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(MSNBC)   "The Maya long count system is like a car odometer. My first car (odometer) only had six wheels so it went up to 99,999.9 miles. That didn't mean the car would explode after reaching 100,000 miles." BUT IT STILL MIGHT   (msnbc.msn.com) divider line 69
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2012-10-01 09:46:48 AM
Never understood the "omg calendar ends!" thing. Ours ends every 12 months and we don't have a problem.
 
2012-10-01 09:51:25 AM
See, Earth is kind of like the Ford Pinto of the solar system...
 
2012-10-01 10:44:36 AM

ArcadianRefugee: Never understood the "omg calendar ends!" thing. Ours ends every 12 months and we don't have a problem.


You don't understand it because you are not an imbecile; it takes a great deal of stupidity to comprehend so thoroughly something so spectacularly idiotic.
 
2012-10-01 10:54:11 AM
Is this car assembled by Michael Bay?
 
2012-10-01 11:00:17 AM
There was only so much room on the rock, for cryin' out loud

/last inscription translates as "continued on next rock"
 
2012-10-01 11:24:50 AM

wxboy: Is this car assembled by Michael Bay?


What a car built by Michael Bay might look like.
 
2012-10-01 11:34:19 AM

ArcadianRefugee: Never understood the "omg calendar ends!" thing. Ours ends every 12 months and we don't have a problem.


The end of a baktun is a bit more of a thing than just one cycle around the sun, but yeah, it really doesn't have meaning. Nowhere in Mayan theories does it say the world ends when a baktun does.
 
2012-10-01 11:36:56 AM

ArcadianRefugee: wxboy: Is this car assembled by Michael Bay?

What a car built by Michael Bay might look like.


...

People in the comments are white-knighting Pintos.

People in the comments are white-knighting Pintos.

People in the comments are white-knighting Pintos.

You cannot make this shiat up. Fark you, internet!
 
2012-10-01 12:12:02 PM

GAT_00: The end of a baktun is a bit more of a thing than just one cycle around the sun


That was kinda my point. Theirs 'ends' every 52k years or whatever; ours expires every year.
 
2012-10-01 12:16:32 PM
My calendar is perpetual. Your argument is invalid.

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-10-01 12:36:07 PM
So has the 2012 bullshiat ended in America? I haven't seen much of it on fark lately, so I had assumed it had died down now that the hypothetical reality was hitting folks.
 
2012-10-01 12:38:23 PM

WorkingInParadise: My calendar is perpetual. Your argument is invalid.

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 400x294]


you've saved us all!
 
2012-10-01 12:39:47 PM
Yeah, let's base our expectations on an extinct society that sacrificed humans to appease their gods.
 
2012-10-01 12:58:10 PM

Teknowaffle: So has the 2012 bullshiat ended in America? I haven't seen much of it on fark lately, so I had assumed it had died down now that the hypothetical reality was hitting folks.


Check back on November 7th. Whatever the outcome of the previous days' election, I think we are in for a derpquake of epic proportion, one strong enough to trigger the eruption of the Yellowstone super-volcano, releasing a cloud of ash and smoke so vast that the earth will be plunged into darkness for the better part of a century.
 
2012-10-01 01:12:58 PM

What Plants Crave: Teknowaffle: So has the 2012 bullshiat ended in America? I haven't seen much of it on fark lately, so I had assumed it had died down now that the hypothetical reality was hitting folks.

Check back on November 7th. Whatever the outcome of the previous days' election, I think we are in for a derpquake of epic proportion, one strong enough to trigger the eruption of the Yellowstone super-volcano, releasing a cloud of ash and smoke so vast that the earth will be plunged into darkness for the better part of a century.


Well, if 0bama gets elected, the world will end right then and there, so there will not be anything to check. Of Course, if Rmoney wins, it is a sign of the second coming of our lord and savory Jesus H Christ, and the world will end anyway after we suffer the trials and tribbileations.

/The only answer is to vote green.
 
2012-10-01 01:16:55 PM

ArcadianRefugee: Never understood the "omg calendar ends!" thing. Ours ends every 12 months and we don't have a problem.


I've been saying that to anyone who brings up the whole Mayan Calendar thing.
 
2012-10-01 01:25:09 PM

Surool: ArcadianRefugee: Never understood the "omg calendar ends!" thing. Ours ends every 12 months and we don't have a problem.

I've been saying that to anyone who brings up the whole Mayan Calendar thing.


But (y)our calendar isn't a manually crafted relic from a person who would have spoken English with a foreign accent.

/Chinese doesn't count
 
2012-10-01 01:36:32 PM

ArcadianRefugee: Never understood the "omg calendar ends!" thing. Ours ends every 12 months and we don't have a problem.


Precisely. I mentioned this to a friend, and whoosh, because, well, Mayans.
 
2012-10-01 01:39:15 PM

Teknowaffle: So has the 2012 bullshiat ended in America? I haven't seen much of it on fark lately, so I had assumed it had died down now that the hypothetical reality was hitting folks.


No itll probably get nuttier the closer it gets to Dec 21st or whenever the thing ends. Makes me wish I got in on that selling emergency supplies business. Hell even at Costco you can buy a years worth for like $1200
 
2012-10-01 01:39:33 PM
Remember the Y2K crisis when all the computers were supposed to as'plode or something? I was working with distributed systems running from a mainframe hub at the time, and it all went smoothly. Apart from one old dBase IV utility, still in use at the central office. It didn't recognize a calendar year beginning with '2', so I used 01/01/1901 as the starting date for further database updates.

/csb

//lawn - git
 
2012-10-01 01:42:49 PM
As some with with an interest in Mesoamerican history, this 2012 bullshiat has made it difficult to find books and resources on the subject because searches on Amazon and Google are always filled 2012 garbage.
 
2012-10-01 02:23:23 PM
I can picture the people who started this calendar system.

"So, when it reaches 13 bakhuns, what happens to our calendar then?"

"That's 5,125 years from now. Who gives a f**k? Let them figure it out themselves."
 
2012-10-01 02:49:10 PM
We are going to believe a society that is foretelling our demise, but could not foretell their own?
 
2012-10-01 02:53:00 PM
FTA: "Experts estimate the system starts counting at 3114 B.C., and will have run through 13 baktuns, or 5,125 years, around Dec. 21. "

I estimate my weight every time I look in the mirror. Then I get on the scales and see the reality... for all we know their calendar already ended years ago
 
2012-10-01 02:55:23 PM
I'm planning a New Year's Eve party for the local Pastifarians and other friends.
 
2012-10-01 03:01:14 PM

Teknowaffle: What Plants Crave: Teknowaffle: So has the 2012 bullshiat ended in America? I haven't seen much of it on fark lately, so I had assumed it had died down now that the hypothetical reality was hitting folks.

Check back on November 7th. Whatever the outcome of the previous days' election, I think we are in for a derpquake of epic proportion, one strong enough to trigger the eruption of the Yellowstone super-volcano, releasing a cloud of ash and smoke so vast that the earth will be plunged into darkness for the better part of a century.

Well, if 0bama gets elected, the world will end right then and there, so there will not be anything to check. Of Course, if Rmoney wins, it is a sign of the second coming of our lord and savory Jesus H Christ, and the world will end anyway after we suffer the trials and tribbileations.

/The only answer is to vote green.


Really?
 
2012-10-01 03:07:43 PM

xanadian: See, Earth is kind of like the Ford Pinto of the solar system...


Does that mean we are all going to bang the fat chick in the back seat? Fark yeah we are all getting laid.
 
2012-10-01 03:15:12 PM

Rapmaster2000: Yeah, let's base our expectations on an extinct society that sacrificed humans to appease their gods.


ts3.mm.bing.net 

/tin hat
 
2012-10-01 03:17:39 PM
Meh, I'm taking the day off and going dragon spotting.
 
2012-10-01 03:29:31 PM
What I don't get is the number of Christians who buy into this horseshiat. Did Jesus himself not say that none may know the future, save God Himself? Why would God tell the Mayans, who didn't worship Him, the date of the end of the world?

I forgive New Agers, Wiccans, neo-Pagans, and other branches of modern idiocy as they have no idea what the hell they really believe, but come on! at least have a passing idea what your religion believes.
 
2012-10-01 03:31:48 PM

Slaves2Darkness: Meh, I'm taking the day off and going dragon spotting.


I already have the day off! Yeah 9/80 schedule!
 
2012-10-01 03:33:38 PM

Teknowaffle: So has the 2012 bullshiat ended in America? I haven't seen much of it on fark lately, so I had assumed it had died down now that the hypothetical reality was hitting folks.


Not really. I've still got a brother and a mother raving about it any chance they get, so I'd say the new agers are still yokelling it up as strong as ever.
 
2012-10-01 03:34:06 PM

SoupJohnB: Remember the Y2K crisis when all the computers were supposed to as'plode or something? I was working with distributed systems running from a mainframe hub at the time, and it all went smoothly. Apart from one old dBase IV utility, still in use at the central office. It didn't recognize a calendar year beginning with '2', so I used 01/01/1901 as the starting date for further database updates.

/csb

//lawn - git


I worked for a credit union back then. The only problem we had was an issue with our credit card processor not recognizing cards with XXX/XX/00 expiration dates. But that was in mid-1998 and was fixed by October of the same year. But we did spend a lot of time and money testing everything before Jan 01 2000 hit.
 
2012-10-01 03:35:33 PM

GAT_00: ArcadianRefugee: Never understood the "omg calendar ends!" thing. Ours ends every 12 months and we don't have a problem.

The end of a baktun is a bit more of a thing than just one cycle around the sun, but yeah, it really doesn't have meaning. Nowhere in Mayan theories does it say the world ends when a baktun does.


Yeah, it is more like what happens after December 31, 9999.
 
2012-10-01 03:42:37 PM
The Mayan stuff just because its a popular mythology surrounding the "Galactic Alignment" that is to occur in December. Its has become the poster child on which to hang a vast array of New Age occult and ancient astrological theories and prophecies. Some Christians have also latched on to it event as a possible day for the return of Christ. (A view not supported by The Bible.)
 
2012-10-01 03:43:35 PM

Pick: We are going to believe a society that is foretelling our demise, but could not foretell their own?


1) They didn't, 2)They wrote plenty about that. It isn't like a total ecological and economic collapse sneaks up on you.

And even though you didn't address this 3) The Mayans didn't cease to exist; they were still there fighting each other when the Spanish showed up, and they were rambunctious enough to give them a pretty righteous couple of decades of war before the old Mayan settlement area was what we'd call "pacified"(though even after that the Mayans would periodically rebel twice or thrice a century). What happened to the Mayans was that their high-intensity method of farming combined with increasingly destructive wars between the city states to lead first to an ecological collapse, then an economic one, and then a mass abandonment of the cities. As archeology over the last 30 years has shown, this is a pattern most early civilizations fell into; it even happened in Mesopotamia to a certain extent, though the the Persian dynasties managed to mitigate the damage by investing in huge, long-term irrigation projects.
 
2012-10-01 03:50:54 PM

Rapmaster2000: Yeah, let's base our expectations on an extinct society that sacrificed humans to appease their gods.


Why not? Plenty of humans base their behavior(or at least, profess to base their behavior) on a Bronze-Age religion that did exactly that. The scape-goat didn't start out as a goat, and not all of us are willing to conveniently forget what the Bible says happened to Jericho and every other non-Yaweh worshiping city, or why it was done. All gods start off as blood-thirsty tyrants because there's nothing humans value more than their own lives.
 
2012-10-01 03:53:18 PM
I thought a Bakhun was that fat judge on Iron Chef America.
 
2012-10-01 04:02:16 PM

Heron: Pick: We are going to believe a society that is foretelling our demise, but could not foretell their own?

1) They didn't, 2)They wrote plenty about that. It isn't like a total ecological and economic collapse sneaks up on you.

And even though you didn't address this 3) The Mayans didn't cease to exist; they were still there fighting each other when the Spanish showed up, and they were rambunctious enough to give them a pretty righteous couple of decades of war before the old Mayan settlement area was what we'd call "pacified"(though even after that the Mayans would periodically rebel twice or thrice a century). What happened to the Mayans was that their high-intensity method of farming combined with increasingly destructive wars between the city states to lead first to an ecological collapse, then an economic one, and then a mass abandonment of the cities. As archeology over the last 30 years has shown, this is a pattern most early civilizations fell into; it even happened in Mesopotamia to a certain extent, though the the Persian dynasties managed to mitigate the damage by investing in huge, long-term irrigation projects.


The ecological destruction cause of several of these dead civilizations was really well stated in Jared Diamond's "Collapse." The early settling of Iceland, the fall of the Easter Islanders, the Native American tribes of the southwest; I don't mean to sound like his publicist or something, but Diamond's books are all fantastic reads, both for education and plain old enjoyment.
 
2012-10-01 04:08:40 PM

BKITU: it takes a great deal of stupidity to comprehend so thoroughly something so spectacularly idiotic.


I had you favorited before but without any note. I've now found that note. ;)
 
2012-10-01 04:14:50 PM

Ed Grubermann: SoupJohnB: Remember the Y2K crisis when all the computers were supposed to as'plode or something? I was working with distributed systems running from a mainframe hub at the time, and it all went smoothly. Apart from one old dBase IV utility, still in use at the central office. It didn't recognize a calendar year beginning with '2', so I used 01/01/1901 as the starting date for further database updates.

/csb

//lawn - git

I worked for a credit union back then. The only problem we had was an issue with our credit card processor not recognizing cards with XXX/XX/00 expiration dates. But that was in mid-1998 and was fixed by October of the same year. But we did spend a lot of time and money testing everything before Jan 01 2000 hit.


Ditto the groundwork for major IT issues. I meant to say 01/01/1900 for the old DOS-based app. Kept the damned thing up and running running until 1902!

/Yer dern tootin', I did! And wore onions on my belt.

//Yellow, not white. Couldn't afford the white ones
 
2012-10-01 04:21:05 PM
Ah, the Mayan Y2k bug.

Haven't we put this crap to rest yet?
 
2012-10-01 04:32:46 PM

Leeds: Ah, the Mayan Y2k bug.

Haven't we put this crap to rest yet?


How many predictions did the founders of the Seventh Day Adventists and the Jehovah's Witness get wrong? Some people seem to have this pathological need to believe the world will end.
 
2012-10-01 04:46:21 PM

Ed Grubermann: What I don't get is the number of Christians who buy into this horseshiat.


Mayans, not Christians. I see this and your 2nd troll attempt and award you no points.
johnnemec.com
 
2012-10-01 04:52:56 PM

Teknowaffle: Of Course, if Rmoney wins, it is a sign of the second coming of our lord and savory Jesus H Christ


Mmm... sacrilicious....
 
2012-10-01 04:54:01 PM

Ed Grubermann: Leeds: Ah, the Mayan Y2k bug.

Haven't we put this crap to rest yet?

How many predictions did the founders of the Seventh Day Adventists and the Jehovah's Witness get wrong? Some people seem to have this pathological need to believe the world will end.


Hey man, The Watchtower Society says Armageddon is coming soon. (since 1914)
If you are alive, you will perish in fire and brimstone that rain from the sky. But! If you're dead, then you get resurrected and get another chance. So.... you know, when 'geddon starts, just off yourself for the instant respawn.

Personally, I suspect that either the Hov system's mass relay has been destroyed and we have to wait till the next cycle, or Jesus went back in time with his wife, creating an alternate timeline which prevents him from ever returning to ours.
 
2012-10-01 04:59:24 PM

Ed Grubermann: Leeds: Ah, the Mayan Y2k bug.

Haven't we put this crap to rest yet?

How many predictions did the founders of the Seventh Day Adventists and the Jehovah's Witness get wrong? Some people seem to have this pathological need to believe the world will end.


The predictions will be around for as long as dimwits send them money in exchange for fantastic and fatalistic prophecies. I guess it's either, "As long as I keeping paying for this (blige water), the World won't blow up." "If it do, I'll be swept away in the Rapture, first."

/sort of like paying for FARK

//heh
 
2012-10-01 05:07:20 PM

Ed Grubermann: Leeds: Ah, the Mayan Y2k bug.

Haven't we put this crap to rest yet?

How many predictions did the founders of the Seventh Day Adventists and the Jehovah's Witness get wrong? Some people seem to have this pathological need to believe the world will end.


Hence the spectacular popularity of the Left Behind series. It's not just the comfort of 'knowing' you are among the elect... it's the delicious shadenfreude of knowing that all us wicked non-believers will get our comeuppance and realize, too late, that THEY were right all along.
 
2012-10-01 05:22:40 PM

serial arseonist: Hey man, The Watchtower Society says Armageddon is coming soon. (since 1914)


Long-running tradition, the original Christian second-coming prophecies specified that the kingdom of heaven and final judgement would arrive within the lifetime of Peter.

Note that the religion didn't dissolve and go back to making good wine and terrible beer in the first century CE after the pope died.
 
2012-10-01 05:24:43 PM
We must alert the folks at the History Channel.
 
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