Happy New Year

21 December 2010

Winter Solstice – Full Moon – Lunar Eclipse – Dec 21 2010 in North America

Today’s Winter Solstice (Summer in the South) doesn’t occur on a weekday. It occurs between weekdays.  This allows the remaining 52 weeks to be divided evenly into 13 months (each of 4 weeks, as pictured above), or 4 quarters (each of 13 weeks, pictured here).

It’s a better system for everyone. Imagine, if you make payments, or better yet, are paid, on a weekly, biweekly or monthly schedule, these coincide, creating a regular economic rhythm. We would no longer have to negotiate weekly payments with those every 28, 29, 30 or 31 days. Doo-lang Doo-lang.

Have a happy new year, and start celebrating early.

10~IV Reading List

21 December 2010

Month 0
the Crimson Trilogy by Patricia McCarthy
Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami
Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk

Month 1
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Month 2
the Wind-Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami
the Complete Short Prose 1929-1989 by Samuel Beckett

Month 3
Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell
Freakanomics by Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner
Albert Angelo by BS Johnson
the Adventures of English by Melvyn Bragg
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Underground: the Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche by Haruki Murakami

Month 4
the God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
Ugly by Constance Briscoe
A Night at the Movies, or You Must Remember This by Robert Coover
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
Kockroach by Tyler Knox

Month 5
Hannibal by Thomas Harris
the City & the City by China Mieville
Monster by Johathan Kellerman
Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk
the White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
King Rat by China Mieville
Shake Hands with the Devil by Romeo Dallaire

Month 6
A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif
Fury by Salman Rushdie
Between the Assassinations by Aravind Adiga
Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry
Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
Mao II by Don Delillo

Month 7
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami
Tales from Firozsha Baag by Rohinton Mistry
American Pastoral by Philip Roth
Underworld by Don Delillo
World War Z by Max Brooks

Month 8
the Moor’s Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie
Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
the Girl who played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
Libra by Don Delillo

Month 9
the Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
the Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Baudolino by Umberto Eco

Month 10
the Ground Beneath her Feet by Salman Rushdie
the Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Month 11
2666 by Roberto Bolano
the Gunny Sack by MG Vassanji
Your Screenplay Sucks! by William M Akers
the Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano
Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World by Wade Davis

Month 12
Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson
Such a Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry
Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar
the Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Reading List – Month 12 Year 10~IV

21 December 2010

Rounding out the year with a hopping scotch hodge-podge.

Reading List:

Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson
Such a Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry
Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar
the Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

and somewhere along the way I read “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett.


Lunation 0 Year 11~IX

4 December 2010

theAbysmal Countdown continues for another trip around the Sun

Lucky us! theAbysmal New Year falls on the Solstice which happens to be at the Full Moon this year. Indeed, it is a very merry time to celebrate the brief light in the darkness (at least in the Northern Hemisphere).