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Old August 15 2010, 03:39 AM   #76
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By the way, I still use a pager and a card catalog every day at my job!
Wow, what do you do for a living that you would need both
I believe she is a Librarian.
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Old August 15 2010, 03:40 AM   #77
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By the way, I still use a pager and a card catalog every day at my job!
Wow, what do you do for a living that you would need both
I believe she is a Librarian.
But why would a librarian need a pager?
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Old August 15 2010, 03:45 AM   #78
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Wow, what do you do for a living that you would need both
I believe she is a Librarian.
But why would a librarian need a pager?
Librarians can use pagers for everything. That said, most libraries use pagers for customers when an internet terminal is available.
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Old August 15 2010, 03:57 AM   #79
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B.C. and A.D. being replaced by B.C.E. and C.E.
What do BCE and CE stand for?

I've never come across them before. Or if I had I glossed over it and hadn't realised they replaced BC and AD.
"Common Era" and "Before Common Era"
Okay, now I'm even more confused. What's Common Era mean? What's so common about the last two thousand years, as opposed to the years before that.

I know it's just another way of saying "everything since 0" but it seems an odd phrase. We should just use a number line and everything before 0 is a negative number.
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Old August 15 2010, 03:58 AM   #80
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What do BCE and CE stand for?

I've never come across them before. Or if I had I glossed over it and hadn't realised they replaced BC and AD.
"Common Era" and "Before Common Era"
Okay, now I'm even more confused. What's Common Era mean? What's so common about the last two thousand years, as opposed to the years before that.

I know it's just another way of saying "everything since 0" but it seems an odd phrase. We should just use a number line and everything before 0 is a negative number.
You could say that all the people who lived before Christ were living in a sort of "anti-time".
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Old August 15 2010, 04:08 AM   #81
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I believe she is a Librarian.
But why would a librarian need a pager?
Librarians can use pagers for everything. That said, most libraries use pagers for customers when an internet terminal is available.
Actually I've been working as an archivist for the past year, like a librarian but for unique historic documents. We have a card catalog of all of our collections in the research room. I use a pager when I am the back-up archivist on reference duty and they need me to go pull something out of the stacks for them or need help on the desk. I actually love our card catalog and prefer it over our online catalog!
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Old August 15 2010, 04:39 AM   #82
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^ Neat!

Our library has both systems. The computers sit right on top of the old catalog, and you can use both, and I still do.
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Old August 15 2010, 07:45 AM   #83
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Okay, now I'm even more confused. What's Common Era mean? What's so common about the last two thousand years, as opposed to the years before that.

I know it's just another way of saying “everything since 0” but it seems an odd phrase. We should just use a number line and everything before 0 is a negative number.
C.E. can also be interpreted as standing for Christian Era or Current Era. It's “common” in the sense that the Western Christian calendar is common throughout the world, and is the de facto global calendar.

And the dividing line is the year 1, not zero. There was never a year zero, except in an old Ray Milland movie.

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Old August 15 2010, 07:48 AM   #84
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Okay, now I'm even more confused. What's Common Era mean? What's so common about the last two thousand years, as opposed to the years before that.

I know it's just another way of saying “everything since 0” but it seems an odd phrase. We should just use a number line and everything before 0 is a negative number.
C.E. can also be interpreted as standing for Christian Era or Current Era. It's “common” in the sense that the Western Christian calendar is common throughout the world, and is the de facto global calendar.

And the dividing line is the year 1, not zero. There was never a year zero, except in an old Ray Milland movie.

I like where that poster's going with the subject matter.
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Old August 15 2010, 07:52 AM   #85
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I like where that poster's going with the subject matter.
Yep, nothing like an orgy of looting and lust to start the day off right!
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Old August 15 2010, 09:21 AM   #86
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Old August 15 2010, 12:34 PM   #87
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What do BCE and CE stand for?

I've never come across them before. Or if I had I glossed over it and hadn't realised they replaced BC and AD.
Common Era
Before Common Era
I always thought it was Before Common Error. Good to know...
Since Jesus was actually born in 6 BC (IIRC), Common Error would fit too.
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Old August 15 2010, 01:20 PM   #88
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Where do you get the idea that it's easier that way? English is a phonetically written language. It's not Chinese. If kids are taught phonics, they'll be able to learn and sound out new words for themselves. If they're only taught to recognize whole words by sight, they'll have a very limited vocabulary and be unable to pronounce unfamiliar words -- which is exactly what has happened to the generation that was taught the “look-and-say” (more accurately, “look-and-guess”) method of reading.
Exactly. When I taught adult students 10-20 years ago, I was horrified by how few were able to sound out words.
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Old August 15 2010, 01:29 PM   #89
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The Mont Blanc's elevation was still 4807m and not 4810.45m.
How does a mountain get three-and-a-half meters taller? Hormone injections?
Yeah, they tested growth hormone on mountains first, to make sure it was safe, before they they tried it on humans.
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Old August 15 2010, 01:47 PM   #90
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No more Corvairs. No more records. No more mimeograph machines. No more film strips. No more dial phones. No more manual typewriters w/ a moving carriage (had to watch where you placed that cup of coffee).

Although I learned to type on an electric typewriter, I had a manual at home. Used it in high school through graduate school round 1. By the time I did round 2 of graduate school, I was using my first computer, a Tandy 2000 w/ a whopping 256K memory.

No more Kennedys of the famous generation. No more liberal Republicans. (Yes, kiddies, there used to be such a creature.)

No more Belgian Congo, no more... never mind, won't try to catalog all the changes in the names and boundaries of nations, especially in Eastern Europe and Africa.

And, ladies, no more girdles. (No they weren't anything like Spanx.)
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