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People randomly asking me for the time - Journal of Omnifarious

Jun. 9th, 2005

09:01 pm - People randomly asking me for the time

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One slight annoyance involved in wearing an easily visible watch is people feeling that you have a duty to tell them the time because they don't want to wear a watch. This doesn't annoy me greatly, but it does a little. And one secret joy is that I keep my watch in 24-hour time, and so I give them the time in 24-hour time and they tend to get confused. It's kind of neat when someone gets it right away.

But, I thought of an even more amusing ploy... Get a watch that keeps time in base 60. This means that the watch will not have 10 possibilities (0-9) for each digit, but 60 instead. The digits will count off A-Z,a-z,0-8. I could probably learn to tell time pretty well with this system, and it reduces all times to a sequence of exactly 3 digits...

... and so on.

This would allow me to be even more obscure and confusing at little inconvenience to myself. I could even offer to show people my watch. :-) I would be vastly amused.

While I tend to refuse to translate 24-hour time for friends, I would translate this. I don't really want the whole world to abandon decimal for keeping time. But I do want everybody to abandon the stupid and confusing 12-hour clock.

BTW, 3330924091 0763010528 6927507454 0862508597 5848229178 0972822940 8198544416 9625454640 9765011467 4266599998 4862928961 5284463388 1334806571 0209285025 1556552167 0914072092 5898744161 1452453645 0792804362 7886577982 5243416068 9124549496 4407 is prime.

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From:anansi133
Date:June 9th, 2005 09:07 pm (UTC)
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Speaking as someone who often asks people for the time, I accuse you of being a geek.
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From:omnifarious
Date:June 9th, 2005 09:12 pm (UTC)
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<span style="emote-tone: modest;">I try.</span> :-)

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From:vorrant
Date:June 9th, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC)
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Your prime number has completely FUBARed my friends page.
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From:omnifarious
Date:June 9th, 2005 09:55 pm (UTC)
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*laugh* Hmm... It ought not do that. What browser are you using?

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From:vorrant
Date:June 9th, 2005 10:35 pm (UTC)
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Safari 1.2.4

And whatever you did worked, thank you.

Between you and revdj, who I think you would like, friends pages are rarely safe. ;)
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From:omnifarious
Date:June 9th, 2005 09:58 pm (UTC)
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Firefox does something a little odd to it and just arbitrarily chops the number into 80 character sections. I don't do anything funky to keep the number from wrapping or anything. A good browser should wrap it somewhere.

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From:vorrant
Date:June 9th, 2005 10:36 pm (UTC)
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Safari has been pretty good to me but the last couple days it has just kept going with long lines of numbers or letters.
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From:omnifarious
Date:June 9th, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC)
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There, I stuck in a space every 10 characters. I wonder if there's any funny Unicode non-printing character that informs the browser its OK to break the line at that point, sort of like the reverse of &nbsp;.

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From:vorrant
Date:June 9th, 2005 10:36 pm (UTC)

sort of like the reverse of &nbsp;.

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And here you lost me.
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From:bpt
Date:June 10th, 2005 12:58 am (UTC)
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See the Line Breaking Properties technical report for information on line breaking in Unicode. The zero-width space (200B in hex) is probably what you want here, but I don't know how well-supported it is in browsers.
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From:omnifarious
Date:June 10th, 2005 07:00 am (UTC)
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Thanks!

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From:elliptic_curve
Date:June 9th, 2005 10:11 pm (UTC)
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I think it's rude to not give people the time when they ask politely.
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From:omnifarious
Date:June 9th, 2005 10:23 pm (UTC)
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I never refuse to give it to them, because it would be rude. I even translate them time back for them because I make my watch run fast. But I also think it's a bit rude to wander around expecting all the watch owners out there to give you the time when you won't wear one yourself. It's not like a watch is expensive or hard to wear. And I've had people be a little pissy to me when I didn't immediately understand that they were asking for the time. They acted like it was their right, not like I was doing them a (admittedly very small) favor.

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From:elizabetta1
Date:June 10th, 2005 10:51 am (UTC)
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Dare I ask what time it is? LOL~
I know what you mean...got the same troubles~ SO I hide mine~LOL~
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From:kiarapanther
Date:June 10th, 2005 01:10 pm (UTC)
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*giggle*
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From:mysticalforest
Date:June 10th, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC)
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The movie Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins taught us that watches are a confidence game invented by the Swiss.

That's what Chun thought, anyway.
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