Spacefem (spacefem) wrote,

moon phase meme

I read on a craft blog somewhere that you know you're in crafting hell when you start making tissue box covers. Well I think you're in programming hell when you write algorithms that take the phase of the moon into account. If I get into solar flares, someone pull the plug on me.

Anyway my once-legit due date survey statistics now have a chart showing whether more babies are born under the full moon. I know it's an urban legend sort if idea, several studies have shown that unborn babies have no idea what the moon is doing and still come out whenever, but I had to do it because I was so proud of myself for making the algorithm to figure out moon phases! Anyway my graph also demonstrates the idea that babies do not disproportionately arrive during a full moon. I know you're shocked.

Did you know that the time between new moons is known to the tenth of a second? Is that cool or what? So if you know one new moon date, you know them all. I'm oddly impressed. We even know how to change the length of the cycles every few hundred years when the sun's gravity throws things off.

And yet... the best we can do for pregnant women is give them a due date that's "pretty good within a week or two". This, friends, is why I went into physics (well, engineering but you know) and not chemistry or biology.

Anyway back to the moon, this is what I made, you can go put in your birthday and tell me what you think:

You were born during a First Quarter moon

- what it says about you -

You test everything. You're sometimes unhappy with what others think is "good enough". You pointing out things you see wrong with the world, even if others are afraid it may cause some unrest. When something isn't right, you're the one who's not afraid to make dramatic changes. You're good at keeping your head in a crisis and reminding people that it takes a shakeup to fix things.

What phase was the moon at on your birthday? Find out at

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