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“time zones” is a poem / part of the project I’ve been working on lately.

 

TLDR:
I started working on a project/book in a sort of “pseudo-code” / “pseudo-program language” playing with structure, real-life events, made up stories, technical terms, and emotionally tense details.

(Longer context is below)

time zones

Due to formatting, I prefer if you read the poem in .pdf

PDF: time zones

but I also packed it in html below:

time zones

< it was the

                ‘time difference’

that killed us />

things like:[

                ‘incompatible formats’

                ‘missing dots’

                ‘reversed order’]

=> We have been trying to fix it

since:[

                        ‘the first well-regulated mechanic clocks in the early 19th century’[1]]

#or even before

=> We tried:

  • Railway time
  • ‘dd/mm/yyyy’ or ‘mm/dd/yyyy’ or ‘yyyy/mm/dd’
  • Satellites
  • Bloody ISO 8601 standard

  • &still nothing helped
    &something would always come up:[

            ‘leap years’;

            ‘daylight saving time’;

            ‘your NVRAM or PRAM needs a restart’;[2]

            ‘Microwaves across Europe are 6 minutes slow due to a

    Serbia-Kosovo grid dispute’[3]]

    BUT:

    => Did you know that we can be in the same room but oceans apart?
            
    #Each in their own time zone.

    < out of: ‘all the fuckups’

                    ‘time difference’

    that killed us/>


    [1] The Mechanics of Mechanical Watches and Clocks. Du, Ruxu; Xie, Longhan. History of Mechanism and Machine Science. Springer, 2013.

    [3] Microwaves across Europe are 6 minutes slow due to a Serbia-Kosovo grid dispute. Geuss, Megan. Ars Technica, 2018. Accessed 24/05/2020: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/03/ovens-across-europe-display-the-wrong-time-due-to-a-serbia-kosovo-grid-dispute/

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    Longer context:

    You might now that I’m interested in data science and Python and that I’ve been working with teams and products for the last XY years, but what you might not know is that I (used to) write poems and short stories.

    During the COVID-19 lockdown, I had some time to finally start learning proper data analytics with Python and basic web development in Django. I also had some time to reflect and take it slow.

    (Note: the period was indeed far from idyllic and tough on everyone and me personally, so this is a positive 10% of the whole mess).

    I spent a month at my parents’ house in my hometown of Zlatibor, and I guess everything sort of cooked together and I woke up one morning and wrote down 2 poems and started the book/project.

    It’s written in a sort of “pseudo-code” / “pseudo-program language” playing with structure, real-life events, made up stories, technical terms, and emotionally tense details.

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