Wednesday, February 29, 2012

86400 leap seconds = ?

Another crappy day just like every other crappy day. You'd think that, seeing as how this day only comes around every four years, it might be awesome, but no, it's just more of the same. I did manage to spend much of the afternoon listening to Machina and Machina II. I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader as to why I did that, but that span of time actually contained some quality moments. Ahhh... how did we end up here?


  1. Dude Matt, 86400 leap seconds is like 138,000 years, given we have an average of 0.625 leap seconds added every year. But that's also given that the rate won't change, and apparently it does (you have to Google "ΔT" to do your own math).

    But I hear what you're saying. Today was a particularly crappy day for me because I knew my boss was going on vacation on the 3/1, so yesterday I was needlessly overjoyed, for half the day, until I realized it was Leap Year.

    But now I'm happy again because tomorrow she really will be gone this time.

  2. Today was painful for me because I spent most of it porting tons of legacy Win32 code to make it compile on iOS. This will be my life for the foreseeable future.

  3. Now that I think about it..

    Its incredibly fucked up to consider the idea that time is unstable. or at the least, that we don't know how to properly measure it yet...

    I guess its like trying to measure pi or something. Matt?