Spam

Oh, the spam.

My server must have made it onto the spammers lists this week.  I had several hundred spams, which gets old real quick when you are hitting spam, trash, spam trash, a hundred times a day.

I apologize if anyone who is new didn’t see their post make it through.  I may have put you in spam/trash hell in my overzealousness.

To combat them, I’ve added a new widget that requires you to do some simple math.  Hopefully the spambots are really, really dumb.

Sorry for the extra effort to do some math, but I had no choice.

Arghhh, spammers suck.

The 25 Days of Undead Christmas – Day 7

 For the seventh of my 25 Undead Christmas presents I want a long bladed machete.

Its not a weapon for the feint of heart.  Chopping through a few zombies dressed as nurses or worse, boy scouts and girl scouts will cause most people to hesitate, which will get you killed.  And that is just the psychological aspect of it.

Physically and technically the machete is the more difficult weapon to wield versus a non edged weapon.  Flesh and bone can bind around the blade if you strike the wrong spot, and you can easily cut yourself in the frenzy of combat, which even if its just a small cut, can kill you if you get zombie blood in it. 

Practice, practice, practice.  The neck, the legs (to let you run from them) in rapid, powerful strokes.


The 25 Days of Undead Christmas – Day 6

 For the sixth of my 25 Undead Christmas presents I want an Ash baseball bat.

They are light, very strong, and are a great way to take down a zombie or three quietly and safely.  The risk of splatter is there, but less so than if your using an edged weapon, so even if you get surprised and don’t have your gas mask on, your likely to be just fine. 

When your picking your bat, make sure you look at the grain and find one with long flowing grains.  Short, choppy grain is a likely sign the bat will not be as strong as a piece of wood with long grains.



The Walking Dead – Episode 6

The sixth and final episode aired tonight. Is bitter sweet, couldn’t wait for it to come on but I’m dreading the wait until next year.

Can’t believe that Shane goes crazy and thinks that Lori is going to take him back. The wonders of alcohol.

So how creep is the CDC guy?

Love that Glen is so hung over at breakfast.  How many times have we all said “Don’t ever, ever, let me drink again.”

I don’t think that test subject 19 volunteered, do you?

Love the old guy Dale.  What happens when the clock reaches zero?  Facility wide decontamination.  That doesn’t sound ominous does it?

I bet there are dead people in the basement. Going once, twice, and I was wrong.

So the doctor locks them in? – Does he not want to die alone?  I am sitting here cursing the writers.  They better not leave it hanging until next year – I will be so mad. 

My older son thinks they all die and next season will be a new cast – I am hoping he’s wrong.  It won’t be the same without Rick.

Axes on a steel door?  Try cutting his toes off one at a time, then go for his fingers.  He’s a wuss, he’ll open the doors.  I would have thought that the redneck brother would have understood the basic brutal requirement to make him open the doors.

So he finally opens the doors and the two woman decide to stay.  I hope Dale makes it out.

Run Dale run – they just blew a hole in the glass.  Come on Andrea, don’t kill Dale as well as you.   Do they make it?  Run!!!!

Sweet, Dale made it.  So glad that Andrea didn’t kill him.

Best line from the creepy CDC dude: “This is our extinction event.” 

Was afraid about how they were going to end the season, but it was actually really good.   If it left them stuck in the CDC I would have cried.

So as they are driving away I couldn’t help but think that the open sided jeep is a really poor choice of vehicles when there are zombies about.  At least find one with hard sides. 

Looking forward to the next rainy day so I can sit down and watch the first season on itunes in one shot while curled up under a blanket on the couch.


The 25 Days of Undead Christmas – Day 5

 For the fifth of my 25 Undead Christmas presents I want a Nightstick NSR-9912 flashlight.

Its got several critical modes of operation all in one compact package.   The NSR-9912 allows the user to select a focused flashlight, floodlight, or dual light.  The flashlight mode is very useful for seeing what’s in the distance, but its a dangerous mode if your trying to walk or run because you tend to put the beam out in front of you, which leaves you at risk of tripping over what’s right in front of you.  That’s where the dual-light mode comes in.  It mixes the flashlight and floodlight modes, giving you the ability to see what’s directly in front of you as well as what’s in the distance. 

The floodlight can be used by itself when you are holed up and need to illuminate a broad area.  Its the perfect mixed mode flashlight and is very useful when your running through the dark to escape the undead shambling behind you.  You wan’t be tripping and falling when using the mixed flashlight and floodlight mode.



The 25 Days of Undead Christmas – Day 4

For the fourth of my 25 Undead Christmas presents I want a solar backpack.

There is no more coal fired power plants and even if you find a generator, the noise will bring the undead in for miles around.  Try camping without a flashlight at night and see what your field of vision is when your waving around a flaming torch.  Very easy for the undead to sneak up on you.  What you need is a way to charge up batteries while your hiking across country looking for the perfect place to make into a fortified and defensible nest. 

That’s where Voltaic solar backpacks come in.  You can charge up your batteries and be able to have a nice focused beam of light to shine into the darkness when you hear something in the woods.  Is it a deer, or something more sinister?  Now you will know before its right on top of you.

Okay, and there is also your MP3 player so you don’t go crazy.   But be reasonable and only put one earbud in, you need to hear what’s around you.


The 25 Days of Undead Christmas – Day 3

For the third of my 25 Undead Christmas presents I want a pair of Walther P99s in .40 Caliber and a double shoulder rig.

When your walking down the street, salvaging what you can scrounge from nearby houses and cars, and you don’t notice the shambling horde approaching until its too late your going to need to punch a hole through them and escape.  You need the reliability the Walther P99 provides as well as the acurracy and stopping power the .40 caliber round will give you. 

Don’t risk your life on your weapon jamming or running out or rounds.  Its a little extra weight, but the trade off in having a back up is worth it. 


The 25 Days of Undead Christmas – Day 2

For the second of my 25 Undead Christmas presents I want a Scorpion EXO motorcycle jacket.

Its lightweight, strong enough to protect your skin if you lay down a bike at a hundred miles an hour, and has a removable thermal liner for when your hacking apart the undead in the warm summer months.

Think of this jacket as a free get out of jail card for that careless moment when one of the undead latches onto your forearm with its teeth.  You might be bruised, but this jacket is going to make sure you can walk away after you take its head off – versus shuffling away a lifeless, hungry corpse. 



The 25 Days of Undead Christmas – Day 1

For the first of my 25 Undead Christmas presents I want an MSA Millennium CBRN Gas Mask.

It provides excellent visibility with a wide field of view so nothing can sneak up on you while providing the protection your eyes, mouth, and nose need to keep blood and other bio-hazard materials from splashing into your vulnerable mucus membranes.

It’s pointless to live through the apocalypse just to turn undead when your fighting your way to the pub with a baseball bat because of some brains that got splattered about. 

Plan ahead, ask Santa for the Millennium CBRN Gas Mask.


November 2010 Stats

So we have completed our first full month on the new website and blog.  Overall, I was very pleased with the response.

Total Monthly Hits: 10,833

I  didn’t implement tracking by page until basically last week, so the numbers by page do not add up to the total hits.

Blog Hits: 2,069

The Red and the Gray: 1,157

Landing Page: 769

Reviews: 249