Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Apocalypse Not Now

A recent announcement spells bad news for those of us who, like Kentuckian John Kehne, were turning the 2012 doomsday hysteria into a business; and for those of us who, like myself, were actually looking forward to the end of the world, or a pole shift, or a visit from the giant mutant stargoat, or the Big Electron, or whatever the heck was supposed to happen.

Geraldo Aldana of UC Santa Barbara has thrown some cold water on our fires of doom: according to his analysis of the Mayan calendar, 2012 is not the correct end-date. The accepted conversions of dates from Mayan to the modern calendar may be off by as much as 50 or 100 years, says Aldana.


But who knows - maybe regardless of whether the interpretations of the Mayan calendar are accurate or not, some sort of intergalactic things with wings, or the Annunaki, or Nibiru, or Planet X, or some rogue comet or something, will show up ready to pummel our paradigm anyhow. Let's hope so - I have a bottle of fine wine I've been saving for the end of civilization and it would be a real bummer to end up drinking it while sitting around watching Seinfeld reruns and doing the laundry.

1 comment:

Melissa said...

Fascinating, Colonel! :)

It is pretty amazing how many disparate schools of thought have converged on the Winter-Solstice-2012 date. That being the case, this event could make Y2K look like a dress rehearsal--whether or not it accurately corresponds with the Tzolkin Calendar's 13th Baktun--and cadres of Information Technologists can't rescue us from self-fulfilling prophecy.