877RE: [ISO8601] Spring Forward, happy campers
- Apr 2, 2004I'm not particularly a fan of daylight savings either, but in fairness, I'd
like to point out that:
* Taiwan is at only 25 degrees N latitude, where summer/winter shifts
are minimal. Taiwan is also small enough that it doesn't have extreme
differences internally, which makes consistency possible and more attractive
* Calling it noon when the sun is overhead isn't an undisputable fact,
it's merely a social convention.
Now, HTML emails... THERE'S a problem!!!
All of the above leaves me feel happy that I live in
a place where a more common sense prevails. Taiwan is not trying fix social
habits by messing around with the time pieces.
The Taiwanese are naturally nocturnal species, but
they learned to read the clock that is supposed to reflect the science of
astronomy and the rotation of the earth.
They also learned to accept the undisputable fact
that noon is when the sun is on its zenith, or midnight is when the sun is
on the nadir of the local geography.
Anyone who chooses to get up late at in the morning
can do so without lying about the time of the day.
I wonder if some wags out there are thinking about
changing the movement of the solar system to accommodate human habits.
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