Post by Keith Keller Post by Bhairitu
Good reason to get rid of time zones altogether and just use UTC. It
would take about 10 years for the sheeple to adjust but it would
eliminate a lot of confusion. Time zones aren't for the Internet age
and are very retro 20th century.
The US hasn't even gone metric yet! It'd probably take 30 years just to
decide to start transitioning to UTC.
The US Metrification Committee did exist and seems to have
been abandoned for anything dealing with the public.
I had a vague recollection of seeing dual English/metric speed
limit signs on I-280 between San Jose and Hwy 92 circa late 1970s
or early 1980s but I couldn't find any Google Images verifying
What I did find was metric distance signs and that's what I now
remember seeing along I-280. An example can be seen here:
The 4th picture entry there (for Big Sur) shows exactly the kind
of metric signs I recall seeing here in the Bay Area. There are
other California signs on that page with dual miles/km -- scroll
IIRC, the metric signs were removed after less than a year because
Americans couldn't figure out what they meant which is not surprising
since the average American seems to be a knuckle-dragging slack-jawed
LOL'ing fecebook-using dummy 100% absorbed in their dumb smartphones
as can be seen in this 12-picture sad commentary of our times:
As for UTC, I've been using that for decades in the XEphem program:
This is one of 1000s of charts I've produced using XEphem using UTC;
this one documents the 2003 Mars event:
Some other things produced using XEphem can be seen on my home page
(animation of ALL asteroids and a solar system animation for one
Saturn orbit of the Sun):
You may get a kick seeing the "Clear Sky Charts" at the top right of
that page -- click anywhere on the thumbnail or text to get there.