Random musings

1 – This also happens in Canadian politics as well so I think it’s a valid question.  Who actually determines the winners in elections – is it the electoral process, as it should be, or is it the media?   I saw headlines (actually it was across the bottom of the screen) that read something like “media declares Obama winner”.  Granted the electoral system in Canada is different, but again, we find the media declaring a winner long before all the votes could possibly be counted. I always understood that these computerized projections the media use during election coverage are not necessarily accurate.  How could they be when the raw data is input by fallible humans?  Do you suppose we will ever again see an election where the people responsible for doing so will get to announce the election results before the media tells us what their projections show?  Almost sounds dictatorial: “the results of tomorrow’s election are …”  And have the media forgotten perhaps the most infamous of their projections:  “Dewey wins”?

2 – It is often said that people don’t want to get involved, especially if the event involves misfortune for someone else. On the late news on CTV Toronto tonight, there were two items where people did get involved.  The first was a fire in the east end of Toronto early this morning.  According to the news report, the fire was preceded by an explosion, which naturally attracted the attention of the neighbours.  At least one of those neighbours rushed over to help the people escape the blaze.

The other incident was a lady who had been hit by, and was trapped under, a Jeep in midtown Toronto.  Reports are that at least ten people left their vehicles and lifted the Jeep off the lady and pulled her out from under the Jeep – all this before EMS arrived on the scene.  They also kept the driver of the Jeep from fleeing the scene before police arrived.

3 – And finally, as I write this, it is 11:50 pm on November 26.  Standard time began at 2 am last Sunday. How long do you think it will take WordPress to change the time display on the stats to Standard time?   Just asking.

Enjoy your week and remember to hug an artist – we need love too.


What could we call it?

I came across an interesting question this morning.

Random thought: If “standard” time covers approximately 4 months of the year, wouldn’t daylight savings time really be standard since that is what we use the other 8 months?

Good question isn’t it?  Can you think of any other instance where the lesser amount (or in this case, span of time) is the standard rather than the larger portion?  I can’t.

I don’t think the logic can be faulted either.  For eight months of the year, we function under what is called “Daylight Savings Time” and for the remaining four months, half the period under DST, we are on what is called Standard Time, so purely on the basis of that ratio of 2:1, Daylight Savings Time is in fact our standard.

Places like Saskatchewan, which don’t turn the clocks forward (or back) wouldn’t be affected by any change such as that suggested in the question.  To them, it’s always the same time.

But, let’s assume for the moment the inquirer’s question were to be taken seriously and someone with much more time on their hands (sorry)  than you or I decides that “yeah, that does make sense.  Let’s do it” and makes Daylight Savings Time the “new Standard Time”.  Okay fine, we now have a Standard Time that covers eight months out of the year.  Now this brings up another matter.  Obviously we can’t have two “Standard Time’s”, so what do we call the clock setting for that four month period.  Since I’m in Canada (aka “The Great White North”) one idea would be “Winter Time”.  Now obviously that name may not have much support across the southern United States where, for the most part, ice is found in drinks or hockey rinks.  I suppose you could opt for “Sub-standard Time”, but that sounds like an extremely boring party and isn’t really very complimentary.

Now obviously such a change isn’t going to happen, but following the fiction writer’s favourite words (or what should be a fiction writer’s favourite words) “what if …” I’m open to suggestions on what we might call the “old Standard Time”.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend – obviously I am – and remember to hug an artist – we need love too.