Year 3 Month 10

26 September 2016



20 September 2016

During the Equinox, Day doesn’t equal Night equally.

The word “Equinox” means “equal night”, which I have repeated enough myself over the years. Even after having used the Date and Time data for years, including sunset and sunrise times, I failed to examine this claim for myself. Except that the date itself doesn’t happen to be the one on which the day and night are of equal length. At least, not necessarily.

I discovered this table in the back of the book Canada’s Stonehenge by Gordon R Freeman, almost as an afterthought. The Equinox occurs twice a year as the Sun appears to cross the Equator. At the Equator, day and night are about the same length throughout the year, however, for those of us at other latitudes, the particular date when the day and night are of equal length varies as follows:

Dates of Equalnights*


Northern Hemisphere

Southern Hemisphere



~ Feb 3-9

Feb 25-26

Mar 7-8

Mar 13-14

~ Nov 4-10

Oct 17-18

Oct 5-6

Sept 29-30

~ Apr 30-May 6

Apr 14-15

Mar 31-Apr 1

Mar 26-27

~ Aug 9-12

Aug 28-29

Sept 10-11

Sept 16-17




Mar 15-16

Mar 16-17

Mar 17-18

Sept 26-27

Sept 25-26

Sept 25-26

Mar 23-24

Mar 23-24

Mar 22-23

Sept 18-9

Sept 19-20

Sept 19-20



Mar 17-18

Mar 17-18

Sept 24-25

Sept 24-25

Mar 22-23

Mar 22-23

Sept 19-20

Sept 20-21


Sun rises ~ Mar 18, sets ~ Sept 24

Sun rises ~ Sept 20, sets ~ Mar 22

*Calculated for 0° longitude, A.D. 2000. SZM: March 20, Sept 22. Solstice: June 21, Dec 21

Thus, beginning Sept 20, where the Sun rises above the horizon at the South Pole for the season, we see Equalnight dates sweep until Sept 30.

The Equinox itself occurs Sept 22nd 14:21 UTC.

Happy equanimous days all.

Year 3 Wheel of the Year

18 September 2016


Now That’s A Timepiece

17 September 2016

A clock that remains accurate for one billion years.

The Chinese have launched an atomic clock (with an unfortunate acronym in English, CACS) into space that’s more accurate than any existing timekeeping technology, including solar calendars systems. It will lose 1 second after 1 billion years.

Take that Switzerland!

China’s new space laboratory has an atomic clock which, Chinese engineers say, is more accurate than the best timepiece operated by America’s National Institute of Standards and Technology.

The device, called Cacs, or Cold Atomic Clock in Space, was launched this weak along with other instruments of the Tiangong-2, China’s second orbital lab. According to the South China Morning Post, it will slow down by only one second in a billion years. In comparison, the NIST-F2 atomic clock, which serves as the United States’ primary time and frequency standard, loses a second every 300 million years.

Molé Experiment #3

14 September 2016

My favourite of the three so far.

10 tomatillos, husked and washed
2 fresh jalapenos
2 fresh poblano
5 dried chipotles, stemmed and seeded
10 mulatto, stemmed and seeded
12 ancho, stemmed and seeded
6 mirasol, stemmed and seeded
1/2 Thompson raisins
4 TB coriander seeds
2 TB cumin seeds
1 TB anise seeds
9 whole cloves
1 C almonds
1 C sesame seeds
5 small tortillas
5 small onions (supposed to leave the peel on, I forgot), quartered
1 head of garlic, separated into cloves, leave the peel on
5 large roma tomatoes, quartered, cored
cooking oil
1 TB ground cinnamon
100 g/4 oz unsweetened baker’s chocolate
flavourful broth, if you have room left in your cookware to add anything (I didn’t)
a single drop of human blood (don’t ask)

1. place the tomatillos, the whole fresh jalapenos and poblanos as well as all the tomatillos under a broiler. Turn periodically as the skins become blackened. Place the peppers in a bowl with a lid to sweat, and the tomatillos in a bowl for later. Stem, seed, and peel the peppers down the way.
2. place the chipotles, mulatto, ancho, mirasol and raisins into a large bowl. Cover with water off the boil and let soften for 15 minutes or longer.
3. heat a frying pan to medium. Toast the coriander, cumin, cloves, and anise seeds. Cool, grind, reserve.
4. toast the almonds, set aside. Toast the sesame seeds. Grind both to a mealy consistency. Reserve.
5. toast the tortillas. Reserve.
6. dry fry the onions on each side, until brown. Peel, reserve.
7. dry fry the garlic, turning on each side until brown. Peal, reserve.
8. dry fry the roma tomatoes until the skins blacken. Reserve.
9. heat oil in large pot (big dutch oven in this case) over medium heat. Add tomatillos, jalapenos, plobanos, onions, garlic, roma tomatoes. Stir everything.
10. Add chipotle, mulatto, ancho, mirasol, raisins and soaking water. Leave some room. Stir.
11. Add ground spices, seed/nut meal, torn up tortilla pieces. Mix everything together and heat through.
12. Remove from heat. Blend with an immersion blender until you reach an even consistency.
13. Add chocolate and cinnamon. Let it melt slowly, stir in throughout.
14. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for an hour at the least. Keep stirring as the chocolate can scorch to the bottom of the pan.
15. Remove from heat. Puree in a blender in batches.

Makes about 6 L (a gallon and a half. Is that right?)
This is a spice paste of sorts. It can be thinned out and used for other delicious dishes.


If Time is Music, then History is Rhyme

10 September 2016

History Doesn’t Repeat Itself, But It Rhymes

UPDATED: with the link to the article I couldn’t find earlier.

The above quotation is most often attributed to Mark Twain, however, there doesn’t appear to be any corroboration. Regardless of who said it, the idea itself is as old as the hills, and only more recently in the history of history have we begun to think of it as non-rhyming.

In the Myth of the Eternal Return (book notes here) Mircea Eliade differentiates between those societies that view time as cyclical, recurring, rhyming as it were, and those societies, such as Western culture as well as the Abrahamic religions view time as a line between two eternities: before creation, and after armageddon.

The example I use to illustrate rhyming in the larger scheme of thing, is Johann Sebastian Bach and Louis Armstrong. Both the products of western culture, both musical people of great talent who defined an entirely new way of looking at music, both of whom transformed the way the world’s musicians played. These two men are different in so many ways, yet they rhyme. They’ve done what very few people in all of our history ever have – they’ve changed everything for the better. I doubt anyone could argue that expanding our boundaries of expression through music somehow makes us worse off.

I recently read (and cannot recall where, and managed to confound whatever algorithm Google’s using) that signs are pointing towards another large-scale disaster that will take staggering numbers of lives. UPDATE: after some research (thanks to Bonnie’s post in the comments) I did finally find that article History Tells Us What Will Happen Next With Brexit-Trump by Tobias Stone.

The calendar we’re currently using, the Gregorian, isn’t suited for rhyme. As the calendar is linear, we tend not to think of events as rhyming. More just happenstance. There are a number of calendars that embed recurring structures into their calendar, the Maya in partcular. The calendar played such a central role in their society that their cyclical view of time informed the calendar, and it reinforced the cycles.

The Maya’s calendar, the long count in this instance, measures time in increments of 20 (with one exception of 18). 20 days grouped by 18 (360 days), these grouped by 20 (7,200 days), then these grouped by 20 and so on and so on. One of these measures, the baktun (144,000 days about 394 years), is key to understanding the measures of history. 13 baktun is 5,125 years which ended on, that is, December 21st, 2012 CE, and, more importantly, theAbysmal’s first New Year’s Day.


The above image is a grid which I first encountered in Jose Arguelles’ the Mayan Factor or Time and the Technosphere, I can’t remember which. Regardless, it is a map of the 13 baktun period arranged horizontally, and divided into 20 katun vertically. Each katun is 7,200 days, or over 19 1/2 years.

Our brains are organs that are well suited to perceiving patterns, such that choosing events that work with such a scheme and discarding those that don’t, or altering the date to make it harmonize better is tempting. However, the one thing that I find most intriguing is the central baktun. During the central baktun of the 13,between 747 BC and 353 BC. the world saw the wisdom of Gautama BuddhaLoa Tsu, Confucius, Pythagoras and others unfold. It’s worth noting, but I don’t read too much into it. We still got Newton.

With respect to history rhyming, the Maya also began observing what we’ve termed the short count. These are periods of 13 katun, which works out to about 256 years or so. I used it as a measure, in terms of years, and as I’ve mentioned earlier, came up with two surprising correlations:

2012: end of 13 baktuns of the Fifth Sun
260 years earlier
1752: British adopt Gregorian Calendar, making it most widespread calendar ever
260 years earlier
1492: Columbus and co. brought the Julian Calendar to the Americas

I am focused more on history from an American perspective, and calendars of course, and this structure seems to rhyme with the Maya short count, and provide us with an interesting calendar schematic.

The point of all this? I’ve created my very own historical calendar (or theAbysmal proleptic calendar), whereby I hope to affix events within the structure of theAbysmal Calendar, in hopes of finding patterns in the course of events on Turtle Island (aka North America). There’s no shortage of documentation of recent events, however, the further back one goes, the less written accounts. Regardless, let’s see what we come up with.

Using the Maya’s numerology (there are other systems to which theAbysmal lends itself as well), I’ve broken the 260-year periods into 20 years (which I approximate to a generation, in terms of symbolic association – just like 1 second is about a heart beat).


Year 3 House 5

6 September 2016