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Daylight Saving Time is Just an Ego Booster for Folks Who Like Controlling Other Folks

Personally, I've been frustrated with this new daylight saving time (DST) implementation. It's as if the original daylight saving time that occurs in April isn't frustrating enough. Now, I'm sitting here, with my computer set to the wrong time, my phone set to the right time, my Pocket PC phone set to the wrong time even though I've patched it last night, and all my other cellular phones set to the right time. And all of these are suppose to be "automatic" time setting devices. I haven't even mentioned all of the "non-automatic" clocks that my wife have been nagging me to adjust, which I am still procastinate to do.

The frustration is surmount when you realize that six months from now, you'd have to do the same all over again. So I sit here, wondering why some folks have the idea to impose this time change on all of the other folks. And why the hell am I obeying this absurd idea. And I'm starting to wonder if this new DST is lobbied by the gadget manufacturers to obsolete our handheld electronics early, so that we can shell out some more money for new ones.

As a man of action, I decided to read up a bit about this absurd concept. Here are two write-ups I found:

What's the purpose of daylight saving time?
Daylight Saving Time: Rationale and original idea

The first one is biased and controversial; and of course, I disagree with. The second one is more objective and present the picture on both sides. I do believe that the second article is correct in stating the following excerpt. Nevertheless, I present both arguments for your enlightenment.

"Indeed, some say that the primary reason that Daylight Saving Time is a part of many societies is simply because people like to enjoy long summer evenings, and that reasons such as energy conservation are merely rationalizations."

What's my verdict? Personally, I think Benjamin Franklin was smoking crack. DST is one of those good concepts that's horribly impractical. Daylight Saving Time should have never have seen the light of day.

Chieh Cheng
Wed, 14 Mar 2007 10:54:27 -0800

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