This doesn't agree with my understanding of ext3 journalling, so maybe I expressed it poorly.
If you put a 5 second sleep in that loop, I expect you would see changes. I do - once I found a suitably quiet ext3 filesystem to test on.
The metadata blocks do go into the next transaction, but transactions can live in memory for up to 5 seconds before they are flushed.
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