Roger Russell, who is known among hi-fi enthusiasts as the former director of acoustic research at McIntosh Laboratory, is also fascinated by curious clocks. Specifically, Russell created Web pages about "mystery clocks," in which the hands seem to be suspended without any obvious driving mechanism, and "projection clocks," that surprisingly date back to the early 1900s. When I shared a bedroom with my big brother as a kid, I sometimes suffered from insomnia and would occasionally wake him to complain about it. He threatened to buy a projection clock for our room so I could stare at the ceiling all night and watch the minutes... tick... by....
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