Vincent van Mechelen
Machiel Vincent van Mechelen is a native of the Netherlands who also lived and worked in Canada as a landed immigrant. While still being taught Dutch, French, English and German, 'Machiel' –as Vincent was called then– received a science-oriented secondary education. The formative influence of the exact sciences continued at the academic level, but the arts, pure or applied, life and social sciences and ethics later played a significant role as well or started to receive a greater emphasis. Eventually, Vincent graduated from three different universities, in landscape architecture, in philosophy and in English language and literature (in this order, with diverse jobs in two continents, a one-year trip around the world and a period of studying informatics in between).
In the course of about thirty years, Vincent van Mechelen wrote philosophical, (neutral-inclusive) ideological, literary and linguistic books and papers, short stories, a play and poems, among which songs, all labors of love, one of them a Vocabulary of Alliteration. Most of the author's work is in This Language (what many may consider 'American English'), a part in Deze Taal ('Dutch') and some of it in Zhezhong Yuyan ('Putonghua Chinese'). Since the advent of the Internet Vincent's main mediums of publication have been MVVM-site (mvvm.net), a private site, and TRINPsite (trinp.net), a site owned by a nonreligious denominational foundation. A few books have now been self-published in print and as ebooks.
The first ebook which appeared at Smashwords was The Last Heavenly King, part of Triptych of Times, a trilogy consisting of The Last Heavenly King, Waiting Can Wait and Legends of the Future, all three novellas in themselves. As the beginning describes the final days of the 'Taiping Rebellion' (only 84 years before Machiel first saw the light), it should be of interest that the author visited China (including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan) several times and still studies Chinese – at an intermediate level, that is.
The Metric Calendar, a Metric Diary is Vincent van Mechelen's second ebook. It is published at the same time as Metric Diary, a printed diary using the Quaternary Metric World Calendar. The ebook contains the Metric Diary (in color) on screen, but unlike the Diary on paper (in greyscale), it explains first the basics of a systematic calendar such as the Metric Calendar. This explanation is a good illustration of a way of thinking which is not bound by the magic of baseless, if not supernaturalist and/or exclusivist, tradition; not bound by arbitrariness or irrelevance, however 'normal' a majority in a particular place at a particular time may deem a belief or practice to be. (Incidentally, and yet not too coincidentally, the Metric Calendar also plays a role in Triptych of Times.)
On MVVM-site at http://mvvm.net you will find additional public data about Vincent van Mechelen and other works by the same author under the same civil name. For more about Triptych of Times with the Last Heavenly King see tot.mvvm.net. For more about the Metric Calendar and a Metric diary see metric.mvvm.net. These subdomains provide direct links to the most recent information.
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The Metric Calendar, a Metric Diary
by Vincent van Mechelen
The Gregorian Calendar is a freak of culture: chaotic, unnatural and split, with separate year and week cycles. After discussing the basics of a systematic calendar the Quaternary Metric Calendar is presented instead, with dates and names. (Sorry, metric is not decimal!) This one-cycle calendar is perpetual in itself. In 53 images it is shown what a Metric diary, good for any year, may look like.
The Last Heavenly King
by Vincent van Mechelen
Published: August 10, 2011.
In this first part of Triptych of Times Hong Kuiyuan tells his personal story of the collapse, in 1864, of the Christian theocracy established by his uncle, the first Heavenly King, during 'the Taiping Rebellion' in China. His relatives, including the new King, are killed by the imperial Qing, but the sixteen-year-old Kuiyuan manages to survive. Later in life he will write this historical novella.
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