Xyon (xyon) wrote,

Why DST is retarded


"You're early, the meeting doesn't start until 10"

"Yes, Eastern Time, but Eastern Standard Time; look, I can't really talk right now, I'm in another meeting"

"Indiana. Eastern Standard Time."

"No, not central"

"We're in Eastern Standard Time, you're in Eastern Daylight Time"

"Indiana doesn't recognize Daylight Savings (sic [1]) Time."

"Okay, my people are going to be here at 10:00 my time; is that going to be a bad time for you?"

"Good. I have to go."

(random muttering, then his prior meeting continued)


And some people may try and argue that Indiana, Arizona and Hawaii are retarded for not changing their clocks with everyone else. But let's examine this statement.

retarded for not changing their clocks

Wait, they make time -less- arbitrary?

Indiana (EST) is GMT - 5:00 all the time (except for 15 counties: http://webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/f.html What time is it when the Indiana capital is noon?) Most of the US goes from GMT - x:00 to GMT - (x-1):00 then back.

There is an entire hour that simply doesn't exist. There is another one that exists twice. In that hour you can: Die before you're born, yet you were born alive. Have a program crash before it started. Commit a robbery and be somewhere else with an alibi at the same time.

Yeah, most of you are in weird states that endorse bilocation for one (arbitrary) hour a year.

1. http://webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/b.html See Spelling & grammar
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