits are reached. And we’ve visualized waves as dynamic systems, driven by time.

Today, we’re revisiting some of those articles.

Speaking of time, our material takes less than 5 minutes a week to follow. If you’re tired of sitting in front a screen all day while looking at prices that mean absolutely nothing, take a step back. Find something more enjoyable to do and make use of programs that can search for patterns for you. No matter how much you try, looking at a screen, applying indicators and doing math in your head will never result in finding a tradable pattern. The absorbable data is simply far too much for humans to observe in order to make a profitable decision.