Thursday, December 29, 2011

Changing Times: The Hanke-Henry Permanent Calendar

I have a long history of supporting worthwhile but hopeless causes so it should come as no surprise that I am officially declaring myself as a Hanke-Henry man.

Steve H. Hanke and Richard Conn Henry have proposed a new calendar.  Dates would always fall on the same day of the week.  For example, December 25 would always be a Sunday.  (That saves me an extra church day every year.) No more leap days, but every 5 or so years we'd have to add an extra week to keep the seasons in line.  (Call it an extra week of vacation and you have my vote!)  The best part is that they get rid of Daylight Saving Time.

The transition to the new calendar works well for 2012 as January 1 is a Sunday in both the old and the new calendars.  I'm switching and I hope you'll join me on New Year's Day.

For more details, read here:

We propose a new calendar that preserves the Sabbath, with no exceptions. That calendar is simple, religiously unobjectionable, business-friendly and identical year-to-year. There are, just as in Eastman's calendar, 364 days in each year. But, every five or six years (specifically, in the years 2015, 2020, 2026, 2032, 2037, 2043, 2048, 2054, 2060, 2065, 2071, 2076, 2082, 2088, 2093, 2099, 2105, ..., which have been chosen mathematically to minimize the new calendar's drift with respect to the seasons), one extra full week (seven days, so that the Sabbath is unaffected) is inserted, at the end of the year. These extra seven days bring the calendar back into full synchrony with the seasons. In place of Eastman's 13 months of 28 days, we prefer 4 identical quarters, each having two months of 30 days and a third month of 31 days (see the accompanying permanent calendar**).

Moving on from the calendar to time, we recommend the abolition of all time zones, as well as of daylight savings time, and the adoption of atomic time — in particular, Greenwich Mean Time, or Universal Time, as it is called today. Like the adoption of a modern calendar, the embrace of Universal Time would be beneficial.

The new calendar is available here:

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

MoveYourDomainDay - Dec 29, 2011 • Show your support against SOPA •

Some of our competitors support SOPA, despite the untold damage it can do to the internet as we know it.

Because of this, we're declaring December 29th “Move Your Domain Day”, as a call-to-action for those who oppose SOPA and wish to leave service providers who support SOPA.

On December 29th, we’re offering transfers below cost ($6.99* per transfer) using the coupon code SOPASucks. Additionally, for every domain transfer initiated on the 29th, Namecheap will donate $1 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, to help them continue the legal fight against SOPA, PROTECT-IP, and other overbroad and ill-considered legislation.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Real Story Behind Apple's 'Think Different' Campaign - Forbes

[Rob Siltanen] was the creative director and managing partner at TBWA/Chiat/Day working on the Apple pitch alongside CEO and Chief Creative Officer Lee Clow. 


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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Ember.js (formerly SproutCore 2.0)

SproutCore 2.0 has been renamed to Ember.js

Ember is a JavaScript framework for creating ambitious web applications by eliminating boilerplate and providing a standard application architecture.

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Monday, December 12, 2011

The Day I Saw Van Gogh's Genius in a New Light

Here's an interesting article theorizing that Van Gogh may have had color deficient vision.  A protanope (like me) is less sensitive to red wavelengths than a person with normal color vision.  Personally, I can't tell the difference between the two images.  Maybe there's a good reason I've always liked Van Gogh.

And “The Cafe Terrace at Night.” 

Each of the stones in the stone pavement become more solid. The building of the slender cafe’s terrace emerges with depth in the moonless night. Under the stars in the infinite sky, people relax and are enjoying a meal and drinks. And the warm light illuminates them.

Left: Original / Right: 

Protanomal simulation (60%)

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Bellarmine defeats Palo Alto for CCS championship

Last Friday evening, the Bellarmine Football Team captured the school’s sixth Central Coast Section championship and its third in four years when the Bells defeated Palo Alto, 41-13.

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