Clock time is easy in one sense. 60 beats per minute – a lot of music is 120 bpm) is a good enough periodic background.

Clock time is easy in one sense. 60 beats per minute – a lot of music is 120 bpm) is a good enough periodic background.
Being raised in the USA, our electric systems run at 60 Hz, so the 60 Hz hum or some fractional multiples come out of every electro-mechanical thing plugged into it, so that’s 60 per second, 60 per minute. (As you’re Europe at 50 Hz your experience may be different or perhaps not – probably works the same way)
So between everpresent electric, ever present clock, there’s just the mismatch of the natural planetary clock to contend with.
And this is where I get conflicted.
All that wonderful mechanical evenly spaced time segments simply does not reflect reality.
The days grow and shrink.
Our bodies evolutionarily got ‘set’ at a time when the days were a little longer, putting our native human rhythms slightly out of sync with the current planets, although it varies within our own lifespans too… around 25 hours per day but getting shorter as one gets older.
So, I spend as much time as I can outside. Always did. Under cover but I need to be attached to earth time and yet the regulator / counter within me likes the regularity of clock time and electricity standardization. But it’s artificial so I can’t depend on it.
For a period of about 5 years I broke time on my computer. I changed the drivers that controlled clock time as I wanted to feed back into the Network Time Protocol to see if I could give it a ‘blip’ (cause other computers nearby to desynchonize temporarily. I think it worked but from that point on, my computer was permanently 4 hours and some wandering period of minutes away from standard time that I could never fix.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


− four = 1

Leave a Reply