Thursday, April 5, 2007

Lindstrom would not approve, but Kennedy would

After reading a post in Vidiocy which touched on neo-conservatism and The Real World (the show, not the thing that "Iraq will become a democracy" adherents ignore), I was moved to ask:

Whatever happened to Kennedy?

The Perrydice High School Class of 1988 has the answer.

After spending the '90s at MTV, the snarky, bespectacled Kennedy hosted the game show Friend or Foe on the Game Show Network in 2002 and appeared as a commentator on VH1's Best Week Ever in 2004. Last year, she began hosting the Fox News Channel's Reality Remix.

Incidentally, several sources, including Wikipedia, identify Montgomery as Eastern Orthodox, but give no further details. I initially thought that this meant I'd have to wait to celebrate Easter with her, but (quoting Bakker) I was wrong.

[I]n most years Western Christian churches and Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate Easter on different dates. In 2006, for example, Easter was celebrated on April 16 by Western churches and April 23 by Orthodox churches. But in 2007, the two celebrations occur on the same date, April 8....

The formula for Easter—"The first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox"—is identical for both Western and Orthodox Easters, but the churches base the dates on different calendars: Western churches use the Gregorian calendar, the standard calendar for much of the world, and Orthodox churches use the older, Julian calendar.

That much is straightforward. But actually calculating these dates involves a bewildering array of ecclesiastical moons and paschal full moons, the astronomical equinox, and the fixed equinox— and that's in addition to the two different calendar systems.

Whew. It's all Greek to me...whoops, I mean Latin.


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