Re: [LEAPSECS] building consensus

From: John Cowan <>
Date: Mon, 5 Jun 2006 22:38:31 -0400

Rob Seaman scripsit:

> We wouldn't be having this discussion if the SI unit of time had simply
> been called the "essen" as originally proposed. Then the distinction
> between these rather different meanings would be obvious and the need
> for an actual time-of-day solution indisputable. Eventually one second
> will equal 1.5 essens. What would the suggestion then be for a
> zero fuss, lotta muss "solution"? (Ein gedankenexperiment,
> don't try this at home, kids.)

As I've said before, eventually the notion that the solar day contains
24h of 60m of 60s will have to be abandoned. It'll be awfully hard
to maintain when an "hour" involves two human sleep-wake cycles,
out in the limit when the Moon is fully tidally locked and 1 lunar month =
1 solar day = 47 current solar days, more or less.

No,  John.  I want formats that are actually       John Cowan
useful, rather than over-featured megaliths that
address all questions by piling on ridiculous
internal links in forms which are hideously
over-complex. --Simon St. Laurent on xml-dev
Received on Mon Jun 05 2006 - 19:38:46 PDT

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