Quest for even more timestamps

February 15, 2009

1234567890 has passed, and I was too tired to stay up so long. As I see, the event has been widely covered in media, and also in the blogosphere.

If you missed this notable time, too, you must not worry. February 2009 has two more notable time_t values to celebrate (they are also much cooler because not that obvious). Say hello to the prime number time and the Fibonacci time:

smajewsky@einhandtuch:~> date -u -d @1235711130
Fr 27. Feb 05:05:30 UTC 2009
smajewsky@einhandtuch:~> date -u -d @1235813210
Sa 28. Feb 09:26:50 UTC 2009

For those who could not yet figure out how these are composed: The timestamps consist of the first prime numbers (or Fibonacci numbers, respectively), padded with a zero at the end to get the right digit number. (The zero is said to be the result of chaos-theoretical computations.)

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One Response to “Quest for even more timestamps”

  1. Peter Says:

    1 is not prime! Oo’
    (neither 0)
    For a number to be considered prime it must have exactly two divisors: 1 and itself.
    As anyone can notice, 1 has only one divisor.

    If you want to come up with a random date to celebrate something, you may consider to celebrate the new year’s day at the correct time considering daylight savings and the extra 6 hours stolen from each year to compose the feb 29th. It is much more reasonable.


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