About the Dates

You may have noticed that this website use five-digit dates, i.e. June 1, 02013 instead of June 1, 2013. This is an homage to the wonderful Long Now Foundation, which encourages thinking about the very-long term future.

This simple cognitive hack nudges us gently away from an idea that we are living at the forward edge of time, with history’s wake expanding infinitely behind us, and toward an awareness of time as a medium radiating both in front and behind us. By knocking us from our culturally contrived perch at the apex of events, it engenders greater humility, and a greater awareness of the larger “epochal now” in which are we are all quite fortunate to live – if even for a short while.