Originally posted by Kewpiethe gregorian did improve a little bit on its predecessor. but you're right, it is time for a reform; of the calendar, and of the base-6 numbering system for time keeping as well.
Being of an obsessive-compulsive turn of mind, the Gregorian Calendar has bothered me all my life. Long quarters, short quarters, 14 different varieties of calendar, plus a list of which calendar goes where in the sequence. OK, I understand the choice of 30- and 31-day lengths for months - they must have started with the 28-day lunar month and added two day ...[text shortened]... a.org/wiki/World_Calendar
Originally posted by KewpieOr a mobile phone, but while ads are pummelled at us and our children incessantly there is always going to be a "need" created to find new birthday presents to buy and what not.
Of course, we couldn't really consider calendar reform. Imagine how many people that would put out of work. Annual calendars are a considerable industry. All the trees which get cut down to make millions of unsold calendars which eventually get pulped. All the graphic designers and photographers of cute kittens might have to be doing something which god f ...[text shortened]... never been really sure.)
Sure, calendars are irrelevant to anyone with a computer, anyway.
Originally posted by KewpieHistorical reasons. The calendar as we have it now was derived from the old Roman calendar, which did indeed use more moon-like months and was indeed less regular, and also much more of a mess. The Romans were not very exact astrologers - their shtick was more reading the flights of birds and the livers of animals - and their calendar-keeping, unholy-day-appointing priests were notoriously corrupt.
Being of an obsessive-compulsive turn of mind, the Gregorian Calendar has bothered me all my life. Long quarters, short quarters, 14 different varieties of calendar, plus a list of which calendar goes where in the sequence. OK, I understand the choice of 30- and 31-day lengths for months - they must have started with the 28-day lunar month and added two day ...[text shortened]... So why didn't they do something logical like that, instead of the abomination we have now?
Originally posted by KewpieI think that it doesn't fix enough to be worth the change. In fact it doesn't fix any of the problems that bother me. The only thing it seems to fix is getting a given date on the same day of the week each year (thus making printing of calendars easier, I suppose).
Actually I think the Hanke-Henry model has done a brilliant job of just that. I'd not heard of it before I started researching for this thread.
Originally posted by KewpieSo instead of simplifying anything they are proposing to make it all more complicated?
So we'd all have our local dates and times, and keep a conversion table in our calculators when we needed to know what the official date/time was.
Originally posted by twhiteheadi agree. a decimal system is the most logical for any proposal to change. the hanke-henry calendar loses a week every 5-6 years and it just sets the stage for another costly necessary change down the line.
So instead of simplifying anything they are proposing to make it all more complicated?
[b]We already get our weather radar in UTC and 24hr time, and our RHP times are both local and GMT, so we're already doing some of it now.
Which is necessary because different parts of the world have different times. We do not however have different calendars. T ...[text shortened]... decades (10 day periods) which is already used in some areas such as weather records etc.[/b]
Originally posted by VoidSpiritMany of the worlds religions / beliefs already have calendars based on the moon that do not match the Gregorian calendar. I believe Easter is a combination of the two (the first Sunday after the first full moon in April or something like that). The main Islamic dates move around over the years, the Chinese new year varies etc.
or better yet, switch the world to a decimal system and let the religions stay out of touch with their outdated gregorian calendars. that would be very fitting.
Originally posted by Kewpieyou deal with it by getting on with the leisure society we were talking about several decades ago. work 4 days, take a day off -- two days off per week cycle of 10 days; adjust worker's wages to compensate.
A decimal system would be great if it could be made to work. How would you deal with:
1. length of a working week and "weekend"
2. the odd 5 (and 6) days to come back to a standard year
The other thing that really needs to be done is the 24-hour clock for everyone. We're a bit past only being able to count up to 12.