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 Digital ZodeMinder



Sorry, this program is not for Macs in Mac mode It has only been tested with WIN95. Further it will not work with WIN95 if you have installed Microsoft dcom.

We all know that the Barsoomian day is divided into 10 time units known as "Zodes". These zodes are are each 50 "Xats" in length with the xat further subdivided into 200 "Tals". While our day is 24 hours the Barsoomian day is just a tad [ not a Martian term, tee-hee ] over 24 hours 37 minutes. We can conceptually break up our own day using the same system John Carter uses. This makes our tal .864 seconds long. Our xat will be 172.8 seconds or 2.88 minutes and our zode 8640 seconds or 2.36 hours.

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 determine that 8:40 by our time system as applied to the Martian 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.

When you 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 change 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:

o'zodeminder time

o'clock time

01:00:000

08:24:00

02:00:000

10:48:00

03:00:000

13:12:00

04:00:000

15:36:00

05:00:000

18:00:00

06:00:000

20:24:00

07:00:000

22:48:00

08:00:000

01:12:00

09:00:000

03:36:00

10:00:000

06:00:00

o'clock time

o'zodeminder time

01:00:00

07:45:167

02:00:00

08:16:133

03:00:00

08:37:100

04:00:00

09:08:067

05:00:00

09:29:033

06:00:00

10:00:000

07:00:00

10:20:167

08:00:00

10:41:133

09:00:00

01:12:100

10:00:00

01:33:067

11:00:00

02:04:033

12:00:00

02:25:000

13:00:00

02:45:067

14:00:00

03:16:133

15:00:00

03:37:100

16:00:00

04:08:067

17:00:00

04:29:033

18:00:00

05:00:000

19:00:00

05:20:167

20:00:00

05:41:133

21:00:00

06:12:100

22:00:00

06:33:067

23:00:00

07:04:033

24:00:00

07:25:000

GIMME THE DIGITAL ZODE MINDER

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