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Jan. 28th, 2008 | 03:42 pm

Being an anti-social creature of the unix server farm, I have a preference for 24 hour time. It always seemed more "logical" and less ambiguous to me. I could imagine needing to meet someone anytime between 8 and 12, and being very confused about when that really is.

But of course since 12 hour is the convention in the US, everyone thinks I'm weird for setting all my clocks to 24 hour time.

But, imagine my surprise when I went researching 24 hour watches I learned the following from 24 Hour Analog Dial and 24 Hour Watch

1. "Sundials use some or all of the 24 hour dial..."
2. You can use an analog 24 hour watch to find north by pointing the hour hand toward the sun, the 0 mark now points toward north.

So why 12 hour time?

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no, YOUR mom

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from: theinfamousmom
date: Jan. 29th, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
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You can do that points-north business with a 12-hour analog watch, too. Point the hour hand toward the sun, and halfway between the hour hand and the 12 is the north-south line.

What on earth would a sundial do with a 24-hour dial?

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jan. 29th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
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The full quote is:
Sundials use some or all of the 24 hour dial, because they measure the position of the sun in the sky. Sometimes, for artistic rather than practical reasons, all the 24 hour marks are shown.

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Bolowolf

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from: bolowolf
date: Jan. 29th, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
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I would be fine with 24 hour time. Its the GMT thing that I get confused by. I don't know why I have such a hard time trying to tell the time in one place compared to another in GMT.

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It's French... bitch.

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from: vengeant
date: Jan. 29th, 2008 06:08 am (UTC)
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I will be more than glad to use 24-hour time, as soon as we stop using the inch-foot-pint-quart-etc system, and switch to the metric system. :-)

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