[LEAPSECS] Meeting with Wayne Whyte
ashtongj at comcast.net
Tue Feb 1 08:49:37 EST 2011
It may not have been your intention, but from now on I will hear whatever
you type in a particular accent.
On 2/1/2011 5:09 AM, Poul-Henning Kamp wrote:
> In message<E1PkCoW-0005Fn-3U at grus.atnf.CSIRO.AU>, Mark Calabretta writes:
>> OK Tom, I'm prepared to accept those odds. I'll give you $16
>> if you correctly predict the date of the next leap second, and
>> you give me $850 if I predict the date of the next leap day.
> And in extension of the previous discussion about words, I think
> this provides us with the correct word to describe the deficiency
> of the UTC timescale: "unpredictable".
> And anyone who cannot see a pythonesque dialogue in this needs a
> A: Well, you see, we have this timescale called UTC, so that
> we all can agree what time it is.
> B: Brilliant! That sounds like a jolly good idea, what with
> all the ships and planes and whats not.
> A: Yes, but there's a snag you see. Due to an embarrasing
> little misunderstanding in the past, we cannot tell how
> long time there is to one year from now.
> B: Say again ?
> A: Ehh, we sort of don't know how long a year is...
> B: Uhm, I mean, February has 28 days (counts on fingers) yes,
> 28 days, March has 31 days and so on, couldn't you just add
> them up ?
> A: Ohh yes, no worries there, February and March are no problem
> and May is fine too, as is July to November, but June and
> December are a bit of a problem for us.
> B: (flips to the middle of his desk calendar, counts pages)
> Just wanted to make sure, but it seems to me that that June
> is 30 days, and as I recall so was it last year, right ?
> In fact, I don't remember any year where june wasn't 30
> days and I am pretty sure that good old Ms. Wormwood taught
> me that this would generally be the case ?
> A: Yes, absolutely, 30 days, no doubt about that.
> It's more a sort of "how long are the days in June" or
> to be more precise, "how long is the last day in June" ?
> B: Ohh, I see! The God Ol' Bards troubling you isn't he ?
> "Shall I compare the to a summers day" and all that ?
> And so on...
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