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2/2/22 – Some Pleasing Numeric Patterns

I often spot dates and times which have unusual regularities. I realised earlier this year that the 2nd of February – 2/2/22 – would have some nice ones. These kind of date patterns are almost always contingent on the order in which day, month and year are written in the date format. I associate D/M/Y with the UK and Europe, and M/D/Y with the US, but the picture is more complicated than that – see this Wikipedia article for details: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Date_format_by_country

Here are a few which I find pleasing:

2/2/22

Works for both MDY and DMY date formats.

How about adding a time?

  • 2:22 2/2/22
  • 22:22 2/2/22 – very nice
  • 22:22:22 2/2/22 – adding seconds takes it to the next level

2/22/22 MDY (DMY: 22/2/22)

Without leading zeros, this one has variants for DMY and MDY date formats. We can also add a time as before:

  • 22:22:22 2/22/22
  • 2:22:22 2/22/22

22/02/2022

I really like the mirror symmetry, though, the symmetry is broken in MDY format. Since 2022 isn’t a palindrome, just adding a time doesn’t work – unless you also specify seconds

  • 22/02/2022 02:20:22 – huge!

Now, if only this could have all happened on a ‘2sday’ instead of a Wednesday!

In the Zoo

It’s amazing how much is going on in the natural world. There is a constant life and death tussle. Yesterday, I watched a tiny spider leap on a tiny fly. In the blink of an eye, it leaped onto the fly and off again. Then it wandered away, licking its chops. I’m not sure if the fly was already dead, and the spider didn’t get anything, or if the fly, in a microsecond, ripped a chunk off it and ate it.

This morning I watched a different, bigger, spider (still no more than 3mm long), munching on a fly.

Writing News

In February, I had a short story accepted to the Colored Lens. I think this story came out quite nicely and am looking forward to it coming out, hopefully in the next month or so.

I received an Honorable Mention for my Winter 2020 submission to the Writers of the Future contest.

I’ve been taking courses at One Story for a while now. They have some great instructors, and lively discussion boards. I’m about to finish the latest one, And Then The Space Robots Attack: Blending Genres for Fun & Profit with Manuel Gonzales.

just published: ‘The Last Pencil’

My flash fiction story, The Last Pencil, has just come out in the Spring 2020 Edition of Moon Park Review. I hope you enjoy it, and the other stories in the issue.

I wrote this story while I was attending the Speculative Fiction Writing Workshop at the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at KU in Summer 2018. We were all encouraged to read a piece one evening. I wrote this piece especially for that event.

It was a great workshop. I learned a lot under the expert guidance of Chris McKitterick special guest instructors Pat Cadigan and James Gunn, enjoyed the company and artistry of my fellow attendees, and marvelled at fireflies and epic thunderstorms.