Presidential Narcissism

30 November 2016

It explains a lot… and makes the future even more disquieting.

While I spend my days away from the keyboard, I did manage to stumble across an interesting article that flags the POTUS-elect as suffering from poor mental health: Narcissist Personality Disorder.

Narcissist Personality Disorder and the President of the United States (elect)[tm]

The presidency and public are in transition, awkwardly adjusting from Obama’s audacity of hope to Trump’s audacity of grope. As we watch Trump’s latest Twitter attack, America is living out a version of “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” with Donald Trump parading around, sporting classic symptoms of a severe personality disorder, while we bow and pretend it’s normal. If he has it, we need to question the impact it might have on the country. What if Trump had a massive tumor bulging out of his neck and the public were told it was normal, but the medical community knew otherwise, and stayed quiet? What if some of them came forward, and were ignored, attacked, or ridiculed for questioning the impact of the tumor on the president’s fitness and potentially his ability to govern? It’s not an “armchair diagnosis” or accusation — mental illness is not a crime — it’s a valid question about the presidency.

Read the rest of the article.


Year 4 Moon 0

29 November 2016

Where is it?

Today is the first day of the lunar month of theAbysmal Year 4.

As I won’t be working on this blog so much going forward, I don’t have any calendar pages for the year. Time to get creative and see what y’all can come up with.

Here are NASA’s Moon Phases for you to work with. The rest of the year you can use the one-pager or make your own! (Please note times are in UTC – for theAbysmal time, add 12 hours).

 Year      New Moon       First Quarter       Full Moon       Last Quarter
 2016   Nov 29  12:18     Dec  7  09:03     Dec 14  00:06     Dec 21  01:56
 2017   Dec 29  06:53     Jan  5  19:47     Jan 12  11:34     Jan 19  22:14      00h01m
        Jan 28  00:07     Feb  4  04:19     Feb 11  00:33 n   Feb 18  19:33    
        Feb 26  14:58 A   Mar  5  11:32     Mar 12  14:54     Mar 20  15:58    
        Mar 28  02:57     Apr  3  18:39     Apr 11  06:08     Apr 19  09:57    
        Apr 26  12:16     May  3  02:47     May 10  21:43     May 19  00:33    
        May 25  19:44     Jun  1  12:42     Jun  9  13:10     Jun 17  11:33    
        Jun 24  02:31     Jul  1  00:51     Jul  9  04:07     Jul 16  19:26    
        Jul 23  09:46     Jul 30  15:23     Aug  7  18:11 p   Aug 15  01:15    
        Aug 21  18:30 T   Aug 29  08:13     Sep  6  07:03     Sep 13  06:25    
        Sep 20  05:30     Sep 28  02:54     Oct  5  18:40     Oct 12  12:25    
        Oct 19  19:12     Oct 27  22:22     Nov  4  05:23     Nov 10  20:37    
        Nov 18  11:42     Nov 26  17:03     Dec  3  15:47     Dec 10  07:51

Have a good time.

Year 3 Month 12

22 November 2016



18 November 2016

We are each of us the hero of our own narrative.

a cartoon by Mr Fish

Ancestors and Relatives

15 November 2016

Genealogy, Identity and Community

Ancestors & Relatives by Eviatar Zerubavel

Chapter 1 – the Genealogical Imagination

…given the long history of human migrations, we often feel nostalgic about the long-lost time “when place, identity, culture and ancestry coincided.” “Standing on the land that ancestors knew” can thus

produc[e] a sense of genealogical connection that is sometimes explained … as an inexpressible sense of spiritual affinity, and often experienced bodily in “shivers down the spine” and “goose-bumps”… [It] is often imagined as a shared physical experience that links ancestors to their descendants across time

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Weapons of Math Destruction

9 November 2016

Weapons of Math Destruction – How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neil (check out her blog at mathbabe)


Statisticians count on large numbers to balance out exceptions and anomalies. (And WMDs, as we’ll see, often punish individuals who happen to be the exception.) Read the rest of this entry »

Year 3 Wheel of the Year

3 November 2016


Couple of points about theAbysmal Wheel of the Year. The dates after Feb 29th fall one day earlier. In a regular year, Mid-Quarters fall on May 7th, Aug 6th, and Nov 5th. Same with the Equinoxes and Northern Solstice.

The other point is that these Mid-Quarter days signify something for those of us in higher latitudes where the length of days changes enough to be noticed. Today, for example, the fast change in the length of days (from Aug 5th to Nov 4th with the fastest rate of change around the Equinox) comes to an end and the long nights of Winter set in until Feb 5th.

In the Southern Hemisphere, of course this is reversed, such that now we come to the end of the rapid change of lengthening days to the bright, long days of Summer until Feb 5th.

It also (did I say a couple of points?) falls midway during the American festivals of All Souls Day to Remembrance Day (Oct 30 to Nov 11), along with Halloween, Samhain, the various Days of the Dead that celebrate the end of the harvest with images of the dead (in the Northern Hemisphere). This is an ancient tradition, and as we’ve seen with the Christmas tree, old habits die hard.