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Old February 22 2014, 12:48 AM   #2881
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Or just drop the year altogether and keep using this thread.
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Old February 22 2014, 02:14 AM   #2882
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Or -- we convince everyone else in the world to renumber this year "2013"!
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Old February 22 2014, 02:42 AM   #2883
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All we have to do is find convincing evidence that there was a year zero.
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Old February 22 2014, 02:58 AM   #2884
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^Years are arbitrary. There wasn't a year zero, one, two, fifty, one hundred, two hundred, or five hundred either; the calendar we use today wasn't invented until the year we call AD 525 and wasn't widely adopted until centuries later. Meanwhile, it's currently 1435 to the Islamic world, 5774 in the Hebrew calendar, 1935 in the Indian Civil Calendar, etc. We already call the year whatever we want to call it; it's just a matter of what excuses we use.
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Old February 22 2014, 03:04 AM   #2885
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Wow, Gosh! I never knew any of that! I thought for sure that someone sat down one day and said "this is the start of year one today".

Now, about the "what excuses we use", how about we find convincing evidence for a year zero? (whether it be real or fabricated)
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Old February 22 2014, 03:09 AM   #2886
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All we have to do is find convincing evidence that there was a year zero.
I got it. Actually kinda clever.

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Old February 22 2014, 04:07 AM   #2887
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Now, about the "what excuses we use", how about we find convincing evidence for a year zero? (whether it be real or fabricated)
Well, since a calendar is simply a cultural construct, what we really need is a convincing argument for beginning it on a certain date. You don't even need a "year zero," you just need a justification for assigning a certain date as "year one." Our current "year one" isn't based on anything real anyway, since it's derived from an incorrect calculation of Jesus's birthdate; it's just a totally arbitrary year that happened to be 524 years before Dionysius Exiguus invented his calendar.

So since we're 2014 years after a completely arbitrary starting point, it's no less arbitrary to pick the following year as a starting point instead just so we don't have to go to the trouble of changing a thread title. All we have to do is convince the rest of the world to go along with our arbitrary choice. Which is pretty much how calendars spread in the first place.
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Old February 22 2014, 04:28 AM   #2888
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Yeah, but it was a joke. A math joke about the thread title, no less.

But, if we're going to be serious about it, let's clarify with precision.

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So since we're 2014 years after a completely arbitrary starting point
Right now, we are not 2014 years after any point in time that lies within the year 1 CE (or any other point in time in the Common Era, for that matter). This is what's often so confusing to people, and why people intuitively perceive a "need" to have a year zero to start things off.

In actuality, this is the 2014st year on (the CE part of) the calendar; 1 CE was the first such year. At the very end of December 31, 2014, it will be 2014 years since the very beginning of January 1, 1. Until that time, it's been only 2013 years and some change since the beginning of year 1, and less since any other part of year 1 (or any other point in the CE that has already occurred).
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Old February 22 2014, 05:54 AM   #2889
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NBC's DC Comics Pilot Constantine Casts Lead

Welsh actor Matt Ryan will play the title role in the potential series
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Old February 22 2014, 11:05 AM   #2890
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Hmm. Coincidence?

Today, Conspiracy Studios announced pre-production of the new TV series In Search Of Year Zero. The live-action series, set for a fall 2014 [a.k.a. 2013] debut, will depict the desperate quest of Spiro "Zero" Nero, who, mocked as a child for his belief that the 21st century began in the year 2000, set off on a lifelong odyssey to prove the reality of a Year Zero. What he finds leads him to a millennia-old conspiracy that threatens the very existence of humanity and he soon realizes that only he can save the world. Producers describe the show as "dark," "edgy," and "mathematically challenged."
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Old February 25 2014, 05:55 AM   #2891
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Lily Rabe To Topline In ABC Drama Pilot ‘The Visitors’, Catalina Denis To Co-Star

Skeet Ulrich To Co-Star In NBC Pilot ‘Babylon Fields’

Mykelti Williamson To Star In ABC Pilot ‘Clementine’
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Old February 25 2014, 09:05 PM   #2892
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Hallmark has picked up The Good Witch, starring Catherine Bell, as a weekly series. It's heretofore been a series of telemovies. Deadline's report is here.

Casting for the CW's iZombie as reported by Deadline:

Breakout Kings alum Malcolm Goodwin has been cast as a co-lead in Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero’s CW drama pilot iZombie, from Warner Bros. TV. Also cast in the DC comic adaptation are Last Man Standing alumna Alexandra Krosney, and AliasDavid Anders. iZombie is a supernatural crime procedural that centers on Liv, a med student-turned-zombie who takes a job in the coroner’s office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity, but with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories. With the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective (Goodwin), she solves homicide cases in order to quiet the disturbing voices in her head.Goodwin’s Clive is a detective who recently received a promotion from vice to homicide but has been floundering for his first two months and is in desperate need of making a case. Though dubious at first about Liv’s “psychic” powers, she demonstrates too much accuracy for him not to take her seriously. Krosney plays Peyton, Liv’s best friend and roommate who is baffled by Liv’s recent behavior and feels like they’re drifting apart. Anders cast plays the show’s bad guy Blaine, an entitled rich kid who bites off more than he can chew in the drug business.
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Old February 25 2014, 09:47 PM   #2893
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All this genre stuff is great news, but, can't we get just one Space Opera with Space travel and Aliens and such?
This. A thousand times this. I am bored to death of most of todays TV stuff and want a show about ships in space. Hell, at this point, I'd take Dracula in a starship.

Or, the Underworld series set far in the future with the wolves and vamps in epic space battles.
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Old February 25 2014, 11:45 PM   #2894
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Syfy has cancelled Being Human after a four-season run.

Here's how things stand now for the SFF shows on the broadcast networks that are in at least some danger of cancellation:

Toss-up to be renewed

Almost Human (Fox)
Revolution (NBC)
The Tomorrow People (CW)

Likely to be cancelled

Dracula (NBC)

Highly likely to be cancelled

Beauty and the Beast (CW)
Intelligence (CBS)
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (ABC)
Star-Crossed (CW)
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Old February 25 2014, 11:48 PM   #2895
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What's your basis for putting Star-Crossed in the "highly likely to be cancelled" category when it's only been on the air two weeks? Did it perform that badly in the ratings?
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