Thursday, July 8, 2010

Do You Know What Today Is?

Sure you do. If you don't, you can always take a look down at the clock in your system tray... or wherever the clock is for you wacky Linux/Unix and Mac folks. But, what if you need to know the Imperial Date as used in the 40K fluff??? Well, look no further! Well, no further than just to the left of this post. I've added a widget to the left sidebar that will tell you today's date displayed in all it's Imperial glory!

First off, the thank-you's. This is by no means my invention. I stumbled upon it on The 18th Lyubov Rifles website. The sites owner was happy to share the script and even tweak it a bit for me as his forwards the clock to the 41st millennium. He's really a great guy and has a site worth checking out!

I won't go into too much detail about how to read a calendar done in the Imperial fashion, that information is readily available at the link above. But the gist of it is, for those not in the know, the first three digits are the time of year based on a thousand parts. This puts each part at about 8.76 hours. To be honest, my calendar will update based on day, but not time of day. So, in theory, at the end of June which is halfway through the year, the first three digits would be close to 500. Near the end of December they will be approaching 000, or one thousand. The next three digits is the year of the millennium. So last year was "009" and next year will be "011". Nine hundred years from today will be "910". The "M" and the number after represent the current Millennium, of course. Remember, we may be in the 21st century, but we are technically ten years into the the third millennium. Knowing this while reading some of the Black Library books is nice, as it at least gives you a since of what time of year it is when they use a full date.

You'll have to excuse me if I'm a bit too excited about this for my own good. I love gadgets (and widgets), so this has really tripped my trigger. I can even set holidays. The day of this posting (and the next day too) are to be Calendar Celebration Day, but there will be other 40K themed holidays showing up on appropriate days... Can you feel the Geek-ness yet?

Thanks for stopping by. As always critiques, comments, and other babbling is welcome in the comments. Also, I've been getting a bit of work done on the Marauder Destroyer, though it's slow going right now. I expect to have an update on it by 537.010M3!

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