Daylight Saving Theory On The Cause of The 10 Year Droughts in Australia!

clip_image001There is a long running, baseless debate in Australia about harmful effects of daylight saving or as it is known in other parts of the world, Summer time. For most Australians, where in the daylight hours operates for a six month period thru the peak of summer, people don’t mind getting up an hour earlier to swap their morning hours to the afternoon to enjoy extended leisure activity.

One of the most famous anti-summer-time stories was about a Queensland woman who called a local radio station and said she as worried about her husband who woke each day at 7am with an erection. Her argument and genuine concern was if they brought in daylight saving in Queensland, he would have it on the bus.

Here is another story in the form a letter the editor from Chris Hill.  I found it was dated 1 October 2008 when reported as having been published in the Albury Border Mail, a country newspaper in Australia. Paraphrased it said, “As I kid we never had droughts. Now with six month a year daylight saving the extra sun is sapping the moisture. The government needs to stop the daylight saving causing this.”

Australia for over 10 years experienced one of the longest droughts on record before it broke in 2010. Hence such theories from yokel thinkers like Chris Hill, who walk among us in Australia too, may be expected. In Queensland the progressives largely sub-tropical state, they have a natural day is short so borrowing the mooning darkness for additional daylight to play in summer is to hard for them to understand. They have a share of slow thinkers too so daylight swapping there was made irrelevant by that minority in referendum when their negative votes out-polled the yes votes, 54.5% of 45.5%.

The thriving Albury, people however are not from Queensland and are typical Aussies who like to take the piss and delight in lampooning “They Walk Among Us” stuff.

imageOur Newfoundland mate, Maz Garnet, and adopted Aussie by definition, sent me the pictured Chris Hill article today.  Maz, true or not I must acknowledge this one for the former newspaper editor of the Albury Border Mail himself. Cameron Thompson sadly died not long before that story was posted.  But his great sense of public duty that reflected in his popular editorial policy, that delighted local readers with many similar stories. has been continued by his successors. He was my wife’s nephew and she will be pleased his stuff is still circulating .

Many yarns that circulate go way back, but still make us laugh when repeated.  A case in point are some of my Dad’s, He died in 2005. Due credit is due to him now for telling me that Queensland yarn at the time daylight saving was being introduced in the 1980s’ . His legacy to me was his strong beliefs that for humour, to be funny, has to alert us to the ridiculous. And in so doing it develops our clear thinking side. His humour always entertained and for me I thank him for teaching me that and in enjoying it I now have the option to pretend I think clearer.

it is all such a joke anyway, when you consider in Albury the longest day of the year is around mid December when the sun rise at standard time around 4:30 am and sets just before 7:30 pm That makes nearly 15 hours of sun, so who cares about people who say it is bad swapping an hour of that wasted early morning daylight, when we are all still asleep. It is a no brainer that people like longer leisure time till say 8:30 and even more with the longer summer twilights that extend this.

One thing we do know is Scandinavian countries breed smart people. It is interesting too that they are the lands of the mid-night sun. So it is all about seeing the light and maybe nothing to do with having fun. Yes its about productivity! Why else do governments do nice things for people? I am sorry Mr Hill but you will need to come up with a better theory to fix the cause of droughts.

Do you believe multi-tasking is a myth or are you someone efficiently multi tasks naturally?

Lord Chesterfield, was a politician in the 1740s. In one of the many letters to his son he said:

“There is time enough for everything in the course of the day, if you do but one thing at once. But there is not time enough in the year, if you will do two things at a time.”

Even that long ago multi-tasking was widely believed to be bad. But it has still persevered, so one has to ask why and if it is really synonymous with failing.

We can all imagine the concern of circus audience for the lovely Knife Thrower’s Assistant calmly standing in front of Knife Thrower’s target. But can you imagine the audience concern turned to fear if the Knife Thrower began answering his mobile phone as he is throwing the knife?

With technology available to us today, multitasking is something we do without even knowing. So if it is here to stay, we need to understand how can we keep it in balance?

Some advocates say it all about being in the game and is not always just about being efficient and winning.  It is also argued, especially in cognitive work, that multi-tasking in moderation gets breakthroughs. Conversely the big downside is letting people self manage and look busy to get paid for often useless work that does not add any value. So where is the middle ground or balance, especially these days in the 24 hour a day business?

How many times does this happen? Consider when we industriously go to look up something on internet to solve a critical problem. A work colleague or team may have to then wait as we quickly multi task to complete another important thing that came to our inbox? These days we often accept that is ok. In the life and death scenarios however, like in that circus act or in an operating theatre, if the doctor start checking his emails on his IPAD, it would be a quite different story. So why is it ok for the day-to-day matters ?

We also assume if we stop being Google eyed to know everything, we become of less value. Many also believe that so called social networking is also ok, to chat to 30 or 40 people a day between tasks?

"Focus" itself can be a paradox For example keeping your eye on the ball also need you to try to see where to kick it. We need to do both well so we don’t kick a goal for the other team.

Another analogy is patting your head and rubbing your stomach at the same time. It does get attention at parties but otherwise may not seem that useful, Mind you as one who can do that I argue the coordination skill I now have it allows me to so called multi-task on other things. Like playing piano where each hands has a separate job as complex routines to multitask to pick and play the music across 88 keys.

Playing in the game in the practice and lean it seems is where multi-tasking works. It allows the time to get coordinate many skills together for the real game when it matters. Then focus is able to be marshalled to play premiership footy to win; to do the dangerous acts in a circus without mishap; to play piano like Arthur Rubenstein at Carnegie Hall, or be a great heart surgeon to save lives. Being the life of the party is good too as is make a difference in our own chosen way.

Even though Lord Chesterfield has been dead for over 200 years his ideas are far from old fashioned? For the balance his collective wisdom puts put it together

For example he also said

“Distrust all those who love you extremely upon a very slight acquaintance and without any visible reason”

His message to focus on the day’s work was also to achieve more than one thing. It not just about getting the job done. It includes building that trust with customers who will pay.

Why pay for service when doing it yourself is cheaper?

I may sound antiquated saying this, but I still use a travel agent to book my travel. She tells me I can do it myself online much cheaper. But I persist. Just like my lawyer on legal matters, I find paying the premium for a specialist pays dividends in more ways than one.

Recognizing it is not all about marginalizing cost, I still believe that what goes around comes around and often sooner than later. Call it old fashioned but I believe it is about sticking to what we know best.

And I know if I concentrate on my customers it works. Conversely by doing self-service  it is is like the award winner builder who never completed his own house. Being one’s own “Bush lawyers” may save money but to be sure the hidden pitfalls make it false economy. 

The same goes for travel arrangements as does many other services, not only legal work . If I engage my Lawyer or my travel agent who concentrate on their customers (me) in the areas they are is good it lets me concentrate to be good with mine.

The trick is understanding specialist value as your advisor too and letting them know.  I am sure in my case being clear on that is what motivates them to be clear to give me great service. But it goes further. Like a two way investment  the commercial relationship goes way beyond the service level by connecting other people, That in turn helps all our businesses. Referrals aside, keeping specialists involved I find means the job gets done without bottlenecks with more than one pair eyes alert to avoid issues.

If you are not convinced then think about your social world. We always pay more for liquor in a bar than we do if I get some at the supermarket and drink it at home. Bars of course are social places to meet friends or in business often to network. My local is a good one for both and I tell the owner often that I appreciate his efforts making his place good to relax in and talk

Call it service or renting the space, it sure beats getting drunk sending emails and Facebook updates at home on your own.