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Heavy indeed, especially these recurrent riffs, quite depressing, at least for a while
Lately I found again something nice from Peter Goundry, a full album this time Goëtia - Dark Magic Music | Album - YouTube
the initial track from this album is quite amazing as for my ears ...
The sensible thing would be to change to UTC all over the world.
Even tiny little Norway, essentially running north-to-south, 'midday' varies by two hours from east to west; yet we manage it as a single time zone. If we (at UTC+0100) call a GB contact (at UTC+0000), he won't be available until 10:00 - those Brits don't like getting out of bed early, and don't arrive at work until 09:00 local time. Here, standard office hours are from 08:00. Craftsmen and manual workers start at 07:00, at the latest - some at 06:00.
So you can't expect midday to be at 12 sharp local time. You can't expect working hours to start at 8 local time - or 9 local time. Or that bedtime is at 22:00 - the last week, my bedtime has been around 04:00 local time . You have to attach some numeric clock value to such terms anyway, since the interpretation varies greatly even within single time zone.
Cooperation and communication across the world would be so much easier if we had one single time reference. China spans five time zones, but uses UTC+0800 all over (with no DST), for a great simplification all matters relating to time, such as schedules, meetings, communication.
Current time is nothing more than a label. What does it matter if the start of standard Norwegian office hours are relabeled from 08:00 to 07:00? It would be at the same time, just a different label!
If an Adelaide, Australia, contact today says that I can call him between eleven and twelve, I have to think: Is Adelaide in UTC+0900 or UTC+1000? No, it is UTC+0930! And they have DST at the opposite part of the year that we have. Are they still on UTC+1030? Parts of the year, they are nine an a half hours ahead of us, parts eight and a half, parts seven and a half. It would be so much simpler if he would say 'Call med between 20:30 and 21:30' - that is, in UTC time. I wouldn't have to worry about his time zone, my DST, his DST. There would be no source of misunderstanding of time indications.
Easier said than done. Time like temperature as it is more than just a number it's the body's sense of a measurement. That has been the resistance at least in US to the change from F to C. Our brain and body has been synced to a number that we feel or see, temperature or light.
Your argument can be uses against any changes in any area whatsoever. Even against dropping DST - "our brain and body has been synced to" light summer nights, dark winter nights, so we can't change that!
It also depends on how you handle the situation. Norwegian farmers blame the cows: Tomorrow morning (DST starts this night) they simply are not ready for being milked at the ordinary morning milking time, at 5am! The farmers insist on doing the milking at wall clock time 5am. They could have decided to "delay" the milking tomorrow morning, doing it at 6am - the sun would be as high on the sky at 6am as it was today at 5am, and the cows wouldn't notice that it is one hour later. But the farmers refuse to do that - then they would loose one essential argument against DST.
Your "brain and body has been synced" to the sun, not the wall clock! If your wall clock stops, your body goes on. If the body went by wall clock time, jet lag would be a non-issue. The wall clock time of dawn varies by quite a few hours over the year, but your body reacts to the dawn, not to the wall clock. Or ... Your body probably reacts to your alarm clock, but that is to the alarm, not to the dial. It really doesn't matter if the dial says 7am or 14:00 - you wake by the alarm, not the dial.
Actually, switching to UTC would be simpler in the US than e.g. in Norway. It wouldn't happen overnight; there would be a mix of 'old' and 'new' time. In the US, the difference between the two is so large that it would usually be quite obvious which scale you are on. Any hour > 12 would obviously be 'new' time, any 'am' or 'pm' would be 'old'. Here, the risk of confusion is much larger: 24h time has been commonplace for more than fifty years. We never used 'am' and 'pm', even with 12h time. The change would be only a single hour (or two, with DST), so the risk of confusion would be large during the transition period. Yet I think it would be worth it. (But I am not holding my breath for it to happen ...)
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