|Leap Day / Sleep Day
||[Feb. 29th, 2016|08:59 pm]
Today is a leap day! My main feeling about leap days is one of dislike, because they make dealing with the seasonal cycle in real-world data a big pain. You have to account for them, because if you ignore them, it actually doesn't take very long for things to get out of sync by enough to make a difference, but properly adjusting the year length is difficult and finicky and throwing out the data is inelegant and threatens to introduce discontinuities.|
If it were up to Dr. Tectonic, we would regularize the length of the year by strapping giant rockets to the equator and slowing down the planet's rotation until we had a nice integer ratio between the day and the year. This would resolve a lot of problems.
I have not a whole lot else to report, in part because over the weekend, the two of us either caught or fought off something that didn't have a whole lot of symptoms other than general achiness and absolutely zero energy. It dragged Jerry off to bed most of Saturday (causing him to miss Gene's birthday get-together) and ate my entire gumption reserve on Sunday. I'm feeling generally okay today, but I got in to work pretty late (after losing a couple hours of sleep to a middle-of-the-night headache), and left early when I hit a productivity wall in the afternoon.