The media has been discussing the recent discovery of Mayan astronomical calculations of events well past 2012. They are saying that this debunks the notion that the Maya predicted the end of the world on 21 December. Here’s a video news summary from Slate: While this is really cool as an archaeological find, it doesn’t debunk anything that hasn’t been debunked a many, many times before. Indeed, the notion that the Maya ascribed any eschatological meaning to the end of the 13th b’ak’tun has been throughly discredited.
Recently, the makers of Nutella settled a class-action lawsuit from a San Diego mother who claimed advertising mislead her into thinking the stuff was healthy. I found a YouTube video of one of the ads embedded in Carly Rothman’s article about the lawsuit: Here’s a question for you: Do you think the health claims in this ad are misleading? That’s a trick question, because the ad makes no health claims.
Welcome to PhanBlog! I’ve created this blog to share my valuable insights with the rest of the world. I am planning to post about funny things found on the Intertubes, politics, mathematics, and perhaps West Wing episodes (because more online discussion of six-year-old TV shows can’t hurt). Anyway, in the mean time, here is a video of my parents’ cat: