Periodic Calendar Quick Start Guide


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"Will the Real Fourth of July Please Stand Up?" will walk you through the basic how-to of the Periodic Calendar and begin to explain how P-Cal is not just a perpetual calendar, but a new way to look at time.

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Periodic Calendar Quick Start Guide

  1. 1. - Quick Start Guide Will the Real Fourth of July Please Stand Up? © 2013 Ape Con Myth
  2. 2. The easiest way to get started with The Periodic Calendar is to jump in and find a date! Let’s try the 4th of July!
  3. 3. Each row is a month... Here’s July!
  4. 4. we look in that row for the number 4... ...and find seven of them? Don’t worry, it’s nothing tricky. Just like your birthday, the 4th of July can fall on any day of the week, depending on the year.
  5. 5. The question then becomes, what Type of Year is it? Check on 2014, I need to start planning my BBQ!
  6. 6. To find a year, all you have to do is look it up on the color-coded set of years at the bottom of the Periodic Calendar. Four centuries! What kind of calendar is this? It’s perpetual! This is the last calendar you’ll ever need.
  7. 7. Pick your century, then find your year. 2014 is purple. That must mean something...
  8. 8. Yes, the color tells us what type of year 2014 will be. 2014 is a Wednesday Year because it begins on a Wednesday. (January 1st = Wednesday)
  9. 9. Therefore July 4th, 2014 will fall on the purple “4”... ... known as the Wednesday isotope of Element 224. Alright! Element 224 is a Friday, which means the 4th of July will be kicking off a three-day weekend in 2014!!!
  10. 10. And in Wednesday Years, the Wednesday Isotopes tell you what day of the month it is all year long. So for all of 2014, we follow the numbers in purple.
  11. 11. But if there are seven possible July 4ths, which one happened in 1776? Four centuries into the past?! You just blew my mind! Yes, the Periodic Calendar can handle all of your past, present, and future needs!
  12. 12. Once again, just pick the century and find your year. Oh boy, 1776 is two colors, that definitely means something.
  13. 13. Yes, it means 1776 and 1780 were leap years! In Leap Years, we start in one type of year and LEAP to the next...
  14. 14. 1776 started as a Monday Year, but leapt to a Tuesday Year after Leap Day. That means Element 66 existed as February 29th in 1776... ...followed by Element 74 as March 1st.
  15. 15. So, the U.S. originally declared its independence on a Thursday, but in 2014 we will celebrate it on a Friday.
  16. 16. The question then becomes, what’s more meaningful: the day of the week or the day of the month? Should we celebrate the 4th of July on whatever day of the week it falls on, or should it be attached to Thursday (aka Element 223) even though it would fall on different days of the month?
  17. 17. What difference does the day of the week make? Try ranking the seven days by which one you’d rather today was!
  18. 18. The same questions apply to your birthday and your Birth Element, but that’s a story for another slideshow. This is just the beginning of the discoveries to be made with the Periodic Calendar!
  19. 19. To learn more, visit What do you think? Are you a P-Cal Pioneer? See what Mensa and Maker Faire thought of P-Cal on the blog!
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