Just wanted to let regular readers know that I'll be back up and running in a few days. So much happening in the New Year.
I hope you all had a great holidaze and are now happily living in 2012.
To answer a reader question:
No. I do not think that the end of the Mayan long count spells out cataclysm for Earthlings.
I fear we are the cockroaches of the Solar System, and will continue our tedious spinning far beyond 2012, either degrading or rising up. Hopefully rising up.