Wha???? What's this about?

That arrangement of dots, bars and scary-looking monsters is actually a calendar. It is displaying today's date in the Mayan Long Count calendar, as used by the ancient Mayan civilization.

Of course, this is of limited use because Mayans are not big users of the internet. Their web-surfing habits took a bit of a hit when the last of them was killed by the Spanish about 300 years ago.

As you may have guessed, I had some time on my hands and wanted to mess around with some dynamic PHP table-coding, so I chose this as a mini-project. It's not perfect. It's showing the date on my web server, which might not be the same day you are currently experiencing.

But I suggest you sit and click refresh every now and again, and watch as it inexorably progresses to the "end of days" on December 20, 2012 (when the calendar finishes). Some people think this is significant, and will herald the end of the world, which may be why this page is responsible for the majority of visits to my web site. Personally, I think anyone who tries to read such importance into such an arbitrary construct as a calendar is a bit of a chump.

 

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