It looks like the identity of the Zodiac Killer may finally have been uncovered. Jack Tarrance’s step-son, Dennis Kaufman, has found loads of evidence. He’s been trying to prove his step-father is the villain for years. A hunt spurred on by the death of his mother, possibly at the hands of Tarrance. The whole story seems too true and sad to be wrong. Only time will tell though.
That was pun-tastic! Why? Because I am not writing to talk about leap years, that news is older than a caveman’s knock-knock joke. I’m talking about Leap Seconds folks.
I know what you are saying, “Jon this is insane. No such thing.” But I am here to say: You bet your sweet sunshine there is! Why? Well it turns out we have figured out a way to keep time that is so reliable that Earth (you know… the planet) falls out of sync with it.
Yep. Atomic clocks are apparently so good at what they do that they need to be adjusted because the stupid lazy Earth can’t stay consistent. Sometimes it rotates a tinny-tiny-bit faster, sometime a smidge slower. Even more crazy, there are people that need UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) to be within 0.9 seconds of UT1 (astronomical time scale).
What does that actually mean? It means that every year or so someone, somewhere announces that UTC will be adjusted by 1 second. It’s happened 23 times since 1972, where were you for the last leap second (Dec 31st 2005)? And when will the Earth strike again and steal a precious second from our UTC?
I say that if the Earth can’t rotate on schedule that we sign a petition for a vote of no confidence.
sidenote: the Head of the Earth Orientation Center of the IERS has proposed an end of leap seconds (obviously a communist— get ’em boys)
At first I thought I was just seeing more and more about the environment because I was thinking about it more. Now I realize that isn’t true. As the problems with the our ecosystems are discovered there is just more news, whether it’s local, national, or international. Things like ecosystems collapsing, politicians embracing “green” ideas and agendas, half the coral reefs dying in 25 years, and that our consumption of resources is outreaching their production.
I just wonder when it will all finally sink in for most folks. I also wonder how bad it’ll have to be for that to happen and if there will be any thing to do once it final does become an obvious and undeniable problem. At one time President Clinton had a campaign platform that went (in part) “The economy, stupid.” I think it is finally time that we hear a similar and equally important message from our current candidates, but this time regarding something that has a much more difficult time bouncing back, our environment.
[tags]environment, the environment stupid, ecosystems, politics, science[/tags]