Channeling in10sity?

I think it would be really cool to be in a car crash where you got hit by a tow truck, ’cause, you know, you wouldn’t have to wait for a tow truck.

Happy New Year! Later…

Elliott Smith Bonus Question #1

This is a listening exercise and a bonus question for the four people I sent free copies of Elliott Smith’s CD From a Basement on the Hill, but anyone is welcome to play. Can you make anything out of the background vocal around about the time in King’s Crossing where he sings, “Give me one good reason not to do it.”? I think I know.

Novel calendar system creates regular dates

Is it time to change the calendar?There’s an article over on the New Scientist website about a new calendar system that keeps the same days on the same dates, but it looks completely useless to me, as it requires arbitrary decisions about lengths of months, and also requires an “extra week – which is not part of any month – about every 5 or 6 years.” Huh?

I have long been an advocate of a lunar based system of 13 months of 28 days each, which comes out to 364 days, so every year would have a leap day, plus the standard “every four years unless the date is divisible by 400” leap years. The beauty of my system is that every month is the same, and every month is exactly 4 weeks. It’s so elegant that all I can think of is they liked 12 a whole lot better than 13 for superstitious reasons. I would also name the months “First,” “Second,” “Third,” and so on, so that you’d never have to do that awkward “August is the 8th month” conversion.