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Friday, March 09, 2007

New Daylight Savings Time

At 3/9/07 7:07:08 AM the text below was copied from the web document "Information about Daylight Saving Time (DST) and NIST Time Services" at

http://tf.nist.gov/timefreq/general/dst.htm

The rules for DST have changed in 2007 for the first time in more than 20 years. The new changes were enacted by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which extended the length of DST in the interest of reducing energy consumption. The new rules increase the length of DST by about one month. DST will now be in effect for 238 days, or about 65% of the year, although Congress retained the right to revert to the prior law should the change prove unpopular or if energy savings are not significant. Beginning in 2007, Daylight Saving Time in the United States
begins at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday of March and
ends at 2:00 a.m. on the first Sunday of November

In 2007 DST will begin on March 11th. Set your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, March 11, 2007.

In 2007 DST will end on November 4th. Set your clocks back one hour on Sunday, November 4, 2007.

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It seems to me that this long and exasperating experience has proven that human beings will adapt to any system with which they are presented, becoming more consistent with the passage of time under a single set of rules. Workplace studies have shown [I don't recall any references at the moment] that any [environmental] change (i.e. light intensity, music, silence, whale song, color scheme, desert theme, garden of eden, temperature and pressure) will produce a temporary upswing in productivity. Temporary is the keyword here, since the results always seemed to project that any adjustment to conditions will have a rather ephemeral effect.

I hear a lot of talk about what will happen to all the computers: I don't think they'll really mind; I guess that means they've taken over the Earth, finally, because now we're worried about accomodating them.
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Ernest Clayton Cordell, Jr.
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