Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin' /
Into the future…
Those words, from “Fly Like an Eagle” by The Steve Miller Band (1976), won’t get out of my head. It has been this way since last week in a meeting when a group of us were discussing how lately, time really does seem to be slipping out of our hands. I mean, we’re losing time every day! How, you ask? Well, let me explain.
First of all, did you see NASA reported that due to the earthquake in Chile, the Earth’s axis may have shifted and the day was shortened by 1.26 millionths of a second? I honestly didn’t even know that was possible! But then, I didn’t learn a lot about that particular subject in grad school while studying English, Women’s Studies, and Library and Information Science…so maybe the possibility is common knowledge to others besides me. In any case: wow!
Then, as if the loss of those millionths of a second weren’t enough to send your head spinning, Sunday (the 14th) is Daylight Savings Time! So before you go to sleep Saturday night, make sure you set your clocks ahead one hour (you know the saying - Spring Forward/Fall Back?) and you get to lose yet more time! Ugh.
Speaking of Daylight Savings Time, I was on the internet browsing around the other day and I found this website from the USNO Navy that gives a bit of history about the Standard Time Act of 1918 continuing to the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (which changed the dates of Daylight Savings Time). It's kind of cool to read about the history.
So time really is slippin’ away. Don’t forget to change your clocks Saturday night! In the meantime, I am going to keep trying to fly like an eagle through the revolution (seriously, you should check out that song - even if it did come out before you were born).