Monday, December 21, 2009

The 5 day week

It's holiday time again, and this year both Christmas and New Years Day fall on a Friday, making for a nice 3 day weekend (or more, depending on where you work). But as we all know it's not like this every year. Some years Christmas will be on a Tuesday, for example, and then you have to come back to work for 3 more days. It's just not really in the Christmas spirit, right? Maybe that's a bit of a stretch, but it's a minor annoyance at the least that the day of Christmas changes every year.

This got me thinking about holidays in general though, and how they all fall on different days every year. Not to mention birthdays, anniversaries, trash days, and on and on. And then it came to me: What if our weeks evenly divided the days in our year? What if every day fell on the same date, year after year? What about... a 5 day week?

OK, big revelation, right? But's the thing - we take a 7 day week for granted, but does it really make sense? And is this the only problem with our existing system? Maybe not...

Monday, December 7, 2009

A small update - some projects start rolling

More than 2 months since my last post, but I'll try not to make that the norm. Right now I've got some big posts waiting in the wings that I just can't seem to polish up and post, but once I get those out of the way I hope to be in a more regular posting habit. I'm trying to build up a decent body of posts before I start publishing this URL anywhere and actually get anyone reading.

In the meantime I'm pleased to say a couple of my projects have either gotten started, or taken an interesting turn recently. One of them I can't really say much about just yet, but it's going to be pretty cool for software publishers, and open source projects in particular. The other I haven't mentioned yet, but it's something I've wanted to do for a long time, a software benchmarking website currently found at