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Golden Foodie Awards & a giveaway

Vote for Anita @ Golden #Foodie Awards 2013!!!

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In this final week of voting for the Golden Foodie Awards is the Best OC Food Writer Category. Last year, diary of a Mad Hungry Woman was nominated for  Best OC Food Blog, and I hope this year, I will get your support in this new category.

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In order to make this fun, I have a $50 giftcard from Amazon.com for one reader to WIN. Leave me a comment with your FULL name and tell me what has been your favorite post so far this year. Which story do you think is 2013’s best? You might have one, or even two. Let me know!

Here’s how to vote:

1) Click on the Golden Foodie Awards’ website

2) Scroll down to the Best OC Food Writer category and click VOTE on the left

3) Enter “Anita Lau” and then you have the option to enter a comment.

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Introducing: Lulu’s Theory of Everything

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Moving Forward & Consciously Shaping Our New Age of Man

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1) What is the Mayan Calendar?

  • Mayans derived calendar from earlier cultures
    • Traced to 5th Century BCE
    • Zapotec & Olmec
    • Added to them
    • Advancements in mathematics and astronomy
  • Mayans calendar contributed to those of later cultures
    • Mixtec & Aztec
    • Mayans made most sophisticated refinements to the calendar
  • Different Calendar Types
    • Tracking the Moon
    • Tracking Venus
    • Days on Earth
  • Used sets of 20 primarily
    • Compared to Decimal sets of 10
    • Similar to binary or decimal system
  • Calendar Types
    • 13 day – Trecena
    • 20 day – Veintena
    • 260 day – Tzolkin
      • Base of 20 days in 13 cycles, important numbers for Maya
      • Approx. length of human pregnancy
      • Astrological, geographic, and archaeological significance to Olmecs
      • Approximate plat to harvest cycle for crops
    • 365 day – Haab’ (Solar Year)
      • 20 days in 18 month cycles + 5 days
      • Slightly skewed with time for lack of account of ¼ day in tropical year
    • 52 Haab’ cycles – Calendar Round
      • Combined Tzolkin and Haab’ repeat every 52 years
    • 7,885 Solar Years – Piktun
  • Long Count Cycles
    • 1 K’in
      • 1 day
    • 1 Winal
      • 20 days
      • 20 K’in
    • 1 Tun
      • 360 days
      • 18 Winal
      • 1 Solar Year
    • 1 K’atun
      • 7,200 days
      • 20 Tun
      • 20 Solar Years
    • 1 B’ak’tun
      • 144,000 days
      • 20 K’atun
      • 394 Solar Years
    • 1 Piktun
      • 2,880,000 days
      • 20 B’ak’tun
      • 7,885 Solar Years
    • 1 Kalabtun
      • 57,600,000 days
      • 20 Piktun
      • 157,704 Solar Years
    • 1 K’inchiltun
      • 1,152,000,000 days
      • 20 Kalbtun
      • 3,154,071 Solar Years
    • 1 Alautun
      • 23,040,000,000 days
      • 20 K’inchiltun
      • 63,081,429 Solar Years
  • Long Count
    • 1 repeat Haab’ every lifetime (52 solar years)
    • Long Count to track important events linearly
    • Gives a better view of events over long period of time
    • Identify dates using Long Count, beginning with believed creation day (Aug 11, 3114 BC)
    • December 21, 2012 will be next b’ak’tun cycle
      • 13.0.0.0.0
    • Next piktun cycle October 13, 4772
      • 1.0.0.0.0.0
  • Mayan Concepts of Time
    • Count with Base 20
    • Haab’ accounts for solar year
      • Base 20 x 13 months = 360 days + 5 “unlucky” days
    • Other cycles 20 x 20 x 20 etc.
    • Saw time as cyclical
      • Saw repetition in calendar cycles
      • Reoccurrence and renewal of death-rebirth
      • Repeated rituals and believed supernatural influences repeated with cycles
      • Configurations in calendar had influences based on positioning
        • Ex. “Unlucky” 5 days at end of solar year cycle
  • Cycle Completions
    • Erect and dedicate monuments
    • Commemorate completion
  • Belief in Previous Cycles
    • Believe present world preceded by other worlds
    • Number of cycles vary
    • Due to fatal flaws, created and destroyed by gods
    • Sacrifice believed to appease gods and maintain balance needed for existence and our world to continue

2) Who were/are the Maya?

  • Mesoamerican civilization
    • Changed through Spanish conquest
    • Ancestors still survive today in same region
      • Distinctive cultures and traditions
      • Pre-Columbian and Post-Columbian ideas and cultures
    • Central America
      • Guatemala, Belize, north El Salvador, west Honduras
  • Time Line
    • Established Pre-Classic period (2000 BC to 250 AD)
    • Peaked Classic period (250 AD to 900 AD)
    • Continued through arrival of Spanish
  • Known for fully developed written language
  • Classic Period
    • Number millions
    • Advanced urban centers
    • Architecturally advanced monuments and water systems
    • Advanced intellectualism and art
      • Notable for mathematics and astronomy
  • Collapse
    • Still widely debated theories
      • Overpopulation, invasion, revolt, trade collapse, drought
    • Exhausted environmental potential
      • Hunting and farming passed sustainable limits
    • Whole city centers abandoned, populations relocate to coastal and other regions
  • King and Court
    • Generally just rule over specific capital city & neighboring cities
    • Ruler believed from divine lineage
    • Privileged nobles make up court and upper society
  • Architecture and Art
    • Advanced sculptures, pottery, paintings, and murals
    • Ceremonial platforms, palaces, E-Groups, pyramids, temples, observatories, and ball courts constructed by Maya
    • Writing system based on logosyllabic system
      • Syllabic signs play role in comprehension
  • Mathematics
    • Advancements beyond contemporaries due to use of 0 in math systems
    • Base units in 20 (compared to 10 in decimal system)
    • Allowed for advanced calculations and observations
  • Astronomy
    • Traced many different cycles of celestials bodies
      • Moon
      • Venus
      • Large and specific interest in Sun
  • Religion
    • Believed in cyclical nature of time
    • Rituals and ceremonies associated with celestial and terrestrial cycles
    • Believed in 3 planes
      • Earth, underworld, and heavens
    • Practiced human sacrifice through opening the chest and removing the heart
    • Maize at heart of Mayan religion and culture
    • Deities with multiple characteristics
      • Not characteristically “good” or “evil”
      • Actions changed with seasons and time

3) Significance of December 21, 2012

  • New b’ak’tun cycle in the Mayan Long Count calendar system
    • Mayan literature Popol Buh describes 4 believed worlds
      • Long count believed to mark beginning of 4th world
      • 3 previous worlds believed destroyed by the gods
  • Enter 13th b’ak’tun
    • 13 and 20 significant numbers for the Maya
    • Some believe 4th cycle of humans will be cleansed and ended with the completion of the 13th turn of the Great Cycle
    • Other believe the end of the 13th cycle is time for celebration, not devastation
  • New Age Beliefs
    • A number of articles and scholars throughout the 20th century have written that this date is linked with a supposed coming apocalypse
    • Believe date links to galactic alignment that will bring catastrophe
      • Aligns sun with center of the Milky Way Galaxy
  • Doomsday Theories
    • Alignment causing problems for the sun which would in turn destroy Earth
      • No hard evidence this alignment will affect Earth
      • Earth most directly affected by Sun and moon, unless these are affected, the Earth shouldn’t be
    • Massive solar flare causes pole reversal, shifting the earth’s crust and causing atomic blasts, geological upheaval, and widespread death
      • Geomagnetic reversals take 1,000 – 10,000 years to complete
      • Solar maximum will peak in 2013, not 2012
    • Planet X/ Nibiru colliding with Earth
      • Adjusted from uneventful original prediction in May 2003
      • Such an imminent disaster would be visible with the naked eye
  • Nostradamus Prophecies
    • Recently discovered book discussing apocalypse
    • Believe most of his previous prophecies came to pass
    • My personal problem is vagueness and room for interpretation, I don’t know as much about this as I’d like to, but don’t have the time or energy to really dive in

4) What might happen 12.21.12?

  • Natural Disaster
    • The earth is constantly changing, evolving, and renewing
    • Geological activity changes over time, and there may have been a way to predict peaks as they appear cyclically over time
    • Even if it doesn’t occur 12.21.12, I believe this is a real threat that we should be aware of and prepared for
      • If we survive, we should pass the knowledge and preparation to ensure the survival of our offspring in the future event one of these catastrophes comes to pass
    • Volcanoes
      • Super volcanic activity is dangerous for its magma and the ash cloud it would expel
      • The ash would block the sun, killing plants and primary producers
      • Without the producers, the consumers that eat these plants would die
      • Without these secondary consumers, the animals that feed on them would perish, crippling or demolishing the food chain
    • Earthquakes
      • Correlated to Volcanic activity
      • Shifting of plates and fault lines
      • Fault lines border every continent on Earth
      • Could cause architectural devastation, and loss of life, but may be survivable
    • Tidal Waves
      • Result from earthquakes and displacement at sea
      • Can devastate and temporarily or permanently flood coastal regions
    • Hurricanes/Tornados
      • With changing air currents, these wind tunnels can cause devastation across expansions of land
      • Tornados are a big concern for plain regions
      • Hurricanes mix wind currents with the sea and coastal regions
      • Survivable through preparation, though would cause widespread devastation in its path
  • Power Struggles
    • Historically tense relationship between bourgeoisie (ruling/upper class) and proletariat (working/lower class)\
    • Tensions have been increasing with economic turmoil, natural disaster, and distrust in governing bodies
      • Ex. Occupy Movement
    • The fear that exists over this date may be used by parties that want power and/or want changes or the deconstruction of current political systems
    • Power is not voluntarily given up
      • There may be a fight which is lost
      • There may be a fight which is won
    • Project Mayhem – Anonymous
      • Releasing December 12, 2012 at 11:11 local time
      • Publicly releasing private information regarding government and corporate corruption
      • Unknown potential impact
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
    • Because an event has been prophesized, people act differently than they normally would, which causes the event to occur
    • People who believe the world is going to end may act in irrational ways
      • Killing themselves and loved ones to save from believed harm
      • Killing others to simply watch the world burn because they believe it’s going to end anyway
  • Nuclear Disaster
    • Enough Nuclear power exists to kill ourselves many times over
    • Political powers, or smaller groups with ulterior motives, may release Nuclear power to send a fearful world into a frenzy or even war
    • Natural disasters may cause the meltdown of existing nuclear plants, destroying civilization around it
  • Ancient Astronaut Theory
    • If we were previously visited, or interacted with, extraterrestrials they may return
    • Unsure of their motives, we may accept them, destroy them, or be destroyed and conquered by them

5) Preparing for the Worst

  • Natural Disasters
    • Make sure you have supplies and a plan if natural disaster occurs near you
    • Food, water, and safety concerns most basic
    • Health and medicine would need care, particularly for the young and elderly
    • Know what natural disasters are typical of your region, and prepare accordingly
    • Have an escape plan, and make sure your entire family knows your plan
  • Redistribution of Power
    • Economically
      • Our Economic system is complex, but fragile
      • Precious metals historically retain value, while the value of currency is dependent on the power, authority, and backing of the issuing country
      •  Trade is old form of getting required goods outside monetary constructs
      • Value varies and is dependent on need/demand
    • Politically
      • Countries can be overtaken completely, subjecting all citizens to the new regime
      • Countries can be fragmented by regions breaking off and declaring independence
      • Fragments can be overthrown by other more powerful entities
      • Power asserted through force and fear
        • Fear of death
        • Fear of loss of quality of life
        • Fear of loss of privileges
  • Peace and War
    • Tends to have polarizing affect
      • Regime vs. Resistance
      • Characterized as Good vs Bad depending on perspective
      • War games controlled by heads of the parties, using the citizens as casualties and soldiers to validate their cause, fight, and the extremity of their actions
    • Protection through critical thinking and pursuit of truth
      • Examine sources of information
      • Examine intent as well as impact of actions
      • Be careful with your trust
      • Avoid areas of high conflict and/or risk
  • Ancient Astronauts Visitation
    •  Question the intent and impact of actions
    • Working together as a community gives strength in numbers individuals do not have on their own
      • May also lead to stupid decisions made through “group think” which would not occur on their own
      • Identify trustworthy leaders based on knowledge and intent, rather than those that are the loudest or pushiest
  • Imminent Death
    • From a young age I have been aware of the impermanence of life
    • There are some things you just can’t prepare for
    • I believe it is better to live each day as if tomorrow may be your last than to mistakenly act like you will live forever
      • Keep long term goals and motivations, but do not put off important things
      • Never miss a chance to tell those you love how much they mean to you, you never know when the last time you’ll see them will be
      • Come to peace with your pass, and release anxiety of your future
      • Living this way, each new day is a blessing and a new opportunity rather than a right
    • Physically Prepared for Death
      • If you experience your own death and are survived by your loved ones, what will they be left to deal with?
      • Learn to detach from the materialistic things that are valued only in life, but not in afterlife, or after death
    • Mentally Prepared for Death
      • Accept what has been, and that things may be that you have no control over, as this is the natural cycle of life and death
      • Make peace with your past, because carrying around grudges and anger taxes your body and uses energy and mental focus that you then cannot use for more important things
      • Let go of our human nature to polarize our memories of good and bad, and find lessons in the mistakes so you may accept them as tools to teach and strengthen you, and in turn let them go
      • Keep dreams and goals for the future, as hope gives our species a reason and drive to continue life
      • Stop obsessing over details of the future, because you will never know until you get there, and most things you worry about never happen
      • Do not avoid fears of the future, face them, let your mind walk through them to be basically prepared, then move on so that you can free your mind for more important matters
      • True peace and clarity can only be realized when we get out of our own way, releasing what we have been taught to hold onto, looking past momentary discomforts, and appreciate the unique blessings that exist in this moment
        • If it is not a blessing, it is a lesson, which will strengthen you in the future, and can be a blessing if that’s how you choose to see it
    • Emotionally Prepared for Death
      • Accept the past as it cannot be changed, and accept that the future remains uncertain, learning to live in this moment
      • Make peace and amends where needed
      • Release the issues that weigh on your heart and mind, realizing you can only deal with what exists in this moment
      • Do not hide from emotional thoughts or pains
        • Find a time and place where you can appropriately express your emotion, alone or with loved ones
        • Allow yourself time to experience the emotion, noting what specifically is evoking that response
        • Once you have experienced it, move past it, release it so that it does not consume you
    • Spiritually Prepared for Death
      • If you are religious, refer to your religious doctrine for preparation to enter the afterlife
      • If you are not religious per say, understand that through the act of existing you are part of a system greater than yourself
        • Biologically your body is made of the same DNA elements of all other organic materials we need to cohabit with to sustain life
        • You consume and expel energy in specific locations and fashions that affect the world and life around you
        • You can only do your best, which varies from day to day and moment to moment
          • Regret comes from not trying or not doing your best
          • If you try and fail, it is a lesson, not a mistake
          • Accept what you are, and who you’ve been
            • Most important is to accept yourself and the person you are
            • You cannot change the past, but you decide and responsible for your actions in the moment
            • Though family, friends, and culture may affect your perspective and privilege, you are still responsible for how you react to this environment
            • Quantum Physics of Energy
              • Your actions expel energy
              • Your thoughts expel energy
                • The strongest waves we send out are correlated to emotions
                • Group prayer and meditation have shown some tested effects on the greater environment and/or consciousness
                • I believe community transcendental thought can also affect individuals from the inside out

6) What if Nothing Happens?

  • Finite Resources
    •  Even if there is no disaster on December 21, 2012, the world is still at a pivotal moment in its development
    • Our actions at this moment will affect the world that survives us and the generations that proceed us
    • A society that values economic prosperity above social responsibility and environmental resources will not be permanently sustainable
    • We have the technology to develop a sustainable community
    • Change does not come seamlessly, as those in power want to maintain their power
      • There must be a call to action:
      • Awareness > Attention > Internalization > Call to Action
  • Future Opportunities
    • Realizing opportunities follows the same pattern as a Call to Action
      • Awareness > Attention > Internalization > Call to Action
    • Opportunity is only 1/3 of the equation to success
      • Motivation x Opportunity x Ability
    • Motivation must be understood to bring yourself to act on the opportunity
    • Ability must be developed through education, conditioning, or resources
    • I’ll be discussing the tools to unlocking Opportunities starting December 22, 2012

7) Moving Forward

  • Starting with a Clean Slate
    • Use the calendar reset to forgive others and forgive yourself for past transgressions
      • Do not forget, but forgive, as to not carry the baggage of bitterness with you which will tarnish future opportunities
    • Set new goals, short and long term, and set yourself up to achieve them
      • If you need help with this I’ll be discussing it in the coming weeks
  • New Age of Consciousness
    • If we are starting clean, the future can be what we make of it
    • We need to outline what we want from our futures to put tangible steps into play to realize these desires
    • Through technology and a globally trade of ideas and information, we have the potential to create a society never before possible
  • Planned and Purposeful Action
    • Individuals
      • Construct a plan and act with purpose
      • Anticipating problems enables you to overcome them with greater swiftness and ease
      • Planning ahead for goals allows time to network the resources needed to see the plan come to pass
    • Communities
      • Healthy society similar to a healthy body
        • As I will discuss further in future weeks
        • Each part of society needs to strive for individual health to add to the community rather than detract from it
        • More can be achieved through working together for common goals than any individual can accomplish on their own
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Understanding the Mayan Calendar – Overview

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This Week: Exploring the Mayan Calendar

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Image Gallery: The Mayans

[Aztec Calendar, Adopted from Mayan Calendar]

(CLICK HERE to Read My Opinions on Possible December 21, 2012 Events)

Hello loved ones!

SOOOOOOOOOOOO.

My mind is spinning, and I feel like I have a million things to say and no time to say them.

Trying to lay out my outline for discussing the Mayan Calendar and the End of Cycle date 12/21/12, which happens to be this upcoming Friday. Today, I am using my Social Media to tie up my research. Tomorrow, I’ll start writing more of my own opinions. As of now, here’s what I’m thinking needs to be discussed:

1) What is the Mayan Calendar?
2) What do we know about the Maya?
3) What other things make the December 21, 2012 date significant?
4) What might happen on 12/21/12?
5) How do we prepare for this coming date?
6) What if nothing happens?
7) Moving Forward. 

My Wikipedia and YouTube Notes & Links:

1) What is the Mayan Calendar?

2) What do we know about the Maya?

3) What other things make the December 21, 2012 date significant?

4) What might happen on 12/21/12?

5) How do we prepare for this coming date?
(Blogs Coming This Week)

  • Surviving Natural Disaster
  • Redistribution of Power
  • Surviving Man-Made Disaster and Warfare
  • Being Prepared for Death
  • The Role of Spirituality and Religion

6) What if nothing happens? (Blogs Coming This Week) 

  • Finite Resources
  • Future Opportunities
  • Beginning a New Age of Man

7) Moving Forward. 

  • Starting from a Clean Slate
  • Moving Forward as Individuals and Communities

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ENTP

A recently retook Jung’s Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator test. I think it’s pretty spot on and I want to share.

I originally took the test before entering college, and recevied – ENTJ : Extraverted, intuitive, thinking, judging – which equates to the professional executives and leaders.

I thought that was a pretty cool result, but I’ve gone through alot of changes in college and decided to retake the test. I read that your type can change a bit as young adult, and then tends to steady out as life progresses.

When I retook the test yesterday, I received – ENTP : Extraverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Perceiving – which are the nonconforming inventors of the matrix.

I think this is pretty spot on to my inclinations these days, and here are some summarizes of the results I’ve found online.

I ran some google searches, and these were some of the results.

(EXERPT FROM http://typelogic.com/entp.html)

Extraverted iNtuitive Thinking Perceiving
by Marina Margaret Heiss
Profile: ENTP
Revision: 3.1
Date of Revision: 28 Feb 2011

“Clever” is the word that perhaps describes ENTPs best. The professor who juggles half a dozen ideas for research papers and grant proposals in his mind while giving a highly entertaining lecture on an abstruse subject is a classic example of the type. So is the stand-up comedian whose lampoons are both funny and incisively accurate.

ENTPs are usually verbally as well as cerebrally quick, and generally love to argue–both for its own sake, and to show off their debating skills. ENTPs tend to have a perverse sense of humor as well, and enjoy playing devil’s advocate. This sometimes confuses, even angers, those who don’t understand or accept the concept of argument as a sport.

ENTPs are as innovative and ingenious at problem-solving as they are at verbal gymnastics; on occasion, however, they manage to outsmart themselves. ENTPs can be prone to “sharp practice” – especially cutting corners without regard to the rules if it’s expedient – or, their juggling acts may simply be so over-ambitious they collapse.

Both at work and at home, ENTPs are very fond of “toys” — physical or intellectual, the more sophisticated the better. Once these have been “solved” or become too familiar, however, they’ll be replaced with new ones.

ENTPs are basically optimists, but in spite of this (perhaps because of it?), they can become petulant about small setbacks and inconveniences. (Major setbacks they regard as challenges, and tackle with determination.) ENTPs have little patience with those they consider wrongheaded or unintelligent, and show little restraint in demonstrating this. In general, however, they are genial, even charming, when not being harassed by life.

In terms of their relationships with others, ENTPs are capable of bonding very closely and suddenly with their loved ones. Some appear deceptively offhand with their nearest and dearest; others are so demonstrative that they succeed in shocking co-workers who’ve only seen their professional side. ENTPs are also quick to spot a kindred spirit, and good at acquiring friends of similar temperament and interests.

ENTPs may sometimes give the impression of being largely oblivious to the rest of humanity except as an audience: good, bad, or potential. In general this is unfair – but it can be difficult to get an ENTP’s attention when they’re not immediately aware of you, especially for an Introvert.
The best approach in communicating with an ENTP is to be straightforward. No games – they’ll win. No “pulling rank” – they’ll just want to put you in your place. No apologies – you’ll undermine yourself. Try “I need/want to talk to you.”

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