Everybody has certain rituals i.e. habitual repetitive tasks, usually taking a certain amount of time, neither more or less than what feels exactly right. Examples are: brushing ones teeth every morning and ever evening - cooking a soft boiled egg. There may also be rituals of a religious or meditative character.
This timer is all about providing an aestetically pleasing means of creating an alert, when the given number of seconds have elapsed.
You simply place a steel ball at a certain height and then let it roll, untill it reaches the bottom, where it eventually hits a bell.
A very special ritual using the timer could be this one:
At a funeral party the host - presumably a close relative of the diseased - adresses himself to the guests with these words:
Now let us all stand up and hold hands with those standing next to us on either side while closing our eyes. Then think about some of the happy moments you have had in company with our beloved xx, who alas is no more among us. When you hear a bell sound, you may open your eyes again and sit down.
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