A year ago today I explained how the media was jumping the gun with the various Best of the Decade features they were trotting out — two examples: Rolling Stone, Salon — and I compared these premature reflections to the Y2K Bug hype in 1999, when the media would have had us believe that the end of the second millennium would occur on January 1, 2000.
There is no Year 0, so the first decade of the first millennium ended on January 1, 11, after the first ten years B.C.E. had been completed. Therefore, the first millennium ended on January 1, 1001; the second millennium ended on January 1, 2001; and the first decade of the second millennium ends tomorrow, January 1, 2011.
And yet, sure enough, if you browse the headlines in the media outlets via Google News, there are no reflection pieces this year on the true end of the first decade of the 21st century…
…um…wait…I stand corrected.
Ok. Enough. (Please understand, as I mentioned last year, I’m Left Brain Challenged. And so, on the rare occasion when I seem to be in the minority of people who understand some kind of mathematical concept, I can’t help but shout about it.)
I’d like to wish everyone out there a very Happy New Year, and even though I just did so a week ago, I’d like to thank you all for stopping by Fish & Bicycles, whenever you can manage. I look forward to keeping the blog entries coming as often as possible through 2011 and beyond.