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Our Exact Countdown App now has voice support to make the last seconds of your countdown even more exciting. Countdown to your birthday, graduation, your friend's
wedding or any other special day.

A live countdown offers a variety of audio and visual options for the final minutes and seconds to your event. The Exact Countdown 2011 app is a must-have app for anyone who wants to create a custom countdown for any event.

Search Plug-Ins Available for iGoogle

The timeanddate.com World Clock and Calendar are now available for iGoogle. Easily search our World Clock or create a Calendar directly from your iGoogle page.

Users who have a Google account such as a Gmail account have access to an iGoogle page. Learn how to add and use the World Clock and Calendar Search for iGoogle.

Monthly Poll

January 2011 Poll

Question: Did you make a New Years Resolution?

Yes, and I haven’t broken it yet.
Yes, but I have already broken it.
No promises, no disappointments.
No, I never make one.
What is a New Years Resolution?
Vote online if you are having troubles with the vote function.

December 2010 Poll Results

Poll results for last month's poll question:
“How will you countdown to the 2011 New Year?".

All the Time in the World

by Allan Eastman


Life In The Slow Lane

It’ll surely make you ease your mind...
Allan Eastman Allan Eastman left behind his successful career as a Film and Television Director and Executive Producer to travel the world. He has visited over 100 countries on all six continents. He spends most of his time reading, writing and thinking about things. He is an amateur historian, a music archivist, a reasonable chef and a seeker after happiness .

A Sign of the Times

The last 250 years have witnessed the most profound changes during the entire timeline of Human existence. An essentially rural agrarian candle-lit world in which the vast majority of people lived on the land, following ways of life and belief that had endured for 1000’s of years, was rapidly transformed into an industrialized urban civilization that gets more high tech every year and in every part of the world.

The main characteristics of this emergent world civilization are commerce and speed.

So, what would be the most symbolic image to portray this modern era and its attitudes and results? Well, probably you’ve seen the motion picture - it’s the 2nd highest grossing movie of all time. The technological Wonder of its Age, the unsinkable White Star Liner RMS Titanic - on her maiden voyage in 1912 – is racing to break the Trans-Atlantic crossing speed record. With all her boilers alight, the Titanic steams into an ice field on a moonless night off of Newfoundland far faster than her lookouts can scan the calm seas in front of them. She collides with a monstrous iceberg and a mere 2 and a half hours later, sinks below the frigid waters with a loss of 1500 lives – over 2/3’s of her passengers and crew.

OK, you may think that I’ve put forward an extreme example here. It’s hasn’t been allbad of course – you can point to the moon landing, modern medicine and many other scientific and social breakthroughs as tremendous achievements for the human race and there’s no question that the coming of industrial civilization has generated extraordinary economic growth which has lifted a greater percentage of humans into relative prosperity than at any other period in our brief history. Still, human beings seem to have an uncanny ability to get things wrong, even after they got them right.

Anybody that thinks about it would have to admit that the Modern Age has unleashed a tsunami of complex new problems for human life – some that now threaten our very existence – and the most basic question of our times is “Why is everybody so unhappy?” One thing that almost everyone complains about is the feeling that they don’t have enough Time in their lives to do everything they have to do. More people every day are questioning whether the style of life that contemporary existence seems to demand is really one that is worth living and every day, more people are finding various exits from the system in a search for alternative ways of doing things.

Western Linear Durational Time has become all conquering in the last couple of centuries. In many ways, it is the underpinning for everything that happened and for how it all still works. All modern societies run on a rigorous schedule, measured by a system of timekeeping that defines our lives down to the tiniest fraction of a second. Perhaps the only thing that the entire human race can agree on is what Time it is. This is an amazing victory for a concept that is both basically arbitrary and a human invention.

Like it or not, we are all bound up in Time as we define it and we have to deal with its demands and its consequences. The real problem however is that Time has sped up for so many people because of the way Industrial and now especially, Technological civilization operates. To many individuals, the results of this acceleration contain so many social and personal negatives that they are looking for options to change some of the ways they live.

Read more of Allan Eastman’s article Life in the Slow Lane, found at our guest feature section All the Time in the World.

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Happy New Year 2011!

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FAQ/Tip of the Month

Planning a trip for the upcoming year? Compare travel plans with the
Travel Duration Calculator.

This service calculates the total traveling time for a round trip or a multi-city trip (up to 8 cities) between cities available in our World Clock.

Simply enter the arrival and departure information for each part of your itinerary into the given fields and click "Calculate".

The results will show the actual traveling time, the time difference between the departure and arrival cities, the total distance traveled, as well as the local time at each leg of your journey.

Now you can easily find out the local time in your departure and arrival city in case you need to make an international phone call.

Did You Know...

…The moon phases depend on the position of the Sun and the Moon with respect to the Earth.

The Moon Phase Calculator calculates the moon, or lunar, phases for any year between 1 and 2100 for any location available on our World Clock.

The duration between one new moon and the following averages about 29 days 12 hours and 44 minutes. This is called a synodic month. 

However, the duration varies from one lunation to another because the orbit of the Earth and Moon are ellipses.

Learn more about the different moon phases and more information about the Moon Phase Calculator on our website.

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Time Zone News

Special Committee to Examine DST in Israel
The Prime Minister’s Office has arranged a special committee to examine the daylight saving time issue in Israel

Thousands Protest Time Zone Changes in Russia

Thousands gathered in eastern Russia to protest against the proposed changes to the country’s time zones on December 11, 2010.

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