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Story: The Imperial Cheese Pickle Factory
1200913976.dmfalk_deci2.swf
by dmfalk
Poem: Pink and Yellow Fields (A tribute to Gliese 581)
Shortwave Listener....
Before I switched over to using a Mac, I was using a Flash creation program called SWiSHmax (shareware, about a quarter of Adobe Flash, though) and fiddled a bit with actionscript, mostly in clocks and calendars- In particular, non-standard clocks & calendars, such as the above decimal (10 hours per day, 100 minutes per hour, 100 seconds per minute) clock. I do intend on getting back to my clock & calendar making as soon as I find all the programs I need on the Mac for as cheap as I can get- I love fiddling about in basic Flash actionscript.

Some of the design is mine, while I forget who helped me put it together.

d.m.f.
(Grr, I need a thumbnail image for this! :( )
(Update: Thumbnail added.)

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clock 262, decimal 1
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Type: Shockwave/Flash - Animation
Published: 8 years, 6 months ago
Rating: General

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CyberCornEntropic
7 years ago
French Revolutionary calendar?  Darian calendar with Mars-adjusted time units?
dmfalk
7 years ago
The French Republican calendar, actually. (Wiki error: it was implemented after the French Revolution, upon establishment of the First Republic. The French Revolutionary calendar, on the other hand, was an even more short-lived calendar that was simply a reset to Year One with the common Gregorian calendar.)

d.m.f.
CyberCornEntropic
7 years ago
It was also no wonder Napoleon abolished it.  Who'd want one day of rest in ten days compared to one day of rest in seven days? :o (Not counting all the political and religious reasons thrown in as well.  To most people, the weekend is more important. :p )
CyberCornEntropic
7 years ago
Well, okay, so they weren't really that sadistic.  Everyone got afternoons off on the fifth day, so one and a half days in ten days versus one in seven?  It sounded good, but the post-Revolutionary governments did a pretty poor job of selling it, what with all those people losing their heads over every little thing.
dmfalk
7 years ago
It would've worked with more foresight, but as with a lot of things with the post-revolutionary Republic, they were just bumbling through.

Also, the Catholic (Julian/Gregorian) calendars were just as loaded down with, with every day named for a saint or feast.

d.m.f.
CyberCornEntropic
7 years ago
Worse, the post-revolutionary Republic was so caught up in their revolutionary fervor that the honest reformers couldn't use their heads without risking losing them. :(  In some respects, they were as bad as the Church in their over-enthusiasm towards their ideals.

The Julian Calendar certainly did have a lot of baggage of its own, and the Gregorian reform made the mess even worse, mostly for some of the same reasons most people didn't like the French Republican calendar.  People just don't like changing well-established traditions, especially when it's being shoved down their throats by apparently arrogant revolutionaries.  (Then again, it's those same revolutionaries who are most likely to succeed in changing standards, if only because of their determination to be right.)
CyberCornEntropic
7 years ago
Anyway, have you any ideas for further clocks and calendars?  Is this clock set to Pacific Time?  Does it convert to Daylight Savings or stay with Standard?

The only idea for a clock I've got right now is a Mars clock.  It would basically be little more than a regular 24-hour clock – hours 0-23, each with 60 minutes each consisting of 60 seconds – but working slightly slower with all the units 2.7% longer than their Earth equivalents.

Maybe I could scribble up one or three simplistic mice you could use for the clocks' hands so it would better fit InkBunny's theme.  A mouse clock hand, nose pointing outward and tail wrapped around the hand?  The mouse as the hour hand and the tail as the second hand?  A pink bow on the tails?  Recolored green with antenna for the Martian clock?
dmfalk
3 years, 7 months ago
" Anyway, have you any ideas for further clocks and calendars?  Is this clock set to Pacific Time?  Does it convert to Daylight Savings or stay with Standard?

It's set to the viewer's local computer clock.

d.m.f.
CyberCornEntropic
3 years, 7 months ago
I see.  That would be handier on the face of it (and in the gears, too).  We're in the same time zone, so I couldn't really tell short of fiddling with my own clock.
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