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  • Avocation rather than hobby?

    August 6, 2008

  • So it looks like the Times now displays the date a story appears on the website up top, and a the date it's published in the print paper at the end of the online version. Check it out.

    August 6, 2008

  • *waves from the other side of international date line*

    July 31, 2008

  • Good eye, sionnach! Didn't even notice the date. Perhaps the Times could invest in a WABAC machine.

    Oh wait...a WAFORWARD machine?

    July 31, 2008

  • Funny you mention that sionnach, lately there's been a lot of talk about that here*. Current policy is that the dateline at the beginning of stories reflect the day on which it appears in the print paper. But as more and more stories are posted prior to print publication, this is becoming more and more absurd. My guess is that eventually online stories will display both their print and online publication dates, but I have no idea if that'll definitely happen, or when.

    We do have a time machine, but it only goes backwards.

    * I work at the Times. I don't speak for them in any way, and Wordie is a strictly personal... hobby, I guess. Though that doesn't seem the right word.

    July 31, 2008

  • Is the New York Times publishing from the future now? Or is some obscure, calendar-related point being made?

    The Times has been doing this a lot lately - so much so that I sometimes have to double-check that I haven't somehow slept through a whole 24-hour news cycle, and that both my kidneys are still intact. But where did all this ice water in the bathtub come from. And why are those stitches in my .......?

    I forgot - thanks, John.

    July 31, 2008

  • Interesting article. Thanks for the link, John.

    July 31, 2008

  • "No month names on what is called the Metonic calendar were previously known, the researchers noted. Such a calendar, as well as other knowledge displayed on the mechanism, illustrated the influence of Babylonian astronomy on the Greeks. The calendar was used by Babylonians from at least the early fifth century B.C."

    The New York Times, Workings of Ancient ‘Computer’ Deciphered, by John Noble Wilford, July 31, 2008

    July 31, 2008