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Feral-meter holding steady at 3.5 [Jan. 22nd, 2013|03:48 pm]
Beemer
I'm not sure whether today is wanting to make me bite things because I have a very mild headache, or whether I have a very mild headache because today is making me want to bite things.

Nothing major or even significant going wrong, just mild annoyances compounding.

I have decided that once I acquire a functioning time machine, the first thing I do after I go back and persuade Pope Gregory that he really needs to put the end of the year in a different spot, is to find the guy who decided -- wait, no, scratch that. The first thing I'm going to do after fixing the calendar is to find a bunch of early map-makers and explain to them that the world is round, longitude goes from 0 to 360, and 0 longitude goes in the middle of the Pacific ocean, ALWAYS. The second thing I'm going to do is to go find whichever designer of B came up with the idiotic convention that a leading zero means the number is in freaking octal and slap him in the grundle with a cactus before he can write it down.

Fortunately, there exist bars of chocolate and caturday picspams to keep me from committing actual violence against non-historical personages.

Thank God that I don't have to deal with fortran this week. (Fortran is the worst language.)

BAH!
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[User Picture]From: furrbear
2013-01-22 10:52 pm (UTC)
Gee, match the winter solstice with Jan 1, etc... what a great idea. (One that often comes to mind.)
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2013-01-23 05:20 am (UTC)
I just want one of the boundaries between seasons to match up with the boundary between years, because that causes me trouble on a very frequent basis...
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[User Picture]From: detailbear
2013-01-23 01:06 am (UTC)
Also, February does not need to be shorter. Alternate 30 and 31-day months with leap-day on the last day of the year when necessary.

"Thirty-one days in Duember.
Tetramber, Hexamber, October and December.
The rest have 30 - Duodecember? Same here.
Except Leap Day adds one every fourth year.*"

*Starting in Grade 5 - second verse -

"While nearly perfect, that's not quite true.
If the year ends in oh-oh, no Leap Day for you!
Unless four hundred divides evenly.
Then Leap Day is added for you and for me."
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2013-01-23 02:23 am (UTC)
The truly optimal solution would be to adjust the year to be 360 days long, and the lunar cycle to be 30 days exactly. The fact that it's not is how you can tell that God is not a modeler.

Edited at 2013-01-23 02:24 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2013-01-23 05:18 am (UTC)
360 divides up nicely in bases 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, 24, 30, 36, 40, 45, 60, 72, 90, 120, and 180.

365.25 is incommensurate with 29.53, and neither number divides up nicely in ANY integer base.

Although if you wanted to make an argument that the ratio of orbital periods indicates that God has 6.687 fingers on each hand, I would certainly listen...
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[User Picture]From: drdeleto
2013-01-23 03:34 pm (UTC)
How many times and when does the population of one hemisphere need to JUMP to knock us into a rational orbit? And what do we throw at the moon to fix it, too?
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[User Picture]From: drdeleto
2013-01-23 03:34 pm (UTC)
And can we answer these questions with FORTRAN?
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2013-01-23 04:19 pm (UTC)
Only if you are a tremendous masochist.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2013-01-23 04:18 pm (UTC)
Jumping won't do it. You have to throw things out of the gravity well to change the net angular momentum of the system...
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[User Picture]From: ocschwar
2013-01-26 09:13 pm (UTC)
Mind if I add this to your itinerary?

http://xkcd.com/567/
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