So we survived the end of the second millenium, by whatever date people choose to recognize and the end. I got thinking that we have just passed some dates that have held been a fascination of popular culture. The year 2000, or 2001, whichever. We have survived destruction fortold by various "seers" for upwards of a millenium. 1984. George Orwell's great work dealing with the corruption of government and institutuions (yeah, I know corruption and government is redundant) passed 17 years ago, but he was chillingly prescient and disparaging about the near term course of human behavior. When his work came out in 1948 he had already seen the shift in alliances between the allies and foes of WWII, and over the last 10 years these alliances have shifted yet again. He saw music generated by computers and hummed by workers whose minds and spirits had become numbed by the dictators who sought to maintain control by reducing the intellect of the subject masses. Maybe I am the only one who thinks current music is dull, unimaginative, and produced with less ability than the computers in Orwell's book. 2001. Arthur Clarke focused our attention on this year with his fascinating book and the movie of the same name. How close is he to any of his predictions? How many years would you give for us to build and send a space ship to Jupiter? How soon will computers be able to think and screw up as effectively as HAL. I can think of no new watershed years that have griped our hopes and fears as have these three. What symbol do we now now look to with anticipation or fear as we hear out on the new century, millenium...?