Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Coincidences do not exist

.. if it does it is only a coincidence

Last year we were watching a looming magical date. The date that was set as the launch day of the new version of our website. It was September 13th 2005. After that date was set some people starting to think about what the new website would be like, what functionality was needed.

As one sees it was another one of those projects where the end date was set first and then what needs to be done is scraped together. With limited resources you know you head straight into trouble. And we did. We overshot the magic date by eight months.

Here comes the coincidence!

As one of my team mates found out just this week September 13th isn't just a random date. Over on Wikipedia is still an article (article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedia's deletion policy!) that claims that the 256th day of the year is Programmer's day. And the 256th day of the year is 13th of September (or the 12th in a leap year). This can not be a coincidence.

Wikipedia
Programmer's day is a holiday on the 256th day of the year celebrated mostly by computer programmers. The date is significant to programmers as it represents a byte of data's capacity being that of an unsigned 8-bit integer, or 28.
Programmer's Day usually falls on September 13, though on leap years, it falls on September 12.

Supposedly another clue for intelligent design, but to me the date of September 13th will be a beacon of bad project planning.