Archive for Time


About five hours from now, the winter solstice will arrive in the northern hemisphere. (And the summer solstice in the southern hemisphere.) This is my usual reposting of two winter-solstice verses. First, from T. S. Eliot‘s “Burnt Norton” (1935): At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless; Neither from nor towards; […]


This morning’s northern-hemisphere vernal equinox was a couple hours ago, so here’s my traditional spring post, even though it’s raining here this week. For winter's rains and ruins are over, And all the season of snows and sins; The days dividing lover and lover, The light that loses, the night that wins; And time remember'd […]

February has 8! minutes

It turns out that there are 8 factorial minutes in February. And that’s not just a random coincidence; in fact, you can demonstrate that it’s true without performing any multiplication at all, just some easy factoring. February contains four weeks. The number of minutes in four weeks can be expressed as: 4 weeks x 7 […]