Paper Highlights Tech Aspects Of New Book For The iPad, Maya 2012 Predictions

Sep 30, 2012 by

Newspaper’s Descriptions Of iPad Book Made With iBooks Author Helps Showcase 3-D Animations, Interactive Maps, Video Of 15 Maya Scholars In A New Way

PALM COAST, FLThe Palm Coast Observer Saturday published a story about Dr. Mark Van Stone’s 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya edition for the iPad and it’s “limitless purposes” for getting kids of all ages more interested in learning about history, and what the ancient Maya did and didn’t predict for Dec. 21, 2012, in less than 82 days.

Written by Megan Hoye, the news report from Palm Coast, which is south of Jacksonville and just north of Daytona Beach, describes the unique layout of the book, which was built using Apple’s iBooks Author software as something that can “bring humanity to history.”

“With its small blocks of text on each page and its abundance of interactive features, the e-book is meant to be less daunting than a thick textbook full of dry language and condensed facts,” Hoye wrote. “It’s also meant to provide a more enjoyable way for people—students especially—to learn about Mayan culture.”

Noting the 53 videos of 15 Maya scholars that include almost 130 minutes of HD video and the 200 interactive photos, drawings and graphics, Hoye wrote, “It also features many “scrubbers”—interactive pieces that allow users to manipulate an image.”

Hoye explains the uniqueness of the book by describing how users can learn more about ancient Maya glyphs, or writings.

“In one chapter, a page features a photo of an artifact with glyphs on it. With the swipe of a finger, the artifact dissolves into a computer-generated overlay that allows the glyphs to be clearly examined,” Hoye wrote.

Highlighting a 20-panel interactive map that would take multiple pages to replicate in a traditional book, Hoye featured the “Cities of the Ancient Civilizations of Central America,” map that takes readers from the cities of San Lorenzo and La Venta in 1500 BC to the breadth of Aztec world in 1521 AD.

“Using the same technology … users can slide their hand along the map to watch boundaries, names and cities change,” Hoye wrote.

Hoye says the clear highlight of the book is the 3-D imagery of the Rio Azul Masks from 400 AD, a replica of the Aztec Calendar Stone, which often is confused as the “Mayan Calendar,” and one of the famous Sarcophagus Lid of Lord Pakal, the one Erich Von Däniken and other ancient astronaut theorists say is a representation of a Maya leader in an ancient alien capsule.

“Rather than just showing a photo of an artifact, the book generates a virtual copy of it in three dimensions, which can be spun and enlarged for thorough examination,” Hoye wrote. Quoting Dr. Van Stone she wrote, “’You can’t handle objects, but you can handle virtual objects,’ Van Stone said. ‘My hope is it will make kids more excited to learn this history.’”

Concluding, Hoye quoted Dr. Van Stone saying, “Everyone hates history because it’s dusty and old, right? But when you touch it, when you come in contact with the people who lived somewhere, that’s what humanizes history and makes it worth studying.”

In his book, now available on the iBookstore in a format exclusive to the iPad® at http://www.MVS2012.com, Dr. Van Stone addresses all the actual Maya predictions made for Dec. 21. It is the best tool to counter the exponentially-expanding fantasies of pseudo-scientists, dreamers, hallucinators and snake-oil salesmen looking to capitalize on the “end” of the Maya Calendar on Dec. 21 or 23, 2012.

The original article is located at http://www.palmcoastobserver.com/news/palm-coast/Neighborhood/092920125365/Mayan-conference-entices-scholars-to-Flagler

Claxton Creative, LLC

Claxton Creative is a Dallas-based full-service public relations firm focused on the development of interactive, multi-touch publications for mobile devices worldwide. The company was founded by former Dallas ISD communications director, Donald J. Claxton and is supported with the assistance of Fort Worth Author Ron Rose, Dallas Author Allen Manning, Birmingham, AL editor Larisa Lovelady, Ally Stephenson of Huntsville, AL, and others.

Dr. Mark Van Stone

With degrees in physics and art history, Professor Mark Van Stone is an expert calligrapher, netsuke-carver, and scholar of world paleography and hieroglyphic writing.  He has worked as a musician, disk jockey, interviewer, laboratory technician, animator, type designer, author, lecturer, and archaeological illustrator. His beautifully-illustrated books on Maya hieroglyphs and culture bridge scholarly and popular genres. This Renaissance man is a gifted and entertaining lecturer, ably explicating arcane subjects for a wide audience. His new interactive book for the iPad, 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya, sets a new standard for popular cultural and science education.

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How to Talk to Your Children About the 2012 Prophecy

Sep 18, 2012 by

MAYA SCHOLAR: HOW TO TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN & TEENS ABOUT DOOMSDAY PREDICTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ANCIENT MAYA IN THE NEXT 92 DAYS

San Diego’s Dr. Mark Van Stone Says Lots Of Speculative Predictions Have Been Cast Upon The Maya, But They Do Not Include Current World Events, Nor Facts

SAN DIEGO—With 92 days remaining before the oft predicted “end of the world” based on the anticipated “turning over” of the Maya calendar, Southwestern College Professor Dr. Mark Van Stone Tuesday offered suggestions and resources for parents who have children and teens asking questions about the growing tensions in the world based on what they have seen or heard about the Maya and the 2012 prophecy associated with the Maya.

Dr. Van Stone’s new digital book for the iPad®, 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya, provides colorful, scientific and interactive answers about the Maya for kids of all ages, and it is a resource parents can rely on when children ask, “Is the world really coming to an end on Dec. 21, 2012 based on Maya predictions?”

Dr. Van Stone, recognized as one of only four scholars in the world to write a scholarly book on the Maya and their predictions for 2012, says knowledge of the ancient Mesoamerican civilization is limited, “but we know enough to say confidently they didn’t predict an end of the world in December of this year.”

He believes parents, grandparents and teachers have an obligation to assure youngsters that doomsday predictions have long been part of our culture, and as yet, none of them have come true. He also emphasizes that there are no written clues that were left by the Maya of an impending, immediate doom in the year 2012. In fact, according to his exhaustive work, the Maya actually predicted a long and stable future to at least 4772 AD—2,700 years from now.

“While archaeologists have dug up 1 percent of the Maya cities … there’s 99 percent of the information that’s still there available for us to find, and nothing has been found that spells the end for anyone in the next 90 or so days,” Dr. Van Stone says.

For this reason, Dr. Van Stone says there are many reasons to approach popular prophecies of the Maya critically. He also believes that many current world events, including the most recent protests in the Muslim world and last week’s eruption of the volcano in Guatemala are not evidence of fulfillment of Maya prophecy. Rather, these are merely coincidences—the kinds of events that will continue to happen in the 92 days remaining before the “end” of the Maya calendar.

“While junk scientists and new agers have made so many wild predictions about Dec. 21, 2012, that some of them are bound to happen, especially if these ‘predictions’ are non-specific, there is not a shred of evidence to support them,” Van Stone said. “Lots of potentially tragic events are going to happen between now and the end of December. Lots have happened every year and will continue to happen. As for that volcano right smack in the middle of Maya country: its eruption is indeed impressive. But there is a reason they call it ‘Volcano of Fire.’ It is always smoking and sputtering, and it often erupts violently. We don’t have a single Maya inscription about volcanoes. We don’t even have the glyphs for the words volcano, eruption or lava, because they apparently never mentioned them,” Dr. Van Stone said. 

Dr. Van Stone suggests parents with a child who is seeking answers to what they have seen on TV or read on the Internet be open and straightforward with them.

“This is a great teachable moment to talk about the fantastic history of the Maya and there are many scientific resources available, like my book for the iPad, that can help open a new world of learning for children of all ages,” Dr. Van Stone said. “My colleagues and I are celebrating this attention for the Maya because we know once children begin to study them, they only will want to learn more. We very well may have a great new number of Maya scholars in the next decade because of the wild predictions that have been made about this year.”

In his book, now available on the iBookstore in a format exclusive to the iPad®, Dr. Van Stone addresses all the actual Maya predictions made for Dec. 21. It can be used to help educate the public as more, and more shrill, “prophecies” come out of the woodwork as we approach the 5,125-year “end” of the Maya calendar-cycle.

This 179-page book has 3-D animations, interactive maps and drawings, beautiful photographs, and two hours of video illustrations. It is the best tool to counter the exponentially-expanding fantasies of pseudo-scientists, dreamers, hallucinators and snake-oil salesmen looking to capitalize on the “end” of the Maya Calendar on Dec. 21 or 23, 2012. Dr. Van Stone points out that more scholars correlate the 13.0.0.0.0 “end of the Bak’tun” in the Maya Long Count Calendar to Dec. 23 or 24 than to the 21st.

With degrees in physics and art history, Dr. Van Stone is an expert calligrapher, netsuke-carver, artist, and scholar of ancient writing. The book can be purchased in English on the iBookstore®, in 32 countries, at http://mvs2012.com.

“This book expands the way an individual can learn on their own, at their own pace and to a level not previously possible,” said Dr. Van Stone.  “I am proud and delighted to be part of a team that has set a high standard for this new kind of educational tool.”

Dr. Van Stone also is offering classroom teachers wanting to do guest videoconferences about the Maya to schedule a time when he can join their students. (Interested teachers should call 972-863-8784 in Dallas to check on available times.)

This fascinating book discusses the 2012 “meme,” Maya culture, the workings of their calendar, mathematics, astronomy, world-view, creativity and their hieroglyphs. A section on deciphering their hieroglyphs introduces the reader to how we know what we know about the writings of this ancient and noble culture.

Claxton Creative, LLC

Claxton Creative is a Dallas-based full-service public relations firm focused on the development of interactive, multi-touch publications for mobile devices worldwide. The company was founded by former Dallas ISD communications director, Donald J. Claxton and is supported with the assistance of Fort Worth Author Ron Rose, Dallas Author Allen Manning, Birmingham, AL editor Larisa Lovelady, Ally Stephenson of Huntsville, AL, and others.

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Ancient Maya and their 2012 Predictions Given New Life in iPad Book

Sep 11, 2012 by

DALLAS –After six months of production and more than four years of scholarly study, Dallas’ Claxton Creative, LLC and San Diego’s Dr. Mark Van Stone edition of 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya now is available on the iBookstore in 32 countries worldwide – just in time to answer one of the most pressing questions of the year: “What did the Maya predict would happen on Dec. 21, 2012?”

Joined in bit parts by 14 renowned Maya scholars from around the world and complete with four 3-D animations of ancient Maya and Aztec works, hundreds of photographs, interactive maps and drawings, and even an interactive puzzle of the historic right panel of Tortuguero Monument 6, Dr. Van Stone’s 32,000-word book was designed for the iPad(R).

“If you want to know what the ancient Maya predicted about Dec. 21, 2012, we have worked with Dr. Mark Van Stone to compile the most extensive, interactive, animated and scholarly product that’s ever been produced on the subject, bar none,” said Donald Claxton, the book’s publisher. “We have a ‘Who’s Who of Maya Scholars’ in more than two hours of video clips, 3-D animations, interactive maps, photos and drawings, plus never-before-released interpretations of Maya glyphs. This is the most complete and scholarly source of information about what the Maya did and did not predict.”

The book, printed in English, can be purchased in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

“It has been a dream come true to see this body of work formatted to work so well on the iPad,” said Dr. Van Stone. “Through the magic of technology, we have been able to revive the Maya and pay tribute to the uniqueness and intelligence of this very special people. What did the Maya predict about Dec. 21 or 23, 2012?

“In my book we explore the most up-to-date interpretations and discoveries of the ancient Maya and explain them in a way that will be accessible to all: to an elementary student working on a class report, a layman searching for answers based on the hype surrounding the 2012 meme, and even the college student or scholar on the quest for greater understanding of the Maya,” Van Stone said.

Claxton, who met Dr. Van Stone, a speaker, author, Maya expert and professor of art history at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, California, online in March via Twitter following an appearance on Ancient Aliens, said his company has worked closely with the professor and other Maya scholars to develop this new form of technologically advanced book, which can only be read on an iPad.

“It’s been an amazing journey to learn the essence of this developing technology and marry it with the lunar, planetary and solar observations of the ancient Maya who more than 1,000 years ago studied these things as a way of explaining what was going on in their world,” Claxton said. “Dr. Van Stone now is ramping up efforts to inform children of all ages about what the Maya knew and what they said, in particular about Dec. 21 or Dec. 23, 2012, depending on which way of counting scholars have devised.”

“From the second one opens my book on an iPad, readers are transported into the ancient past by some of the most recognized Maya scholars,” Dr. Van Stone said. “Professor John Hoopes from the University of Kansas traces the 2012 meme all the way back to Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the New World.

“Colgate Professor Anthony Aveni explains his ‘what works theory’ and how non-scholars ‘cherry-pick’ information they use to get their personal theories to match their personally desired outcomes while omitting conflicting information. Independent scholar, Austin’s Dr. Barb MacLeod, presents the first-of-its-kind interpretation and reading of one of the most important pieces associated with the 2012 meme, among others,” Van Stone said.

In the book Dr. Van Stone also was joined in short video clips by:
* University of Calgary Professor Kathryn Reese-Taylor
* Yale Professor Oswaldo Chinchilla
* Tulane University Professor Marc Zender
* Flora S. Clancy, professor emerita of art history at the University of New Mexico
* Khristaan Villela Santa Fe University of Art and Design
* John Justeson of the University at Albany
* Maryland Senior Lecturer John B. Carlson
* Ivan Sprajc, Institute of Anthropological & Spatial Studies, Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Arts
* Susan Milbrath, curator of Latin American Art and Archaeology, Florida Museum of Natural History
* Northern Illinois University Professor Jeff Kowalski
* Jaime Awe, Director of the Belize Institute of Archaeology

Claxton and Dr. Van Stone said they are working on a series of promotions in the coming months including an extensive travel schedule that will mean planned public presentations in Atlanta, New York, Washington, Boston, San Diego, San Francisco, Portland and on the campus of Princeton University.

“We are encouraging teachers in primary and secondary schools, as well as college professors to adopt this text for a course of study, research papers, or even a special guest video appearance from me throughout the fall,” Dr. Van Stone said. “As we get closer to Dec. 21, 2012, and the election season winds down in America, interest in this subject is going to increase and the non-scholars, many of whom are predicting either a ‘blow up’ or a ‘bliss out’ depending on which kind you talk to, are going to be coming out of the word work. If you’re armed with the information in my book, you’ll be able to refute each one of them with the facts and help put the minds of those around you to rest.”

Device Requirements:
* Viewed using iBooks 2 on an iPad
* Print Length: 179 Pages
* iOS 5 is required

Pricing and Availability:
2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya is $14.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the iBookstore in the Astronomy category. Schedule an interview now about this amazing technological work by calling 972-863-8784.

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Claxton Creative is a Dallas-based full-service public relations firm focused on the development of interactive, multi-touch publications for mobile devices worldwide. The company was founded by former Dallas ISD communications director, Donald J. Claxton and is supported with the assistance of Fort Worth Author Ron Rose, Dallas Author Allen Manning, Birmingham, AL editor Larisa Lovelady, Ally Stephenson of Huntsville, AL, and others. Copyright (C) 2012 Claxton Creative, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iBooks, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store and iBookstore are service marks of Apple Inc.

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