The Infinite Zenith

Where insights on anime, games, academia and life dare to converge

December 12, 2012

Normally, I’d try to think of more imaginative titles for my posts, but this is quite unnecessary for today,  the last sequential date of this century. While some individuals view this as lucky or romantic, for me, it was Wednesday. That said, today does have a degree of uniqueness, given that December 12, 2012 is exactly 6 years, 6 months, 6 days from June 6, 2006, or 06/06/06.

  • The Astronomical Society of the Pacific has declared today to be “Anti-Doomsday Day ” to celebrate of rational thinking and reasoned discourse, in response to “end of the world” preparations taking place across the globe.

  • Today holds yet another Easter egg: those who enjoy palindromes will note that at 1:21:02 am, they can celebrate the second which marks a date-time combination which will be read the same both backwards and forwards. 2012-12-12 1:21:02 = 201212-1-212102.

The mention of twelves also brings to mind Bungie Studio’s tendency to add seven references everywhere they go. Twelve is more special to mathemetians in this sense given its inherent divisibility: it can evenly be divided into halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, and twelfths. Because 12 can be so easily divided, it’s commonly used in measurements. There are 12 inches in a foot, 12 ounces in a troy pound (used to measure gold, silver and gems), and 12 in a dozen. Moreover, 12 often represents the end of one cycle and the beginning of another. Most notably, December is the 12th month of the year, and every 12 hours, day turns to night and night to day.

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