Re: [LEAPSECS] Precise time over time

From: Rob Seaman <>
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2005 19:59:10 -0700

On Aug 11, 2005, at 7:27 AM, Peter Bunclark wrote:

> Surely the point about the slaughterhouse is the thought of the
> throat slasher getting a couple of seconds ahead of the brain stunner.

That's what I love about this example - it just gets worse and worse
the more you try to clarify. "I see, little Sally, that you don't
fully understand what I'm talking about. You see, it is R2D2's job
to whack the steer over the head with a brain-stunner, and then C3P0
slashes its throat to let all the blood pour out into the open trench
that flows throughout the abattoir. Watch your step now... Just
think how - messy - it would be if the throat slasher went into
action before the brain stunner! Blood would splatter just
everywhere! And the brain stunner might then miss entirely due to
the animals thrashing about in their death throws, which would make
the subsequent guts eviscerator [presumably "manned" by Pee Wee
Herman's robot from Star Tours] a real horror show. And as you
surely now see, little Sally, all of these robotical slaughterhouse
shenanigans are like totally the fault of those dastardly leap

Rob Seaman
National Optical Astronomy Observatory
Received on Thu Aug 11 2005 - 19:59:19 PDT

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