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2018-02-11 08:37:05 AM  
I think Westerners need to start linking our years to animals, too.

2018 should be the Year of the Weasel.
 
2018-02-11 08:48:03 AM  
Calendars are fun! It's worth exploring them all. With enough work, every day can be a holiday (Whollyday)! Come this Friday, you can party like it's 4715 when otherwise it would just be another Friday night. Today, I am celebrating all things 11 and 42 because today is Boomtime Chaos 42nd, 3184 which, coincidentally enough, occurs on the 11th day of February 2018 in the vulgar calendar.

Would you like to know more?
Discordian Calendar on Wikipedia
Page 34 (calendar detail) of Principia Discordia
Gregorian to Discordian date converter (which leads here if you try to navigate)

42!

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2018-02-11 09:09:14 AM  

Man On A Mission: I think Westerners need to start linking our years to animals, too.


Or just roll with the Chinese style.

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/Aberdeen fans are called sheepshaggers.
 
2018-02-11 09:20:57 AM  
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2018-02-11 09:44:33 AM  
Well, it's certainly been an eventful Year of the Cock.
 
2018-02-11 09:52:47 AM  
Evidently I was born in the year of the dog. I'd rather be a cock standing proud or a monkey messing up everybody else's day. What can a dog like me do?
 
2018-02-11 09:53:31 AM  
"the monster fled adn teh village was saved "

I was thinking the article might be informative, and then I came across this sentence. I am not willing to treat a source seriously wiht thas kin of stpuid,
 
2018-02-11 09:53:32 AM  
Why is Chinese New year not in January?


Umm.... Because the whole world isn't European?
 
2018-02-11 09:53:35 AM  

Man On A Mission: I think Westerners need to start linking our years to animals, too.

2018 should be the Year of the Weasel.


2017 was the year of the bed bug.
 
2018-02-11 09:55:49 AM  

chawco: Why is Chinese New year not in January?


Umm.... Because the whole world isn't European?


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I'm not from around here! I have my own customs! Look at my craaazy passport!
 
2018-02-11 10:07:17 AM  
It's a lunar year, and that's the end of the discussion idiots...
 
2018-02-11 10:10:18 AM  

casual disregard: Evidently I was born in the year of the dog. I'd rather be a cock standing proud or a monkey messing up everybody else's day. What can a dog like me do?


Lick him/herself?
 
2018-02-11 10:18:13 AM  
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WTF is a chinese new year
 
2018-02-11 10:26:27 AM  

casual disregard: Evidently I was born in the year of the dog. I'd rather be a cock standing proud or a monkey messing up everybody else's day. What can a dog like me do?


 OMG dogs can do much! You can help the blind, assist after disasters, etc. And the best part is that you can drop a deuce right on a city street and then watch with great amusement as a human picks it up.
 Actually the best part is probably licking your own balls, but still.
 
2018-02-11 10:27:03 AM  

Smoking GNU: casual disregard: Evidently I was born in the year of the dog. I'd rather be a cock standing proud or a monkey messing up everybody else's day. What can a dog like me do?

Lick him/herself?


Hrm, when I was younger and thinner....

Well, you've given me a purpose for losing the 50 pounds I gained since high school.
 
2018-02-11 10:34:04 AM  

casual disregard: Smoking GNU: casual disregard: Evidently I was born in the year of the dog. I'd rather be a cock standing proud or a monkey messing up everybody else's day. What can a dog like me do?

Lick him/herself?

Hrm, when I was younger and thinner....

Well, you've given me a purpose for losing the 50 pounds I gained since high school.


 Give up that pipe dream. I tried when I was in prime shape. It's just not gonna happen.

/Lol "pipe" dream
//got nuthin'
 
2018-02-11 10:35:50 AM  
Because that's when plants like plum trees blossom and kumquat trees bear fruit.
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2018-02-11 10:47:37 AM  

dickfreckle: casual disregard: Smoking GNU: casual disregard: Evidently I was born in the year of the dog. I'd rather be a cock standing proud or a monkey messing up everybody else's day. What can a dog like me do?

Lick him/herself?

Hrm, when I was younger and thinner....

Well, you've given me a purpose for losing the 50 pounds I gained since high school.

 Give up that pipe dream. I tried when I was in prime shape. It's just not gonna happen.

/Lol "pipe" dream
//got nuthin'


What I meant was with much stretching and some effort I did reach the promised land.

I can get there again.
 
2018-02-11 10:50:34 AM  
One of the few times I can proclaim I'm a dog and feel good about it.
 
2018-02-11 10:53:48 AM  
I'm a rat. Take that for what it's worth.
 
2018-02-11 10:54:21 AM  

chawco: Why is Chinese New year not in January?


Umm.... Because the whole world isn't European?


Just in Europe and they had signs all over celebrating Chinese New Year. I chalked it up either as having another reason to party or, and more likely, to appeal to Chinese living there and Chinese tourist.
 
2018-02-11 10:56:51 AM  
If you work in an Asian country it's not a bad deal - it's two major holiday seasons back-to-back. Many (most?) Asian countries have Christmas and/or western New Year as an official holiday -whether or not people actually celebrate it. So December ends up being a slow month just like in the US especially if you work for school, a foreign company or a company with dealings with the West.  January you go back to normal work.  But then it slows down again in February (depending on the date of CNY).  Doesn't matter you don't celebrate it, all the companies start closing again and your Chinese coworkers take the days off and you have "no choice" but to probably take time off as well (it's an official holiday for most countries).  For Mainland China it's really nutty as it's literally could be a month of holidays.

With Christmas and CNY so close to each other, that's a long period of time.  The down side is the rest of the year, there is mostly nothing else - just work.
 
2018-02-11 10:58:30 AM  

Calypsocookie: One of the few times I can proclaim I'm a dog and feel good about it.


*reads TFA and sees Trump is a dog*

I retract my above statement.
 
2018-02-11 11:03:04 AM  

Calypsocookie: Calypsocookie: One of the few times I can proclaim I'm a dog and feel good about it.

*reads TFA and sees Trump is a dog*

I retract my above statement.


It's supposed to be bad luck when your animal rolls back around.  So maybe this is the year Trump goes down?
 
2018-02-11 11:07:11 AM  

Calypsocookie: Calypsocookie: One of the few times I can proclaim I'm a dog and feel good about it.

*reads TFA and sees Trump is a dog*

I retract my above statement.


Couldn't you tell?  He has Chinese Crested hair and has obviously resisted housebreaking, pissing and shiatting all over everyone and everything he touches.

/Sorry, it was hard to resist
// Not sorry
 
2018-02-11 11:08:48 AM  
FTA: In Vietnam, the holiday is called Tet.

Sounds offensive.
 
2018-02-11 11:08:59 AM  

Xythero: Calypsocookie: Calypsocookie: One of the few times I can proclaim I'm a dog and feel good about it.

*reads TFA and sees Trump is a dog*

I retract my above statement.

It's supposed to be bad luck when your animal rolls back around.  So maybe this is the year Trump goes down?


Oh FML awesome. After claiming bankruptcy in 2017 I cant imagine what else can happen to me in 2018.

But yea if it all falls on him that'd be great.

/He's claimed it like 4 times right?
 
2018-02-11 11:19:12 AM  
Menu item of the year
 
2018-02-11 11:36:28 AM  
Tet 1968, fifty years ago, was a bitter time in Vietnam. I was safely dodging the draft thinking that since the sons of America's elite didn't go, I should follow their lead. A close friend was a Marine who wound up fighting his way into Hue; other than acknowledging that he was there, he never spoke about it. They say that it was a victory for the US, but it didn't feel like one at the time, and Hanoi rules over Hue now.
Sorry to threadjack with a sad story.
 
2018-02-11 11:51:05 AM  
I don't know why the mention Thai and Khmer new year in an article about Chinese new year, as they both celebrate Chinese new year at this time, and their own in April.  They are unrelated.
 
2018-02-11 12:05:25 PM  
It's an OverWatch Event they made into a Chinese holiday, duh.

I should probably get back to grinding for that Genji and Zarya now.
 
2018-02-11 12:17:52 PM  
Math and failures at math
 
2018-02-11 12:20:55 PM  

slackananda: Calendars are fun! It's worth exploring them all. With enough work, every day can be a holiday (Whollyday)! Come this Friday, you can party like it's 4715 when otherwise it would just be another Friday night. Today, I am celebrating all things 11 and 42 because today is Boomtime Chaos 42nd, 3184 which, coincidentally enough, occurs on the 11th day of February 2018 in the vulgar calendar.

Would you like to know more?
Discordian Calendar on Wikipedia
Page 34 (calendar detail) of Principia Discordia
Gregorian to Discordian date converter (which leads here if you try to navigate)

42!

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No thanks.  I tried a Discordian board once, it was even more pretentious and "pat myself on the back clever" than Fark can be (esp that Gr3asy bastard), filled with Chaotic Neutral "individualists" that unironically expected you to conform to their exact flavor of hegemony or be roundly mocked.

You know what?  Never mind...  It was exactly like Fark, just a puddle sized sample where the goldfish ate each other.
 
2018-02-11 12:53:25 PM  
I grew up in Honolulu, and Chinese New Year sounded and looked like a WWII re-enactment compressed into one night. Of course our Chinese neighbors also did this on regular New Year's Eve and the the 4th of July, so I suspect they just liked noise, chaos, and blowing things up. As kid I was OK with this philosophy.
 
2018-02-11 12:54:42 PM  

SirEattonHogg: If you work in an Asian country it's not a bad deal - it's two major holiday seasons back-to-back. Many (most?) Asian countries have Christmas and/or western New Year as an official holiday -whether or not people actually celebrate it. So December ends up being a slow month just like in the US especially if you work for school, a foreign company or a company with dealings with the West.  January you go back to normal work.  But then it slows down again in February (depending on the date of CNY).  Doesn't matter you don't celebrate it, all the companies start closing again and your Chinese coworkers take the days off and you have "no choice" but to probably take time off as well (it's an official holiday for most countries).  For Mainland China it's really nutty as it's literally could be a month of holidays.

With Christmas and CNY so close to each other, that's a long period of time.  The down side is the rest of the year, there is mostly nothing else - just work.


This is our first year back from Hong Kong, and the kids are a bit bummed that they don't get the never-ending series of holidays this time of year. Between Xmas/NY, CNY, Ching Ming and Easter, they'd get six weeks of holiday between mid-December and mid-April.

OTOH, they get out of school a lot earlier here (early June versus mid-July), so we'll take advantage of the difference to take some time back in HK+China before it gets too crazy.
 
2018-02-11 01:03:39 PM  
They've got it wrong.  I know what year it is...

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2018-02-11 01:09:34 PM  
So almost like a Chinese Passover. Huh.

I find it interesting the article sets the expectation that they will explain the annual timing then tie it to an event that happens 12 times a year.
 
2018-02-11 01:24:11 PM  
The western new year is arbitrary and was introduced by the Roman Catholic Church.  Prior to that in Europe, new years day was April 1st, which is why April Fools day came about, it was the church ridiculing people who kept to the former measure of the new year.
 
2018-02-11 01:26:05 PM  

Man On A Mission: I think Westerners need to start linking our years to animals, too.

2018 should be the Year of the Weasel.


2017 was the Year of the shiatgibbon.
 
2018-02-11 01:33:33 PM  

casual disregard: dickfreckle: casual disregard: Smoking GNU: casual disregard: Evidently I was born in the year of the dog. I'd rather be a cock standing proud or a monkey messing up everybody else's day. What can a dog like me do?

Lick him/herself?

Hrm, when I was younger and thinner....

Well, you've given me a purpose for losing the 50 pounds I gained since high school.

 Give up that pipe dream. I tried when I was in prime shape. It's just not gonna happen.

/Lol "pipe" dream
//got nuthin'

What I meant was with much stretching and some effort I did reach the promised land.

I can get there again.


 Wouldn't have been less effort to find someone to guide to the promise land? Lol. But so.e drinks, tell a few lies?

 At any rate, congrats!

/no seriously, congrats
 
2018-02-11 01:41:58 PM  
Xythero:

Xythero: "It's supposed to be bad luck when your animal rolls back around."

Not necessarily bad luck, but a year of upheaval, for better or worse.
 
2018-02-11 02:37:33 PM  
I ran over a dog today. Is that 7 years bad luck?
 
2018-02-11 02:43:42 PM  
Are we in the Century of the Fruitbat or Century of the Anchovy? I always forget.


/the
//turtle
///moves
 
2018-02-11 02:48:54 PM  
It's Chinese New Year because Chinese people observe it. It is in January of the Chinese Calendar. For Fark sake it's not only Chinese that observe the Lunar calendar. And just for Fark, how does a Rooster ring in the Year of the Dog?
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2018-02-11 03:27:01 PM  

Man On A Mission: I think Westerners need to start linking our years to animals, too.

2018 should be the Year of the Weasel.


We found out too late 2016 was the year of the cheeto.

chawco: Why is Chinese New year not in January?


Umm.... Because the whole world isn't European?


Which is funny when you think about how our current calendar was started by people who started the year in March.  It is not coincidence it was called March, and why we attach the definition to the word.  It's also why Sept (7), Oct (8), Nov (9) Dec (10).  They didn't bother to name those months like they did the rest of the year.
 
2018-02-11 03:50:08 PM  
What can you learn about the year of the dog?  You can go from underdog to Top Dog if you work hard enough.

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2018-02-11 04:02:52 PM  

ComaToast: I grew up in Honolulu, and Chinese New Year sounded and looked like a WWII re-enactment compressed into one night. Of course our Chinese neighbors also did this on regular New Year's Eve and the the 4th of July, so I suspect they just liked noise, chaos, and blowing things up. As kid I was OK with this philosophy.


Saw Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in Honolulu when I was 8.

Damn good times, memorable.
 
2018-02-11 04:42:21 PM  

BretMavrik: SirEattonHogg: If you work in an Asian country it's not a bad deal - it's two major holiday seasons back-to-back. Many (most?) Asian countries have Christmas and/or western New Year as an official holiday -whether or not people actually celebrate it. So December ends up being a slow month just like in the US especially if you work for school, a foreign company or a company with dealings with the West.  January you go back to normal work.  But then it slows down again in February (depending on the date of CNY).  Doesn't matter you don't celebrate it, all the companies start closing again and your Chinese coworkers take the days off and you have "no choice" but to probably take time off as well (it's an official holiday for most countries).  For Mainland China it's really nutty as it's literally could be a month of holidays.

With Christmas and CNY so close to each other, that's a long period of time.  The down side is the rest of the year, there is mostly nothing else - just work.

This is our first year back from Hong Kong, and the kids are a bit bummed that they don't get the never-ending series of holidays this time of year. Between Xmas/NY, CNY, Ching Ming and Easter, they'd get six weeks of holiday between mid-December and mid-April.

OTOH, they get out of school a lot earlier here (early June versus mid-July), so we'll take advantage of the difference to take some time back in HK+China before it gets too crazy.


You here four hour, you go now!
 
2018-02-11 04:52:28 PM  

marsoft: The western new year is arbitrary and was introduced by the Roman Catholic Church.  Prior to that in Europe, new years day was April 1st, which is why April Fools day came about, it was the church ridiculing people who kept to the former measure of the new year.


January 1st is sorta-kinda in the neighborhood of the winter solstice.  I do wonder a bit why the Western calendar wasn't re-calibrated to make the named dates match up with the solar year, it would make a lot more sense.

The movable holiday thing is an inevitable product of trying to link the lunar and solar patterns, and is really irritating.
 
2018-02-11 05:09:23 PM  

Gr3asy: slackananda: Calendars are fun! It's worth exploring them all. With enough work, every day can be a holiday (Whollyday)! Come this Friday, you can party like it's 4715 when otherwise it would just be another Friday night. Today, I am celebrating all things 11 and 42 because today is Boomtime Chaos 42nd, 3184 which, coincidentally enough, occurs on the 11th day of February 2018 in the vulgar calendar.

Would you like to know more?
Discordian Calendar on Wikipedia
Page 34 (calendar detail) of Principia Discordia
Gregorian to Discordian date converter (which leads here if you try to navigate)

42!

[img.fark.net image 600x431]

No thanks.  I tried a Discordian board once, it was even more pretentious and "pat myself on the back clever" than Fark can be (esp that Gr3asy bastard), filled with Chaotic Neutral "individualists" that unironically expected you to conform to their exact flavor of hegemony or be roundly mocked.

You know what?  Never mind...  It was exactly like Fark, just a puddle sized sample where the goldfish ate each other.


I can see that. Other than Fark, I wouldn't post anywhere that would allow me to (nevermind about the other places I actually do post, they ruin the joke which wasn't that funny to start with). I was just trying to point to some info, I don't really see anything I would call a "board". The wiki has 12 blog posts last updated half a year ago.

In any case, Cheers!

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