the RISK project moves on; and more random thoughts

i'm into the painting stage now... i have europe and greenland done so far. i'm done with work tomorrow at noon (but i have to start @ 5:30... *shudder), so hopefully i'll be awake enough to get a good chunk of north america done. eventually i think i'm going to go over europe in a lighter blue... it's darker than it looks in the picture. with t-minus 20 days left to work on it before school starts, i really need to get moving if i hope to have it done for fall semester.

back to the random thoughts again. i seem to have lots of those. this one involves people in france complaining about their horrible 35 hour work weeks. i decided to analyze ours. there are 168 hours in a week. a full-time employee works 40 of those, usually spread out over 5 days. according to a recent study, the average time spent commuting to a job is 26 minutes each way, for a total (assuming 5 days of work, and that you actually drive both ways) of about 4 hours and 20 minutes. this brings the total time dedicated to work to 44.33 hours/week.
next, a look at sleep. if you're lucky, you get 8 hours a night, for a total of 56 hours/week. if we subtract our work and sleep totals from the total number of hours in the week, that leaves us with 67 hours and 40 minutes of "free time" each week, or about 9 hours and 40 minutes a day.
assuming you don't actually get 8 hours of sleep each night, the missing time can be added to "free time", since you most likely won't be working.

ok... so before i confuse myself or anybody reading this any more, here are the approximate weekly totals for how time is spent:

Work: 26.3%
Sleep: 33.3%
Free: 40.2%

so really, you've got nothing to complain about.