at this point in time

the way of the world is to cycle. seasons cycle, the world spins, day follows night, darkness followed by light. everything seems to come and go on cycles.

take for example, this point in time; i notice i have posted to βεηοω in ‘quite some time’ and so i set to write, wondering what words will flow. what whorleds. what the daycount on this post shall be.

and as i begin, the cycle of the day draws near, and it is ‘time for dinner’. the cycle turns, the moment has past, and now this post is complete… until another time!  jj



A Counterbalance to Western Industrial Time

Welcome to Time from the Watery Side of the World!

As a beautiful liquid counter-balance to the rigid machine time of global industrial capitalism, MaunaTime is a pulse of a different frequency — flexible and flowing, like life — like you.

Instead of a metronome rigidly manufacturing mean time based on a ‘fictitious sun’, MaunaTime flexibly follows the subtly shifting apparent  motions of our actual sun, as our world orbits and revolves.  Because it is based in physical reality rather than a standardized mechanical ideal, in MaunaTime, the equation of time is always equals zero — never falling behind nor surging ahead — always in synch with our sun-kissed world.

Instead of marking time from midnight from an obsolete observatory in some suburb of a defunct English navel empire (as does Greenwich Mean Time), MaunaTime is centered on midday on Mauna Kea, short for Mauna a Wākea, on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. And like Moana Nui Akea, the great and expansive world Ocean that surrounds us all, MaunaTime flows to every far-flung corner of our world.

Why Mauna Kea? Mauna Kea kuahiwi ku ha’o ika malie

“Mauna Kea is the astonishing mountain that stands in the calm.”

• when measured from base 20,000 feet below the sea to the perpetually snow-clad summit 14,000 feet above, Mauna Kea is the tallest peak on the planet — nearly ten kilometers tall

• Mauna Kea is centrally located in the middle of the largest geophysical feature of our watery world, the mighty Pacific Ocean

• Mauna Kea is located in the tropics, near our central equator

• Mauna Kea is located near to the International Date Line, the antipodes of the classical western world

• for the last million years, Mauna Kea has sat atop the ‘Hawaiian hot spot’, a stationary volcanic mantle plume, one of the most energetic and enduring energy upwellings from the interior of our living planet


If we are to make a healthy break from the dead-end trajectory of global industrial capitalism, a death-centered philosophy that views life — like time — as a commodity to be sliced, diced into pieces and sold, then we will be greatly aided in our effort by adopting a new foundation for our temporal dealings with one another, one built on the bedrock of reality, and surrounded by tides, not a standardized construct of industrial fiction.

If we want to live within the world rather than try impossibly to control it, if we desire a world of temporal relations that are centered, rather than constantly overwound, that like life is fluid and flexible, If we desire to connect with others around the world of like heart and mind that are neither mechanical nor separated into artificial zones of separate ‘now’, periodically jiggered by daylight savings, arbitrarily divided into separate dates by an Imaginary Date Line, then so too should be our time like the Mauna, of the firmament, surrounded by an ocean of now.

As a Human beings indigenous to this watery blue world, we have found our way to the ends of the Earth, and beyond. There  ‘be no dragons here’, nor an edge which we fall off.  Instead, we have discovered  our world is connected round.  MaunaTimes does not come in ‘zones’. Like the oceans of the world it extends surrounds us all equally in a loving embrace of global now.

If you are ready for our next great adventure, say “Aloha” to Babylon Time, and welcome to the global present of MaunaTime.  Welcome to the epicenter of your indigenous counterevolution.

E komo mai!


Manawa ʻAhiʻahi

The Western horizon rises to eclipse the Sun, in the 3rd Wā after midday in Puna Moku, Kauaʻi Hawaiʻi. Sleeping Giant to rhe left, and the summits of Kawaikini (multitudinous waters) and Waiʻaleʻale (quivering waters) toward the right/north (akau)

The day ends, and the night begins, on another spectacular sacred spot along the surface of the planet that billions agree is the best planet for life for 1,000 of parsecs in each of the 10 directons.

In Kauaʻi We Trust

aloha nō,

jonathan jay


Rising Above an Ocean of Now — Mauna Time

If spacetime is liquid, then like an ocean encirling the world, we are literally soaking in it.  All of us.  Everywhere.  Always.

As the graphic above shows, the mighty mountain island of Hawai’i defines the longitude of Mauna Kea as the Mauna Kea Line (MKL), reorienting us to the  center of an ocean-world of spacetime.

With the MKL, there is no need for an Imaginary Date Line. Although it is certainly true longitudes around the world are illuminated by the sun in turn as our world revolves, there is no need for mulitple zones or dates in a world where a shared sense of  ‘now’ is easily large enough to encircle and embrace our small watery blue planet.

Welcome to the worldwide present.  Welcome to the power of ‘now.’

Welcome to Mauna Time.




No Place like LaniAkea

They say the universe is a big place, but if that is so, how come it only has a radius of 1/2  light exachi?

And what exactly is an exachi?

An exachi is a duration equal to 1 quadrillion pana’iki, or 864 trillion seconds.  A mighty frickin big numba – or is it?

As it turns out, 1 quadrillion pana’iki is about  27.4 x 10 ^9 yrs, or 27.4 billion years. Roughly 6 times the age of our sun and solar system, and about twice as old as the entire universe.

So 1 light exachi, would be about 8.4 million parsecs, roughly twice the 3.6  mega parsecs radius cosmologists are presently pushing.

Recent estimates for the age of the universe are now ranging around 13.8 billion years, which remarkably close to half an exachi.

So, 1 exachi equals roughly twice the presently estimated age of everything.


There, please no more complaint about not have enough time – how is double the time there has ever been!


Now that’s time enough for love. Go make some!

We live in Evolutionary Times

Our solar system’s family of planets spiral corkscrew in the gravitational wake of our central Sun, as it too cruises thru space around the Milky Way.

We live in evolutionary times… but what about you — are you ready for evolution?  Perhaps now might be the perfect moment for you.

Where time was long been thought by many, at least in the materialist traditions of the ‘west’, to be mechanical & metronome, today some are beginning to understand time as elastic, liquid and pulsing. More like music, and less like a machine.

The notion of a clockwork universe needs gears and cogs and spindles.  As one turns, so others are effected.  Inside this metaphor, everything connects; this pushes, that pulls, and these press.  Yet when this notion is tested by observation, the ‘mechanism’ of gravity seems to lack not only any point of contact, but even any substance by which it operates. Yet still the planets, moons and galaxies whorl merrily along, untroubled or even slowed down by the absence of any physical mechanism.  How can this be so?  Perhaps it is the mindset of our models that has lead us astray from a clearer understanding of time.

Where ‘now’ was long held to be fleeting and infinitesimal, some are beginning to see it enduring infinitely.  How long does ‘now’ last?

And then there is the shape of time — what is it?  Some say linear, that it has a beginning and an end, that it continues forever, in a straight ‘time line’.  Others insist time is circular, ‘what goes around, comes around, and ‘tomorrow is another day.’  What do you think?  How does time feel to you?

Perhaps as the image above illustrates, the shape of time might be some kind of corkscrew combination of linear and circular.  Perhaps we might begin to think of time in terms of vortices.

...but there is no time like the present. now. everywhere.
200 years ago, in an effort to coordinate industrial effort, much of humanity was divided into discrete and separate bands of time ‘zones’ as well as dual calendar ‘dates’ by the IDL

Where time, space and calender were separated into isolated ‘islands’ and distinct ‘zones’, perhaps as we move more fully into the shared present of a globally networked now, perhaps it is time to remove the barriers constructed between us.  As our world seems to be growing smaller, perhaps our sense of ‘Now’ has grown to include the whole of our world.  What do you think?  Sure, Jules Verne and Umberto Ecco contrived to make the IDL wonderful plot devices, but is that honestly a good enough reason to continue the temporal charade into our third millennium? Does an Imaginary Date Line actually meander through the Pacific ocean, dividing tomorrow from today?

Perhaps time was never zoned, or segmented, but is continuous and indivisible.  Perhaps time does not exist in discrete pieces like seconds minutes or hours.  Perhaps time is more like a wave length than a particle.  Perhaps time exists in myriad frequencies.  What if time is decimal?

If it were true we are surrounded in an ocean of Now, what might occur if we were to Dive in. Discover. Connect.

If you were right now — i kēia manawa —  not just carpe diem, but Carpe Instantum; seize this instant, this duration of chiros; the open window of potential?  what might you discover in the power of now?

Ho’omanawa nui!

Images du Mauna

At sunset looking east, the blue shadow of Mauna Kea extends into the upper atmosphere and across space to land upon (eclipse) our rising full Moon.  

time lapse image looking north with Hōkū Pa’a ‘the star that is fixed’ (polaris) in the center of the wheel of heaven

“ahiahi” time to light the torches, as the sun ‘sinks’ below the rising western horizon

midday on Mauna Kea, as seen from the flanks of Mauna Loa

oh, that lavender is like velvet!

e alā e! mid morning as the sun finally rises over Mauna Kea, as seen from Konaside Big Island