December 2012

A good month for movies, including Lincoln, Life of Pi, and Rise of the Guardians. I watched Les Miserables on Christmas Day, then Searching for Sugarman on Boxing Day night, on on a trans-Atlantic flight:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2125608/

This last tells the story of Rodriguez, a Detroit native who recorded two excellent albums in 1970 & 1971. Though his records never sold in the USA he attained to semidivine status in South Africa. For decades South Africans thought him dead by suicide until two enterprising young men searched him out and brought him to Capetown to be introduced to his adoring public. Rodriguez is himself quite unpretentious; he continues to work manual labor, lives quietly, and has given away to friends and relatives most of the money that he has made from his music. Viva Rodriguez!

Worthwhile article: www.economist.com/node/21560523

Wright’s Law: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbMH3XtAMqg

Book recommendations: http://m.thebrowser.com/interviews/roman-krznaric-on-art-living

Noteworthy archeological dig: Göbekli Tepe, which at eleven thousand years old makes it “six and a half thousand years older than the Great Pyramid, five and a half thousand years older than the earliest known cuneiform texts, and about a thousand years older than the walls of Jericho, formerly believed to be the world’s most ancient monumental structure.”Read more at: www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/

At the Houston Museum of Natural Science:

Gems of the Medici = http://www.hmns.org/index.php?op

and

Maya 2012 = http://www.hmns.org/index.php?opti

The latter displayed clearly and calmly how once the cycle of 13 b’ak’tuns ended on December 21, a new cycle would began, and that there would be no need for the panic that engulfed portions of the planet:

http://www.december212012.com/articl

Longer cycles have always been part of Mayan cosmology:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesoamerican_

One inscription even speaks of a day 72 octillion years into the future – that is 72 billion billion billion years hence – well after our current universe is scheduled for dismantlement:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274

Now of course that we have survived December 21, other doomsayers are predicting other days of catastrophe. As for me, I welcomed the dawn of December 22 prepared for whatever the next cycle might bring, singing Joy to the World as I prepared in my own way to welcome the annual return of the Prince of Peace.

¡Feliz Navidad!

Joyeux Noël!

Buon Natale!

Feliz Natal!

Veselé Vánoce!