Thursday, October 30, 2008

daylight savings time

I think it is funny, my boss was late to work on Monday because his alarm clock automagically reset itself to daylight savings time on the old schedule. Which starts 2 a.m. the First Sunday in April and lasted until 2 a.m. on the last Sunday in October. Beginning in 2007, Daylight Saving Time was extended one month and begins at 2 a.m. on the Second Sunday in March and lasts until 2 a.m. on the First Sunday of November.

I wondered about the original idea behind Day Light Savings Time, and the best I can figure is that other than Benjamin Franklin first bringing up the idea in the 1780's, as a smart ass essay about the French sleeping until noon, and the Department of Transportation getting the authority to make changes to time regulations the history of DST is boring. Really some people that get to stay out later with an hour of additional sunlight during the summer months, but other than that we waste incredible amounts of money trying to know what day it is we have to juggle the damn clocks. Radio DJ's announce it, many companies send out an email and post notices, hundreds of blog posts and News Paper articles are written about it every year, if there is or ever was any energy savings it is very unlikely to be realized and would be more than offset by having tv's that didn't draw so much power when they are not on.

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