Daylight Saving Time

12 03 2010

It’s that time again, folks! Daylight saving time is going to begin this weekend. How do you handle DST? Do you change your clocks before you go to bed Saturday night? So you change them when you wake up in the morning? Do you change them straight up midnight? Well, technically, daylight saving time begins at 2am on the second Sunday in March. I know probably everyone is excited about having more daylight hours. I am, and so is my dog. She’ll be very happy that our walks or jogs in the evening can be extended. But ever think about the other effects of DST? Well, first of all, we can utilize more daylight, and less energy to light our homes. In fact, this is why DST was initiated in the United States. I was curious so I decided to look up the history of DST and found information here. According to this article, DST began as a way to conserve energy for war production during WW II. Then in 2007, they extended DST by 4 weeks as a part of the Energy Policy Act. Who knows if it actually worked? I know there are a few parts of the US that do not observe DST. Such as Arizona and Hawaii. Why is that? Why are they so against DST? Can I decide not to observe DST? Who makes that decision? I have more questions than answers about daylight saving time. Anyway, don’t forget to change you clocks Sunday at 2am….every single one of them. That’s the only irritating part about it. How many clocks do you have in your house? More than you think, I bet!



10 03 2010

Guess whose back? So, I knew when I started this blog that I wasn’t going to post every day. And I haven’t posted in well over a year. The blog just kind of sat out here in Cyberland waiting for me to return and revive it. Well, I’ve decided to revive it for my own personal state of mind. I don’t care if people read it or don’t, cause mostly right now it’s going to be for me. I can pretend I am telling people things, even if no one reads it.
I’ve recently discovered the beauty of the podcast. I don’t know why I haven’t even listened to podcasts before. Probably because I don’t really listen to the radio either, because I don’t like people talking interrupting my music. But as some of you know, many of you don’t, I am a member of a message board for my biggest obsession: Disney. The message boards (which are part of the
Dis family) are known as the Disboards. There are tons of Disney fans, and also Disney newbies who are just looking for info about planning their trip to anywhere within the Disneysphere. Everyone is superfriendly, and very helpful. Anyway, as I was wandering around the boards, I noticed the Dis Unplugged board. The Dis Unplugged is the Dis podcast. More out of curiousity than anything, I went into itunes and subscribed, and began downloading some of the past shows. Well, I’ve been listening to it for a few days now, and I am addicted. The folks that do it (podcasters? cast? crew? employees?) are great fun to listen to. I’ve also subscribed to some other podcasts (not Disney related) cause I have decided that podcasts are the coolest thing ever. My ipod (16gig) is literally 100% full (for the first time ever) because of all the podcasts. I know I sound really old, that I have just discovered them. It’s not that I didn’t know the existed, its just that I didn’t get the appeal of them. Now, I do. I talk back to them in the car. Which is probably the most amusing thing about it. Anyway, if you don’t listen to podcasts, I would suggest that you go into your little itunes account, go to the store, and search a topic that interests you. (In addition to my Disney podcast, I listen to a travel podcast, a design podcast (like, interior design), and a book review podcast). Subscribe to the podcasts, which are usually free, and you’ll have an hour of entertainment.