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CB27
607047.  Wed Sep 02, 2009 11:03 am Reply with quote

It's also a little presumptious to think that everyone else should set their time by our local time, why not somewhere else?

 
gruff5
607084.  Wed Sep 02, 2009 11:43 am Reply with quote

This presumption is based on GMT being the current basis for astronomical Universal Time. Which is, of course, based on the historical choice of the Greenwich Meridian being 0 degree longitude.

If you wanted to avoid showing favouritism to UK, could choose the International Date Line on which to set the new Universal Time?

If we were less obsessed with getting up at 7am, eating lunch at 1pm, going to bed at 11pm (or whatever is "normal") and instead guided our activity by the actual daylight outside the window - might that not be a good thing?

 
Alfred E Neuman
607354.  Thu Sep 03, 2009 2:52 am Reply with quote

gruff5 wrote:
If we were less obsessed with getting up at 7am, eating lunch at 1pm, going to bed at 11pm (or whatever is "normal") and instead guided our activity by the actual daylight outside the window - might that not be a good thing?


If you did that, there'd be almost zero productivity in high latitudes in winter.

 
Starfish13
607367.  Thu Sep 03, 2009 4:03 am Reply with quote

but 24 hours of stuff during the summer to balance it out.

 
gruff5
608027.  Fri Sep 04, 2009 7:02 am Reply with quote

Alfred E Neuman wrote:
If you did that, there'd be almost zero productivity in high latitudes in winter.

You mean no-one making cars, xboxes, plasma TVs, guns and stuff? Yes, that would be awful, wouldn't it? ;-)

I think in the olden days, before electric light, things did slow down a lot in winter. Seems mighty sensible to me.

 

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