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    Posted: 31 Dec 2009 at 11:09pm
It only happens every 19 years: a "blue moon" on New Year's Eve. The last full moon was on December 2nd, today's climaxed at 1914 GMT but will appear "full" all night long.
 
Normally, a full moon happens every 29 1/2 days, so a normal year will have one per month, the next "blue moon" month will be August of 2012.
 
However, the term "blue moon" has no basis in astronomy, except as a mistake. In 1945 a writer for Sky & Telescope misinterpreted what the Maine Farmer's Almanac said in reference to a "blue moon" taking place in October of that year. In the Farmer's Almanac, a "blue moon" is the third full moon in a harvest season that has four full moons. Normal harvest seasons would have one full moon per month, or three total full moons. Although the magazine corrected the mistake years later, the term caught on and people have come to refer to a "blue moon" as a second full moon of any given month.
 
The term "blue moon" dates back more than 400 years, in reference to a rare occurance. Seeing as a blue moon only appears once every two or three years, and that a NYE blue moon only occurs once every 19 years, I can see how it has come to refer to the actual moon.
 
Everyone be safe tonight and have a good time.
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Thank you for that interesting & informative astronomy lesson.
 
However, Jack "The Star Gazer" Horkheimer already told me all about it earlier this week. Wink
 
 
 
 
Great news guys.... With the Air Hawk, flat balls are no longer a problem!!!
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So..... I guess this only happens once in a blue moon. Wink
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Y'all be safe tonight! Big%20smile
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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010!!!!
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Happy New Year, everyone!

(I just saw on the news that the last NY blue moon was in 1992(?) and the next won't be until 2020-something.)
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Speaking of happy birthday's, check out how many of our members today are turning 100!
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Yes, I was mentioning to Jeroboam earlier (when it was still December 31st) that there would be a boatload of people sharing his birthday here.  I think a lot of them are really the same person. I think Nathan just wants to keep the number of members.  If it were me, I'd get rid of the ones who never posted and are obviously not true CIH members.
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Happy New Year, everyone!  Let's hope 2010 is better than 2009.
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Happy New Year, all! New decade - new hope!
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It's dismal, dreary & rainy around here today.

I hope this weather is not an omen about how the new year & decade are going to be. 
 
Happy New Year anyway!!!!!
 
 
 
Great news guys.... With the Air Hawk, flat balls are no longer a problem!!!
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Arrrgghh. It is NOT a new decade YET.
 
 
Its based on a simple metric unit of measure. Tenths, tens and multiples of ten. There are ten years in a decade. There are one hundred years in a century. There are one thousand years in a millenium. THERE WAS NO YEAR "0".
 
The first decade Anno Domini (Not "After Death" as many believe it to stand for) was 1-10. The first century was 1-100. We are in year 10 of this decade, and will be for another 364 days.
 
Happy new YEAR.
 
I apologize, but just as we have grammar nazis, music nazis and every other kind of nazi- this is my pet peeve.
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Originally posted by Jimbo Jimbo wrote:

Thank you for that interesting & informative astronomy lesson.
 
However, Jack "The Star Gazer" Horkheimer already told me all about it earlier this week. Wink
 
 
 
 
 
You're right- why do I waste my time? I should just stick to flame wars.
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Originally posted by RichardCranium RichardCranium wrote:

Arrrgghh. It is NOT a new decade YET.
 
 
Its based on a simple metric unit of measure. Tenths, tens and multiples of ten. There are ten years in a decade. There are one hundred years in a century. There are one thousand years in a millenium. THERE WAS NO YEAR "0".
 
The first decade Anno Domini (Not "After Death" as many believe it to stand for) was 1-10. The first century was 1-100. We are in year 10 of this decade, and will be for another 364 days.
 
Happy new YEAR.
 
I apologize, but just as we have grammar nazis, music nazis and every other kind of nazi- this is my pet peeve.
 
While there is no year 0, there is a day 1.
 
A child is not 1 when born, they are 0 years and 1 day. At year 1, their first birthday, they are 1 not 0, beginning the counting of their first year.
 
Likewise, the year 1 AD was after a year had passed.
 
The first year of this decade was 2000, the second year was 2001, third year was 2002, and so on, until this year which is the tenth and last year of the decade.
 

 
Great news guys.... With the Air Hawk, flat balls are no longer a problem!!!
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ZZzzZZzzzz..."Decade Debate"; shove some more peanut better between Mr. Ed's gums...
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Actually, I like this little take on it...from the below link.
 
"Does the new decade really start only in 2011, rather than in 2010?

Well, it all depends on which decade you’re speaking of. Let’s begin with centuries. We’ve set up our BC and AD dating system so there’s no year zero, presumably because back when they were set up, the concept of “zero” as a number was not well-established in Europe. Therefore, the first hundred years of AD time were 1 to 100, the next 101 to 200, and so on. That’s why the 20th century is conventionally understood as going from 1901 to 2000, though I’m sure the term hasn’t always been used entirely consistently..."

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My take on it is before the whole 2000/2001 debate on the when to call it a millenium issue came about in 99, I never recalled it being mentioned or a concern. I recall very well on in 1980 people  remarking about  "the 80s" and all the other stuff.
Same in 1990. Seems no one regarded it much then. I think turning to 2000 focused more on the semantics of it all and suddenly it mattered more.

So while I agree, in all reality, no it is not the end of the aughts or whatever. Just as when people in my high school class were remarking how cool it was that we were the "last senior class of the 80s" (we were not as of course 89 had a whole other year coming) and I knew this and even made comments a few time, but I just shrugged it off and moved on.

I will do so with this one.
Oh and by the way I was among the sticklers about whole millennium doesn't start till '01 thing.
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While you are correct, you're not going to be able to stop the multitudes of people (and media) who want to get on with the future.  I think it's natural to want to have something to celebrate, and even though logic sides with you, too many people want to bring on the new year (decade, century, millenium) to ignore.

It's like you can either dig your heels in on principle and miss the party, or you can be happy knowing you're more logical, keeping it to yourself (because no one wants to hear it, really), and join the party.

(I don't mean that I don't want to hear it.  I'm just talking about the population in general.)
 And while I think the Millenium celebrations were of a hopeful nature, I also think that right now, most people want this entire decade to be over and done with.
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Originally posted by Vindicated Vindicated wrote:

Speaking of happy birthday's, check out how many of our members today are turning 100!
Well bless their old hearts, they made it to a new decade.
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Originally posted by FaithSF FaithSF wrote:

While you are correct, you're not going to be able to stop the multitudes of people (and media) who want to get on with the future.  I think it's natural to want to have something to celebrate, and even though logic sides with you, too many people want to bring on the new year (decade, century, millenium) to ignore.

It's like you can either dig your heels in on principle and miss the party, or you can be happy knowing you're more logical, keeping it to yourself (because no one wants to hear it, really), and join the party.

(I don't mean that I don't want to hear it.  I'm just talking about the population in general.)
 And while I think the Millenium celebrations were of a hopeful nature, I also think that right now, most people want this entire decade to be over and done with.
ClapBless Your Heart, Faith! I absolutely LOVE that wonderful piece of reasoning! With your permission, I'd love to be able to use it as a quote - no joke.
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Thanks, Pa!  Go for it! Smile
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Originally posted by FaithSF FaithSF wrote:

It's like you can either dig your heels in on principle and miss the party, or you can be happy knowing you're more logical, keeping it to yourself (because no one wants to hear it, really), and join the party.
 
I get what you're saying, and I agree that the sheeple will believe whatever the media tells them to- only I don't like to party with stupid people anyway.
 
No one at the party I was at last night mentioned a "new" decade. Of course this is the same group of people Holly is tired of hearing about who threw a "Happy Non-New Millenium" party on NYE 1999. Two of the local news stations covered it. Of course because it was about being intelligent, and not something like a cat attacking a stuffed bear or a piece about another Detroit City Council member getting busted for improprieties, I can't find video of it anywhere online.
 
People can believe what they want. Believe there is such a thing as a number 0 that holds a value. Believe the earth is flat. Believe the sun orbits the earth. Makes me no nevermind. Just be willing to accept that when you do these things, you look foolish. (not you Faith, just people in general)
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Originally posted by Jimbo at 10:19pm on 01/01/10, subsequently deleted for no known reason Jimbo at 10:19pm on 01/01/10, subsequently deleted for no known reason wrote:

Originally posted by RichardCranium RichardCranium wrote:

People can believe what they want. Believe there is such a thing as a number 0 that holds a value. Believe the earth is flat. Believe the sun orbits the earth. Makes me no nevermind. Just be willing to accept that when you do these things, you look foolish. (not you Faith, just people in general)
 
Kinda like people who make big deals out of nothing.
 
1) Look who's talking. And why did you delete the post? Afraid others may point out your hypocrisy in mentioning people making a big deal about "nothing"?
2) Unlike some, I consider the concept of time to be quite "something".
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Well damn it, I got a sausage stuffer for my birthday so ha!
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That's cool! You make your own sausage? Is it electric (I edited this from saying "mechanical", it obviously would be "mechanical" either way) or manual? I "inherited" my great grandfather's grinder, stuffer along with all the accessories from my grandfather back when I was around 20 years old. My grandfather passed away after that, and I never even pulled it out of the box until just recently. The week before Christmas I made pork, and venison sausage for the family and a few close friends. My dad helped. It was the most we had talked in over ten years as he helped me figure it out step by step doing it myself for the first time, and not just helping as a small child. Maybe that was my best Christmas gift. We have steadily grown apart for reasons unknown, and that night making the sausage was like going back in time.
 
Well, my best Christmas gift followed closely by swimming in the Pacific Ocean on Christmas morning with my son. We will definitely be in Hawaii every Christmas from now on.
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