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After numerous serious and blockbuster films about the apocalypse, some of which were certainly a result of the 2012 meme, here come the comedies. Of course they were probably written and filmed prior to last December, but it wasn’t unusual to expect the Mayan doomsday to be a flop. And now that it has flopped, it is time to let out a sigh of relief and laugh a little.
Last year we had Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, and now there are three more on the horizon:
This Is The End opens this week, and has the stars: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen. Six Hollywood friends survive and philosophize, read a review that gives it high marks. I can’t see it being a hit – because without CGI and action and romances etc, where’s the appeal?
Rapture-Palooza was released last week, but perhaps most people will see it …
I’m sure I missed lots of stories during those last, hectic weeks of 2012 – like this one:
A sexy swimsuit model and countless other lusty New Yorkers say tomorrow’s predicted Mayan apocalypse is a great reason to have sex, and are turning to social media and doomsday-themed parties in hopes of fully experiencing humanity’s steamy climax.
“If I die, I don’t want to die on a dry spell!” declared model Niki Ghazian.
The sexy fashion plate, who works in New York and Los Angeles, told The Post she’ll attend a fashion party with friends tonight to celebrate Doomsday Eve — and, hopefully, hook up with someone hot.
“Everybody should go out feeling satisfied,” she told The Post. “If the world’s gonna end, why hold back?”
This is the very same article that appeared in USA editions of Playboy a few years ago, but because it was just before the doom date we got the cover:
I figure this is the first and only time an article that quotes me has a naked woman promoting it.
You can read about me and three other 2012 Forum members at the author’s site:
I’ve done enough media in the last month to get a pretty good idea about how little effort is put into most news items. By my reckoning one minute of TV news would take 10-15 minutes of just 4-5 people: a cameraman, sound engineer (sometimes one person does both), the reporter, the editor and the producer. So I doubt they put much time into the music and found footage they use to go with the story. That would explain why well more than half of the doomsday news reports I have been associated with have shown clips from the 2012 movie and have used REM’s hit song as well.
R.E.M.’s doomsday anthem It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) has been given a big sales boost thanks to last week’s Mayan apocalypse prophecy.
…radio station programmers across the U.S. decided to have a little fun …
Not many surveys have been made regarding our topic, and probably none this academic:
This research is being conducted through the University of Oxford and is interested in the beliefs concerning what has become known as the “2012 movement”. Although this movement has great interest throughout the world, nobody has yet taken the time to get a large scale survey of beliefs… That is just what we hope to do.
Participate (they say it takes 15 minutes) to be in the draw for a gift card:
I suspect this will be my last post that covers the lighter side of doomsday. Obviously the site selling the cloaks is for “entertainment purposes only”, so don’t think this is a product you can buy.
Wearing the Invisible Mystic Mayan Power Cloak™ gives you guaranteed immunity from the 2012 apocalypse.
Note that the above cloaks are in Royal Blue. Can’t see the cloaks? Well, the official response is:
Please note, some people have reported that they cannot actually see the cloaks depicted in the photos shown. This can happen when one’s spiritual vibration hasn’t been raised to the level of AWARENESS necessary to see this magical garment. Please don’t be alarmed or ashamed… it only means that you NEED THIS CLOAK NOW! Your AWARENESS needs to be raised on a spiritual, etheric level and this cloak is the perfect tool for that!.
I received this a couple of days ago:
I hope you are well and don’t mind me contacting. I’m writing a feature for the national newspaper, Sunday Mirror, in the United Kingdom and I need to speak to some British people who are preparing for the end of the world. Would you be able to help with this at all?
It’d be great if you wouldn’t mind putting a post out on the walls for me.
If this sounds like you, email me at survive [at] gmail.com and I’ll provide the contact info.
The Project, on Channel 10, have a feature story tonight about 2012, and they have interviewed myself and Dr Karl presenting the science, a pair of 2012 Forum members who met on the forum (changing their lives) and some New Age nut jobs as well.
For those not in Australia, it will be view-able from tomorrow at http://theprojecttv.com.au/video.htm – although I don’t know if they block foreign countries.
UPDATE: It is now supposed to be on tonight, Wednesday
There is a massive industry in central America revolving around the end of the ancient Mayan calendar. I find it bizarre that people are inspired to head there for the “end of the world”. If this was an episode of Twilight Zone, they’d all suffer a fate worthy of their petulance.
As an extreme example, there is a resort in Mexico called Mayaland, as in Disneyland. It’s mostly not Mayan in terms of attractions, but there are some touches:
Balankanche: This cavern functioned as a ceremonial center for the ancient Mayas. At the entrance is the throne of Balam, a kind of altar, which gives its name to the caves. In the center of the vault an imposing stalactite, reaching down to the floor resembles a giant Ceiba tree.
Regardless, the point I wish to make is the level of interest in being in the Yucatan peninsula for Dec 2012. Right now you …
The premise was both interesting and extremely timely: a world without electricity*. The TV series could have gone in any extreme direction, but unfortunately it seems to be going nowhere. The lack of electricity is not meaningful in the slightest.
On the positive side:
interesting actors (great to see the range of Giancarlo Esposito)
nice fictionalization of a The World Without Us
But really it is just a generic dystopian future crossed with (perhaps) some mythological stories. It’s lack of originality could be described as:
Lost, without depth of character
Falling Skies, without aliens
Walking Dead, without zombies
Mad Max, without poverty or Mel Gibson or car chases
Hunger Games, without romance
Survivors, without despair
I could go on. If it was set immediately after the lack of electricity it could have been interesting, but by setting in 15 years in the future it might as well been called Robin Hood.
I’ll still watch it – it is well made, exciting and …
Years ago I imagined I’d be spending Dec 25 deep in a bunker, surrounded by monitoring equipment, and a periscope. I want to safe, but I also want to know what it happening.
Now I expect to be at my safe spot (but not in a bunker), and using online resources to monitor the world. But if the internet goes down on the fateful day, I might feel a bit vulnerable!
So it would be nice to have some monitoring equipment. Like this, being released in November for $220:
Detects electromagnetic fields
Checks food for nitrates (so you can tell if it is organic or not)
Connects to your iPhone
Future sensors planned include allergen sensor, glucometer, blood pressure monitor, oscilloscope, vehicle diagnostics device, and fitness tracker.
OK, so it’s a toy for New Agers. Still, I would like to have something with me that can detect cosmic rays, radiation and changes to the Earth’s …
There’s no doubting that Doomsday Preppers is a popular and useful TV series. With what might prove to be perfect timing it is surely inspiring thousands of people to prepare for the worst. For that, we should be thankful.
For the preppers who appear on the show it means five minutes of fame. But if you volunteer for this TV show, what would you sacrifice?
1. Control over your portrayal. The film crew might record hours of you providing sage advice, but show instead ten seconds of you firing a machine gun – and then repeat it a few times. Or perhaps highlight the dumbest thing you said all day. Ultimately they wish to entertain, even if it is at your expense.
2. Anonymity. Friends, family and acquaintances know you, even if your real name doesn’t appear on the TV. And hey, you are on TV! You will tell people to watch it. …
There are lots of these online, but here we have a real clock that counts down to Dec 21, 2012 – or any other date you care to plug in to it. Regardless of dates, it will always feature the Aztec Sun Stone (yep, not Mayan, but the best visual representation of the Long Count calender we have):
Official site, which one day might tell you where to purchase, is Thumbs Up!
Additionally there are plenty of apps for your phone, like this one:
Or down in Tapachula, Mexico, there’s a giant clock:
And if that’s too big, consider a $10 keychain / conversation piece:
Nicola Skelton mentioned.
So I take time out from TEOTWAWKI research, and sit down to watch an Australian comedy TV show, Mad As Hell. But it seems that 2012 is following me around the house, and they run a sketch in which an Aussie chap is planning on surviving 2012 in a bunker!
Start watching at 11:11
I don’t think he is based on me, but they got the location correct – NSW High Country – best survival spot in the world.
Critics might be divided on the new comedy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, but I think those with a strong awareness of the topic might enjoy the movie more – I’m definitely looking forward to seeing it when it opens in Australia. But with no release date set for us down here, I suspect it will come out in late December, when I’m in my bunker…
The premise is excellent – what would you do in a world that only has a few weeks of existence left. For the purposes of this film I presume the asteroid is going to 100% obliterate us, rather than being potentially survivable by a lucky few. And of course the lead, Steve Carell, is newly single – because the standard response should be that you’ll stay at home and hug your family.
It looks like one of the sources of humor will …