I was wondering why no one seemed to be commenting on this blog -- it made me feel sad -- and then I realized that I had neglected to click the "Follow Comments" button and there were a bunch of comments waiting for me :-)
You should do that more often then Max. Think of the joy you'd get every morning when you find that people are actually still reading your stuff? (Not to mention the lightening of the load on your email inbox....)
I wonder if anything noteworthy happened the last time the world ended, on 11 August, 3114 BC.
I also wonder how large the EOTW industry will be this year. Like you said, lots of slime-balls coming out of the woodworks to help people part with their money.
BTW, did you know there's a Mayan Calendar app for iOS? Nothing sleazy or sensational about it -- it simply implements the Mayan Long Count Calendar, and revenues go to support the non-profit Maya Exploration Center.
The non existent prophecy is really spot on. For example:
"Chaos will happen all over the world which will lead to death of millions of living creatures."
This describes exactly what will happen on Dec 21 2012. Because this is what happens everyday, provided you use a less apocalyptic definition(see Gleik) of the word "chaos" and count all living things (that are dying).
I need to check my horoscope now to see if it is brown sock day or a blue sock day.
## I need to check my horoscope now to see if it is brown sock day or a blue sock day.
If you were a trendsetter and leader of fashion like myself, you would know that it's all the rage to wear odd-colored socks at the moment...
Note: (a) By "odd-colored socks" I mean a different color on each foot, not a disturbingly strange color and (b) I've been doing this unintentionally for years, so it's gratifying that the fashion world has finally caught up with me (I find that if I hold onto my clothes long enough they come back into style ... at least, that's what I keep on telling myself :-)
Actually there is also a fashion of socks with bands of many (and sometimes clashing) colours. They seem to be more available in England than in the states (although I found a great pair in Savanna Ga) and one fashion brand charges about 18 pounds ($30) for a pair! They are available at all high end fashion shops including Harrods and all over Heathrow.
I am told that is is quite humourous to see the barristers in London dressed formally in wig, coat, tie, vest (waistcoat) etc. and when they sit down there is this flash of colour.
These sound ideal for the French-Canadian wedding tradition of the "Ugly Sock Dance" (google it).
And it's strange, I happen to have two pairs of brown/black socks, don't know where they came from. Will have to save them for 21Dec.
... anyone have a copy of the "Octavo" on hand?
As if Harold "Rapture-Boy" Camping wasn't bad enough... now it seems that Japanese Princess Kaoru Nakamaru is also getting into the act (... a "fifth-dimensional" one, at that. Buckaroo Banzai, anyone? ).
But what can one expect... from a year which, already, will likely play out the most ridiculous Presidential Campaign on record?
The problem with shorting things down is that things get dropped off. It's the EOTW AS WE KNOW IT. It doesn't have to mean the world is about to end. There could be a world wide EPS pulse which wipes out all electronics. I can imagine that causing a lot of death and chaos.
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