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21 December 2011 @ 04:16 pm
Last Year of the Long Calendar  
The Mayan long calendar ends a year from today. Well, it doesn't end, it clicks over to the next--b'ak'tun, it's called. The 14th b'ak'tun. There's no more prophetic doom associated with the end of the long calendar than the millennium, and possibly less: lifting from Wiki, we have the commentary that "for the ancient Maya, it was a huge celebration to make it to the end of a whole cycle."

Me, while I'm in no hurry for the world to end, I'd love to see some kind of stunning world-changing events materialize in the final year of the b'ak'tun. You know, the overthrow of our corporate overlords and a sudden planet-wide desire to halt climate change in its tracks. Something like that. And I have to say the events of this past year certainly seem promising in some ways toward the former, though, man, I was trying to imagine throwing off my corporate overlords entirely for even a month, and (even excepting things like electricity, which I don't propose to do without) it'd be a hell of a job to avoid supporting corporations with my cash euros. I mean, from whom would I get milk?

Anyway, large-scale protests of that sort aside, I'm feeling a bit like the last year in the long calendar deserves some special attention. It's like Y2K in that I've been aware for most of my life that it'll be part of my life, and I didn't do a particularly good job celebrating Y2K, so it'd be nice to do something with the Long Calendar. Also, it wraps up on the solstice, which I happen to find appealing.

I would, of course, like to say I'll go forth and make the world a better place in 2012, but really it doesn't seem all that likely. I'd like to get and keep in better contact with friends, which is probably a more feasible goal. I'd like to actually get in shape, which is probably feasible if I go at it methodically (one reason for a whiteboard or the moral equivalent thereof). I'd like to do something beautiful or artistic outside of my usual work, but I don't know that my time management skills are up to it. But, you know, just do something splendid.

Just in case it's the last year of the world. :)
 
 
 
Geek of Weird Shit: sensualgows on December 21st, 2011 01:09 pm (UTC)
I find the solstice wrap-up appealing, too. :)

Apropos of the whole fitness thing, I was giving another friend advice on her shoulder pain (which is Just About like yours), and wrote the following for her. Figured you could use it too. ;)

Here's a good rotator cuff strengthening video. You'll want to get massage first to loosen the pissy muscle before strengthening. I'd do more of the last three exercises than the first one, just because that muscle is already tight.

There's another video here for strengthening the rhomboids and stretching the chest. For the rhomboids, it should feel like you're pinching your shoulder blades together.

You don't need to go crazy whole-hog on these, but something to balance out your hands-forward life would be good.
Cymru Llewescymrullewes on December 21st, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAS-pvQ06s4 SemiSonic's Closing Time with Lyrics. "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end" I note that I seem to be in the minority on this thought...