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The Garden Of Tuesday

I seem to be mostly unable to update on Mondays. Perhaps a three-day weekend is hardwired into me. C'est la vie.

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I learned today from a colleague that both William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes died on April 23rd, 1616 - at least, on paper. The truth is, Spain and England were using different calendar systems. Spain had switched to the Gregorian calendar system in 1582, but England was still using the Julian calendar, as they thought the conversion was some sort of plot by the Pope to, oh, I don't know, mix everyone up so they were worship on the wrong date and go to Hell. In truth, Shakespeare died May 3rd. Please make a note of this.

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Colbert has won the "Name that NASA ISS Module contest." I wonder if they'll actually do it, or chicken out.

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The cherry blossoms are in full bloom outside. Just gorgeous. Sigh.

Reading: Blood and Iron, by Elizabeth Bear.