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Introducing a Calendar System For the Information Age 224

First time accepted submitter chimeraha (3594169) writes "Synchronized with the northern winter solstice and the UNIX Epoch, the terran computational calendar contains 13 identical months of 28 days each in addition to a short Month Zero containing only new year's day and a single leap year day every four years (with the exception of every 128 years). The beginning of this zero-based numbering calendar, denoted as TC, is on the solstice, exactly 10 days before the UNIX Epoch (effectively, December 22nd, 1969 00:00:00 UTC in the Gregorian Calendar). It's "terran" inception and unit durations reflect the human biological clock and align with astronomical cycles and epochs. Its "computational" notation, start date, and algorithm are tailored towards the mathematicians & scientists tasked with calendrical programming and precise time calculation.

There's a lot more information at including a date conversion form and a handfull of code-snipits & apps for implementing the terran computational calendar."
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Introducing a Calendar System For the Information Age

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  • Re:Um no (Score:3, Informative)

    by oodaloop ( 1229816 ) on Thursday March 27, 2014 @03:16PM (#46595135)

    We can't even get people to agree on daylight savings time.

    I assume you mean Daylight Saving Time []. Singular.

  • Re:Um no (Score:3, Informative)

    by careysub ( 976506 ) on Thursday March 27, 2014 @04:57PM (#46596291)

    I want to redefine the second and do away with the awkward 24/60/60 nonsense that is time. 10 hour days, 100 minute hours and 100 second minutes for a total of 100,000 seconds in a day.

    Also the US needs to kill AM/PM, its simply unnecessary and redundant.

    Good luck with that. The division of the day into 24 hours originates in Egypt 130 BC years ago, and was adopted in China by 900 AD so that this is a shared ancient system of time measurement in both West and East. The division of the day into twelve "double hours" is even more ancient in both places originating by the Ur III period of Sumerian civilization (2100 BC).

    The division of hours into minutes and seconds uses the sexigisimal number system was also invented by Sumerians and used by them for angular measurement (the passage of daily time corresponding to angular motion the the sky/Earth). It was adapted for small time unit measurement (minutes, seconds) by Claudios Ptolemaious in 130 AD, then spread throughout the Old World by Islam (and later by Europeans). We have had these units as a common nearly world-wide standard for a long, long time.

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