I’ve been having some adventures with time the last few days. But not the time-traveling kind. I’ve been trying to get a timestamp generated by the backend of a smartphone app.
The arbitrary system of reference for time that we use is something we usually don’t even think about.
After all, there is also the Chinese calendar, the Jewish calendar, and even the Mayan calendar. But for some reason, a religion decided to take the winter solstice and make it a reference point, and we all followed suit.
Never mind that they didn’t have the leap year correction under control and that their official celebration date moved 4 days to the 25th until they corrected it. And it took 10 full days of drift for our official calendar to catch up.