Study their behaviors. Observe their territorial boundaries. Leave their habitat as you found it. Report any signs of intelligence.

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Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Decade Ends Tonight

The Gregorian Calendar has a bug, in that it maps years to integers but fails to map any year to the integer zero.  There's no reason for this bug to prevent native speakers from defining "the seventies" as 1970-1979, or defining "the twentieth century" as 1900-1999.  No dead Pope gets to overrule what we native speakers currently mean by the words and phrases in our language.

If the Gregorian Calendar started from the year 2, who would say that the present decade will continue for another two years?