March 26th, 2005


userinfo senji
2005/03/26 22:26:00 - Public Service Announcement
For those of you watching in the EU and various other parts of Europe the clocks change tonight.

For those of you watching in America they change in a week (if at all).

In both locations we lose an hour (of sleep).

This is of course an archaic and stupid practice.
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userinfo enismirdal
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2005/03/26 22:44:47
But gives us long, sunny summer evenings.

My mum is claiming she has turned the timer back an hour, the timer that allegedly cuts off my internet at midnight.

I am not sure if she has twigged that it didn't do so last night or the night before. If I am still online in 15 minutes, I will giggle.

(If not, I will, of course, sulk.)
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userinfo senji
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2005/03/26 22:52:51
No, it doesn't, we have long sunny summer evenings anyway, it just changes our perception of things a bit.

And it causes a lot of chaos in the process...
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userinfo ewx
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2005/03/26 23:10:33 - But gives us long, sunny summer evenings
The long sunny summer evenings are there already; but apparently we need permission from clocks to enjoy them properly.
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userinfo fluffymormegil
2005/03/26 22:58:35
Indeed. We should stick to GMT.
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userinfo katherine_b
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2005/03/27 00:56:16
What, the whole world on GMT? So it will be dark in the middle of the day for those of us in Oz?
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userinfo angoel
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2005/03/27 07:31:20
Yes - the whole world use GMT. You just have to change your conditioning about what time of the day is which. In Oz, this is simple - you just swap am and pm ;)
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userinfo fluffymormegil
2005/03/27 10:35:45
Why not? The hours one keeps can be adjusted to the local sunrise/sunset.
Alternatively, could you tell me when I suggested that "we" included anyone not resident on the British Isles?
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userinfo katherine_b
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2005/03/27 11:35:59
Well, nothing was there to suggest that it didn't include others.

And as I refuse to believe in the existence of a five pm, it could be awkward to suddenly find that I have to go to work at that time...
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userinfo simont
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2005/03/27 08:44:30
I disagree. I think daylight saving time is a good idea but simply doesn't go far enough!

It's very important to me not to be woken up early by excessive sunlight coming in through my bedroom windows. I have enough trouble sleeping in summer as it is due to the heat; with sunrise at 4am the situation would be actually intolerable. DST shifts the worst case to 5am, which is better, but still not good enough. What I want is to have sunrise always occur at about the time I need to be getting out of bed.

Making DST into a continuous slow shift would be better from my point of view. It would eliminate the sudden disorienting changes in March and October, and it would enable the total shift to exceed one hour and do a better job of dealing with solstice-level summer.

If you dislike meddling with the clocks then you could choose to arrange this instead by changing the time at which (the office-dwelling majority of) the population was expected in work every morning, so that when the sun rose at 8am people went to work at nine but when it rose at 5am people went to work at six. That'd be fine by me, provided of course that I could buy a clever adaptive alarm clock to keep track of it all for me. (Though I suppose I'd need one anyway if DST were to turn into a continuous slow shift.)
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userinfo fluffymormegil
2005/03/27 10:36:16
Get better curtains!
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userinfo simont
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2005/03/27 11:15:54
My curtains are fantastic. Virtually no light gets through them.

A startling amount still gets around them, though. And a surprising amount comes through the cracks around the bedroom door, from other rooms with less expensive curtains.

If I could make my bedroom completely light-proof, I would do so. However, I fear it would involve building a room completely without windows, and with an airtight seal around the door, which is all a bit out of my price range really.
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userinfo katherine_b
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2005/03/27 11:37:33
One of my friends sleeps in a room that has no windows (small appartment and bedroom is right in the middle). She puts stuff down to prevent the light coming under her door. *lol*
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userinfo sphyg
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2005/03/28 08:34:50
I can't afford them.
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