[links] Link salad flails to find Monday

A reader reacts to Mainspring Powell’s | Amazon thb | Barnes & Noble | Borders | Audible ] — They couldn’t finish it. As I said in comments recently, I find bad reviews far more interesting than good ones. This is no exception.

I before ELanguage Log on (misconstrued) grammar silliness. I say “potato”, you say “potatoe”.

Who decided the day should be divided into 24 hours? — A Straight Dope classic. As usual, blame the Babylonians. I’m personally more fascinated by the consistent persistency of the seven day week cycle.

Painted Green — Some thoughts on Iran. (Via A Tiny Revolution.)

?otD: How many Mondays in a month of Sundays?


6/22/2009
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride, 10 minutes of stretching and meditation
This morning’s weigh-in: 220.0
Currently reading: Cordelia’s Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold (reread of omnibus edition)

3 thoughts on “[links] Link salad flails to find Monday

  1. Ieva says:

    Actually, 7 day week is not consistently persistent (I like the sound of it, by the way ;)). For example, ancient Latvians reportedly had 9 day weeks, based on Solar calendar instead of Moon cycles where, I trust, 7-day week comes from (28 days in Moon cycle). (Perhaps it’s a common trait for Indo-European cultures.)
    Thus the year had 8 spans divided according to sun cycles, and they were in turn divided in sets of 9-day weeks, with the extra days of the year added to Winter Solstice and Vernal Equinox (ie Christmas and Easter).
    I found this visual representation (the year begins at “Ziemassvētki” at the bottom of the chart, it’s Christmas time):
    http://www.abstrakcija.lv/images/saule.jpg
    It’s in Latvian so if you are interested, just drop me a note, I’ll translate it + an article where I stole the image from. (Don’t bother with translating programs :))

    NB: the information is scavenged online and perhaps isn’t scientifically correct. I’m pretty much sure though that the 9-day week is a solid theory.

  2. Ieva says:

    P.S. Needless to say, we didn’t have “24 hours a day” either. We had “Day” and “Night” as separate entities, “Day” being conveniently divided by four meals (fourth marking the beginning of the night) which had in turn been divided in three parts each.
    http://www.liis.lv/astron/IE_version/Bildes/Paradies/2_att_gj.jpg

    1. Jay says:

      Thank you! Interesting stuff, I really appreciate it.

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