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Decimal time?

Because I am a geek, I've been trying to work out how to "decimalise" time for my stories. It just annoys me having to "guesstimate" how long things last etc, and just inventing terms and guessing means I keep making mistakes. XD

I saw one TF system based on base 48, which was rather cool, but it always struck me as just because WE use 48-bit as a standard for computing (why is that? I must look it up) for a species living as long as a TF surely they'd use something more, I don't know, "logically decimalised"?

At the moment, I'm working in "thousands", and the system is based on the "standard unit" length of a day. There's no such thing as a month or a week, because they don't seem necessary at the moment. (I mean, why say "a month" when you can just as easily say "30 days"?) ("Years" are probably used in practice as a sort of "slang", but not part of the official measures.)

So far I have (although I'm probably going to rename them):
10^0 = 1 day (which I've implied is quite long, equivalent to 3.5 Earth days, to take into account all the night-time scenes in the cartoons XD Well, there's got to be a reason for it, right?)
10^3 = 1000 days = 1 "year"
10^6 = 1,000,000 days = 1000 "years" = "century"

So Seem, who is coming up on 40 vorns if going by the "official" TF canon measures, is... about 346 years old?

(40 vorns = 40x83 years = 3320 years.
Assuming these are the same length as Earth years, this means 1211800 Earth days.
Divide by 3.5 gives about 346229 "Ct" days.
Which is 346 "years" (orrr I guess they'd probably decimalise to 3.46x10^5 in some measuring systems...?)
OK my brain has melted. WAAAY to early to be doing this. I forget the point I was making.)

Althooough I guess in binary terms 8 is a logical number to use too...? As in, 10001000 etc.
*brainasplode*

In other news, I have confirmed with the management company that I haven't missed my service charge this year, so they're not going to send snipey letters telling me to pay up or else. (They only posted it last week)

Edit: I also kiiinda want to make little enamel pin badges with my blue angryface (example above) but I don't think I could justify the initial outlay, because I'm the only person who'd want one. XD

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muffins_of_god
Feb. 3rd, 2011 08:51 am (UTC)
This? I have no idea what this says. XD Which is why I'm not in a math-related field.

Also, 4am is too late for me to be pondering math. Must....write....crap for class....
keaalu
Feb. 3rd, 2011 01:55 pm (UTC)
Haha me either, really. ^_^

YOU CAN DO EET
garedeuropa
Feb. 3rd, 2011 11:45 am (UTC)
Maybe you could get a custom badge/brooch made by a jeweller? No idea what the cost would be, though. At least it's a relatively simple design as it's all straight lines.

Or you could try making it into a pathtag: http://www.pathtags.com/ The website's naff but their product quality is good; I have one of Miss Monster's and I wear it as a pendant.
garedeuropa
Feb. 3rd, 2011 11:46 am (UTC)
Oh, and coming up with new time systems is hard. (It must have been such an arse switching from Julian to Gregorian.) My creatures use base 8, but at least that's relatively easy for me to work out.
keaalu
Feb. 3rd, 2011 01:43 pm (UTC)
Well, funny you should mention pathtags, I HAD thought about them... :) (Very briefly.) Heard good things from other people, I just didn't personally know anyone who HAD one.

I just had the same "well who'd want one except me?" thoughts. I wasn't sure what I'd do with them - badges, sure, can pin to things. I could wear one on my lanyard at work, and so on. I wasn't sure what else to do with Pathtags, though.

Plus, it's not that much cheaper - I could get 100 for about £100 from this site.

...essentially, I just want a Policebot angryface for my work bag, and am trying really hard to come up with justification. XD Maybe I'll just go to Zazzle and get a boring birthday-card-style one. That or just get a batch and sell 'em for charity or something.

...yeah, now I'm just thinking aloud, haha. Don't mind me.

Edit: Having said all that... I am leaning closer to Pathtags now. Haha. XD

Edited at 2011-02-03 02:04 pm (UTC)
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