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Old Apr 3, 2004, 11:23 AM   #1
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We can all post in our own threads starting Monday morning at 12:01 a.m.--whenever that actually occurs for you. You'll have from then until Wednesday, 8 a.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Savings Time, which is when I'll post the new challenge. At that point, you'll be late and will be carted off to prison, unless Grand Poobah is late, which is always a possibility.
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Old Apr 3, 2004, 10:29 PM   #2
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what if dont have a thread?
will i still be carted off to prison?
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Old Apr 4, 2004, 10:16 AM   #3
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This should be fun - the "airways" will be business Monday and Tuesday.

On another note:

Has anyone looked up the meaning of avatar?

Av.a.tar - n. 1.The descent to earth of a Hindu diety, esp. Vishnu, in human or animal form. 2. An embodiment, as of a quality or concept; an archetype. 3. A temporary manifestation or aspect of a continuing entity.

The American Hertitage College Dictionary, Third Edition

More Confusion, is 12 a.m. noon or midnight?

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What is Noon and Midnight?

AM and PM start immediately after Midnight and Noon (Midday) respectively.

This means that 00:00 AM or 00:00 PM (or 12:00 AM and 12:00 PM) have no meaning.

Every day starts precisely at midnight and AM starts immediately after that point in time e.g. 00:00:01 AM (see also leap seconds)

To avoid confusion timetables, when scheduling around midnight, prefer to use either 23:59 or 00:01 to avoid confusion as to which day is being referred to.

It is after Noon that PM starts e.g. 00:00:01 PM (12:00:01)

AM abbreviation ante meridiem
PM abbreviation post meridiem

Main Entry: an·te me·ri·di·em
Pronunciation:
"an-ti-m&-'ri-dE-&m, -dE-"em
Function: adjective
Etymology: Latin
Date: 1563
Meaning: being before noon
Abbreviation a.m.

Main Entry: post me·ri·di·em
Pronunciation:
-m&-'ri-dE-&m, -"em
Function: adjective
Etymology: Latin
Date: 1647
Meaning: being after noon
Abbreviation p.m.
From http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com

The above was the result of a debate my spouse, a.k.a. L, and I had. The U.S. Navy uses the nomenclature "12 noon" and "12 midnight" We now have adapted this reference. This time thing is a result of too much time and sometimes is a waste of time to spend any time discussing time.

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Thanks, Rod - I had actually heard that the word had mystical, cultic, or pagan origins and wondered why it was a now-common word. I never got around to looking it up. My guess is we're going with definition #2 - archetype - picture identifying who we see ourselves as, not necessarily what we look like. I'd love to get into a religious discussion but I've found out others usually don't.

Brad, I guess you'll find out Wednesday morning when the police show up at your place of work... :twisted:
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The husband I have ranted for years about TV programming that uses neither "noon" nor "midnight." Sure, we know what they really mean when they say something occurs at 12 a.m., but it's far too inexact and can easily lead to incorrect VCR programming, which is, of course, a vital activity.

That, by the way, is the reason I said 12:01 a.m.
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I've always used a 24 hour clock. I think that started somewhere far back in my military days.

< Definition: Canadian military>
You know, stomping across fields with long pointed lances.......
Ok, those are still a bit too modern and rather secret devices for the Canadian forces.
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