Grizzly Bears, Daylight Saving & Computers


daylight-saving-time-138-x-206.gifIt’s that time again. Spring Ahead! We get more daylight and more time – or something like that. I certainly could use more time! Beside that, if I have to get up earlier, I’ll go to bed earlier – fat chance!

The Grizzly Bears of Yellowstone understand. They are awake early this year and are making their presence felt in and around the park. They probably need food after this soft and snow-scarce winter. Perhaps this is a genuine sign of global warming!

If so, then the snowmo’s are in deep trouble. sleds-n-bears.gifMaybe that’s why it’s safe for politico’s to chop at the Yellowstone Park winter use plan. Both KPVI & KIDK carried the story of congressmen writing a letter to Mary Bowmar expressing their concern about snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park. I wonder if the bears know about this?

There’s a note in the Great Falls Tribune about the sleeping habits of the bears. There is also one in the Casper Star Tribune. And of course, the Helena Independent Record.

jellystone-picnic.jpgOr, maybe the bruins are up and about in anticipation of the impending crash of their computers as noted by Paul Boutin in SLATE. Will the early schedule of this time shift really mess up your computer? Y2k again? Grin & bear it!

It may or may not hurt your computer, yet it’s fodder for the “Save the world,” set. Does this advance in our time shift save energy and postpone global warming? Check out the note by Daniel Engberger in SLATE.

Just the facts – ma’am:

Beginning in 2007, most of the United States begins Daylight Saving Time at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and reverts to standard time on the first Sunday in November.
On August 8, 2005, President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This Act changed the time change dates for Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. Beginning in 2007, DST will begin on the second Sunday in March and end the first Sunday in November. The Secretary of Energy will report the impact of this change to Congress. Congress retains the right to resume the 2005 Daylight Saving Time schedule once the Department of Energy study is complete.
java.jpgThe Java Runtime Environment (JRE) stores rules about DST observance all around the globe. Older JREs will have outdated rules that will be superseded by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. As a result, applications running on an older JRE may report incorrect time from March 11, 2007 through April 2, 2007 and from October 29, 2007 through November 4, 2007. (Get fixes HERE.)
— For the U.S. and its territories, Daylight Saving Time is NOT observed in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Arizona. The Navajo Nation participates in the Daylight Saving Time policy, even in Arizona, due to its large size and location in three states.

Here’s some fun stuff for your edification:

From Science and Society: “I’m not a morning person, but I’ll do my part and get up early if it’s in the national interest.”
From Punny Money: “It’ll save you about 86 cents.”
From Webshots: “. . . enjoy that extra hour of sunshine.”
From Courant,com: “Energy savings debatable.”
From CBS, SciTech: “. . . things like voicemails about patient care might get an erroneous time stamp.”
From WebExhibits: ” . . . since no daylight is actually saved. Daylight Shifting Time would be better, but it is not as politically desirable.”

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