* We started in Las Vegas. Pacific time. We all changed our watches accordingly.
* Next we drove to Zion Canyon. In Utah. Which we didn't realize, until we got to the park, was on Mountain Time. We changed our watches yet again.
* We then drove to the Grand Canyon. In Arizona. Which we learned was on Mountain Time, so we thought we could leave our watches as-is - but then someone said that Arizona was on Mountain STANDARD time and not Mountain DAYLIGHT time. So we had to change our watches yet again.
* Then we went to Lake Powell, which straddles the Utah/Arizona border. So depending on where we were in the park, we were either on Mountain Standard Time or Mountain Daylight Time.
I have a sense of profound sadness, seeing a supposedly educated "computerphile" who expresses bafflement at problems that would be considered simple by a 17th century astrologer. Time keeps passing regardless of the methods used to record it. Once you understand this, everything is simple.
An astrologer would have no difficulty in conceptualizing simultaneous events at different locations on the globe, according to an arbitrary, impartial standard like celestial events.
Modern, Western man, however lives in a world which runs according to the mechanical and mathematical symbols of clock time. The clock dictates his movements and inhibits his actions. The clock turns time from a process of nature into a commodity that can be measured and bought and sold like soap or sultanas. And because, without some means of exact time keeping, industrial capitalism could never have developed and could not continue to exploit the workers, the clock represents an element of mechanical tyranny in the lives of modern men more potent than any individual exploiter or any other machine.
RonButNotStupid: The fact that there's no universal "now" binding everything together into the same moment is one of those things about reality which I find personally upsetting having grown up in a world where seemingly instant communication is ubiquitous. I often idly speculate about what's happening right now on faraway planets and in absurdly distant galaxies and it just seems so weird and isolating to know that there is no "right now" there, at least not any frame of reference I can connect to or communicate with.
In 2010, Russia abolished two of its time zones, dropping the number from 11 to nine. And Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has suggested he may prune more zones in the future.
Is this a fixed location where the truck needs to be? Get the driver a Watchclock and stations to check in at 1:30.
It never ceases to amaze me how people always want complex technological solutions to simple problems.
To update them to today's conditions you'd need to supply 11, 12 and 13-hour recording strips and institute harsh punishments for users who failed to fit the correct strip on the correct day.
In most scenarios, you don't really even need to record the actual time, DST or Standard.
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