Fall Back

halloweenclock Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour before you go to bed tonight, or when you get up in the morning (possibly foggy after that Halloween party). In the DC area, DST ends at 2AM.

To further confuse us, “Spring Forward” (when DST renews) next year will be three weeks earlier than normal, on the second Sunday of March, for the first time since 1966. Hey wasn’t Nixon in office and the Vietnam War ongoing at the time? Shudder.

7 Comments so far

  1. Mike (unregistered) on October 29th, 2006 @ 8:48 am

    Johnson was in office, but ’66 was right in the middle of when we were ratcheting up our presence in Vietnam, based on the trumped-up Gulf of Tonkin incident.

  2. Doug (unregistered) on October 29th, 2006 @ 8:53 am

    Johnson, right, thanks for the clarification. I didn’t pay much attention to stuff like that at the time. I was more interested in toy trucks in the sandbox. ;-)

  3. Doug (unregistered) on October 29th, 2006 @ 2:27 pm

    More details including lots of trivia tidbits at this NPR page.

    Yes, I’m a time and date nut. Comes from being a programmer I suppose. I even wrote a Web-based calendar app that displays major (US) holidays, moon phases, and each day is a link to “On This Day” (NY Times) and the current day links to “Today in History” (Library of Congress). The calendar works for any year/month from 1970 to 2037, due to some really geeky stuff I won’t get into here. ;-)

  4. Mike (unregistered) on October 29th, 2006 @ 4:57 pm

    That’s an awesome app! I just used it to look up “this day in history” for my birthday.

  5. Doug (unregistered) on October 29th, 2006 @ 5:45 pm

    Thanks. People seem to like it for that feature, and the fact you can check things like dates going backwards or forwards (within the bounds mentioned above). When I have some time I plan on cleaning it up and adding some new features.

  6. Don (unregistered) on October 29th, 2006 @ 11:15 pm

    I can’t decide if I am shamed or proud – maybe both – that I immediately recognized the issue underlying the 1970-2038 functionality range.

  7. Doug (unregistered) on October 29th, 2006 @ 11:25 pm

    If terms like “epoch,” “timestamp,” and “32-bit integer” ring a bell, you might be a Unix geek.

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