Monday, February 23, 2009

Daylight Saving Time, Again: Get Ready for Mandatory Jet Lag

I suppose that Daylight Saving Time fights global warming, saves the fur seal, protects the spotted owl, or something like that: but it feels like jet lag. And, twice a year, people around the world have to put up with it.

Daylight Saving Time: Since We Must

You can't fight city hall, much less a national government, so, here's a handy guide for citizens of Earth. It may make your biannual headache a little more bearable.

"Upcoming clock changes"

"The following list displays locations that will change their clocks during the next 4 weeks. Click on the location link in order to see more information about the change...."

This looks like a handy one-stop resource for discovering the specific pointless annoyance your government is forcing on you, whether you live in Uruguay (setting your clocks back an hour) , Canada (setting your clocks forward an hour), or Chile (back an hour). It seems to be a hemispheric thing. At least there's some consistency: "Though this be madness, yet there is method in 't."

I'm an American, so in the wee hours of March 9, 2009, I'm supposed to set my clocks ahead by one hour. Daring rebel that I am, though, I'm actually going to set them forward late in the evening on March 8, 2009.

My computer, however, which is not a scofflaw, will be a good citizen and make the change at the proper, legal, and mandatory, hour.

Daylight Saving Time: It Could be Worse

Around the time of the last exercise in governmental chain-yanking, I posted more informational links, as well as a little suggestion about how Daylight Saving Time could be, ah, improved:

"Daylight Saving Time: A Modest Proposal "
(October 26, 2008)

(With a tip of the hat to Jonathan Swift, and his politico/religious satire, "A Modest Proposal."

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