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The arbitrariness of time cycles

So, we have just completed another revolution around the sun and have gone through the usual rituals commemorating that revolution. Of course, the planet also completed a revolution around the sun two days ago and will do it again tomorrow. It all depends on where you want to mark the starting point for the "new" year.

We also just completed a decade, which has a special significance to humans because we have ten fingers and therefore a base ten number system.

Today Les Miles is hoping his football team will win so that the program will achieve 100 wins in 10 season. That would be so much more of a milestone than 99 wins in 10 seasons.

I'm wondering why someone has not proposed a metric version of the word milestone.


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Jan. 11th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
Ooh, good question! Personally, I'm all for metricizing time measurement. You know-- 100 seconds to the minute, 100 minutes to the hour. It sure would make my math easier!
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