Stories tagged clock

Jul
01
2006

Hourglass: from Wikimedia Commons  Life is a gift. Use it wisely.
Hourglass: from Wikimedia Commons Life is a gift. Use it wisely.

How many seconds are in a day?

Can you picture how many seconds are in a day? One day equals 86,400 seconds. Here is a link to a clock that has a dot for every second in the day. You can watch them change color one by one. Unless, of course, you can think a better way to use your gift of life.

Life is a gift.

We all receive this gift equally, second by second, day after day, until we die. Use this gift wisely.

May
04
2006


10000 year clock: Taken by Phillip Kirlin, in September 2005.

There was a time today when it was 1 second, 2 minutes, 3 hours, 4 days, 5 months, and 6 years into the new millennium. Counting time can be done in different ways. Danny Hillis wants "to build a clock that ticks once a year. The century hand advances once every one hundred years, and the cuckoo comes out on the millennium. I want the cuckoo to come out every millennium for the next 10,000 years. If I hurry I should finish the clock in time to see the cuckoo come out for the first time."
Wired magazine featured Danny's idea more than eight years ago and a prototype was built that chimed in the new millenium on New Years Eve, 1999. Steward Brand has an article about choosing where to locate the clock and Wikipedia has an entry, "Clock of the Long Now". Discover magazine has more coverage and some great photos of the "Long Now" clock.