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After a few days of this blog being down (grrrrrrr) it seems to have been fixed, so welcome! I will use this post just to collect some of the best of the news coverage from this year, which seems a bit more intense than it was last year. Not sure... Continue reading
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I wish I could say that my erudite writing and trenchant observations were what brings most people to this site. In reality, it is the goofy jokes, pointed cartoons, snarky tweets and other images that make up the Daylight Saving Time meme collection. And every year I think that I... Continue reading
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I have a search set up so that once a day, I get an email with all the stories that mention “Daylight Saving Time” and the last couple of weeks have seen a flood of them, all with a similar headline: Is this the last time we will Fall Back... Continue reading
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I know that headline doesn’t make a ton of sense. In short, it’s my way of saying that it is time for me to get back to work on this blog. I’ve been ignoring it for a while, even though there is plenty going on. Sorry about that. It's what... Continue reading
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Spoiler alert? In the excellent movie Everything Everywhere All At Once, there is a great scene that is unlike the rest of the movie, where the noise/music/dialogue/action all stop and two rocks are pictured in a barren landscape. The two rocks are two characters in the film, and one explains... Continue reading
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When I was a candidate to be U.S. Representative, I personally talked to about two thousand people about fixing Daylight Saving Time. The response was overwhelming: People absolutely want to #LockTheClock and stop changing the clock twice a year. Most people just said they wanted it fixed, and that was... Continue reading
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(During my short-lived campaign to be a U.S. Representative, I got such great response from voters I talked to about my plan to #LockTheClock. I also got a bunch of nice notes from fans around the country, including this one, below. I’m finally cleaning out my inbox and re-read this... Continue reading
Today I am making the difficult decision to end my campaign to be the U.S. Representative from the Third Congressional District in Colorado. Yesterday I received word that the number of signatures I turned in was short by 123 out... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2022 at sco.tt
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I am now a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, which is a thing I just never imagined saying before and I am still getting used to it. The campaign had a HUGE deadline on March 15th, something that I personally had to work harder on than just about... Continue reading
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Just a quick post to highlight a great story done in the Wall St. Journal. The story is similar to many of the others done this time of year, but it excels in showing that this issue is not like other issues in that Daylight Saving Time is something that... Continue reading
Here is the statement I provided at the request of the staff from the House Energy & Commerce subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce: Thank you for this opportunity to address you about the problems with Daylight Saving Time clock changing. My name is Scott Yates, and I am the... Continue reading
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It is a big week for those who want to #LockTheClock. It is the week before the change, so we all haven’t been robbed of an hour of sleep and can articulate why it is that the Spring Forward change is so deadly. And it’s even a bigger week because... Continue reading
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Right off the top, let me say that this is not the most important thing about Putin’s war on Ukraine. I totally understand that. The war is horrifying. I write this post to highlight one small aspect that shows, I think, the nature of what “time” is, and how that... Continue reading
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This poor blog has been long ignored. I thought about just taking it down, but then it would look like I’m hiding something. I don’t have anything to hide, and the only thing I’m really embarrassed about is how little... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2022 at sco.tt
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Close readers of this blog may have been wondering why it has been so quiet of late. Truth is, I’ve just been a bit busy. This has always just been a hobby for me, something that I’ve enjoyed doing on nights and weekends for eight years now. Well, now I... Continue reading
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The narrative surrounding the issue of fixing Daylight Saving Time has evolved from being a niche topic, to being a legitimate concern for state and national legislators. That’s great. As it has evolved, we are now starting to grapple with a question that hadn’t been real before, and now is:... Continue reading
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One of the all-time great journalism movies is Absence of Malice. The movie is about a reporter played by Sally Field, and a guy who gets falsely accused of being in the mob, played by Paul Newman. Newman gets revenge in a clever way, which leads to Field’s character getting... Continue reading
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I was a reporter for years before I became a startup founder, and so I always try to be as accommodating as I can when reporters contact me, especially if they are from local papers or radio stations. They work so hard for so little pay. And then sometimes I... Continue reading
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During most of the year, most of my blog traffic here goes to the home page, the DST legislation page and the research page. But right around the time changes, there is one page that rules them all: the DST memes. This year, I am trying something new, putting together... Continue reading
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Greetings to my surprisingly large number of readers from Europe! In whatever language you use, you generally refer to the period where the clocks are an hour later as summertime instead of the completely American Daylight Saving Time, which we of course turn into an acronym of DST. (That comes... Continue reading
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Well, we’ve now had the first state- or province-wide vote on the issue of Daylight Saving Time, and unfortunately the result did not go the way I had hoped as voters rejected a proposal by the narrowest of margins. That’s right. More than a million votes cast, and the margin... Continue reading
Just a quick post with a really thoughtful and fun podcast from CNN. </p> <p> </p> If that embedded player doesn’t work, you can find it here. Overall I thought it was great, and arrives at what is certainly a reasonable conclusion, that we should allow each state to decide for... Continue reading
I’ve written before about how I think that politicians have used Daylight Saving Time as a distraction from some other topic. Probably the clearest example was when Nixon ordered a change the clocks while in the midst of Watergate — in January! (Changing the clocks is always bad, but doing it in... Continue reading
The classic movie Bridge Over the River Kwai is now more than 60 years old, so if you haven’t seen it, well, too bad, I’m going to ruin the ending for you. The movie is about a British soldier who gets captured during WWII and is held in a POW... Continue reading
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Alberta is not the most famous of the Canadian provinces. It’s probably best known as the home of Calgary, and the 1988 Winter Olympics, which became even more famous because that’s when the Jamaican Bobsled team made its international debut, as featured in the Disney film Cool Runnings. But Alberta... Continue reading