Daylight Stupidity Time

So here I am sitting here fixing some bugs in QSFP and rigging links in posts here so spammers can't steal what little Pagerank I have when I look down at the clock and realize - it's fast approaching 7pm. And the sun is still up. Yes, it's that time of year again. Daylight Stupidity Time. Otherwise known as Daylight "Savings" Time. That inane ritual we put ourselves through twice a year, and just did on Sunday with little or no fanfare.

According to popular lore, DST was Ben Franklin's idea. But all he did was poke fun at France ( and who can blame him! ) over something to do with wasting candles. Back in his day there was no ultra-precise way to measure time nor was there a need to. Nope. Modern day DST was conceived of by a British moron named William Willett. Apparently because his golf game suffered during the summer because the sun went down too early or too late or something. Uh huh. I don't get it either.

Since then, there have been a number of excuses for why the practice is continued. Usually of the "its for the children" reasons. But a lot of it boils down to people simply not wanting to get up when the clock says it's 5am and the sun is up. Supposedly retailers make more money, there are less accidents, and all sorts of other rubbish that might make sense if we all still got up with the sun and went to bed when it went down. We do not do that anymore. Especially in modern metropolis areas like California, where society operates 24/7 and you have people out and about well into the midnight hours.

As usual, the United States is lagging behind on the realization that this is all just dumb. Most of South America, Africa, an Asia has abandoned the practice, or never used it to begin with. Which leaves us with Europe and North America being the hold outs. There are some smart states here though. Arizona gave it up somewhere along the way, and surprise surprise, nothing bad happened to their children. Hawaii also gave it up, and gee, guess what? Their children are all just fine. Nobody seems to be walking to school in the dark.

DST causes no end of trouble for computer support techs. Despite DST being almost entirely automated, the changeover sparks a massive up-staffing in plenty of IT support houses due to the screwups it often causes in scheduling. Not to mention the chaos of what happened in 2007 when the rules were changed in the US. The US Congress claimed it would save us tons of energy, it claims we saved a whopping 0.5% in electricity, but I recall the figures coming out and them finding it actually resulted in a 1-2% increase in energy usage. No real surprise there, it's simple. The desert states where it's already getting warm in March perceive the need to crank their ACs for an extra hour every day. Duh. I imagine their study was flawed. Like we're surprised when a government study goes horribly wrong?

The logic of how it's supposed to help anything escapes me. The sun does what it does and us changing our clocks won't change that. The days will continue to get longer until June 21st and they'll start getting shorter again after that. The length of actual daylight is not altered in any way. If we could do that, then we'd have the solution to global warming at hand. Farmers hate it. No doubt because it does them no good. They still get up at sunrise and go to bed at sunset, or close enough to it. It's meaningless in 24/7 society when at night the whole place is lit up like Christmas anyway.

The entire concept is arcane and pointless. Let's put an end to it. Go lobby your state congress to end DST forever.
"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil

Well. I guess that's that then.

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Posted on Mar 12, 2009 8:57 pm by Samson in: , | 5 comment(s) [Closed]
I wouldn't mind getting rid of it, but I'd want to keep the summer time block and not the winter.

I'd personally prefer the winter block, only because I don't like seeing daylight at 9pm. But I don't care as long as they pick one and stick with it.

I think they should go one better than just abandoning the practice, this fall, instead of every one setting thei clocks back an hour again, let's just set our clocks back half an hour and then abandon the practice, that way we've got a compromise. ;)

Oh sure, so we can become another one of the only 3 countries to do something retarded nations again? :)

Like with how we're one of two places still using English measurements. And the other place is some hole in Africa.

We could become one of 3 nations using a 30 minute offset. With the other two currently being a pair of holes in the Middle East. Just to piss off the world. Of course, maybe we can convince them all to set the clocks back 30 with us :P

Hey, if we can talk the EU into doing it with us, then we really wouldn't stand out, it'd be the countries that already don't do DST that would stand out instead of us for a change.. and if not, so what? Why's it really matter that every one else is using metric anyway? :P

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