Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Blue Monday

Thanks to Bishop Alan for unearthing this formula on why yesterday (Jan 21st) was officially the most depressing day of 2008:

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.

So that's all cleared up then. If it really has got to you, then you could do worse than get hold of I Had a Black Dog by Matthew Johnstone which is a superb book exploring depression using cartoons. One reviewer on Amazon puts it well: "This book can be read in about 5 minutes, page to page, but it says what a 300 page book says, with pictures and clear simple statements. So much simpler for loved ones and friends to understand quickly but with understanding. "

Interestingly, the thoroughly odd video for New Order's 1988 remix of Blue Monday features a large black dog. I don't know what that means.

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