The other day I got in my car after work and called a friend of mine, as I often do on my way home. He moved away a few years ago, but we still talk all the time. It doesn’t matter about what. Life, the universe, and everything. Continue reading
This last weekend, we observed the “spring forward” part of Daylight Saving Time. And it occurred to me that this is a waste of time, and causes more trouble than it’s worth. Now, I’m all for making better use of daylight. But consider the following:
- Daylight Saving Time this year runs from March 13 to November 6. That’s almost 8 months. We spend nearly twice as much time under DST as we do under “standard” time. There’s something intrinsically wrong with this.
- Twice a year, everyone has to go through all the clocks in their house and reset them. They have to adjust their internal body clocks.
- Systems all over the world must keep up to date with the rules, when they take effect, and if they change. Not following the rules precisely can have dire consequences.
Consider the following words: colour, flavour, honour, neighbour, rumour, labour, humour.
Those are all British spellings of the words Americans spell color, flavor, honor, neighbor, rumor, labor, humor. Each of them has an extra ‘u’. Whenever an American uses one of these words, or a whole host of others that fit the category, he takes a little less time to write it or type it, and takes up a little less room on the page. Continue reading