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Yes, 4 hours, or 2 dwells, or a sixth of a day, is a "watch", on the strength of it being the length of a traditional Royal Navy watch (not counting the fact that one of these would be split into 2 "dog watches" of 1 dwell each). I think Oschkar worked out names for senary divisions of the day for his senary Ash-Ashtrian metrology, in which "watch" colloquialized the unsencia·day, "gong" the bisencia·day (40d minutes, a big brother to the "bell" of 30d minutes), and thereafter I'm shaky.Paul Rapoport wrote: The clock of mine you refer to does not do phases, correct. The wristwatch, which is digital with no analog-like hands turning, does do phases, shifts, and "semi-shifts," which you may have another name for (a watch?).
UCD also has a Day Start Option on the Configuration dialog that lets you select from Midnight, Sunrise, Noon, Sunset. All three clocks do a gradient fill in their central core to indicate what the sky will do during the current rotation of their pink hand. When you pick a start of Sunrise or Sunset, the Semidiurnal clock is smart enough to show the clock periods as "Lux" (daylight) vs "Nox" (nighttime), rather than "AM" vs. "PM".Paul Rapoport wrote: You may start the day at, for example, 6 AM, or count the time in phases, or both. The start time and divisions are independent of one other; e.g. you may start the day at 6 AM (1 phase, a 1/4 day past midnight) and choose to divide it diurnally.
I'm wondering what you mean by "using" these things. Do you make the shift or the watch the period for the slowest hand, and then take dozenal divisions of that? For me to do that I'd need to add whole new clock faces, and supporting Clock Options, for a "Shift Clock" and a "Watch Clock", which would be rather an involved revision. The Configuration dialog would have to get correspondingly wider to accommodate. But it could be done.Paul Rapoport wrote: One of these days I may use shifts more. They make sense. Inherently are they less useful than phases?
Have you considered adding shifts and semi-shifts to Uncial Clock Deluxe?
Yes. In the phases, shifts, and watches on the wristwatch (which has numbers only), the first digit indicates the period of the day you are in in the first division (diurnal, semi-, etc.), starting with 0. After that, all divisions are by a dozen.Kodegadulo wrote:Do you make the shift or the watch the period for the slowest hand, and then take dozenal divisions of that?
Well, to be honest, I think it's actually more useful to settle on one common way of measuring time and then map auxiliary periods onto that. For instance, I can see work shifts being scheduled in diurnal time at trice 000z, trice 400z, and trice 800z; or perhaps at something like trice 060z, 460z, and 860z, maybe with a quarter-dwell overlap on either side. Likewise, it's pretty clear on the diurnal clock that the phases of the day occur at the dozenal quarters: trice 000z, trice 300z, trice 600z, and trice 900z.Paul Rapoport wrote:The main question for me remains: is it useful to count time by shifts? With subsequent division by dozens, as you said. Is it less useful than by phases?
Hey, it's been a challenge for me too, and continues to be. But you never know what you may come across. Double sharp's recent suggestion of vigil (with actual historical provenance for that period of time) came as a pleasant surprise.Paul Rapoport wrote: The trouble with my suggesting further terms is that yours are so good. There's a certain nature or character to the words you've come up with that makes it possible for me to react to them, maybe suggest something close after a reaction, but hard to come up with something on my own that would fit with what's already there. I won't give up completely, however.
It seems to me that the binary "pacing" you came up with is a fair approximation of a dozenal bina•twinkling or bessi•beat (which I recently lampooned as a "dogbite"). I suppose the dozenal unit could be called a prime•pacing, pendle•pacing, etc, as long as we take care to brand the binary approximant as a luo•pacing, shirushi•pacing, etc, when the two are mentioned in the same context.Double sharp wrote: Thank you! I continue to think on and off about possible names for the less dozenal-friendly fractions: so far I've only got the Chinese-derived drum for the undesciaday (one tenth of a day). So far we also have a full binary series that remains distinct for the sixteenth (a whiling) and the thirty-second (a serenade), at least.