Mark Richards


Thursday, May 19, 2005

12:01 AM = Stupid

"Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith" opened last night, I guess it was today actually, at 12:01 AM. I have my tickets already and will be there with lightsaber in hand (I am just kidding, but damn that was dorky). The reviews have been very positive, and combine that with a trailer that looks awesome, I must say that I am rather jazzed about this movie.

I do have a problem though (as always). If the movie was scheduled to be released on May 19, 2005, why on earth do the showings need to be at 12:01 AM? Last time I checked, 12:00 AM and zero seconds officially makes it May 19th. Does having a show time of 12:01 AM validate to both people and theaters that it truly is May 19th? Do people not believe it otherwise? Is 12:00 AM not really the first minute of the day? Do people need to finish one minute of the day before accepting that yesterday is over and today has begun? Assuming people and theaters are not this stupid, are the Lucas people insisting on holding the movie hostage for an extra 60 seconds? Do they plan for consumer sales to double or triple in the 12 o'clock hour, which is all of 1 minute? Does 12:01 AM have some greater importance in "a galaxy far, far away"?

Obviously, I never learned to tell time properly. I will make sure to laugh at everybody on New Year's when they start cheering at midnight.

UPDATE: Tomorrow is payday and there is a system that sends me an automatic email notifying me of that fact. Here is the first line of the email:

"Your current pay period direct deposit advice will be available for viewing after 12:01 AM on payday."

Apparently, this system, be it a bank or an internal department, does not comprehend the fact that the day actually begins at the stroke of midnight and not 1 minute after midnight either.


  • All that aside, the movie kicked ass!

    By Blogger bobafred, at 5:05 PM  

  • Does 12:01 AM have some greater importance in "a galaxy far, far away"?

    Do you have a life?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:05 PM  

  • What is the difference between 24:00 and 00:00? Both are 12:00AM, but one implies that it's part of the previous day and the other implies that it's part of the next day. So when would you be paid, the previous day or the next?

    I'd hate for someone at NASA to become confused by this and cause the Earth to spin off it's axis and plunge into the sun. That would suck.

    Oh they used 00:01, nevermind that's all clear to me now...

    By Anonymous Jane The Ignorant Slut, at 12:36 PM  

  • technically there is no 24:00, there is 23:59:59 and 00:00:00. but maybe they needed that extra minute to make sure that everything had time to go through?

    By Anonymous Ryan Guill, at 3:48 PM  

  • It was 12:01 so that idiots don't turn up on early Friday morning wondering why there is no session. :P

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:42 AM  

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