Daylight Savings Time: Let’s get rid of it!

The Party is over, Daylight savings time is back in the United States.

We had a brief reprieve, like a condemned criminal spared for a moment from trudging off to the gallows. But now it’s time to face the music: good citizens all across the country will “spring forward,” turning their clocks ahead tonight, and wake up tomorrow morning with one less hour of sleep.

Daylight Savings time is such a hassle. It’s just not worth the trouble. The readjustment period to the new time can be exhausting, and it’s even dangerous. We should get rid of this useless practice, and never look back.

It was originally proposed, early in the twentieth century, as a way to utilize more natural daylight, and cut electricity costs. But in our modern world, we run electrical devices nearly 24/7, so savings are negligible at best. And the aggravation of resetting all of our clocks twice a year is reason enough to drop the practice.

Who has the energy and inclination to waste time this way? And there’s always a clock or two that’s tricky to change; my car’s clock is like that, if I ever get around to bothering with it. Sometimes it’s even dangerous, like if you have to climb a ladder, for example.

There’s even medical research that changing the clocks can increase the frequency of heart attacks. But why is that? It’s because you  effectively lose an hour of sleep in the spring, when you set the clocks ahead. If you wake up at 5:00 am, then you are effectively waking up at 4:00 am, until your body readjusts to the new schedule (which may take several days). This wreaks havoc with the body’s circadian rhythm, our natural biological clock. Some even feel we lose 210 to 240 hours thanks to this disruption, over time.

This is stressful, since it interferes with the natural circadian rhythm of your body. And for people with health risk factors, it’s bad news. Even if you have the discipline and foresight to retire an hour earlier the night before, it still adds unhealthy stress.

Many countries have rejected daylight savings time, seeing no clear benefits, and many obvious drawbacks. I hope the United States joins their ranks!

Daylight Savings: it’s time has come, and gone (The Verge)


Photo: Alan Cleaver • CC BY 2.0



The Most Dangerous Game, starring Fay Wray, 1932

The Most Dangerous Game, 1932

A film by by Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack

Based on a classic short story, hapless shipwrecked souls, including the beautiful Fay Wray (King Kong), find themselves apparently safe, in a sumptuous castle on a remote island. But could their mysterious benefactor, Count Zaroff, have malevolent intentions?

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Merrie Melodies – A Corny Concerto, starring Bugs Bunny; Daffy Duck; Elmer Fudd, 1943

Merrie Melodies - A Corny Concerto, starring Bugs Bunny; Daffy Duck; Elmer Fudd, 1943

Merrie Melodies – A Corny Concerto, 1943
An animated short by Bob Clampett
“Making fun of “Fantasia”, Bugs, Porky Pig and Porky’s dog do a ballet after Elmer Fudd introduces “A Tale of the Vienna Woods.”” (IMDB)
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Attack of the Giant Leeches, a film by Bernard L. Kowalski, 1959

Attack of the Giant Leeches, a film by Bernard L. Kowalski, 1959

Attack of the Giant Leeches, 1959

A film by Bernard L. Kowalski

“A backwoods game warden and a local doctor discover that giant leeches are responsible for disappearances and deaths in a local swamp, but the local police don’t believe them…” (IMDB)

Tonight: The Academy Awards

How did the Academy Awards Start?

How to view the show

If you want to watch the Academy Awards tonight, online or via other means, please  read this article by for a complete list of options with links.


Tonight’s show

Tonight late night talk show comedian Jimmy Kimmel is back to host. Eyes are on the talented personality to see how he navigates the #metoo movement controversy, and the many related scandals that have rocked the entertainment industry.

It should be an exciting night, with many excellent films represented. The color of water has a staggering 13 nominations. The movie features a relationship between a deaf woman and an intelligent aquatic creature, viewed as a monster by society, in a moving story that stresses how those with differences are treated, and often mistreated, in our culture.

History of the Event

The Academy Awards (officially rebranded as “The Oscars” in 2013) originated in 1929, as a means to acknowledge outstanding achievement in the motion picture industry.

There was a small, private dinner ceremony on May 16, at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California—under 300 people attended. An after-party at the Mayfair Hotel followed the main ceremony. Fifteen artists, directors and film-industry professionals were honored, but in contrast to later ceremonies, the winners had already been announced to the press three months earlier.

The tradition of the surprise reveal started with the second awards ceremony, in 1930, and the sealed envelope was introduced in 1941, after a newspaper leaked the news prematurely (the papers were given winning names early, with the agreement that they wouldn’t publish until 11:00 pm the night of the big event.)

The first Best Actor award went to Emil Jannings, for “The Last Command” and “The Way of All Flesh.” It’s interesting to note that the early awards were given for all the work done by the recipient during the qualifying period, unlike modern awards, which are typically given for one specific film project. Life time achievement awards are one exception to this modern trend.

Another difference of interest to film enthusiasts pertains to the Foreign Film category. Foreign films were honored with special achievement awards until 1957, at the 29th Academy Awards Ceremony, when the Foreign Film Category was added to the repertoire.

To date nearly three thousand Oscar statuettes have been awarded to a wide range of film professionals and personalities.

While the Oscars honor outstanding achievement in motion pictures, the following major awards honor outstanding achievement in other entertainment and media venues:

  • Grammy Awards – Music industry
  • Emmy Awards – Television
  • Tony Awards – Stage Performance

Driller Killer-Uncut, a film by Abel Ferrara, 1979

Driller Killer-Uncut, a film by Abel Ferrara, 1979

Driller Killer-Uncut, 1979

A film by Abel Ferrara

“An artist slowly goes insane while struggling to pay his bills, work on his paintings, and care for his two female roommates, which leads him taking to the streets of New York after dark and randomly killing derelicts with a power drill.” (IMDB)

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