Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

31 August 2012

gluten-free verson requires some sort of gluten-free lasagna noodles.

I’d apologize for not knowing the exact quantities, but that’s how I cook. Just kinda throw things together, and if it works out, then I think about writing it down. My mom liked this one, so what choice do I have (although, nothing compares to her lasagna, so I’m totally humbled).

oil for frying
2 onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3 TB balsamic vinegar (or more)
1 TB cinnamon
2 cans tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
red wine if you like
2 TB dried oregano
2 TB dried basil
1 tsp hot chili flakes
salt to taste

2 medium zucchini, sliced widthwise pretty thin
1/2 large eggplant, sliced widthwise thin enough
1/3 C oil
1 lb of ricotta cheese
1 clove garlic, pulverised
5 cups arugula

15 lasagna noodles (enough for 5 layers)
2 C shredded fruliano cheese

1. heat oil over medium heat. Add onions. Fry a while (10 minutes I’m guessing)
2. add garlic, keep frying.
3. add cinnamon and balsamic. Mix through.
4. add tomatoes, tomato paste, herbs and wine.
5. cook for a while. Remove from heat, blend with an immersion blender or whatever. Return to heat, simmer until you’re happy with it.

1. brush eggplant and zucchini with oil. Bake in 350 F oven for 15+ minutes, until soft and just a little brown
2. steam arugula until just wilted. Add to ice water to shock it. Remove, squeeze out the water, chop fine.
3. Mix arugula, garlic and ricotta. Put it in the fridge until you’re ready.
4. Boil those noodles if you need to. If they’re oven ready, never mind.

Some Assembly Required:
1. sauce the bottom of a baking pan (mine was 13″ x 9″)
2. noodles, sauce, 1/3 zucchini & eggplant, 1/4 fruliano.
3. noodles, sauce, 1/3 zucchini & eggplant, 1/4 fruliano.
4. noodles, ricotta mixture.
5. noodles, sauce, 1/3 zucchini & eggplant, 1/4 fruliano.
6. noodles, 1/4 fruliano.
7. bake in 350 F oven for 30-45 minutes. Leave it to sit after you remove it from the oven.

cut it up, eat it. It’s delicious.

Month 9 Day 0

31 August 2012


112 Days to Dec 21st 2012

Month 9 Year 12~XIV

31 August 2012


Month 8 Year 12~XIV Reading List

31 August 2012

Reading List:

Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie
Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
Blade of the Immortal vol. 25 Snowfall at Dawn by Hiroaki Samura
Morning Glories vol. 1 by Nick Spencer, Joe Eisma, & Rodin Esquejo
Morning Glories vol. 2 by Nick Spencer, Joe Eisma, & Rodin Esquejo
Morning Glories vol. 3 by Nick Spencer, Joe Eisma, & Rodin Esquejo
Existence 2.0/3.0 by Nick Spencer, Ron Salas, & Joe Eisma
Forgetless by Nick Spencer, W. Scott Forbes, Jorge Coelho, & Marley Zarcone
Shuddertown by Nick Spencer & Adam Geen
the Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
the Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
Angel of Darkness by Samuel M Key (aka Charles de Lint)
the Passage by Justin Cronin

Market Weeks to Gregorian

30 August 2012

Last post on market weeks.

I’m taking Month 9 off – so there won’t be any posts of substance. I’ll continue posting the day-to-day image (as above) and the countdown reaper (as below), and any new years and calendar pages as they come up (as tomorrow).

Here’s the image of theAbysmal market weeks with the corresponding Gregorian dates.


113 Days to Dec 21st 2012

the Week and the Fortnight

29 August 2012

Symbols of time, space, and theAbysmal Calendar.

I’ve been ruminating on the relationship between the ancient planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn) as well as the constellations of the sidereal zodiac (Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Ophiuchus, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces). These were used as an integral part of the calendar by the time of the Babylonians (minus the constellation Ophiuchus). We’ve come to use the astrological zodiac, which is more akin to the Persian calendar than it is to the Gregorian calendar or astronomy.

So, with the re-introduction of Ophiuchus in 1930 by the International Astronomical Union, I’ve been playing with the 13 signs, and have discovered some interesting symmetries. Nevertheless, I wanted to label certain measures of the week using the signs of the zodiac in addition to the planets (as we currently do with weekdays). Here’s the mess I’ve come up with. It is by no means final, or conclusive. Just a riff, more or less. Some aspects of this are stronger than others. Don’t let me influence your decision – decide for yourself.

Integers of the Year

The math of the Year for theAbysmal works out as follows:

2 x 2 x 7 x 13 = 364
+1 (New Year Day) = 1
+ 1/4 – 1/128 (Leap Year Day) = 0.2421875

The 364 Days of the Year have been divided into 7~Day Weeks and 13~Day Fortnights. There are 7 ancient planets associated with the Weekdays, so the extension of associating the 13 signs of the zodiac with the Fortnight seems reasonable. I’ve followed the steps by which the weekdays have been determined. Follow along. It may be fun.

Here is the circle of the Year divided into 7~Day Weeks, 4~Week Months, and 13~Week Quarters:

And here is the Year divided into 13~Day Fortnights, 4~Fortnight Houses, and 7~Fortnight Quarters:

Planetary Hours and Days

First, let’s take a look once again at the star from which the 24 Hours of the Day and 7 Days of the Week are derived.

There are two orders in which the symbols for the planets can be read, both beginning with Saturn at the bottom to the left. Following the circle clockwise, we get the order of the planets from their longest orbital period to the shortest: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Sun (365 days for Earth to orbit the Sun), Venus, Mercury, and the Moon (29.53 days to orbit the Earth). Tracing the star within the circle, again starting from Saturn upwards, we get Saturn, Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus. This is the sequence of the weekdays, using traditional planetary associations: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

I begin with Saturn, because he was the Roman equivalent of Cronus, the Greek Deity who divided the Earth (Gaia) from the Sky (Ouranous) and began time. Cronus is the root for words such as chronological, chronometer, and so on. He is the deity of time.

The 24 Hours of the Day begin at midnight. So the Hour between midnight and 1 a.m. is the first Hour of each Day. Beginning with Saturn, and following the sequence around the circle, we assign a planet to every Hour of every Day. You will note that the first hour of each corresponds to the weekday it represents, i.e. Saturn is the first Hour of Saturday, the Sun is the first Hour of Sunday, the Moon is the first Hour of Monday and so on. Here’s the table:

Constellation Hours and Days

Here’s the same process applied to the Constellations of the sidereal Zodiac. The circular order is already established. Here’s the key (note the symbol for Ophiuchus has gone from the question mark to a U with a tail wrapped around it. You’ll see):

For the traditional order of the zodiac, begin with Aries at the bottom left, and proceed clockwise through Taurus, Gemini, Cancer and so on. If we follow the lines of the star as we did with the planetary symbols, we would get a new sequence: Aries, Libra, Pisces, Virgo, etc… which doesn’t tell us much. I tried applying the Constellations to each Hour of the Day, and the end result wasn’t particularly satisfying (call me an aesthete, or a stickler. Go ahead, I double dog dare you).

So I decided instead to do as the Chinese, which is to apply a 2~Hour period to each sign (which works out well with their 12~symbol system of earthly branches, the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, and so on). This was a much more satisfying result, as the Days of the Fortnight are in reverse order to the sequence of the circle above. This follows the order in which the Sun enters each sign of the Zodiac on any given Day as it progresses through the 25,772 year long Precession of the Equinoxes. However, in order for this to retain its symmetry, the first Hour begins with Pisces, and we get the following table:

Naming the Months and Houses

Currently, the Months and Houses are assigned numbers from 0~12 and 0~6 respectively, however, we can still name them after constellations and planets, as the numerology of the calendar allows. Here are the 13 Months:

I’ve already published this idea before, and it turns out it wasn’t even original. A 13~month calendar with the New Year at the Winter Solstice and the Months named after the Constellations was proposed previously (although I can’t for the life of me find the references to it). Nevertheless, the names of the Houses are new, so here they are:

This would give us the House of Saturn, House of Jupiter, House of Mars, House of the Sun, House of Venus, House of Mercury, and House of the Moon. This has nothing to do with traditional Western astrological houses. It was suggested to me by a commenter on the site, and it sounded better than anything I’d come up with.

This same system of labelling can be applied elsewhere. There are 13 Weeks per Quarter, and 7 Fortnights per Quarter. There are also 28 Days per Month, and 28 Fortnights per Year, as well as 52 Days per House, and 52 Weeks per Year.

Just don’t get me started on the Market Weeks.

114 Days to Dec 21st 2012

Take that, thou… thou…

28 August 2012

Getting all Elizabethan on beslubbering knotty-pated puttocks.

One thing I appreciate about the British is their love of witty digs and insults. When I last visited England, I was astounded that I rarely heard the same insult twice, and learned terms such as bell~end and gormless. Oh, what joy. Nevertheless, seeing as Shakespeare had a wide range of barbs at his behest, it’s hardly surprising.

Now you too can use Shakespearean English as it was intended: to make fun (and oh what fun).

Shakespearean Insults

Or, if you want to go to the source, there are a number of insult generators.

Come, come, you talk greasily; your lips grow foul.

115 Days to Dec 21st 2012