Welcome to the end of the world.

It had to be done. I’m sure that 99% of other people on this planet who own a blog are writing something about the supposed ‘doomsday’ that’s apparently taking place today. Aside from the face it currently looks like Silent Hill outside because of thick fog, there doesn’t seem to be any sign of it yet.

Not that I’m taking this seriously. What people don’t seem to understand is that the end of the Mayan calendar did not signify the end of the world, but the beginning of a new era. I’m going to explain it quickly for people who don’t understand what I mean – the Mayan calendar is set out as 5 ‘numbers’ with four decimal points (for example, 14.0.0.0.0) where each number represents a unit of time (14.1.8.1.16 would precede 14.1.8.1.17) and each number counts to 20 before resetting itself and adding ‘1’ to the number to its left – with the exception of the second-right number which counts only to 17.

As of December 21st, 2012, the Mayan calendar will move into a new era and hit 13.0.0.0.0. The Mayans wouldn’t be running to their bomb shelters right now, and neither should you – it simply resets to 0.0.0.0.0 on December 22 and carries on. December 23 will be 0.0.0.0.1. Don’t quote me on this. It’s something I remember loosely from a science lesson and it could be wrong. Totally willing to admit that. But it gives you a basic understanding. The calendar reset on August 13, 3114 BCE and we’re still here today. Go figure.

If the world is actually scheduled to end at some point though, I think I’d like it to be by way of a zombie apocalypse. Your life would be like Shaun of the Dead, minus the Cornetto.

Whatever today – or the future – might hold, I doubt I’ll have all that much time to update this before Christmas or even New Year (though the obligatory “Merry Christmas!” and “Happy New Year!” posts will inevitably appear as scheduled) so I’ll take this opportunity to say that I hope each and every one of you have a fantastic Christmas and a totally amazing 2013. 

Because it will be there.

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