What is the big appeal of the current time system? It is completely outdated, and damn confusing.
First off, I'm not about to say that the year be changed to some sort of metrically significant number of days or anything like that, because I have at least a cursory understanding of how these things work in heliocentric terms.
But come on, let's think of the things that could be changed. For one, time zones. I see absolutely no practical use in time zones, to tell you the truth. Let's go over the advantages of time zones:
- When talking to someone in a different time zone, you can say "I woke up at 5am this morning", and they will understand that that is quite an early time to be waking up.
- You can have a New Year's party at night.
- Every time you cross time zones, you have to readjust your watch, computer, PSP, iPod, whatever the fuck else you are carrying around with an inbuilt clock.
- Something else that has to be taught to kids.
- Describing this method as "time" is technically incorrect, when the "time" is different in different parts of the world. It's just the position of the sun where you are. Time is the same everywhere in the universe.
- Everybody thinks that everybody knows their time zone. I only know the ones local to me, plus GMT. Sorry, I have no idea what time zone Pacific Time, or Mountain Time, or any of the other time zones are. Just WST, EST and GMT. (That's AWST and AEST.) The fact that you probably don't know what those time zones are, if you're not Australian, indicates that timezones suck. This is easily fixed by referring to your timezone by its number, eg. +8 for AWST, but no, nobody does that.
Time sucks. I can't be bothered ranting on this topic anymore, but suffice to say that there are much better ways to deal with things without getting into timezones and shit. Bleh.