TITLE: Human Clock Project
DATE: 9/27/2005 05:16:00 PM
Humanclock.com shows a photograph of the current time, with the photo changing every minute of the day (all 1,440 occuring minutes on Earth!) Thus you end up with a rotating picture clock sorta deal.
How the time is actually displayed is a whole different matter. A lot of photos have the time written on a crummy cardboard sign, while other photos might have the current time in a more edible format, such as olives. There are photos below sea level and ones over two miles above sea level. There are even clock pictures with people who played at Woodstock.
Many people viewing this website end up sending in their own clock pictures, be they in an airplane, installing brakes, or on a playground in Missouri. There are clock pictures from all over the world ranging from Outback Australia to Canada to Pakistan to Antarctica to Italy to Brazil. Other people travel around the American Southwest and end up taking a clock photo on a corner in Winslow, Arizona. There are even enough clock photos now to have pictures from Phoenix Arizona, Tacoma, Philadelphia, Atlanta, LA, and Northern California.
You might notice that a lot of the photgraphs are taken in Portland, Oregon USA or in Australia. This is because I live in Portland and spent 2002-2003 biking around the Australian continent. I have nothing against the rest of world, but this is a one-man operation so I can only do so much. If you would like your geographic location represented, you can always submit a photo.
I came up with this idea in March 2001 and it gradually evolved into what the site is now, the "third" version of the site. The first version of the site went online on July 16th, 2001. I decided to bike around Australia about 6 months after this, so this put any humanclock.com development on hold for the next 18 months. (which also explains why things remained a bit crusty-yet-usable for so long). This current version went online on December 8th, 2003.
Humanclock.com has both digital and analog clock formats. The digital clock consists of 9,143 photos, each representing a single minute of the day in some shape or fashion. The analog clock is a true "human clock" if there is such a definition. These photos don't change as much since there is a lot more preparation involved in creating analog clock photos.
Although I've done most of the work on this website, a whole "heap" of people helped me out by posing for a zillion photos and/or walking all over town with me pestering people for photos. There are so many at this point I can't begin to list everyone for fear of someone getting left out. As far as the website itself is concerned, I do have to thank Jeff Axup for some usablity suggestions and Myke Holling for suggesting I put actual Canyon Bomber graphics on my TPS reports. That was funny. Thanks to Joe for correcting my Freedom Rock quote down below too.
This website also exists due to the efforts created by the fine authors of the following "free" software packages which were used to create (and maintain) this website:
PHP, Perl, ImageMagick, mySQL, GNU Project, Redhat Linux, and FreeBSD.