Category Archives: General

Dark Mornings Return – Stop DST!

Daylight Saving Time is one of many anachronisms of modern life. Very similar to the nine-tenths of a penny added to gasoline prices in the US… It turns out that the two have much in common. Both date back to the early 1900’s. Both were supposed to be temporary. Both have strong commercial constituancies that have helped […]

Daylight Saving Time – How Is This Still A Thing?

Great video from John Oliver on the topic of Daylight Saving Time… Bottom line for me: Pick a bloody time and stick with it!

More Evidence Against Daylight Saving Time

Nice summary in the WSJ of recent research on the purported  energy savings from DST. The government sponsored study suggested savings, but there was no control, no way to eliminate other possible causes. One of the participating experts concludes… We don’t know how the U.S. would have behaved without the daylight saving time extension. — Hendrik Wolff (Commenting […]

My Two Cents on Net Neutrality

Comment Sent to the FCC I strongly object to splitting the Internet into fast and slow lanes. The current near monopoly power of a handful of companies (Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon, etc.) has led to our current situation (supply of bandwidth lagging well behind demand). We the people are already paying too much for too […]

Lucid, Engaging Explanation of Net Neutrality by Vi Hart

This is the best exposition I’ve seen of the recent about face by the FCC and what’s at stake if it should become reality. Major take home… ISPs Are Common Carriers! They should be regulated as such. She also answers the question why we in the US pay so much for so little? Directly out […]

Daylight Saving Time Nonsense Again!

It’s that time of the year! Spring is always worse than the fall because we all lose an hour of sleep… Poof!… It’s just gone. When will the insanity end?! Here are a view nuggets I discovered today… Proposed Florida “Sunshine Protection Act” (HB 701, SB 74) If this bill became law, the Florida would remain on […]

[Expletive Deleted] Daylight Savings Time Again

Time for my biannual rant about DST. This time I’ll highlight the excellent essay Daylight Saving Time Is Terrible by Allison Schrager from The Atlantic. Her scheme basically collapses the four US time zones into two, with NO adjustment for Daylight Saving. (Yea!) For me the the spring change is worse. It takes me more than a […]

They Stole My Morning… Again! (DST Rant)

Daylight Saving Time has to be one of the dumbest social conventions of all time! It’s just a bad idea that should be abolished!! DST doesn’t save energy, negatively impacts the health of millions, and robs me of an extra hour of daylight every morning! I thought I’d review some recent evidence here. I’ve added emphasis to […]

How to Car Top a 16 Foot Kayak on a 15 Foot Prius

I recently acquired a kayak and have been experimenting with ways to carry it on the roof of my Prius. I’ve had lots of experience with canoes, which you can flip over on your shoulders (portage position) and place them on top of the car from that stance. With a sit-on-top kayak there’s no place […]

Kayak Sailing on Little Lake Santa Fe

Nice day for sailing! Wind was about 12 mph with some gusts, warm but not hot. I recently bought a 2010 used Hobie Adventure with the optional sail. It works amazingly well, especially considering how narrow the hull is! (The first day I took it out in heavier winds I turtled it. It was very […]