Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Long Count

A restaurant emails me to ask, “George, quel sera votre dernier restaurant avant la fin du monde?” Clearly they are thinking of the Mayans, though the answer that first comes to mind is from Douglas Adams: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, of course.

It occurred to me last evening that the editor I use most at work will display a calendar, and will give the dates in a variety of formats, including Hebrew, Islamic, French revolutionary, and, yes, Mayan. So, according to emacs, Thursday December 20 in the Mayan calendar is
Mayan date: Long count =; tzolkin = 2 Etznab; haab = 1 Kankin
 Friday the 22nd is
Mayan date: Long count =; tzolkin = 4 Ahau; haab = 3 Kankin
and  Saturday the 23rd is
Mayan date: Long count =; tzolkin = 5 Imix; haab = 4 Kankin
 Emacs is a wonderful editor, indeed.

1 comment:

  1. This is mind boggling, George. I hope you have a very happy Christmas and look forward to talking to you via the blogosphere in the New Year. Very warm wishes to you both. Zoe