Monday, 16 November 2009

Post Apocalyptic Vaseline?

Los Angeles is having a celebration of 50 years of their Civil Defense - along with a nice array of nuclear holocaust goodies such as rations, guidebooks and um, vaseline:

The supplies included gallons and gallons of Vaseline, with advice for post-apocalyptic survivors to smear it all over their bodies as protection from radiation.

....as most intrigued by the four, five-gallon containers of Vaseline in each barrel. In the event of a nuclear attack, the instructions called for those taking radiation readings above ground to cover their bodies with Vaseline to prevent radiation poisoning.


Read more about it here

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Post Apocalyptic Food

I was just scrounging the internets for some interesting takes on Post Apocalyptic food. So if you supply of Soylent Green runs out, why not visit Cosco? This is via The Acknowledge My Hippo Blog,

Emergency Food Supply - 275 servings for less than 100USD?



From Cosco

Basic preparation will impact the probability of your family’s survival in an emergency. Delicious and easy to prepare. Each bucket contains 275 servings of pre-mixed and pre-seasoned 100% vegetarian and vitamin fortified food. With a 20 year long shelf life, this kit is perfect for the preparation of natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes or even for a camping or hunting trip.
Easy to Prepare
Must have water and a heat source
275 Servings
All Meals 100% Vegetarian and Vitamin Fortified
Sealed in convenient Weather-Proof bucket for easy transport
  • 25 Servings - Potato Soup
  • 30 Servings - Corn Chowder
  • 25 Servings - Cacciatore
  • 25 Servings - Western Stew
  • 30 Servings - Country Noodle
  • 25 Servings - Rice Lentil
  • 45 Servings - Whey Milk
  • 40 Servings - Blueberry Pancake
  • 30 Servings - Barley Vegetable
  • Total Weight: 23 lbs.
The Date of Manufacturing is printed on each individual packet. The Expiration Date for all the food is printed on a sticker on the outside of the bucket.

For best taste and nutritional value, use product before:
20 years of manufacturing date when stored at 60° F (16.6° C)
10 years of manufacturing date when stored at 70° F (21.1° C)


Perhaps I should order few, looks like there could be a food shortage coming on soon. Or perhaps this guy can help (if you are in the usa). Or perhaps you can raid the Seed Vault (if you are in Norway) to grown your own. This video is from the BBC about potential food shortages:





Thursday, 5 November 2009

Post Nuclear Accommodation

Survive the fallout in style. Before the bombs hit, make sure that you have already checked in the Null Stern (no star) Hotel in Switzerland, a nuclear bunker turned hotel.

From their website:
The “Null Stern experience” is tailored to fulfill guest priorities, needs and expectations through innovative, value-oriented and functional lodging. Null Stern Hotel finds its roots and values at the core of today’s world of changing economic, ecological and social environments. The objective is to offer a “second life” to real estate locations by transforming them into profitable, sustainable and community-oriented business opportunities. The Null Stern spirit not only embodies Freedom and Independence by using existing resources but also involves members of the local community at every level.
Nuclear Bunker Hotel






More Post Apocalyptic Campers

With The Road coming out in American Theatres, the humble shopping trolley has been en vogue for Post Apocalyptic transportation of goods. Recently I did some posts on Post Apocalyptic Campers here. Today I bring you another sort - the post apocalyptic shopping cart camper. So along with lugging your goods in a trundler after the world collapses, you can also sleep in it. These creative designs are made by Kevin Cyr

Click on the screenshot below to check out his work, which includes a rather cool bicycle camper:
I am sure you won't be able to rent campers like this anywhere.

Friday, 16 October 2009

Post Apocalyptic Polaroids

Is there any better film for the apocalypse than Polaroid? Polaroid was a marvel of modern technology that perhaps died before its time. Perhaps it will be resurrected? Anyways, Polaroids are the choice of the Post Apocalyptic generation! From an artistic point of view the soft focus, light leaks and other imperfections give Polaroid film much more character than its digital equivalents.

Some of these polaroids aren't particularly 'proper' post apocalyptic - but they all post apocalyptic elements:
























Sunday, 11 October 2009

What to wear at the end of the world (Post Apocalyptic fashion for Blokes)

So you are guy, presumably metrosexual, what you gonna where when the Apocalypse comes 'round? Check out The Tijana Pavlov Spring 2010 Menswear - the have all stylings for your modern post apocalyptic. You'll need to travel to Croatia for this (hey you gotta to end of world to dress for the end of the world):
The Tijana Pavlov Spring 2010 menswear collection shown at Cro-a-Porter in Zagreb, Croatia follows the post-apocalyptic theme she alluded to in her Fall 2009 ad campaign. The overall mood of the line is somber, with black and gray playing starring roles, accented by futuristic pink eyewear and the occasional flash of silver.


Thursday, 1 October 2009

Cassandra - Polish Post Apocalyptic Film

Poland seems to be great place for Post Apocalyptic stuff - after all they got the brunt of 2 fronts in World War 2, not too much several decades of communism. Check out this up and coming post apocalyptic film called Cassandra from the country - this was source via Quiet Earth so check out that site for the latest updates.

A breakdown of about the upcoming film:

Cassandra is a stark and brooding film, with constant unexpected twists adapted from Marek Baraniecki's cult science-fiction short story GÅ‚owa Kasandry (The Head of Cassandra). It?s set in a post-apocalyptic world, laid waste by a global conflict. One of the saved, Theodore Hornic, helps the few survivors by disarming the remaining missiles which lurk menacingly in underground silos. The abandoned missiles may spring to life at a moment?s notice, raining down death and destruction on the last remnants of humankind. The legend of the Missile of Ultimate Retribution is the only thing that now gives Hornic?s life meaning. That missile is the mythical Cassandra; the most powerful weapon ever invented. When Hornic finds Cassandra, reality will turn out to be even more horrifying than anything he could have imagined in his worst nightmares.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Post Apocalyptic Photo Contest

Whilst photographer Bruce Haley recovers from the swine flu, he has organised a "Where's Waldo" style Post Apocalyptic photo contest. Click here to enjoy






Friday, 4 September 2009

Post Apocalyptia - Montreal Style

This is a quick referral to post by Laura Roberts at Gifted Travel. She recently wrote about one of the cities I've always wanted to visit, Montreal. She's got some great Flickr shots in her post, I've used one of them here from H-E-D.

Here's a little from Laura about Montreal:
From graffiti and abandoned buildings to empty lots and jumbled architectural styles, Montreal is unique because of its grittiness and chaos mixed with classic European style. I would characterize the city’s overall vibe as gamine, the French word for “street urchin” or “naughty child.” Additionally, the Wikipedia definition of this word points to mischievousness, or being sexually appealing, and lists Audrey Hepburn as a prime example of the style. Montreal is definitely both mischievous and sexually appealing, with its red-light district in plain view on the main drag, Ste-Catherine. However, it’s also very urchin-like, with its sooty streets, bohemian fashion sense, and the urban decay you’ll find in many major cities.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Sweet Tooth: Post Apocalyptic Comic by Jeff Lemire

Whilst I don't collect comic books, I do think there are heaps of really good Post Apocalyptic comic books out there. One called 'Sweet Tooth' seems to be getting alot of acclaim from DC Comics. Heres a blurb:

From out of the deep woods and the mind of acclaimed indie cartoonist Jeff Lemire (THE NOBODY, The Essex County Trilogy) comes a new Vertigo monthly ongoing series like no other! After being raised in total isolation, Gus – a boy born with deer-like antlers – is left to survive in an American landscape devastated a decade earlier by an inexplicable pandemic. Even more remarkable is that Gus is part of a rare new breed of human/animal hybrid children who have emerged in its wake, all apparently immune to the infection.

Enter Jepperd, a violent, hulking drifter who soon takes in Gus and promises to lead him to "The Preserve," a fabled safe-haven for hybrid children. Along the way they'll have to contend with science militias, deadly scavengers, rival bounty hunters, and hybrid worshipping cultists as they fight to make it to safety and solve the mysteries of this deadly new frontier.

This bizarre and haunting new series is boldly written and illustrated by Eisner-nominated creator Jeff Lemire and elegantly colored by fellow Eisner nominee Jose Villarubia. A little boy with antlers, a big man with guns, a world without hope – SWEET TOOTH #1 ships in September for only $1.00! Plus, don't miss a free preview of this title in August's JACK OF FABLES #37!

Check out Jeff Lemire's Blog Here.

Also coming soon:

Sweet Tooth #2



Sweet Tooth #3

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Post Apocalyptic High School Movie

Post Apocalyptic High School Movie. From Youtube:

Part 1 & 2 of 6 of a Super 8 movie that I shot during High School in Eugene, Oregon. Sort of a comedy homage to the Road Warrior, but my real inspiration was a low budget Road Warrior knock-off movie called "Metalstorm".

Part 3 of 6 of a Super 8 movie that I shot during High School in Eugene, Oregon. I used to read a filmmaking/ special effects magazine called "Cinemagic" and I learned how to do bleach lasers from that. The same as scratching on film but looks slightly better.

The end credits to the Super 8 movie that I shot during High School in Eugene, Oregon. If you watched the whole thing, I hope you enjoyed it. Every amateur moviemaker makes an endless chase movie, this was mine. I wanted to make a sequel where Doctor Death was entirely an animated stop-motion skeleton, but haven't got around to it yet.











Exit Mundi - A whole heap of Post Apocalptic Scenarios for your reading pleasure

Exit Mundi has some great reading on how the world ends. Here's a blurb from the site:

Isn't life a bitch? The world is going to end. You don't even have to be a religious fundamentalist to see that's true.

Some people collect postal stamps; Exit Mundi collects scenarios of what could go wrong with the world. Sure, our planet could get hit by an asteroid. But hey, that's nothing. Did you know we could all be munched away by hungry molecules? Or that our physicists could unintentionally wipe us all out while tinkering with particles? `Oops, sorry...'

Exit Mundi isn't in it for doom preaching, but strictly for fun. It's a fascinating thought: if that &*%#-comet didn't wipe out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, we wouldn't be here pondering about apocalypses and armageddons in the first place. The dinosaurs roamed our planet millions of years longer than we did. If it wasn't for the comet, they still would.

That's why this site is a tribute to floods, quantum explosions and awfully big chunks of space rock falling out of the sky. If there's a lesson to be learnt, it should be that within every end looms the dawn of a new beginning. Sounds good, doesn't it?



Post Nuke Comics

Just a quick post here. Not sure how I missed this, but check out this Post Apocalyptic Comics from Post Nuke. Its mainly sketched black and white. Click on the banner to go to the website:






Friday, 28 August 2009

Post Apocalyptic Sport: Jugger

Need a bit sporting activity for after the apocalypse? why not try Jugger - a sport that was invented for the Post Apocalyptic Rutger Hauer movie Blood of Heroes. From the wikipedia page:
What little entertainment is available in these times comes primarily from a brutal sport known only as The Game, and the merriment that follows after the day's play. It is played by bands of roving teams known collectively as juggers, who challenge local town teams. They pass for what might be considered professional athletes, as they make their living through the tribute paid by the people of the town, should they defeat the local team. Their trophy is the dog skull from the town. The Game involves two armed and armoured teams of five attempting to score by placing a decorated dog skull on the opposing team's goalpost. One unarmed player, "the Quick", runs with the skull, protected by the team's other members.
Need more guidance how to play Jugger? Wikipedia to rescue again. Apparently, its especially popular in Germany

From the movie:



Here's a quick video history

Post Apocalyptic Operating System - The Vault OS

The world has gone to shit. You need an OS that can hack it. Forget XP, Mac or your fancy Linux distros. You need Vault OS. To Summarise (from their own site)
The Vault Operating System is designed to be so cheap to implement that it can be put together mostly from junk that others have thrown away. Nobody should be prevented from building the Vault OS network by hardware costs. It is designed to use technology so ubiquitous and limited in scope that nearly any x86 third rate junk machine with the basic specs can be a client and any second rate x86 machine can be the server. It is designed to be so easy to install, maintain, modify and debug that almost anybody could do it.

The influence behind 12 Monkeys - La Jetée

12 Monkeys was one of my favourite science fiction/post apocalyptic movies. So what influence behind this movie by Terry Gilliam?

French short film, La jetée (The Jetty) by Chris Marker was made in 1962 and is a 28-minute black and white movie made from photos, it tells the story of a post apocalyptic time travel experiment.

If you 28 Minutes to spare, check it out here:

read more about in Wikipedia

Post Apocalyptic Book Review: Day of the Triffids

I recently picked up Day of the Triffids, an acclaimed Post Apocalyptic novel John Wyndham. I must admit, I thought it would be pretty cheesy after all the premise is about deadly plants take over the earth after the people become mysteriously blinded. Maybe this prejudice comes from tonnes of horrible Hollywood productions about zombified beings killing humans. However, I must say this book was a fantastic read.

To start, though these deadly plants, the triffids are major part of the story, the crux of the story is how human society starts from scratch. This brings up conflicts from many different factions, from religious people who morality has higher standards their practicality to feudal lords who try to force their will on survivors. The Triffids pop in out from the background to the forefront of the story while the author struggles to come to grips with how mankind can reestablish themselves after the apocalypse. He wonders how future generations, who have to labour strenuously to stay alive, will ever find the division of labour (eg scientists, researchers) to fight off the triffids.

Have a read for yourself.

A Post Apocalyptic Animation: Graveyard of the Fireflies

Ok everyone's heard of Mad Max, everyone's heard of Terminator. In fact, Hollywood is going apeshit over post apocalyptic movies now (Terminator 4, The Road, Book of Eli, 9). How about some more obscure Post Apocalyptic movies? While it may not be a pure Post Apocalyptic animation, It does have strong post apocalyptic elements. Instead of the entire world being destroyed, its just a city in Japan that has been fire bombed. Instead of the near future, it takes place during the final days of World War Two. From wikipedia:
Grave of the Fireflies (火垂るの墓 Hotaru no Haka?) is a 1988 animated film written and directed by Isao Takahata .This is the first film produced by Shinchosha, who hired Studio Ghibli to do the animation production work. It is an adaptation of the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by Akiyuki Nosaka, intended as a personal apology to the author's own sister.

Some critics (most notably Roger Ebert) consider it to be one of the most powerful anti-war movies ever made. Animation historian Ernest Rister compares the film to Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List and says, "it is the most profoundly human animated film I've ever seen."
Here's a small clip, see more here.

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Preparing for Feral dog attacks (for now and after the apocalypse)

A fellow apocalyptic blogger recently posted an interesting point about dangers of feral animals in a post apocalyptic world, particulary dogs:
It's going to be one of the biggest hazards and most people have never really thought about it much. They only think of dogs as man's best friend. The alternative doesn't really occur to them. Without socialization, people and dogs turn into ravenous beasts.
Read more here. The news, particulary here in New Zealand, is rife with stories of feral dogs (called pig dogs) that have mauled people recently. Over in the States, you can find heaps of stories about packs of feral canines. Heres a good article about what to when encountering feral dogs (or any threatening animals).

1. Stand your ground! It is important when encountering any wild animal, and this includes dogs that you never take a step back. Even one step backward will be perceived as submission, and may kick the dog's prey instinct to take over. Instead, you must stand tall, and hold your ground, but above all else, never, and I mean never turn and run. If you do, you can almost guarantee that the dog, or dogs will chase you down.
2. Exhibit calm dominance/confidence. This behavior will go a long way to showing that you are an alpha to be taken seriously. Most dogs will be unsure of how to proceed. Their instinct will be to see you as an equal and not prey. Body language is everything on this one. Stand tall, head erect, shoulders relaxed. Act as if the dog or dogs' presence is of no concern to you. This will help you to maintain your calm. It is alright to be nervous on the inside, you would not be human if you weren't, but under no circumstance can you allow the animals confronting you to see your nervousness.
3. Make yourself appear bigger. If you have hiking poles raise them into the air, it will make your body appear larger, but even if you do not, raise your arms up and out. Don't shake them about, but hold them in position. Size of prey is always a factor for any canine thinking about making an attack.
4. Begin yelling at the dog(s) in a firm, deep voice. Do not yell frantically, it will make you seem hysterical to the dog(s). Instead, yell as if you were reprimanding a family pet. Be firm, commanding, and try to use a deeper, gruffer voice. "Go on, get out of here! Bad dog! Go on!" Or you can use something similar, but the point is to display that you are in control. The dog will pick up on your posture and it may be enough to get it to leave.
5. Take a step forward, or continue to hold your ground. If there is more than one dog the above steps may not work, and even if there is only one they still may not work, which leaves you with a decision. You can take a confident step forward again repeating your command. As in my situation it was enough to get the dog to flee, but the move could be taken as a challenge, especially if there are multiple dogs. The choice will be up to you, but if you choose not to, then you must continue to hold your ground. Never turn your back, or sink your posture. You may be able to hold the animals at a standstill until they either leave, or more people show up to scare the animals away.

Time Capsules and the Apocalypse

I was recently thinking, what can we do now to prepare for apocalypse. Asides from reading survival manuals and storing up goods, why not do something that can benefit humanity - or at least your local community? While it doesn't have to be as grand as the Svalbard Seed Vault, creating well kept time capsules could be a way of assisting survivors of the apocalypse.


(the above photo is from a 1957 Plymouth Car from the (in)famous Tulsa city time capsule)

Here is great article post about the top 10 time capsules of all time, read the article for more details about each one:

Friday, 21 August 2009

The Ultimate Apocalypse Survival Guide

Came across an amazing survival for the Apocalypse here. It draws resouces from SAS Survival Manual, Australian Bushcraft, Australia Traditional Bushcraft and Basic Wilderness Survival Skills.

Here's a great quote from the Water Procurement section:

Despite what you may have seen in German pornography, it is never a good idea to drink urine. It contains harmful wastes and is about 2 percent salt.


Below Are some of the Chapters:
  • PLANNING YOUR SURVIVAL
  • BASIC SURVIVAL MEDICINE
  • WATER PROCUREMENT
  • FOOD PROCUREMENT
  • SURVIVAL USE OF PLANTS
  • FIRECRAFT
  • ROPES AND KNOTS
  • SHELTERS
  • WEAPONS TOOLS & EQUIPMENT
  • SUSTAINABLE GARDENING
  • DESERT SURVIVAL
  • TROPICAL SURVIVAL
  • COLD WEATHER SURVIVAL
  • SEA SURVIVAL
  • WORLD WAR III SURVIVAL
  • WEATHER PREDICTION
  • EXPEDIENT WATER CROSSINGS
  • EXPEDIENT DIRECTION FINDING
  • STEALTH
I've looked through it, its jam packed with good information, as you can tell by the chapters, its fairly thourough for the serious survivalist and doesn't have any of this yuppie zombie stuff the internets so full. This is the Real Deal!

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Post Apocalyptic Caravans

Ah what the post Apocalyptic world be without some form of Motorhome or Caravan. Recently Bethesda Softworks (of the Fallout 3 game fame) gave away their Airstream to Charity and long with some other Post Apocalyptic goodies.

Here are some pics:

From the Game:

This the pic of the airstream from GayGamer.net:

Thats all fine and well, but what would a camper look like when its been abandoned for awhile? Check out these great pics from a small abandoned caravan in the UK:

A few years ago, in dense woodland a few miles from my home, I discovered a caravan. Encircled by trees and undergrowth, and over a mile from the nearest road, its presence was utterly incongruous, with few clues as to how or why it had come to rest at this point. For almost a year, I kept my distance, fearful it was inhabited by a hermit and that I would be chased away if I ventured too close. Eventually, I investigated further and discovered that it was empty; its furnishings intact, but no sign of human inhabitants. Sadly, the door was locked, and so I gave it little thought for several months. [link]


Or perhaps caravans will take a more montumental approach, as with the Airstream Ranch in Florida:

Just west of exit 10 on I-4 is a strange grouping of vacation trailers that look to be growing out of the ground. I believe it is only visible from the interstate, though. [Ken Storey, 01/15/2008]

Post Apocalyptic Diorama by Jason van Horne

Jason van Horne has some pretty interesting sculptures - they look like they have come straight out of Fallout 3. Very detail rich and desolate. Pictures were taken from here: http://www.katharinemulherin.com/dynamic/artist.asp?ArtistID=32&Count=0








Sunday, 9 August 2009

Nuclear Art of Bikini Atoll

As a contination of the nuclear explosion theme, this if the art of Gunnery Sargeant Grant Powers - excerpt from site:
In contrast to all later atmospheric nuclear tests, a large media contingent was present for the two Crossroads detonations. They were allowed to cover the test atomic bomb explosions "with sufficient thoroughness to satisfy the public as to the fairness and general results of the experiment." Quartered aboard USS Appalachian (AGC-1), 131 newspaper, magazine, and radio correspondents from the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, the Republic of China, the Soviet Union, and Britain covered the detonations, turning these experiments into major media events. In addition, the three artists presented here also recorded the project: Gunnery Sergeant Grant Powers, USMC, was the official combat artist for the operation while Lieutenant Commander Arthur Beaumont, USNR, and Captain Charles Bittinger, USNR, were observers.


The Nuclear Slide Show

For those of you who believe in the Big Bang, eg, Nuclear Explosions, here is a slide show for you, via Chile4Chile