Monday, July 24, 2006

Milestones

Chocolate Buttermilk Layer Cake from Maida Heatter’s Book of Great Chocolate Desserts. A soft, ethereal cake with an almost caramel-like finish.

A happy Mr Chocolate Lady’s birthday to all In Mol Araan. Speaking of birthdays, Friday (25 Tamez) was the one year anniversary of this site in the Hebrew calendar. August 1st will be the anniversary in the Gregorian calendar. The Hebrew calendar has twelve months of 29 or 30 days. Approximately once every three years (seven times every nineteen years), there is a thirteenth “leap month” to keep up with the solar calendar. The two calendars coincide every nineteen years, so your Hebrew and Gregorian birthdays will be on the same day when you are nineteen, thirty-eight, and so on in good health until 120.

We need to calculate different year-lengths even for an exclusively solar system; the length of the tropical year--the time it takes the earth to return to the same spot in its orbit of the sun-- is 365.242 days, and the sidereal year-- the time it takes the constellations to return to the same position viewed from the earth-- is 365.256 days--about twenty minutes longer. One of the cool things I learned in high school that still amazes me every day. Thank you, Ms Thomson!

6 Comments:

Blogger Kalyn said...

Happy birthday to Mr. Chocolate Lady and your blog!

11:26 AM  
Blogger zp said...

happy anniversary and best wishes to mr. chocolate lady. a chocolate cake is the perfect way to celebrate.

11:51 AM  
Anonymous sher said...

Yes!! Happy birthday to both. The cake looks wonderful!

3:42 PM  
Blogger The Northernmost Jew said...

re: The birhdays 19k (K is an integer) mostly coincide, but sometimes the Hebrew birthday and the Gregorian are a day off. I think it is because og the leap years in the Gregorian calendar.

10:15 PM  
Blogger mzn said...

Happy birthdays all around.

My mother always remembers Hebrew birthdays. She'll call to wish me happy birthday on what seems like some random day. She's from the old you-can't-have-too-many-simkhas school. Something to be said for that.

11:52 PM  
Blogger the chocolate lady said...

Thank you thasnk you thank you all!
לאָמיר זיך װײַטער זען אױף שׂמחות
(lomir zikh vayter zen af simkhes: may we meet at happy occasions)

northernmost jew,
Yes, the 19th year is sometimes one day off, and I think it is because of leap years.

10:58 AM  

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