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My favourite way to spend a leap day ...

by pollsters (Initiate)
on Feb 10, 2024 at 16:10 UTC ( [id://11157641] : poll . print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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Taking a day trip
[bar] 1/5%
[bar] 0/0%
[bar] 0/0%
[bar] 3/14%
Reading La_Bougie_du_Sapeur
[bar] 2/10%
Making love, not war
[bar] 3/14%
Enjoying life
[bar] 4/19%
Relaxing (as there is no leap year bug in my code)
[bar] 5/24%
Playing Frog Out
[bar] 0/0%
[bar] 3/14%
21 total votes
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Re: My favourite way to spend a leap day ...
by hv (Prior) on Feb 10, 2024 at 19:23 UTC

    Celebrating someone's birthday; it would seem rude not to.

    FWIW, today I had my attention drawn to possibly the longest (calendar) year ever: 46 BC (708 AUC), the year that Julius Caesar implemented the Julian reform to the calendar. It included a one-off correction to reverse the drift of months through the seasons that had occurred under the previous calendar, as a result of which 46 BC was 445 days long with the new calendar starting properly in 45 BC.

    As a result of that reform, the previous approach of an occasional leap month was replaced by an occasional leap day, by doubling 24th February (VI Kal. Mart., hence "bissextus") to a 48-hour day. It was supposed to be inserted "every fourth year", but ambiguity in how that gets expressed in Latin meant that initially the priests actually inserted it every third year (ie "the fourth" counting the previous insertion as "the first"); this continued until 9 BC, and was then corrected by skipping the next three leap days (in 5 BC, 1 BC and 4 AD). Apparently it was not until some time in the 15th century that the leap day was moved to the end of February.

Re: My favourite way to spend a leap day ...
by talexb (Chancellor) on Feb 11, 2024 at 16:56 UTC

    Heh. Hosting a Perl Mongers meeting. We typically meet on the last Thursday of each month, except June (YAPC::NA/TPRC) and December (Christmas/New Year's Eve). I told to set a monthly meeting for the last Thursday of each month, but it doesn't always get it right, sometimes choosing the fourth Thursday of the month. I had to adjust the date of this meeting so it fell on the Leap Day -- so cool! (Yeah, Nerd Alert.)

    The next meeting event is here. There's no talk scheduled for this meeting, so we'll just get together and chat, but we do have a talk scheduled for March -- @oalders is going to talk about "Enough Docker to be Dangerous". Should be most entertaining.

    Alex / talexb / Toronto

    Thanks PJ. We owe you so much. Groklaw -- RIP -- 2003 to 2013.

Re: My favourite way to spend a leap day ...
by shmem (Chancellor) on Feb 10, 2024 at 18:33 UTC
    Playing Frog Out

    this kills the pun - "frog out" vs. "freak out". Didn't even know that game exists. Also, the game can't be played 'cause of Adobe Flash :-/

    perl -le'print map{pack c,($-++?1:13)+ord}split//,ESEL'

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