Dating is a search problem
In principle, there is no reason why we could not proceed on this basis, storing each time-period in the computer simply as text and not assigning any numbers at all.
However, this brings in other consequences, in particular that then we loose most of our potential for searching, visualising and manipulating results, which is surely why we are putting this material online to begin with.
In the meantime, which years do you consider these periods to encompass? The problem is that we often do not know exactly when something happened: when a manuscript was written, when an artefact was constructed, when a coin was lost.This, of course, is normal, but it becomes a problem when we introduce the computer. Now imagine that feeling multiplied times a tsunami and you’ll know what washed over me when called up to see if I would travel around the country going on dates to find out if location really matters when you’re looking for love.And the bassist who insisted I listen to 10 minutes of his music while he watched me react to it.
And the winner who showed up in sweatpants and couldn’t buy me a drink because he’d spent his last $20 on a beer and wings special for himself. And there’ve been wonderful guys in the mix too, most of whom fizzled out because in this city, it’s just really hard to fit two people, and their ambitions, into one relationship. ”) Maybe a change of location — to New Bern, North Carolina; Miami, Florida; Austin, Texas; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Detroit, Michigan; and Los Angeles, California — was the answer.