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October 22, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Ready or not. It’s coming.


women and stars. 1902 film. Melies./,reprod of PD art/

Bleary before dawn.(USPD/

There should be a law against having to get up before dawn.

Unreal. Must turn on lights so the dog can go out and not disappear in the bushes.

Should be a law. Oh, that’s the problem: a dumb law: Daylight Savings Time.

So ready for “fall back” to real time

These dark mornings are dangerous for school kids. Drivers can’t see kids at the bus stop. “Sisters injured in hit and run crash”

Teenagers don’t learn well when schools start in the dark. Even the CDC and National Sleep Foundation say so.

I am so ready for a return to what should be.

sun and clouds (1904 film. Melies, le voyage/USPD:, reprod of PD art/

True delight to get up after dawn. It is not laziness. Internal clock. (USP/

Not ready for 2015 TB145.

2015 TB145 is a “Potentially Hazardous Asteroid” that was first seen/discovered Oct 10, 2015.

It’s got an extremely wonky unknown orbit, so no predicting, is there?

About the size of the Sear’s Tower (280-620 meters/900-2,00 feet), it’s predicted to pass about

1.2 lunar miles from Earth

On Halloween.

In the Northern hemisphere? Look at the sky at about 11:00 UT in the constellation of Taurus.

You’ll need a telescope.

meteor and house.1953 film. War of the Worlds. trailer.Paramount Pictures/USPD:, no CR/

Rough way to start the day.(USPD/

Unless it’s wonky unpredictable orbit brings it to your backyard.

Already nicknamed “Spooky” by some. NASA calls it the “Great Pumpkin.”

It’s smaller than the asteroid that probably caused the dinosaurs to disappear, but still…

Look at an animated video of Spooky’s projected path here on…if you dare…really a stunner.

Hiding under the bed already? You can track Spooky live here on Halloween.

NASA says it should be a near miss…although closer than the last “near miss of 3.1 lunar miles by 2004 BL86 or the 1.1 lunar miles of 2004 XP14.

So no horrors, just treats this Halloween.

Frightened man and woman. (1953. It came from outer space. Universal Pictures/USPD:, no CR notice on trailer/

They promised California would be the first to go! (USPD/

Of course, this asteroid has nothing to do with NASA jumping into predicting “THE BIG ONE” shaking up California soon.

Nothing at all, right?

Talk about a serious walk in the dark.

Let’s just move that bed outside into the backyard. Hard hat? Floaties?

Hope this Nov.1st ending of Daylight Savings Time isn’t the biggest “Fall Back” ever with an actual about face for civilization.

 Would be the such a notable example of irony.

Ready or not.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Before you fly off:

Click over and vote for fellow WordPress blogger and photographer, Doug Worrall. He’s got 2 entries in a contest. Wander over here to preview them on his blog, then hop on over to the Greenbelt Photo Contest and vote. 

Get the word out. Nature deserves some attention. Environmentalists and nature lovers are always saying that. (You are permitted to be enthralled by all the contest images…just vote for Doug’s.)

Bedraggled group of people. (1959 film. Journey to the Center of the Earth. Warner Bros-Seven Arts/USPD:, no cr/

Humorous how only pretty people have the survivor gene. Not one speck of dirt either.(USPD/



  1. betterphotos4you / Oct 22 2015 12:24 am

    Thank you for your Great Posts Philosopher seems, or so I have been told you “May” need a facebook account to vote, That why I am not doing well, and they put two more of my Images up, Now I have 4 under my Name Doug Worrall, Love your work here (ready or not its coming) is reposted



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 23 2015 2:53 pm

      So ready for companies and society in general to break the FaceBook addiction – it’s almost a manic mania.Wonder what will take its’ place. Almost everyone knows someone with a FB account – begging or borrowing a friends’ will work…no harm in suggesting/nagging that option! Emailed a couple of marketing ideas that might or might not work for you with your quest. Good luck! (And appreciate you reading along)


  2. shoreacres / Oct 22 2015 12:30 am

    I’m so ready for an end to daylight saving time. SO ready. I’ve had to start setting an alarm. I get used to waking up with the sun during the summer, and even Dixie Rose has been letting me down the past month. She seems to think I should get up at 3 a.m. Not going to happen — although sometimes her yowling temps me to say, “Oh, the heck with it” and get up. Bad idea, all the way around. Reinforcing 3 a.m. yowls is not something I want to do.


  3. D. Wallace Peach / Oct 22 2015 12:55 am

    I’d really like us to go back to a lunar calendar. Our measure of time is just an agreed upon construct for convenience. I read that the 12-hour segments for day and night are ancient, based on the number of finger joints on each hand. 🙂

    Cool about the asteroid. Out here in Oregon we’re starting to pay attention to the Cascadian Subduction Zone “the big one” that’s due any minute!


  4. Carrie Rubin / Oct 22 2015 1:06 am

    I always like to fall back. That extra hour is sweet. But that spring ahead, not so much…


  5. Paul / Oct 22 2015 2:12 am

    Great Pumpkin Phil! It’s the Great Pumpkin! We have to get our sleeping bags and camp out in the pumpkin garden to await the coming of the Great Pumpkin!


  6. sportsattitudes / Oct 22 2015 2:47 am

    I have no time for Daylight Savings Time. We love to find ways to make the simplest things…like waking up…so terribly complicated. What it does twice a year in terms of people having to change anything that keeps time, miss their appointments, have their and their animals bio-rhythms messed with…heavens, it’s like what we did when we first got the bright idea Americans should pay a tax. Indeed…Daylight Savings Time has a chaotic equivalent effect on human and animal nature as the IRS Tax Code does on an individual’s finances. Then again we’re not levying taxes on animals…yet.


  7. easyweimaraner / Oct 22 2015 9:21 am

    I can’t wait for this “normal” time… and I bet our officials felt the same, because they still re-set the streetlights to “wintertime” and we have to deal with egg-stremely dark mornings :o)


  8. marthaschaefer / Oct 22 2015 10:51 am

    Well, at least the clock in my car will be right again for a while, never change the darn thing with the Daylight Savings shift.

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  9. SingingTuna / Oct 22 2015 2:48 pm

    Skimmed this because I COULDN’T STOP MYSELF, but right now I have to scram. Will be back to read thoroughly in a little while. In the the meantime, I’d like to add my disdain for Daylight Savings Time. Blaaaarrrrgggghhhh!!!!!!! I don’t change my clocks. They can’t make me. ::stamps foot and runs::


  10. SingingTuna / Oct 22 2015 6:08 pm

    ::runs back::
    WONDERFUL post! Beautifully crafted as always!
    Hooray for getting rid of DST! If only!!!! Bleccch!
    As for “Spooky?” Wow. A lot to process there. Personally, I wouldn’t mind a cataclysmic pop in the global kisser if it meant that I wouldn’t have to figure out how to drain the outside water pipe before the first truly hard freeze, but I’m sure that’s not a popular point of view. Amazing that we’re just finding it about it now! How in the world will we have enough time to thoroughly panic? Even the Mayan end-of-the-world thing felt a little “last minute” but for that one we had way more warning. Guess I’d better start stocking up on asteroid repellent — saw it on QVC in the middle of the night. YEEEEEOOOOW!
    Srsly, tho, thnx for the 411! I’m going 2 abbreviate as much as I can until Spooky’s gone, just in case it hits while I’m trying to type something. 😉

    BTW, the earthquake link is super-scary.
    I need some Reeses to calm down.


  11. roughseasinthemed / Oct 22 2015 8:38 pm

    I wrote about daylight saving years back. Drives me/us up the wall. Jet lag twice a year. Oddly Pippa could work out what time to get up regardless. Clever dogs. Stupid people. Actually until I did some tiny research I was surprised how long it had been going on. I thought it was a 60s/70s oil crisis thing. Oops. Well before that. Still idiotic. I’m left wondering who gains. Not us. Snowy shrugs and snoozes.


  12. heretherebespiders / Oct 22 2015 9:16 pm

    Not allowed to mess up my Halloween plans. Sorry, go be wonky elsewhere, TB145! I’d be more worried if it was named TB420 hehehehehhe


  13. Jay E. / Oct 24 2015 2:43 pm

    The only thing I like about the upcoming time change is the false sense of an extra hour of sleep for one night. Other than that, we should simply pick a time and stick with it.


  14. jmmcdowell / Oct 28 2015 5:04 pm

    So many studies show how bad changing times is—more accidents, higher death rates for the elderly…. And the modern standby reason for it, “the energy savings,” was actually disproved in studies that compared those parts of Indiana that stayed on EST all year vs. those that switched to DST. Enough already, indeed!

    And if an asteroid took out the human race, well, I still think that could be the best news Earth has had in a few million years….


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 28 2015 6:38 pm

      RC Cat: “Hear, hear! Enough of this foolishness! And playing dodgeball with asteroids is making me exhausted. Sunny spot. Enjoying sunny spots. The important thing in life. A grateful paw salute for some commonsense.”



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