Clocks and the way we see time

So, I got to thinking when my manager asks me what time I am leaving today. Our view on time is very relative. What time is it today? What time is it to God in the grand scheme of creation? What amount of time is left in the song I am listening to right now? How much time is left living in this body? What direction am I heading and will I be trying to shorten the amount of time it takes to get to the destination, or lengthen the amount of time the journey takes?

I propose this new clock, and its not perfect, but me being the geographer/cartographer/time-space continuum traveler,I must try to quantify time in terms of space (quantifying space in terms of time is just a distance so that would be boring).

Cardinal Clock

So how, you might ask, do I propose this new clock? North is 12, east is 3, south is 6 and west is 9. There, that was easy. Oh, the others, well… Say its 1 right now. I propose we say to one another (those of use who are as geeked out as me on geography that is) “Its about north-northeast and north.”
If its 6:15, let’s just say “south and east”.
If its 10:25, we can say “west-northwest and south-southeast”.

Sure, its a little radical, but it is so cool for a geo-geek like me. What are your thoughts?

About Nick

A servant and worshiper of Christ, a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a gecko breeder, a guitarist, a mountain biker, a GIS specialist.
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One Response to Clocks and the way we see time

  1. Sam says:

    Hey, Vespers here from GP.

    Your clock idea is really cool. Compasses and clocks are already related. Several ancient civilizations (include the Israelites) had a year that was 360 days long consisting of 12 months of 30 days. The 360 is where we get 60 seconds for 60 minutes for every hours and it is also where we get 360˚ for a circle and/or compass.

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