Al's Relative-to-Sunrise Epoch

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    Al's Relative-to-Sunrise Epoch

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    OK, so we're all agreed that daylight savings time is a nuisance, yes?

    And we're all agreed that we'd like to make the best use of available daylight, yes?

    And we're all agreed that if it's going to be dark while we're awake we'd prefer darkness in the evening rather than morning, yes?

    Then let me present you with Alun's Relative to Sunrise Epoch (A.R.S.E for short).

    It's really simple. Each day, calculate the sunrise time and the duration until the next day's sunrise at your location. Then adjust the length of a second for that day so that there are exactly 86,400 of them until the next day's sunrise. So, with a slightly different length of a second we end up with exactly 24 "new" hours from sunrise to sunrise. Having done that, we simply define that the sunrise time is always going to be 7am.

    Bingo! No more dark mornings in winter, and loads of spare daylight in the evenings in summer. All we need to do is throw away all our clocks and watches and replace them with more intelligent ones!

    Like this one.

    This is my widget to provide local A.R.S.E. time on your phone.

    If you've not realised by now, this is just a very silly app that came about as a result of a very silly conversation about daylight savings time.

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