When the S#!T hits the fan

I heart researching apocalypse. While working on the current manuscript, I keep delving into books about “how to survive when DISASTER STRIKES.” Some books are truly super, well thought-out. Things one needs to know. Earthquake, natural disaster stuff. Kind of like a Bear Grylls episode (Bear’s thing about using a cell phone to start a campfire was awful goodness. I’ll throw the vid in below, just in case you ever get lost in the wilderness, your plane goes down in the forest, some stranger dumps you in the woods, etc.):

Others survival books are more, well, let’s say they predict certain doomsday. Disaster books with pictures? Oh, they’re special. Good examples — The Mormon Four: Four foods that are nutritious and store well. Whole wheat, honey, powdered milk and salt. Great, cute cartoons. The Physiological Fear Factory? I get that, too. But charred rat on a stick — in photos? Oh yeah. How to compost your you-know-what, cartoon style? Welcome to my day.

Ok, that’s my post for the week. Off to go dialate some pupils and increase some heart rates.

AMC’s The Walking Dead gets more, uh, life

Okay, I know I’m behind on this one, but last week’s news that AMC renewed it’s zombie show The Walking Dead is worth repeating. Getting a third year is wonderful news for what I think is a great show, only two weeks into season two.

According to HuffingtonPost, last week’s episode drew an audience of 6.7 million for the first airing and another 2.1 million viewers for the later repeat. Season one averaged 5.2 million viewers a week. If you haven’t, the graphic novels written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics are worth a look. If you haven’t set the DVR yet (and you should), here’s the trailer.

According to horror-movies.ca, FOX International launched the show globally last weekend on cable networks in Europe, Asia, Latin American, Africa and the Middle East. What? You thought the zombie apocolypse was confined to Atlanta?

30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust, Episode 1

With so much media out there, you come across things in odd ways these days. I actually came across these Fear.net webisodes (they continue the wonderfully spooky 30 Days of Night‘s franchise), from Hulu.com while I was looking for Pink Panther cartoons for my kid. I’ll post the first episode below. It’s rated TVMA:

You can watch all six episodes on Hulu, or Fear.net. Here’s the link to Sony Pictures’s 30 Days of Night flick. One of my all-time favorite vampire movies.

Road sign hacked: Zombies In Area, Run!

Seems like someone has been playing too much Left 4 Dead on the old 360. Road signs in Austin were hacked overnight, leaving morning commuters surprised to find two road signs which was meant to warn about upcoming construction instead warn of “Zombies In Area, Run!”

A city spokesperson reported the messages were up for a few hours, until the construction project manager corrected the error. Still, the H.G. Wells War of the Worlds moment deserves recognition. The padlock protecting the sign was cut, and the computer inside was protected by a password.

My favorite part on the KXAN.com story about the hacking? The station’s attempt to get comments. Get this last paragraph:

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