Happy New Year! [Info on Mayans]



  • Happy New Year Everybody! Hope you had blast increasing alcohol content in bloodstream.

    Here's to a very happy 2012!



  • @Nagesh said:

    Filed under: no info on mayans - sorry.

     

    That was a mean thing to do!

     



  • @too_many_usernames said:

    @Nagesh said:

    Filed under: no info on mayans - sorry.

     

    That was a mean thing to do!

    If I had info, I would be on Star News or Aaj Tak instead of making posts over here.



  • @Nagesh said:

    Happy New Year Everybody! Hope you had blast increasing alcohol content in bloodstream.

    Here's to a very happy 2012!

    You sure you don't mean "decreasing blood content in alcoholstream"? :)



  • @too_many_usernames said:

    @Nagesh said:

    Filed under: no info on mayans - sorry.

     

    That was a mean thing to do!

     

    Seconded.

     

    I realized it was 2012 when I was unable to focus on running around making Ezio run around in Istanbul because of all the ruckus.



  • @ekolis said:

    @Nagesh said:

    Happy New Year Everybody! Hope you had blast increasing alcohol content in bloodstream.

    Here's to a very happy 2012!

    You sure you don't mean "decreasing blood content in alcoholstream"? :)

    There are surely some sober people here.



  • @Nagesh said:

    @ekolis said:
    @Nagesh said:

    Happy New Year Everybody! Hope you had blast increasing alcohol content in bloodstream.

    Here's to a very happy 2012!

    You sure you don't mean "decreasing blood content in alcoholstream"? :)

    There are surely some sober people here.

    Fat chance.

     Ves Heill!!



  • @serguey123 said:

    @Nagesh said:

    @ekolis said:
    @Nagesh said:

    Happy New Year Everybody! Hope you had blast increasing alcohol content in bloodstream.

    Here's to a very happy 2012!

    You sure you don't mean "decreasing blood content in alcoholstream"? :)

    There are surely some sober people here.

    Fat chance.

     Ves Heill!!

    Drinking root cause of liver failure - also called as cirhosis.



  • I don't drink alcoholic drinks.

    Info on Mayans: The date December 21, 2012 corresponds to the long count date 13.0.0.0.0. It doesn't mean it ends there or anything else; it does mean it is the correspondence on the other calendar, just in case you want to use long count calendars.

    Now you do have info and can stop complaining about the title being wrong.



  • @zzo38 said:

    Info on Mayans: The date December 21, 2012 corresponds to the long count date 13.0.0.0.0. It doesn't mean it ends there or anything else; it does mean it is the correspondence on the other calendar, just in case you want to use long count calendars.

    Not even then. The Long Count has units above the b'ak'tun.

    The longest recorded Long Count date is: 13.13.13.13.13.13.13.13.13.13.13.13.13.13.13.13.13.13.13.13.0.0.0.0. That's a full nineteen units above the b'ak'tun. Assuming these were actual units, and not just some crazy guy padding the date with a bunch of zeros (13 is zero, BTW) or some weird form of emphasis, the Long Count can track dates for billions of years. In fact, there's another monument which has a date something in the realm of 90 million years in the past. (Incidentally, according to the Long Count the world was created in 3114 BC.)

    Meso-Americans were crazy-ass fuckers. You should all learn more about them; I recommend The Lost City of Z, and 1491. Mann's a terrible writer, but there's tons of great history in the book.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    not just some crazy guy padding the date with a bunch of zeros (13 is zero, BTW)

     Then WTF is 0?



  • @tOmcOlins said:

    @blakeyrat said:

    not just some crazy guy padding the date with a bunch of zeros (13 is zero, BTW)

     Then WTF is 0?

    They don't have a zero. They count from 1 to 12, and use 13 as zero in this particular case.

    The real question is, "how do we know they considered 13 zero when they could just be counting from 1 to 13?" to which the answer is, because it's well documented that the calendar starts at 13.0.0.0.0, counts to 1.0.0.0.0, 2.0.0.0.0 etc until it reaches 13 again, which is in 2012. At that point, nobody's sure exactly what happens. We're all pretty sure that the world doesn't end though.



  • So why write 13.0.0.0.0 and not 13.13.13.13.13? What the hell does this notation mean? How can you use something like that here without EXPLAINING IT?



  • @Nagesh said:

    There are surely some sober people here.
    No, just old.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    Meso-Americans were crazy-ass fuckers.

    This may have a lot to do with the fact that they received visits from aliens every so often. Not ET and UFOs, obviously, but occasional ships blown off course and lost from other cultures. The world was a very big place back then, but the Meso-Americans were particularly isolated, and yet it's almost inconceivable that they didn't get at least some contact. A big, blonde, hairy Viking would have been every bit as alien to them as, say, a Vulcan or a Grey would be to us - except absolutely, unarguably, tangibly real.



  • @MascarponeRun said:

    The world was a very big place back then, but the Meso-Americans were particularly isolated,

    The hell? They had TWO ENTIRE CONTINENTS to trade with.

    @MascarponeRun said:

    and yet it's almost inconceivable that they didn't get at least some contact.

    Probably true, and an exciting possibility. If the natives in Cuba decided to kill Columbus or sink his ships, they'd have had probably another century to rebuild their population after the plague before more Europeans came. Hard to say whether that would have caused a big difference though...



  • @blakeyrat said:

    @MascarponeRun said:
    The world was a very big place back then, but the Meso-Americans were particularly isolated,

    The hell? They had TWO ENTIRE CONTINENTS to trade with.

    No (or at least, not much) sea travel - one of the predominant means of long-distance transport in those days. No horses, either. No caravan routes overland to the rest of the world. They weren't completely isolated, but much more so than Europe, Africa, or Asia. They had little regular contact much north or south of their area, and none at all with any of the really different cultures on other continents.


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