Provincial Letters

Far from the mad crowds of the city, Blaise Pascal passed comment on the strange behaviour of this urban contemporaries in his Provincial Letters. The connection between them and this blog is somewhat tenuous.

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My star sign in Superstition. And I didn't believe in reincarnation last time, either. The only thing I can't tolerate is intolerance. I am a fanatical ant-fanaticist. I am bigotted only where bigots are concerned. I am a fundamentalist atheist. I'm proud to be a product of evolution; I know it in my genes.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Posted @ 18:36Oh dear...

Here's the rant:

Why can't I have the date in the "posted by" bits in proper form; why do we have to put up with the monumentally stupid US format (which only depends on the way Americans happen to say dates and the fact they routinely fail to distinguish between cardinal and ordinal numbers [look it up!]).

The international standard is yyyy/mm/dd and is very logical because that's a good way to sort dates. The European standard is simply the reverse of this (not as logical but equally readable). The US "standard" is parochial, illogical and inane.

I'm not asking for the format option to be removed, just asking for there to be an option to put the timestamp in a reasonable form that I (and millions and millions of others) understand.

Not that this rant will make must difference...


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