The rantings of a curious man in a very strange world

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Not so End of the World pt.2

New information concerning the suns effect on the world, apparently a phenomenon occurred over a century ago similar to what we might be facing in the next few years. A large solar flare that was directed towards earth caused massive damage to telegraph lines, and turned the skies red. Not in the sense of red tinted clouds, but the once blue sky was red while this event was happening.
I have yet to find out how long this effect stayed, but it is theorized that all major electric systems could be taken down for as long as four years as we would have to repair without the use of electronic tools. Now I don't know about you but living without electronics for four years sounds somewhat awesome, sure I would be without email, cell phones, video games and movies, but I can hardly imagine how much things would change during that time. Seeing humans adapt would be enough entertainment to last me a lifetime, and then when we get electronics back and seeing how people then view electronics.
Perhaps we will move towards a more peaceful way of life, no longer ever expanding once our globalization system is gone. Or we could develop an alternative method of power, such as chemical, though I hope we do not revert to complete coal and fuel dependency.

Whatever this upcoming era leads us to, I can't wait to see what humans invent.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Not so End of the World

I'm sure all of you have heard about the 2012 December 21st prediction of the world ending at the end of the Mayan calender. Personally I doubt the Mayans cared enough to set up a calender that far into the future, so I don't really think we need to worry about the world ending. The Mayan's also didn't think the world would end, they thought that a new era would dawn at that time.

What I think is we should be keeping an eye out for solar storms. From what I can glean from the inter-tubes, the sun is on a 22 year cycle in which the influence on our magnetic field waxes and wanes, the last of these events resulted in Canadians without power for nine hours in 1989. 21 years later and the sun is just now starting to signs of this cycle, as of august we have been seeing indications of solar interference. NASA seems to believe the worst of it will hit late 2011 to 2012, at which point we may have worse to worry about then loss of power. Magnetic effects may destroy satellite, scramble computers and down power lines, cutting us off from power, internet and cell phones. Such things may happen once, or be sustained for a year, or longer.

Magnets on large scales have also been shown to affect the human mind, sometimes improving mental functions, so we may be dealing with super humans and global blackouts. On the other hand, this cycle may simply take power away from us for a few hours, before receding for another 22 years.