This document is part of the Martian Time Boneyard. It was originally located at The Digital http://erbatlas.virtualave.net/clock.shtml.
Author: Bruce Wood
The indication from the Carter biographies is that the Martians use
this 10 zode system like we use the 24 hour clock, and do not use two
5-zode periods. Just as our 24 hour day actually begins at 24:00:00 the
Barsoomian 10 zode day would logically start at 10:00:00, which occurs
at what we would consider 06:00:00 or 6:00am. The first zode therefore
begains at 8:24. Carter says, at the end of chapter 16 of "GODS"
that the first zode begins at about 8:40. He must be taking into account
the offset of 6 of our hours plus the longer Martian day to
that 8:40 by our time system as applied to the
day begins the first zode. However, that becomes 8:24 our
time as applied to our day. Whew!
I hope you understand that. I am not sure that I do, and I wrote it.
Now that we have finished with the stickempucky and horse feathers, the
purpose of the above discourse is to prepare you for my DIGITAL ZODE
MINDER, a software clock which imposes the Barsoomian time system on
our own day. The explanation was written after the successful
implementation of the DIGITAL ZODE MINDER on my own computer. I know
the explanation is correct, however it may read, because it works!
When properly installed [ see instructions below ] the DIGITAL ZODE
MINDER displays the correct Earth time as measured in zodes, xats, and
tals. I am working on an analog version which oughtta' look a lot better
but will have the drawback of all analog clocks in that you have to
read the hands rather than nice, obvious numbers. You'll have to learn
to tell time all over again if you install the analog clock when ready.
I wanted to give you the digital version first since the analog clock
requires some fairly heavy math and graphics programming and I want to
take my time ( pun ). If you wish to automatically be notified when
the ANALOG ZODE MINDER becomes available send me
E-MAIL with the phrase
SEND ANALOG ZODE MINDER anywhere in the body.
click the link below you will be sent a file named "ZODEMIND.ZIP". I
use WIN95 and MS internet explorer 4.0 so these instructions have only
been tested with that software. If you are an experienced downloader
you should know which commands and actions substitute on your system to
accomplish the same thing. Otherwise, you may need help.
When you have downloaded the file, unzip it into the directory of
your choice. This is
a dos program 'cause I am too lazy to program for windows yet, but it
will run in a window under WIN95. Using windows explorer, find the file
and try to drag it out of the window onto your desktop, creating thereby a
shortcut. Now close explorer and RIGHT CLICK on the shortcut on your
desktop. Select "PROPERTIES" and then click the "PROGRAM" tab. You will
see the word "RUN" to the left of a data bar with a down arrow. Click
the down arrow so you can select "MINIMIZED". Now click the "APPLY"
button which has become active, and close the properties window. You
have now installed the "DIGITAL ZODE MINDER"
To see it operate, double click the shortcut and you will see it pop up on
your task bar ( if you don't auto-hide the taskbar ). A single click
will cause the clock window to appear and you can size it to taste and
push it to a corner of your system window.
The DIGITAL ZODE MINDER will continue to keep time even while you do
something else with your computer. To stop the program
, click in the
window and then press the F10 key. To
the display color, click in the window and then press the
F9 key. Answer the
Color 0-9 ? prompt by pressing a digit. Do not press the enter
key. If you use the minimize button on
the DIGITAL ZODE MINDER, it will return to the taskbar but will continue
to run and use system resources. To get the smallest possible display
right click the Zode Minder window and uncheck "tool bar"
Like most of my stuff, The Digital Zode Minder is cheap and dirty,
but it works.
A final comment which you can check out, but will have to be up at
1:12am Earth time. In "Chessmen" on page 340 of the first edition, 198
of the Ballantine Del-Ray edition, and find-it-for-yourself in the ACE
or Doubleday editions, we learn that 'about' 1:00 am Earth time equates
to 'near the end of the eighth zode'. You will notice that the DIGITAL
ZODE MINDER shows zode 7 xat 45 and about 160 tal at 1:00 am. Whats
wrong here? We should be near the end of the eighth zode but zode eight
seems to be just starting! Think about it. On our clock the time
between 12:00 midnight and 01:00am is the FIRST hour of the day, but
the clock doesn't show 1, it shows 12. There is a difference between the
eighth zode and 8:00 o'zodeminder, right? Here is a table you can use
to verify that your DIGITAL ZODE MINDER is operating properly:
GIMME THE DIGITAL ZODE MINDER
COMMENTS ON THE DIGITAL ZODE MINDER
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