Start counting, on my ready, the number of seconds that have elapsed since 4:55 PM on Friday, March 13, 2015, Eastern Standard Time... Starting... now.

Unix Time refers to the number of seconds that have elapsed since midnight on Thursday, January 1, 1970, coordinated universal time.

Stay counting.


Unix time is used in programming to evaluate an order of events. It is not a standard for time like a 12-hour or a 24-hour clock.

Its only concerns are for which events happened first, and how many seconds passed in-between events. 

Seconds being the only timescale humans have an understanding of.

Stay counting.


Imagine a conception of time that does not offer the myth of understanding a specific moment

One that does not attempt to synchronize individuals, but rather lets events happen in their own duration


If we adopted it now, we would have to rewrite the books to show time-ranges

The Shot Heard ‘Round the World happened some time between negative 6 billion, 144 million, 249 thousand, 599


negative 6 billion, 144 million, 163 thousand, 201

Stay counting


Would we not have an understanding of history more accepting of ambiguities?


At 6:28 AM and 16 seconds, coordinated universal time, on Thursday, February 7, 2036, Unix time will reach the programmatic limits of a 32-bit number. 

At this moment (Unix time: 2 billion, 147 million, 483 thousand, 647), Unix time will reset into the next Unix Epoch.


If I never know when it is 5 o’clock, I never have to stop working.