15 replies [Last post]
Madeleine's picture
Offline
Joined:
09/29/2011

Anything special planned for this date? (I know it's early!)

__________________

Everyday, for good or ill, we intersect with some else's story and become a part of it.

 

Joey Camb's picture
Offline
Joined:
04/02/2010

in the UK the address is written as if you were going there but backwards ie country, county, town, street, house number

__________________

Don't mess with me today or I will kill you!!!!

 

Madeleine's picture
Offline
Joined:
09/29/2011

Joey Camb wrote:

in the UK the address is written as if you were going there but backwards ie country, county, town, street, house number

Your addressees always sound like you're giving directions. Right down to the name of the house!

Joey Camb's picture
Offline
Joined:
04/02/2010

thats how its meant to work ie designed so if you were going there in person you could find it.

Madeleine's picture
Offline
Joined:
09/29/2011

I think of it as directions for the mailman!

Offline
Joined:
10/07/2008

I have asked for any elopements on that date, would be inside so not so great, but a day to remember.

__________________

Gluten free is never free. - Joey Bloggs

 

Arks's picture
Offline
Joined:
05/22/2010

And there won't be a 13-14-15 so this is the last year for this fun until Jan. 2, 2103!

So 12-13-14 will be very special, for those who care about such things and use the month-day-year date format (most countries don't).

It's certainly not too early to be thinking of something big.

Bound to be a bunch of weddings the afternoon of 12-13-14 at 3:16 (and 17 seconds) p.m. (that's 15:16:17 in military/railroad/European time).

__________________

All saints can do miracles, but few of them can keep hotel. ~ Mark Twain

 

Generic's picture
Offline
Joined:
02/24/2011

Well, this is limited to the US.

Standardized ISO 8601 notation (worldwide) is YYYY-MM-DD short form would be YY-MM-DD so since MM can't be over 12, that's done for, unless you want to go for 14-12-10? 

And around here, we are either ISO or DD-MM-YYYY, which is the second most standard in the world. 

__________________

Permission to quote in whole or in part, other than usage on this forum, is entirely forbidden.

 

Offline
Joined:
10/07/2008

Jon Sable wrote:

Well, this is limited to the US.

Standardized ISO 8601 notation (worldwide) is YYYY-MM-DD short form would be YY-MM-DD so since MM can't be over 12, that's done for, unless you want to go for 14-12-10? 

And around here, we are either ISO or DD-MM-YYYY, which is the second most standard in the world. 

Jonno you logistical nut, yes this is for the USA. When you have really cool dates please share them! Smiling

Arks's picture
Offline
Joined:
05/22/2010

Jon Sable wrote:

Well, this is limited to the US.

What else is there? ;-) 

How is the date given verbally around the world? I guess in the US we write it the same way we say it. For instance, if someone asked me the last time we had a hail storm here, I'd say, in words, "Our last hail storm was March twenty third, two thousand five." Hence the written format 3-23-2005.

In England would they say, "We don't have hail storms here, but that date was two thousand five, March twenty third." That is, when they give a date verbally, do they still give the year first, or is that only when written.

Generic's picture
Offline
Joined:
02/24/2011

Day, Month, Year. 10 December 2014. So you can write it without a comma. The International notation ISO standard is 2014 Dec 10 or 2014-12-10.

The only country that formally uses Month, Day, Year is the US. Basically, like US measures, no one uses it anymore. Dodo bird.

Madeleine's picture
Offline
Joined:
09/29/2011

Jon Sable wrote:

Day, Month, Year. 10 December 2014. So you can write it without a comma. The International notation ISO standard is 2014 Dec 10 or 2014-12-10.

The only country that formally uses Month, Day, Year is the US. Basically, like US measures, no one uses it anymore. Dodo bird.

And yet here we are. Still chugging along, totally out of step with everyone else. Annoying isn't it?

Generic's picture
Offline
Joined:
02/24/2011

Not annoying, but it's confusion for no real reason. 

What a lot of people don't realize is that most US industries have already converted to metric, because they can't export without it. For example, car engines are now talked about as a 2.4 (that's 2.4 litres or 2400 cc, metric.

It would be a lot easier if the world was on a single standard. But as long as it increases your costs versus the worlds... I guess it's fine.

Arks's picture
Offline
Joined:
05/22/2010

Jon Sable wrote:

...most US industries have already converted to metric...

I converted about 20 years ago when we were hosting a Swedish exchange student. In order to learn more about his world, I switched my car to give temperature in degrees C and after 20 years of it I'm just as comfortable working in C as F.

I was a chemistry/physics major in college so I already knew the logic and benefits of working with metric lengths, weights, etc. so it was easy for me to switch to those. Now I'm as comfortable with KM as miles and KG as pounds. One benefit is that I weigh about half as much when I give my weight in KG!

After the exchange student went back to Sweden we went and visited his family there, and I've had the world travel bug ever since, and that has made me appreciate that old Mark Twain quote...

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”

Offline
Joined:
10/07/2008

Jon Sable wrote:

Day, Month, Year. 10 December 2014. So you can write it without a comma. The International notation ISO standard is 2014 Dec 10 or 2014-12-10.

The only country that formally uses Month, Day, Year is the US. Basically, like US measures, no one uses it anymore. Dodo bird.

The other thing is unit vs address. We have the unit #, then the street address, then city and zip/post code.  Other places have it the other way round.

Generic's picture
Offline
Joined:
02/24/2011

We use either ## street, apartment APT# OR APT#-### Street

The ZIP/post code thing is weird. Just a post code and the ### is enough to deliver most letters, add the APT# for an apartment. The rest isn't needed, since it divides it down to the closest half block of street.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.