[time-nuts] Best reason
batchelormr at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 28 19:29:27 UTC 2012
Antonio I8IOV wrote:
>>Well the best reason is that by our social convention it makes people
>>But that reason does have much logic behind it.
>One month ago a 38-year old wristwatch resurfaced from a junk box and I
>decided to return to it at least temporarily. It drifts some 30 seconds per
>day, but sincerely I don't feel any particular discomfort with it.
Obviously I meant to say that it "doesn't" have much logic, not that
it "does" have much logic.
Clearly for tens of thousands of years we had no more precision than
daily sunrise for timekeeping, so the world won't vanish if we don't
have accurate clocks.
I myself have a few mechanical watches, and I no longer wear a wrist
watch since I seem to be surrounded by clocks all the time. Every
computer screen in my sight has the TOD in the corner. My cell phone has
the TOD. There's a clock on the wall in almost every room I walk in at
work and at home.
But our social convention has changed over time, and now we expect
to know the time precision closer than sunrise/sunset can tell us.
Personally, +/- a minute or two is good enough for most everything I
do in my life. But frequency is important to me.
Michael / KA7ZNZ
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