its about time
the delicate flower that is WRLD.time
expressed in jonathan's own words
behold, jonathan jay expounds upon subject of the WRLD.time implementation.
the full exogenesis can be found on his home page. i've layed it out in fixed-point font since that's the way i first saw it myself, with a little bit of HTML enhancement. Microsoft browsers may drop the FONT size by one... sorry about that.
***its about time. ***the information age. the dawning of a new millenium. the digital revolution... ooooooh, cool... yeah, whatever. by now, you have heard this over and over again, so many times that you are sick of it. "Yeah, yeah i've heard about that before, you're not telling me anything new." No, i am not. Ok, you are right. The digital age is not brand-spanking new any more, it has been happening now at an accellarating rate for the last 40-50 years, and espeshially so for the last 10. The digital future is quickly becoming the digital present. ***announcing the end of the forty hour work week. ***so, for about the last ten years now, you been hearing a whole lot of shit about the future, and about technology, and all that, about how it is gonna make your life wonderfull, but you are probably still waiting for some of that good shit to happen, cause as best as you can see, the future is coming faster than ever, and there is a whole lotta talk about change, but about the only thing that's a changing is that you are working longer and longer hours for less and less purchasing power. yea, the future is here, and it's very expensive. ***so, right now, folks is busier and busier, and everyone is asking for more time to do stuff for themselves, privite time, but we all have to work such long hours, and it seems like there is just not enough hours to go around. something must be done about this. ***announcing the end of the twenty-four hour day. ***you know, when i was a kid, i never could figure out why there was twenty four hours in the day, and why at 12:59 we went back to 1:00 and started over again, in the middle of the day. What ever happened to 12:60, 12:61, 12:62... why did we count up to 59 and then go back to zero? Who made this kooky system up, and why was everyone running around like chickens with their heads cut off to try and get somewhere on time? And time zones, ante merdian, and post meridian, and daylight savings time... "spring forward, fall back" onto about the dumbest system ever dreamed up. I was always late, never could get anywhere on time. Damn, who's fault was this? ***3,000 BC babalonian astronomers invent time ***so, i did some research into the history of time. i found out that about 5,000 years ago, babalonian astronomer/priests studying the night sky developed seconds, minutes and hours to chop time into workable peices and keep track of when the stars and planets rose and fell and moved through space. The ancient babylonians were strange and astonishingly sophisticated people, but also very practicle too. ***Unlike contemporary society where today we use a decimal or base 10 math system, they happened to have a sexigesimal, or base 60 math system. This means that they counted up from 0 to 59 before going back to 0 again and bumping up to the next level. Damn, that's a lot of numbers. How they developed this hyper-complicated idea is quite beyond me, I can barely count up to ten. Since it was what they were familiar with, they naturally just slapped it on to their clock system, and voila: 60 seconds = 1 minute, and sixty minutes = 1 hour! It made perfect sence to them, and if you were a babalonian astrologer/preist it would make perfect sence to you too! Do you have a shaved head and worship Marduk? Do you wear a grass skirt and write on clay tablets? ***anouncing the end of our babalonian hangover ***5,000 years later, kids in school still struggle how to tell babalonian time. If you sufferd through this, then you know whay i am talking about. You probably had to have had it drummed into your head, that 59 + 1 = 0. Make sence? Lucky for us, even though most of us can not think in sexigesimal, we can still catch busses, and movies and our favorite shows on tv. Well, most of us can, i am always late. But you know what? It is still a dumb system for base 10 peoples to be using. ***time for a change ***americans are dumb. most of us can only speak one language. other cultures laugh at us... and then we blow them up, ha-ha. Even the english are not using the english system of measurements, but we still are. We are sliding into the third millenium now and we still are afraid of the metric system. oooh, scary! The point is, when are we gonna set aside fears, and start cranking with what we allready know? When are we gonna start applying our own ideas to the world around us and roll. When will we have the conviction to express time in our own language instead of some babalonian bullshit. ***time for an upgrade: digital time for a digital world ***ok, so check it out: the world has become a smaller more interconected place. All these time zones and daylightsavings schemes and 2*12-60-60 stuff is too ticky-tacky rickety cluttered up, and it is time to clear the decks; make a clean sweep. Making a system upgrade once every 5,000 years is not too often to make an improvement, and that time is now.