Every once in a while, somebody will email me a question because they think I'm smarter than I actually am. Now, while I'm no drooling idiot (opinions may differ), there are some things that are far beyond my ken. So, when Phil emailed me with the question below, after I lay down for awhile, I thumbed through my rolodex of geniuses (that's right, rolodex. Hey, Laugh it up, but when a giant electro-magnetic pulse destroys all the computers on earth, don't come looking to me for help.) and found Steve Hoefer's email.
"I'm interested in French Revolutionary Time. Basically, they wanted a base ten time system. In other words, instead of a 24 hour day, just make it a 10 hour day. Noon is no longer 12pm, it's 5 o clock. I'm imagining a 24 hour clock rotation plus a custom clock face. (Great example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimal_time)
Making a clock to these specifications would probably be pretty straight forward, but I can't find anything like this online. Any thoughts?"
I knew this was just the kind of problem that would intrigue Steve, and I wasn't wrong. As I watched the emails fly back and forth between Phil and Steve (an experience not unlike watching a Russian action movie...it's really exciting, but you have no idea what people are talking about), I asked them if they'd be interested in opening up the discussion to the DudeCraft readers and seeing what might happen. They were both enthusiastic about the idea, so now it's time to put your thinking caps on. We need to make us an analog, French Revolutionary Clock, stat!
Steve, being the head genius in charge of this project has been kind enough to say that he's willing to take care of the comments section for this post and let me get back to what I do best...very little.