Fridaygram: I/O registration, SpaceX launch, calendar history

FEB 22, 2013
Author Picture By Ashleigh Rentz, Google Developers Blog Editor Emerita

As Spring draws nearer in the northern hemisphere, so too does this year’s Google I/O. Earlier today, we announced that registration for this year’s event will open on March 13th at 7:00 AM PDT. Tickets are in high demand, so be sure to mark your calendar!  Of course, we’ll continue to offer live streaming and recordings of many sessions as we’ve done in the past for those who can’t join us at Moscone Center (and for attendees who can’t be in two sessions at once).

Another thing to mark on your calendar is the upcoming launch of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft next Friday, March 1st. In the early hours of the morning (much earlier than Fridaygrams get posted), SpaceX will host a live webcast covering the launch. What’s more, they might just answer your question! Head over to their Google+ page for details on how to submit that burning question via YouTube.

If you find yourself scratching your head after looking at your calendar and wondering where this bizarre time-telling scheme ever came from, fear not! One YouTube user offers us “A Short History of the Modern Calendar”. It’s still annoying to deal with this mess of dates when coding, but at least it wasn’t devised purely to torment us. Why isn’t there an SI unit of month?

Once per 7-day week, Fridaygram puts away the compiler and brings you the latest in fun science and other nerd stuff. Occasionally, we meander through recorded history as well. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to GOTO 10.”