Saturday, March 22, 2008

Let me admit

to using digital time as a kind of mini-omen. 12- or 24-hour displays, around the house, in the car, occasionally in the wider world. Something comforting about them. Equal—12:12; sequential—10:11; the year—20:08; the day, the month—22:03; pi—3:14. A small warm buzz. No downside to them. Something else & they’re just the time.


Geofhuth said...


Don't forget your birthday in time, a concept of most importance to my children for some reason. When it's 8:24, my daughter always tells us it's her birthday in time.


mark young said...


I'd have to revert to the Americanism mm/dd for my "birthday in time" - 10:30 - which means I've just missed it.

Hoo boo....


Geofhuth said...

Yes, I forgot to note that one problem, but it's the only way to make sure you can celebrate your birthday at least once a day.

Not sure why the American convention occurred. I think it happened in the 18th century. I do recall that we used to write dates day first.

Of course, I always write the date in this format (21 March 2008), because it avoids all confusion. That's the US military and genealogical standard.