Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Axis: Bold As Love

Time is so strange and even now we use dueling clocks, analog vs. digital. It's sort of like the difference between handwritten cursive and computer-generated font. Yet both tend to keep to the double 12-hour cycle, and if you wake up in darkness at this time of year, you might not be so sure if it's p.m. or a.m. Which is exactly what happened to me this evening. I was so exhausted from work, I fell asleep and later woke up, wondering if I was late for work in the morning. I wasn't; and in fact, have the whole night ahead -- but the cycle will repeat itself in twelve hours and the blink of an eye.

Railroad and military time make things plainer with the 24-hour clock and I've experienced both, nostalgic for the ambiguities of the 12-hour version. When you get up at 0600, you know it's early, but at that peculiar twelve o'clock axis on ordinary clocks, is it Chimes at Midnight or High Noon?

Calling Sister Midnight, happy birthday to Jimi Hendrix, a man very much of his own time.

Today's Rune: Separation (reversed).



t said...

Poor baby. It's always nice to sleeeeeeeep in.

the walking man said...

uhhhhh what's a clock?

JR's Thumbprints said...

I think using military time is the way to go. I use it at work, so why not at home.

Charles Gramlich said...

a 24 hour clock would make more sense. I loved in Red Mars where they had a period of time when the clocks "stopped." They had to match their clocks to the longer Martian day and did so by creating a period "outside of normal time." That would be cool

Lana said...

I prefer military time, myself & post my personal journal entries with such. I kind of laugh at people who don't "get" military time--how hard it is to add 12 to any particular afternoon time, really?