Calendar Background

Around 1999 I adopted a very unusual hobby: calendar design. After joining the Mars Society while living in the Netherlands, I met a brilliant architect named Frans Blok, who has produced a fascinating website (the Darian Defrost Calendar) that combines terraforming (an interest of mine) with a well-known Mars calendar. His concept is based on the Darian Calendar, probably the best known calendar for Mars, which was designed by world expert on martian time-keeping systems and creator of the Martian Time Website, Thomas Gangale, in 1985.

The idea of calendar design appealed to me, combining as it does elements of maths, computing, astronomy, psychology, history, religion, mythology and design. For a while I enjoyed creating my own Mars calendar, called the Keplerian Calendar. (Hopefully this will one day be online again.)

While playing with martian calendars I studied many different calendars for Earth, some that are being used now, some that had been used in the past, and others that have been proposed as improvements. This inevitably got me thinking about what an optimal Earth calendar would look like, a notion that percolated in my mind for about 7 years. For most of this time I believed the best calendar for Earth would be lunisolar, but eventually I accepted that a solar calendar is better, and finally settled on the design described at this website.


About me

I'm a 36-year-old web programmer and space enthusiast currently living in Melbourne, Australia. Although I was born in Melbourne, I've lived most of my life in sunny Queensland, except for a few years in Europe where I lived and worked in the Netherlands, Ireland and the UK.

I hold a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Mathematics, and have taken postgraduate courses in Information Systems Engineering and Mechatronics Engineering. For the past 20 years I've worked primarily as a computer programmer, but also a computer technician, door-to-door salesperson, manager, teacher, design draftsperson and post-hole digger.

My main interest is space colonisation, and I'm a member of the Mars Society, the Mars Foundation, the Moon Society, the Space Frontier Foundation and the National Space Society of Australia. I've written two scientific papers about Mars: Terraforming Mars and Steelmaking on Mars, which I presented at the International Mars Society Convention in Washington D.C. in 2006. These will appear in On To Mars 3, due out in 2009.

Over the past couple of years I have also become interested in the environment, a field I perceive as being strongly related to space colonisation. The similarities between ecovillages and space settlements led to the development of the AscensionTek business concept. I enjoy designing human settlements, one of my favourite ideas being an ambitious research facility in Antarctica called the Institute for Colonisation and Exploration (ICE). My interest in planetary engineering led to the idea for the Global Tree-Planting Program.

My main goal in life is to start my own global mega-corporation dedicated to technology development and space colonisation. Either that, or make amusing science fiction movies, since no-one else seems to want to or knows how. I am also trying to be a writer. It is my belief that the space colonisation movement will ultimately result in total environmental, emotional and economic healing of Earth, abundant supplies of food, water and other resources for everyone on our planet, the development of a benevolent world government, and peace, freedom and stable operating systems for all.

Shaun Moss