September 11th, 2004

hope, science, green hills of earth

Millennium

In the last years of the 20th Century, my friend kolchis and I, like so many others, would opccasionally debate just which year counted as the last year. Kolchis subscribed to the pedantic view that, "since there was no year zero", then the proper start of the New Millennium was the year 2001, and that the year 2000 (or "Y2K", as we fondly called it) was relegated to the ancient history of the Old. I, on the other claw, agreed with Stephen Jay Gould, aruging that, given all the other arbitrary factors, the culturally important moment was when the "odometer" rolled over from 1999 to 2000.

I now concede the argument.

The "culturally important moment" that marked the dawn of the New Millennium did, indeed, fall in 2001.

It did not, however, fall on New Year's Day.
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