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Old 03-01-08, 12:56 PM
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Using better calendar

If aztec calendar is more accurate than current one why are we not using it? and dealing with leap days, leap seconds all the time.


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Old 03-01-08, 01:07 PM
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Beacause the winners get to choose what is used and how history is recorded.
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There are watches that are plenty accurate and do not have a need for monkies, condors or wind. Next?
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Too many of us would never leave the "grass" month.
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I'd like to see the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition of the Aztec calendar.

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Who says the Aztec calendar is more accurate than the one we are using?
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Old 03-01-08, 06:38 PM
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Originally Posted by arga
If aztec calendar is more accurate than current one why are we not using it? and dealing with leap days, leap seconds all the time.
You're going to have leap days no matter what calendar you use unless you want November to end up in the middle of spring after a few centuries.
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Old 03-01-08, 06:56 PM
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well according to history channel it was only 1/1000th of a day more accurate. So really why change.
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Originally Posted by arga
If aztec calendar is more accurate than current one why are we not using it? and dealing with leap days, leap seconds all the time.
Which of the Aztec calendars should we use? And what makes either of them better than the Mayan's?

Oh, and happy St. Tib's Day.
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How the heck am I supposed to scribbles notes on that thing?
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I'd like to see the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition of the Aztec calendar.
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Old 03-02-08, 02:21 AM
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Some numbers of astronomers are telling that Aztec (Mayan) calendar measures time extremely accurately without leap counting while current one does. So why to ignore better tool?
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Old 03-02-08, 04:13 AM
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Originally Posted by arga
Some numbers of astronomers are telling that Aztec (Mayan) ...
Aztec and Mayan are not the same cultures.
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Old 03-02-08, 06:26 AM
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Originally Posted by arga
If aztec calendar is more accurate than current one why are we not using it? and dealing with leap days, leap seconds all the time.

Why do you say it is more accurate? They used a bunch of calendars, each just day counts, which were NOT aligned with the seasons (or each other)

They used 2 civil calendars 260 day and 365 day, and just "wheel counted" in each. Patterns reoccur after 52 cycles of the 365 day, 18980 days, but that is not an exact number of solar years and seasons will be different in the next cycle. (They are off by 12.61 days in 52 years.)

Our calendar is more complex by rules to throw in a 366th day in some years to maintain seasonal alignment.

They also maintained a "long count" a continuous day count mixing base 18 and base 20 math, the first two "digits" representing 360 days which isn't a year either and doesn't agree with their 365 day calendar. Modern astronomers use a Julian Day count which is largely analogous to the long count (but purely base 10, for ease of calculation).

Also, no calendar can be accurate for millenia as the length of the solar year changes slowly with time (as does the day length). For day length, we need to either redefine the second occasionally (which will screw up all science) or use leap seconds. In the future, we will have to change the leap year rules every few centuries. (actually now would be a pretty good time to change the centennial leap year rule from 400 years to 500 years, then be good to around 8000 AD.).
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I ain't doin' no freakin' base 18!
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Old 03-02-08, 09:38 AM
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Actually, I would be perfectly happy to use the Hobbit calendar. Every month the same length, no need to get a new one until you have too many scribbles on the old one.
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I like my method best; no clue what day or month it is until I miss an appointment.
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Originally Posted by arga
Some numbers of astronomers are telling that Aztec (Mayan) calendar measures time extremely accurately without leap counting while current one does. So why to ignore better tool?
In other words, the current widely used Gregorian calendar is much more accurate than your knowledge of the Aztec (or even the Mayan) calendars.
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I like my method best; no clue what day or month it is until I miss an appointment.

Isn't that how you got your 2 boys?
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I'm going to miss you, Giantrobo... unless Kitty misses you.
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I'm going to miss you, Giantrobo... unless Kitty misses you.
Huh?

What? Why?

Kitty knows I love her. I was just making a "Rhythm Method" Birth Control joke.
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Oh what, because she is white (non-Hispanic) that means she doesn't have rhythm?


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When the Aztecs also flayed alive, tossed into fires and drowned thousand of children every year. They also enjoyed consecrating essentially all of their actions with brutal human sacrifice, played ball games where death was often the result for all participants, staged fake wars with surrounding tribes for the sole purpose of gathering more human sacrifices etc. In short: one of the worst "civilizations" in history.

So what did they know, anyway.

/Aztec hater.
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