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We have had the idea of Southern and Northern and
Eastern and Western Hemispheres. The first two bear a
clear relationship to physical facts in that they are divided
at the Equator but the second two don't. There are also
other hemispheres out there such as the Hemispheres of
Land and Water,
centred on Nantes and its antipodes.
Although those two hemispheres are nicely physical, sadly
they fail to line up with the other two nicely physical ones,
so we're a bit stuck with those unless we're happy to
change the tilt of the planet, so we're just going to have to
stick at the four we currently have. Day and night are
other options but they move a lot.
We can have Northwestern, Northeastern, Southeastern and
Southwestern Hemidemispheres but these are less
aesthetically pleasing than either hemispheres or half-
I therefore propose that we declare the great circle which
passes through 90 degrees east and west to be a further
division, which would divide the world into eight
hemidemisemispheres. I suggest further that these be
referred to as front and back, or possibly anterior and
Now I like where I live but I still think it should be referred
to as the posterior of the world because otherwise I would
be insulting my antipodean friends. It is still quite
interesting because the posterior northeastern
hemidemisemisphere is mainly land whereas the anterior
southeastern hemidemisemisphere is mainly ocean.
I don't know why I want to do this but I'm sure it would
suddenly make Time Cube comprehensible.
||I like the proposal too, especially the reference to Nantes, of all places. And what is your stance on demisemihemidemisemispheres, please?
||The angles just aren't right I'm afraid, [bhumphrys].
||Squares. If they can't divide the surface of the Earth
into nice practical squares I'm just not interested.
||...but Geodesic Triangularicities... are really the only way to go.