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(BBC)   Aww crap, we're not gonna have to switch to metric time now are we?   (bbc.co.uk ) divider line
    More: Interesting, Atomic Clock, optical lattices, International System of Units, Paris Observatory, microwaves, metric time  
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2013-07-10 11:54:34 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does anybody really know what time it is?


it's 25 or 6 to 4
 
2013-07-10 11:54:47 AM  

boarch: FTA: "The devices, called optical lattice clocks, lost just one second every 300 million years - making them three times as accurate as current atomic clocks. "

They tested this-- how?


Time Machine.
 
2013-07-10 11:55:02 AM  

ChrisDe: Teaser: [i41.tinypic.com image 700x662]

Actually for temperature, Fahrenheit is more precise. 180 units of measurement between freezing and boiling point, instead of 100. That really helps when I need to know if I should wear a sweater or not.


It's great for cooking, I have no use for it in my life apart from that. But then again I don't tell people I'll be showing up somewhere in 10 minutes and 42 seconds. I also don't have different sweaters for single degree increments, call me crazy...
 
2013-07-10 11:55:05 AM  
I will not hear such maligning of metric time on Mint Day of all days.
 
2013-07-10 11:58:02 AM  

Kimpak: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does anybody really know what time it is?

Time is an illusion.  Lunchtime, doubly so.


Welcome to the Grand Illusion.
 
2013-07-10 11:58:15 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does anybody really know what time it is?


Does anybody really care?
 
2013-07-10 12:00:35 PM  
Oh, drat, I forgot to change my page-a-day. It's actually Cumin Day. I HAD BETTER SEE CUMIN ON EVERYTHING.
 
2013-07-10 12:03:34 PM  
 THUNDERCLEESE
Time is an abstract concept created by carbon-based life-forms to monitor their ongoing decay.

/But I think it's Tool Time
 
2013-07-10 12:04:20 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does anybody really know what time it is?


I think you meant to ask which time it is.
 
2013-07-10 12:05:05 PM  

boarch: FTA: "The devices, called optical lattice clocks, lost just one second every 300 million years - making them three times as accurate as current atomic clocks. "

They tested this-- how?


i was wondering the same thing.
 
2013-07-10 12:06:16 PM  
A clock accurate out 100 million years isn't good enough?  Who plans on being here long enough to have to adjust the clock up one second that far in the future?


Get back to me when they have an atomic Cookoo clock
 
2013-07-10 12:06:39 PM  

Nana's Vibrator: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does anybody really know what time it is?

Does anybody really care?


Damn... that took a while
 
2013-07-10 12:07:11 PM  

To The Escape Zeppelin!: Um, no? I'm pretty sure light just refers to the visible or near visible wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum. Both are on the same spectrum but microwaves aren't light.


Unless you're going really, really fast...
 
2013-07-10 12:07:19 PM  
In the US, we won't switch to metric time.  Referencing the precedent of metric length, we'll teach it in all of the schools but use some half-assed hybrid.
What we ended up with is items measured in feet and inches, but fractions of inches are metric.  So you'll have a clock with 12 hours and 60 minutes, but the second hand will tick 100 times per minute.  Unless you like precision timing, in which case it will  tick 10,000 times per minute, in a measurement engineers will inexplicably call "tenths" rather "ten-thousandths"
Also, since you need 2 sets of wrenches to fix anything, I'm guessing you'll now need 2 watches and 2 wall clocks for every room.
 
2013-07-10 12:10:50 PM  

knight_on_the_rail: ChrisDe: Teaser: [i41.tinypic.com image 700x662]

Actually for temperature, Fahrenheit is more precise. 180 units of measurement between freezing and boiling point, instead of 100. That really helps when I need to know if I should wear a sweater or not.

It's great for cooking, I have no use for it in my life apart from that. But then again I don't tell people I'll be showing up somewhere in 10 minutes and 42 seconds. I also don't have different sweaters for single degree increments, call me crazy...


I cook in Celsius, and I haven't burned any water yet.
 
2013-07-10 12:12:32 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does anybody really know what time it is?


It's just a jump to the left.
 
2013-07-10 12:13:04 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does anybody really know what time it is?


I've got the time...

/tick tick tickin in my head....
 
2013-07-10 12:13:23 PM  

feuerwehrmann: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does anybody really know what time it is?

it's 25 or 6 to 4


Does anyone really care ?
 
2013-07-10 12:13:49 PM  

Hollie Maea: lilbjorn: The devices, called optical lattice clocks, lost just one second every 300 million years - making them three times as accurate as current atomic clocks

Oh, well by all means.  Let's spend billions of tax of dollars converting over to this new clock.

Guess how I know you don't know how GPS works?

Hint: Maybe you don't care if you are off by a second after 300 million years, but you do care if you are off by a nanosecond after a minute.


Guess how I know you flunked math.
 
2013-07-10 12:15:15 PM  

oldernell: I say we go with The Time Cube.


came for this, leaving happy.
 
2013-07-10 12:16:50 PM  

Nana's Vibrator: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does anybody really know what time it is?

Does anybody really care?


I can't imagine why.
 
2013-07-10 12:17:11 PM  
Time to put the ol' MASER up on Ebay.
 
2013-07-10 12:17:41 PM  

ChrisDe: Teaser: [i41.tinypic.com image 700x662]

Actually for temperature, Fahrenheit is more precise. 180 units of measurement between freezing and boiling point, instead of 100. That really helps when I need to know if I should wear a sweater or not.


And why don't all these celsius proponents acknowledge that it is inferior to Kelvin? If you plan to be arbitrarily precise you might as well go all the way. And setting 100 increments between the freezing point and boiling point of water at sea level is arbitrary as well.
 
2013-07-10 12:18:50 PM  
Nobody's name-dropped the Hives yet, who have an  entire song dedicated to this concept?
 
2013-07-10 12:18:51 PM  
MaudlinMutantMollusk:
Damn... that took a while

Some people were pretty close, but not quite there, but yeah, I thought the same thing.
 
2013-07-10 12:19:14 PM  

Teaser: [i41.tinypic.com image 700x662]


Year/Month/Day makes more sense than day/month/year.

Also, putting the surname before the given name (as they do in East Asia) makes more sense. None of this "Last Name, First Name, M.I." nonsense on forms, you would just write it out as you normally say it.

/senary is better than decimal, anyway.
 
2013-07-10 12:19:39 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does anybody really know what time it is?


Mr Grouper, is that you?
 
2013-07-10 12:21:31 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Nana's Vibrator: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does anybody really know what time it is?

Does anybody really care?

Damn... that took a while


Had to make sure you have time enough to cry.  Or something.
 
2013-07-10 12:23:01 PM  
www.jonknoll.com

Crap, that's confusing.
 
2013-07-10 12:24:03 PM  
Wait... I know, I I'll buy a metric clock that GOES TO ELEVEN!

2.bp.blogspot.com

/It's one more
 
2013-07-10 12:30:07 PM  

Langdon Alger: THUNDERCLEESE
Time is an abstract concept created by carbon-based life-forms to monitor their ongoing decay.

/But I think it's Tool Time


No, time was invented by the Universe.

Seconds are the work of man...
 
2013-07-10 12:31:11 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Nana's Vibrator: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does anybody really know what time it is?

Does anybody really care?

Damn... that took a while


I couldn't believe it after 50-something comments no one else got it.  It was like a Match Game from Hell.
/don't f*'ing tell me you people don't know who Gene Rayburn was.
 
2013-07-10 12:33:22 PM  

Teaser: [i41.tinypic.com image 700x662]


Month day year makes sense from a weather information standpoint.  Considering that for most of human history, most of the stuff we've done is highly dependent on the weather, getting that information first makes sense.  Telling somebody that something happened in June provides a lot of information.  Saying it happened on the 23rd does not.  The year is least important from the sense of the weather, aside from outliers such as the year of a massive volcanic eruption lowering temperatures.  The rest of the American standard needs to get tossed for Metric though.
 
2013-07-10 12:39:27 PM  
What the hell is caesium?
 
2013-07-10 12:40:23 PM  

Teaser: [i41.tinypic.com image 700x662]


Yet somehow we made it to the Moon....
 
2013-07-10 12:44:40 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does anybody really know what time it is?


Not really, but if I knew my exact time, I wouldn't know my frequency.
 
2013-07-10 12:45:32 PM  

lilbjorn: Hollie Maea: lilbjorn: The devices, called optical lattice clocks, lost just one second every 300 million years - making them three times as accurate as current atomic clocks

Oh, well by all means.  Let's spend billions of tax of dollars converting over to this new clock.

Guess how I know you don't know how GPS works?

Hint: Maybe you don't care if you are off by a second after 300 million years, but you do care if you are off by a nanosecond after a minute.

Guess how I know you flunked math.


Uh, those weren't intended to be equivalent.  I didn't bother to do the math, but obviously the point sailed way over your head.  Let me try again with simpler words: You might not care if your clock is off by a fairly small amount over a very long time but you might care if your clock is off by a very small amount over a fairly short time.  Again, look up how GPS works.
 
2013-07-10 12:45:33 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does anybody really know what time it is?


By my calculations it is 5:73  Décade III Jour du Duodi Messidor,  Année 221 de la  République.
 
2013-07-10 12:50:22 PM  
Doesn't matter how accurate the new clock is, my wife will still be late.  Always.  For everything.
 
2013-07-10 12:51:07 PM  
www.harkavagrant.com
 
2013-07-10 12:52:56 PM  
Rick Mercer "Talking To Americans" blew the lid off metric time back in 2000.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhTZ_tgMUdo around 3:15
"Twenty hour day ... An hour of Canadian time has about 65 American minutes."

/ both RMR and This Hour Has 22 Minutes are hilarious
// Go, Marg!
 
2013-07-10 12:55:50 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does anybody really know what time it is?


It's Tool Time!
 
2013-07-10 12:56:56 PM  
Metric is the shiz.

Except for measuring human height.

It's easy to picture, say 6 units. That guy is 6 feet tall.
Tougher in metric units. That guy is 183 cms tall.
 
2013-07-10 01:00:46 PM  
The devices, called optical lattice clocks, lost just one second every 300 million years

Talk about a dedicated QA department.
 
2013-07-10 01:01:36 PM  

Teaser: [i41.tinypic.com image 700x662]


Obsessive-compulsive standardization is a sign of an inferior mind.

My ipsokinetos gets 88 furlongs per pottle in the city and that's how I like it!
 
2013-07-10 01:02:46 PM  
I've got a watch with a minute hand, millennium hand, and an eon hand.

/when they meet it's happy land
 
2013-07-10 01:03:42 PM  

SovietCanuckistan: Tougher in metric units. That guy is 183 cms tall.


I have no problem visualizing 1.8 meters.
 
2013-07-10 01:04:47 PM  
 
2013-07-10 01:05:02 PM  

Saiga410: So when do we institute the metric week?


The French already tried it, then they decided it would be more fun to cut off heads as public entertainment. Finally, they decided that conquering Europe would be even more fun. Moral: Don't dick with "metric time", it makes you into a total shiathead.
 
2013-07-10 01:06:43 PM  

AndreMA: SovietCanuckistan: Tougher in metric units. That guy is 183 cms tall.

I have no problem visualizing 1.8 meters.


A good point. I guess we can move the zeros left and right to figure out all kinds o stuff.
 
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