“The road from appearance to reality is often very hard and long, and many people make only very poor travelers. We must forgive them when they stagger against us as if against a brick wall.” —Franz Kafka

Friday, January 2, 2015

Monkey time

Dusky Langur & me - Thailand
Me and a basically wild Dusky Langur

It's 2558 here in Thailand, at least according to the Thai (Buddhist) calendar. That's okay with me. I love that different cultures have totally different systems for measuring the passing of time. The Gregorian calendar (as in Pope Gregory XIII) used in 'merica, is not the one and only system. In Nepal this is the 2071st century. The Persian, Kurdish and Afghan calendars all agree that this is 1393. Of course, everyone knows it's the 13th baktun and the Islamic calendar calls this 1436 and leap year so watch you don't go down that rabbit hole.

Tasty treat for a Dusky Langur - Thailand
Me handing a Dusky Langur dude a tasty almond.

Then there's Unix time. Wisely, implementations defining the result of the time() function as type time_t were added which will keep the whole system from going negative on January 19, 2038 (in the Gregorian calendar) thus saving us all from the dreaded doomsday second. Thanks guys. And, no. Don't ask me to explain that.

So, what's my point? Ten Eleven years ago I was waiting out a snow storm and in geological time none of this amounts to the twinkling of an eye so I don't know. Do I need one? Ok. Like the Buddha said, "When you meet a monkey on the road, give 'em a tasty treat".

Dusky Langur & me - Thailand
By any calculation, it's treat time

As for me, we're in Bangkok now, so no Dusky Langurs, I so miss those little guys, but I'll try to be nice too.

Happy 2558 aka 2015 etc.
Bangkok


6 comments:

Roy said...

Happy epoch, then. Or Monkey Cycle! (The length of time between the passing of two primates who hand you an almond.) It's all good!

asha said...

Same to ya.

Roy said...

I love the new bird banner on top.

asha said...

Hi Roy. Ok, thanks. Glad to hear it. It being 2558 and all, seemed a good time to brighten the place up.

James Rodney O said...

Hey Asha, Just checked your blog for the first time..its great..Hope all ok in Bangkok and the 26th century...James

asha said...

Hey James! (big wai) Nice you stopped by. Windy as hell in Bangkok today. I hope it's better in Hua Hin.