#156 Spring Forward & Fall Back

#156 Spring Forward & Fall Back
#156 Spring Forward & Fall Back
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Spring forward & fall back…or stay put?


From change​.org:

On March 8th, the clock springs forward in most states. But not everywhere. That’s right, the majority of U.S. states are debating whether to opt-​out of Daylight Saving Time in their state. Dr. Daliah Wachs thinks it’s time for the entire country to do away with the hassle of changing the clocks. Daylight Saving Time is right around the corner, so now is the best time to make your voice heard.

If you wish to sign the petition, or read more about it, click this link.

My prob­lem with this peti­tion is its ambi­gu­i­ty. The con­clu­sion reads:

So why put the country through time changes twice a year?  Whether you’re #SickOfSpringForward or #FinishedWithFallBack, It’s time Congress puts an end to Daylight Saving Time changes and keep one time throughout the year!

I am not sure if they’re propos­ing to keep day­light sav­ing year-​round once we move our clocks for­ward for the last time, or switch to stan­dard time for­ev­er. Or does it sug­gest nei­ther — just don’t keep chang­ing the time twice a year? What do you think?

Per­son­al­ly, I like changing the clocks twice a year. It’s kin­da fun, shakes things up. Most of all, sud­den­ly adding one hour of sun­light to each day is like a glo­ri­ous cel­e­bra­tion of sun­shine, longer days, and the unof­fi­cial begin­ning of sum­mer (read next sec­tion, “It’s Sum­mer!,” below). On the oth­er hand, when stan­dard time arrives it is a depress­ing shock to expe­ri­ence dark­ness so ear­ly. If we were to stop this back-&-forth busi­ness I pre­fer year-​round day­light saving.

How­ev­er, to be con­sid­er­ate to oth­ers, there are health issues  involved not only each time the clocks change (actu­al­ly lead­ing to a high­er imme­di­ate risk of heart attacks & strokes), but also con­cern­ing a detri­men­tal time shift with DST which is an hour off from our nat­ur­al inter­nal clocks. That is explained in this infor­ma­tive arti­cle atThe Wall Street Jour­nal.

I remem­ber Cal­i­for­nia exper­i­ment­ed with year-​round DST back in the 1970s or 80s. It last­ed only one year, because par­ents com­plained that kids were walk­ing to school in the dark. (My solu­tion would have been to start school an hour lat­er.) Reminds me of when Venice Beach was nude for only a year, before the prudes com­plained. Why do peo­ple who have no busi­ness even going to the beach (because it’s a place to relax where you should­n’t tell oth­ers how to enjoy their sun­shine) ruin it for oth­ers? As my all-​time favorite bumper stick­er reads:


But that’s anoth­er top­ic for anoth­er time.

It’s summer!

Well, it’s actu­al­ly still win­ter — spring does­n’t even start until March 19, and sum­mer offi­cial­ly does­n’t start till June. But for die-​hard sun wor­shipers (like me), the unof­fi­cial begin­ning of sum­mer is the first day of Day­light sav­ing Time. Start­ing Sun­day March 8 we’ll have long sun­ny days to soak up the rays.


I have been look­ing for­ward to this week­end for months (ever since we stum­bled back to stan­dard time last Novem­ber). I like to cel­e­brate the first day of DST on the beach or at Glen Eden Sun Club (a family-​friendly nud­ist resort) in Coro­na, Cal­i­for­nia. But I promised myself & a client I would fin­ish his web­site before I have fun in the sun. The web­site is still in devel­op­ment, so I’m work­ing through the week­end. But that’s okay — this is a won­der­ful client who deserves all the cre­ative bells & whis­tles I can inject into his web­site. (Lit­er­al­ly bells & whis­tles, and drums & all sorts of oth­er sounds. Chuck Jon­key is a multi-​talented musi­cian who trav­els the world record­ing indige­nous music & lay­ing down his own tracks with unique custom-​made instru­ments. I’ll issue an Amper­Art post fea­tur­ing his tal­ent, com­plete with music sam­ples, once the web­site is launched.)

Besides, the weath­er out­look for this week­end is in the low 60s. Too cold for this Cal­i­for­nia kid. I want to soak up rays, not be stabbed with icicles.

So I’m look­ing for­ward to the next unof­fi­cial begin­ning of sum­mer, Memo­r­i­al Day week­end. The web­site will be fin­ished & I will be bask­ing in hot sunshine.

How do you tell the cows you’re going to be an hour late?

Excerpt from That’s Farming:

The con­cept of day­light sav­ing time (DST) has its roots in the nine­teenth cen­tu­ry, when it was sug­gest­ed by a New Zealan­der, George Hud­son, but it was first adopt­ed in 1916 by Ger­many & Austria-​Hungary. Since then most Euro­pean & Amer­i­can coun­tries have at one time or anoth­er adopt­ed DST but in recent years it has been dis­card­ed by most of South Amer­i­ca & a few US states.Poster announcing Daylight Saving Bill

The idea of DST was to max­imise day­light hours for those work­ing dur­ing the day. It has its roots in indus­try, not agri­cul­ture, as some have sug­gest­ed. It was brought in so that work­ers could engage in activ­i­ties after work dur­ing the sum­mer months. Going to work an hour ear­li­er left an extra hour in the evenings. This suits retail­ers & those inter­est­ed in sports & to be fair it serves its pur­pose when the long sum­mer evenings seem to stretch to oblivion.

Some peo­ple prob­a­bly enjoyed the extra morn­ing’s hour in bed, but how do you tell cows you’re going to be an hour late?

Read the full arti­cle about Day­light sav­ing Time at thats​farm​ing​.com. It’s very interesting.

Saving or savings?

The cor­rect term is day­light “sav­ing” time, accord­ing to the Asso­ci­at­ed Press style­book. The incor­rect term “day­light sav­ings time” is com­mon­ly used, how­ev­er,  espe­cial­ly in Aus­tralia, Cana­da and the Unit­ed States. It’s also sup­posed to be low­er­case, not upper­case, accord­ing to the Asso­ci­at­ed Press.

I’ve used the cor­rect spelling in this post, but cap­i­tal­ized it here & there because I think Day­light Sav­ing Time is that special!

Concept & design

My first idea for the time shift was a split back­ground of sum­mer & win­ter scenes, one sea­son visu­al­ly shift­ed ahead of the oth­er. Then I came across the stock image of two stacked clocks. Clean, sim­ple, mod­ern. I mod­i­fied a few details & of course added the amper­sand tails. (Note the gap in that cir­cu­lar ele­ment is equiv­a­lent to the wedge between hours 2 & 3.) I also changed the numer­als from a quirky font to styl­ish Helvetica. 

Maybe next year I’ll adapt my orig­i­nal con­cept of sea­son­al pho­to­graph shifts — unless we have done away with time change altogether.

Power volt forward?

Not only does the dou­ble enten­dre “spring” help us remem­ber which direc­tion to rotate the hour hand every March, but it coin­ci­den­tal­ly refers to a main com­po­nent of mechan­i­cal clocks & watch­es. Should we not then, in mod­ern times, say “pow­er volt for­ward” and “dig­i­tize forward”?

Or for that mat­ter, we could just as clev­er­ly say “March for­ward.” But then “Novem­ber back” is kin­da awkward.

How­ev­er you say it, enjoy the extra hour of sunshine.

Shining an hour later for us!

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Production notes for #156 Spring Forward & Fall Back:
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