Given that I was just blogging about another unidentified victim and existential despair, it seemed a propos to remark that sometimes the Jane Does can be identified 50 years later. In one way, that doesn't matter at all, of course. She's still dead and there's no one to bring to justice. If she was murdered by Glatman, he was executed in 1959. If she wasn't murdered by Glatman, there's no telling who her murderer was and what became of him or her. But on the other hand, and in service of that quixotic streak I was talking about, it does matter. It matters enormously. Not to her, but to us. If the living don't remember the dead, who will?
Also, speaking of that question, If the living don't remember the dead, who will?, papersky wrote a poem.
On March 10-11, 2014, the U.S. Copyright Office will host another round of discussions in Washington, D.C., concerning legislative solutions for orphan works and mass digitization under U.S. copyright law. The purpose of the roundtables is to gather feedback and insight on potential solutions, and to discuss the issues of copyright in the context of technology and digital distribution.
SFWA will be represented by former SFWA President Michael Capobianco at two of the nine sessions this week: “Defining a good faith ‘reasonably diligent search’ standard” and “The role of private and public registries.” He has served as a member of SFWA’s Orphan Copyright Committee, which has been working closely with professionals and government representatives as well as Bud Webster of SFWA’s own Estates Project to ensure that the rights of authors and their heirs are protected. Capobianco also represented SFWA at the Copyright Office’s 2005 Orphan Works Roundtable.
Works would be declared “orphaned” when the owner(s) of the copyright is unknown or cannot be located. A special protocol for publishing those works could be established by orphan works legislation, but exactly what that protocol would be is up for debate. This is a particularly pressing issue for the speculative fiction industry, with its continuing re-publications of “classic” works in reprint anthologies. Although SFWA’s Estate Project has done yeoman work in finding contact information for many of these authors, there are many more that are extremely difficult or impossible to find.
This was Mason's first ever con. I thought for sure he'd hook up with his friend Molly and that'd be the last I'd see of him, but he ended up sitting in the back of the panel room, which was Kruschenko's, so there were comfy chairs in a kind of antechamber. So Mason didn't even have to listen to us drone on about "Getting into the Mind of a Fanatic." Actually, the panel was pretty good, though there were a lot of panelists and we veered into the NAZI analogy, despite naomikritzer's valiant attempts to keep everyone on track.
The rest of the con was me showing Mason what a con is like. Mason, being Mason, adored the demonstrations. We watched a Korean sword martial art and we learned the difference between a Korean sword and a Japanese katana. But, Mason and I were pretty excited to talk to the Sa Ba Nim of that dojon because, apparently, you get to learn sword at any belt. We tried to win a sword, but, alas, we didn't get the prize. I did, however, get to cut paper with a bokken. That rocked.
Mason and I tried to go into the game room, but the rules of said game room kind of baffle me. Like, it's not clear how one starts a game. I presume that one can just sit at a table and open a game and people will join you, but every time we went in there were no open tables. It was also unclear how one jumps in to a pre-running game, or even if one can.
So, we took some jelly beans and left.
Mason really loved the prop room, and if the picture ever makes its way through the aether fem my ridiculously un-smart phone I'll be posting a shot I took of Mason standing next to a very, very realistic looking Dalek. Mason also really loved all of Umbridge's proclamations/rules from Harry Potter... and all of the Harry Potter props, actually.
Then when we came out of there the SCA people were doing a demo of their battles and Mason tried to watch that, but the SCA people were very... postalizing and kept wanting to TELL us things about their organization, armor, etc. Mason just wanted to see the bashing of heads.
After that we just kind of killed time waiting for the Anime room party to start. When it did, they'd started watching Wolf Children, which I adored. Mason and I sat on the floor and ate girl scout cookies and commented along with everyone else. This might be the moment that Mason realized that the world is filled with nerdy otaku JUST LIKE HIMSELF, because he was beaming through the film, his ears all perked up, like he finally felt, as the heroine of Wolf Children says, "like he found his pack."
Oh, and my furry friends? YOU SHOULD WATCH THIS. It will make you cry. It made Mason and I cry, but damn it, I think it would be even more powerful for anyone in the furry fandom. The basic message is not only 'you need to accept who you are," but also, "let your children be what they are." And, bam! Right in the FEELS, if you know what I mean.
Also, I have to confess that they had an Anime quiz and Mason and I got THE ONE BLEACH QUESTION...
Mason says he knew the answer but didn't want to speak up. Meanwhile, I wrote down the year that the Bleach Anime came out wrong. I remembered it had a "4" in it, but didn't realize it was 2004 (I might have put down 1994).
THEY HAD ONE BLEACH QUESTION AND I BLEW IT.
I may have to leave the fandom in shame....
So, today I'm off to go back to the con by myself. I think I'm going to miss having Mason there. He's a good companion for these things. He and I have already agreed that he'll come along for at least one day for the rest of these.... and I couldn't be more proud. Leap, my little wolf child! Leap!
Which is harder than it seems/should be. What do you leave in? What do you take out? How many versions do you have? (some places have a 100 words requirement, others 250, some 500…)
What do you want to see in a bio? How far out do you want to know about upcoming books/how old is too old for information to be included? Mention pets, or don’t mention pets?
Here’s the one I sent to various conventions for 2014:
Laura Anne Gilman is the Nebula-nominated author of the “Vineart War” trilogy, the popular Cosa Nostradamus books, and the forthcoming “Devil’s West” series (Simon & Schuster, 2015). She also writes mysteries under the name L.A. Kornetsky (COLLARED, FIXED and the forthcoming DOGHOUSE), and has been known to sell the occasional short story or three. A former editor for Penguin, she now runs d.y.m.k. productions, an editorial/writing service, and keeps herself busy splitting her time between writing, editing, and traveling.
When I’m acting directly as L.A. Kornetsky I mention the animals, because hey, writing an animal-featuring mystery series! But do CatofSize and the Kitten of Thursday and the Time-Share Puppy belong in LAG’s bio? (of course they think so…)
Local college hockey team won last night, which allows them to attend the conference tournament. This, in the priorities of the newspaper business, ranks higher in importance than genocide.
Also, snowmobiles have killed another human.
Today in numbers:
24 mg methylprednisolone
12.5 mg meclizine
12.5 mg sertraline
3 g taurine
150 mg ranitidine
1 g calcium carbonate
580 mg sodium plus whatever's in the tap water I've been drinking steadily all day
5 hours of mild, non-nauseated vertigo
1 bout of tinnitus (ongoing, variable)
1 bout of frustrated tears (brief)
0 panic attacks
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- Current Mood:tired
Thus, I'm now working on the "Sakizuke" recap, and obviously I want to have that up a lot sooner. Tomorrow night, I'm finally going to watch True Detective as it first airs--right in time for the finale, fnarrr. I stashed some discussion of that show into a Storify, but I don't know if I'll do anything with it (or if I have the time). I've been really tired--like, pleasantly drowsy--the last couple of days, possibly because that manic phase I had for about two weeks is winding down; it may be that I just really need to catch up on my sleep. So I'm trying to pace myself while still getting through this process as efficiently as I can, because there's other things I need to be doing as well (you'll find out later) (:D). That said, I'm really looking forward to this recap because what the hell did I even just watch.
That was the day that the LTD Gallery opened its latest show, featuring artwork inspired by A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE.
I had been hoping to be there in person for the opening, but alas, there's too much work to do and too little time, so I had to stay home and miss it. But don't you guys in Seattle and nearby environs (Vancouver, Portland, Eugene, what have you) make the same mistake. The show will be open until March 23, and it looks as though there's some great stuff there. Check out the piece in WIRED>
It's great to see a gallery like LTD featuring fantasy art. Those of you lucky enough to see the show, do come back here afterwards and let us know how you enjoyed it, and what your favorite pieces were.
- Current Location:Santa Fe
- Current Mood: excited
And why does that make me so pleased? Well, because it was the last little bit I had to write for our long-awaited and much-postponed concordance, THE WORLD OF ICE & FIRE. Which we've been working on (along with many other things) lo, these many years. ((And yes, yes, it's late, what else is new? Please do not blame my faithful collaborators, Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson. They finished their part ages ago, and tossed the ball to me. What can I say? I remain as slow as ever. And I added a lot.))
Anyway, it's done at last. At least the writing part. Now it is all in the hands of the artists, and our valiant editor Anne Groell. (This will be a coffee table book, heavily and lavishly illustrated, so there's LOTS of art)).
Assuming we don't run into any problems with the art, THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE will be released this fall. October, I think, but don't quote me on that.
And HEY, this means another monkey is off my back. Only a couple left gibbering up there now. That little joker monkey, HIGH STAKES. And... gulp...
SON OF KONG.
- Current Location:Santa Fe
- Current Mood: accomplished
Our bar opening at the Jean Cocteau was a huge success. In no small part thanks to Ernie Cline (author of the wonderful READY PLAYER ONE), who turned up with his time machine... ah.. customized DeLorean. And our own Doc Brown... ah... Jules.
Take a look. (Photos by Tara Gibbens)
Miss it? Don't worry. Doc Brown will be bringing his DeLorean back in a few weeks... for BACK TO THE FUTURE 2.
(Oh, and our Flux Capacitor Cocktail was a big hit too).
- Current Location:Santa Fe
- Current Mood: geeky
A little over two weeks ago, I finished writing THE BEAUTIFUL ASHES (what's that, you say? Go here for all the details!) Since then, I've been trying to get caught up on business things while hoping, as I always do, that the book didn't suck. Even after finishing a dozen novels, I still am not a good judge of my own work. All I know when I finish a novel is that I love the story and characters, but that doesn't mean anyone else will :). It's why I usually get at least one critique before I even send a completed manuscript to my editor. Preferably two, if my critique partners aren't buried under their own deadlines. I had a full critique and two partials on THE BEAUTIFUL ASHES before my editor saw the final version, so for the past couple weeks, I've been nervously hoping that I ironed out the worst of the kinks in my pre-editorial-note revisions.
Yesterday, I got the much-anticipated email from my editor telling me that she LOVED the book. Cue relieved happy dancing! Revisions arrive on Monday, so I'll be back to work on it then. Once those are done, I can finally start to post excerpts online. I've been holding off because I wasn't sure what scenes would stay or go, but after revisions are completed, I'll know, so stay tuned! I can't wait to share Ivy and Adrian with you :).
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What you need: a couple of drawer knobs with removable, decorative, metal accents, or a wooden knob with a lamp-like profile and a flat face. Some hollow metal tubing, a tube cutter, the caps from some medicine bottles, a couple of screws, a screw driver, some scrapbook paper, glue, a T-pin (optional), clothespins (optional), wooden checkers (optional), drill (optional), acrylic paint (optional), craft knife (optional), thin cord (optional).
You should be able to click through any of the images for larger versions on flickr.
The black lamp on the left is made of a scalloped ceramic knob with the base from a metal knob, a piece of metal tubing, the liner from a medicine bottle cap, the cap from some other bottle (slightly larger than the medicine bottle), a screw, and scrapbook paper for the shade. See the other pictures for how they were assembled. I used the T-pin to start the hole for the screw. I found a tube the right length in a bag of odds and ends, but you could buy a longer one and cut it to size. This lamp just sort of rests in place, it is not really held together. The tube fits over a short screw that extends through the base and the ceramic knob. There's enough clearance in the hole through the knob for the tube to go all the way down. The hardest part is getting a good friction fit on the bottle cap for the shade to stay in place. Use the clothespins to hold the edges of the shade together while the glued, overlapping edges set.
The blue lamp in the middle is a scalloped ceramic knob with a wooden checker base. Drill a hole through the center of the checker large enough for the screw that came with the knob to pass through, you may have to trim with a craft knife the grooves inside the checker to give the screw enough clearance for the lamp to sit flush. You can't see it, but I also drilled a hole in the side of the checker that a piece of wire or string can go through to simulate a cord. I then painted the checker with a base coat of gold metalic acrylic paint and a top coat of a brownish paint to simulate the metal on the knob's metal base. You don't absolutely need the checker, but I think it gives a better proportion to the base than using the metal piece by itself. There is a washer on top of the length of tube over the screw to help keep the medicine cap liner lying flat because I ended up slicing the cap instead of just drilling a hole through it. This lamp is actually all held together by the washer and nut above the clear cap and is pretty solid. Paper shade made as with the black lamp.
The third lamp is just a plain wooden knob set on its end with its embedded screw covered by a metal tube cut to length. Once again, a screw goes through the clear cap liner and into the tube to provide a support for the paper shade. This lamp, like the first, is not really held together, but if you liked a shorter lamp, you could use the same washer-nut sandwich set-up as with the blue lamp.
There are many other suitable knobs that you can use or mix and match, including the smaller scalloped ceramic ones, if you wanted a little desk lamp, and this could also be modified with longer tubes and different knobs for floor lamps.
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Other than that, there's not a lot going on. The final draft (I think) of the non-fiction article for Lightspeed has been submitted. I've gotten another request I'm considering, but I'm not sure if I'm the person to fill its shoes. Still, it's a great opportunity, and I think writing non-fiction is good for me--much like the short stories. (Of course, I need to finish those. Right?) We're getting closer to Norwescon and I'm still waiting for a check to show up. That's worrisome. Norwescon is definitely one of my favorites. I missed it last year due to financial reasons, and I was very sorry for it. I'm so looking forward to it this year. I really, really don't want to miss it. So, I'm kind of holding my breath. I can't do any serious convention planning until that's sorted out. I'm usually done with the schedule by this time. I also need a new printer. Bad. And... one of the book checks is going to have to go to a new laptop... eventually. I'm fairly certain I'm stretching the budget in extreme ways just thinking about it, but the time is fast approaching. I can see it. And I really want to stay ahead of that curve. Waiting until it craps out is not a good idea with computers, I find. (Unlike cars.)
In other news, it's March and my birthday is at the end of the month. I'm looking forward to it--largely because I know I'll be getting the shiny new copy of Rocksmith and maybe some new guitar picks and stuff. Usually, we make a trip out to Excallibur Faire. (I hope we can still do that.) This year, I'm not planning anything big. I'm not sure I'm in the mood, really. In truth, I haven't been in the mood for anything big in a while. Birthdays are special days. I'd prefer to keep them that way. One needs something exciting to look forward to, you know?
Stale Hell, behind the goddammn cut:
Gods, the air coming in the window is chilly. Hubero left.
Nothing was written yesterday. Honestly, the end of my rope was weeks ago. This is free fall.
Right now, the only thing that matters is finishing "The Living and Their Stillborn" and Cherry Bomb. Well, actually, all that genuinely matters is finishing the novel. Geoffrey's visit last week may have helped, in that he may have helped me figure out how to make it stop. This isn't a book to which I find the ending, but one I have to make stop. It just has to be over. I began it the first week of August. It should have been finished, at the latest, in November. After the novel's done, I can step back and try to find firmer ground again.
If you haven't seen it already, I have a new Dancy story up at Subterranean Online. Well, it's not actually a new story. It's actually the prose piece I wrote for Dark Horse, way back in April 2011 that was then adapted into the script for Alabaster: Wolves #1.
Last night we saw Ridley Scott's The Counselor (2013), written by Cormac McCarthy. I'm sort of not surprised that critics panned it. It's a relentlessly brutal film, but it's brilliant, stem to stern. I'm with Danny Leigh (BBC), who wrote, "The real star is the script. What this film really is a Cormac McCarthy audiobook with visuals by Ridley Scott. It's black as night, engrossing and masterful." McCarthy employs the poetry of Antonio Machado to set forth the film's thesis statement and summation: “You are the world you have created. And when you cease to exist, that world you have created will also cease to exist.”
I read from the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, "One of the oldest seals (Carnivora, Phocidae) from the Old World," "Paleoecological implications of new megafaunal 14C ages from the McKittrick tar seeps, California," and "Redescription of Cearadactylus atrox (Pterosauria, Pterodactyloidea) from the Early Cretaceous Romualdo Formation (Santana Group) of the Araripe Basin, Brazil."
Fuck, that air's cold.
- Current Location:Hegemone Dorsum
- Current Mood:raw
- Current Music:U2, "Ultraviolet (Light My Way)"
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I have a theory that by the year 3000, all women and some men will wear masks whenever they're outside the house.
they'll be full-face masks. the purpose will ostensibly be to protect the wearer's face from weather and pollution. the wealthier you are, the better your mask. very wealthy people will have mask wardrobes, many masks, all of them prettier than the wearer's face, crafted to look like what science claims the human eye most wants to look at. Maybe they won't even look human anymore, maybe the'll resemble flowers or birds' wings or fur, or waterfalls or starry skies. poor people will wear niqab or just wrap cloth over their faces.
The reality of this future world is that climate change and the desire for the artificial have gone so far that a) you can't go out in public without protecting your face, b)real human faces are considered too ugly to be seen in public, and after a generation or two of plastic surgery, the population hasn't become prettier.
maybe rich people will have holograms over their faces when they're indoors. you can take your mask off in a climate-controlled environment, but nobody really wants to see your face, and you don't want anyone to see your real face either, so thanks to patented RealFace(TM) technology, a hologram of your PreferredFace is projected by jewelry you wear on your ears, neck, chin, chest, and RealHair.
Okay. That's enough out of me for right now.
So, this was dumb.
Got up at 6:30, fed the cats, made coffee, showered, dressed, packed up and left the house, driving, at about 7:04, intending to park at the train station and take the 7:26 train to work.
Unfortunately, as I was driving to the train station, I got an idea for a wacky sitcom about gentrification. It wasn't until 7:19, when I had driven 3/4 of the way to the on-ramp for 95, that I realized I'd been on autopilot for the last 15 minutes and wasn't likely to make it back in time to catch the 7:26.
So, I drove to work, and was lucky enough to find a good parking spot. Due to Spring Break hours, the library doesn't open until 9. I'm hoping that around 8:50 I can get a sympathetic security guard to let me in. Right now I'm sitting in the little eating nook of 7-11, listening to Mariette Hartley narrate a wildlife documentary on TV, specifically, about a woman who runs a sanctuary where she teaches people to communicate psychically with animals.
I can think of things I'd rather be doing.
I think I'm going to write a draft zero of the Lowenfels play as quickly as I can this morning, and not sweat art. I want this off my plate. Then I can let Jacob and Billy give me "helpful feedback," and just do this like it's TV writing. Yes, Mr. Producer, I will happily include all of your changes. It's only a 15 minute play, so hopefully if I keep my brain in "yes and" territory, I can hammer it out today.
I think I'm going to try to keep it under 12 pages.
Kyra's wedding is in two weeks. Vince has a gig, so I'm going stag, but fortunately she seated me at the same table with Doug Greene. Who I adore. My problem right now is that I look like I've gone through a wringer. Basically, I need sleep, gallons of water, a low-carb diet and a cut & color on my hair. I really don't want to go to this wedding looking like I currently feel.
A group of about 10 jock undergrad girls is hanging out here singing the Temple Fight Song to random customers, so I'm going to RUN.
We may reach 40 F today. Then back into the deep freeze.
- Fri, 14:01: I try to not set up book signings at store by myself because I hate crying alone... #ProLowerMidlistTip
- Fri, 14:04: I also enjoy that when I Google INCARNATE & ANTON STROUT I get images of @NicolePeeler showing off hairstyles...
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In other news, getting this off my plate means I still have three potential fills coming up later this year. One is for May, while the other two are pending (She Walks In Darkness, now $500 away from being funded with seven days to go, plus a new Chambers-inspired Carcosa piece for another Joe Pulver anthology). I did a bit of plot noodling on those, then met with Alyx Dellamonica for another writing date, and put a big chunk of Chapter Two in place.
All of which is good, in context, because next week is March Break, and must be dealt with accordingly; Cal's home the whole time, which means I have to find ways to entertain him, aside from the two Surrey Place visits (still on, thank you Jesus), his Speech Language Pathologist, and the long-awaited ear-nose-throat consultation (fiiinally). Being stranded with Cal doesn't usually bode well in terms of working, basically, is what I'm saying, but I guess we'll see.
And tomorrow I have to go do a choir workshop--more new music, on top of everything else they've handed us over the last three weeks--before making sure Cal gets to his music lesson. He has that guy coming to play with him on Sunday, finally, after a few weeks off. Etc.
Then again, today I was in the washroom when I suddenly realized I could hear him singing "Let It Go" from Frozen, all the way through. Hit a nice grace-note at the end, too: "Let the storm rage ONNNNNNNNNN...the cold never bothered me anyway." My Disney princess-obsessed guy.
Ugh, my head really hurts. I have to go to bed.
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Witness is best compared to a mirror. We step back and see ourselves as if in a mirror. Witness is part of Source and formless. It has no comment on what it reflects; it does not judge; it does not applaud. However, from the place of Witness we may catch a glimpse of the patterns our Neters [the consciousness she says resides in each card] are making.Whatever. I haven't made an Observer card (I found one image which was quite good, but frustratingly, it was a man, whereas I wanted it to be a woman). I hope to make an Observer card soon. Anyway, here's my Witness card:
You will undoubtedly discover you have an inner Committee member who is able to function as a witness. Name this card Observer and make a Committee card for him or her.
Witness - Transpersonal card
I am the One who is formless Consciousness.
I also made this card, thinking, perhaps, of all the stories I have been reading about the NSA. (The men at the bottom of the card are actually Secret Service men, waiting for a presidential helicopter to come down to the tarmac.)
The Watchers - Council Suit
I am the One who watches all, seeing details which are not usually meant to be seen. Whether I watch for your benefit or detriment is unclear; what is clear is that I see much that might otherwise remain hidden.
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a) I tagged all the posts so I could find them easily.* Yes, it took a bit of work to do the initial set-up of my meticulous tagging system. Yes, it was TOTALLY WORTH IT.
b) My "notes" were hour-by-hour logs of my physical and emotional reactions and what I did, ranging from "this visualization technique helped with a wave of anxiety" to "a friend says I have to take the pills with food, but the literature disagrees, and I feel fine as long as I take antacids twice a day". For the full six days.
Now I feel completely prepared! Taking new meds really stresses me out, especially when they can exacerbate my chronic anxiety, and it's wonderful to be going into this course of treatment feeling so relaxed and ready. Thanks, past-me!
Also, today's tests show that the flare isn't any worse than past flares have been, which means the condition isn't progressing, which is VERY good news. The doctor was fabulous and didn't talk down to me. He told me about a pilot study for a new treatment that might be really helpful for me, and I won't disqualify myself from treatment by taking the steroids, so I can wait to see whether they work before trying a new thing. His office staff comfortably called me "Rose" (I don't always out myself as trans* to customer-facing folks, but I do ask them to use my first name because I hate having gendered titles applied to me), and they got me out of there quickly enough that I could get to work not too late and get a lot of work done. So for a day that could have been pretty awful, it's been pretty great.
* If anyone's curious, the posts are here. My biochemistry and neurochemistry are a bit wacky, so my experiences may not be applicable to anyone else's.
Usual request: Please don't offer medical advice unless you think I'm about to do something that will significantly harm me.
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- Current Mood:pleased
I hate DST—if you want to get up earlier, just… get up earlier. Why torture the rest of us?
I’ve looked into it and the persistence of DST in the US is linked to tax credits for corporations for “energy saving programs.”
NIH and the New England Journal of Medicine have reported that DST leads to increased injury and accident rates. (There are at least 4 well-founded studies in the US that support the claim that accident rates of all kinds rise up to 10% for up to a month following the start of DST in the US every year, but there's no matching fall in accident rates at the end of DST.)
DST change-over is also associated with increases in heart attacks, cluster headaches, and “cyberloafing” (wtf?)
but many people will argue that it gives them an “extra” hour of light and it’s somehow “good” for us, though the only demonstrable thing it does is take an hour of sleep off our plates and shift our circadian rhythms.
Folks will tell you that farmers benefit and that it lowers electricity costs
but neither of those latter are any more true than the first. Farmers get up with the sun, the cost of electricity doesn’t go down due to DST,
and the length of a day doesn’t change.
the fact that corporations can claim “participation in DST” as an energy saving program for tax credits is why it’s here
I make this rant every year and about half the people who reply will say they like it.
DST makes no sense: You don’t get more light by changing the hands on your clock. and now that we're increasingly a time-independent society (even factories work 24/7 and most offices offer flex time) DST makes less and less sense.
So why do we still have it and why does it last more than 6 months?