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    Re: Definition of term
    From: Jared Sherman
    Date: 2003 Feb 4, 11:18 -0500

    Martin-
     
    Please contact your schoolmaster, you are entitled to a refund for not 
    receiving a proper education about clocks.
    
    Kids today actually often can't read an analog clock, having grown up with 
    digital ones. But a proper clock with hands on it is actually a model of the 
    pre-Galilean universe, with the 'sun' rotating around us on the 'earth'. In 
    fact if you have a 24-hour clock the rotation of the hour hand is exactly 
    imitating the way the sun revolves around the earth. With a little 
    imagination it works for post-Galiliean astronomy equally well.
    
    This is why a clock can be used as a compass with fairly good results. Point 
    the hour hand at the sun, and North is halfway between the hour hand and the 
    twelve.
    
    I don't know how kids deal with digital clocks today...I suppose they miss an 
    entire generation of jokes about where Mickey Mouse has his hands that way, 
    too.
    
    My "vacation watch" is digital, with LED's that just aren't to be seen unless 
    I really, really, WANT to see them and press the little button. On purpose.
    
    
    

       
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