My computer crashed this week, and I am feeling discombobulated and unhappy with modern technology. But the hardships that accompany our dependence on electronic devices don’t seem so bad when I reflect on the alternative. I would much rather use a watch than its historical counterpart, the sundial. The one pictured below is at Whitehall, the 18th century home of colonial Governor of Maryland Horatio Sharpe. It’s beautiful, but I had no idea how to tell what time it was!