Time Pope

Posted: March 4th, 2008 | Tags: | 4 Comments »

Speaking about leap years and generally time befudgery, can you imagine the Y2K-type bugs that would have happened if Cobol had been around when Pope Gregory XIII‘s calendar reforms eventually caused half of September, 1752 to be done away with? At least we’ve retrospectively sorted it:

betsie:~ mackers$ cal 9 1752
   September 1752
 S  M Tu  W Th  F  S
       1  2 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

4 Comments on “Time Pope”

  1. 1 Aidan Kehoe said at 16:08 on March 1st, 2008:

    Gregory was most of two centuries dead in 1752, so ascribing the British changeover to him is going a bit far, hahah.

    But, yes, jesus, imagine the localisation issues that would have arisen in the 170 years when the Catholic west was running according to a similar but slightly different calendar to the Protestant west. Like the Americans’ predilection for MM/DD but much more of a pain in the arse, I’m sure.

  2. 2 spacetweek said at 13:18 on March 4th, 2008:

    Is that your own script? I’m not Linux savvy. What a strange looking month, only 2 1/2 weeks long. Though I had “lost” months like that during my dark phase in Australia.
    The British Empire used the Julian calendar until 1752 because they reckoned the Gregorian one was a Catholic Papish (why isn’t it Popish?) plot to impose their ways. People thought silly things back then.

  3. 3 mackers said at 13:47 on March 4th, 2008:

    Kehoe: Thanks a million for pointing out the inaccuracies in my phraseology. I have updated the blog entry to avoid any further chrono-papal confusion.

    Tweek: cal is a standard unix thang. And dude, your oz dark period produced your best work: you in a sandwich board.

  4. 4 spacetweek said at 14:23 on March 4th, 2008:

    By the way man, Colbol? Is that Dilbert’s cousin or something?