View Full Version : Will We Ever Have Metric Time?

02-07-2005, 10:48 PM
By metric I mean like 10 hours in a day. 100 minutes in an hour, etc. :)

02-07-2005, 11:08 PM
no, it's no possible. unless they invent a Star Trek type universal time thing, but no one likes trekkies, so no one would accept it, and then how would we know how long to cook our pies for?

02-07-2005, 11:09 PM

02-07-2005, 11:11 PM
I don't have time to answer this thread. :no:

02-07-2005, 11:26 PM
No, it just wouldn't work.

02-08-2005, 09:25 AM
The only reason that we supposedly favour metric systems is because we have 10 fingers and 10 toes... :blink:

When you think about it, 10 and 100 are pretty bad numbers to base everything on, mainly because they doesn't really divide by much without going into fractions...

12 and 60 are much more convenient units to divide by...

02-08-2005, 10:23 AM
10 is easier to divide by, just move the decimal point along

how many minutes in a day?

02-08-2005, 10:26 AM
No, cause we would live in the dark then...

vivitron 15
02-08-2005, 12:58 PM
as long as the day stayed at 1/365th (and the quarter :P) of the year, we wouldnt suffer the day/night problem that everyoine thinks about...just redefine the second to be slihgtly longer/shorter, and then rebase minutes and hours.

I would suggest
10 vours = 1 day (Vivitron-hours)
100 vinutes = 1 vour
100 veconds = 1 vinute

on a side note, i will leave years, months and weeks until people become accustomed to the new system

So a total of 100 000 veconds = 1 day
so a vecond is 1.157407... of a second.

I would also outlaw people saying "quarter-to-5", cos it messes with my head, just say "4v75" (the new naming convention for 4:75, its much simpler, and much more logical.

This system also eliminates the need for stupid 24hour clock, did it go past midnight (which is renamed 0-vour,VST, with midday renamed 5-vour,VST) is it am/pm etc, and so eliminating the need for people to effectively learn 2 time-systems: 1pm and 1300.

Also, i would do away with time zones, which are completely useless. The sun doesn't rise and set at the same time, nor do people start/end work at a uniform time, so why bother? Just have everyone working on VST. Just some people will start work at 2v50 and others at 7v25...its not complicated, and is less prejudiced against workers who work non-standard hours during the dark-times (the new politically correct reference for "night-shift", as i will do away with night and day, there will just be light-vours and dark-vours)

Anyhow, expect a lobby of all the world's parliaments over the next few years, with initial introduction of the new vlocks by the summer. By the end of 2007 the words "second, minute, hour" will be illegalised, and all will be using the new system.

02-08-2005, 01:19 PM
I wouldn't mind going with 13 months, 28 days in a month. Monday would always be on the first, friday would always be on the 28th. You could easily figuare out the date just by knowing what day it is. That would be great.

02-08-2005, 03:20 PM
Twelve and Sixty are each divisible by one more integer respectively than their ten and one hundred counterparts.

However, the last bit -- 12 and 60 are much more convenient units to divide by -- is fecking rubbish.

I don't think there will be metric time any time this millenium because of the hassle of conversion. Everyone uses the 24 hour day, 60 minutes per hour concept now, to change it would be expensive and pointless.

vivitron 15
02-08-2005, 04:21 PM
i think that is what was meant with more convenient to divide by - that more digits "go into" them without remainder...

this is why schools teach 360degrees in a circle, despite it being an appaulling system, much better to use 2 pi radians

02-08-2005, 04:42 PM
i think that is what was meant with more convenient to divide by - that more digits "go into" them without remainder...So, like, they're divisible by more integers. I should have thought of that.

Btw, the 360 degree circle, when regarding schooling, is a particularly good system as it's not very often that maths paints a qualitative picture but when dealing with degrees and their constituents (minutes and seconds) then a child is able to visualise the problem much easier, by thinking of a clock, than if they were dealing with irrational numbers, like pi.

02-08-2005, 04:57 PM
If there's no cause for change, then there won't be (change)

02-08-2005, 06:19 PM
anyone else still order spice (sweets) in quarters?

02-09-2005, 12:52 PM
I hope that is a roddage post, otherwise you are slightly mental (at least).

I know what I bloody well meant! :blushing:

(so did vivitron, thankfully... ;) )

02-09-2005, 01:05 PM
Seconds are already metric: http://www.essex1.com/people/speer/units.html

02-09-2005, 01:38 PM
If there's no cause for change, then there won't be (change)
there was no point in changing to metric measurement in the first place. But we did, and it's great.

02-09-2005, 05:47 PM
Some people think wayyyyyyyy too much......... AND THAT INCLUDES YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!!

ehh? (http://zapatopi.net/metrictime.html)

wha? (http://www.indwes.edu/Faculty/bcupp/things/metrictm.htm)

@ TheDave - no but drugs are often bought in olde worlde measurements ;)

@ everyone - what the feck would we want a 10 day week for!!!!!!! 8 days at work 2 days off....... no thanks

02-09-2005, 06:41 PM
Seven on and Three off appeals tho' - extra 5 and a half days off a year :shifty:

02-10-2005, 02:48 AM
The time here is now 21 h 44.

02-10-2005, 02:52 AM
Seven on and Three off appeals tho' - extra 5 and a half days off a year :shifty:
we could have 2 days off, work a few days, 1 day off, work last few days, then back to 2 days off again...might make the week easier. :)

12-31-2006, 07:00 PM
emotional time should be prioritized for grants, unless they are painfull.

12-31-2006, 08:42 PM
I think the French tried a Metric Calendar after the French Revolution.
It didn't work out very well;), But I guess that if we put our minds to it, it might work...
On the other hand, why bother? I don't think it would be much more efficient than what we have now, and the change is VERY drastic...

12-31-2006, 11:34 PM
A second would be like 8.64 of our seconds we have now...
Or if 1000 seconds per minute we could have 0.864 of our seconds now is our new seconds in metric time.

01-01-2007, 03:35 AM
We already have. (http://webexhibits.org/calendars/calendar-french.html)
One of the coolest watches I've ever seen was a Breguet that had dual dials- one standard and one "Republican (metric) time".
A real piece of horological heaven.

01-01-2007, 08:58 PM
I got given a binary clock for christmas wtf :blink:

01-01-2007, 11:54 PM