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09 January 2007

Well, well, well. Here we are just a handful of weeks into the new year and here you are looking to get out of your New Year's Resolution. Already. That is, after all, what caught your attention when choosing to click the link that brought you to this post, isn't it?

Of course it is! We understand, we really do. But be assured that we have high standards here and you'll have to pass a test before you can ditch your best intentions for the year, no matter how misguided, in good faith. Not a test that we devised, mind you, but one created by Garth Sundem, the author of the book Geek Logik, in which the common problems of life, like whether or not you should keep your New Year's Resolutions, are reduced to simple mathematical equations.

The problem with this approach to life however, is that you have to look up each of the book's equations and work through the math fully before you can make your decision. And that's where we come in. We make the tools to do the math that affects your life, no matter how questionable or tongue-in-cheek it may be! What follows borrows heavily from Geek Logik, and even if you have to keep that resolution, we hope you enjoy using our tool:

About That New Year's Resolution of Yours...
Input Data Values
How much would this resolution improve your life?
(Scale 1-10 with 10 = "I would go from Mussolini to Ghandi!")
How hard is the resolution to keep?
(Scale 1-10 with 10 = "I will weave my own clothing, hunger-strike for peace, and drink my own urine.)
Are your friends especially rowdy and/or depraved?
What was your estimated blood alcohol level at the time you made the resolution?
(Here, a 0.08 = DUI, a 0.10 is about when you start chatting up the coat rack, and a 0.50 makes you an honorary member of Crosby, Stills and Nash....)

Should you keep your resolution? (Hey! It Beats Asking a Magic 8-ball!)

Garth Sundem describes the dynamics of the factors that may have influenced your outcome:

The defining term in this equation is your marital status. If you are married and made a drunken ass of yourself, it's likely that you're going to have to suck it up and live with the consequences. If you're single, your oh-so-helpful friends may actually have encouraged your bizarre and debauched behavior on New Year's Eve, making it easier to weasel out of your resolution once everyone sobers up. (In fact, the more people who clapped and cheered while you spouted your manifesto, the easier it will be to blame them and thus recant.) However, if the resolution will improve your life, there's a good chance you should stick to it anyway.

Then again, maybe you *should* have asked the Magic 8-ball!

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