History Of The Mike Date

The Mike Date idea was hatched somewhere between 8800 and 8900 days, which is in late 1999. I was using the computer to write journals and web pages, and I was interested in trying to keep track of the chronology of certain events. Because I had been working with text files, web pages, and journals, I got the idea to create a numbered index of all the different days in my life.

The idea for a physical numbered index was abstracted and refined into the Mike Date. In the Mike Date, every day has unique number, and the numbers start at 0 and march up.

I was working with AutoCAD at the time, and in AutoCAD you enter a lot of numerical data into the computer using fractions, decimals, radians, and degrees. I realized that I could incorporate time of day into the Mike Date using decimals.

Early Problems

The Mike Date was originally beset by The Zero Problem. In a funny coincidence, I corrected The Zero Problem in the year 2000!

At the same time I corrected The Zero Problem, I also realized that I needed to refine my origin point. I consulted my Baby Book to get my exact time of birth, and I doublechecked the time zone and daylight saving time policy in effect at the time.

This Is Old News

I was researching, on the internet, different ways that I could have a Mike Date clock on my computer. That's how I found out that this idea is actually old, old news. The Modified Julian Date was the existing time standard that I focused on as being exactly the same as what I was doing. Everything but the origin was the same.