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(I)   What every geek truly needs... a digital sundial   ( divider line
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15647 clicks; posted to Main » on 28 Nov 2003 at 3:15 AM (13 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-11-27 11:36:25 PM  
Kinda cool. I saw a sundial wrist watch one time.
2003-11-28 12:03:36 AM  
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2003-11-28 03:18:30 AM  
Nice (|) emoticon.
Isn't that a little NSFW?
2003-11-28 03:21:16 AM  
Give me a NSFW link and I will show you a sundial
2003-11-28 03:22:02 AM  
How do you adjust it for daylight savings time?
2003-11-28 03:23:06 AM  

Give me a NSFW link and I will show you a sundial

Easily the funniest thing I've seen/read on the web this week
2003-11-28 03:24:46 AM  
Here's my digital sundial:

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2003-11-28 03:32:45 AM  
The display updates every 10 minutes, and gives a remarkably accurate record of the time during the daylight hours

I can look at the sun and guess that close.
2003-11-28 03:45:01 AM  
you folks are funny...and insane...and well......time > is > liquid.

carry on!
2003-11-28 03:49:45 AM  

Flinststones revisited,

2003-11-28 03:50:38 AM  

Flinststones revisited,

2003-11-28 03:51:56 AM  
That's kinda neat. I guess that makes me a geek.

But I didn't like their choice in font for the digits, which I suspect means I'm double the geek.

Ah well. I can live with that :)

With regards to how to adjust it for daylight savings, I assume you'd just rotate it 15 degrees or whatever. The same probably goes for taking into account other useful conventions, like time zones artifically standardising the time across huge swarths of latitude.

But I imagine most people don't mess with a sundial once it's been set up.
2003-11-28 03:52:55 AM  

Flinststones revisited,


wait where did I hear this...
2003-11-28 03:53:33 AM  
Our planet is so stupid, we believe digital sundials are still a neat idea!
2003-11-28 03:58:26 AM  
omg this is a repeat from like 2 years ago wtf.
2003-11-28 04:03:43 AM  
Hey, I'm not content until I get a little Flinstones bird that pecks out the time on my slate wristwatch... and he also has to make snippy comments!

/now to go die of thanksgiving overstuffing syndrome
2003-11-28 04:05:53 AM the sun is on or its off, do i understand this right?
2003-11-28 04:07:36 AM  
I'm not content until I get one of those huge ribs delivered by an albatross.
2003-11-28 04:31:28 AM  

Flinststones revisited,

2003-11-28 04:42:54 AM  
i bought a sun dial, and the motherfarker didn't work.
2003-11-28 04:52:52 AM  
I call the flinstones phone!
"Yabba-dabba-doo, I like talking to you"
2003-11-28 04:54:10 AM  

That wouldn't work here in London. It's pitch black when i go to work in the morning, and pitch black when i come home!!!

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2003-11-28 04:55:15 AM  
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2003-11-28 05:40:42 AM  
Two comments:

If you were ordering this Spinal Tap, would you want one that goes to 11 or 13?

"The sundial is available in two versions, for use in either hemisphere." - Do they tell time differently Down Under??

2003-11-28 05:50:13 AM  
A race so amazingly primitive they thought digital sundials were a good idea.
2003-11-28 06:02:04 AM  
That site is older than fark, by far.

I think it made the rounds on like, usenet, or quantumlink, or something.
2003-11-28 06:44:55 AM  
I've lived in both hemispheres, and there are some differences in how the time is told - whenever anyone says something like "Monday next week" I have to check if they mean the soonest Monday from the time of utterance, or the first Monday that is at least 7 days away. You would think that "next week" would have a standard meaning, but nooo...

But sundials don't care about weeks, or even Mondays (hmmm, that's quite an enviable life, actually), they have different versions for the hemispheres because the gnomin thingy faces the sun (well, the apex at noon, once the seasons / axis tilt are averaged out), so will be angled away from the ground at the latitude of the dial. So the dials for each side of the equator are mirrored/reversed, (else it would read time backwards, because you rotated the dial 180 degrees to set it up in the other hemisphere. Either that, or you lopped off the gnomen and attached it to the opposite side of the dial. Either way, it's different).

No - in answer to your next question - so far as I am aware, having a sundial read time backwards will not help you in your quest to win the lottery, or change the past to save your lost fiancee :-)
2003-11-28 06:48:56 AM  
Wow - nice photoshop job on those sundials. I wonder what the display REALLY looks like
2003-11-28 07:00:33 AM  
"The sundial is available in two versions, for use in either hemisphere." - Do they tell time differently Down Under??

No, but the prism this thing uses would have to be oriented the other way. In the Northern hemisphere, the Sun goes from left to right, but in the Southern Hemisphere the sun goes from right to left.

/hrmmm... too much science. Must. drink. more. beer.
2003-11-28 07:16:10 AM  
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Mmmm, watch video....
2003-11-28 07:41:30 AM  
That's the most kickass thing I've seen all day.

Me = Geek
2003-11-28 07:59:42 AM  
Nude beach in Aruba + Hawaiian Tropic bikini contest= sundial
2003-11-28 09:24:54 AM  
No, the reason there's 2 versions is because down in the Southern Hemisphere, the sun rises in the west, and sets in the they need to create a special mirror that reverses the image.
2003-11-28 09:25:17 AM  
That'd go nicely with my semi-automatic slippers.
2003-11-28 10:05:13 AM  
And another thing....DON'T CALL ME GEEK
2003-11-28 10:08:22 AM  
Wow - nice photoshop job on those sundials. I wonder what the display REALLY looks like

That's what the sundial *does* look like. Go check out the video clip.
2003-11-28 10:47:52 AM  
ubermensch ...because down in the Southern Hemisphere, the sun rises in the west...

WTF are you talking about Willis? The sun rises in the east in both hemispheres. Do you really think that the bottom half of the earth rotates in the oposite direction in the southern hemisphere? The reason for the difference in N hemisphere sundials and S hemisphere sundials is because of the angle that the sun hits the earth.

For more info here, (opens in new window)
2003-11-28 11:10:41 AM  
Is the 480 foot tall version from the first pic more expensive than the one that fits in your hand?
2003-11-28 11:46:34 AM  
You are also a geek if you read through the posting on analemma.

Nice link SantasBoot .
2003-11-28 11:52:06 AM  
Yes, the southern hemisphere of the Earth does rotate the opposite way of the northern half. Why do you think they call them hemispheres?
2003-11-28 12:03:45 PM  
El_Salvador_Dali_Lama not in relationship to the sun.

Are you trying to tell me that East is actually West in the Southern Hemisphere? Because that is what ubermensch was saying.

Now if what you are trying to say is that if you a standing in the Southern Hemisphere the sun traverses counter clockwise across the sky then you are correct.
2003-11-28 12:06:02 PM  
Oh I was talking about map directions in my post.
2003-11-28 12:09:56 PM  
I actually just thought of an easier way to picture this.

If you are standing in the Northern Hemisphere and you face the closest pole (the North Pole) the sun rises on your right and sets on your left.

However if you are standing in the Southern Hemisphere and you face the closest pole (the South Pole) the sun rises on your left and sets on your right.
2003-11-28 12:13:28 PM  
SantasBoot: Sorry. I should have wrapped that comment in a tag. If I had been drinking milk when I read that East is West in the South thing I would now be cleaning it out of my keyboard.

It's not so much that it's totally wrong but rather I was envisioning the strange environment of the equator in that scenario. I mean, would time be bent as well at the equator as East became West? Would there be a ribbon around the world where you couldn't discern direction at all? Or would the two halves of the planet actually physically counter-rotate?

2003-11-28 01:47:30 PM  
Yeah, the hemisphere thing, how DO the southern hemishphere folks keep from falling off? And don't they get dizzy from all the blood going to their heads?
2003-11-28 03:47:51 PM  
That's cool and all, but I doubt many people are going to pay $94.00 for a 3-inch sundial.
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