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Archive for March, 2008

Stanford Prison Experiment

24 Mar

I just finished reading the Stanford Prison Experiment at http://www.prisonexp.org/ and was completely fascinated while reading it. It’s a fairly quick read and sets out to study the effects of a prison environment on the prisoners and prison guards assuming that all individuals entering are “normal”.

If you prefer not to read the whole story and want to know the Reader’s Digest version, just let me know and I’ll share it with you. I don’t want to spoil it for everyone else.

 
 

Daylight Savings Dance is Annoying

09 Mar

Fall back one hour, spring forward one hour, now grab your partner and do-si-do. What a crock!! Time change is one of those things that is very simple to do, you know it’s coming twice a year and still I get irritated by it when it happens. It seems so pointless to me. How is it possible that I lived perfectly fine without any time changes for ten years while living in Phoenix, AZ? Time change serves no purpose in today’s world – at not least my world.

Time change as a parent is even worse. Have you ever had trouble waking a child in the morning to go to school? It can be difficult as you know. Now take that same child and try to wake them an hour earlier now. That’s a fight that goes on for a week or two before it goes back to the normal struggle of waking up in the morning. Besides that, have you ever had trouble sending your child to be on time? How often does that child plead and bargain with you to stay up “just a little later”? Now try to put this same child to bed when it’s still bright as day outside. Yeah, not easy.

In work life, time change is at least as annoying but since I work in the technology field, I see some of the bigger problems. It’s like a mini Y2K twice a year. Take for example batch processing your accounting daily at a scheduled time. No problem that the scheduled time can be changed. But what happens to scheduled jobs that are running during the time change. For example, your processing is scheduled to run at 1:15 a.m. So it runs at 1:15 a.m. and then you set the clock back and 1:15 a.m. comes again (or whenever the damn time changes). Now it’s processed the job twice which can be a problem. Or imagine the other case where the job is scheduled to run at 1:15 a.m. and 1:00 a.m. is skipped and now it’s suddenly 2:00 a.m. Guess what happened to your job. Right, it didn’t run at all. Of course this sounds like no problem if you’re seeing these examples spelled out, but consider if there are hundreds or thousands of these types jobs and many of them obscure and not thought of daily. It leads to a very busy day after the changes fixing and running things that have gone haywire overnight.

But mostly I can’t stand the time changes because it affects my sleeping, my kids’ sleeping and me having to figure out if I’m one hour earlier or two hours earlier now from Phoenix!!! Gotta run…I’m an hour late.