Something happened with our PC systems –something to do with the change to Daylight Saving Time– that did not go well at all. So yesterday I arrived at the office to be asked casually by someone, "did you notice how all the computer clocks are off?" The clocks were off by an hour or two, or more, or even a day or so. Ulp! I still don't know what happened to the computers but I did spend a full 12-hour day shutting off security on each of the 50 or so computers, correcting the clocks, installing Microsoft updates and patches (hoping that helps), and turning security back on. All that while people were in the building. Odd, though, the PCs went through the change from DST to Standard Time last fall with no issues at all. I'm still investigating the incident and trying to find out what to do to avoid its repeating. I'd love it if the world's governments would finally just give up on this "saving time" business and stick with Standard Time year 'round; there are many good reasons to do that.
The unexpected additional work hours did, however, have a small bright side — I generated enough compensatory time off that I was able to stay home for the better part of the day. I used that time to create Web presence for the Big Publishing Project. Tomorrow I see and (presumably) approve proofs of the job and nearly all of my work on that 20-page, full-color beauty will be complete. I'm looking forward to some time off during my time off.
It's looking like the skies may be clear this weekend for a re-scheduled observatory public night. So, instead of kicking back and relaxing Saturday night, I'll probably be in a cold, dark dome keeping a century-old telescope aimed at the planet Saturn. Thing is, thinking about that right now makes it seem like a chore; I'm so very tired. There is, however, something about hearing "WOW!" and "COOL!" and "It's so beautiful!" from folks enjoying their first good look at Saturn that recharges my spirit.