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RickDate has the following advantages over the currently common date formats used around the planet:
- For everyday use, dates can be expressed using just three alphanumeric characters. Other formats usually do not have a fixed length and vary from six to ten (or more) characters.
- The "long form" of RickDate (five characters) can be used to express unique dates within a range of 46,656 years!
- Dates can be sorted by text-sorting programs.
- The consistency of the format facilitates easy searching.
- Because the format still reflects the year, month, and day, conversion to other formats is straightforward.
How does it work?The essence of RickDate is the base 36 numeric system. While the decimal (base 10) system only has ten different digits (0-9), the base 36 system has 36 different 'digits' (0-9, A-Z). Base 36 numbers are used to represent the year, month, and day, which are then put together to create the date. Example: My birthday this year was November 14, 1994. In RickDate, it is expressed as EBE. The first digit (E) represents the year (1994). The second digit (B) represents the eleventh month (November). The third digit (E) represents the fourteenth day of the month (14). We'll come back to how E represents the year 1994 in a bit. First, we'll look at why B represents November. When counting in base 36, you count as follows:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J
K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z, 10
For those familiar with hexadecimal numbers (0-F), this should be quite easy to grasp. The number after 8 is 9, and the number after 9 is A. The twelve months are thus represented as follows:
As you can see, B = November. The day of the month works the same way:
|1 = 1||B = 11||L = 21|
|2 = 2||C = 12||M = 22|
|3 = 3||D = 13||N = 23|
|4 = 4||E = 14||O = 24|
|5 = 5||F = 15||P = 25|
|6 = 6||G = 16||Q = 26|
|7 = 7||H = 17||R = 27|
|8 = 8||I = 18||S = 28|
|9 = 9||J = 19||T = 29|
|A = 10||K = 20||U = 30|
|V = 31|
|W = 32|
|X = 33|
|Y = 34|
|Z = 35|
|10 = 36|
|11 = 37|
|12 = 38|
|(... and skipping some lines ...)|
|1Y = 70|
|1Z = 71|
|20 = 72|
|21 = 73|
|(... and skipping some lines ... )|
|2Z = 107|
|30 = 108|
|(... and skipping some lines ...)|
|9X = 358|
|9Z = 359|
|A0 = 360|
|A1 = 361|
|(... and jumping some more ...)|
|ZY = 1294|
|ZZ = 1295|
|100 = 1296|
|101 = 1297|
|(... and jumping way ahead ...)|
|1JN = 2003|
|1JO = 2004|
|1JP = 2005|
|1JQ = 2006|
We see that 1994 is 1JE in base 36. So, the full form of my birthday this year would be 1JEBE. However, for most cases, it's sufficient to shorten the year to just the last digit, especially when talking about the current year, next year, or a year recently past. So, 1994 becomes E, and 1995 becomes F.
Who's using RickDate?RickDate is being used by: A very small number of programmers to generate strings that look something like EBE_RWW, specifying both the date and initials of the person who has created or made a change to a document. Internationally unacclaimed artist walker as the method of dating and cataloging his artworks. The creator of this page also uses it in many of his projects. Walker and I also use RickDate liberally in naming computer files. It's easy to see that RésuméE95 is more recent than RésuméD34, plus the files are sorted automatically for users with a decent file operating system. Since Walker is an IT contractor, computer companies throughout Silicon Valley are now being infiltrated with RickDate.
What idiot dreamt up this totally inane system?If you have more questions, are interested in the RickDate Google module, or just think I'm really strange, write me a comment here - I'd love to hear from you!
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