Yippie!!! Time change is here. I don't have to subtract an hour from my clock for the next several months. Too lazy to reset it with every time change:smile2:
To be fair, it sort of is. Time as a measurement is purely a uniquely human thing and it only is this time, because as a species we agree that it is. The rotation of earth and the orbit happen to be pretty easy to measure and consistent, and its a pretty good milestone to count. Mostly. The fact that DST exists kinda proves that. Technically, we don't really need time zones at all, and as far as computers are concerned, they do not care about time zones and DST. Many computers go by GMT, and then the time zone is calculated purely for human readability. They have to, otherwise international commerce and networks would have many issues.Maybe arguments for DST are based on gender arguments...."it's whatever time I feel it is. Time is just a construct".
Utah has been discussing this for the past couple of years. I'm hopeful that DST year round makes it here too.I saw something the last day or so, Florida just past a law to use daylight savings, year round
Have you ever dealt with anyone in Newfoundland? Now that's one I can't figure. They are 30 minutes out of whack from everybody regardless of season.I had a little list taped to my computer of our clients across the country and their time zone offsets. I flipped it upside-down twice a year. No big deal; they can't help it they live in weird places that shift time around like it actually means a damn thing.
I don't disagree with you that it's a construct, but it's a construct based on the observations of the known universe and the laws that apply. It's a system developed over the past at least 20,000 years, and has been constantly refined from counting the phases of the moon in the month to calculating Planck Time. Measuring time is a human construct because people needed to come up with a system to explain the movements of the sun, and moon, and universe. It's not arbitrary; it's quantifiable, and repeatable, and most importantly, predictable. I could claim that it was midday every time I saw a robin land in the oak tree outside my window, and that's a construct too, but it doesn't have any of the characteristics that the actual measurement of time has. That's why I made the joke; because it seems like people are becoming more prone to defining reality by how they feel, rather than what reality is. DST doesn't change the way time works; you can absolutely claim that it's midday at 5:30 AM, but your construct in no way changes that midday is the point where the sun is at its highest point in the sky. Now, you could call that event "Snarglelump" if you want, but whatever term you use, it has to describe that exact position of the sun, or it's meaningless. We agree as a species that time is measured the way it is, not because of some agreement between nations or society, , but because it accurately explains the movements of the planet and moon and celestial events to the point that it becomes predictable, quantifiable information. Someone could come along with a brand new system of measuring time, and unless it satisfied those requirements, it would be meaningless. We've abandoned multiple calendars over the millennia for precisely that reason; they didn't adequately explain the universe. Time doesn't exist because we measure it; we measure it because Time exists.