Make every second count

9 December 2008

The Year in Secondary Moments

CBC.ca reported:
Extra second to make 2008 even longer

theAbysmal Calendar will likewise have to account for Leap Years (as 2008 is) and Leap Seconds (which have been added occasionally to ensure that the Gregorian CE Calendar and the atomic clock all work together in harmony).

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A typical Year
365 Days x 86400 seconds/Day = 31,536,000 s/Year

A Leap Year
366 Days x 86400 s/Day = 31,622,400 s/Year

+ 1 Leap Second = 31,622,401 seconds for 2008

Any such adjustments, such as Leap Weeks, Leap Days, Leap seconds can be added at the end of any given Year, between the last Friday of one Year and the first Saturday of the next. This allows theAbysmal Calendar to remain one of the most accurate (in terms of its alignment with the Earth’s orbit and the Seasons), yet retaining a perpetual annual structure of Weeks, Months and Quarters.

theAbysmal is the Calendar that Japanese swordmakers would have made: it combines the qualities of strength (i.e. the perpetual structure of 52~Weeks) and flexibility (allows for Leap Year Days and seconds and so on without disrupting the perpetual 52~Week structure).