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Old September 8 2013, 12:31 AM   #31
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Who is that handsome dude in your av junxon? He's rather pleasant to look at.
You don't know the awesomeness that is Kerr Avon?

Tsk. Hand in your geek card, please. I'd like to check your credentials.

He is a character from Blake's 7, the best early 80s British sci fi series that a 50-pound-an-episode budget could buy. Avon is one of the most interesting characters in sci fi tv that I've ever encountered.
That show is on my list!

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Old September 8 2013, 09:36 AM   #32
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8/9/13 would have been a much better day for this.
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Old September 8 2013, 01:13 PM   #33
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7-9-13 are primes
Nine isn't prime. It's the square of three.

(EDIT: Must read whole thread before posting. This has already been pointed out. Sorry!)
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Old September 8 2013, 02:01 PM   #34
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^Brainfart on my part I'm afraid.
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Old September 8 2013, 03:46 PM   #35
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^we're none of us getting any younger
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But as politicians are -almost by definition- interchangeable, I don't think any deity would be the least impressed if we started killing those.
Good point. It'd be like sacrifizing cockroaches and leeches. But I'd not be willing to give up someone I really like for any deity humans ever invented. I think the Klingons were wise to kill all their gods. Saved them a lot of trouble.

I expect quite a lot of people will marry tomorrow. 09.09. is a date you can easily memorize and you needn't mind which way round it's written abroad.
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Old September 8 2013, 05:38 PM   #36
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No, but many people are getting married on 11-12-13 this year. I guess you can read that as November 12th or December 11th, either way it works. Here it is November 12th.
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Old September 8 2013, 05:44 PM   #37
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No, but many people are getting married on 11-12-13 this year. I guess you can read that as November 12th or December 11th, either way it works. Here it is November 12th.
I remember a similar -if magnified by culture- cluster of marriages happening on 8-8-88. Eight is an important number in Chinese culture.

What can I say more... Live Long and 8...
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Old September 8 2013, 05:48 PM   #38
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Yes but in virtually the rest of the world it's the 11th of December. The US is one of the few countries to use the format mm-dd-yy, Most use dd-mm-yy.
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Old September 9 2013, 02:47 PM   #39
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is 13 a lucky number in your country, TD? In most countries it counts as an unlucky one.
Reason: 1 messiah + 12 apostles = 13 of which one was a traitor, hence a dinner or meeting with 13 people at a table is considered to be potentially fatal; see also: Agatha Christie: 13 At Dinner [aka: Lord Edgeware Dies]
Indeed, in Christian mythology the number 13 has become one of ill omen But then, Christianity is a new-fangled thing anyway...
13 being unlucky goes back much further than that. In fact, the Code of Hammurabi has law #12 followed by law #14. Apparently it's been considered unlucky since long before the Last Supper.
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Old September 9 2013, 03:05 PM   #40
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Go home, trekkiedane. You are drunk.
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Old September 9 2013, 04:47 PM   #41
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Yes but in virtually the rest of the world it's the 11th of December. The US is one of the few countries to use the format mm-dd-yy, Most use dd-mm-yy.
Not this crap again. Use YYYY-MM-DD. Then nobody would be confused. There's even a ISO spec saying it's the preferred format. (And before you say it, no, nobody uses YYYY-DD-MM, it's not a valid format anywhere. )
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Old September 9 2013, 04:59 PM   #42
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^care to back up your statement?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Date_format_by_country

According to that wikipedia article China uses the format yy-mm-dd
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Old September 9 2013, 05:22 PM   #43
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Yes but in virtually the rest of the world it's the 11th of December. The US is one of the few countries to use the format mm-dd-yy, Most use dd-mm-yy.
Not this crap again. Use YYYY-MM-DD. Then nobody would be confused. There's even a ISO spec saying it's the preferred format. (And before you say it, no, nobody uses YYYY-DD-MM, it's not a valid format anywhere. )
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^care to back up your statement?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Date_format_by_country

According to that wikipedia article China uses the format yy-mm-dd
ISO 8601. "The purpose of this standard is to provide an unambiguous and well-defined method of representing dates and times, so as to avoid misinterpretation of numeric representations of dates and times, particularly when data is transferred between countries with different conventions for writing numeric dates and times."

And I don't know why you mentioned China. They don't use a 4-place year, but it's still not in Y-D-M order.

Edit: Wait, maybe you didn't notice that I reversed the day and month in my parenthetical statement?
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Old September 9 2013, 07:20 PM   #44
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In fact, the Code of Hammurabi has law #12 followed by law #14.
You are refering to the English transcription by L.W. King from 1915, I suppose? He accidentially left out law #12, gave the actual #13 erroneousely the number 12 and then continued correctly with 14.
There is a correct and complete translation by Gressmann from 1926 available in German.

The law King left out is: (please pardon my somewhat free phrasing - I am unfamiliar with English legal terms)

#12: if the seller has died meanwhile, the purchaser is allowed to take from his house a sum 5 times worth the sum of what the legal fight is about.

Then follows #13 (wrongly numbered 12 by King): If the witnesses be not at hand, then shall the judge set a limit at the expiration of 6 months. ... etc.etc.

After that comes #14 (correctly numbered again): if anyone steal the minor son of another, he shall be put to death. (Here King makes a slight mistake: it's actually: if anyone steals a freeborn minor (freeborn as opposed to a slave which case will be dealt woth in rule #15)
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Old September 9 2013, 07:49 PM   #45
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This is the anniversary of Star Treks's broadcast I suppose.
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