Calendar Technology

January 6, 2007

I don’t know about you, but I don’t normally think of Calendars as a technological innovation; they’re just things to hang on walls and write appointments into. However, this is the time of year to replace our calendars, and a time of year that is replete with holidays, many of them determined by calendars that are not our usual day-to-day Gregorian calender, such as Hanukkah. As I unpacked calenders which were Christmas gifts, hanging them on my wall or placing them on my desk, it struck me that our common way of measuring days and time is an artificial technological structure, superimposed on the passage of time in order to measure and delineate it. I started to wonder how it is that we have decided to measure time, and what other alternate methods there might be to do this.

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