To some, Mauna Kea Time might seem a new way of looking at time, but in reality, MKT is a return to the way people have understood the cycles and rhythms of our natural world for tens of thousands of years — realtime.
No hours, minutes, seconds. No seven day weeks. No daylight savings. No leap years. No 28 or 31 day months .No international date line. No simultaneous multiple global dates. No mechanically standardized time. No equation of time. No ʻfictitiousʻ sun. No myriad separate time zones. Just one single connected now everywhere. simple.
How can this be? In a way, MKT is a kind of archiac revival. A return to a time-tested and true way of keeping track of the physical phenomena that is the basis for all life on our planet — the spinning of the earth, the orbit of the moon, and our tandem annual spiral about the sun. Our dance in space.
But MKT is also a synthesis of the efforts of thousands of years of many cultures around the world into a simple system that allows you to collaborate in realtime with anyone around the world, and easily coordinate your actions — no matter where on earth either of you might be. It is a single timezone and date system for the entire world that collapses the chaos and complexity of our legacy industrial time into a single simple date:time; now everywhere. And, itʻs so simple, you may soon wonder why no one thought of this before. The answer is; they have — we did — and you can too!
If you have ever wanted to march to a different rhythm, if ever you have felt the 9 to5 40-hour-work-week was not quite right for you, if you ever wished you had more free time, if ever you desired more time to focus on what was truly import to you and the ones you love, if it ever seemed absurd to spring forward, fall back or that it was Sunday in Tokyo while Saturday in DC, then prepare yourself for a whole new world of time.
Are you ready for now, because itʻs been here for you all along. Welcome to Mauna Kea Time, and guess what; youʻre soaking in it!
Time just got an upgrade. Welcome to your evolution.
If the future is but a dream, and the past but a memory, perhaps all we ever have; is now. One, great big long stupendous present, for all to share, and everywhere.
We all live on the same planet. Seven billion of us (and counting!) as well as myriad other multitudes of highly evoluted species. What an amazing time to be alive! Now. A tremendous gift. An amazing planet. Our watery blue world – and cool sister moon – slowly revolving in tandem spiral about the sun. Spinning-ever-spinning beneath the unwinking sun in the vast solar now; a 4.55 billion year day.
Comically, perhaps even surreally, clever-monkey-clocks – now in their third millennium! – cluck and gibber the world over. All set to different times, all clumped in bands, all displaying different numbers, all purporting to describe the present. WOW! A Tottering Tower of Babylon Time. A Pre-Copernican, Geocentric Time. A Ptolomy of Time Elaborately Epicycled into Ersatz Zones. But wait there’s more! An International Date Line! Multiple Daze! Just imagine; on the other side of midnight, tomorrow ever dances away at 1,000 miles an hour! Ah, but don’t look now, for the absurdum reverberates! AS AN EXTRA BONUS: For two hours each day (thanks Kirimati!), there are not two dates but three. “Good SatSunMonday!” Even Umberto Ecco found it delightfully absurd.
If you have ever spoken on the phone (or texted, or chatted, or facetimed, or, or, or… connected) with a friend in California, or Hilo or Dubai — while you were at home in Detroit (or Sacramento, or Timbuktu, or whatever island you call home), you pretty quickly figured out no matter what ‘time’ it was ‘there’ or ‘here’, it’s all the same now everywhere. Blessedly, millions like you and I are beginning to confirm from direct personal experience — our global connections in realtime. No matter where you are, there is no time like the present, for truly it is now everywhere.
Consider our glorious present — indeed it is a gift. And everywhere on this world, so magical! WOW! An infinitely-faceted radiant blue gem. Floating in space. Spinning. Suspended in almost nothing.
The proposed extent of the known universe = 1 light exachi, or roughly 8.4 million parsecs (27.4 billion years).
Decimal systems of space time are not new, nor are they rare.
The ancient Chinese, Egyptian, Greek and Hawaiian cultures, all independently derived base-ten systems of time and calendar reckoning.
In the late 1700’s the Revolutionary French Republicans also created a decimal calendar and time systems to go with their other metric innovations of mass, distance, volume and temerature.
In the late 1800’s, English astronomer John Herschel – son of William Herschel, discoverer of Uranus – began using the decimal fraction of the JulianDay to time-stamp his nightly observations.
In the late 1900’s, amid a flurry of Y2K interest in time by such intrepid tree-octopus hunters as Lyle Zapato, ground-breaking Dutch Digital Media Theorist Geert Lovink, even Swiss toy-watch manufacturer SWATCH briefly tested the waters, peddling a colorful array of plastic watches that displayed a decimal fraction of the day called ‘beats’. Hurray Nicholas Negroponte. His brother John was a central american thug in the Reagan administration. Say what you will about the Negroponte boys, but they are not underachievers — and you can’t pick your brothers.
Call it what you will — Chinese ke; French cés; Hawaiian kaukani pana, beats, grands, measures, cycles, or simply a ‘kilo of time’, have been around all along. Quietly in the background, decimal time systems have never stopped. In fact, they have been ticking all along. Today J2000.0, is the decimal date & time-code used in high-eschlon satellite and mission control applications.
The 5th decimal fraction of the day — 0.00001 day — is surprisingly close to the 60-seconds-per-minute we are more familiar with. As there are 86,400 seconds in one day, so too there are 100,000 ticks of decimal time. 20 ticks = 17 seconds
This ‘decimal second‘ (Greek ‘chi‘, Latin ‘tempi‘, French, cès, Hawaiian iki, different languages and cultures all recognise time at this wavelength 1/100.000th of a day.
The “chi (χ) duration” — named after the first letter of the Greek word chronos (χρόνος) meaning ‘time’ — is the same in every language. As there are 86,400 seconds in each mean solar Earth day (24 x 60 x 60), it follows that with 100.000 division of the day, each part is then 86.400/100.000 or more simply 0,864 seconds.
To experience this ‘chi duration‘ of time, if one is attentive, the subtle but perceptible up-tempo of chi is familiar, shifted only slightly faster (~14%) than seconds, at roughly 70 bpm. Music is the art form most deeply concerned with time and tempo, and has a sophisticated lexicon to describe a broad range of tempi. Adagio, is the Italian for this pace, which translates loosely as: slowly, gentle, easy. Not quite languid, but not brisk either.
Turning back to science and a new set of definitions for decimal space-time units, chi is defined as equal to 864 milliseconds, or more precisely 7.942.433.849 +/-20 oscillations of Ce 133 atom under controlled conditions. When chi is combined with the International System (SI or ‘metric’) prefixes of nano- milli-, kilo-, mega-, giga- etc — and then applied to the spatial distance traversed at the constant speed of light thru a vacuum, a new set of decimal space-time units are created.
ONE LIGHT CHI
If light travels 186.000 miles per second, how far can light travel in one chi? Remember, 1 χ = 864 ms. How far can light travel in 86.4% of one second? 260.000 km!
ONE LIGHT KILOCHI
1.000 chi = 1 kilochi (kχ) ~15 minutes.
1 light kχ, light travels 260 million km.
If you drew a equilateral triangle in space, with each leg equal to 1 light kχ, each point would touch the orbit of the Earth/Moon system on Lagrange nodes. Johannes Kepler would be so proud!
The Earth to the Sun is about 150 million km. This distance is defined as 1 ‘astronomical unit’, or 1 AU.
ONE LIGHT MEGACHI
After kilo comes Mega, meaning ‘one million’. Mega chi — Mχ — one million decimal seconds turns out to be exactly 10 days. Instead of the familiar Judeo/Babylonian 7-day week, the Hawaiian, Chinese and Egyptian were several cultures to discern the value of a ’10 day week’. Hawaiian, this period of time is ‘Anahulu’. To those of us steeped in ‘God Created the Earth in Seven Days”, it may be surprising to learn that three 10-day-weeks (3 x 10 = 30) is a much better fit to Earth’s lunar month cycle 29.54d than four 7-day weeks (4 x 7 = 28). And with a 10-day week, every weekend is a 5 day weekend! Weeeeee!
How far can light travel in 1LMχ? Quite a ways!
ONE LIGHT GIGACHI
Giga chi — Gχ — are about equal to a ‘Saturn Return’ or 27,4 years . In one gigachi, light travels 27,4 lights years, or more commonly used by astronomer, 8,4 parsecs. Here is a map of our local stellar neighborhood.
ONE LIGHT TERACHI
After Giga- comes Tera-. 1.000 Gχ = 1 Tχ.
In a Tχ of 27.400 years, light travels 8.400 parsecs, coincedently the very distance our solar system is to the behive of blackholes buzzing in the middle of our Milkyway Galaxy
Try reflect on that kē or two!
ONE LIGHT PETACHI
After Tera- come Peta-
1.000 Tχ = 1 Pχ
1.000 Pχ = 1 Eχ
In a Eχ (Exachi = 27.4 billion years, light would travel 8.4 million parsecs, approximately equal to the proposed diameter of the known universe, which is quite a long ways. What do things look like at this scale?