A Guide To Metric Time
What do you think about the idea of Metric time?
I remember I've always wondered why the day is divided into 24 periods, and why there are 60 minutes in an hour, and sixty seconds in a minute. I mean, that's always thrown me off... my brain keeps thinking there should be 100 minutes, not 60, and it's really annoying to have to think about it. It's that way in most other processes involving numbers.
Another thing that always bothered me was the week. I mean, the 7-day unit seems rather arbitrary. Plus, I've always had trouble remember the order of the days and distance between them, and simply labeling them in a way that indicates their order would resolve this easily. Naturally, a 10-day week would also seem to make more sense.
We really don't need a replacement for the month. That one also just serves to throw people off... I mean, we could easily just count by the number of days within the year, rather than dividing them into months. That always throws off my sense of how far away a date is, when I'm not sure how long the month I'm currently in is, or being able to think to myself, "Oh, that's not till next month," when it's really only three days away.
The only units of time that really seem to make sense are the day and the year... the rest seem a bit arbitrary.
The best part of metricizing time, is that we could probably get the date to a point where we could simply express the current time and date as a single numeric value (yes, like Stardates on Star Trek), emphasizing the important number by moving the decimal point, rather than expressing a series of separated number values that have to be processed sequentially to get a sense of what time is being described.
I know that this is never going to happen because people would focus on what they were losing and how much it would take to change their habits (I mean, heck, people in the U.S. won't even use Metric Measurements over the old ones), etc... but still, it's nice to dream.
What do you think? Do you ever fantasize about a perfect world where people use Metric Time rather than cumbersome dates?