Category Archives: ergonomics

Analog Dozenal Clock

Analog Dozenal Clock

I first posted this at Dozensonline after writing about my afterthoughts on dozenal clocks.

Analog clocks are visual aids, so having too many hands clog up the image. We don't need to see more than two hands. Only in our standard inefficient 24x60x60 clock system do we need that many. In fact, with a pure dozenal clock, a single hand is enough.

If we divide the day in twelfths, we can see the entire day on a single revolution of the hand. Our current system has us learn between 12 hour and 24 hour clocks. That is redundant and done away with in dozenal clock. The dozenal clock closely matches the position of the sun like a sundial, without extra effort from us to convert back and forth from convoluted hour and minute cycles.
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Comfortable Temperature Measurement

Comfortable Temperature Measurement

A proposal for a new temperature scale such that we set the comfortable temperature for humans at 0' degrees on this scale. So that warmer temps are positive and colder temps are negative. This quickly tells us whether we need to put on more or less clothes. For even greater visual aid, the temperature reading can color-code the values on a thermometer, thermostat, and weather forecast graphs. Such that ideal temp 0' is green, warmer temps go from yellow to red, and colder temps go from blue to white. Thus the thermometer has an important secondary function.

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Dozenal Clock using Flownetic Digits.

The day is divided into units of powers of twelve, or dozenal parts :

  • 1st place is equivalent to two hours. (called "sheek")
  • 2nd place is equivalent to ten minutes. (called "karaf")
  • 3rd place is equivalent to fifty seconds. (called "fenet")
  • 4th place is equivalent to 4 and 1/6 seconds. (called "tick")
  • 5th place (not shown) is equivalent to 0.3472~ seconds. (called "count")

New terms inspired by Chinese names of similar time lengths. "Count" based on the fact that briskly counting numbers one through twelve makes up one tick. Thus satisfies the condition of power of twelve.

Flownetic Script

Learn about Flownetic numbers.

WordPress vs Blogger

One area people neglect when comparing blogging platforms like WordPress and Blogger, is the design of the code, and how that affects performance and cross-platform compatibility. WordPress is the obvious winner here. It's designed to work on both desktop and mobile devices without bloat or affecting performance. It works the same on all browsers without a hitch. Even lesser known ones Opera 11.x and Opera Mobile.

On the other hand, Blogger can be very unresponsive. It nags you when you use an unsupported browser, like Opera 11.x or 12.x or Opera Mobile. Even on supported browsers, it is very sluggish and chokes (but worse on unsupported browsers.)

The difference between the two blogs is very apparent on mobile devices due to their weaker hardware. Where WordPress still works like a charm with lower computing power and memory, but Blogger can be unbearably unresponsive.