People randomly asking me for the time - Journal of Omnifarious
Jun. 9th, 2005
09:01 pm - People randomly asking me for the time
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...
09:35:22 = JjW
23:10:55 = XK3
22:35:09 = WjJ
10:55:23 = K3X
... 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.