Heres an example showing important computer scientists birthdays for the year 2012.
Calendar (2011 version), close up
(Did you know that Linux Torvalds and John von Neumann had the same birthday?)
Download the calendar as a single page PDF maker_calendar_2012.pdf here, or spread onto two pages maker_calendar_2012_2page.pdf, four pages maker_calendar_2012_4page.pdf, or six pages maker_calendar_2012_6page.pdf.
I find the calendar useful for showing relationships between complex ranges of dates. For example, here are the moose hunting seasons for Quebec, for 2011. Complicated, but i found this easier to use than a table.
Moose hunting seasons, Quebec
The script to create the Circular Calendar can be obtained here
svn co https://svn.assembla.com/svn/CircularCalendar/
Thanks to Silverbyte for pointing out that the script requires the following packages
- texlive-extra-utils (for epstopdf)
- poster (Tool to convert 1PDF to Multiple File PDF's)
- remind (Main calendar engine. download from http://www.roaringpenguin.com/products/remind )
- pyephem-184.108.40.206 :: http://pypi.python.org/pypi/pyephem/
- ghostscript version equal or better than 8.71
Its also worth noting you need to be using the GNU version of awk, rather than plain vanilla awk. On Ubuntu, you can get this by installing the gawk package.
If you decide to use it, i'd love to hear about it at strawdog3 at gmail dot com. In fact, since my documentation efforts have been minimalistic at best, i recommend that you contact me for a bit of advice about how to get going with the script.