y zero k

Richard Barth Richard.Barth@noaa.gov
Fri, 19 Mar 1999 11:23:50 -0500

In case there's anybody here who hasn't seen this yet.


> Translated from Latin scroll dated 2BC
>>> Dear Cassius:
>>> Are you still working on the zero K problems? This change from BC to AD
>>> is giving us a lot of headaches and we haven't much time left. I don't
>>> know how people will cope with working the wrong way around. Having been
>>> working happily downwards forever, now we have to start thinking upwards.
>>> You would think someone would have thought of it earlier and not left it
>>> to us to sort it all out at this last minute.
>>> I spoke to Caesar the other evening. He was livid that Julius hadn't
>>> done something about it when he was sorting out the calendar. He said he
>>> could see why Brutus turned nasty. We called in Consultus, but he simply
>>> said that continuing downwards using minus BC won't work and as usual
>>> charged a fortune for doing nothing useful. Surely we will not have to
>>> throw out all our hardware and start again? Macrohard will make yet
>>> another fortune out of this I suppose.
>>> The money lenders are paranoid of course! They have been told that all
>>> usury rates will invert and they will have to pay their clients to take
>>> out loans. It's an ill wind....
>>> As for myself, I just can't see the sand in an hourglass flowing upwards.
>>> We have heard that there are three wise men in the East who has been
>>> working on the problem, but unfortunately they won't arrive until it's all
>>> over.
>>> I have heard that there are plans to stable all horses at midnight at the
>>> turn of the year as there are fears that they will stop and try to run
>>> backwards, causing immense damage to chariots and possible loss of life.
>>> Some say the world will cease to exist at the moment of transition.
>>> Anyway, we are still continuing to work on this blasted Y zero K problem.
>>> I will send a parchment to you if anything further develops.
>>> If you have any ideas please let me know,
Richard Barth *** W3HWN@AMRAD.ORG *** Silver Spring MD