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midnight

Do you tend to think of midnight as the first, or last minute of the day? This is something that's bothered me for easily a dozen years and I finally realized it was an issue I was having... yesterday, I think. And researched a little and decided the mathematically religious answer made me happy, even if it was counterintuitive to how I've generally thought about it. It seems other people don't seem to have had my problem. But then I have odd problems sometimes, like not being able to keep track of how many letters there are in the alphabet (it's not 27, as much as I'd like it to be). 00:00 is midnight. 24:00 does not exist. 00:00 is thus the first minute of a given day. Which is midnight. TaDa! I just always thought of it as twelve and never got anywhere.

Life other than that has been hell.

Honestly nothing _important_. Just hell. Just time--a lot of time--wasted. On the order of days. The rare days when I had time free and was raring to work on projects. Poof. La.

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slafleur
Aug. 25th, 2004 06:18 am (UTC)
Midnight is not a minute at all, but a point in time between two minutes: the last minute of the day and the first minute of the next. But you are correct in looking at it as 00:00 and not 24:00.

Just my thoughts. And life lately has felt like wasted time, yep.
blueblindbee
Aug. 25th, 2004 07:19 pm (UTC)
I wish i still had free time... enough to do useless things that baffle me... as you have done.

But. High School is, forafact, a pain...in..the...butt.
nibot
Aug. 26th, 2004 04:12 pm (UTC)
I'm with the above commenter: midnight is a point, and the duration 00:00 - 00:01 is the first minute of the day. It's the difference between the knife cuts in a pie and the resulting slices themselves.
kaolinfire
Aug. 26th, 2004 04:22 pm (UTC)
unfortunately, it is a knife cut that at least has become and I think always has been associated with one of the slices or the other. "this is due by midnight 8/23/66" -- do you have all of the 23rd to work on it, or just the 22nd?
nibot
Aug. 26th, 2004 04:27 pm (UTC)
that's just ambiguous. people who say that should be beaten.

"this is due by the end of 8/23/66" makes sense.

"due by midnight" almost certainly means the same thing, since the emphasis is on "night"

ACTUALLY, "due by midnight" means "due BEFORE midnight" which gives "ownership" of midnight to the preceeding day.

Likewise, people who say "12:00 AM" or "12:00 PM" should be chopped up into little pieces.
kaolinfire
Aug. 26th, 2004 04:56 pm (UTC)
so it just came up at work--we're going to have a promotion special 10% off. ends midnight Aug 31. So I brought up this thread and the confusion with them (the ceo and my boss). Mark (ceo) tried to defend by saying, "what about new year's? that's midnight". "Yeah, midnight january 1st," I replied. He fidgeted then laughed it off, saying that if anyone has trouble understand what we mean by midnight Aug 31st, he'll send them my way. FYI, what "we" mean is _through the day of the thirty-first_.
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