20.421 name that calendar

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2007 10:03:45 +0000

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 20, No. 421.
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Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2007 09:52:06 +0000
From: lachance_at_origin.chass.utoronto.ca (Francois Lachance)
Subject: Name that Calendar :)

Willard

I am appealing to our learned colleagues who have
experience with calendars to help me track where
the elements of the following calendarization may
have come from: Mayan? Sino? Semitic? Scifi? Syncretic?

In this calendar there are canonical hours. They
number 6 not the usual medieval 8. The interval between them is 4 and not 3.

24 divided by 6 equals 4

In this calendar the minimum work day is 4 hours
and the maximum is 8 hours. Shift work is done in
cycles of 4 or 8 depending upon the intensity of the work

4 on 4 off
or
8 on 8 off

And no more than 8 in a 24 hour period.

This calendar makes use of intercalary weeks.

365 divided by 6 equals 60.833

60 weeks per year with an interclary week on a biennial basis.

6 days per week (4 day work week)

In this calendar there are 182.5 days between the solstices.
Average number of lunations per solstice period is 6.5
A year has 13 months

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I kid you not when this message was being
composed the earphones were sweetly conveying the
acoustic stylings of Groove Armada <i>good bye
country (hello nightclub)</i> track 4 "be where
we really are" though I=E2=80=99m sure I was aware of a
famous Beatles tune running a counterpoint (* days a week).

All this calendar work was sparked by the notion
that in Canada there is in banking terms are no
statutory holidays in the month of February that
generally have been keen for a while to mark some
such day in the second month of the Gregorian (so-called civic) calendar.

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This may all be a very acute reaction to the
pushiness found in some quarters for 24/7. But
somewhere somehow some group has regulated
collective and individuals lives in such a
circardian-compatible fashion. Likely a group
whose members in their mind's eye observe 11:55 on the face of the clock.

-- Francois Lachance, Scholar-at-large
http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~lachance

Everyone is a little bit crazy; everyone at some
time has a learning disability;
No one is ever a little bit positive.
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