According to someone, the year 2012 will be a disastrous doomsday for the world. Somehow that’s based upon the Mayan calendar, which everyone knows, does not have a Labor Day or Valentine’s Day. Mayan calendar? How is that calendar different from the one most of us use? There’s a Mac app that knows, and that helps me to know more that I really do.
The Perpetual Calendar & Converter
My family doesn’t know it, but I’m just enough geeky to enjoy noting the differences between calendars. InterCal is a date conversion app. A perpetual calendar that displays all those strange calendars so you can see how they relate to today’s date.
InterCal is not iCal. You won’t use it to schedule appointments.
What you get is the ability to see various calendar systems: Gregorian, Julian, Western Historical (hybrid Gregorian and Julian), Jewish, Islamic, Chinese, Mayan, French Revolutionary, Persian, Afghan, Elliot Super.
Elliot must really know calendars to get one named after him.
A Calendar For Brainiacs?
Just as the Base 10 numeral system can be tough to get your head around, so it is with different calendars. Here’s what InterCal gives you on first launch.
Looks normal, right? Now try it with the Mayan calendar overlay. The date is the same but everything else changes.
So, you want to check out different calendars and see how the dates and days compare? Look at the preferences.
Select which calendars to compare and overlay. Specific religious holy days can also be displayed between calendars. It’s also good for knowing the day of the week for any date, any year, any of the selected calendars.
Unfortunately, InterCal doesn’t tell us when in 2012 the world will be destroyed. Maybe I’ll just wait for the movie.