Archive for December, 2009

Zombie-Attack Science

Posted in Debate on December 21, 2009 by abrentisart

ILLUSTRATION BY MR BINGO

Word for word from the New York Times:

Epidemiologists today worry a lot about swine flu. But earlier this year, Philip Munz got interested in a more devastating possibility: an outbreak of zombies. A graduate student at Carleton University in Ottawa, he was watching a lot of movies about the undead and realized that zombification could be regarded as a classic paradigm of infectious spread: people get bitten by zombies, after which they turn into zombies themselves and start biting others. So Munz decided to use the tools of epidemiology to answer a sobering public-health question: could humanity survive a zombie outbreak?

Working with a professor and two other graduate students, Munz built a mathematical model of a city of one million residents, in which an outbreak occurs when a single zombie arrives in town. He based the speed of zombie infection on the general rules you see in George Romero movies: after getting bitten, people turn into zombies in 24 hours and sometimes don’t realize what’s happening to them until they change.

When he ran the model on a computer, the results were bleak. “After 7 to 10 days, everyone was dead or undead,” he says. He tried several counterattacks. Quarantining the zombies didn’t work; it only bought a few extra days of survival for humanity. Even creating a “cure” for zombification led to a grim result. It was possible to save 10 to 15 percent of the population, but everyone else was a zombie. (The cure in his model wasn’t permanent; the cured could be rebitten and rezombified.)

There was only one winning solution: fighting back quickly and fiercely. If, after the first zombies emerge, humanity begins a policy of “eradication,” then the zombies can be beaten. This is, as Munz points out, what traditionally saves humanity in zombie flicks. “People finally realize what’s happened,” he says, “and they call the army in.” Or as he concludes in his paper on the work, to be published in the collection “Infectious Disease Modelling Research Progress”: “The most effective way to contain the rise of the undead is to hit hard and hit often.” – CLIVE THOMPSON

Via The New York Times

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Zombi 2

Posted in Movies on December 14, 2009 by abrentisart

Made in 1979 by director Lucio Fulci this old time zombie flick has some amazing special effects and a pretty amazing fight scene between a shark and a zombie. Check out the imdb page here.

Make a Survival Kit out of an Altoids Tin

Posted in Tools on December 12, 2009 by abrentisart
 Make a Survival Kit out of an Altoids Tin

Make a Survival Kit out of an Altoids Tin

As stressed before, survival kits are a necessity. Sometimes you wont have time to to grab everything you need so here is a small but essential survival kit you can put together just in case you need to get out in a hurry.

Here are the things you will need:

  • altoids tin
  • Steel strike with Mini-Match magnesium fire starter
  • Waterproof-windproof matches with a striker
  • 5 Tinder-Quik fire tabs
  • Candle
  • Photon Micro-Light II (a bright LED flashlight)
  • Water bag
  • 20 Potable Aqua water purification tablets
  • 50 feet of braided fishing line
  • Fishing tackle kit (hooks, swivels, and split shot)
  • 10 feet of 24-gauge snare wire
  • Custom-made signal mirror
  • 20mm AA liquid-filled button compass
  • Commando Wire Saw
  • 2 X-Acto knife blades
  • Small packet of antibiotic ointment
  • 2 butterfly closures
  • nylon string
  • 2 magnetized sewing needles
  • Small piece of glue
  • instructions for water purification tablets and fishing knots
  • Fresnel magnifier
  • Safety pin
  • 2 feet of aluminum foil

Find out how to put it together – via Field and Stream

Prepare Now – How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse.

Posted in Strategies on December 12, 2009 by abrentisart

Dawn Of The Dead

Posted in Movies on December 11, 2009 by abrentisart

Of course I have seen and own both the original and remake. I have to say they are both pretty good, actually the remake is one of all top zombie movies. Great story line. Survivors hide out in a mall til it gets over-run with zombies. True classics from Romero.

Shaun of the dead

Posted in Movies on December 10, 2009 by abrentisart

Great zombie fun from the UK.

Everyday Items 1 – How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

Posted in Strategies on December 8, 2009 by abrentisart