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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Time, TV and Train QUESTIONS

1. Our techie guy wrote: "The U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005, passed by the U.S. Congress July, 2005, extended Daylight Saving Time (DST) in the U.S. by approximately four weeks. As a result, beginning in 2007, DST will start three weeks earlier on March 11, 2007, and end one week later on November 4, 2007, resulting in a new DST period that is four weeks longer than previously observed. These four weeks are referred to in this article as the "extended DST period".

We have prepared a plan to correct the Time Zone entries on both your computer and our servers... We will be updating your Exchange Mailboxes on Saturday March 10th, beginning at Noon... As a result, any meeting invitation for the 'extended DST period' that was previously sent will be re-sent to each invitee because it will be read as a 'new time.' All meeting requests will need to be reaccepted or re-declined in order to update your calendars properly."

So, the first set of questions: Has the change in Daylight Saving Time been more of a hassle for you at work? At home? I think the DVR will reset on its own, but that the VCR (purchased in 1997 and Y2K compliant!) will not. Other than kids going trick or treating when it's lighter, do you see any net benefit to the change, which will cost companies an estimated $2 billion to deal with? I don't, and places that are in the northwest segments of a time zone (Lansing, MI in the east, Bismarck, ND in the central, and Helena, MT in the mountains, it'll be dark at 8 a.m. on March 12, when kids are going to school. Where's the energy savings?

2. As you may have heard, there are plans afoot to move the Addison character on Grey's Anatomy to a spinoff show. There are lots of Kate Walsh fans out there, as she's the first person I've seen on both Tom the Dog's Object of My Affection list AND Jaquandor's Realizations Of Womanly Radiance list.

The Ad Age Water Cooler column of February 26 suggests other possibilities for spinoff potential:
Hurley (Jorge Garcia)-Lost
Justin (Mark Indelicato)-Ugly Betty
Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson)-The Office
Kevin Walker (Matthew Rhys)-Brothers & Sisters

Can't speak for the former two, but I just don't see it in the latter two, especially Dwight, who is a wonderful character relating to both Angela and Michael. Then again, I didn't see the potential of seeing spinning off Rhoda from the Mary Tyler Moore Show, though spinning off Maude from All in the Family or even Frasier Crane from Cheers made more sense to me.

So, what do you think of spinning off any of these characters from their shows? Any other ideas?

3. This is actually a work-related request: I need a list of recorded songs about trains. I found a couple lists here and here, but I can't help but to think they're missing some obvious tunes that I'm just not thinking of.
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Are NY Giants QB Eli Manning and "24" President Wayne Palmer the Same Guy? [Thanks to MMcG.]

ROG

2 comments:

Scott said...

Not sure what effects the new daylights saving time will have, but I know I will be much happier. I don't care how dark it is when I am going to work. But I do like more sunlight at the end of the day.

I looked quickly throught he lists of train songs and didn't see "Catch That Train" by Dan Zanes. (If Lydia watches Disney's kids programs during the morning, you might have heard it.)

http://danzanes.shop.musictoday.com/Dept.aspx?cp=1227_6354_9102

Tom the Dog said...

That Kate Walsh is a fine one, she is. I like her so much, I might even check out the spinoff for an episode or two, even tough I've never watched a full episode of the original. Plus Taye Diggs is pretty frickin' cool.

As for the spinoffs you name, I can't see a single one sustaining a new show. Well, maybe Brothers and Sisters -- I don't really know that show, but I understand it's a soap, which always lends itself to cloning. But Lost, or The Office, or Ugly Betty -- there's no way those characters would make any sense outside of those shows. And remember -- Fraiser wasn't exactly a spin-off, was it? It only came into creation after Cheers had ended. Does that still count as a spin-off? And are there other spin-offs that began after their origin shows ended?