That time thing

As we get ready to spring again, I’d like to take a moment and talk about time.

There was a time when everyone set their clocks to noon when the sun was at its peak in the sky. When thirty miles was a hard day’s travel that system worked pretty good.

Then trains started running into each other and a Canadian invented time zones.

The problem is that time zones are a half-assed solution. Instead of the confusion of every town with a different time you have 24 different times. Yeah it’s a little better but still confusing, more so with today’s instant global communication. Ever try to coordinate a meeting across 10 different time zones in 5 countries? Time zones were fine when you were just traveling around in your physical body but this new instant global communication makes time zones as inconvenient as the old every town on it’s own method.

The real solution would be to have the whole planet run on a 24 hour UTC clock then there would be no confusion at all about what time it was anywhere.

06:00 or 20:00 would be the same all over the planet so if I set a meeting at 10:00 there would be no confusion anywhere in the world about when that was. And we can fix all the problems caused by that Canadian.

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3 Responses to That time thing

  1. Link P says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with that sentiment. I keep the second time on my watch set to UTC because it just makes sense.

  2. Robert says:

    Me, too! And on my GPS.

  3. Kristopher says:

    We should have 100 hour metric days!

    We can adjust our sleep cycle to match via amphetamines during the “day”, and whiskey during the “night”.

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