Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Blob...

by Jonty
Originally posted on Jonty City

Kudzu Bob sent me a scary link.

Do you remember the end of the classic movie "The Blob"? (The original, not the crummy 80's remake.)

They eventually defeated The Blob by freezing it and shipping it off to The South Pole, where it will remain frozen forever, right?

Wrong! Here's the thing. The government always covers its tracks by forcing Hollywood to make cheesy movies about all the scary stuff that really happens. In other words, The Blob actually happened, and anyone who says so looks crazy because of the movie.

Now, the polar ice caps are melting, and... guess what? The Blob is on the move.

Scientists have observed it off the coast of Alaska.

Here's the original article. The author seems to think we had Blu-ray in 1958, but other than that, it's good:

Monday, July 6, 2009

Tiny Sheep in the Apocalypse

by Jonty
Originally posted on Jonty City

Well, I was going to have my lovely wife raise sheep while I tool around in my armored dune buggy / dirigible, but it looks like that's out.

According to the BBC, the climate change is making sheep shrink.

Maybe she'll have to raise giant mutant voles, or something. At least until she's killed by the cannibalistic mutants to give my anti-hero character motivation.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

The Tower King

by Jonty
Originally posted on Jonty City

I just realized that I forgot an important element of post-apocalyptica:

The Future Steampunk World.

In this world, electricity has ceased to be available, due to microwaves or something.

There was a great comic strip in the 80's called "The Tower King," in which the U.S. Space Program causes the end of electricity (It's a plot contrivance. Just go with it.)

THOSE WE LEFT BEHIND has a bunch of pages of it here.

My armored dune buggy will be of no use in this future. I may have to build a steam-powered tank.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Post-Apocalyptic Furniture

by Jonty
Originally posted on Jonty City

Check this out:

I can't wait for the apocalypse!

Friday, July 3, 2009

The B.O.B.

The most important piece of equipment in your preparation for the aftermath is your B.O.B., or "Bug-Out Bag."

This is a bag containing all the stuff you'll need in the short term to survive. Traditionally, this is something that you would have if you were likely to be chased by the cops, the C.I.A., or that nasty lady from the library collections department. We're going to use it to git the heck out of town fast.

It should contain:

  • Enough food and water to last for seventy two hours. This includes:
    • 4 litres (1 gallon) of water per person per day, for washing, drinking and cooking.
    • Non-perishable food.[12]
    • water purification supplies.
    • Cooking supplies.[13]
    • Cutlery and cups/dishes.
  • A first aid kit.[14]
  • A disaster plan including location of emergency centers, rallying points, possible evacuation routes etc.
  • Professional emergency literature explaining what to do in various types of disaster, studied and understood before the actual disaster but kept for reference.
  • Maps and travel information.[15]
  • Standard camping equipment, including sanitation supplies.[16]
  • Clothes and bedding.
  • Enough medicine to last an extended evacuation period if, for example, one's home were destroyed.
  • Pet, child and elderly care needs.[17]
  • Radio.[18]
  • Lighting (battery or crank operated flashlight, glow sticks).[19]
  • Firearm(s) and appropriate ammunition, depending on local laws.
  • Crowbar (offensive weapon, building and vehicle entry, etc.)
  • Cash and change, as electronic banking transactions may not be available during the initial period following an emergency or evacuation.
  • Fixed-blade knife.
Other details will depend on what kind of apocalypse you are facing. Here's a useful video about zombie apocalypse B.O.B.'s:

It's from Zombie Squad. It also includes helpful hints for how to imitate zombies when necessary.