Metric Time...
May 29, 2001 6:30 PM   Subscribe

Metric Time... it's 95.5 do you know where your children are? (Check out the whole site; it's a wonderful melange of crazy and not so crazy ideas.)
posted by silusGROK (14 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
yeah, it's a meme that's been going around lately, though didn't swatch start this all?
posted by jessamyn at 8:01 PM on May 29, 2001

They are too in love with their foolish tens. We need BINARY time.
posted by rodii at 9:16 PM on May 29, 2001

After having this site crash two different browsers and rendering the page in IE so that I had to scroll horizontally to read it, I gave up.

In those brief moments I could not determine if the site was parody or not. The arguments are like sieves though. If you actually have an interest in how we track time, a must read is the Discoverers by Boorstin.

I did at least nab this from the site: "Since any system for measuring time is arbitrary, we should be using one that is most practical for us."

That's so cute.
posted by Dick Paris at 9:53 PM on May 29, 2001

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posted by cheaily at 10:16 PM on May 29, 2001

It's been tried before
posted by lagado at 10:44 PM on May 29, 2001

Towards the bottom of the page, after an extensive explanation and demonstration, "See how easy Metric Time is!" No I don't. However, all this sounds painfully familiar...
posted by ZachsMind at 11:09 PM on May 29, 2001

Next up, the metric alphabet
posted by crackheadmatt at 11:41 PM on May 29, 2001

I tried New Earth Time, which for me is the most aesthetically pleasing of alternate time systems, but it didn't sink into my head. Their master plan, which includes some comments on Swatch's system, is interesting to read.
posted by southisup at 4:56 AM on May 30, 2001

Next up, the metric alphabet

08161604 10040501!
posted by D at 9:17 AM on May 30, 2001

think about the havoc this would cause in peoples' television viewing habits.
posted by tolkhan at 9:18 AM on May 30, 2001

tolkhan... not if they had TiVo!
posted by silusGROK at 9:22 AM on May 30, 2001

About as likely to take off as people using radians rather than degrees for everyday angle measurement.
posted by normy at 9:38 AM on May 30, 2001

I think you meant 07151504 09040501, D. :-)
posted by youhas at 9:44 AM on May 30, 2001

I've often heard proposals for a "metric time", but the "New Earth Time" that southisup linked to is a new one by me. Now that's a cool idea.
posted by Shadowkeeper at 9:47 AM on May 30, 2001

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