Happy New Tuesday Year!

What does 2013 have in common with 2002, 1991, 1985 and 1974?  They are all Tuesday Years.  As in, they are all years that began on a Tuesday.

What does 2013 not share with every other Tuesday Year on the books?  This is the first time we know what we are getting into from the start.  But aside from memories, that’s all we know.

What are Tuesday Years like?  We are about to find out.

Tuesday Year

Looking at the first week of the year, we are reminded that for the entirety of 2013 we will be following the orange isotopes to find the day of the month.

First week of Jan - Tuesday Year

In Tuesday Years, January 1st exists as Element 2, while Element 1 does not exist at all.

In more realistic terms, a Tuesday Jan 1 disconnects the New Year’s Day holiday from the weekend, meaning many people had to work on 2012’s final note, a Monday New Year’s Eve.  There was still a celebration like every other year, but perhaps a little less of one thanks to the day of the week.

Meanwhile, compare that with 2015, when a Thursday Year finale will give us a Thursday New Year’s Eve leading into 2016, a Friday Year, which will begin with a three-day weekend.  Reality has to wait until January 4th that year!

And that’s just one example of how different the Types of Years can be in practice, yet up until now, we weren’t even acknowledging this information, much less taking advantage of it.  When 2019 rolls around, we will be a little better acquainted with the highs and lows of a Tuesday Year, but it might take a few decades to get the hang of them.

Who knows how long it will take anyone to figure out why December 31, 2021 will be an excellent year to host a New Year’s party?  All I can say is that this is how the date will be written on those invitations: Fr6 Dec, 2021.

Until then, all the best to you in this New Tuesday Year!

Why Pearl Harbor Should Not Be Mentioned Today

Don’t believe the hype.  It might be December 7th, but today has nothing to do with the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Yes, the attack did take place on December 7th, 1941, however, the 7th here has less meaning than we usually suspect.  The date simply refers to the seventh day in December, but that doesn’t make all December 7ths the same.

What the difference?! The Newburyport Daily News highlights it quite well, despite writing about it on the wrong day:

In the early morning hours of that sleepy Sunday morning, waves of Japanese fighters and bombers descended on the unsuspecting U.S. Pacific fleet…

The difference is, the attack on Pearl Harbor happened on a Sunday, not a Friday.

9-to-5ers didn’t hear about it at work.  It happened on a day known more for picnics and driving slow.  Furthermore, the day after wasn’t a Saturday.  The American people didn’t reflect on the meaning of it all while off the clock, because December 8th in 1941 was a Monday!

When should we be commemorating this infamous event?  This year, the answer is Sunday, December 9th, soon to be better known as Element 410…

The problem with regular calendars is that, given the year, any day of the month can fall on any day of the week.  This year December 7th is a Friday.  In 2013, it will be a Saturday.  And then, in 2014, it will be on a Sunday and the days of December will fall as they did in 1941.

The discrepancy can be solved using the Periodic Calendar, which is built on the notion that there are seven different types of years, each with a distinct layout of days, weeks and months.  1941 was a Wednesday Year, meaning it started on Wednesday, Jan 1, and featured a Thursday Christmas.  Meanwhile, 2012 is currently a Monday Year, with Christmas soon to fall on a Tuesday.

Before the Periodic Calendar, there was no way to keep track of these things and the years went by with birthdays and holidays seeming to fall randomly on whatever day they wanted.  Now that we have the Periodic Calendar though, the world is faced with a question.  Are we going to continue to ignore this meaningful aspect in our shared conception of time or are we ready to unlock a new facet of the fourth dimension?

Really, the question is much easier than that.

All you have to ask yourself is, do you want this calendar?

Or do you want this calendar?

The Periodic Calendar is now available on Indiegogo.

First-edition prints start shipping next week.