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Charlie lets us know why the world ending in 2012 is a myth… what do you think? A refreshing counterpoint to the specials on the Discovery Channel.

I admit that I have thought the same thought as Charlie, mainly “they had to end the calendar at some point…”

So I followed the link in Charlie’s video details to NASA’s website, and read about the scientist’s take on this. To my understanding, it looks as though our biggest worry may be the likelihood of a solar flare, and even that doesn’t look like it’ll be a problem. So make those Christmas lists for next year anyway guys! Christmas 2012 is a go! 

Always deny the apocalypse! 

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encomium - formal praise of a person/thing; eulogy
paean - a song of praise/joy/triumph; a hymn invoking/thanking Apollo (or some other ancient Greek deity)
So, as it turns out, I’m not so good at keeping on top of things, even if they are part of my New Years Resolution. Which is why yesterday managed to fly by before I could make a post. Which is also why I’ve posted two words today, both under one general meaning: praise. These are a couple words that I need to know for my GRE exam. 

encomium - formal praise of a person/thing; eulogy

paean - a song of praise/joy/triumph; a hymn invoking/thanking Apollo (or some other ancient Greek deity)

So, as it turns out, I’m not so good at keeping on top of things, even if they are part of my New Years Resolution. Which is why yesterday managed to fly by before I could make a post. Which is also why I’ve posted two words today, both under one general meaning: praise. These are a couple words that I need to know for my GRE exam. 

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I’m in all kinds of trouble now,
The kind where you wake up on a train
And everything, everything’s strange
And where am I? And when did the season change?
I must have been asleep.
I’m sure I must be late.
I’m in all kinds of danger.

The stranger on the platform is not a proper stranger.
“You’re here with me,” he says, “isn’t it great?”
And he’s right.
The kind where there’s too much meaning on the edges of sight
Because he might be there.

The kind where you randomly weep.
I’m in deep, deep hot water.
In a boiling hot geyser
In the mists
In the midst
Of ridiculous Icelandic snow.
Y’know,
You should give up the fags and eat fruit,
Because life should last longer, this life should last longer
If someone like him exists.

Everybody. Lock away the razors and save your lovely wrists:
Someone like him exists.

I’m in every single kind of trouble now
The kind where a kind man could write himself a significant part.

I’m in very grave danger
Of a change of heart.

"

All Kinds of Trouble, Abigail Burdess, 2003

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All Kinds of Trouble by Abigail Burdess, as read by Robert Webb (the man this poem was written about). 

I want this year to get back into poetry, and this is my start. I came across this poem on youtube while searching for videos of David Mitchell and Robert Webb (two comedians I enjoy very much). I think I’ve replayed this video no less than 10 times now, because there’s just something about it that I find so appealing. I think it’s far too easy to write a poem that we think sounds good, but lacks truth and heart. This is not the problem here. 

I love reading poetry (being able to stop and think about a line, make notes on it in the margins, reinterpret it, etc). However, possibly what I love more is hearing people read poetry - where they put the emphasis in the lines, where they end and start. I like to see if it matches my ideas. 

"Reader, I married her". Awesome. 

For those who prefer the text, that’s coming up next…

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Welcome 2012 

Hello Tumblr! I have been thinking about what it means to start a new year. The idea of starting things fresh, and why so many of us fail to keep our New Year’s Resolutions. Admittedly, this question has been asked (and answered) before, and I have had much more interesting things to do lately (such as play Lego Harry Potter years 5-7). However, I have also been dwelling on changes and challenges as of late, mainly because I am now in the working world as an adult and find myself dismayed by the sheer amount of time I spend doing laundry, washing dishes and paying bills. Not to mention the countless hours spent at work. Now, all those things are important, but I feel like something is missing. Adventure, surely. But more importantly gaining both knowledge and experiences that are varied. Most of my current education is around my profession and while that’s great, I’d also like to be a but more well-rounded. So that is my goal for this year: 365 days to learn/do 365 new things. Maybe that’s something as simple as learning a new word for my GRE exams or reading a book/article. Perhaps it will be creating a new recipe or finally exploring a place that is outside my own province. Regardless, I’m hoping that by January 1, 2013 I can say that I’m a little smarter, healthier and happier. Feel free to join me for the ride. Let’s do this flamboyantly!

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"To change one’s life:  Start immediately.  Do it flamboyantly.  No exceptions. "

— William James