[LEAPSECS] Meeting with Wayne Whyte

Gerard Ashton 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.

Gerry Ashton

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

> humour-transplantation:


> 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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