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« on: April 11, 2005, 04:08:19 PM »

I've decided to start a little activity leading up to the release of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Each day, I think someone should enter this thread and post the number of days remaining until the release, which is July 16th. For example, I'll start it.

95 days left!

Good so far? So tomorrow, someone should come in here and post the next reminder. This is where the cool part comes in. If you're the first person to post a countdown reminder for the day, you get one whole shining gleaming point that you can use either for the house cup or, if you'd like, you can serve it as a nice side dish with your dinner tonight or even wear it as jewelry! I assume most of you will opt for the first option though.  ;D

Rules: Actually, there's only one. You must wait until it is Midnight, Eastern Standard Time in the US to post the day's reminder. Otherwise, certain people living in Australia would get all the points, and that just wouldn't be fair, would it?  ::)

I made this thread to spark some activity on the boards. So if you find yourself posting the countdown and think "Wow, I should really go post that idea I had and see what these guys think," then DO IT! Let's bring this board back to activity!!
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Re: Countdown
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2005, 06:51:55 AM »

94 days left!
Yay!  :roll:
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Re: Countdown
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2005, 07:06:57 AM »

It's a cool idea. ;D Aside from the midnight-US-time thing (which is board time, I'm guessing). What's wrong with Aussie time? :P
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Re: Countdown
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2005, 09:10:45 AM »

Nothing's wrong with it, per se, but as far as I know, you're the only one who would know it. I believe a majority of people on the forum are on that same time, so I figured that would be the best solution, though not a perfect one. I almost made it go on Pacific time for my own sake, but... nah. ;D
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Re: Countdown
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2005, 11:23:05 AM »

Haha, it's all good, really. I'm pretty used to converting times in my head, and since it's board time it's even easier. ;) I just couldn't resist messing with your head, however mildly. :P
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Re: Countdown
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2005, 01:33:48 AM »

93 days!

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Re: Countdown
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2005, 07:50:44 AM »

Arg. Arg!!! I don't want to wait this long!!! *sigh* Guess I'll go award Xan the well-earned point. :)
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Re: Countdown
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2005, 09:53:41 AM »

I already did, Ping. :) I've fixed the incorrect total.
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Re: Countdown
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2005, 07:11:15 PM »

I should know this, and if I thought about it hard I could probably figure it out. However, I'm tired and my head hurts, so I'm just going to be lazy and ask: is the east coast an hour ahead or an hour behind the midwest?
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Re: Countdown
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2005, 07:46:02 PM »

Ahead. Unless there are daylight savings time things involved. :)
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Re: Countdown
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2005, 08:25:17 PM »

Thanks, so it's okay for me to post at 11:00 from WI?
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Re: Countdown
« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2005, 10:34:05 PM »

*forehead wrinkles* I think so, but we should probably find someone more skilled in arithromancy than I am. :)
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Re: Countdown
« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2005, 11:58:32 PM »

If you don't want to do the math, you could just make sure the time offset (in preferences) is set to 0, post, and compare the displayed time to your computer clock. From there it's easy to figure what time midnight on the board is relative to your time.

For me, it's 3pm. Which is perfect, as all my classes end before then. :P
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Re: Countdown
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2005, 01:38:01 AM »

And again. ;D

92 days!

... Want to make it a rule that nobody can post the countdown two days in a row? :P
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Re: Countdown
« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2005, 02:04:50 PM »

Nah.  At least, IMHO, I'd rather award initiative than not.  Others (like Ping) can chime in, though.

Oh, and BTW, I'm not so sure about Christine's question.  At the moment, the East Coast is on EDT, which puts it one hour ahead of the midwest, which is on CDT.  But I think (and I could be wrong, here, since Arithmancy is not my strong suit, either) that CDT would be the same as EST, which we're not on at the moment. 

So, if we wanted to be technical and say that the post has to be by EST, then it would probably be the same as CDT -- in other words, 11:00 in WI would be the same as midnight EST but not EDT.  I'm not sure which the board is set to (standard or daylight).

How's that for confusing and befuddled??  ;D
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Re: Countdown
« Reply #15 on: April 14, 2005, 08:28:04 PM »

I don't think so, Cho, because aren't we always one hour ahead or behind, regardless of standard or daylight? We switch when the East Coast does, so I think we're always an hour behind. But do me a favor and don't hold me to that statement, there's a very good chance I could be mistaken.
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Re: Countdown
« Reply #16 on: April 15, 2005, 12:13:47 AM »

Yes, we're always an hour ahead, but that's because we switch from standard to daylight (or vice versa).  Another way to put it is that, at the moment, those on the East coast are one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time because we're on Eastern Daylight Time. 

Does that make any sense?

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Re: Countdown
« Reply #17 on: April 15, 2005, 12:17:51 AM »

Makes sense to me, Cho.

Oh, and 91 days!

That's assuming I'm eligible, that is. Maybe I should remove myself from the contest becaise it was my idea?  :-\
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Re: Countdown
« Reply #18 on: April 15, 2005, 04:19:23 AM »

No. Why should you? All the more reason for you to participate. :P


The time: Now I'm confused. What are we using for this game, and what is board time using? I'd check, but US time zones confuse me like whoa.
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« Reply #19 on: April 15, 2005, 06:30:57 AM »

Sorry, but I have to agree with Xan. I'm confused.......  ???
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Re: Countdown
« Reply #20 on: April 15, 2005, 08:15:33 AM »

Okay, I changed the board time so that it's Eastern Daylight time, which it should be anyway, 'cause that's where the server is, but it wasn't. Anyway...

I vote we use that for the contest. That way, if you want to know if you can post the new day yet (so far away!!!), you can set your "look and layout" time preference to 0 and you will then see the board time and know. Does that work? Sorry for the confusion! It doesn't help that not all states do Daylights Savings, which confuses me even more!
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« Reply #21 on: April 15, 2005, 06:07:47 PM »

That makes sense now Ping, thanks so much for clearing that up! Sorry I got everyone all confused........
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Re: Countdown
« Reply #22 on: April 16, 2005, 12:01:35 AM »

90 Days Left!!!
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Re: Countdown
« Reply #23 on: April 16, 2005, 01:27:07 AM »

OK, so far it's like this

One point to Christine
One point to Ping
Two points to Xan

And I got that all taken care of. Should I post little point reminders after everyone's countdown to keep track, or no?
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Re: Countdown
« Reply #24 on: April 16, 2005, 05:20:41 AM »

*looks at the time on Christine's post* Daaang. 12.01? Someone's got really good timing. :P

Shelly, eh... if you want. Doesn't really matter to me. :)

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« Reply #25 on: April 17, 2005, 02:05:44 AM »

89 days!

(edit - sorry about that, Ping)
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Re: Countdown
« Reply #26 on: April 18, 2005, 01:06:20 AM »

88 days!

What ... is nobody else playing?
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« Reply #27 on: April 18, 2005, 06:54:49 AM »

I would, but I'm not generally not up at 11 except for Friday nights. That leaves you Xan!
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« Reply #28 on: April 18, 2005, 04:01:04 PM »

Two more points to Xan.

And... er... if someone wanted to, they could add a point for me, from last week.  ;D
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« Reply #29 on: April 18, 2005, 06:39:54 PM »

Done. :)
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