Jesse suggests Continuous Daylight Saving Time as an alternative to the twice a year ritual of futzing with our clocks:
I think a time system could improve health, energy use, and safety even more if it were to make small adjustments throughout the year instead of large adjustments twice a year. For example, a small amount of time might be added or taken away just before 2am every morning, in order to keep sunrises at 6am at a latitude of 40 degrees. The daily changes would be small enough for most people to ignore -- less than two minutes per day even around the equinoxes.
While it'd never happen in my lifetime for many of the reasons he goes on to list, I really like the idea of CDST. But it's clearly the sort of thing that's appealing to the programmer in me, not the part of me that has to deal with the real world.
Of course, I'm on record as not being a fan of DST in the first place.
Posted by jzawodn at November 01, 2006 07:44 AM