Sunday, November 02, 2008

Neo-Neocon hates the time change. I feel the same. What do you say?


Blogger Leatherwing said...

I say it's idiotic to still be doing this. Whatever benefit we receive at one end has an offsetting cost at the other end.

3:09 PM, November 02, 2008  
Blogger Tari said...

I love this one because I hate Daylight Savings. Let's stay with this time and forget about "springing ahead".

3:26 PM, November 02, 2008  
Blogger Larry Sheldon said...

An enormously expensive, product-less boondoggle.

Aside from that, I hate it.

4:10 PM, November 02, 2008  
Blogger fboness said...

It never made sense, except to bureaucrats who didn't understand that farm work went according to the sun no matter what the clock said.

5:01 PM, November 02, 2008  
Blogger Melissa said...

I say stay with the summer time (whichever that one is). I hate this whole getting dark before 6:00 in the evening thing. It just adds to the winter blahs.

6:02 PM, November 02, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm generally ambivalent about the time change...the extra hour in the summer was always great for "twilight" golf rates and baseball games at unlit parks. The extra hour of sleep for "fall back" was always kinda nice too.

However, that seems to be in the past since my 6 month old didn't understand that she was supposed to sleep another hour :). She decided to get up at 5:30 (standard) after usually sleeping til 6:30 or 7. I, stupidly, stayed up for the extra hour to catch the end of a basketball game so I wound up with less sleep than usual. Oh well, such is life with kids.

6:08 PM, November 02, 2008  
Blogger DADvocate said...

I would rather stay with Standard or Daylight Savings and quit switching back and forth.

6:11 PM, November 02, 2008  
Blogger Oh, bother said...

My seasonal affective disorder is definitely made worse by the change. Gets me every year. Add the election and this year is particularly yucky.

7:25 PM, November 02, 2008  
Blogger Will Conway said...

I gained an hour of sleep this morning. Love it.

8:06 PM, November 02, 2008  
Blogger Rustmeister said...

Springing forward is what gets me. Falling back isn't too bad.

8:41 PM, November 02, 2008  
Blogger Unknown said...

I agree with the commenter at Neo-Neocon's: PICK ONE. Then stay with it.

To my knowledge there has never been a study which definitively establishes any positive benefit to society from the time shift.

On the other hand, there seem to be a respectable number of studies which indicate that for at least two weeks after each shift, the disruption of individual biological clocks results in significant losses in efficiency and productivity. Not to mention an increase in accidents, both fatal and "merely" injurious.

Short version: shoot the bastiche who came up with the idea, then bury said idea in an unmarked grave, where no one will ever find it again!

Hang the principle of "Daylight Savings Time" by the neck until it is dead, dead, dead...

11:53 PM, November 02, 2008  
Blogger Mad William Flint said...

It's utterly foolish.

I'll add a facet to the mix: I've been writing software for over 30 years. You can't imagine the nightmare this causes (just an idiom, don't jump all over me ;-).

Syncing up time changes...whups, except for Arizona. Different countries change on different dates.

It's truly insane and utterly pointless.

No Incumbents '08!

12:17 AM, November 03, 2008  
Blogger wolfboy69 said...

Mike wilson - Syncing up time changes...whups, except for Arizona. Different countries change on different dates.

I program as well. I hate Indiana - it can have 2 different time zones depending on the time of year and the state just isn't that wide. the funniest part is, there are points where the eastern time zone is further west than the central. You just know the government had to be involved in something that messed up. :)

12:31 AM, November 03, 2008  
Blogger Steven Givler said...

No Daylight Savings Time here in Saudi Arabia, so it doesn't make much difference. It would complicate things though. As it is, I always have to consult the little card I carry that tells me when prayer times are, because they're a function, not of absolute time, but of the position of celestial bodies. One can fight traffic all the way across Riyadh only to arrive at the store in time for it to close for prayer. If DST were a factor, the cards would be three pages long. Besides, we're not exactly into saving daylight here, since daylight, for an unreasonably long part of the year, is doggone unpleasant. Here we'd be more likely to have Twilight Savings Time, so we could maximize our sitting around the hookah in the evening talking politics time.

4:01 AM, November 03, 2008  
Blogger javadoug said...

Being a nature lover, I have to say I like the summer time schedule. I'm not too fond of going outside after work into darkness. That's why I work flex time, 7-3. Now I'll probably work 6:30-2:30 just so that I can go out, ride my bike or exercise in nature a little before the sun sets. How crazy is it for the sun to set at 5pm or earlier...?

If anything, instead of 'fall back' we should 'fall ahead' so that the sun can set at 7pm in the winter. That would spring my spirits alive. Any psychologist can tell you that many people need lots of 'light' to improve their outlook.

8:31 AM, November 03, 2008  
Blogger Bolie Williams IV said...

I've never heard an explanation for why we do this that passes any kind of smell test. Most fail the horselaugh test. I like the "two timezone" proposal where Mountain and Pacific go on the same timezone and Eastern and Central go on the same timezone. TV shows already do this and it would simplify scheduling and communication, not to mention software programming.

There is no reason why work schedules can't shift around or vary depending on the person. Flex time is a great thing and more companies should allow it.

3:24 PM, November 03, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's time to "go John Galt" and refuse to tip people at the National Bureau of Standards. That will show them not to mess around with rich people who are irked at this.

Let the peons eat cake until they quit the stupid time shift.

5:00 PM, November 03, 2008  
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