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Spring Ahead

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I don't really care how time is reckoned so long as there is some agreement about it, but I object to being told that I am saving daylight when my reason tells me that I am doing nothing of the kind. I even object to the implication that I am wasting something valuable if I stay in bed after the sun has risen. As an admirer of moonlight I resent the bossy insistence of those who want to reduce my time for enjoying it. At the back of the Daylight Saving scheme I detect the bony, blue-fingered hand of Puritanism, eager to push people into bed earlier, and get them up earlier, to make them healthy, wealthy and wise in spite of themselves.

-- Robertson Davies, The diary of Samuel Marchbanks, Clarke, Irwin (1947), XIX, Sunday

As a sort of public service announcement, this is just a reminder that the DST changes within the United States' Energy Policy Act (signed into law on August 8, 2005) go into effect this year - bringing our normal daylight savings time-change three weeks earlier than normal to March 11th, instead of April 8th.

While it's just a casual change for normal clocks around the house, computers and other electronic devices that automatically adjust for daylight savings on the first sunday of April know nothing about the new law, and will subsequently not adjust in March like they should.

Nothing earthshattering, per se, but if you've got shows set to record on your VCR at a certain time between March 11 and April 8th, there's a pretty reasonable chance you're going to record the prior hour's show. :) You can manually adjust the clock ahead on March 11th, like all the other stuff in the house, but keep in mind, it still thinks the old rules are in place, and on April 8th, it's very likely to set the clock ahead an hour for you, like it always has. :)

Correcting daylight-savings rules on a piece of hardware like a VCR is pretty challenging, so for as long as these new rules stick (last changed in 1987), you may be stuck manually adjusting the time over and over again, each March and November -- at least until they either change the rule back (it's a "Right to Revert" clause they left in) or until you finally up and get a Tivo.

In theory, this change will leave us with more time for shopping at night (whee, economy!), and lets the kids stay out longer on Halloween. Good times.

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LV7, glad to see that work is providing some posting inspiration! :)

Thanks for the reminder!

It's ridiculous..we are the direct descendents of those small reptilian/mammals whose scales morphed into hair and cowered in holes during the day to take advantage of scurrying about the giant solar powered Dinosaurs that were immobilized at night...we belong to the night..we love the nighlife..

OK we have lost every angstrom of our triumphant nocturnal adaptations (Great Success) that allowed us to leapfrog over those big dimwitted reptiles.

Up here in Canuckistan, sunlight is evident for nearly 7 hours per day during the winter WAAA WAAA.. so every little bit helps...
I can't set a VCR anyway...
guess what time it is at my house..
((12:00)) ((12:00)) ((12:00))

My body doesn't like to spring forward... it always takes my biorhythms forever to make the change.

I like to fall back; love that extra hour of sleep!!

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