aviationwiz wrote:I'll pass TheWizard soon, I haven't seen him post a lot lately.
Well if you have your heart set on this, I'm sure you'll find a way to get the posts. The present trend says 9 Jan 2005 however.
I want to present the basis for the main prediction made yesterday and then will leave this topic. It seems to be taking an unfortunate turn- this was meant to fun. I don't want to (involuntarily) feed a discussion that leads to bad blood.
Seeing as modern demographics didn't fare that well last time (the brinded cat hath mew'd once only) I consulted the stars and the classical scientific literature as a guide to further predictions.
If you look to the south during a clear night, you can see a red object brighter than anything else (other than the moon). This is Mars in opposition, dominant in the heavens at present. What does this tell us? According to Kepler (Mysterium Cosmographicum
, 1596), the planets move on spheres separated by classical platonic solids. And the solid separating the spheres of Earth and Mars is (gasp) the dodecahedron
. So this is the age of the dodecahedron and everybody else can pack their bag and go home.
However: there are 5 such solids, so there can only be 6 planets, which is (of course) in excellent agreement with current astrological data.
Oh well- back to linear extrapolation:
The previous predictions (shown as dashed lines) were excellent of course. Unfortuantely, the participants didn't behave as they should
(which is often the case- unruly mob!), so I made new extrapolations based on least square fits to the last 30 data points (solid lines).
And those are the basis for my last