12.12.2012

a great date


It's 12.12.12! To all my fellow obsessives, enjoy the day!

14 comments:

James Redekop said...

From some science geeks on Twitter yesterday:

@BadAstronomer: Don’t get too excited about tomorrow’s date, folks. It’s arbitrary; in England, they write it backwards as 12/12/12.

@elakdawalla: @BadAstronomer I seem to recall you cracking precisely the same joke on 11/11/11...

@toasterhead: @elakdawalla @BadAstronomer I look forward to seeing this joke again on Smarch 13 of next year.

laura k said...

Nice! I commented to Allan that this is our last one. I've been noting these dates as long as I've been blogging, especially 10.10.10 and 11.11.11. This is the last one!

And James, bon voyage!

laura k said...

I don't know if you've seen Mayan ruins before, but they are so exciting. As everything, so much more amazing in person.

James Redekop said...

There'll be plenty of other patterns coming up. Jan 3rd will be 13/1/3 or 1/3/13 or 3/1/13 depending on your notation, for example. I'm sure the news programs'll be trotting out a numerologist for that one, just like I heard this morning on the way to the train.


This'll be our first time in Mexico (and Bahamas, and Jamaica, and Grand Cayman). Should be a fun trip!

The cruise includes a workshop on reading Mayan glyphs, as well as lectures on astronomy, the space program, and the social history of doomsday (plus a workshop for writers hosted by David Brin & Robert Sawyer).

Just have to finish cleaning the house before we go...

laura k said...

There'll be plenty of other patterns coming up. Jan 3rd will be 13/1/3 or 1/3/13 or 3/1/13 depending on your notation, for example.

Sure, there are always patterns. But once we've reached 2012, the best ones are all gone. :)

Social history of doomsday - that sounds great! As do most of the events. Great idea - sun, surf, and relaxation, without the boredom. Enjoy!

James Redekop said...

The official song for today.

laura k said...

And From Imp Strump...

laura k said...

Oops, same song! Sorry about that. :)

John F said...

What I love most about 12/12/12 is that it marks exactly nine days until everyone stops talking about the apocalypse. I thought I would never be more sick of hearing about something than the 2012 Presidential election, but the Mayan crap* is right up there.

*The Mayans themselves are in no way crap. You know what I mean.

James Redekop said...

John, you're an optimist!

Lots of people thought all the talk about Planet X / Nibiru would end after it failed to show up in May, 2003, but it's been exhumed and invoked for the 2012 event (as have several other silly scenarios).

Dec 21st will be a bust (except for those of us using it as an excuse for fun), but it won't be long until the next apocalypse.

laura k said...

What I love most about 12/12/12 is that it marks exactly nine days until everyone stops talking about the apocalypse.

You're not an optimist, you're a dreamer! :)

laura k said...

*The Mayans themselves are in no way crap. You know what I mean.

I liked this. :) Yes, of course, totally.

I actually hear none of this. I know it's around - if you Google the wrong thing, you get an onslaught - but I don't hear or see it anywhere unless I try. But then, I live in a bubble. I have seen almost no US election campaign crap in two consecutive elections.

It's a gift. :)

John F said...

I should clarify my earlier comment. While someone will always be worrying about some sort of apocalypse (like the Rapture, which is so lucrative for TV preachers), no one will talk about the Mayan apocalypse after the 21st. And I, for one, will ironically thank Baby Jebus on that day.

laura k said...

Heh. True. Sorry to pick on your comment. It was begging for it. :)