Help with a function to return the 'age' of itself

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg61392] Help with a function to return the 'age' of itself*From*: "heycarnut" <heycarnut at gmail.com>*Date*: Tue, 18 Oct 2005 02:44:33 -0400 (EDT)*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

I'm trying to create a function, that when instantiated, keeps a 'copy' of say the current absolute time, but when the instance is called, it returns the delta between this 'copy' of the time and the current absolute time. I have done this: In[47]:= tt:=Hold[AbsoluteTime[]]-AbsoluteTime[]; y=tt; N[Release[y]] Pause[10] N[Release[y]] Out[49]=0. Out[51]=10. But I don't want to have to do an explicit release, i'd like to just be able to evaluate y, in this case, and get the current value. Help? Thanks in advance, Rob

**Follow-Ups**:**Re: Help with a function to return the 'age' of itself***From:*"Carl K. Woll" <carl@woll2woll.com>