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Happy New Year!

2002-01-01 23:15:33+00 by Dan Lyke 8 comments

Happy randomly chosen rotation of a small rock that roughly coincides with the period of that small rock orbiting around a rather insignificant star. May the following period be even better than this one.

I'm a little frustrated, I got very little of what I'd planned on doing done over these days of reduced work. Lots of stuff going wrong, so my schedule's been shot all to hell. Oh well, maybe now that we've done all this stuff it won't be a problem. Right?

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comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:05+00 by: ziffle

'2002' - has a nice ring to it, but I think its time to take back the real year-date. I don't know what the real year is but its probably like '8532' or something, begining at the start of recorded history. By using the current scheme we grant too much to the religious types, who have shifted everyones thinking using their base year.

At least we should call it '2002 C.E.' to show breadth of thinking. (Common Era).

Or we could date it from the publication of the Declaration of Independence '227', the concrete implementation of the philosophical revolution of the freedom from the Dark Ages, when religion ruled the world (like Afghanistan today).

Or maybe '44' to show the years since the publication of Atlas Shrugged, the first formal introduction of Objectivism, which will one day be the moral framework of the future, once the religions and collectivisms of the world have been finally seduced by capitalism, the hallmark of independent free minds.

Christianity is running its course and has been all but seduced by capitalism, so what we have today is 'Christianity light', and Islam, like Christianity 500 years ago, entering its final violent era, and feeling the full wrath of Western Civilization's response, while not easily accepting the facts of reality, will do so because its so convenient, and will slowly succumb into 'Islam light' as well.

With that optimistic forecast, I suppose I was born on 8 B.O., and we are now in 44 A.O. (Before Objectivism and After Objectivism)

So Happy New Year 44 A.O. and may your next period of rotation around our local star be even better than the last one.


#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:05+00 by: Pete

Aren't we really in year 37 COS? Go L. Ron! Just as useful as Rand, but with sexier spokesprophets. Or maybe Jedi year 25.

Or perhaps something should be chosen that actually has an impact on peoples' lives, say year I.P. 34.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:05+00 by: Larry Burton

Ziffle, if you want to take the influence away from the Christian religious types you are just going to have to become more influential than they are. Until that happens this is 2002 AD. That's reality. Learn to deal with it.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:05+00 by: Mars Saxman

Or you can just hang out with the paleontology folks, for whom it's always "year zero" and all dates are expressed in some number of "years ago". Sounds sensible to me - there's no time like the present, after all...


#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:05+00 by: Dan Lyke

Even more ridiculous than 2000 years plus or minus 50 or so for bad record keeping, is the absolutely arbitrary date it occurs on. It's not the shortest or the longest or one of the middles, it's just a day.

I mean, whatever, I'll happily adopt AO or COS or IP, but let's make the day of some real astronomical import, measurable without the cultural context. A Metric System for the New Year.

Okay, maybe that's not all it's cracked up to be.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:05+00 by: Larry Burton

Ya'll are just trying to find some way to revive the Y2K industries. Aren't ya'll? ;-)

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:05+00 by: ziffle

Wasn't the first of the year originally the day after the shortest day? The Pagans/Wiccans did that, -- I think. They had it right.

Regarding time keeping, I think I recall that the Japanese had clocks which adjusted, Summer to Winter and back, by changing the length of an hour, so you had the same number of hours of daylight, even if the daylight was shorter.

How would the Eskimos handle 12 hours in two hours I wonder? Have you seen the movie 'Eskimo' outstanding. Black and white, wife sharing, the whole works. Of course they didn't dance naked and have sex outside like the Wiccans, it was too cold, I suppose. (Ok, Dan I found a segue from the new year to sex - you can take it from there)

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:05+00 by: TC

Welp, larry sorta already got the "it's a de facto standard" deal with it message across from the curmudgeon side of the logic scale, but I wanted to add that your all pretty wierd and I that I'm growing increasingly intolerant of mundane, boring, vulgar people, so I look forward to another year flutter-rants to keep myself from capitulating to the norms and becoming a more ordinary somewhat lessor person.