22 years of .beat time

Time is 8030000 .beats

Twenty-two years ago the concept of .beat time (aka Swatch Internet Time) was introduced. The novelty was to replace hours and minutes by a decimal number called ".beats", which is the length of the mean solar day divided into 1000 parts.

A time system for the Internet generation! Unfortunately it never gained wide acceptance in peoples daily life.

To celebrate the passing of more than 8 million beats, here is my .beat time implementation in Python:

from datetime import timedelta, datetime

def beattime():
    """Returns a float with the current beat time (a.k.a. Swatch Internet Time).

     A mean solar day is diveded into 1000 so-called .beats, which implies
     that a .beat is 86.400002 seconds ~1 minute 26.4 sec.

     A .beat should be shown with a preceding @ sign and without any decimals,
     e.g. @240 .beats. But you may choose to include "centibeats" or
     "sub-beats", e.g. @240.02 .beats, to get a more "clock-like" experience.
    utc_now = datetime.utcnow()
    delta = timedelta(hours=utc_now.hour + 1 if utc_now.hour < 23 else 0,
    beats = (delta.seconds + delta.microseconds / 1000000.0) / 86.400002
    return beats

if __name__ == '__main__':
    from time import sleep
    while True:
        beats = beattime()
        print("Beat time is @{:.0f} .beats, and with sub-beats: @{:.2f} .beats"
              .format(beats, beats))

And here is my implementation in Javascript:

function beattime() {
    var d = new Date();
    var h = d.getUTCHours() < 23 ? d.getUTCHours() + 1 : 0;
    var m = d.getUTCMinutes();
    var s = d.getUTCSeconds();
    var ms = d.getUTCMilliseconds();
    return ((h * 60.0 + m) * 60.0 + s + ms / 1000.0) / 86.400002;