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Discussion in 'UHall' started by Sneaky Que, Dec 31, 2009.
Happy New Year all from Australia (13 hours ago)
Actually, it's more precise to call 2010 the end of the 201st decade. This is from a Wikipedia article:
Some writers like to point out that since the common calendar starts from the year 1, its first full decade contained the years from 1 to 10, the second decade from 11 to 20, and so on. The interval from the year 2001 to 2010 could thus be called the 201st decade, using ordinal numbers.
In addition to the interpretations noted above, a decade may refer to an arbitrary span of 10 years. For example, the statement "during his last decade, Mozart explored chromatic harmony to a degree rare at the time," merely refers to the last 10 years of Mozart's life without regard to which calendar years are encompassed.
Thus, an unqualified reference to, for example, "the decade" or "this decade" may strictly speaking have multiple interpretations, and one must consider whether the context is, for example, a cultural reference, an ordinal reference, or some other context.
So, this would be an ordinal reference, but if you want to call it the beginning of the new decade, whatever floats your boat.
Happy New Year!
Happy New Years Everyone!!!
My best to you all!!!
I say good riddance to what will be known as the decade of reality shows as, for example, the 80's are known as the decade of decadence (yeah buddy!).
I've got enough reality in my own life, I damn sure don't need anyone else's.
Well thank you for the kind thought 12 months to early.
Happy New year everyone
I wish that were the case, but sadly the reality shows don't seem to be going away in the next decade. Unfortunately I think the decline in advertising revenue combined with the high cost of producting quality scripted programming will continue to feed cheap reality shows.
They only have 365 more days to figure out how to make 2011 glasses
"Happy New decade" would be correct though wouldn't it? Cos it's the end of the first decade of the "2000's" Same as I start my own personal decade count form the year I was born =)
Regardless Happy New Year to everyone =D
I understand what you're saying, and you are probably right. However, I and most people (I assume) celebrated the turn of the new millennium at the end of 1999 and the start of 2000. So it has been 10 years - a decade - since the turn of the millennium.
Anyways, Happy New Year regardless
Maybe it's the computer geek in me, but I prefer the 0-9 version over the 1-10 in terms of defining a decade or century.
Even the swap between BC and AD (And no, I don't use CBE and CE, I grew up with BC and AD and Pluto is a planet DAMMIT!) was done arbitrarily and only loosely based on Jesus's birth (some scholars cite the birth date as 4BC).
The calendar has changed constantly over human history, and different cultures even use different systems altogether (case in point, it's "only" the 1430's by the Muslim calendar which is lunar and NOT solar, has a different "start" date (622AD by Gregorian calendar standards) and is shorter than the 265.25 day year people who follow the Gregorian calendar know).
Since as such it IS all arbutrary anyway, 2000 was the nem millenium and 2010 is the start of the new decade.
Happy Freaking New Year.
Now let's get back to griping about UO
According to the Gregorian calendar there was no "year zero". So the year 2000 was the end of the 2nd millennium, and Jan. 1, 2001 was the beginning of the third millennium. Most countries adopted the Gregorian calendar, so I don't think it is any way "arbutrary". Look at it this way, if you were competing on Jeapardy or Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, what answer would you think they would use? Well, the correct one of course.
"I'll take Dates for 500 Alex."
"According to the Gregorian Calendar when did the 3rd Millennium start?"
"What is 2000?"
"That is incorrect..." Another contestant hits their buzzer.
"What is 2001?"
Well, you get the idea... there is a CORRECT answer to this.
ISO 8601 is an international standard covering the exchange of date and time-related data. ISO 8601 uses the Gregorian calendar.
So, if the USA uses the Gregorain calendar, which it does at this point in time, the correct answer is that 2010 is the end of the decade. 2001 started the 3rd millenium, and to keep this post somewhat on topic don't even ask what year it is in UO. I haven't a clue.
Happy New Year
Say Goodbye to Zer0 NiNe and Say Hello to 0ne Zer0.