There are four "qides of day" (and two extra qides: the inactive night-time hours). Each dot on the qidal clock corresponds to one second of the day. The day starts at 6am ().

There is also a 100-year calendar (to the right or below the qidal clock). Each pixel on this calendar corresponds to one hour (grouped into day-chunks with a similar colouring as the qides). The calendar begins on the year 2000 ( to e.g. the year closest your birthday).

What is a “qide”?

A qide is a 4-hour division of the day, of which there are 4 during the the approximately 16 hours a person is awake. The name derives from the ancient term “tide,” which referred to a 3-hour division of a day. Since the mammalian dopamine cycle is also four hours long, and meal/work/relaxation schedules across countries more often fall along factors of 4 hours than 3, qides are somewhat more useful as daily landmarks.

How dost thine moments meander?

The qides, hours, and seconds of the clock are adjacently connected in a manner similar to a Hilbert curve (arranged to preserve the integrity of 5 minute blocks ), the traditional method of coaxing a line into a planar disposition while maintaining self-proximity.

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