Barbara has Thursday and Friday off for Thanksgiving, and she decided
to use some of her remaining vacation days by taking the rest of the
week off as well. With Barbara taking the week off, it made sense for
me to do so as well. We'll spend the time getting caught up on little
projects around the house, running errands, visiting friends, and just
With the new year approaching fast, I'm thinking again about
introducing a rationalized calendar. I almost did so the last time
January 1 fell on a Monday, and I think I'm going to do it for 2007.
There will be thirteen months, each of 28 days, with the 1st, 8th,
15th, and 22nd always falling on Mondays. The day following December
28th will be an intercalendary day, belonging to no month and having no
name other than IC1. (On leap years there will be two intercalendary
days between December 28th and January 1st.) On the bad side, there'll
be a thirteenth month. On the good side, there won't be any more Friday
the 13ths, ever.
The 13th month will fall between the current August and September. I
haven't decided what to name it yet. People have suggested Thompsonary,
Thompsember, and Thompsober, but I'm leaning towards Thompsonus or
Robertus. That's a decision that can wait, of course. Even the first
four weeks of the new calendar will be identical to the current
calendar. It won't be until February 1st (January 29th old style) that
the difference will become apparent.
The extra month will take some getting used to, of course, but year-end
will be even harder for a lot of people. We'll have a day that has no
name and belongs to no month, followed by Monday, 1 January 2008, which
most people will be thinking of incorrectly as Tuesday, 1 January 2008.
Tuesday, 21 November 2006
Wednesday, 22 November 2006
I forgot to post yesterday. Barbara and I are both taking the week off.
As usual, Barbara is frequently out running errands and I'm mostly
staying at home.
Yesterday, I built Barbara's new system, which is a Core 2 Duo E6400
with 2 GB of RAM in an Antec P150 case. I thought about installing
Xandros 4 for Barbara, but eventually I decided to install Kubuntu
6.10. Under Xandros 3, Barbara originally ran some Windows software,
including MS Office, but she no longer runs any Windows software, so
she doesn't really need the CrossOver Office that's bundled with
Xandros. I'll maintain the system for her, so there's no good reason
not to run Kubuntu.
Today, I'm installing Kubuntu and configuring Barbara's system. This
one should hold her for at least the next two years without any
significant hardware upgrades.
Thursday, 23 November
Saturday, 25 November
1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 by Robert Bruce