I am getting a DateTime value from a mysql database and want to be able to display the time elapsed in flash since the retrieved time, in minutes.  How could I accomplish this?
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You can do in this way.

When you just receive the data from the database retrieval
Make a new date time object and mark down the time

loadVars object.onData = function ()
     mark_time = new Date ();
     mark_utc = mark_time.getTime ();

And then when you want to know the elapsed time in certain part of the movie
Just make another date time object and compare with the marked one

now_time = new Date ();
now_utc = now_time.getTime ();

trace ((now_utc - mark_utc) / 60000);

Vicker :)

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startedTime = new Date();
countDown = function(message){
      currentTime = new Date();
      elapsedTime = ( (currentTime.getTime()-startedTime.getTime())/60000 );
timer = setInterval(countDown, 1000);
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