Who’s been thinking watching a Zombie movie “I could do better than that” when one of the protagonists was overrun by a group of zombies? To be honest I did πŸ™‚ although I should know better from playing Left 4 Dead…but those are fast zombies, right? What about slow ones? It should be easy when they are of the slow zombie kind…luckily we don’t have to try ourselves. Checkout this YouTube video πŸ˜‰

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Posted: April 9, 2012 in Simulation, Zombies

Some folks out there aren’t just interested in post-apocalyptic events for the joy e.g. a great zombie movie brings. There is a growing community of those who prepare (thus named “Preppers” )Β for unforseeable events of a devastating scale that might change everything from society to government, from consumerism to self-reliance, from order to anarchy. National Geographic is as always providing us with an interesting show called “Doomsday Preppers”. In each show they present three to four different preppers (or prepping families), their propable doomsday event and their strategy against it. At the end of each chapter “the experts” evaluate their preparations and suggest improvements.

In lots of cases it is quite impressive how creative they tackled the idea of prepping, whether it is concerning storage, producing food, fortification or training. In many cases though I thought (and the doomsday experts too) their chosen doomsday event is unlikely to happen…like ashes of a super vulcano suffocating New York etc. I don’t know for sure, but I always had the impression National Geographic “forced” them to commit to a certain event. I think most of them were prepping for several events and if it’s just the next snow storming threatening to take out the power for 5 days. Well, this is the feeling I get reading survivalist blogs.
I also found some background info which states Nat Geo cut the sequences in a way to make the Preppers look extremly nutty. Well this is television and they want their audience & viewing rate. Everybody knows what they get into messing with commercial tv.

So if you wonder now “Should I prep???” here is my opinion on the whole topic (and here the CDC’s opinion). I personally think being prepared is a good thing in general, but you always have to decide to which extend you feel happy with it. I don’t prep, but after digging into this topic and thinking back to events that happend in the past (my area had a snowstorm and power failiure for 5 days a few years ago), I do take care that I have supplies for two weeks in my flat (food, meds, tools, water, candles) and I am happy with it. Once you have this stockpile it is easy to maintain and if something happens you are prepared (am I a Prepper or what? πŸ˜‰ ), but I think letting my whole life rotate around a scenario that is not too likely to happen would be too much. I enjoy seeing friends, going out and being self-employed takes a lot of my creativity & energy and I enjoy that πŸ™‚ Now enough with this philosophical talk…enjoy the trailer!

I only started researching on the whole Katrina situation and the anarchy that followed in the wake of the hurricane, but found a documentary already worth sharing. Since this is my first post on a real event I would like to remind everybody (including me)…this is real! People got injured or died, lost their homes or loved ones. No fiction. I don’t wish any of that to happen or to be disrespectful. On the contrary as you will see watching the BBC documentaryΒ about prisoners left behind locked up in New Orleans’ prisons.

While everybody tries to get out of the city New Orleans prisoners aren’t part of any evacuation plan. Some don’t even know a hurricane is about to hit New Orleans with full force. Soon enough the water levels are rising and the ground floors are flooded. In a haste prison guards lock up up to 8 inmates in cells laid-out for two. With failing electricity and backup generators obtaining control over the paniced prisoners and providing supplies becomes impossible. Some electric doors jam and seal off some cells permanently, meaning no fresh water or any food, no hygiene, medication or knowledge of rescue for several days. Other prisoners can free themselves and start to riot, revive gang wars or simply to breakout from the deathtrap.

On the outside civilians seek shelter near or at the prisons on elevated & reinforced structures. In one case it is virtually one remaining door seperating rioting prisoners from shelter seeking people, which luckily hold.

Some people might even say (like one prison warden): “They are criminals, it is their fault they were in prison the time Katrina hit New Orelans”. Please remember no one is guilty unless proven so. Many of the prisoners were either just arrested or there to serve a short sentence in New Orleans parish prison. a) In my point no one deserves to live through an event like this and b) the nightmare didn’t end after final evacuation. Since evidence, IDs or charges were destroyed some were imprisoned over 200 instead of 7 days, although not in water flooded prisons but in prisons flooded with inmates (5000 instead of 2000).

This documentary is a shocking account of one certain aspect of Katrina’s aftermath.

http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=7801085471711396755&hl=de&fs=true

There is also a book of the same name, “Prisoners of Katrina”, which I haven’t read yet…but it’s ordered already.

The Nerdist Channel

Posted: March 28, 2012 in Random, TV Show
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I am really looking forward to the second of April…”what’s gonna happen then?” you may ask…”the end of the world?”… Maybe, I don’t know, but what I know is a new YouTube channel will come to life. It is called The Nerdist and although not all topics will probably be Post-apocalyptic this little teaser looks promising πŸ™‚

An interview with the Walking Dead

Posted: March 22, 2012 in Random

Oh well, Tony Moore doesn’t look that bad πŸ˜‰ and he’s not dead but the co-creator of the comic The Walking Dead. One of my earlier blogposts was about the plot and characters of both the tv show and the comic series and just now I found this interview of Tony Moore which is definately worth checking out.

 

So while we are at promoting stuff πŸ™‚ here is another great project which doesn’t only need publicity but your direct help…only if you want to of course and there is something in it for you aswell. In the 1980’s Wasteland was a revolutionary game, set in a post-apocalyptic south-west America. It set new standards for the whole RPG genre which are still important today e.g. choices you make will present you as good or bad to NPCs etc. To be honest with you I haven’t played Wasteland yet, but it always popped up and was out there as the foundation of Fallout and many other great games. So without hesitation I backed the project to produce a sequel. Please at least checkout the info on kickstarter and spread the word. I want this game πŸ˜€ and if you feel the same, throw in 15 bucks and get a downloadable copy of the game.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/inxile/wasteland-2

Although many of you have seen this animated short already, I would say it is never too late to promote this awesome film. Enjoy a highspeed race through the ruins of a post-apocalyptic universe.

Last night I watched the film The Quiet Earth, a 1985 apocalyptic classic. It’s about a scientist named Zac Hobson who wakes up one morning only to find out he is the last person on earth. Everybody else has mysteriously disappeared, seemingly in a blink of an eye. While realising and investigating his fate Zac comes across a crashed plane…of course with no passengers in it, but all the seatbelts are securely fastend. This may remind some of you of “Life After People – Population Zero”….oh wait….Population One πŸ™‚ Zac soon realises this “effect” has something to do with the (large scale world wide) experiment he has been working on…and that he is not alone after all. And all survivors have something morbid in common.

It was quite entertaining to watch, but definately not one of the best post-apocalyptic movies I have ever seen. Spoiler Alert! If you don’t want to watch the whole film because you don’t have 2 hours for it just watch the trailer πŸ˜€

Population Zero Interactive

Posted: March 5, 2012 in Simulation

While researching for a blogpost I came across a nice interactive showcase called Aftermath: Population Zero Interactive. Like the tv show Life after PeopleΒ the reasons for mankind’s disappearance are left in the dark. The showcase allows you to browse from 60 seconds to 230 years in a world without people, providing useful information accordingly with texts, photos and videos for those who prepare for whatever SHTF scenario. What will happen to nuclear power plants, building structures or farm animals (and many more topics) and especially when and in what stages after people disappeared.

The Horde-a movie review

Posted: February 29, 2012 in Movies, Zombies

So finally it is time for some Zombie action again πŸ™‚ the diehard zombie fans of you out there probably know this one already, but there should be plenty of you who haven’t heard of The HordeΒ yet…mainly because it is a french zombie horror film and only had a limited U.S. theatrical release.

The Horde or should I say “La Horde” πŸ˜‰ takes place in a social housing complex in Paris in which a drug dealer and his men have hidden. A squad of policemen wants to bust his ass and take him down, but they fail only to find themselves in the villain’s hands. Just before the situation (seemingly) turns out badly for the cops, a new threat appears as corpses start to reanimate and all of a sudden all of Paris is overrun by zombies. Both opponent groups have to put away their hate for each other and work together if they want to make it out of the building alive.

This is a little slim on the plot side, but I found the atmosphere and grim violence quite entertaining. The zombie virus is one of those where dead people come back no matter how they’ve died (so a bite isn’t the only way to turn). Also it is the fast and superstrong kind of zombies and not the real slow ones. Just for those zombie purists who don’t like running zombies πŸ™‚ I enjoyed the movie…what do you think?