Doomsday…dun dun duuunnnnnn!

Well for those freaking out, “the end” is tomorrow. The Mayans predicted it in their all-so-wise calendar. WordPress bloggers and readers; know this, the world (for China as I’m writing this) ended already and still nothing.

Whatever conspiracy theories you subscribe to, we have in recent history have suffered through a lot and we will always get through it despite the constant paranoia. For the sake of time and carpel tunnel, I’ll make it clear. Rogue planets are unlikely, gravity and tides would indicate a large planetary mass would be close. Asteroids, we had a lot of near misses in the last decade of about 1 or 2 and counting comets help us size up the next one. Lucky guesses, the Nostradamus predictions and any guess work made by some dude from some civilization passed is fairly coincidental; if I said someone will die in the next 30 seconds, that would be prophet but nope, that’s statistics. As a kid, I use to be angry and hade a few conspiracy theories of my own. I understand where the fear comes from, it’s fear of the unknown and uncontrollable that causes panic. In large in my honest opinion, in many ways the world should burn and start anew. However, I do see a lot of good in the world and with goodness, much hope for something better.

Regardless, science would let us know if there was something going on. Gravity, tidal waves, or environmental anomalies like old inactive volcanoes blowing it’s heated load sooner than we think (…cough…); we would know and science would be the best indication of something going wrong. With that, lets give a closer examination of the Mayan calendar. Okay, maybe not so detailed but at least the rudimentary operation of a calendar.

So for the sake of ignorance, our (western) calendar. It’s a system that keeps track of time using an arbitrary consistent marker like the sun, the moon or in the Gregorian calendar (aka our calendar), the succession of of the sun and seasons. About 365 sunrises to make a year, a quarter makes a solstice or an equinox which marks the transition between seasons. For mathematical reasons, we add an extra day every four years to account for the time we didn’t count because the orbit of the freaking Earth operates on nature’s terms. By that, I mean nothing is really perfect or on the dot (probably a life lesson in that statement, but I’m getting ahead of myself). So what happens after the usual 365 days? Easy answer is a new year and we start from day 1. It’s a cycle of the same numbers and semantics regardless of the language or religion.

Back to the Mayans, the calendar is the same exact deal. Rather keeping just one year at a time, they thought it out long term. It’s a smart move, it saves paper (…errr, stone). I would like a calendar I would buy once every 4 years, just to simplify the matter. There are a few things we do know from this calendar. It was built to last so they were really counting on numerating time. To be a bit humorous, it was the end of a civilization and so the guy wasn’t hoarding old calendars.

Many ways, it’s a joyous occasions. For those party drinkers, that an extra day to party since it’s a Mayan new year. Aside from Christmas and our New Years, that’s one more night of drinking and one more day of living with a hangover. The second thing I can really think of is the Mayans would technically have survived this long to affect Western society which is monumentally awesome. Western society took a lot of small native societies and I think it’s the first time one of those small native societies to psyche out the Western world. Not hating, but good work Mayans; you got the gullible pretty good.

Though the world won’t end, the best way we can really enjoy every final moment is to live each moment as the very last since every moment would never be the same. Talk to you next week.


May 21, Rapture, Doomsday, Apocalypse – “Fake or not, I’m game”

So if you haven’t been reading the news, the rapture is here (according to that book, The Bible). As sceptical as I may be on the subject of the almighty end of civilization and a possible rebirth, there are a good few values to learn from it. Examples? Don’t be taking candy bars, don’t be consuming excess amounts of food, be helpful to all and all that jazz. Though I do take a logical approach to it; screw the Bible (sorry my Christian buddies), help when you can, do what you can and if some person wants to mouth off at you, go right ahead but don’t jump the gun. The whole get-up of being or doing the “Christian” seems like you have to be good to be Christian. Not so, doing good is very universal; find the right time and the right purpose to do so, then be amazed by how much one small action can bring. However though in my mind if there was such a God, I wouldn’t think anyone would get off that easy. You can’t simply just do one small deed and go to heaven. If anything, it would be weighed on purity of the soul (I think this is in the Bible, if not…that sucks). Maybe even good stuff to bad stuff equals a passing grade to heaven? In both those scenarios, I would get in the former and probably be rejected by the latter. In any rate, the closest star’s not going to go supernova any time soon in terms of human lifespan; so in all likelihood, we’re stuck here for about a couple billion years or so with enough time to spare to do what we can to get out of this planet and onto the next habitable world we come across. From what my Christian acquaintances, we might see the dead rise. I think that’s already happened (Technically “quasi-dead”). But lets just say for the sake of this small time blog that the dead rise and they’re the zombies we all saw coming, could we the people of our possible undoing prevent our destruction by our recent dead?

I’ve consulted The Zombie Survival Guide(recommended reading for zombie/survival preparedness enthusiasts), as a well maintained group of citizens it’s a definite yes. For me however would be difficult considering many factors such as weapons, allies and food supplies. Everyone I’ve ask seems to have a little or elaborate plan in case zombies do arrive. I for one, would be ready but not really all the way ready. I’ve planned out my escape routes, survival strategies and a few back up solutions; but no matter how much planning will get me a few trusty friends to help build barricades or find food and items. In all likely scenarios, I would be one of many ready to settle into a colony or a human outpost. Currently I’ve put my survival kit build on hold because I have no money to put in it at the moment; but once I have the cash flow or when the time comes, I’ll have the basic things I need to survive the first couple months or so. Here’s how it’s going to go down:

What I got now:

-2 First Aid Kits (small travel size, medium supply box)

-10 piece multi-tool

-large serrated blade (in case i need to cut something bigger)



-flashlight + lots of batteries

-books and a notebook to prevent insanity

-small bag with enough space to carry all the above and a spare pair of pants, socks, shirt and sweater

I need:

-pistol or rifle (hard to find a gun shop around here, likely stick in raiding some place or a chainsaw or something destructive) and ammo

-rucksack or just a massive back pack (need to bring some more clothes or find stuff I want to keep)

-large medical supply kit (in case I need to bandage myself like mad)

-consumables with good nutritional content (can/preserved goods)

-rope (maybe 200 metres or so, you can never have enough)

-tarp or large canvas (last because I doubt I would really need it much)

Actually, looking at this list I can say I’m pretty well stocked for now. I have a few routes planned on where to hide out or start a small settlement. Though an undead attack may not happen (probability is likely really low), it’s good to be prepared in case you need to jump in and make a difference. Whether it is doing good or pulling through humanity in the harshest of times when the world comes to a fiery or crazy end, just stay prepared.

You guys made your plans yet?