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(BBC)   Scottish scientists determine the exact date of the mass dino-extinction: July 26th, 66,035,987 BCE. It was a Tuesday   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 54
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2013-02-08 09:36:19 AM
About tea time
 
2013-02-08 10:22:05 AM
Right after Downton Abbey
 
2013-02-08 10:26:06 AM
I never could get the hang of Tuesdays.

/yes, I know, Thursday
 
2013-02-08 10:27:17 AM

DataKnights: Right after Downton Abbey


Hopefully, they got to see the BBC version of Sherlock.
 
2013-02-08 10:27:52 AM
pmcmovieline.files.wordpress.com
You died on a Tuesday...
 
2013-02-08 10:29:18 AM
Debate has raged as to whether the giant impact was the sole cause of a quick demise of the dinosaurs, whether they were already in decline at the time of the impact

Piece of rock identified as culprit later denied that he killed dinosaurs because they were gay, but insisted that they sucked.
 
2013-02-08 10:29:53 AM
The day Lavos fell...
 
2013-02-08 10:30:19 AM
July 26, 66,035,987 BCE
NEVER FORGET
 
2013-02-08 10:41:34 AM
That's not possible!  Everyone knows that the world began on Sunday, October 23, 4004 BC at 9 AM.  Local time everywhere.
 
2013-02-08 10:43:51 AM
For your branch of the taxonomic tree, it was the defining moment of your existence. For me? It was a Tuesday.
 
2013-02-08 10:46:32 AM
Was that the day Jesus lost his ride?
 
2013-02-08 10:49:44 AM
25.media.tumblr.com
But for me it was Tuesday!
 
2013-02-08 10:50:53 AM

Honest Bender: The day Lavos fell...


i33.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-08 11:04:45 AM
Such a sacrifice...

community.servicenow.com
 
2013-02-08 11:10:08 AM
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-02-08 11:12:27 AM
THAT'S NOT HOW EXTINCTION WORKS!  GOODNIGHT!
 
2013-02-08 11:28:35 AM
I read that as Scottish accents determine exact....
 
2013-02-08 11:32:35 AM

Pinner: Was that the day Jesus lost his ride?


Fun Fact: East Kilbride, where the scientists are from, is the hometown of Jim & William Reid of the Jesus and Mary Chain.
 
2013-02-08 11:39:06 AM

Old Man Winter: THAT'S NOT HOW EXTINCTION WORKS!  GOODNIGHT!


a1.ec-images.myspacecdn.com
 
2013-02-08 11:54:16 AM
24.media.tumblr.com

Earl Sinclair is sorry about that.
 
2013-02-08 12:00:41 PM
By the way, can we stop using B.C.E. and C.E.?  It's B.C. and A.D. - the "common era" refers to precisely nothing.
 
2013-02-08 12:21:34 PM
You sound like one of those baby boomers who's bitter that the homos stole your word for 'happy'.
 
2013-02-08 12:26:38 PM
FTFA: "The extinction of the dinosaurs was first linked to a comet or asteroid impact in 1980."

Did I miss something?
 
2013-02-08 12:48:16 PM
It was a Tuesday

According to my source, it was a Saturday.

/a reference I'm not getting, I'm sure
 
2013-02-08 12:54:11 PM

WordsnCollision: Old Man Winter: THAT'S NOT HOW EXTINCTION WORKS!  GOODNIGHT!


Came for Far Side reference. Leaving satisfied.
 
2013-02-08 12:57:50 PM
Do you know what killed the dinosaurs? Chucko knows.
 
2013-02-08 12:59:42 PM
i105.photobucket.com
Wanted for questioning.
 
2013-02-08 01:03:06 PM

AliceBToklasLives: By the way, can we stop using B.C.E. and C.E.?  It's B.C. and A.D. - the "common era" refers to precisely nothing.


Dionysius Exiguus was off by at least 4 to 7 years, as determined by the known date of death of Herod, so BC refers to nothing, other than the era before the one that you and I share in common.

/Measures everything in Cal years BP
 
2013-02-08 01:05:37 PM

AliceBToklasLives: By the way, can we stop using B.C.E. and C.E.?  It's B.C. and A.D. - the "common era" refers to precisely nothing.


Why do people around the world use the same year as Christians? It's not the year of their lord, but it is the number used commonly around the modern world.

But ultimately you're right. The time before Christ is what the number of the years refer to specifically, so why not just stick with that?
 
2013-02-08 01:06:30 PM
Those times cannot be right. I did not spend more than 30 seconds typing that thing out.
 
2013-02-08 01:10:08 PM

AliceBToklasLives: By the way, can we stop using B.C.E. and C.E.?  It's B.C. and A.D. - the "common era" refers to precisely nothing.


Yes. We start using the Chinese Zodiac calandar. Or we measure everything in Days Since 9/11.
 
2013-02-08 01:56:14 PM
my friend's "The Thesaurus"

25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-02-08 02:04:32 PM

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: AliceBToklasLives: By the way, can we stop using B.C.E. and C.E.?  It's B.C. and A.D. - the "common era" refers to precisely nothing.

Yes. We start using the Chinese Zodiac calandar. Or we measure everything in Days Since 9/11.


I'd be a fan of marking Trinity as the beginning of the nuclear age and adjusting our dates accordingly.
 
2013-02-08 02:26:27 PM

Broktun: [24.media.tumblr.com image 360x312]

Earl Sinclair is sorry about that.


That was one depressing way to end the show.
 
2013-02-08 02:37:37 PM

Uchiha_Cycliste: The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: AliceBToklasLives: By the way, can we stop using B.C.E. and C.E.?  It's B.C. and A.D. - the "common era" refers to precisely nothing.

Yes. We start using the Chinese Zodiac calandar. Or we measure everything in Days Since 9/11.

I'd be a fan of marking Trinity as the beginning of the nuclear age and adjusting our dates accordingly.


Let's go with this one instead.
bestofcalvinandhobbes.com
 
2013-02-08 02:39:39 PM

Uchiha_Cycliste: The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: AliceBToklasLives: By the way, can we stop using B.C.E. and C.E.?  It's B.C. and A.D. - the "common era" refers to precisely nothing.

Yes. We start using the Chinese Zodiac calandar. Or we measure everything in Days Since 9/11.

I'd be a fan of marking Trinity as the beginning of the nuclear age and adjusting our dates accordingly.



I disagree.  Sure, the latex pants made her butt look nice, but other than that, the movies weren't really all that great.
 
2013-02-08 02:42:06 PM

SpaceBison: Uchiha_Cycliste: The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: AliceBToklasLives: By the way, can we stop using B.C.E. and C.E.?  It's B.C. and A.D. - the "common era" refers to precisely nothing.

Yes. We start using the Chinese Zodiac calandar. Or we measure everything in Days Since 9/11.

I'd be a fan of marking Trinity as the beginning of the nuclear age and adjusting our dates accordingly.

Let's go with this one instead.
[bestofcalvinandhobbes.com image 602x190]


I just... I just don't think we'll get much international support. But if you can I'll support it.
 
2013-02-08 02:44:42 PM

FloydA: Uchiha_Cycliste: The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: AliceBToklasLives: By the way, can we stop using B.C.E. and C.E.?  It's B.C. and A.D. - the "common era" refers to precisely nothing.

Yes. We start using the Chinese Zodiac calandar. Or we measure everything in Days Since 9/11.

I'd be a fan of marking Trinity as the beginning of the nuclear age and adjusting our dates accordingly.


I disagree.  Sure, the latex pants made her butt look nice, but other than that, the movies weren't really all that great.


you're just not looking at them the right way. From a CS perspective everything that happened was feasible. Everything the Architect talked about, hot the agents were multiplying and were all destroyed. Damn near everything *except* Neo making his way in from outside by mind-raping a squiddy. Anyways, I like it because I consider the theories of why and how to be complete.
Anyways... how does trinity's ass tie into the nuclear age? I'm sure it does, but I can't quite put by finger on it.
 
2013-02-08 02:50:06 PM
Uchiha_Cycliste:
Anyways... how does trinity's ass tie into the nuclear age? I'm sure it does, but I can't quite put by finger on it.

Neither can I.  She's got a restraining order against you too?
 
2013-02-08 02:56:45 PM

FloydA: Uchiha_Cycliste:
Anyways... how does trinity's ass tie into the nuclear age? I'm sure it does, but I can't quite put by finger on it.

Neither can I.  She's got a restraining order against you too?


aye... was it saying that I can't quite put my finger on it what gave it away?
 
2013-02-08 02:57:25 PM
Hot Fudge Sundae fell on a Tuesdae?
 
2013-02-08 02:58:21 PM

Lukeonia1: It was a Tuesday

According to my source, it was a Saturday.

/a reference I'm not getting, I'm sure


Part of one of the greatest performances in terrible-movie history, when Raul Julia reminds everyone in the world that he's an ACTOR, dammit, even if he is taking a paycheck movie to set up his kids before he kicks the bucket.  Here's the Youtube of that particular line, but it's worth checking out the greatest M.Bison moments in some of the linked vids.
 
2013-02-08 03:34:26 PM

Uchiha_Cycliste: FloydA: Uchiha_Cycliste:
Anyways... how does trinity's ass tie into the nuclear age? I'm sure it does, but I can't quite put by finger on it.

Neither can I.  She's got a restraining order against you too?

aye... was it saying that I can't quite put my finger on it what gave it away?


i105.photobucket.com
"Now I am become Death,

i105.photobucket.com
the Destroyer of worlds"

~Carrie-Anne Moss' butt
 
2013-02-08 03:37:55 PM

FloydA: Uchiha_Cycliste: FloydA: Uchiha_Cycliste:
Anyways... how does trinity's ass tie into the nuclear age? I'm sure it does, but I can't quite put by finger on it.

Neither can I.  She's got a restraining order against you too?

aye... was it saying that I can't quite put my finger on it what gave it away?

[i105.photobucket.com image 368x354]
"Now I am become Death,

[i105.photobucket.com image 640x360]
the Destroyer of worlds"

~Carrie-Anne Moss' butt


Well played.  Now for the bonus round, do we use the Matrix's release date, or the year used in the Matrix... which I suppose puts us back to BC (BT) anyways.
 
2013-02-08 04:28:03 PM

jigger: AliceBToklasLives: By the way, can we stop using B.C.E. and C.E.?  It's B.C. and A.D. - the "common era" refers to precisely nothing.

Why do people around the world use the same year as Christians? It's not the year of their lord, but it is the number used commonly around the modern world.

But ultimately you're right. The time before Christ is what the number of the years refer to specifically, so why not just stick with that?


Yes, that's the point.  B.C.E. and C.E. obscure the christocentric nature of our dates.

/it doesn't matter if the numbers are correct, just what they are supposed to represent

FloydA: Dionysius Exiguus was off by at least 4 to 7 years, as determined by the known date of death of Herod, so BC refers to nothing, other than the era before the one that you and I share in common.


You and I do share the last 2,013 years in common, but we don't share that precise number in common. Why not years since 1789 or 1870, significant dates we share in common?

/cause jeebus
 
2013-02-08 07:28:31 PM

AliceBToklasLives: Yes, that's the point.  B.C.E. and C.E. obscure the christocentric nature of our dates.


Which is just as dumb as changing the names of the days of the week and the names of the months which also have ancient religious associations. For example, Tuesday is the day of the Norse god Týr. Christians are not incorrect to take exception to the "common era" re-naming because it was, in fact, an exceptional change among all the other legacy religious references that have been left unchanged in the system. Christianity was singled out because it is widely practiced while no one cares about Týr .
 
2013-02-08 07:49:32 PM
AliceBToklasLives:

FloydA: Dionysius Exiguus was off by at least 4 to 7 years, as determined by the known date of death of Herod, so BC refers to nothing, other than the era before the one that you and I share in common.

You and I do share the last 2,013 years in common, but we don't share that precise number in common. Why not years since 1789 or 1870, significant dates we share in common?

/cause jeebus


Sure, I agree, why not?  Time is a continuum, and any division of it is necessarily arbitrary.  We could choose any "zero" point that we want.  Personally, I'm professionally committed to CE1950 as my zero year, because that's when Willard Libby introduced radiocarbon assay, which is an important tool in my job, so there is time before RCBP-0 and time after that.

The Calvin and Hobbes cartoon above points out that many people place their "year zero" as the time of their own birth.  The Revolutionary French Revolutionaries placed their "year zero" in what most of us think of as 1793.

DC published Batman: Year One in CE 1987, so that puts DC's year zero in 1986.

The point is that any division of a continuum is arbitrary.  No particular "year zero" has any more intrinsic merit than any other.  However, if we want an interval-scale calendar (which is useful for many purposes), there must be a universally agreed-upon "zero" against which units of analysis (in this case, years) can be compared.

If you can convince a majority of humanity to pick a different year zero, I'm fine with that, as long as there is one.  Right now, we already have one that is "common" to all of us- (i.e. we all know what it is).  We have the option of sticking with the one that we already have or selecting a new one.  It will be harder to select a new one, so for convenience, we can stick to the one that we've already got.

But then we're faced with the fact that Dennis the Midget's calendar is explicitly sectarian.  We can either get rid of the "because Jesus" vocabulary and stick with the current zero year or we can pick a new zero year.

Either is fine with me, as long as we all agree.  What's important to me is the presence of an (arbitrary, but universally agreed-upon) zero.

Ideally, we could pin down the exact date of the collapse of the singularity and the "Big Bang," and then we'd have a non-arbitrary zero, so we could have a ratio scale calendar.  In the meantime, radiocarbon years is a good kludge ratio scale calendar, and we can use interval scale calendars for other stuff that is less important than archaeology (i.e. everything).
 
2013-02-08 09:08:11 PM
It was a Tuesday

SO WAS 9/11.  Wheels within wheels, folks.  Wheels within wheels.
 
2013-02-08 09:17:03 PM
Shouldn't the dating system be BJ?


/Before Jesus
 
2013-02-08 11:51:04 PM
July 26th?

Well my birthdays are gonna be more interesting now.
 
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