Monday, November 30, 2009

Unintentional Satire

Satire works when the satirist knows he is mocking the object of satiric commentary. And sometimes it works when the writer is being completely sincere, but also is completely disconnected from reality. When the unintentional satirist revels in a position that opposes reality, the unintended satire borders on hilarity.

Example of unintented satire:

Obama's Brilliant First Year

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

the Mayan calendar

I have read in a few places, and been told by a few people, about the Mayan calendar's end in 2012. Some people forecast doom, on the premise that if the Mayans said the calendar ends then the world must end.

Calendars are man's creation, as a way to record the passage of time. Time itself is man's creation.

Plants show diurnalism, which represents recognition of light vs dark. And that's as far as I'll allow predictive power to hold sway. Coincidentally we humans can predict that there are day periods and night periods because we have grown up in the same dichotomous environment.

Any calendar that orients itself past observing day/night cycles -- well, that calendar is engaged in entertainment.

But that's just my opinion, I guess.