Metric Time, 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**)

**LMT** is short for Local Metric

Time, which is offset for whichever

time zone you happen to be in.

**UMT** 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

centiday 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.

deciday(dd) = 1/10 day (Metric hour)

centiday(cd) = 1/100 day

milliday(md) = 1/1000 day (Metric minute)

microday(µd) = 1/1000000 day (Metric decisecond)

etc...

**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:

Days x=0

Decidays x=1

Centidays x=2

Millidays x=3

Quintoday x=5

Microdays x=6

**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?**
You don't.

I

pine for the day (Metric of course) when my watch will display

atomic,

binary,

metric time. :)