Sunday, February 20, 2011

Random and Timely: The Human Clock and The Human Calendar

The Human Clock? Is that a human using his limbs as the hour hand, minute hand, and second hand? 

Hmmm. It could be. But the Human Clock is more of that. It shows photos with humans in it (or even cats) that tells you what time is it. This is a project by Craig Giffen which started on 2001. It may sound crazy but you will see different pictures as the time pass by, or every minute to be more specific. Giffen also has another project called the Human Calendar where (as the name suggests) it shows the current date. 

The Human Clock |

Screenshots of the Human Clock in a little window.

According to their website, " 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."

Kitty tells you what time is it. You can read it can't you? *cat eye stare*

They also have an option for you to submit your own photos. What I liked here is that it lessens the curse of having to see the same numbers every single minute of your life. The Human Clock is an art and it tells silly stories of many people.

Some tips when submitting your photos...

Plus, the Human Clock is developed using open source tools: PHP, Perl, MySQL, RedHat Linux, Free BSD, ImageMagick, and GNU Project.

Click here to view the Human Clock.
Click gimme a cute window for a standalone Human Clock.

Here's the code to embed the Human Clock on your website/blog:

The Human Calendar |

Notice that they are all looking at the one who's holding 20 because it's Feb. 20!
This one presents a much slower time transition, which is by date. Giffen started this project around 2003 and took him up to four years to finish. Just by looking at it, you can tell it requires a lot of work, and a lot of people, to finish the project. Well by saying a lot of people I mean as the models. But Giffen did the coding all by himself. Yes, the Human Clock and the Human Calendar are one-man projects. 

Click here to embed a Human Calendar on your website.

It is also available as a widget on Chumby (that little thing, if you know that.). Here's a sample virtual Chumby:


HumanClock® and HumanCalendar® are registered trademarks and properties of Daniel Craig D. Giffen.

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