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Happy New Year!

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MaxCo., Sturton, the Intercalary and indeed I wish all halfbakers, and the Great Halfbaker herself, and their families a Happy New Year and a fantastically successful 2019.

MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 01 2019

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       To you as well Max.
doctorremulac3, Jan 01 2019
  

       Bah, humbug in advance of Xmas 2019.
not_morrison_rm, Jan 01 2019
  

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8th of 7, Jan 01 2019
  

       London had the best fireworks!! Happy happy
xandram, Jan 01 2019
  

       You too [MB], and anyone else who reads this.
nineteenthly, Jan 01 2019
  

       Would you have a Harpy New Ear, if you woke up, having slept with one side your head trapped between the pages of a heavy, unyielding tome?
xenzag, Jan 01 2019
  

       I have heard that what you do the first day of the year presages what you will do all year. Visiting the halfbakery first is auspicious!   

       ...and happy new year to you [MB].
beanangel, Jan 01 2019
  

       //Visiting the halfbakery first is auspicious// But visiting Australia would be suspicious.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 01 2019
  

       //I have heard that what you do the first day of the year presages what you will do all year.//   

       God I hope that's not true. I did my financials overview, specifically to get it out of the way.   

       Plus the people who partied so much last night that they're praying to the porcelain god today probably don't like that idea either.
doctorremulac3, Jan 01 2019
  

       Yappy hew near!   

       Seriously though... nappy yew hear everyone   

       Breaking News: Cos it's 2019, more stuff has gone out of copyright.   

       So, you can now freely sing "Yes, we have no bananas" without being prosecuted.   

       I suspect this is the only good bit of 2019.
not_morrison_rm, Jan 01 2019
  

       Not just that, shirley ? After all, Donald Trump is still president ...   

       // you can now freely sing "Yes, we have no bananas" without being prosecuted //   

       But can you now freely sing "Yes, we have no bananas" without being beaten to death by a mob of music-lovers ?
8th of 7, Jan 01 2019
  

       Happy number fetish, everyone!
pocmloc, Jan 01 2019
  

       //"Yes, we have no bananas"//   

       You had to drag Guatemalan migrants into it, didn't you?
bigsleep, Jan 01 2019
  

       Is this the last year of this decade?
Ian Tindale, Jan 02 2019
  

       May the Gods shine down on us all and shower us with all things good. Good health, good wealth, good ju-ju,... and Good 'n Plentys too.
blissmiss, Jan 02 2019
  

       Depends where you start measuring from, [Ian].
pocmloc, Jan 02 2019
  

       Wait a minute, [xandram]; if you think London had the best fireworks, does that mean you were/are in London?
pertinax, Jan 02 2019
  

       //Is this the last year of this decade?//   

       Well, Ian, if you are a stable genius like a certain D Trump, you probably believe with all your heart that it is, and will go to ridiculous extremes (aka: twitter) to prove your point.   

       The rest of us, who understand the basic concept that the measurement of time periods does not begin with "zero", will continue to recognize that as the year 2020 fades into memory the first decade of the 21st century comes to a close.   

       So what I am saying is this: in order to correctly wish one and all a "Happy New Decade" you must wait for two more years to pass (less a day or three).   

       Hippo Gnu Deer! (this sentiment is PETA-approved)
Canuck, Jan 03 2019
  

       // the basic concept that the measurement of time periods does not begin with "zero" //   

       24 Hr clock: 00:00:00 to 23:59:59   

       The fact that your calendar system doesn't index from zero should be considered a serious design flaw.   

       Don't worry, though; when we assume control, OPTION BASE 0 will be enforced with ruthless efficiency.
8th of 7, Jan 03 2019
  

       Valid point, and thank you for pointing out my faux pas. Naturally, the concept of using zero as a starting point is obvious, and I apologize for confusing you. My intent was to point out that when recording the passage of time, it is common practice to begin with "one" and move onward from there.   

       Before you were assimilated, assuming your memories from that period still exist, and you played childhood games such as hide and seek, did you not cover your eyes and begin counting to one hundred by starting at "one"?   

       My research has shown that the inclusion of zero as a measurement of time normally only occurs as the terminus point of a countdown. For example, when the collective issues an ultimatum before it begins assimilation, does it not terminate the waiting period at zero?   

       I therefore stand by my assertion that the second decade of the twenty-first century will end at midnight on December 31st, 2020.   

       And a felicitous calendrical progression celebration to you!
Canuck, Jan 04 2019
  

       //I therefore stand by my assertion that the first decade of the twenty-first century will end at midnight on December 31st, 2020.//   

       I'm not sure it quite works like that.   

       If everything begins on 1.1.1 then the first decade of the first century is from 1.1.1-31.12.10, the first century is 1.1.1-31.12.100 and the first millennium is from 1.1.1-31.12.1000.   

       So therefore it is the 2nd, not the 1st, decade of the 2nd millennium that ends on 31.12.2020   

       //24 Hr clock: 00:00:00 to 23:59:59//   

       Wow, that's seriously misguided stuff you're putting out there. 23:59:59 is short of 24 hours by over 0.1%. That might seem a small error, but it will soon add up and cause unacceptable clock and calendar drift in the long term.
pocmloc, Jan 04 2019
  

       24 hours is 24 x 60 x 60 = 86,400 seconds.   

       1 / 86400 is 1.15 x 10^-5 or 0.0011% ...   

       // begin counting to one hundred by starting at "one"? //   

       No. We started at 99 and counted down to zero, as for a rocket launch.
8th of 7, Jan 04 2019
  

       Oh well that's all right then, no-one needs to measure the time to greater than 0.001% accuracy so who cares about calendar drift?
pocmloc, Jan 04 2019
  

       In reality, no-one.   

       The point is to decouple the measurement of time from the measurement of planetary position.   

       Accurate measurement of time is very important to things like GPS and Big Physics. Knowing what day it is can be gleefully fudged for human convenience.
8th of 7, Jan 04 2019
  
      
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