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Another Blog About Nothing (This Time, the Mayan Apocalypse)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

(Hey, it worked for Seinfeld.)

No, I never really thought the world would end on December 21st. Even though I get a great deal of enjoyment out of Doomsayers, I have more intellectual respect for Weird Scholars, and the Mayan expert at a nearby Ivy League university told us early on that all this was being misinterpreted. He seemed to have his head on straight, and his hat wasn't covered with tin foil (which I suppose is actually made of aluminum now...was it ever made of tin?) so I went with his opinion.

Anyway, the one thing that I was interested in never came to light - I wanted to see if there'd be a huge rise in the number of people who would "Buy It Now, No Payments Til 2013!!!" on the theory that they could enjoy the product, then the world would end before payments were due.

A somewhat related question was whether people would hold holiday parties earlier (to get them in before the Apocalypse) or later (to avoid the whole thing), and whether Christmas spending would be significantly up ("May as well spend it now, before the cataclysm") or down ("We'll need all our resources for fighting off the zombies after the 21st.")

And speaking of zombies, I never did find out why The Zombie Survival Guide is on the list of NYT Bestsellers under NONfiction. Personally, I find this troublesome. No, I have not read the book, so perhaps the title is misleading and the book has nothing at all to do with zombies. Still...
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    I never bought into the world ending either ... well okay it did catch my attention. Haha. I guess put it this way, I didn't care either way. Haven't we been dealing with Zombies for a loooong time. I see them everywhere just going about the day in trances.

    1969 days ago
  • FLORIDASUN this it indeed!

    The whole Y2K apocalypse put some SERIOUS doubt in my mind about the panty whiners! I'm WAY too busy worrying about slowly irradiating ourselves with polluted food and water to pay attention to calendar predictions. Although I seriously have more respect for the Mayan ideology in comparison to the wonkers we have in Congress running our country!

    I mean REALLY what kind of moron elects people to do OUR work and allows them to give themselves raises, life long health insurance, the ability for THEIR kids to get educated without having to pay back their college loans AND takes money from shysters to make the laws that allow the shysters to flouish unabated!

    Yea...those zombie characters...I don't have to read about them in a book...they walk the streets of Washington EACH and EVERY day. You can't kill what to do...what to do...they have no consciences so I'd say they are already amongst the walking dead!

    We need to start a squad...Zombie Killers Unite! Just kid din ...well....sort of! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1969 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/1/2013 9:25:03 AM
    Here in the UK the date is written day / month / year. I usually write out the full year - 2013 - just to remind myself I'm in the 21st century, let alone that the year has changed. Yesterday, packaging soup for the freezer, I dated the containers "31.1.13" - and it occurred to me no thought there might be any sort of apocalyptic event, ala 12.12.12. Me, now, I figure a palindromic date is even more likely to invite cosmic forces, lol...
    1969 days ago
    Yeah, December 21 was the worst apocalypse EVER!
    1970 days ago
    I love all things zombie. I don't want to be one just fight them if the need ever arises, lol.

    The Mayan Doomsday thing was a great running joke last year. We did decide since it fell on my mom's b-day we would all spend it together and that it would also be an end of the world party (AND ended up being partly a family Christmas party since my sister left the next day for Canada to spend Christmas with her hubby's family).

    I saw the calendar as a cyclical thing. Not a complete ending of things, just an end of one thing and the beginning of another. I'm kinda disappointed that nothing cool happened like aliens arriving and curing all our woes, lol.

    Love the blog and you (((hugs)))
    1970 days ago
    My son is into Zombies. But the the book is about surviving any disaster. In theory, if you can survive a Zombie attack , you have the skills to survive other major disasters since the same stuff happens.
    1971 days ago
    I almost held off on Christmas shopping (hate it!), hoping I wouldn't have to do it. But, thank goodness, thought better of that idea!! You do have to wonder---the world is a pretty big mess right now. How do we ever straighten it out??? Too depressing--guess I'll mop that kitchen today!! emoticon
    1971 days ago
  • JANEDOE12345
    You know, I think we are in the end times. Just about every single thing I look at is whacked in some fundamental way. It's depressing when I really focus on it. This is not what I expected: dirty air, climate change, gross things like bedbugs becoming a middle-class scourge, religion going to waste, the entire middle east (and the USSR) collapsing, the US economy in deep doo-doo...need I say more.

    Feeling sad about it, actually.

    1971 days ago
  • JANEDOE12345
    My son did a paper at MIT on aluminum hats. I will see if I can dig up a link as it was quite funny...Found it
    Read it, it is fun. It was all over the web at the time, a hoot for geeks of all ages.

    Here is a favorite article about it..."I’m not sure how this study out of MIT slipped our notice for so long, but I’ve instructed my executive assistant (Miss Betsy Whiskercuddlebunch, Esq.) to update our Google alerts so we’ll get news about tin foil hat studies even when they don’t fit the criteria of +cat OR +dog.

    (Names Blocked) at Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department and the Media Lab at MIT put together a thoroughly tongue-in-cheek study of the radio wave deflection capabilities of three different double-layered tin foil hat designs: “the Classical, the Fez, and the Centurion”. They tested frequencies from 10 Khz to 3 Ghz at three different spots of the skull in four subjects wearing the tin foil hat then not wearing it. They used a $250,000 network analyzer to plot the attenuation between the signals, which is obviously the most important thing to do with a $250,000 network analyzer.

    Now get ready for some conspiracy stuff. Every helmet amplified the 2.6 Ghz band by 30 db and the 1.2 Ghz and 1.5 Ghz bands by 20 db regardless of the position of the antenna. Bands between 1.2 Ghz and 1.4 Ghz are allotted to the U.S. government, while the 2.6 Ghz band is reserved for mobile phones. The researchers conclude their tongue-in-cheek study with this statement:

    It requires no stretch of the imagination to conclude that the current helmet craze is likely to have been propagated by the Government, possibly with the involvement of the FCC. We hope this report will encourage the paranoid community to develop improved helmet designs to avoid falling prey to these shortcomings. [Intel via ZGeek]"

    Read more:

    1971 days ago
    Like Seinfeld, hubby and I got a lot of mileage out of the Mayan Doomsday Prophecy. Unfortunately, there are those people who get insulted because they actually believed it.

    The zombie book in nonfiction does sound very interesting. I'm intrigued now.
    1971 days ago
    So, Bill's birthday was the day AFTER the Apocalypse, so he was pretty determined that they be wrong.
    1971 days ago
    s an attack preparedness video for the ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE
    funny stuff.

    Actually ... looking at the world in which we live...I sometimes think the MAYANS may not be totally wrong...just that their calendar stopped working. When you read about the way things are all over the world ... you have to wonder. And someday, fresh water will be at a premium and the only clean water will be in bottles...Warren Buffet is buying up water rights even today.
    1971 days ago
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