2 BC, December 3
Are you still working on the Y zero K problem? The 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 downward forever, now we have to start
thinking upward. You would think that someone would have thought of it earlier and not
left it to us to sort it all out at the 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 had turned nasty. We called in
the consulting astrologers, but they simply said that continuing downwards using minus BC
won't work. As usual, the consultants charged a fortune for doing nothing useful.
As for myself, I just can't see the sand in an hourglass flowing upward. We have heard that there
are three wise men in the East who have been working on the problem, but unfortunately they
won't arrive until it's all over. Some say the world will cease to exist at the moment of transition.
We're continuing to work on the Y zero K problem and I'll send you a parchment if anything