Sunday, October 29, 2006

Centesimal Time

The clocks went back in the UK last night. Why? So that we can have more daylight during the winter in the hours when we expect to get daylight. This causes all sorts of disruption to sleep patterns, computer systems and messing around resetting clocks on phones, videos etc.

I propose the scrapping of Daylight Savings Time and replacing it with a new measure of time altogether - Centesimal Time. The day is divided into 100 "cents" instead of 24 hours. Midnight is 0 cents and midday is 50 cents. Time is expressed as decimal number between 0 and 100. The number of decimal places shown depends on the precision required.

To demonstrate it, I've created a centesimal clock. It's really simple. Demand that your local garage/doctors/library start arranging appointments in centesimal time and we'll soon have everyone coming round to my way of thinking. Think about it; at the moment if you have to calculate "how long is it before 19:32:59" you have to really think about it. In centesimal, you just subtract one number from another. Really simple.

While we're at it, we'll abolish time zones and base centesimal time around the Coordinated Univeral Time (UTC) system which is equivalent to the UK's GMT, rather conveniently. So everyone's midday (50 cents in the UK) will be different around the globe. That's got to be better than remembering the time zones at various longitudes.

So that's sorted then. By the way, there's a one-off special of the Royle Family on television tonight on BBC1 at 87.5 cents. I'm looking forward to it. It's on for 4.16 cents too.

4 Comments:

Blogger Polarbear said...

and the week?
can we get rid of that too?
and months
day 1 is 1:70.02 for instance
the next day 2:12.00
and you only work on days that are prime numbers.

4:52 pm  
Blogger Glynn said...

Weeks are useless. There should be 10 days in a week - five on, five off.

Days can be counted from the start of the year e.g. Day 296. Piece of piss

6:19 pm  
Blogger Polarbear said...

we will need to add some new word for oxford's next update. ie.

Barbara, can you come here a for a millicent?
Yes Derek 2 microcents and i'll be with you, I've left the iron on love.

7:01 pm  
Blogger Glynn said...

Let's conference call it tomorrow. is 41.5 fine for you? It'll only take half a cent.....

8:19 pm  

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