Secret Scotland

If it's secret, and in Scotland…

Remarkable coincidence – I actually caught a pic I said I wanted

A while ago, I had one of my little moans about the bad grammar seen in some shop signs.

In that same post I also grumbled about not being able to catch the sign owner’s hulking great SUV in the same pic, as it had a matching personalised registration.

A year and a half later – the pic presented itself!

Lauras Luscious Lips and Hulk

Lauras Luscious Lips and Hulk

Not sure about success in the ‘aesthetics’ business, there’s now a sign on the shutter (when it’s down) stating that the ‘clinic’ is only open for appointments. Interestingly, the blinds are always down, and there’s a piece of cardboard stuck over the glass, blocking any view through the door.

Advertisements

02/09/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , , | Leave a comment

Today is Calendar Adjustment Day

02 September is Calendar Adjustment Day.

I hadn’t noticed this one before, and didn’t even know there even was such a ‘day’.

Like most ‘days’ I note, I have a reason for this one.

In this case, it’s the loonies and con artists who claim to predict the future, or that they can find hidden events coded within the text of ancient writings, such as The Bible, although it now seems that with a suitably powerful computer and the right software, such things can be ‘found’ in any sufficiently large publication, regardless of its origin – but cultists like to use their own ‘sacred texts’, as if that gives their findings some sort of credibility.

But, and there always has to be a ‘but’ for those who are not indoctrinated, there seems to be, to me at least, an ever so slightly MAJOR flaw with all these predictions.

Strangely, they all seem to come up with dates based on TODAY’S calanders.

BUT…

Their predictions are based on texts written hundreds of years BEFORE the calendars we use today had their date they began on, and from which all subsequent dates follow, set.

So, the question is – How did those early predictions predict days in a system that didn’t even exist when they were made?

Following the British Calendar Act of 1751, Britain adopted the Gregorian Calendar in 1752. However, the current Julian calendar system required them to drop eleven days in order to sync themselves with the proposed Gregorian Calendar. So, on the evening of 2nd September 1752, the population of Britain and its American colonies went to sleep and awoke the next morning to 14th September 1752.

The changeover is also responsible for New Year’s Day being celebrated on 1st January, as  it had previously been celebrated on 26th March.

And that’s just one calendar – I think things get even more complicated if you look around the world, and go back earlier!

You CAN make some calendar based prediction, provided you restrict the period under consideration, such as with this (almost) Perpetual Calendar which was made by the French company Sculptures-Jeux in 1991. It allows you to find out which day of the week an event happened, anywhere between 1600 and 2999. You just need to know the date.

And not want to further back than 1600.

 

 

02/09/2019 Posted by | Civilian | | Leave a comment

   

%d bloggers like this: