World Time Standard
metavox at earthlink.net
Wed Aug 11 17:52:02 CDT 2010
Now it looks like Mecca wants to set the standard of worldwide time. See
However, no mention is made of the establishment of multiple atomic
standards of any sort. They seem to be focused on huge 150 ft diameter
clock dials with leds and flashing at prayer time. It could all be done
with a PIC chip and big led array drivers. Joe Bento did this last year
for several of us at Dayton.
They need to do more than flashy lights and giant dials to become the
world standard of time. How about a rack load collection of surplus
rubidium standards and some motorcycle batteries?
I visited the Blue Mosque in Istanbul Turkey several years ago and they
had some fascinating grandfather type clocks that could follow the rules
about prayer time. They were unable to discuss any detail about these
clocks. A detailed study of these would be a good starting point
establishing the early history of middle eastern time keeping.
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