Hey Everybody, it's 8/11! In 3114 BCE on this date

the Mayan calendar started. Work on Stonehenge had only recently started and it would be somewhere around 36 years until Noah was born. This is kind of important because this calendar is based on planetary motions, not begats, so that if we can interpret a glyph we can know exactly when the event in question occurred. BTW, no great flood in mesoamerica or merrie engelonde; it happened in year nunca.

be well and have a good one

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Pluto's Republic's picture

...consumed my attention last night. On Amazon I found a DIY 3D working model of a Mayan Calendar made of wood I just had to have.

They say it takes about three hours to assemble, and promise it will improve my hand-eye coordination among other benefits.

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It is no secret that puzzles make a person’s brain see things in terms of parts and wholes. Building a 3D Mechanical Model:
Enhances creative thinking skills;
Promotes critical thinking skills;
Develops problem-solving and reasoning skills.

If this works out, I'm going to build the Pendulum Clock or the Mars Rover, next.

This cool puzzle company is located in Ukraine.

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@Pluto's Republic

Once you get it made you'll have to post a full review.

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@enhydra lutris

I put a link to it in the first post under Amazon.

Here's what the project looks like:

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I went there with a couple who were unable to walk to it, much less climb it.
A few years later, I took another person there who couldn't get past the "first floor".
Interestingly, the local guide on the first trip was taking his group back to the bus when I was coming in from my second tour with another local guide. We made eye contact, then we hugged, and he flipped out that I had climbed that steep bastard twice! He remembered me from several years prior! Mayan's could climb!

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@on the cusp

got to Tikal but did some in Belize, Altun Ha, iirc, and one that was still a dig, a huge one that purportedly conquered Tikal at least once; I think it was Calakmul. I never thought about it at the time, but have since come to understand that the Maya were generally a little under 5 feet tall, which would've made such climbs even more of a task than for a person like myself (over 6 foot).

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