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Re: I Should've Been Asleep Two Hours Ago...

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Wednesday, April 28, 2004, 17:07
Quoting Philippe Caquant <herodote92@...>:

> Before the railroad spread out in France, every place > had its own local time (not its local date, though...) > > By the way, when thinking about calendars, let's not > forget that the length of the day slowly changes too. > In fact, every changes: the time for the Earth to > rotate on its own axis, the time for the Moon to > orbitate around the Earth, the time for the Earth to > orbitate around the Sun, the distance between Moon and > Earth, Earth and Sun, etc. So what steady unit could > we use ?
In my SF coniverse they've got a nice solution for that; the standard year and day are based on the Earth's orbital characteristica as they were in the early days of interstellar expansion; since then some 20k years have passed, and the Earth as gone a bit out of synch, with the result that there's _no_ planet where the calendrical and seasonal year agrees perfectly. Quite democratic, not? Andreas