2006.10.29

Our own little time machine

01.20.35 - Mark

One of the coolest things about the end of daylight savings time is staying up until 2am then watching the clock roll back. As long as you remmeber that daylight savings time is ending. Instead of an expected double take moment you start questioning your own mental stability. :)

Coolest article I've seen on the rollback - "Time to stand still" via the Bangkok Post

Call it Groundhog Hour.

On Sunday (Thailand time), most North Americans and Europeans will set their clocks back one hour and "relive" the previous 60 minutes.

For Thailand, the curious rites of the westerners mean only that the time difference between this country and the rest of the world will change.

Sunday marks the end of summer time, as it is called in Europe -- or Daylight Savings Time as the Americans and Canadians call it.

Each spring, these people put their clocks ahead one hour so that the longer days will extend even further into the evening, typically until 9 or even 10 p.m. This supposedly saves electricity.

By winter, when a solar day is well under 12 hours, they put their clocks ahead again, so that it is sunrise by the time most children go to school.

Because they often forget which way to turn the clocks on March 26 and Oct 29 (this year), these people have been forced to make up a pun, based on the seasons and the way to turn the clock: Spring ahead, Fall back.

Europe will move its clocks ahead this year at 8 a.m. Thailand time on Sunday. The US will do the same at 1 p.m. Sunday, Thailand time.

As a result, time differences will move back. Instead of 13 hours, Thailand will be 12 hours ahead of New York. Other, sample time differences as of Sunday afternoon, when Thailand will be:

13 hours ahead of Chicago
15 hours ahead of Los Angeles
7 hours ahead of London
6 hours ahead of Rome

Please check carefully for actual differences, as many provinces, states and countries have their own rules about summer/daylight time.

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