[LMB] GURPs Vorkosigan Timeline issues

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Sun Jul 5 02:08:21 BST 2009


On Jul 4, 2009, at 5:54 PM, Tony Zbaraschuk wrote:

> Then the railroads starting running connecting trains, and
> different lines needed to get onto local time.  And the telegraph
> made it possible to communicate _very long_ distances.  This
> led to the development of "time zones", as a useful compromise
> between local noon and universal time.  (Greenwich in England
> got to be the zero meridian for the whole system because so much
> of the world's trade, and the railroad financiers, of the 19th
> century were British.)


But even there, they had 24 hour times already.   Saudi Arabia  
recently (maybe now), had 24 hour clocks - to be set at daybreak.     
There's nothing special about 24 hours, thinking about pre-navigation  
issues, most time issues may have been religious.   Did they measure  
time as "mid-morning"?



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