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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-06-22 04:17
Subject: [links] Link salad flails to find Monday
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Tags:books, culture, language, links, mainspring, personal, politics, reviews
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?

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)

Originally published at jlake.com.

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Lady Jestocost
User: ladyjestocost
Date: 2009-06-22 14:40 (UTC)
Subject: You're Not a Girl
A moon's cycle of 28 days divides neatly into 2, 4, 7, and 14.

And the moon has 4 stages to its cycle - dark, waxing, full, waning.

And at that point 7 drops out neatly as a useful count of days. Note that at one time, at least, 14 was also useful - hence 'fortnight'.

I could be all wrong about this - this is just a theory that dropped out of my head when you asked the question.

But it adds up.
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User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2009-06-22 19:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ancient Egyptians separated the day into 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night, and you had to battle Apep the Serpent through some of it.
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User: fledgist
Date: 2009-06-22 20:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Read Eviatar Zerubavel's The Seven Day Cycle. It's one of the two great sociological works on the subjects of standard measures that I truly recommend. The other is Witold Kula's Measures and Men.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-06-23 14:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you! This is my kind of stuff.
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User: derekjgoodman
Date: 2009-06-22 21:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I noticed that one of the comments in that reader review said Mainspring was too much like Kushiel's Dart.

Um... really? Did this person read EITHER book?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-06-23 14:20 (UTC)
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