Timekeeping (was: Selenites)
|From:||J.A. Mills <xenolingua@...>|
|Date:||Friday, October 2, 1998, 17:52|
In a message dated 10/1/98 10:55:46 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
<< The really nice thing about a 364-day calendar is that you can divide it
into exactly 13 months of 4 weeks of 7 days (13x4x7=364): Thus, knowing the
date automatically tells you the weekday.
Specifically, the 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd days of each month are always
Sundays, and the 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd days of each month are always
Mondays, and the 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th days of each month are always
Tuesdays, and so on.
Then the 365th day doesn't belong to any month or any week -- it's just New
Year's Day -- and the 366th day (which occurs each 4th year) doesn't belong
to any month or week either -- it's just Olympic Year's Day -- so we can use
exactly the same calendar every year!
Yet it doesnn't address the fundamental weirdness of having a system based on
60's, 24's, 7's, and 365.25's. The numbers are just uncomplementary. It's
like working with broken tools. Start from scratch! There was another post
here about a fraction of the speed of light in a vacuum being the standard for
measuring a meter's length...perhaps if a new timekeeping system is truly to
come into being, the whole system of measurements would have to be revamped.
In other words, perhaps we could arbitrarily dispose of the arbitrary numbers.