Happy New Year 2019!

Happy New Year 2019! January 1, 2019

Happy New Year! Is 2019 going to be the end of the current decade, given that most consider it to have started in 2000? Or does it only feel like it should be the end of a decade at the end of this year, after which we will move to the “20s”? Either way, it will be nice a year from now to have a decade that we can refer to so much more easily than the “noughties” or the “tens” were.

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  • Timothy Weston

    My New Year’s Resolution is stuck at 1920×1080 🙂 Happy New Year and I look forward to your writings and thoughts this year!

  • Happy New Year, James! Here’s to another year of not being dissolved in nuclear war!

    • robrecht

      Still resisting apocalypticism, I see. Happy New Year’s, everyone here.

      • Happy new year to you both! Thanks for reading and engaging in discussion here!

  • Nick G

    Happy New Year! On the vital question of when decades (and centuries, millennia) begin and end, I recommend Stephen Jay Gould’s Questioning the Millennium. I’m hoping that next New Year, we’ll see an end of the clumsy “Two Thousand Nineteen” – or even worse, as it is said in Britain, “Two Thousand and Nineteen” – style of naming years. Surely, no-one will be able to avoid using “Twenty Twenty”!

    • Scurra

      No, the USians are the weird ones for leaving out the “and”. On the other hand, the year is obviously “Twenty Nineteen”. 🙂

  • Bob Evenson

    Whether the spiritual game of Ouzo will be produced this year.

  • Scurra

    Happy New Year from an occasional reader. Your blog is theoretically in my RSS feed, but for some reason it is very wonky (in a way that others are not.) Perhaps it is trying to tell me something?

    • Sorry to hear it is wonky! In what way? I can certainly look into things on the Patheos end if you let me know what you’re experiencing.

      Thanks for reading, and happy new year!

  • Neil Brown

    “The current decade” is an odd concept – any period of 10 years is a decade. From my perspective, “the current decade” is my sixth, and ends in about 5.5 years when I turn 60.
    If we had persisted with the original ordinal numbering of years (The two thousand and nineteenth year of our Lord) it would be trivially obvious that the “tenth” and “twentieth” etc are the last years of the “first” and “second” decades, respectively. But when we lazily slipping into (seemingly) cardinal numbering, we lost that clarity.
    One could probably make a parable out of that – when we get lazy in our word choices, we can lose meaning. Sometimes the loss is barely significant (as with dates), sometimes not (How many people can see why a “jealous” God forbidding “envy” can be completely coherent?)

    • Bob Evenson

      You mentioned ordinal numbers. That reminds me of the relationship of gematria to anagrams . They are both number/letter codes, gematria being based on cardinal numbers and anagrams on ordinal numbers. The Greek form of Jesus (Iesous) adds up to 888 in classical Greek gematria, one above the mystical perfection of 777. Armageddon, one of two original words in the book of Revelation, and the site of the final battle between good and evil is an anagram for “Dame Dragon,” a generalized personification of evil, similar to other generalized personifications like Mother Nature and Lady Luck. In Chapter 2, Christ said he hates the deeds and doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, the other original word in Revelation, and an anagram for “O satanic line,” a reference to the beast line of the Ouzo Cross.