After the articles on 43folders about using timers for specific things, I thought I would create a timer program. Now I have a few programs that I 'integrated' in my window manager. With Alt-F4 ion3 will show a query. I can type the number of seconds the timer should run for. A timer is shown in the lower right corner of the screen (which is already evil enough).
A next version will probably make it possible to show and hide with a push of the button.