Archive for November, 2010

Giving Thanks

November 25, 2010

I enjoy Thanksgiving.  It might be my favorite holiday of the year.  The gathering of the family, the good things to eat, all without the stress of Christmas.

Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks for the blessings that we enjoy.  But it certainly shouldn’t be the only day that we express our thanks.  That should happen every day of our lives.

It is so easy to become complacent and to take our blessings for granted.  Thanksgiving Day is a good excuse to take inventory of our lives and to give thanks for the blessings to have.

Thanksgiving Day is Thanksgiving Day.  It is not Turkey Day.  Let’s not lose the meaning of Thanksgiving Day as we have with Christmas.

I have many things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Day.  And I will try to remember all of my blessings every day, not just today.

A Time to Tweet and a Time to Refrain from Tweeting

November 18, 2010

Bill Nye, the Science Guy, was giving a presentation at the University of Southern California yesterday afternoon when he collapsed.  The good news is that the “Science Guy” is OK.  The bad news is the reaction of the crowd.

Instead of rushing to his aid, the first reaction of the crowd was to take out their phones and tweet, text, or do some other social media posting.

Doing nothing is a common reaction during emergencies.  The first thing taught in first aid training is how to decide how to go into action.  However, I don’t think posting that someone has collapsed is ever the proper first response.

Remembering Veterans Day

November 11, 2010

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Daylight Saving — Not Really So Much

November 5, 2010

This Sunday morning, 2:00 will become 1:00 AM.  This is all part of our semi-annual clock changing ritual.

Daylight Saving Time was instituted to save not daylight, but energy.  The theory goes that during the summer, the extra sunlight in the evening would require less energy use to light our homes.

However, it doesn’t look like the theory holds up–at least not everywhere. A couple of studies have shown that we use more energy during Daylight Saving time.  An Australian study found that the extra energy used in the dark morning hours more than offset any savings in the evening.  A study of Indiana power bills showed another result.  Before 2006, only part of Indiana did Daylight Saving Time.  When the entire state made the switch in 2006, reviews of power bills showed that more power was consumed during Daylight Saving Time.  The cause–more air conditioning time.

California has energy savings of about 1% during DST.

My personal preference would be to always stay on DST.  I don’t mind driving to work in the dark.  I leave the house about 5:45 AM, so it’s dark most of the year anyway.  However, I really enjoy the extra time of daylight in the evening.

Whatever your feelings, be sure to turn your clocks back an hour before you go to bed Saturday night.  If you don’t, you are going to be an hour early for whatever you do on Sunday morning.