, as is oh so cleverly softlinked to this node, will never
happen. That said, let's run through a brief explanation of it.
Metric Time (abbreviated MT
) is the Base 10
alternative to plain, old, Base 60 Anglo-Babylonian
timekeeping that we all *know* and love. (abbreviated ABT
is short for Local Metric Time
, which is offset for whichever time zone
you happen to be in.
is short for Universal Metric Time, equivalent to what would be GMT
in ABT time.
Here's the most common system of Metric Time, first used during the French Revolution
10 days in a metric week
100 metric seconds
in a metric minute
100 metric minutes
in a metric hour
10 metric hours
in a day
Sounds pretty simple and metricky, huh? Well this has a big problem. Dividing the metric day
into 10 different slices makes a metric hour
last about 2.5 ABT hours. You can't make metric hour-long TV programs or schedule a metric hour-long appointment. You'll only fit a few of them in per day! People would have to resort to using clumsier prefixes to divide their schedules into - a centi
day for example (approx. 14.4 ABT minutes)
Now, the following is a more real-world system using the day
(equal to one solar day) as the base unit
day(dd) = 1/10 day (Metric hour)
day(cd) = 1/100 day
day(md) = 1/1000 day (Metric minute)
day(µd) = 1/1000000 day (Metric decisecond)
How is Metric Time formatted?
00.0 LMT = 12:00 midnight ABT, local
50.0 LMT = 12:00 noon ABT, local
00.0 UMT = 12:00 noon ABT, GMT
50.0 UMT = 12:00 midnight ABT, GMT
50.000 LMT = 12:00:00 noon ABT, local
02.425 LMT = 12:34:56AM ABT, local
Note that the trailing zeros
are never dropped.
How do I convert from ABT to Metric time?
MT = ((s/86400)+(m/1440)+(h/ 24))*10x
Where X is what unit you are solving for:
How do I convert from Metric time to ABT?
h = abs(d * 24)
m = abs(((d * 24) - h) * 60)
s = abs(((((d * 24) - h) * 60) - m) * 60)
Then, ABT = h : m : s
How do I convice my friends, relatives, and coworkers to start using Metric Time?
for the day (Metric of course) when my watch will display atomic