[tz] About time

Steve Allen sla at ucolick.org
Sat Feb 2 06:51:19 UTC 2019

On Thu 2019-01-31T18:19:58-0500 Arthur David Olson hath writ:
> Having stumbled across a copy of the educational film "About Time," I can
> correct the quotations that kick off the README file; the diffs should be
> attached.

Aha, it is online

> ! "Where do I set the hands of the clock?" -- Les Tremayne as The King
> ! "Oh that--you can set them any place you want." -- Frank Baxter as The Scientist
>                                       (from the Bell System film "About Time")

This is particularly marvelous because during the production of that
film the BIH was deciding to re-set all of its atomic time scales in a
fashion as arbitrary as the dialog such that the values of all their
atomic time scales (including A3 which became TAI) were
(UT2 - AnyBIHatomicTimeScale) = -1.4123 s at the epoch 1961-01-01T20:00:00
Even more marvelous because that value of UT2 was reset a year later.

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