On the theory of e-mail contraction as distance approaches CERN

Normally, when I wake up in Dallas and get to the point of processing my e-mail, I have 70-100 messages to deal with. That’s because CERN is 7 hours ahead of Dallas, so by the time I wake up half of their work day is done.

Now that I have traveled 7 hours “into the future” by coming to CERN, it is a pleasing side-effect that as I go to process my e-mail, I have only 22 messages. Most of these are automated, from electronic logbook posts (for instance), and so we have the first benefit of coming to CERN: forward time travel has made my inbox smaller.

Hmm. I wonder if e-mail contracts as you travel east on a plane, just as space contracts as you approach the speed of light? Or maybe it’s just that distance from CERN increasingly warps the size of your inbox . . .

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