Sunday, October 29, 2006

I don't care that I gained an hour today. That my internal clock is now out of sync with my digital clocks really irks me. Part of my disdain for DST stems from being born and raised without it. (Hawai'i rules!) ( Another element is that animals, such as our cats, don't use clocks to determine time, which means they now whine for food an hour earlier. But primarily I hate DST because it's stupid. Is any time actually being saved? No, we're just doing stuff an hour earlier or later. We don't need to change all the clocks to do that, just change the time we do stuff.

CateGoogles: aimless_musing
Mood = skeptical

I hate Daylight Savings Time


  1. Pfft, if you ask me, it's even worse being raised with it, then moving someplace that doesn't. I was nearly late to a meeting if hadn't woken up early :P


    By Anonymous Timbo, at 10/29/2006 11:07:00 PM

  2. It's actually Daylight Saving Time (no "s" after Saving). Time isn't being saved, but the reallocated daylight is nice (I think).

    There's also an economic benefit. From Wikipedia (

    "When the U.S. went on extended DST in 1974 and 1975 in response to the 1973 energy crisis, Department of Transportation studies found that observing DST in March and April saved 10,000 barrels of oil a day, and prevented about 2,000 traffic injuries and 50 fatalities saving about U.S. $28 million in traffic costs."

    By Blogger Andrew Ferguson, at 10/30/2006 01:02:00 AM

  3. Andrew: I realized the misname after I posted, but I don't care enough to change it. And the benefits are nice, but I don't see why we can't do stuff an hour later and get the same results. DST is essentially just changing when we do things. Why not just change when we do things?

    By Blogger Sumocat, at 10/30/2006 06:54:00 AM

  4. Because people are sheep and won't voluntarily do things unless the government tells them that it's an hour later or earlier than it really is.

    I share your disdain for DST, however, I hate all time zones in general. Time is constant and it doesn't matter where in the world you are, it's the same point in time everywhere. Why can't people just adjust to the fact that when they go to bed at night, the clock may read 04:00 instead of 11:00 PM in one state and 07:00 in another.

    By Anonymous Josh Einstein, at 10/31/2006 12:20:00 PM

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