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January 1st, 2010
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If we were talking millennia, sure.
 Shortpacked!: Oh, right, there was a comic.

But I was busy.

And apparently since this has become a Thing, have an official definition:

decade
1.    a period of ten years: the three decades from 1776 to 1806.
2.    a period of ten years beginning with a year whose last digit is zero: the decade of the 1980s.
3.    a group, set, or series of ten.

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From:grafxman256
Date:January 2nd, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)
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Unless he was huffing paint!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 2nd, 2010 12:48 am (UTC)

You went too far Willis

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You kinda ruined the magic of that scene.
Sometimes you've got to leave well enough alone.

It's not like you're going to make a joke about the famous "rain" scene from Walky.
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From:recharge138
Date:January 2nd, 2010 01:00 am (UTC)

Re: You went too far Willis

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Uh, he's made fun of it several times.
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From:shortpacked
Date:January 2nd, 2010 01:10 am (UTC)

Re: You went too far Willis

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Actually, I was THIS close to doing the panel of Ronnie-running-away-just-out-of-sight at the time of the original storyline.
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From:dvandom
Date:January 2nd, 2010 01:29 am (UTC)
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Indeed. And while we're at it, "the 1900s" is not the same as "the 20th Century". Two different conventions,
overlap of 99 years. The 00's falls into the former style.
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From:deriksmith
Date:January 2nd, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
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WALKY'S LOVE OF THE HEATHEN YEAR 0 IS AN OFFENSE AGAINST GOD.

0 WAS INVENTED BY MUSLIMS.
From:siliconopolitan
Date:January 2nd, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
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Hindus, but aside from that I agree entirely. This is still the Noughties.
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From:ertchin
Date:January 3rd, 2010 07:39 am (UTC)
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The Noughties (and Eighties and Nineties and so on) are *defined by the number in their name*. No one ever dreamed of saying that 1990 was part of the 1980s. But then people went crazy over "the 2000s" vs. "the 21st century A.D." (which legitimately have one year of non-overlap on either side), and now it has somehow gotten into the discourse that we also measure decades in terms of how far along in the A.D. era they are.

We don't.

Please stop.

Everyone.
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From:refraction
Date:January 4th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
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It isn't, because Noughties (ugh, hate that term, but whatever) and Nineties and Fourties and what have you refer to a series of ten years beginning with a specific 3 digit series (200x, 199x, 194x, etc). If you wanted to say that this is not yet the 210th decade AD, you would be entirely correct - but I dont know that anyone would actually care.
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From:refraction
Date:January 2nd, 2010 02:41 am (UTC)
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Well, according to the dictionary then, the first decade AD was short a year. Go dictionary!
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From:ertchin
Date:January 3rd, 2010 07:43 am (UTC)
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Well, no. The "aught-aught-aughties", to make up an ugly term, were short a year (1-9). The first decade AD was not (1-10). And if one wants to say that the two-hundred-first decade AD is not yet over, they would be entirely correct. But no one ever says "the 201st decade AD", because it is not a thing that is said or noticed or commemorated.
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From:refraction
Date:January 3rd, 2010 08:00 am (UTC)
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Well sure, that's my stance too, that decades go that way - but Willis is the one using a dictionary that says it's starting on 0
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From:ertchin
Date:January 3rd, 2010 08:09 am (UTC)
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I don't see how the dictionary is saying that. The fact that we refer to the 1990s or the 2010s actually does technically break down if you go back to 1 AD. But that means there's no perfectly agreeable way to refer to a decade in that time frame, not that the dictionary is asserting that a year 0 exists.
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From:refraction
Date:January 4th, 2010 02:05 am (UTC)
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I wasn't saying that there is or isn't a year zero, or that the dictionary states that, but rather that decades start on years ending with 0. Not entirely clear I suppose.
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From:gwalla
Date:January 4th, 2010 01:54 am (UTC)
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It doesn't say that. Try again.

Hint: 1-9 CE was not a decade, but 10-19 CE was.
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From:refraction
Date:January 4th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I'm sort of aware that nine years and ten years aren't the same thing. I even pointed it out.
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From:ununnilium
Date:January 2nd, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
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No, not this argument again

Please ;.;
From:otakux
Date:January 2nd, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
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How do you all know there was no year 0? Were you there?
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From:gospelx
Date:January 2nd, 2010 05:00 am (UTC)
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There was a Year Zero, and Trent Reznor rocked the fuck out of it.
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From:batman1016
Date:January 2nd, 2010 05:57 am (UTC)
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High-five for icon pun!
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From:refraction
Date:January 4th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
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Well, because we measure time as counting down til 1 BC, then counting up from 1 AD, without a year inbetween. Where we started measuring years is entirely arbitrary, but the system that we're using doesn't include a year that is numbered zero - thus, we know that there isn't such
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 2nd, 2010 06:37 am (UTC)

Question

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Ok, I was wondering this way back when the original comic appeared.

Is Ronnie's disappearance a reference/homage to how Starbuck disappeared in BSG?
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From:cmzero
Date:January 2nd, 2010 07:46 am (UTC)

Re: Question

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Of course not. It's a reference to when they did it in the fifth season of Angel. :P
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From:linkara
Date:January 2nd, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)

Re: Question

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Except in that show it made sense and was more heart-rending due to the magical-based nature of the show in addition to the actual relationships between the characters instead of "We have love trapezoids" Starbuck and Lee.
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From:cmdr_zoom
Date:January 4th, 2010 09:07 am (UTC)

Re: Question

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Don't forget the noble self-sacrifice of his Cylon buddy.
(Sympathetic Cylons? FORESHADOWING!!)
From:adekii
Date:January 2nd, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC)

Decade

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Decade - The 2009 Kamen Rider series, reviewing the past 9 years of Justice and throwing a new spin on many of the previous Kamen Rider series.

Kamen Rider Decade!

( Opening song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M56bokc0P3o )
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 3rd, 2010 01:18 am (UTC)

Re: Decade

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ONRE DECADO!
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From:doolingiguana
Date:January 3rd, 2010 12:03 am (UTC)
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So Batman just had a weak bladder all along!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 3rd, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)

When does the Decade start

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There is No Year Zero.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 3rd, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)

Re: When does the Decade start

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Sure there was. There was a year when people started making calenders, that's year 1. The year before that, or, hell, the entire 4.5 billion years before that, was the year 0. It's called Retcon.
From:enkidomark
Date:January 3rd, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)

smallville

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While watching season 8 of smallville, I was pretty impressed by how much better it was than I had gotten used to. I was thinking about leaving a comment about how awesome it was. THEN, I watched the last episode. They spent all that time building up Doomsday, then THAT? He even looked great, just like the comic. I don't want to say too much because I'm sure someone here hasn't seen it, but I seriously thought they were screwing with us. I'm watching the first episode of season 9 right now, so I don't know if they've made good somehow, but it would be pretty hard.

Oh, and it's become an alumni party for battlestar, huh?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 5th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)

Re: smallville

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wait wait wait

Seriously? Doomsday, in Smallville?

I think I find that more preposterous than Borg in the prequel Star Trek series Enterprise.

I'm calling shenanigans on you WB! You hear me? Shenanigans!
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From:kitsukinoriyuki
Date:January 5th, 2010 03:42 am (UTC)

Re: smallville

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this was me. Not that ya know I post enough for it to really matter.
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