Dealing with an odd-sized year (365.024219 days) is not as easy as you think. Not only do we have the popular Gregorian Calendar (4-year cycles, with “by-years”), but some geek gurus have proposed the Earthian Calendar (33-year! cycles). There’s even a connection to Stonehenge.
Update (3 March). A careful look at the Earthian Calendar site reveals a calendar generator! This year’s calendar reveals the 2012 leap day as 11 Pisces 0004 Earthian (or Copernican, as the author prefers to call it).
Tips from Gizmodo and The Geek Press.
Over on the Scientific American blogs, Dr Judy Stone begins a series of online articles describing the ins and outs of clinical trials. Most folks have no idea how complicated or time-consuming the process is.
Stay tuned, I’ll keep these updated.
Tip from Boing, Boing.
My buddy Jaime is always reminding me of cool stuff I see on the web, but forget to pass on. I’m trying to improve.
Health and medicine
- Conan, rebooted. (Tip from the Hud, who certifies we’re all adults to Nanny YouTube).
The Rapid Steak Algorithm. OK, so it’s really an introductory article about operations research, which we at UTSA, in our infinite wisdom, call management science, to keep the engineers from getting their grubby paws on it.
Writer Sanjay Saigal (is that some kind of Houston name?) promises more of this good stuff.
Tip from the Instapundit.
Here’s a clever reformulation of simple least-squares regression that estimates slope as a weighted average of pairwise slopes. Too cool!