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March 16, 2011


Richard J

Unsurprisingly (per Michael Coe, I think[1]), the Mayans appear to have had no particular worry about the end of the Long Count. Something like the Y2K problem, except several hundred years in their future.

[1] His pop-science book on deciphering the Mayan writing system is superb, BTW.


It's a nice cultural blend; a Mayan calendar shift gets picked up by Californian bullshitters and ends up being taken to the hearts of the Chinese public.

This is actually the theme of Tom Friedman's next book, tentatively titled The World Is Fucking Stupid.


Technically speaking, isn't everywhere radioactive?

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