2007.11.04

Groundhog Hour

01.33.30 - Mark

Physically it feels like it's 2:30 am, but the United States Naval Observatory says it's 1:30am. Gotta love these damned day light savings time changes. The geek in me says cool, free hour, but the fact is it's useless.

While we may have started daylight savings time as a way of conserving energy use, today's society doesn't give a damn. Sure there's the green movement, but look at your average home, office, or school. Chances are you're using artificial light, unless you work outdoors in which case you don't need the government to tell you when to start working anyways.

Shifting around DST this year doesn't add anything to the case for DST either. In fact it probably shows how asinine it really is. I can't count how many devices have gotten fubared by the change, and for no useful reason either. We should have either not changed the time for DST (therefore not fouling up a bunch of devices that had the old dates preprogrammed) or simply get rid of DST (since any device that changes itself allows your to disable DST)

Finally, in our 24/7 world wide economy, I think people know how to make a schedule work for themselves. We don't need to mess with our clocks twice a year when not everyone does the same thing (DST isn't even universally accepted in the USA)

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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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