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Message 1344072 - Posted: 8 Mar 2013, 15:49:52 UTC

Yes, it's this weekend already. Most of the country moves its clocks up an hour at 0200 Sunday. And electronic devices older than a few years don't know it and won't automatically change for another three weeks.

Now it will take me a couple of months to remember to subtract 5 instead of 6 from the UTC time on this site.

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Message 1344130 - Posted: 8 Mar 2013, 19:12:53 UTC - in response to Message 1344072.

Of course I am in that part of the country that does not have to worry about this problem.
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Message 1344154 - Posted: 8 Mar 2013, 19:43:00 UTC

UK clocks go forward 31st march. For most of the year, London-New York is 5 hours, New York San Fran is 3 hours. Its roughly 1 hour per thousand miles, as the circumference of the earth is 24,000 miles, and it rotates once a day.

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Message 1344165 - Posted: 8 Mar 2013, 19:59:25 UTC

My inner clock keeps attention to 5 timezones. And they ALL change on different days! Ah no, the UK at least is on the same date as the rest of Europe. How come?

Ok, so the US change on the second Sunday in March and the first Sunday in November.
Europe changes on the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October
Down under is first Sunday in October to first Sunday in April
And the last is second Sunday in September to last Sunday in April.

ok, that's me confused till May - anyone got a good world clock?
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Message 1344194 - Posted: 8 Mar 2013, 20:38:56 UTC

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Message 1344207 - Posted: 8 Mar 2013, 21:17:34 UTC - in response to Message 1344130.

Of course I am in that part of the country that does not have to worry about this problem.

You and Indiana always confuse me. They do even more now that they've changed to be less confusing.

I am able to calculate any US time from my own, including Alaska and Hawaii. (Wait, Hawaii doesn't do Daylight either, does it?) I have also learned to calculate UTC (with, as I said, trouble remembering how much to add/subtract for a couple of months after the change) and Japan. Japan gives me less trouble than UTC because I always have to stop and think about it anyway. (I have a friend living there.) It's easy, though: add 3 hours (Standard) or 2 hours (Daylight) to my time, then toggle the am/pm.

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Message 1344267 - Posted: 8 Mar 2013, 23:57:27 UTC - in response to Message 1344130.

Of course I am in that part of the country that does not have to worry about this problem.

That's one aspect of Arizona I wish California would copy...
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Message 1344286 - Posted: 9 Mar 2013, 0:57:59 UTC - in response to Message 1344165.

... the UK at least is on the same date as the rest of Europe. How come?

That was an oversight. I am sure it gives our politicians sleepless nights.

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Message 1344290 - Posted: 9 Mar 2013, 1:35:37 UTC

Now that we have electricty why dont they leave the damn time alone? I allways thought it was a stupid idea.
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Message 1344291 - Posted: 9 Mar 2013, 1:39:20 UTC - in response to Message 1344290.

Now that we have electricity why dont they leave the damn time alone? I always thought it was a stupid idea.

It has to do with Farmers, which today can involve Big AG...
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Message 1344293 - Posted: 9 Mar 2013, 1:44:04 UTC - in response to Message 1344291.

Now that we have electricity why dont they leave the damn time alone? I always thought it was a stupid idea.

It has to do with Farmers, which today can involve Big AG...

Dont tractors have headlights?
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Message 1344298 - Posted: 9 Mar 2013, 2:00:27 UTC - in response to Message 1344293.

Now that we have electricity why dont they leave the damn time alone? I always thought it was a stupid idea.

It has to do with Farmers, which today can involve Big AG...

Don't tractors have headlights?

Sure, but Farmers want as much daylight as possible...
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Message 1344309 - Posted: 9 Mar 2013, 2:38:30 UTC - in response to Message 1344154.

UK clocks go forward 31st march. For most of the year, London-New York is 5 hours, New York San Fran is 3 hours. Its roughly 1 hour per thousand miles, as the circumference of the earth is 24,000 miles, and it rotates once a day.


Reminder: the latest change in dates for the time change occurred around 2005-2007, due to the Bush administration, in hopes that more days with more daylight hours where people are awake would pump up the economy. We see that failed miserably.

Consume, baby, consume!
Same advice we got right after 9/11.

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Message 1344323 - Posted: 9 Mar 2013, 3:14:01 UTC - in response to Message 1344309.

UK clocks go forward 31st march. For most of the year, London-New York is 5 hours, New York San Fran is 3 hours. Its roughly 1 hour per thousand miles, as the circumference of the earth is 24,000 miles, and it rotates once a day.


Reminder: the latest change in dates for the time change occurred around 2005-2007, due to the Bush administration, in hopes that more days with more daylight hours where people are awake would pump up the economy. We see that failed miserably.

Consume, baby, consume!
Same advice we got right after 9/11.

2014 here we come...
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Message 1344341 - Posted: 9 Mar 2013, 5:05:14 UTC

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!! I hate "spring forward"!!! This time on Sunday, I will definitely want my hour back.

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Message 1344342 - Posted: 9 Mar 2013, 5:07:03 UTC - in response to Message 1344341.

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!! I hate "spring forward"!!! This time on Sunday, I will definitely want my hour back.

Sorry, but Fadder time says He's holding that Hour until the Fall... Only an Act of the Legislature would change that...
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Message 1344346 - Posted: 9 Mar 2013, 5:19:05 UTC

If it wasn't for this thread I may very well have ended up at work late on Sunday afternoon.

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Message 1344390 - Posted: 9 Mar 2013, 6:29:42 UTC

The ultimate waste of time and money is DST in Alaska.

We are either up to our butts in daylight or you are not able to find your hind end with both hands and a flashlight - that would be a torch for our english cousins.
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Message 1344395 - Posted: 9 Mar 2013, 6:32:45 UTC - in response to Message 1344390.
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The ultimate waste of time and money is DST in Alaska.

We are either up to our butts in daylight or you are not able to find your hind end with both hands and a flashlight - that would be a torch for our English cousins.

Would that be cause of the Bugs or the Snow?
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Message 1344416 - Posted: 9 Mar 2013, 6:57:23 UTC

I agree DLST sucks.
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