The Internet Cuckoo Clock recognizes, in it's current incarnation, two time zones:
- GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) also known as Coordinated Universal Time. Long recognized as the basis of 21st Century and prior time standards, this comparatively ancient standard is phasing out in favor of the new Stardate standard.
- PST/PDT - Pacific Standard Time or Pacific Daylight Time. Note that this preference is set due to the precedence of the physical clock residing in Northern California and to recognize that Starfleet Headquarters also resides in the same timezone which is the universal time standard for Starfleet when it eventually forms and accepts member states/worlds into the Federation. Note that the format used to compute StarDates is unique and represents a proposed standard that has yet to be accepted. The Stardate standard we use is as follows: YYYY with the day of the year as a numeric, a decimal point and then the time represent as a four digit number of hours and minutes. Thus YYYYDOY.HHMM - Example 2018176.1700 for the 176th day of 2018 at 1700 hours Pacific.
The Internet Cuckoo Clock has a defined schedule of events that occur as follows:On the Twitter Page:
- On the hour: The Cuckoo announces the hour.
- At 11 minutes of the hour, the Cuckoo selects a random fortune to share.
- At 15 minutes of the hour, the Cuckoo announces the quarter hour.
- At 30 minutes of the hour, the Cuckoo announces the half-hour.
- At 33 minutes of the hour the Cuckoo selects a random fortune to share.
- At 45 minutes of the hour, the Cuckoo announces the three-quarter hour.
- On the hour, the Cuckoo chimes the hour.
- On the half-hour the Cuckoo chimes the half-hour with a single cuckoo call.
fortune is an implementation of the Unix-style fortune program that displays a random message from a database of quotations. Conceptually, it remains similar to the BSD fortune program originally written by Ken Arnold. The fortune quotations comprise a full range of quotes, funny sayings and truths that have long been used by Unix systems to bring levity and humor to the user community.
The Internet Cuckoo Clock uses a fortune variant to share quotes and humorous sayings twice an hour on Twitter.
If you have gotten this far
Then you must recognize a certain amount of jest and humor in so-called "facts" and while the clock itself is accurate, you must exercise judgement and a little laughter to appreciate our point of view ;>)