Monday, December 26, 2005

The Leap Second

If you thought 2005 sucked and you can't wait for it to end -- like our President -- bad news: 2005 will be one second longer than 2004.

A second will be added to 2005, the first such leap second since 1998, because while atomic clocks move with absolute precision, the Earth keeps moving slower and slower. (The design doesn't seem so "intelligent" now, does it? Suck on that, God!)

There have been 21 leap seconds since they were established in 1972, and they are added whenever they're needed. It's estimated that if the Earth keeps slack-assing at its current rate, by the year 2105 we'll be adding two of them per year. (Roland Emmerich, if you're reading this, call me... I have your next movie.)

According to an article in The Washington Post, there is controversy about the leap second. (Does there have to be controversy about everything?) Some argue that the potential for inaccuracy is outweighed by the trouble it causes for those who make and program software and electronic devices.

In other words, American industry doesn't even expect to be inconvenienced by the movement of the planets.

Back in the 1800's it was the bitching and moaning of industry -- especially railroads -- that made us synchronize our time all over the world in the first place. Make up your damn minds!

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