From Round to Square (and back)

For The Emperor's Teacher, scroll down (↓) to "Topics." It's the management book that will rock the world (and break the vase, as you will see). Click or paste the following link for a recent profile of the project: http://magazine.beloit.edu/?story_id=240813&issue_id=240610

A new post appears every day at 12:05* (CDT). There's more, though. Take a look at the right-hand side of the page for over four years of material (2,000 posts and growing) from Seinfeld and country music to every single day of the Chinese lunar calendar...translated. Look here ↓ and explore a little. It will take you all the way down the page...from round to square (and back again).
*Occasionally I will leave a long post up for thirty-six hours, and post a shorter entry at noon the next day.

Monday, November 28, 2016

China's Lunar Calendar 2016 11-28

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
11/28................................................................................................................11/21
This is one in a never-ending series—following the movements of the calendar—in Round and Square perpetuity. It is today's date in the Chinese lunar calendar, along with basic translation and minimal interpretation. Unless you have been studying lunar calendars (and Chinese culture) for many years, you will likely find yourself asking "what does that mean?" I would caution that "it" doesn't "mean" any one thing. There are clusters of meaning, and they require patience, reflection, careful reading, and, well, a little bit of ethnographic fieldwork. The best place to start is the introduction to "Calendars and Almanacs" on this blog. I teach a semester-long course on this topic and, trust me, it takes a little bit of time to get used to the lunar calendar. Some of the material is readily accessible; some of it is impenetrable, even after many years.

As time goes on, I will link all of the sections to lengthy background essays. This will take a while. In the meantime, take a look, read the introduction, and think about all of the questions that emerge from even a quick look at the calendar.
Section One
Solar Calendar Date
廿
期星
Eleventh Month, Twenty-Eighth Day
Astral Period One
Monday, November 28
————

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
月歲

Generational Horse
Lunar Virtue

Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰
吉中
酉己丑

戌午寅
凶凶
亥未卯
中吉中
23:00-01:00 In-Between
01:00-03:00 In-Between
03:00-05:00 Inauspicious
05:00-07:00 In-Between

07:00-09:00 Auspicious
9:00-11:00 Inauspicious
11:00-13:00 Inauspicious
13:00-15:00 Auspicious

15:00-17:00 Inauspicious
17:00-19:00 Auspicious
19:00-21:00 Auspicious
21:00-23:00 In-Between

The hours above are for Hong Kong. It is up to you if you want to recalibrate or to assume that the cyclicality of the calendar "covers" the rest of the world. This is a greater interpretive challenge than you might think.
                             —————————————————

Section Four 
Activities to Avoid  
(top-to-bottom; right to left) 

祭開
祀倉
Opening Granaries
Venerating Ancestors

Section Five 
Cosmological Information
廿






Twenty-Ninth Day (Tenth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: jiayin (51/60)
Phase (element): Water
Constellation: Heart-Mind (5/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Level (4/12)
————

Section Six
Appropriate Activities
and Miscellaneous Information  
(top-to-bottom; right to left)





五歲
虛破
河八
魁專
————
Appropriate Activities
Leveling and Painting Roadways

Baleful Astral Influences
Generational Destruction
Eight Specialties
Five Voids
River Stalwart 
———— 

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars
白 鬼
White, Ghost

———— 

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Activities

爐 門
Divination
Furnace Gate

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Social and Cultural Theory Final Assignment (Autumn 2016)

[a] Society RF
This is the last assignment for the Social and Cultural Theory course. Students have written a wide variety of papers, and engaged the study of social and cultural theory from several angles. Their task in this assignment is to explain something in detail...and to use "theory."

Social and Cultural Theory 
Anthropology 206
Final Paper 
Using Theory and Explaining Stuff
[b] Explaining RF
The Shorthand Version
1. Explain something. 

2. Use theory. 

3. Show how it helps to understand the subject more deeply.

3,000 words (minimum).

Due by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13, 2015.

Paper copy in my office (MI 111) unless otherwise arranged.

[c] Culture RF
Possible Format A—Appendix
1. Explain something in detail, using “thick description” techniques (reread Geertz).

2. Add a theoretical “appendix” discussing how the reader might deepen her understanding. 

3. Show how it helps to understand the subject more deeply.

Possible Format B—Integration
1. Explain something in detail, using “thick description” techniques and integrating theoretical perspectives as you proceed. 

2. Add a succinct conclusion that explicitly… 

3. …shows how your theoretical perspective helps to understand the subject more deeply.

Possible Format C—New Vistas
1. Masterfully blend all elements together in a striking narrative form (previously unimagined) that will be anthologized in theory readers and read by students like you for generations. What if you knew you were writing a classic?

Summary 
1. Explain something in detail. 
2. Use “theory.” 
3. Explain why it—the explanation and the theory—matters.

Sorry—it’s really that straightforward.
We’ll discuss strategies in class, but this is a serious assignment, and is meant to make you reflect upon your approach to social and cultural theory. It only seems “glib” and lighthearted. I could write ten pages of detail for the assignment, but this is really all you need...without clutter.

Due in my office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13, 2015 
(the last "moment" of finals week).
[d] Pathways RF

Monday, November 21, 2016

China's Lunar Calendar 2016 11-21

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
11/28................................................................................................................11/21
This is one in a never-ending series—following the movements of the calendar—in Round and Square perpetuity. It is today's date in the Chinese lunar calendar, along with basic translation and minimal interpretation. Unless you have been studying lunar calendars (and Chinese culture) for many years, you will likely find yourself asking "what does that mean?" I would caution that "it" doesn't "mean" any one thing. There are clusters of meaning, and they require patience, reflection, careful reading, and, well, a little bit of ethnographic fieldwork. The best place to start is the introduction to "Calendars and Almanacs" on this blog. I teach a semester-long course on this topic and, trust me, it takes a little bit of time to get used to the lunar calendar. Some of the material is readily accessible; some of it is impenetrable, even after many years.

As time goes on, I will link all of the sections to lengthy background essays. This will take a while. In the meantime, take a look, read the introduction, and think about all of the questions that emerge from even a quick look at the calendar.
Section One
Solar Calendar Date
廿
期星
Eleventh Month, Twenty-First Day
Astral Period One
Monday, November 21
————

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
天福三明
喜生合堂
Luminous Hall
Three Linkages
Engendering Fortune
Heavenly Happiness
————

Section Three
Auspicious Hours
(top to bottom, right to left
申辰
中中
酉己丑
凶凶
戌午寅
中吉
亥未卯
23:00-01:00 In-Between
01:00-03:00 Inauspicious
03:00-05:00 Inauspicious
05:00-07:00 Inauspicious

07:00-09:00 In-Between
9:00-11:00 Inauspicious
11:00-13:00 Auspicious
13:00-15:00 Auspicious

15:00-17:00 In-Between
17:00-19:00 Auspicious
19:00-21:00 IIn-Between
21:00-23:00 Auspicious

The hours above are for Hong Kong. It is up to you if you want to recalibrate or to assume that the cyclicality of the calendar "covers" the rest of the world. This is a greater interpretive challenge than you might think.
                             —————————————————

Section Four 
Activities to Avoid  
(top-to-bottom; right to left) 

取田整理
魚獵甲髮
Patterning Hair
Clipping Nails
Field Venery
Catching Fish

Section Five 
Cosmological Information
廿






Twenty-Second Day (Tenth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: dingwei (44/60)
Phase (element): Water
Constellation: Drawn Bow (26/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Completion (9/12)
————

Section Six
Appropriate Activities
and Miscellaneous Information  
(top-to-bottom; right to left)

修交訂祭
倉易婚祀
安修納祈
牀造采福
作動裁入
灶土衣學
安上開會
葬樑市友
對厭

往招四八
亡搖擊專
————
Appropriate Activities
Venerating Ancestors
Inquiring-into Fortune
Entering Study
Meeting Friends
Marriage Alliances
Grain Payments
Cutting-out Clothing
Opening Markets
Trade and Commerce
Repairing and Building
Moving Soil
Raising Beams
Repairing Granaries
Positioning Beds
Stove Work
Positioning Beds 

Mutual Repression

Baleful Astral Influences
Eight Specialties
Four Fisticuffs
Rollicking Braggadocio
Toward Perishment 
———— 

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars
Person

———— 

Section Eight
Miscellaneous Activities
厠 庫 倉
Toilet, Storehouse, Granary