Wednesday 19 December 2012
A busy day, working from 9:00 until just before six. It's difficult to concentrate on the lessons, due to the imminent apocalypse. The 21st of December 2012 was regarded as the end of a 5125 year long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar.
The Maya were a Mesoamerican civilization, noted for the only known fully developed written language of the pre-Columbian Americas, as well as for art, architecture, and mathematical and astronomical systems. Fair enough, but they also went in for ritualised sacrifice, usually performed in public by religious or political leaders piercing a soft body part, most commonly the tongue, ear or foreskin, and collecting the blood to smear directly on an idol or collecting it on paper, which was then burned. I'm not sure that Prof. Brian Cox uses these methods, but you never know.
If there's no entry on Friday, I will apologise profusely to the Mayans when we all meet up on Mars.