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Essjay28/02/2016 09:16:01
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I've noticed recently a great number of posts are being added during times when I am away "in the land of Nod". These posts are appearing at any time between midnight and 6.00am.

I find this intriguing! Is it just that the aeromodelling fraternity contains an inordinate amount of insomniacs, or if they are of a 'certain age' such as myself, find themselves visiting the smallest room in the house several times during the night, and, failing to return to the arms of Morpheus, are turning to the forum for solace?

Steve (wide awake at 9.00am on a Sunday morning) smiley

Edited By Essjay on 28/02/2016 09:19:29

ken anderson.28/02/2016 09:22:45
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hello steve...night shift lads...or people in a different time zone.......as far as i can see the RCME site is a world wide affair.....

 

ken anderson....ne.....1... time zone dept.

Edited By ken anderson. on 28/02/2016 09:39:50

Percy Verance28/02/2016 09:23:31
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Hi Essjay

Don't forget some forum members live well outside UK time zones! I've noticed members from the US, Australia, New Zealand etc.

I'm often up and about at 6.30 to 7 am during the week and at weekends, and on odd occasions will take a look at the forum and sometimes post. Conversely, you'll not see many of my posts after about 9.30pm..............

 

Edited By Percy Verance on 28/02/2016 09:26:06

Bob Cotsford28/02/2016 10:06:05
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If I get called out once I've sorted out the work issue I'll quite often wind down by checking the site and can be posting anywhere from midnight through to 4:30 or so.

MattyB28/02/2016 11:20:04
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It's not by choice I'm up late, but I quite often read and post in forums at 2am whilst comforting the baby on my shoulder!

Edited By MattyB on 28/02/2016 11:20:32

John Privett28/02/2016 11:30:07
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I'm often on here after midnight, not usually later than 1am though. On the other hand, you won't usually see anything from me before I'm home from work during the week, or before about 10am at the weekend.

G194028/02/2016 11:39:20
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I'm rarely in bed twice the same day now I'm retired Rarely in bed before 1am. In fact it was 2.30 on Wednesday

When I was working I was up just after 6am and on my bike by 6.30 for my 13 mile cycle commute. So I CAN get up early if I really have to (and I actually enjoyed my ride, even in bad weather ... usually) but now I don't have to, I don't. As someone once said "To be abed after midnight is to be up early".

Geoff

John F28/02/2016 11:46:36
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Sadly I am awake by 6am almost every day.

I do try to stay off the pooter that early in the morning as I generally go and feed the chickens and potter in the shed or garage until it is safe to wake up SWMBO with a cup of tea.

Rosco29/02/2016 03:21:01
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G'day from Oz at 1356 , 0321 forum time! from Australia, Shift work (two jobs, both shift work) and Kids are my reasons!

Edited By Rosco on 29/02/2016 03:25:09

Jim Purcha29/02/2016 03:25:08
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Different time zone. Central Time - Winnipeg Canada. You are 6 hours a head of me.

Jim

Tim A29/02/2016 04:07:23
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It's a cunning scheme to confuse those living on the Greenwich Meridian by those of us who are 12 hours ahead!

Tony Richardson29/02/2016 06:03:39
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Same as Jim only I am on the west coast and you are 8 hours ahead us.

cymaz29/02/2016 06:37:16
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And it should still be GMT not UTC. For all those who decided to change it the meridian still goes through GREENWICH thinking

Edited By cymaz on 29/02/2016 06:38:28

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator29/02/2016 09:34:12
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Posted by cymaz on 29/02/2016 06:37:16:

And it should still be GMT not UTC. For all those who decided to change it the meridian still goes through GREENWICH thinking

Edited By cymaz on 29/02/2016 06:38:28

Weeellllll,... strickly speaking its doesn't anymore and hasn't for some time now. Yes, it does go through the district of Grennwich but it doesn't go through the spot where all the touristists stand "with one foot in each hemisphere" to have their photos taken!

The reasons for this are very technical, but it is all to do with what geometric model you approximate the shape of the earth with. When the original Greenwich Prime Meridian was set up a (by modern standards) quite simple geometric model - known as the geoid - was used as the basis for calculation. Over the years errors have been found in this model and new models developed - of which there have been many.

Not the most recent, but certainly the most commonly used, is WGS84 (so called because it was agreed by an international treaty in 1984). This incorporates all sorts of very complex second and third order effects on the geooid for gravitation, tidal forces, ground density etc etc. There have been later geoids that are even more accurate, but it is possible they may never be adopted, instead correction factors calcaulted using them will probably always be applied retrospectively to WGS84. Why? Simple - the GPS system is based on WGS84 and the there is a huge amount of investment in that and systems that use it (a bit of which we have!) And so cmpatability means we might be stuck with it.

So what's all this got to do with Greenwich and the Prime Meridian? Well this,...under WGS84 the actual prime meridian runs about 200yards to east (if I remember correctly) of where the origanal Prime Meridian was! If you ever go to Greenwich you can prove this to yourself. Put your GPS on Lat/Long display, stand on the so-called Prime Meridian and it will tell you that you are a few seconds west! Of course everyone assumes that it is an error in their GPS - it isn't!

BEB

bouncebounce crunch29/02/2016 09:51:10
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It is only us stalkers Essjay.

Don Fry29/02/2016 12:56:15
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BEB, thank you for the educational talk. A new understanding gained, funny thing I can navigate, using marine charts, a sextant if necessary, pilotage, and of course a satellite navigator. I am aware of the WGS84 meridian, you have to be careful using a satellite navigator on non WGS84 charts, and there are a lot of them, as hitting a cliff is not good. Your claim the cliff has been moved does not wash.

But I never knew where the meridian came from.

Steven Shaw29/02/2016 13:15:38
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I'm also in winnipeg, so GMT-6 for me too.

Essjay29/02/2016 13:22:11
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Well I think that's answered my query, we really are a multi-national forum yes

..........albeit with the odd insomniac wink

Steve

Chris Barlow29/02/2016 17:21:15
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I'm an odd insomniac! laugh

If my brain starts thinking about anything it won't shut up and can go on all night sometimes. Sort of like being in a noisy room. Oddly enough it's not just getting to sleep that causes me problems. I can be asleep for a couple of hours and just keep waking up, then try to get to sleep again. Sometimes I give up and just go on the internet or out to the shed for an hour or so.

Very rarely feel tired though. A few years ago I would sometimes be awake all Friday and Saturday night finally getting some sleep on Sunday afternoon/evenings but thankfully that hasn't happened for a while!

Tony Richardson29/02/2016 17:53:59
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Know what you mean Chris, I keep searching for the "sleep switch" to, not really insomnia more like interrupted sleep or sometimes interrupted dreaming I know how you feel.clock

Edited By Tony Richardson on 29/02/2016 17:54:25

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