Monday, January 24, 2005

In case you wanted to stay home and hide today

Did you know today has been statistically determined to be the most depressing day of 2005?

Two people have already pointed this out to me at work today.

The formula that calculates this, from the BBC link above:

The formula for the day of misery reads 1/8W+(D-d) 3/8xTQ MxNA.
Where W is weather, D is debt - minus the money (d) due on January's pay day - and T is the time since Christmas. Q is the period since the failure to quit a bad habit, M stands for general motivational levels and NA is the need to take action and do something about it.

It strikes me that there's some work-related alteration that could be made to this formula - maybe W is how long you've been working on this project and D is the resources you actually need to get it done minus (d) the resources anyone's actually going to give you to do it with and T is the number of days you have before your project locks down for good.

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