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Okay, I don’t mean to put a damper on anybody’s holidays or anything like that but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the world is scheduled to end one year from today, according to my Mayan sources and a whole bunch of cable channels.  In case you’ve been living in a cave or have been astute enough to ignore this hoopla, the Mayan calendar supposedly ends on that day and with it comes the end of the world as we know it.  All sorts of cataclysmic chaos is purportedly set to be unleashed on us on or about December 21, 2012. 

Magnetic pole shifts.  Tsunamis.  Meteor strikes.  Volcanos erupting.  Fireballs shooting out of giant Gila monsters.  Okay, maybe not that last one but this is  pretty much  a you-fill-in-the-blanks sort of imminent disaster.  I’m sure over the course of the next 365 days we will hear of many even more outrageous ways in which the world will surely be destroyed by the end of 2012.  The media, including, I’m sad to say,  the History Channel have been buidling this hysteria for years now and this year will be the payoff for their efforts.  Anything short of apocalypse will be anti-climactic.

I have to admit that there are days when I think they may be onto something, that the world is surely going to hell in a handbasket.  Maybe I even mutter, “C’mon, Comet!” under my breath once in a while.  But overall,  I think it’s all a load of crap and I find myself  hoping that that my belief is correct and that come December 22, 2012, I can get out of bed and have something new about which to complain.  That would be sweet.

So,  live each day over the next year as though it were your last.  Treasure those you love.  Take in the sunsets and sunrises.  Don’t worry about those things you can’t control.  Laugh a lot and cry a little.  Live well. 

It won’t be wasted effort because if the world does  end, you’ll have spent your last days well and if it doesn’t,  you’ll  truly appreciate what you have in this life. 

So don’t waste today.

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I received a comment on yesterday’s post about the Victorian era stereopticon plates  that mentioned the year 6513 that was in one of the photos, New Years Day in Hell,  from the Les Diableries series that I was highlighting.  He thought the significance of the date was in indicating a very distant date that suggested eternity.  Sounded good to me.

But I began to think and was wondering if this date had to do with some prophecy, some Mayan calendar or Nostradamus thing.  After all, if the Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012 ( when doomsayers predict an end to our time on Earth), New Years day in 2013 would be pretty hellish.  At least I would think.

So I looked up dates and tried to figure some significance for 6513, thinking that the calendar used in such predictions went back that far.  But I came up with nothing.  Seems the Mayan calendar is in the 5200 year range.  But as I was looking it up I came across the Antikythera Mechanism, which I have always found incredibly intriguing.

The Antikythera Mechanism, considered the first known analog computer, was found in a box in an ancient shipwreck found off the Greek island of  Antikythera in 1900.  The mechanism was a mystery from the beginning and remained so for decades until technology allowed the device, heavily cemented from being deeply buried in the sea for millenia, to be scanned internally and dated.  It is dated back to about 150 BC and appears to be a very sophisticated device for ascertaining the location of the planets and moon and sun ( along with eclipses) at any given date.  It is complex and finely machined, predating modern clockmaking by about a thousand years. 

I find this amazing and just a bit more proof of how we often we are wrong when we view ourselves in this time as being so intellectually superior to times past.  We may have expanded our base of knowledge and our use of technology but at the base, the brilliant minds then would be the brilliant minds now.  The capacity for thought and intellectual inquiry has not grown over the eons, nor has our capacity for performing barbaric deeds diminished.  In fact, this mechanism shows that we have changed far less than we would like to believe, despite our advances in science and technology.  We are, at the core, the same as we’ve always been.

I don’t know if that’s comforting or sad. 

I would hope that 2000 or 3000 or 4000 years would find us more evolved, less tied to our baser self, less prone to stupidity and viiolence.  But it doesn’t.  We are no more civilized or intelligent than the folks who conceived and built that ancient device.  I guess that’s sad.

Well, now that I’ve depressed you,  here’s an animation of how the mechanism is assembled…

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