Actually, both 00:00:00 and 24:00:00 are correct. They both designate the
same point in time. 24:00:00 refers to the day ending. 00:00:00 refers to
the new day. This, of course, is not news to anyone on this list. We may
also refer to that same point in time as 'eight bells', which it is, but
eight bells occurs 6 times per day as opposed to 24:00:00 and/or 00:00:00
which occur once each (but at the same time).
Did we ever settle the question of zero year. If not, here is the answer:
Yes, Virginia, there is a zero, but it is not a year. It is a point in time
just as 24:00:00 and 00:00:00 are points in time.
The final day prior to zero began like this: -24:00:00 then -23:59:59 then
-23:59:58 etc to the point of 00:00:00/zero/00:00:00
Once and only once 00:00:00 and zero and 00:00:00 occurred at the same time.
It went like this:
One minute before 00:00:00 (referring to the day previous to zero) the time
was -00:01:00 then -00:00:59 then -00:00:58 etc down to 00:00:00 which was
zero as well as 00:00:00.
One second after 00:00:00/zero/00:00:00 (eight bells) we have +00:00:01 and
then +00:00:02 of year one etc.
Of course year one began at 00:00:00/zero/00:00:00/ eight bells.
We are now in the +2009th year which will be completed 31 December 2009 at
24:00:00 (eight bells). At that point the time will be 2009 years past zero.
The year 2010 begins at 00:00:00 1 January 2010 (zero bells). (You don't
ring bells at the start of the watch - just during and at the end.)
Hope this helps,
At 11:55 PM 10/10/2009 +0100, you wrote:
>Yes, you really don't want to know what happens during that minute (when
>are asleep). Actually, a royal Marine (who I used to work with, and who was
>a stickler for
>the 24-hour clock system) would have been appalled that they have used 00:00
>start of the day and ended it at 23:59. He always used to complain that
>there was no such
>time as 00:00, and that it should be 24:00, instead. But we all have
>something we spend
>one minute a day doing. With me, it's flossing (when I remember to, that is
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Mark Calrissian" <[log in to unmask]>
>> I assume that minute is reserved for ritual purposes ;-)
>> On Sat, Oct 10, 2009 at 1:08 PM, John Wood <[log in to unmask]>
>> > So what does one do during the one minute a day that Avebury is
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