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2009-05-20 10:26:32 PM
They are. And, don't call me Shirley.
 
2009-05-20 10:28:57 PM
No, they're good wherever you may Rome.
 
2009-05-21 12:21:59 AM
I feel cheated that I'm in before somebody points out that "Technically it's BCE," because I'd really like to launch into the tired old rant that changing it to BCE and CE is really just intellectual masturbation when you let the year numbering still be based on a 6th century monk's best guess about the Jesus.
 
2009-05-21 12:23:52 AM
That's actually an average wait when you don't pay for rush processing
 
2009-05-21 12:25:57 AM
PJ_the_Barbarian: I feel cheated that I'm in before somebody points out that "Technically it's BCE," because I'd really like to launch into the tired old rant that changing it to BCE and CE is really just intellectual masturbation when you let the year numbering still be based on a 6th century monk's best guess about the Jesus.

Feel better?

Not trying to be snarky, but it's as good a starting point as any. If we chose a different one, we'd need to go back and change all the old tombstones.
 
2009-05-21 12:27:53 AM
PJ_the_Barbarian: I feel cheated that I'm in before somebody points out that "Technically it's BCE," because I'd really like to launch into the tired old rant that changing it to BCE and CE is really just intellectual masturbation when you let the year numbering still be based on a 6th century monk's best guess about the Jesus.

i71.photobucket.com
 
2009-05-21 12:30:39 AM
Argh2: PJ_the_Barbarian: I feel cheated that I'm in before somebody points out that "Technically it's BCE," because I'd really like to launch into the tired old rant that changing it to BCE and CE is really just intellectual masturbation when you let the year numbering still be based on a 6th century monk's best guess about the Jesus.

Feel better?

Not trying to be snarky, but it's as good a starting point as any. If we chose a different one, we'd need to go back and change all the old tombstones.


It's not that I don't like AD/CE, it just seems to me that whitewashing over its nonsecular beginnings is kinda weak - either admit that this numbering system is called "Anno Domini," even if you don't like it and even if he's not your "Domini." If you're too uncomfortable with AD to call it that, stick to your guns and change the system. Pin down when writing was invented (sometime in the 4th millenium BC) and call it the beginning of the seventh millenium of recorded history. Or call it the Year of Our Ford 146 for all I care.
 
2009-05-21 12:31:36 AM
Ba-da bom Crsh
 
2009-05-21 12:33:05 AM
I thought I would be in before "BCE."

/Anno Domini just sounds too cool to give up
 
2009-05-21 12:34:32 AM
CaesarSneezy: I thought I would be in before "BCE."

/Anno Domini just sounds too cool to give up



That's why I make up my own words for what C.E. stands for.

It's "Cunnilingo Exquisitor" btw.
 
2009-05-21 12:37:34 AM
PJ_the_Barbarian: I feel cheated that I'm in before somebody points out that "Technically it's BCE," because I'd really like to launch into the tired old rant that changing it to BCE and CE is really just intellectual masturbation when you let the year numbering still be based on a 6th century monk's best guess about the Jesus.

That and it's not technically that at all, and that there's nothing common about the era at all that warrants a delineation between BCE and CE.

People who use BCE and CE need to get the farking electric chair. The Soviets made a slightly more accurate calendar, just go use that one.
 
2009-05-21 12:47:52 AM
Today is Setting Orange, the 67th day of Discord in the YOLD 3175

Hail Eris.
 
2009-05-21 12:50:42 AM
BC Passports? Since when did they become a country?
 
2009-05-21 12:52:38 AM
www.unicyclist.org
 
2009-05-21 12:52:56 AM
pgh9fan: They are. And, don't call me Shirley.

Thread over in one.
 
2009-05-21 12:55:06 AM
That reminds me...

Can someone tell me who or what caused the global warming that ended the last ice age?
 
2009-05-21 12:55:14 AM
Well, they're really only 1955 years out of date, since the Romans counted backward. So that's not too bad.
 
2009-05-21 12:57:42 AM
texastag: Can someone tell me who or what caused the global warming that ended the last ice age?

Atlantis, and they're not around anymore either, are they?
 
2009-05-21 12:57:43 AM
texastag: That reminds me...

Can someone tell me who or what caused the global warming that ended the last ice age?


The vapidity of questions like that caused the pressure in the atmosphere to drop sufficiently to significantly lower the boiling point of water.
 
2009-05-21 01:04:07 AM
Well that was confusing.
 
2009-05-21 01:05:56 AM
texastag: That reminds me...

Can someone tell me who or what caused the global warming that ended the last ice age?


The cycles are periodic, however human intervention has altered the norm.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2009-05-21 01:06:24 AM
PJ_the_Barbarian: I feel cheated that I'm in before somebody points out that "Technically it's BCE,"

In the academic discipline of Religious Studies we tend to use BCE and CE. We do a lot with histories of different religions that use different systems. When most of your students have grown up with BC/AD its a lot easier to keep a uniform standard of some kind that nonetheless acknowledges other methods of timekeeping. Otherwise students would have to sign their papers in the Jewish year 5769 in the Judaism unit, and 1430 A.H. in the Islamic unit. And lets not even talk about the Hindu calendar which can cause rectal bleeding just thinking about. BCE and CE are easier. Or, if you're a Thelemite, you could even switch it with E.V. (Era Vulgaris) Most of us are happy either way. If you want to make a megabiatch out of an issue already happily solved by others, knock yourself out.
 
2009-05-21 01:08:02 AM
texastag: That reminds me...

Can someone tell me who or what caused the global warming that ended the last ice age?


The sun, most likely.
 
2009-05-21 01:08:48 AM
FTFA: "Well, we are not sure what happened," said Caines, "We certainly take responsibility for anything that's in the mail stream. Where this went out of the mail stream, or where it went missing, we don't know. We're hoping we are going to find out what happened, and we are going to make sure it doesn't happen again... IF we actually find out what happened... which, as I said, we hope to do... Otherwise, applying for a passport with your sensitive personal documents through the mail is pretty much going to be a crapshoot."

FTFT
 
2009-05-21 01:16:44 AM
Nice headline. I LOL'd.
 
2009-05-21 01:43:24 AM
PJ_the_Barbarian: I feel cheated that I'm in before somebody points out that "Technically it's BCE,"

I can't imagine anybody being so anal retentive to actually care to correct somebody for saying BC rather than BCE. Especially considering BC is still very common in usage.
 
2009-05-21 01:45:32 AM
texastag: That reminds me...

Can someone tell me who or what caused the global warming that ended the last ice age?


Khan.
 
2009-05-21 02:50:28 AM
Nightjars: PJ_the_Barbarian: I feel cheated that I'm in before somebody points out that "Technically it's BCE,"

I can't imagine anybody being so anal retentive to actually care to correct somebody for saying BC rather than BCE. Especially considering BC is still very common in usage.


This statement does not reflect the experience I would have expected in a veteran Farker such as yourself.
 
2009-05-21 03:15:40 AM
Timdesuyo: This statement does not reflect the experience I would have expected in a veteran Farker such as yourself.

Touché
 
2009-05-21 03:29:14 AM
Why the hell can't Passport Canada take a photocopy of the original documents that we present to them in the office, and GIVE US BACK THE FARKING ORIGINALS?

/desk jockeys can't tell a real birth certificate from a Ricky Martin Fan Club application?
 
2009-05-21 03:35:07 AM
cedarpark: Why the hell can't Passport Canada take a photocopy of the original documents that we present to them in the office, and GIVE US BACK THE FARKING ORIGINALS?

/desk jockeys can't tell a real birth certificate from a Ricky Martin Fan Club application?


Same thing happens here in the States - the originals get mailed out when you apply for a passport. But, at least I got my documents back within a couple of weeks.
 
2009-05-21 05:15:26 AM
Greenville: texastag: That reminds me...

Can someone tell me who or what caused the global warming that ended the last ice age?

Khan.


Khaaaaaaaaaan!
 
2009-05-21 08:34:25 AM
pgh9fan: They are. And, don't call me Shirley.

Excuse me, that is my line!

/now where are my royalties?
 
2009-05-21 08:37:32 AM
Somacandra: PJ_the_Barbarian: I feel cheated that I'm in before somebody points out that "Technically it's BCE,"

In the academic discipline of Religious Studies we tend to use BCE and CE. We do a lot with histories of different religions that use different systems. When most of your students have grown up with BC/AD its a lot easier to keep a uniform standard of some kind that nonetheless acknowledges other methods of timekeeping. Otherwise students would have to sign their papers in the Jewish year 5769 in the Judaism unit, and 1430 A.H. in the Islamic unit. And lets not even talk about the Hindu calendar which can cause rectal bleeding just thinking about. BCE and CE are easier. Or, if you're a Thelemite, you could even switch it with E.V. (Era Vulgaris) Most of us are happy either way. If you want to make a megabiatch out of an issue already happily solved by others, knock yourself out.


BCE/CE are the accepted norm nowadays in academia. The rest of the world still has to catch up.
 
2009-05-21 09:07:54 AM
How about the smaller document for the child, befitting his size?

/obscurus?
 
2009-05-21 10:36:48 AM
www.utexas.edu
frowns upon ur shenanigans
 
2009-05-21 11:12:30 AM
BCE/CE is just total bullshiat. The dividing event between BCE and CE is still the birth of Christ, so nothing's really been changed. It's still BC/AD. Anyone offended by that needs to get over themselves.

/agnostic
 
2009-05-21 11:47:29 AM
optional: BCE/CE is just total bullshiat. The dividing event between BCE and CE is still the birth of Christ, so nothing's really been changed. It's still BC/AD. Anyone offended by that needs to get over themselves.

/agnostic


well, to be fair it's a 6th century monk named Dennis the Small's best guesstimate about the birth of Christ, and to be fair he was probably within 10 years.
 
2009-05-21 12:23:41 PM
I'm not a trekkie by any stretch of the term, but maybe we should use "Star Date" as a standard...
 
2009-05-21 05:59:44 PM
Oh look, my home town. First it burns down, now this.
 
2009-05-21 06:01:09 PM
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You've made Sad Roman sad.
 
2009-05-21 10:27:00 PM
54 B.C.? Pompey will not be pleased.
 
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