Calendar Flipping Day Salsa – muy bueno

31 December 2011

Why not start off the Gregorian New Year with something latin-esque – appropriate for a Roman-Christian Calendar.

Ad-lib Salsa – Month 0 Day 9
5 hot house tomatoes (peeled, seeded, chopped very fine – about 4 cups)
juice of 1 grapefruit
2 tsp salt
1 big shallot, minced (about 1 cup or so)
1 big clove garlic, minced
2 heaping tablespoons chili powder (2 ancho chilies & 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, powdered)
19 dried tomatillos, reconstituted & chopped fine (about 1/2 cup)
1 cup cooked black beans (best if soaked & boiled with epazote)
1 cup roasted corn niblets
fresh cilantro (if you like – some people hate the stuff)

prepare all the ingredients a day ahead, mix in a big old ceramic/glass bowl and let sit overnight. Adjust seasoning before serving.


Another day, another post

30 December 2011

357 days to your own personal apocalypse – are you ready?

If time is money, then what is the calendar?

one week down 51 to go

29 December 2011

T minus 358 – are you getting tingly?

Day by Day, Week to Week

28 December 2011

t minus 359 and counting.

I don’t know if I’ll have enough things to write regarding calendars and reform and all that, without delving into the more esoteric aspects of time-management systems. I may just start posting recipes or book recommendations/excerpts. We’ll have to wait ‘n’ see. In the meanwhile, feel free to offer feedback, comments, opinion, criticism, observations or what-all-else.

Also, I’m working on a proper wall calendar for the upcoming year (year 0). I hope to have it available before long. Depends. I’m not much of a graphic designer, and it’s not like I’ve got money out the wazoo to hire one. Nevertheless, I’d prefer to keep this grass-roots-ish as opposed to finding investors and having to deal with the financial aspects of things. Somehow, that strikes me as icky.

360 days to come around full circle

27 December 2011

A full 360 days until Dec 21 2012 – the 5125 year cycle comes around again.

Or, around the world of civilization in 1, 872, 000 days.

The end date for the Maya long count calendar is estimated by some as December 21st 2012 (on the Gregorian Calendar). The periods of the long count are measured by the important numbers 9, 13 and 20. A period of 20 days is called a winal. 18 winal makes a tun, which is 360 days (not quite a year, but the long count calendar isn’t measuring the year, so it falls back of annual calendars by 5 days and the fraction that adds up to the leap year). Nevertheless, 20 tun makes a katun, and finally 20 katun makes a baktun. 13 baktun adds up to 1,872,000 days (or about 5125 years), which is the greater cycle of history. This is the cycle that comes to an end come Dec 21st 2012.

And a new one begins. Not too complicated. Just like the year 2000 (the last year of the millennium) was followed by 2001 (the first year of the millennium). The world didn’t end then (unless you consider september 11th 2001 to be a world-ending paradigm, as some did). We live on, but our perception of the world has changed.

So too on Dec 21st 2012. This is our opportunity to reconstruct our world in an appropriate image, and the calendar is a fundamental part of that. We can choose to continue to use a pre-Roman Empire relic, appropriated by the Roman Catholic church and imposed through conquest and occupation on the peoples of the world. Or we can chuck it out and find something that speaks to us more broadly, and more effectively.

As of theAbysmal Calendar’s launch on dec 21st 2012, we begin to redefine ourselves as a global community.

Here’s some calendar trivia for you. 260 katun = the great cycle of history (that’s the cycle ending dec 21 2012).

the lesser cycle of history is 260 tun, which works out to about 256 years. These were time periods observed by the Maya.

However, using the same numerology (13×20 = 260, which to the Maya is a big deal, numerologically speaking) but applying it to our history, there is a pattern that emerges.

1492 Columbus lands on Hispaniola, and brings knowledge of the Americas to Europe, and vice versa (for better and worse)

1752 the British Empire adopts the Gregorian Calendar, making it the most widespread common calendar in the world.

2012 end of the maya long count.

So what? Well, 1492 is 260 years before 1752. And 1752 is 260 years before 2012. Granted this is just juggling around numbers, however, in terms of the history of calendars (fundamental tools of any culture), and the battle for supremacy, these dates are crucial. These are the dates that the Gregorian calendar ruled over the Americas – first Latin, then Anglo.

2012, let’s turn it around, and decolonize ourselves from this broken tool of empire. It serves us about as well as the biannual imposed jetlag of daylight savings time.

2012 let’s party like it’s 1999, since we didn’t then. And dance, dance, dance.

Boxing Day

26 December 2011

Or, how to beat people up legally and get paid for it – maybe it has something to do with bargain hunting run amok.

That’s all I got for today.

Enjoy the post-triptophan dolor.

It’s a miracle!

25 December 2011

And perhaps it’s merely a coincidence.

Hope you’re all enjoying the Winter (or Summer for you southern hemispherians). Christmas will always fall midweek Month 0 Day 3, which suggests an entire week of holidays (for those who wish to celebrate it). If you are among those who do not celebrate Christmas, then simply take the week off, celebrate the winter, the lengthening of the days, and the fact that despite the inordinate amount of stress, there is a crack in the indifferent facade that besieges us throughout the rest of the year (with the exception of Stanley Cup playoffs).

Enjoy the day.

Now for the pooping on the party. The overlap between the rebirth of the Sun of god and the birth of the son of god is more than a little noteworthy (hence this note). Traditionally, this time of year is a celebration of the Winter Solstice (sorry Southies, this is a winter celebration), the longest night, and the rebirth of the sun as the days gradually get longer. So, as the days approach the winter solstice, the sun’s path across our skies (from our perspective here on earth) is lower and lower every day, until the solstice, where it reaches the lowest point in the sky (if you live on the Tropic of Capricorn, it is directly overhead). Then it appears to stay at that point for about 3 days or so, after which its path is higher every day, and the days grow longer.

The Sun of god dies and three days later, it rises again. This, to my undestanding, is the story of Easter, and the death and resurrection of the son of god, which takes place around the vernal equinox (well, the first sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox, but who’s counting). These are the kinds of changes that undermine the strength of these stories. The story of the sun/son of god, the “death” the rebirth is a lovely metaphor that has lost its meaning by shifting it to a time of year that has nothing to do with the story (and everything to do with pagan fertility rituals).

At any rate, in the battle of symbolism, the christmas tree, a pagan symbol, is far more prevalent than the nativity scene. Let us just celebrate coming together, sharing food, comfort and company with our families, our communities and one another, and transform this time of year to a secular celebration of the light in the darkness, and the rebirth of light, life and hope.