Friday, 19 December 2008

Leap Hour?

I don't like the sound of this one bit. All right, I probably won't be around in 600 years to experience the shock of a 'leap hour' - but what on earth are they up to? Can't they leave well alone? It looks to me like a cunning plan to decouple England from unviersal time - which, you'll note, will drift away in the direction of Paris. Wouldn't you know it? And, while we're at it, why should time be measured by oscillating caesium atoms, rather than the revolutions of the earth - that sounds suspiciously French to me too, like the ridiculous metric system...

4 comments:

  1. Odd, Nige. I agree. The Earth, despite its slowing down, should really set what constitutes a day. You can't beat 24 hours my book, or indeed, by my clock.

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  2. If I wasn't feeling so dog tired, I'd probably have something to say on Time - they were coming out with some pretty mind-boggling stuff about it on In Our Time yesterday (I think)...

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  3. There's money in it, Nige. I'm sure Bernie Madoff would have a few ideas. Shares in "The Great British Time Company", with guaranteed patent protections ... an IPO, a French company saddled with inferior French Time is unable to resist an offer for such a lucrative plum ... why, we'll all end our days sipping cocktails on Caribbean Time!

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  4. Dihydrogen monoxide4 March 2009 at 05:47

    600 hundred years politicians do not think that far ahead they just abolish the leap second and talk about it in 300-600 years or most likely let it go and just adjust the 9-5 routine a bit i do not see this as being an issue but we have the term leap hour they would not propose this unless they planed to use it here is reason they would use it in our life time

    http://www.topix.com/forum/ca/edmonton-ab/T72HFC4CT9N7J8RA0/p60

    even when it comes to money it is hard for some politicians to think 5 years ahead science 600 years from now at that simple science nothing earth shattering mm

    think a bit bigger and allot sooner the mayans had a thing for time and their clock ends 2012 and look at my topix thread http://www.topix.com/forum/ca/edmonton-ab/T72HFC4CT9N7J8RA0/p60

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