If you’re anything like me, and you must be if you’re reading this site regularly; then you have been watching Bill Nye in his various incarnations for quite a few years. Originally he made science, well, not exactly cool back in the 90s; but at least he gave it a great try. Later we watched him in the battle bot arena, giving credence to an early entertainment form based on robotics, physics, and of course science that became Battle Bots. And as of late, he’s been jet setting the world shining the light of reason into the dark corners of ignorance. All while wearing a snappy bow-tie!
About a week ago, my browser feed coughed up an article titled: “Where the Science Guy loosens his Tie“; which detailed several great pictures, and a nice little article about Bill Nye’s Chelsea NY digs. BTW, if you’re ever out having a pint in Chelsea (or perhaps at the famous Burp Castle) keep your eyes peeled, you may run into the “Science Guy” himself!
But I digress. I’m reading this fascinating article about Mr Nye’s east coast home when he begins talking about his favorite piece in the room. He talks about it as if it is art, but describes it as having a scientific function. He called it a Geochron, and eventually I narrowed down to a pic of it based on the authors description. I immediately fell in love. It’s a clock, and anyone who really knows anything about me knows I’m GAGA (not the lady kind) for clocks!
Its tough to describe accurately, but here is what the folks at Geochron say about their marvelous product:
The Geochron allows any observer to determine what time it is anywhere in the world. Physically the Geochron looks like a framed world map, about 2×3 ft. in size. The colorful map itself is an endless belt that is driven slowly from left to right by an electric clock motor in synchronism with the rotation of the earth. All known legal time zone boundaries are delineated on the map by dark blue lines which in most cases, converge on lettered pointers on the top edge of the map. These letters identify the standard time zones and also represent the short wave radio prefix for that zone.
Specifically, the Geochron illustrates:
- Legal time zones
- Greenwich Mean time
- Greenwich Apparent time
- Local Apparent time
- Moment of sunrise
- Moment of sunset
- Duration of daylight
- Sun’s meridian passage
- Sun’s equation of time
- Degrees of latitude and longitude
It truly is a work of art, a functional timepiece, AND a scientific tool. Starting at $1800 the price is steep, but digging on ebay and craigslist might net you one for about $800. I vow to own one someday dear Trenchers! And when that day comes you are all invited over to gaze at my magnificent timepiece, and drink beer while watching the world go by!
And Mr. Nye, if you read this, can I come over and gaze at your clock?!?