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 (1,900 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.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

China's Lunar Calendar 2015 07-29

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
8/5................................................................................................................7/28
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
三期星
Seventh Month, Twenty-Ninth Day
Astral Period Three
Wednesday, July 29
———————————————— 

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
六歲
合支
Generational Branch
Six Linkages
—————————————————

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

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

15:00-17:00 In-Between
17:00-19:00 Auspicious
19:00-21:00 Auspicious
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) 

作修
灶廚
Kitchen Repairs
Stove Work
—————————————————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information 







Fourteenth Day (Sixth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: bingwu (43/60)
Phase (element): Water
Constellation: Gathering (21/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Closed (12/12)
—————————————————  

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

血上
支兀
陰月
將忌
————
Appropriate Activities
 Sweeping Rooms
Patching Embankments
Plugging Caves
Discarding Clothing

Baleful Astral Influences
Upper Amputee
Lunar Taboo
Blood Branch
Yin General

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
丫 地
Bifurcation, Earth
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous
碓 灶
Kitchen
Pestle, Stove

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fahrrad Szenen (2)—Dear Dairy

Click here for the "Fahrrad Szenen" Resource Center (all posts available)
Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Fahrrad Szenen"
This is a "small" (小) post—click here for an explanation of Round and Square post lengths.
***  *** 
On this date on Round and Square's History 
28 July 2014—China's Lunar Calendar (2014 07-28)
28 July 2013—Asian Ethnicities: Dynamics of Ethnicity (j)
28 July 2013—China's Lunar Calendar (2013 07-28)
28 July 2012—The Accidental Ethnographer: Reading Geil
28 July 2011—Longevity Mountain: Southern Temple Entrance
[a] Moo RL
Oh, and what did I see on one of my rides, just a few days ago (along the canal, near Forcheim)? 

Well, "Wisconsin" turned the corner and rode right toward me before I slammed on the brakes (and took a picture).

Bavaria, Hokkaido, Wsconsin—I always seem to find my way back "home" (to milk and cheese...for better or worse).
[b] Milka RL

China's Lunar Calendar 2015 07-28

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
7/27................................................................................................................7/21
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
二期星
Seventh Month, Twenty-Eighth Day
Astral Period Two
Tuesday, July 28
———————————————— 

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
合歲
日德
Generational Virtue
Linked Days
—————————————————

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

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

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

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) 

遠栽
行種
Planting and Cultivating
Distant Journeys
—————————————————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information 







Thirteenth Day (Sixth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: yisi (42/60)
Phase (element): Fire
Constellation: Beak of the Turtle (20/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Open (11/12)
—————————————————  

Section Six
Appropriate Activities
and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)
理入
髮學
安會
門友
作納
灶采




地重
火日
————
Appropriate Activities
 Entering Study
Meeting Friends
Grain Payments
Patterning Hair
Positioning Doors
Stove Work

Earth Is Steaming Wet
(the thirty-fifth of seventy-two five-day solar micro-periods on the agricultural calendar)

Baleful Astral Influences
Doubled Days
Earth Fire

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
白 林
White, Copse
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous
牀 磨
Pestle
Bed, Mortar

Monday, July 27, 2015

Fahrrad Szenen (1)—Tough Curve

Click here for the "Fahrrad Szenen" Resource Center (all posts available)
Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Fahrrad Szenen"
This is a "small" (小) post—click here for an explanation of Round and Square post lengths.
***  *** 
On this date on Round and Square's History 
27 July 2014—China's Lunar Calendar (2014 07-27)
27 July 2013—Asian Ethnicities: Dynamics of Ethnicity (i)
27 July 2013—China's Lunar Calendar (2013 07-27)
27 July 2012—The Accidental Ethnographer: Opening Geil's Book
27 July 2011—Seinfeld Ethnography: Downtown
[a] The sign says it all...RL
So every day during my daily workout, I have to take a brief "quiz," a little "test." It adds up to twenty-percent of the grade, though, and that is hardly insignificant for a middle-aged rider. Every day, after ninety minutes of cycling, I face the tiny monster, and then power (this is how I like to imagine it) up its steep back. The day (or two) before a rest day, I sometimes have to weave a bit where the "back" arches a little even beyond twenty.

This is not hors catégorie by a longshot, but it is definitely my little daily quiz. 


Twenty percent.


I sure wish it looked like the photo every day... Seems like five-, six-, percent from here...

China's Lunar Calendar 2015 07-27

Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Calendars and Almanacs"  
⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦ From right to left: ⇦⇦⇦⇦⇦
7/27................................................................................................................7/21
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
一期星
Seventh Month, Twenty-Seventh Day
Astral Period One
Monday, July 27
———————————————— 

Section Two
Beneficent Stars 
(top to bottom, right to left)
時月天
德德德
Heavenly Virtue
Lunar Virtue
Timely Virtue
—————————————————

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

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

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

進新開
水船倉
Opening Granaries
New Boats
Entering Water
—————————————————

Section Five 
Cosmological Information 







Twelfth Day (Sixth Lunar Month)
Cyclical day: jiachen (41/60)
Phase (element): Fire
Constellation: Net (19/28)
"Day Personality" Cycle: Receive (10/12)
—————————————————  

Section Six
Appropriate Activities
and Miscellaneous Information
(top-to-bottom; right to left)
動嫁祭
土娶祀
上納祈
樑采福
栽移會
種徙友
安修出
葬造行
痕水
陽白五
將虎虛
————
Appropriate Activities
 Venerating Ancestors
Inquiring-into Fortune
Meeting Friends
Going Out (and about)
Marriage Alliances
Grain Payments
Moving Households
Repairing and Building
Moving Soil
Raising Beams
Planting and Cultivating
Positioning Graves

Water Scar

Baleful Astral Influences
Five Voids
White Tiger
Yang General

Section Seven
Inauspicious Stars 
白 天
White, Heaven
————

Section Eight
Miscellaneous

栖 碓
Gate
Perch, Pestle

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Fahrrad Szenen—Introduction

Click here for the "Fahrrad Szenen" Resource Center (all posts available)
This is a "small" (小) post—click here for an explanation of Round and Square post lengths.
***  *** 
On this date on Round and Square's History 
26 July 2014—China's Lunar Calendar (2014 07-26)
26 July 2014—Asian Ethnicities: Dynamics of Ethnicity (h)
26 July 2013—China's Lunar Calendar (2013 07-26)
26 July 2012—The Accidental Ethnographer: Meeting William Edgar Geil
26 July 2011—Longevity Mountain: The Road to South Peak

[a] Towering RF
Bicycle (Bicycling) Scenes. 

It's as simple as that, and this "introduction" will be brief. Although it all started with cycling through Germany in the springs and summers of 2014 and 2015, this series will feature pictures from my rides all over the world, including a large number in the southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois region.

Round and Square has many long posts, but more than a few short ones, as well. That balance might make it all seem just a bit less overwhelming than the way it all began in 2011, with a thousand word post just about every day for almost two years. Content is not a problem on Round and Square anymore, so pictures (and a little bit of text) from cycling around the world seem to fit just about right.

Get on a bike (and carry a camera...er...phone). It will change everything. 

All photographs...after this introduction...are those of the Round and Square editorial board.
[b] Blowing it out RF