San Francisco, California – Volume 1.3

Gina turned the faucet on quickly. A slight, dry, cough of air came out, then nothing. She looked around the kitchen at the containers. Every bottle, vase, tub, bowl, cup she had unpacked were filled with water.

“Ok, all the containers in the fridge are filled, everything out here is filled, the tub is most of the way filled. I have 3 cases of bottled water in the pantry. What am i forgetting? I could-”

Something thumped softly against her apartment door. She had made the mistake of looking through the now taped over peephole the first night, she wouldn’t repeat that. Seeing the distorted peep hole version of her new neighbors devouring what looked like pieces of the night doorman wasn’t something she needed to see an encore of.

Take the big promotion in San Fran her sister had said. It will be good for you to get away from New York, Kris, her best friend had said. So she had taken it.

Moved 3 days before the Apocalypse. Great timing. Guess i dont have to worry about starting the new job. Ha. Silver-lining in everything. Dont mind that everyone you know or love is probably dead. Oh not again

She sobbed quietly for a few minutes and wiped her eyes with the edge of her t-shirt.

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The Book of Eli (2010)

 The Book of Eli (2010) (4 out of 5 Graves)

Denzel Washington plays the calm and collected Eli, travelling through a post apocalyptic world were the basics are hard to come by.  Food and water are scarce, and the desperate have turned to cannibalization as a last resort. 

Eli wanders into a feudal town controlled by Gary Oldman’s Carnegie, a ruthless but idealistic leader who wants the book that Eli has in his possession in the belief that he can organize the remnants of society to him with its preachings. 

Eli has the strength of his faith and his convictions, making him a truly dangerous man.

Definitely on the highly recommended list with 4 out of 5 graves.


The Walking Dead – Episode 5

Episode five starts just where the last episode left off.

The camp just repelled the geeks, Amy has died, and Jim has been bitten.

Rick wants to try and save Jim, which makes no sense to me. At least put him in a cage. I think that after seeing a few people get bit and turn, you’d be hyper cautious. No way you let someone who is bit stay in the RV without a gun on him the whole time. Come on. Tie him to the bed and make sure he can’t move his head too much.

My same general disbelief goes for Andrea and Amy. Amy starts to get up and everyone is just a little too calm.

Okay, back to the RV. They leave Jim in there with an unarmed woman? Arghhhh – I love the show, but the little things are driving me crazy.

I loved the scene in the woods where Shane has Rick in his sights and he pulls back and Dale is looking at him like he has two heads. Dale is clearly not convinced when Shane says they should wear reflective vests. Should he have mentioned it to Rick? If Rick knew Shane was tapping his wife when Dale told him this – what would he do?

When they are saying by to Jim I was cringing. Stop kissing and touching the infected dude.

How bad would it suck to be the CDC dude. Alone, stuck in the underground bunker thinking your the last living being on the planet. You think the dude would be a little quicker to let the other survivors inside.

Can’t wait to see the last episode of the season next week.


Itunes Ipad Game – Zomborhood HD by Mo-star

Zomborhood HD by Mo-star

This is a cool little side scrolling game where you play as an odd looking older man defending his house (James from ZASA).  You rush from side to side, earning money to buy upgrades for your seven different weapons as you slaughter countless zombies. 

Its easy, fun, and entertaining.  Both in terms of the gameplay, and trying to figure out what the hell the developers were thinking.  There are multiple langauge mistakes – I’m not calling them typos because I think the game was written by a group of motivated but not native english speaking developers.  That or they are doing their best to butcher basic english in an attempt at a joke?

Not to mention the strange story the game opens with.  I’m really not sure what they were going for. 

All that being said, the game is about tapping on the screen with a variety of weapons to blow the heads off zombies, and it does that very well.  Who cares if the developers couldn’t form a simple sentance in proper english?

It’s also a great game to get the kids involved in the undead killing – my nine year old finished the game twice, and petitioned for the game to be a 5 out of 5 graves which I held off doing mostly because it was such a short game.  You can easily cycle through the month of missions (each day is a level) in an hour or two.


I only wish the undead had killed me before I watched “The Kids Are All Right” (2010)

The Kids Are All Right (2010)

So I heard the buzz about this movie and figured it would be a great “Date Night” movie with my wife, hopefully leading to a nice romantic evening with our clothes off. 

We were both expecting a heartwarming film about a lesbian couple, who, while having the normal host of relationship problems, overcome them while letting go of their oldest daughter as she heads off to college.  I expected the sperm donor father to act as a foil for the lesbian parents, showing how well (or not) they raised their kids in different aspects of life.  But ultimately, I was expecting a mostly positive movie with an upbeat ending. 

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What I got instead was a typical excuse driven movie which was really centered around Jules and her inability to bang the first person who showed her any positive attention, and then blame her controlling domestic partner.  I get the subtext, Jules feels repressed by Nic, who may or may not have forced her to be a stay at home mom.  But Jules comes off as a sniveling and weak person as she bounces around the movie.

I was really hoping this movie would be an uplifting commentary on same sex parenting and relationships.  What I got instead was a movie essentially about a cheating partner who was willing to blame her actions on everyone else.  If Nic was really that bad to her, leave, and then you can go bang whomever you want.  Take control of your own life for God’s sake.

Obviously I didn’t enjoy the movie, but at the same time I couldn’t bring myself to give it a 1 out of 5 either.  Go figure.

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What are the worst Jobs for survival when the undead (Zombies) attack?

We’ve modeled an extensive undead zombie death simulation using a single point of infection in a residential neighborhood. For the purposes of the simulation we’ve used an average population density of 400 people per square mile.

The top ten most deadly jobs with their death ratio. (If you have this job you have this % chance of dying in the first 3 days of the apocalypse.)

  1. EMS/Ambulance Paramedic (99%)
  2. Nurse (94%)
  3. Doctor (90%)
  4. Law Enforcement with hesitant trigger finger threshold (85.5%)
  5. Firemen (75%)
  6. Gas Station Attendant (72.5%)
  7. Grocery Clerk (68%)
  8. Schoolteacher (62%)
  9. Bank Teller (57%)
  10. Law Enforcement with happy trigger finger (35%)

I expected the Nurse and Doctor to be nearly identical in death rates, but apparently nurses come into contact first and some number of physicians run when they see their nurses getting eaten, versus trying to help, accounting for the 4% difference.

The law enforcement numbers had a large gap depending on type of law enforcement and how their trigger pull patterns were modeled.  I ended up using a fast to pull the trigger and slow to pull the trigger schema, which had a very clear cut difference on how the behavior impacted survival.  Cops who shoot at early signs ofs violence survived 55.5% more of the time.

The Gas Station Attendant and Grocery Clerk, and Bank Teller numbers were not a big surprise.  People try to grab their cash and get in their cars and run, as well as stock up on food and water, causing those locations to have a higher focal population density and increase the risk.

The Schoolteacher was a surprise to me.  The model uses a variable gap time between exposure and turning, which led to an interesting death toll for schoolteachers.  Apparently people will send their kids to school even if they are about to turn into little undead chewing monsters.

The highest survival ratio of all jobs in the undead apocalypse are deep sea fishermen with a survival of 99.9%.  I am still trying to figure out where the .1% chance came from for infection but I haven’t found it in the model yet.


If the Undead (Zombies) don’t get you, the water will.

Your in great shape, you’ve set aside your supplies and have your plans set for when it starts.

You only forgot one thing, leaving the water purification tablets on the counter as you strap on your day pack and head out the door to sneak to your first Jump Point.

You get to you two bedroom apartment on the outskirts of town just in time. The last vestiges of the military are flailing, dropping incendiary weapons onto the city, but your far enough out to just breath a little smoke.

The average adult produces 1.5 liters of urine a day and loses another .5 liters through breathing, sweating, and bowel movements. So, even at 1 liter per day rations while you are mostly stationary, you are going to run out of bottled water pretty quickly.

No problems right? You were able to put another thirty liters into the bathtub before the tap went dry. It might not be the most appetizing prospect, but your thirsty.

The problem is that your so used to drinking heavily filtered and purified water, that you are going to go through a period of GI adjustment. Plan on intestinal cramps, pain, diarrhea for at least a few days as you transition away from municapal water supplies.

To start with, purification tablets are a good, simple way to make sure you won’t get something that will knock you out. Filters are okay, but they are more bulky, and they tend to wear out without really giving you any notice that they are no longer working.

Boiling, is of course a gold standard, but the risk of fire bringing down the horde is too great until your well situated at your final jump point.

Good luck.