Wednesday, November 4, 2009

DST

Today's blog is about a couple of unrelated things that I was pondering.

First, why do we need daylight savings time? I know some people are for it and like it, some people are against it and don't like it and some people don't give a hoot, but why do we even bother with it?

According to Wikipedia, it is the practice of advancing clocks so that afternoons have more sunlight and mornings have less. This idea was proposed in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson, an entomologist. I bet he did this just so he would have more daylight by which to catch insects!

On a message board thread someone had an interesting post about DST: it is like the government cutting three inches off the top of a towel and then sewing it back on the bottom.

Now I think maybe our California legislators might be mulling over ideas like changing the number of hours in a day. In the United States people generally agree that a normal working day for a full-time employee is eight hours. Therefore, the growing number of unemployed people, an especially large number in California, are unemployed for eight hours per workday, or 1/3 of a 24 hour day.

If the Governator were to declare that days now have 32 hours, automatically the unemployment situation in this sorry state improves because now the unemployed are not working for only 1/4 of a day, whereas before it was 1/3 of a day.

That raises the problem of how do you fit 32 hours into one day, however.

That can easily be solved by making "worktime saving hours" in which the hours from 8 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon remain at 60 minutes per hour. The remainder of the day, 15 hours, can now be changed to 23 hours and the minutes adjusted accordingly. There you have it, 9 worktime savings hours plus 23 non-worktime savings hours that together add up to 32 hours!

The unemployed are now in their unemployed status for only 25% of the day instead of 33.33% of the day. A marked improvement and a feather in the Governator's cap.

Another problem is, with California on a 32-hour day and the rest of the nation on a 24 hour day, how would the two reconcile?

The answer is, they don't. Since when does California reconcile with anything??

Now, I mentioned at the beginning of this post that there were a couple of things I was pondering, but I think that's enough for today, don't you? Haha.. where's the net, people are asking..





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