This week’s current events post features government disappointments, and a chicken made of metal and pissed-on-childhoods.
Let’s start off with a quick look back to last week when the Emergency Alert Systems for several TV stations were hacked to spew messages of fake zombie attacks. Blame is now being placed on weak passwords, faulty equipment, and lack of firewall protection. Some stations never changed the default passwords to the systems. Let this be a lesson, unless you want to get pranked, change your passwords.
Canada earned my respect last week by bringing up zombie preparedness in congress. It lost it by caving into Whining Nancy’s. A training exercise in Quebec was canceled after people complained of wasted spending. Its replacement exercise, a flood simulation, will cost just as much. Not to mention tough mud stains.
Last year I reported on a fly that was infecting honey bees and turning them into zombees. This week the government looks to discredit the findings of researchers who claimed the parasitic relationship may be linked to Colony Collapse Disorder. Other researchers say the fly’s main target is the bumble bee. Few examples have been brought forth of honey bees being infected. The fact that the fly infects bumble bees has been known for ages and of course the government says there is no cause for concern. Either way, it’s still freaking creepy.
Finally, nerd celebrity and my hero Joss Whedon was “honored” this week when he was featured in a skit for Robot Chicken’s final episode of their 6th season. Watch below as Joss comes to the “Cabin in the Wood’s” set as a zombie to vent his frustrations over his wrongly canceled TV shows.
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We have “good” news. It’s actual news instead of some of the stuff I’ve had to post as a filler for real news!
First Montana is the first victim of a zombie apocalypse, or so said some of their TV stations. And we all know that everything we see on TV, or everything said by government run organizations is absolutely true 100% of the time. Right? Well this time hackers got into the Emergency Alert System of several stations late one night this week and broadcast a message of the undead rising from the grave. Listen in this YouTube clip.
Hilarious right? Well I don’t really think it’s so funny. We have all seen the road signs that have been hacked to warn of a zombie infestation, but the problem with these hacks is that it undermines the validity of programs set in place to protect us. By taking advantage of a bug to break into emergency alerts and other safety equipment, you are crying wolf to a public that may take the information seriously. Or worse, stop believing in the alerts altogether putting themselves at risk in the case of a real emergency. You guys want to hack stuff to prove points? Work for companies who will pay you to break their products so they can make them better. At least you will get paid for your efforts and we will get safer programs and network devices. Don’t try to scare the naive and prank the masses just for the fun of it. It’s dangerous, it’s stupid, and you give zombie fans a bad name.
Now on to something that is hilarious! Canada steps up and shows they actually have a pair! The running joke in America is that Canadians are too nice and too pacifistic to even defend themselves. Now I don’t know of any stats to back this joke up, but I have one that will make you think twice the next time your buddy jokes about a Canuck. The Canadian House of Commons actually brought up the topic of zombie defense so that “a zombie attack does not turn into a zombie apocalypse.” See the film below.
Now through the laughing and the joking something serious was actually said here.
- Canada as a whole want to make sure their borders are safe and secure. This is nowhere near the controversy of the Mexico/U.S.A. border, but every country should take the steps necessary to work with their neighboring governments to ensure the safety of their citizens.
- Canada wants to have good relations with the U.S.A. They understand the benefits of co-operation of the governments especially when it comes to law enforcement, and public relations. We live in countries lucky enough not to be at war with our closest neighbors. Some countries (Israel/Palestine, India/Pakistan, etc.) don’t have that luxury. Let’s work hard to make sure our neighbors are our allies so if something devastating happens, both governments will be working together to help the region as a whole, instead of pointing fingers and backstabbing each other.
These are the reasons I take heart to this clip. I do think that all governments should have some sort of plan to protect its citizens no matter what the emergency. Be it a hurricane, a terrorist attack, an infectious disease, or the living dead, these plans need to be drafted and implemented if the case should arrive. I wouldn’t be surprised actually if governments did have plans for paranormal situations, be it zombie invasion, alien invasion, vampires, psychic attack, or even a sudden expansion of the werewolf population. You just won’t see these plans publicly touted. Bravo Canada for being a shining example of a government who hasn’t lost its sense of humor, as well as listening (at least in part) to what the people want. Even if what they want is reassurance that their government will do everything in their power to protect them from zombies.
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This is the second to last installment of the Who Are You wearing series for clothing that will protect you during the zombie apocalypse. Today we will be talking about upper body wear. We have found good, suitable, sensible clothing for the rest of our body, but now it’s time to talk about the part of the body that will be most likely to be bitten by a zombie. That is the chest, arms, and hands.
After searching long and hard, I think I have found the best upper body wear for our purposes. We want something that’s light weight, durable, and cut resistant. I initially thought of a Army BDU shirt, but after talking to a friend of mine who has served in the forces, this was quickly denied. Those BDU shirts can get hot and the arms are really too loose to be good for a zombie’s reaching hand.
So after much research I found some great material I’m going to have to try. Tuff n Light is a material used by many industries due to its high safety record. It’s a cut resistant material used by police officers, firefighters, bikers, and extreme sports junkies to protect them from knives, broken bottles, and other sharp pointy objects. Their heavy duty sweat shirt is said to be 15 times stronger than steel! Don’t believe me on how tuff it is? See the demo on their website. http://www.tuffnlite.com/index.html
Unfortunately I don’t have any information on how well these products do with water. I can’t find information on the wicking properties or how fast it will dry if it gets wet. What I can tell you is that next to wearing a shark suit, this will be your best protection.
The one thing I’m worried about is the material’s ability to prevent puncture wounds. As it’s a knitted material, I would venture the guess that it won’t do that well against really sharp teeth. But for the flatter teeth, and fingernails, this material will probably be your best protection for the weight and mobility. Next to a motorcycle jacket, which will get hot in hot weather, you can’t find a better product.
What I also like about this brand is that they have a wide variety of protective gear to choose from. From long sleeve t shirts for the summer, to heavy sweat shirts to keep you warm in the winter, there is something out there that will protect you. They also have riot gloves that are designed to protect your hands, plus allow them to take a swing at a zombie skull. They won’t prevent the grip of batts or baton’s either. They may be a bit bulky to fire a hand gun, but if guns are your thing, they also have fingerless guns. I have also found the answer to the question on “How am I going to protect my neck?” Try using the Tough-n-stuff dickey. Take a look at some of the items below.
Upper body: Covered. Join me next Monday when we talk about headgear for the zombie apocalypse. If you have any other ideas for good cloths for the zombie appocolips, let me know by posting a comment! Don’t forget to check out our Facebook, and Google + pages for more zombie goodness in between blog posts. As always be safe and I’ll see you Wednesday for more zombie goodness!
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This new year is tough on zombie news I tell you. With the Mayan Calendar officially out of date, it seems that people have backed off on all the good zombie news.
Fortunately I will still bring you the best zombie news I can find every week. So stay vigilant people. You never know when the zombies will come and we want to be ready with the news. If you find articles or news that I’m missing, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll feature it in the next current events post, or if it’s really good news, even a special Zombie Current Events Breaking News Edition.
Students in Philadelphia Pennsylvania are not happy. Proposals to close down 37 schools are driving students to form their own union to give students a voice in their own education. The students in opposition of the school closings have decided to protest. And of course if it’s in this blog that means it was a zombie protest. Now I have gone on record to say that zombie protesting is getting a little out of hand, but in this case I will agree with the message. Students dressed up in zombie makeup holding coffin shaped signs that read “No Education: No Life”, and their demonstration was entitled “Student Apocalypse: A Brainless Future”. Kudos to these students for tying in their chosen form of protest in so well with their cause. This case is totally justified with the zombie theme for just that name alone.
Dead Island. Some people love the game, some hate it. I only played a portion of it to be honest but I did like what I played. But some people are upset about the advertising for the special edition of the sequel game Riptide for UK and Australia. I personally like the name for the special edition entitled Zombie Bait. That’s cool. It’s catchy. What most people are offended by however is the bust of the bust you get with the game. A statue of a female body that has been dismembered and clad in only a British flag bikini can be yours if you decided to buy this controversial package. It’s supposed to be a zombie body, but that’s really neither here or there and is still rather tasteless advertising. I really just barfed in my mouth a bit looking at the piece of trash.
Now Deep Silver has already apologized for the campaign saying that different departments choose the additions you get with the special editions in different regions. But really? I don’t have word on if the special edition has been recalled or not, but I’ll put $20 on the bet that the bust starts becoming a commodity, that is assuming that the game is greeted favorably by fans. Although some games are famous for being inappropriate. How about some hot coffee while playing that GTA game? Anyone? How about Duke Nukem Forever? Maybe this will be one of those times where the tasteless “mistake” will push the “collector’s item” and the game itself into infamy.
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And we are back! Did you miss me folks? No? I get no respect I tell ya, no respect.
Contrary to the little lie that the Dead-Ministrator has been telling everyone, no I was not locked in a cage drooling. I decided to spend some time with my family for the holidays, and when it’s my family involved, the cage is rarely used for myself.
So yes I got to spend some quality time with the people who unleashed me on this world (I say the world took the raw end of that deal). And of course what would the holidays be without the gift giving traditions of our past? Although I no longer live in fear of fat men dressed in red suits breaking into our home, I do have to worry about what will be under that tree. Nothing is worse than boxes of socks, which I am happy to day none were received.
I did ask for a few zombie related items of which I received none, but I did get a few zombie things that I would like to share with you. For instance, my very own zombie in which I released upon the Dead-Ministrator for telling nasty little lies.
No in actuality it’s really like he reveled in a past blog, my brother and his wife sent me this awesome cookie jar. To be fair, it was her who picked it out, that lazy lout of a brother. If you have not seen it before, you can get one of your own from Think Geek at the tune of about $30 (when supplies become back in stock). We currently have it in our kitchen actually holding cookies, but I don’t expect it to last too long. Whenever there are children around you can never have nice things. Some other uses I thought of was for Halloween candy (again be careful around the kids, this thing is ceramic), a super cool punch bowl for your next end of the world party (just wait for another nut job to predict the end then throw a kick ass party), and then again, you can use it just as a sweet decoration. Hats on zombie heads make the best blend in decorations.
I did also get some movies from my Grandmom. Thanks to her I have expanded my collection of movies a few more disks with The Zombie Diaries (which I highly recommend as one of the best zombie documentary movies to ever come out), and the Midnight Horror Collection which contains 10 films and over 14 hours of zombie entertainment. After I watch this one I’ll let you know how much this one is worth getting. Give me about a month as 14 hours is a lot of time to sit and watch TV.
I am thankful for my loving friends and family who were kind enough to think of me this holiday season. I’m thankful that we all survived 12/21/12 so that I can continue to bring you some great blogs, and I look forward to discovering new zombie material for you guys to enjoy.
So what zombie stuff did you guys get over the holiday? Share your responses in the comment section!
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So are you on the fence about purchasing the new Wii U? At about $300 (USA) a pop, I’m on the fence myself. I have owned every Nintendo gaming system since the NES, and am a huge Nintendo fan. Some of my fondest gaming memories came from battling my brother in Street Fighter 2 on the Super Nintendo, or battling alongside my brother in Double Dragon. Mario Cart 64 was about the only video game I could ever get my Dad to play with me, so that will always hold a fond place in my heart. And who among the gamers have never had an epic game of Super Smash Brother’s?
Nintendo may not give us the flashy, brutal, and fast paced games the Xbox 360, or PS3 do, but it will always hold a place in our hearts for every expansion of Zelda they come out with. When Wii came out they raised a bar. Whether you loved or hated the unconventional controller design, the Wii did push the envelope by developing and mass producing one of gaming’s first complete, and surprisingly fairly accurate, motion sensor technology. With the Wii U, they have upped the game yet again, take a look at this sexy thing below.
Now they went surprisingly to a bulky and what looks like a whole lot less flexible control pad. This control pad may remind you more of a pimped out PSP, than a controller The screen is huge in this thing and touch sensitive to boot. When I said “what looks like a whole lot less flexible,” what I mean to say is that it’s looks will be a little deceiving. You won’t be able to get up and move around with this controller like you could the Wii, but the original Wii controllers will be a part of the Wii U system, and in some cases, the Wii U controller will be used as an extension of the original Wii controller This has just made game play infinitely more exciting!
Additional Wii U controllers will not become available for the Wii U for some time, and replacement controller prices have not been set yet but are rumored to run up to $170. Not to mention a replacement controller will only be available if you break or lose your current one, which to be honest,if you lose a behemoth like this, you need to clean your freaking house or get your eyes checked. The thing is larger than the console itself! At this price, I’ll be strapping it to my hands with duck tape in fear of dropping it!
What is making this thing flexible is the second screen. What did you miss it? I don’t know how you could considering that thing is huge! This screen will take advantage of movement and position cues that will enable the player to do things like look around a room by actually turning away from the TV, allowing a player to have things like stats, maps, or backpack inventories constantly available without losing the action on the main screen. You will even be able to take some games from the home TV screen, and move it to the controller, allowing you to continue the fun when your wife wants to watch that horrible sparkly vampire movie for the 700th time. I could see this being used as a rear view mirror in racing games, a magnifying lens in detective games, and of course like in the video below a scope for sniper games.
I’m looking forward to actually being able to take some multiplayer games that you used to not be able to play with other players on the same console, and making it feasible to enable them to play together. WHEN multiple controllers become available, you will be able to play card games like poker, Magic the Gathering, or any other card game where it requires secret hands, together in the same room, on the same TV. This could also open up avenues for totally different types of multiplayer games, such as strategy games, or FPS games, where on each controller could be a first person view, and on the big screen a top down view, enabling players to co-opp in a totally new way.
Anyway why am I talking about the Wii U in this zombie blog? Well if you were one of the lucky ones to get your hands on this constantly sold out system, you might have been inclined to pick up ZombiU when it was released on November 18th. IGN only gives this game a 6.8 out of 10. I’ve not gotten the chance to play it myself, but from what I am reading and seeing from this game, that score sound fair. I will say that I am impressed by the visuals of this game. Ubisoft was able to develop a detailed environment, with multiple locations to explore. They were also successful, in my opinion with developing realistic zombie characters. According some reviews the game play gets very repetitive and leaves you feeling disappointed with the experience. Other reviews are calling this game truly scary, and exactly what a survival horror game should be.
The game is set in London, and all characters set you up with a cricket bat as your first weapon. Evidently the developers were very realistic when it came to finding additional supplies. They are scarce and guns are super scarce. This should be understandable. London has strict anti-gun laws so you will not be finding a gun or a box of ammo in every other home you ransack However faults are being placed in the very monotonous mechanic of the easiest way to fight the zombies, which is to lure them away one at a time and bash them repeatedly in the head. One other complaint mentioned by one review was that the limping zombies always seem to be able to keep up with you, even if you try to run away, with what limited area you have to run around in that is.
Now the most interesting feature of this game again is the Wii U controller. The second screen is used in multiple ways, however inventory control and map display are two of the most used. The screen on the controller can also be used however to monitor surveillance systems, spray paint messages to other online players, use the sniper rifle, use sonar, radar, and scanner functions, hack door locks, pick door locks, man turret stations… ect. The main complaint I’m reading however is that these other innovative uses are not utilized often enough, which to be quite honest, may be due to a players play/survival style, or availability of said equipment. What I’m liking about this setup however is you actually have to look away from your main screen to access all these functions, and of course your game play doesn’t stop. Just like in real life, if you start going through your bag, or focusing on a problem before you and not everything else happening around you, you could become a zombie snack.
One review I watched told us to give the game some time. The first hour or two you play it may be frustrating, however once you get a hang of the unique control system and ferocity of the game, that it just becomes better and better. There is little learning curve with the game, meaning it’s difficult from the word go. If you know how to play games, it will be a quick pick up. If you’re new to games however, or this is your first experience with a zombie survival game, you may be experiencing an exercise in futility. The review went on to say that this isn’t Dead Island or Left 4 Dead, this is true survival, and if you can enjoy the challenge of trying to make your character survive the longest, this will be the game for you.
I’m missing a lot of details here, like how you can go back and hunt your previous characters for their Bug-Out-Bags, or how your characters can end up in your friends games once they die. That’s right, go put Frank out of his misery! (I know a Friend who would get this game just to be able to kill every one of my dead characters just to rub it in my face. Multiplayer on this is evidently pretty legit as well where one character utilizes the Wii U remote to place zombies strategically around the opposing player who uses the traditional Wii controllers to wipe them out. This mode is getting better reviews as it’s a “full arsenal” kind of setup and you get to enjoy mowing down zeds with rifles and fully automatic weapons. I’m seeing that this could easily be one of those games where expansions could be used to give you more areas to explore, more weapons to find, and maybe more and better puzzles.
Have you played ZombiU? What rating would you give it? Let us know in the comments below!
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As you may or may not be aware (depending on how new of a reader you are) I write the Zombie Current Event posts 1 week behind. This way I can sample a full week’s worth of news in one post. That being said, remember that you will not see anything related to Halloween this week. That will be next weeks post.
This week however there is 2 very interesting articles about zombies on TV. Yes one of them has to do with the Walking Dead.
But first, did you guys here that Zombie Boy Rick Genest sued Fox TV for a character on American Horror Story that looks a lot like him? I don’t watch the show but evidently the guy in the show goes on a killing spree, and this tattoo fanatic gone fashion model was none too pleased at seeing his intellectual property (the tattoos that make him look like a zombie 24/7) being used in such a way. Well Fox TV last week settled the case outside of court with undisclosed details about the settlement. Evidently however Fox will be able to continue using “their” character for at least the remainder of the season.
Now for The Walking Dead. Dish came crawling back after their 4 month blackout of the popular Cable TV channel AMC. It turns out that the predictions of AMC loosing approximately 13% of their viewership due to the boycott was initially correct, however despite not having Dish air their programs, their #1 Emmy Award winning show The Walking Dead had a record number of viewers. With Dish constantly losing customers over the 2nd and 3rd quarters (partially due to rising prices, and partially to do with a successful anti-dish campaign put on by AMC) I guess they figured they could no longer ignore the powerhouse that is the loyal Walking Dead fans. In the same breath Dish is paying $700 Million to settle with AMC over disputes with their spin off TV Channels. I guess it’s the price you pay for terminating channels before their contracts are up and if you want to stop losing customers like Aquaman in a popularity contest. Let’s see if this is enough to get put Dish back on track and break this downward spiral they are in. My money is on “No.”
We go from zombies on TV to zombies in comic books. This time I’m not trying to promote our own zombie comics (although you can now also purchase them off of Facebook). I’m talking about Zombie King himself George A. Romero. He has announced that he will be writing a zombie story for Disney owned Marvel Comics. Mr. Romero is being tight lipped about the story except for the fact that it A) Will have zombies in it, and B) will not have super heroes in it. In fact it will not have any pre existing Marvel characters. There goes my hopes of a new Zombie Deadpool miniseries.
You know I normally don’t write about zombie books on this blog (they are almost as abundant as zombie movies and video games) but this book earned an exception. Writer Rebecca L. Johnson has written a children’s book on a subject that is near and dear to my heart. “Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature’s Undead” (that’s the name of the book as well incase you didn’t know why I had that in quotation marks. In fact if you read Wednesday’s blog I was just discussing this subject with a cat eared con attendee. I like the concept of this book because it makes a distinction between normal parasitic relationships in nature (like for instance a tape worm), and a zombie relationship where it not only feeds off the host, but alters its host’s normal behavior in harmful ways. This book is disgustingly detailed with pictures and everything. I’m picking a copy up as soon as I can find it.
And finally, it can’t be Halloween season without a carved pumpkin. How about a life size zombie carved out of pumpkin? Ray Villafane is back at it again and has his masterpiece of pumpkin carving center stage at New York’s Botanical Garden. Your opportunity to see his work in the flesh (or gored, whatever) has passed as the exhibit was only open until the 31st, but check out the picture below. This was Ray’s 2nd appearance at the NYBG’s Haunted Pumpkin Garden Experience featuring his work center stage both years in a row. Check out Ray’s website for a picture of last year’s entry, or you can just go to the blog article I wrote about him last year as well. Bravo Ray, again this is stunning work!
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Oh yea baby, the Annapolis Comic Con is back. I have been spending a good portion of the weekend getting ready for my panel at the convention, and I’m probably going to prepare up to the last minute here so I’m going to keep my posts short this week.
First thing you need to know is that the convention will be held this Saturday (27th) at the Roger “Pip” Moyer Recreation Center. Tickets will be $10 at the door with children under 10 getting in free. This convention is going to be much larger than the one in the spring with more room for the dealer’s room and a large panel/activities section! You can always see all the details at the Annapolis Comic Con Website.
So what is Raven Warren Studios bringing to the table this time around? Well if you didn’t get a chance to get your hands on the first issue of Kidthulhu at Intervention Con, now is your opportunity! This hilarious story follows everyone’s favorite Lovcraftian monster of madness as a 5 year old boy with a penchant for mischief. When he teams up with his pet Shoggoth, you never know what kind of madness they will unleash on the world!
If you’re looking for something a little more for the serious reader, pick up the first ever issue of our new series, Winter’s Eye. What is the Winter’s Eye? What does it do? And why does it keep showing up throughout history? This anthology is a collaboration effort from many artists and writers from all over the world. Without knowing what the other stories were going to be about, the writers were given the challenge to write a story, any story, that included the mysterious object called The Winter’s Eye. It was up to the writer to determine what role, if any, this object played in their stories. The result is a collection of stories that surprisingly, fit really well together and complement each other. This book has received great reviews so far and we can’t wait to share it with you. If you are looking for a different kind of horror story this Halloween, this is the book for you!
You can’t have a Halloween comic convention without a zombie panel! I have been invited back to share my zombie expertise with an all new panel focusing on the blunders, the hilarity, and the awesomeness of zombie movies. Come take an adventure with me where we will laugh about and learn from the errors of our silver screen idols! Featuring cut scenes from epic zombie movies like Zombie Land, Shawn of the Dead, Dead Snow, Army of Darkness, and more! Warning, this show will be rated R for excessive violence, gore, blood, and language. This is not a show for the faint of heart, the weak of stomach, small children, or anyone who would object to this kind of material. Join in on the discussion, or just laugh along! Limited seating will be available, so show up early to get a good spot, and enjoy the pre-show music videos! Show starts at 3PM and seating opens whenever the previous panel gives up the space!
I know that this convention also has a bunch of exclusives, and extras, and being Halloween, you know there will be candy! So join us, dress up, and have a ball at the Annapolis Comic Con! Last but not least if anyone dresses up like a zombie I will be taking group zombie pictures right after the Costume Contest! Join me at the back of the panel room for a group photo opp!
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It’s time for me to be a hypocrite again. I often write these blogs later in the day or at night well past one in the morning so who am I to tell you about the importance of sleep? Well like it or not, that’s what this post is going to be about. If you want to survive I cannot stress enough about how getting the proper amount of rest is going to be imperative for you. You’re going to feel like it’s not safe to sleep. You may be too scared to sleep. Your sleep may be riddled with nightmares of zombies. But regardless, next to drinking water, it’s the single best thing you can do for your body.
First let’s look at what’s going to happen to you if you don’t get enough rest. Sleep deprivation is a dangerous thing. In fact it can be so dangerous it can be compared to being intoxicated. During a situation where you life depends on your accuracy and clear judgment you don’t want to be drunk, or sleep deprived. So what will happen to your body? There is a long list of bad things that can happen to you, so I’ll keep the list shorter by just looking at the short term effects that will affect your survival situation.
- Aching Muscles: This is not only uncomfortable, but it’s distracting as well. If your on watch and your distracted with aches and pains, you may miss something that is super important.
- Confusion, Memory Lapses of Loss: Been there done that. It get’s hard to concentrate. I’ve walked into rooms and forgot why I went there in the first place. I’ve made hour long drives and didn’t recall any of the trip. Important information could be passed to you and you could forget it. And you never want to get confused if you get into a fire fight. That won’t turn out well for anyone.
- Depression: Some people never get depressed in their lives. They are lucky. Depression is a soul crushing state to be in. You start feeling bad about yourself, your situation, and the people around you. Then you start doubting your abilities, or the abilities of your team mates. You lose a love for life. And if you combine these feelings with a bad situation, well zombies are only one way to die in an apocalypse.
- Hallucinations: Again, been there and done that too. You can start hearing things. I once was driving and could have sworn I heard kids playing in the back seat of the car. You can also start seeing things that aren’t there. You don’t want to hallucinate your teammates are zombies.
- Hand Tremors: Do I even need to state why this is bad? It will affect your aim, lot like the confusion, muscle aches and depression weren’t bad enough to break your concentration.
- Headaches: This is along the same lines as the aching muscles.
- Malaise: This is a feeling of general discomfort or uneasiness. Very distracting.
- Increased Stress Hormone Levels: Don’t you think you’ll be under enough stress as it is? Increasing that stress will not do you any good.
- Irritability: I don’t know if this is a byproduct of everything else, but some people get this with no other symptoms at all. Grouchy people are bad for moral.
- Temper Tantrums in Children: This should be adults too. They get irritable and stressed and temper tantrums start to happen. Nothing worse than when you’re trying to sneak past some zombies and a kid starts throwing a fit. You won’t last long.
- Yawning: Wait you wanted to be quite? Well there goes that plan. Not to mention this is contagious.
So you get it. Going without sleep is bad. So what do you do about it? Zombies don’t sleep and they aren’t going to stop just because you want to take a nap. Well if your by yourself, my suggestion is to get up high. In trees are good places to sleep. Not on the tree branches, that would be dangerous. I’m talking more of a hammock. And not those backyard death traps ether. I’m talking like the hammock displayed below. The only problem I foresee with this model is the entrance is at the bottom of the hammock, and if your hanging it high enough for a zombie not to get you, it’s going to be difficult to get in and out of. You may have to find a top entrance one, which there will be plenty of on the market. These things are water proof, and have storage for your gear as well. In case you get stuck somewhere, you will be glad to have one of these. Plus did you see how quickly you can pack that thing? Try doing that with a tent!
Of course things dramatically improve when you have a group of people. You should assign someone to keep watch. Make sure however that the watch is getting switched out periodically so your watchmen have a chance to sleep too. Ideally you will want to find a secure location but remember no place is ever truly safe, only safer. A large place like a prison or a school will require multiple guards and might be a bad idea if your team is less in numbers.
The rules for sleeping are going to be the same rules you should be following now. 6-9 hours of sleep. Sleep on a regular schedule. Sleep at night. Keep your bed limited to only sleeping and maybe sexual activity. Limit the amount of light you’re exposed to. All of these things will keep your sleep effective and produce more restful sleep.
Finally, if you have trouble sleeping now, see a doctor. There won’t be anyone to ask questions too after things get bad. Get your sleeping habits right now, while you have the time to adjust. And if you have a medical condition that would prevent you from getting restful sleep (such as sleep apnea) a doctor will be able to tell you how to avoid the issue or make it better.
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Somebody (I don’t know who) said it before, and it is true. 2012 is the year of the zombie. This year it seems like every first person shooter ever made is getting DLC’s or even in game content that revolves around zombies. A mass of zombie video games have, or will soon be hitting the market (just in time for Christmas!), and don’t even get me started on zombie related apps for your smart phone. If I reported on every zombie app for the smart phone… I think I would have to shoot myself. Even the famed video game Skyrim may even get it’s own zombie DLC! Bethesda is being tight lipped about the patent it filed, but strong “evidence” (read clues put together by speculators) in this article point to the new DLC “Hearthfire” having at least something to do with zombies.
This year we have also had people acting like zombies, and even our first zombie presidential candidate running for office. Well not really. AMC is back at the Dish bashing because they dropped their channel. And in their next stunt they are running a spoof presidential campaign for A. Zombie who is running on the platform for equal viewing opportunities for all. They are pushing for Dish customers to drop the network and find and alternative that hosts their channel. Again, I don’t blame them and it’s a funny idea. With politics these days, the word zombie is used from everything between policies and finances, so why not have an expert on the subject actually put his two cents in. I tell you if I don’t decide who I’m voting for soon, I’m using A. Zombie as a write in. He would get more votes than Mickey Mouse I bet.
People all over are embracing the zombie. Zombie walks have been organized all year round. And specialty zombie events have taken the news papers by storm. One example is the zombie car wash in Toronto Canada. The car wash was used to raise money for the Toronto Zombie Walk in October. For a little extra they will even dump fake blood on your car and then wash it off. I don’t know if that’s recommended by your manufacturer, but hey it’s creative right? Well in Buffalo New York you got zombies pumping your gas! They took over a gas station and did some everyday maintenance items for car owners in exchange for food items for a local food bank. They admitted however that asking a zombie to wash your windshield may make it worse than what you started out with in the first place.
Did we mention the sales of zombie apocalypse products? From survival kits, to food supplies, guns and ammo, everyone seemed to want to start preparing for the worst. One car customizer has taken advantage of this opportunity to boost sales in the recent economic slump. Instead of restoring hot rods, or pimping out Civics, Sour Apple Auto in Coplay PA is tricking out vehicles to survive the zombie apocalypse. They are raising the clearance of jeeps and trucks, adding larger tires to run over bodies of the undead, installing full cages, and even outfitting the vehicles with weapons. So it’s not a real AK-47 on the top of the Jeap, but those Airsoft guns sometimes look really convincing.
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