It’s a weird time to be starting a new project.  But a wonderful time.  Just look at tomorrow: January 1, 2012 is the beginning of a new week, a new month, and a new year.  But what’s most impressive to me is that the new year begins on a Sunday.  For my part of the world, the week begins on Sunday.  At, there’s a 1 in 7 chance that a year begins on a Sunday. But since there are either 365 or 366 days per year, depending on whether it’s a leap year, the days of the week aren’t wholly consistent from one year to the next.

For example, over the past 28 years, we have begin the year on a Sunday 4 times.  That’s 1 in 7.  But over the past 100 years, we have begun the year on a Sunday 15 times, which is just over a 1 in 7 chance.  But wait, 100 isn’t divisible by 7, so we shouldn’t have an exactly equal chance.  If we extend to the past 105 years, which is a multiple of 7, then we have 16 years that begun on a Sunday, which is still more than our expected 1 in 7 chance.  Leap years throw everything off!  I’m sure you know, but a year is a leap year IF the year is evenly divisible by 4, UNLESS the year is also evenly divisible by 100, EXCEPT if the year is also evenly divisible by 400.

So this coming year is a leap year, which begins on a Sunday.  The last time this happened was in 1984, the year I was born.  It won’t happen again until 2040.  This is because we run primarily on a perpetual 28 year calendar cycle, which is perturbed as we enter a new century.

This makes my choice obvious.  I have to begin this comic tomorrow, and I must continue it until the year 2040.  Truly, a worthy goal is to begin a new task on the new day, week, month, year, and 28 year cycle that will repeat itself until 2096.

What a weird, wonderful time to be alive.