I always assumed that the stardates used in "Star Trek" was the calender dates we use now but just adapted in a different way. I kind of thought it was clever. This is from the wikipedia entry on Stardates:
Star Trek (2009 film)
According to Roberto Orci, stardates were revised again for the latest film so that the first four digits correspond to the year, while the remainder was intended to stand for the day of the year. For example, stardate 2258.42 would be February 11, 2258.
Seems simple enough to me.
I've been enjoying the comics. The art especially is pretty good, and they're doing a good job of getting the likeness of the characters. That has always bothered me in the past.