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.
HTML & Java Implementation (c)1998, Lookit the Cat Productions
WRLD.time Conceived (and (c)1998) by jonathan jay

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