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D'ni Clock Innards by riumplus D'ni Clock Innards by riumplus
I made a clock that ticks on a completely different time system. D'ni Time to be precise, from the Myst series of computer games. I gave a presentation of this clock during Mysterium 2009. The presentation was far better received than I had expected. I'll upload a video of the presentation plus my slides once I'm done cleaning up the footage, but for now enjoy this photo of my clock under construction. I'll show off the completed version soon enough. :D
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How do I start?

Imagine making a clock. Definitely sounds like an arduous task in itself.

Now imagine making a clock that runs on a completely different time system.

I don't know about anyone else, but doing something like that seems near impossible to me. But somehow :iconriumplus: did it. From what I've learned from watching his gallery for a while now, he's been working on this project for a really long time. Near a decade, I believe. That's why I gave this five starts for vision. What sort of vision does it take to even begin imagining such a crazy task? I know I would have given up.

I don't know how to make clocks, how to calculate how a different time system works, or any of those things, but I do know that this project is a great inspiration for me and tons of other people who have learned about it.
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thunderstorm996 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
wow, that is awesome! can't wait to see the finished result
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:iconriumplus:
riumplus Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks... glad you like it :)
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Lessaen Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
How did you do this! For me it was hard to make one little gear and you made this awesome clock I'm impressed!
Tip of the hat!
It must be such an effort to calculate everything!
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riumplus Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The real secret is that I spent nine years on this thing. That's pretty much it, really. I'm nothing amazing or special, I did nothing superhumanly, I just didn't give up. :)
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Lessaen Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow I think thats amazing!
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eridanielsu Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Student Writer
When I first saw this on Google Images, I was all :boogie:! I have always, and I mean ALWAYS, wanted a D'ni clock. You might be able to make some money selling those things!

But seriously! NINE YEARS? That takes an amount of patience not readily seen by many. Great job!
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riumplus Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I doubt I'd ever find a buyer willing to pay what they cost. They're a lot more expensive than you'd think... Really, really expensive. But for me, after spending that long on it the price doesn't matter. Gotta see my projects through to the end! :D
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MidgarZolom Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing! I can't figure out how some people are so smart they can figure that kind of stuff out. Can't wait to see the final product.
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riumplus Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not so much intelligence as it is perseverance. Look at the copyright date at the bottom - that's how long I spent on it. If you spend that much time on one topic, you can do almost anything.

'Course, now that I know how to do it it'd take me 6 months max to make another clock in a different time system... I couldn't do that before though! ;)
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MidgarZolom Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh wow. Ouch. Yeah, maybe it is perseverance. I respect you far being that patient :)
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:iconriumplus:
riumplus Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
With enough time and elbow-grease, you can accomplish anything. ;)
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Silvre Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
Excuse me for being naiive, but how is D'ni time different than our time?
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riumplus Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Almost everything about it is different. 25 seconds in a minute, 25 minutes in a small hour, 25 small hours in a big hour, 5 big hours in a day. There's also another unit inbetween small and big hours. One D'ni second equals roughly ~1.4 surface seconds and one D'ni day equals roughly 30 hours, 14 minutes of surface time.

If that sounds complicated it's because it is. ;)
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Silvre Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
O____o
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RobertMakes Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
WOAH! That is neat...

-Robert
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Artoveli Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
It was YOU who put that clock together! I saw pictures, and was terribly impressed that someone had gone to that trouble. Beautiful!
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riumplus Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, that was me! Who else would be that insane?? :P :glomp:
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Skipyau Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009
Where are the other media of this clock uploaded? I'd love to see.
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riumplus Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
They're not online yet... I still have to get around to putting them up. Darn me and my laziness! :P
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
Yay I helped! :XD:
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:iconriumplus:
riumplus Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You helped quite a bit, m'lady :D :glomp:
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HylianJean Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
::strangely tickled by the fact that a bunch of random stuff of hers is in a picture in another person's DeviantArt gallery:: :XD:
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:iconriumplus:
riumplus Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yes. I'm in ur house, takin photos of ur random stuffz! ;p
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Kefrith Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Totally awesome! I can't wait to see the video of your presentation!
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chiptheghost Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
You're such a clever cookie, I'd love to see those vids!! Call me crazy, but I'd love to se a video of it in action too! :XD:

Fantastic work Rium, as always, carry on! :rofl:
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riumplus Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
In the presentation I got it working while manually assisted, so once it's done and uploaded you can see it there :D
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