Archives for: April 2005, 07

04/07/05

  03:55:39 pm, by The Dreamer   , 498 words  
Categories: General

Congress may extend daylight-saving time

Link: http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/04/07/daylight.saving.ap/

So Congress is talking about changing Daylight Saving Time to start the last Sunday of March (like the EU), but have it go until the last Sunday in November.

I think this is a horrible shift in the time...now if the extension was better centered around the Solstice, perhaps....and why does it have to be Sunday.

If they made it the Saturday, it would give us a bit more time to adjust to the disruption to sleep patterns before returning to work (for those of us that work, more or less, regular hours). Though I'm pretty much screwed sleep wise for a month or two after each time change. :yawn:

Hmmm, the news article says they want to extend it by two months....but, what they are proposing isn't that much...though it is more than a month.

The present system is First Sunday of April to Last Sunday of October (a week less than the EU). The proposed change is the Last Sunday of March to the Last Sunday of November.

I would be more in favor if the were to go First Sunday of March to Last Sunday of October...or something like that. At that way the Xmas holidays are kind centered away from the time changes, so the disruption to sleep won't impact my ability to enjoy the holidays as much.

But, we're talking 8 months of the year where daylight saving time is in effect.....why don't they just make it year round. Move the whole country one timezone over. The reason Daylight Saving Time has less energy savings in the winter is because there are so few hours of sunlight...that none of it would fall outside of work hours to give people the incentive to stay outdoors after work rather than be indoors using energy.

According to this site: http://webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/c.html

In the summer, people who rise before the sun rises are using more energy in the morning than if DST was not in effect. However, although 70% of Americans rise before 7 am, this waste of energy from having less sunlight in the morning is more than offset by the savings of energy that results from more sunlight in the evening.

In the winter, the afternoon Daylight Saving Time advantage is offset for many people and businesses by the morning's need for more lighting. In spring and fall, the advantage is generally less than one hour. So, Daylight Saving Time saves energy for lighting in all seasons of the year, but it saves least during the four darkest months of winter (November, December, January and February) when the afternoon advantage can be offset by the need for lighting because of late sunrise.

So, I think it would make more sense to exclude these 4 months rather than the proposed "December, January, February, March". Or just make it year round...since it still saves some energy, and eliminates the hassle of having to change our clocks twice a year. :!:

  11:00:31 am, by The Dreamer   , 133 words  
Categories: Digital Photography

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2 Digital Camera Review

Link: http://www.digitalcamerainfo.com/content/Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-LZ2-Digital-Camera-Review-.htm

I wish I had read this review before I bought the camera....it sums up how I feel about the camera now :crazy:

Who It?s For
...
Gadget Freaks ?Image stabilization is the coolest feature on this camera and could keep gadget freaks busy shaking the LZ2 for about ten minutes. But it?s all downhill from there for the gadget lovers. Keep looking.

I guess I'm torn....do I want to risk eBay'ng for the Ricoh Caplio R2 or go with the Canon Powershot S70 (or see if there is a new model in this line, S80 :?:), as the real successor to my current Canon Powershot S20. |-|

Meanwhile, I'm still considering if a Nikon Coolpix 8800 is in my future (or if there'll be a new model along this line as well...&#59;D)

Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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