year written in this manner suggests how optimistic the author is haha - the way time is unfolding…
Dhiraj Kyawal

Hi Dhiraj, thanks for reading. We use a five digit date at the Long Now Foundation because it date serves as a reminder of the time scale that we endeavor to work in. Since our flagship project, the Clock of the Long Now, is meant to run well past the Gregorian year 10,000, the extra zero is to solve the deca-millennium bug which will come into effect in about 8,000 years. Optimistic? Perhaps. But someone’s gotta be :)

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