Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Understanding Radiation Dosage

Nuclear meltdowns/attacks have always been part of post apocalyptic yore, but now we have a nifty chart explaining radiation poisoning to the average bloke. Here's a bit of perspective on radiation poisoning from iapptive.com (via mashable)
We encounter sources of radiation every day, from natural background radiation to bananas. (Yes, bananas emit gamma rays, but you’d have to eat 5 million bananas in one sitting to get any kind of radiation sickness.) The absorption of this radiation is measured in units called the sievert (Sv). As the chart explains, we absorb approximately 0.1 microsieverts (μSv) of radiation per day from eating a banana, 10 μSv from background radiation and 20 μSv from a chest x-ray. That’s more than the radiation you’ll absorb from living within 50 miles of a power plant (0.09 μSv). Even a coal power plant generates more radiation (0.3 μSv) because coal has trace amounts of uranium.
Here is the chart from http://xkcd.com/radiation/:

Friday, 8 July 2011

Apocalyptic Firesale - Get your bunkers on the cheap!

A few months ago, I posted about bunkers sales up by 1000%. Well, according to business insider they decided to let the common man in on their gig selling an economy model for only $9,950 USD (premium models start at $25,000).

Its guaranteed to keep you alive for 6 months and survive at 20 megaton blast - not too shabby:



Here is a bit about Terra Vivos (from their homepage):
Vivos is a privately funded venture, with no religious affiliations, building a global network of underground shelters, to accommodate thousands of people. Vivos will provide a life assurance solution for those that wish to be prepared to survive these potential events, whether they occur now, in 2012, or in decades to come. Co-own an equity share of the Vivos shelter closest to your home area.  Which side of the door do you want to be on?

The Accidental Sea - History of Salton Sea

This is a great video about the harsh desert landscape of the Salton Sea and it thrived and then died off - leaving ghost towns and a haunting vista of a post apocalyptic world:



By Ransom Riggs, you can see his youtube channel and his Amazon page here.

Vacationlanders - Post Apocalyptic Maine

I reckon Maine is a pretty good place to have a post apocalyptic setting. The home state of horror writer Stephen King is now featured on webisodes called Vacationlanders (Vacationland is the motto on Maine 's registration plate). From their homepage:
Vacationlanders is a 12 part miniseries that will be released on the Internet as free webisodes.
Our story begins in 2012, when the U.S. government takes its first drastic step in the decline of the Age of Oil. In response to leaked data about the true remaining oil reserves in Saudi Arabia, Congress passes the “Emergency Energy Conservation Act.” Within several months, six U.S. states are shut off from the grid and all remaining infrastructure is left in the hands of those who choose to stay behind. 
No power. No services. No Internet. No law. 
Three years later, a documentary film crew travels into The Unorganized Territories of Maine to learn and document how survival has worked for those who have made the decision to stay and rough it out. Those people will be known as Vacationlanders.

Here are a couple of videos to get you started:


Fathoms, a Post Apocalyptic Animation with heart

Fathoms is an up and coming animation project about post apocalyptic Brooklyn:
The ice caps have melted. The air is filled with a poisonous smog. No land. No safety. Sam and Evan, along with their rescued cat, Hippo, pilot the scavenger Arken, a salvaging submarine. Together, they search the endless seas for organic life and raw materials to help rebuild their world.

Sam is still holding onto her past, trying to stay ever hopeful in the face of a ever darker reality. Evan, like a father, is trying to keep them safe and ever moving forward. Hippo has no idea what's going on...he's just a cat!

The suspense, mystery, and struggle unfolds in FATHOMS!





If you want to see this become a reality, you can back the film here:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mografi/fathoms-an-animated-sci-fi-film-with-heart

New Guangzhou, it's just not the same as the old Guangzhou (China Ghost Cities)

I get the newsletter from Sovereign Man (it's sort of an investors opportunity guide for the coming economic collapse) and there was interesting article about New Guangzhou - one of several Chinese cities built from scratch to showcase China's economic strength. Does this mean that China's economic tiger is on a roll? Not quite, according to Tim Staermose. It may well be the world's largest ghost town, a ghost city of apocalyptic proportions. New Guangzhou is just one of several cities that have been built for the masses, but the masses are not living there.

Here are some of the beautiful concepts of Chinese planned cities via: http://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2010/08/28/new-guangzhou-east-tower-unveiled:




Here is the reality of what is becoming of them (Ordos pictured below) from businessinsider.com:




Here's a video from China's ghost cities:


Here's what it written about New Guangzhou on the Sovereign Man blog:
Guangzhou South Station is absolutely COLOSSAL. By comparison, it is much bigger than any of the 3 international airport terminals in Manila where I live… and I’d say it’s over 8 times larger than the Central Airport Express Station in Hong Kong.

For a start, the Guangzhou South Station is built on THREE levels. I was dropped off at level 2. When I entered there was an “Information” booth straight ahead. It was unstaffed. In fact, the entire second level was completely deserted. Very spooky. It was something out of a low-budget zombie movie.

I went downstairs to the ticketing area where there were a few signs of life. Of the forty or so ticket windows, well over half were closed, and there were only a few dozen people mulling about. To give you an idea of density, imagine the largest football stadium you can think of with only a few hundred people inside. Ghost town...

Now, you’d think that if they spent so much money building a station this large, they would be expecting hundreds of trains steaming in and out at all hours of the day. Not by long shot. There was only one train at the platforms. Mine.

It was the same zombie movie theme– areas the size of multiple football fields with hardly any passengers standing around. And yet, throughout the entire station over all three levels was expensive, high quality marble tiles and artistic finishings, all polished to a mirrored shine.

Guangzhou South Station is truly a monument to excess, exemplifying China’s ruinous “build it and they will come” attitude.

When I arrived to Wuhan about 4-hours later (going 300 km per hour on the high speed bullet train), it was the same theme: acres of empty space, hardly a soul in sight, yet all very modern and marbled with dozens of elevators and abandoned information booths. When my train pulled in, it was the only one at the platforms.

Frankly, the whole episode reminded me of Bangkok and Hong Kong airports during the SARS epidemic back in 2003. I observed this firsthand– passenger traffic cratered because most people were scared silly of catching the deadly virus, and major airports were practically empty.

Similarly, it’s what you would expect Grand Central Station to look like after a flesh-eating virus outbreak.
According the video posted above, these cities are like the pyramids of Egypt; showing off the might of the builders rather than benefiting its inhabitants. These cities are too expensive for many Chinese to live in, so they will probably remain unpopulated.

Post Apocalyptic Theme Parties (USA, Russia and NZ)

I've recently found out about a Mad Max theme party that takes place in the Southern California dubbed the 'Wasteland Weekend' - so I thought it would be an excellent way break a dry spell in my blogging. So what exactly is the Wasteland Weekland? From their site:
First our event is costumes-required (so there are no gawkers, only participants in the theme) and we’re laser-focused on only one theme: post-apocalyptic. Wasteland Weekend, on the other hand, is a place where all of the organizers and participants collectively contribute to one specific unifying theme, creating a powerful movie-like setting.
The event starts on the 23rd of September 2011 in Los Angeles. For those like me in the southern hemisphere, the USA is playing Australia in Rugby world cup that day, maybe they'll have a match of post apocalyptic footie (or juggernaut) between the Aussies and Yanks in the Thunderdome ?

Here are some great pics from the 2010 event from lady_wolf_star's photostream :





Here is some youtube goodness of the event:



But wait, there's more! You think American's are the only ones with a penchant for Post Apocalyptic revelry? Check out Russia's Fallout Party near St Petersburg back in '09  (based on the Fallout Computer Game) and then with their STALKER based party in Crimea in '10. From mutants to power armour all set in a post industrial landscape, these guys don't muck around (from http://star-tm.ru/).

Here are some pics from these events:

STALKER Theme via http://sdmobile.livejournal.com/21321.html#cutid1 (heaps of pics there):






Here some from the FALLOUT theme party via http://sdmobile.livejournal.com/19621.html#cutid1:



Kiwis, we need'nt feel left out, Wellington broke out its number 8 wire and put together its own apocalyptic party, of the zombie variety earlier this year:
The Old Fever Hospital in Wellington recently experienced a deadly outbreak.
Fifty unsuspecting visitors were infected by zombies in a terrifying attack at the historic Mt Victoria site, which has long been the location of suspected paranormal activity.
This extraordinary event was captured by a television documentary crew and will be broadcast for the first time on Four this week. 
Fortunately, the outbreak has been contained and traced to Wellington film student Amber Cadaver – coy when asked if her surname is her legal name – who was among the winners of the Smirnoff Night Project competition run last year. 
The vodka brand issued an open call to New Zealanders for the most original and outrageous ideas for a one-of-a-kind event, which it would provide financial and technical support for, and document in half-hour episodes for a television series hosted by Elemeno P front man Dave Gibson.
Of you want to see some piccies (from four.co.nz)!




And how they cast the zombies:



So there you have it, road warriors, mutants and zombies - enough to get your juices flowing for your own post apocalyptic theme party!

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Counting Down To Zero Nuclear Weapons [Documentary]

Is nuclear anihilation still in the cards for the human race? Lucy Walker seems to think so. In her movie, Countdown to Zero, she expresses her opinion that mankind is more at risk from nuclear weapons than ever before.

For Lucy, fear of nuclear war had been with her since she was a child (from the Guardian):
"I remember my dad saying you'd need to build a shelter, and you'd need a gun to keep the neighbours out," says Walker, "and my mother saying she'd take a suicide pill anyway. To hear these ideas coming out of the mouths of your otherwise sensible parents, it didn't compute. It was so shocking and outrageous."
Here is the official trailer for Countdown to Zero:



Interestingly, Valerie Plame served as a consultant for the movie (starting around 1:50)



Click here to go to the official website.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Apocalypse Revelation TV Series

For those of you more religiously inclined, you can watch the 'Apocalypse Revelation' featuring Richard Harris. The production seems slick for the genre and it is based on 'John of Patmos' vision of the Apocalypse. Taking place in 90 AD, the Roman Empire is being run by the Domitian, who has declared himself to be a God. Christians, naturally, find this repulsive to their world view so Domitian has them persecuted. The movie contains some of John the Revelator's apocalyptic visions, therefore I decided to include it here.

The series is divvied up into 10 episodes on Youtube, you can view the rest by clicking on the one below:

Friday, 27 May 2011

Apocalyptic Forecast: Sunny with chance of electromagnetic radiation

Just when you thought it was safe to go outside and soak up a few rays, the Solar Storm Warning website brings news of epic solar flares coming to an Earth near you in 2012. And as Ned Ryerson would say, its a doozy!

Here's an extended blurb from the site:
Astrophysicist Alexei Dmitriev says that both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 satellites reveal that our sun, as well as our entire solar system, is now moving into an interstellar energy cloud. Opher, a NASA Heliophysics Guest Investigator from George Mason University says this interstellar energy cloud is turbulent. Dmitriev explains that this cloud of energy is exciting the atmospheres of our planets and especially our sun. As this interstellar energy cloud continues to excite/charge the sun, it causes the sun to become more active, resulting in greater output from the sun. IE: Bigger and more frequent solar storms and CME's resulting in the Carrington effect. This interstellar cloud of electrical energy is also absorbed by the Earth, and scientist have found that it results in more earth quakes, all while dramatically effecting our weather here on earth. When asked how long will it take our sun to pass through this interstellar energy cloud, Dr. Dmitriev replied, "I don't know. But If I had to guess, I would say somewhere between two thousand to three thousand years." This interstellar cloud is a wispy band of charged particles through which our solar system is slowly moving through. 
When Dr. Dmitriev was asked what are the implications of all this for earth he replied, "Global catastrophe! Not in tens of years from now, but in ones of years" ...in that this global catastrophe is basically right around the corner setting the stage for NASA's latest solar storm warning 2012-2013. 
Dr. Dmitriev is talking about the Carrington Effect which can knock out electrical power and all modern forms of communications world wide for months on end, even years. When that happens, global anarchy and mass looting will soon begin as the food chain will become paralyzed/crippled in modern countries, while water shortages will quickly become a threat to our very survival because electricity is what runs the pumps that gets the water to our homes and offices. If you are not prepared prepared to be self efficient for one to two years, then you and your family will be at risk of dehydration and starvation during a time when drinking water, food and toilet paper will be more valuable then money itself.




Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Doomsday Bunkers Sales up by 1,000%

Previously I posted about a Lincolnshire nuclear bunker for sale for about $11, 000 USD. Thats an absolute bargain, opportunists in the US are selling their ultra deluxe doomsdoay bunkers for up to $20 million dollars. Here's the latest article from CNN.
Vivos, a company that sells rooms in 200-person doomsday bunkers, has received thousands of applications since the massive earthquake in Japan, with reservations spiking nearly 1,000% last week. And people are backing their fear with cash: A reservation requires a minimum deposit of $5,000. 
"People are afraid of the earth-changing events and ripple effects of the earthquake, which led to tsunamis, the nuclear meltdown, and which will lead to radiation and health concerns," said Vivos CEO Robert Vicino. "Where it ends, I don't know. Does it lead to economic collapse? A true economic collapse would lead to anarchy, which could lead to 90% of the population being killed off."

Here's the video, you'll have to fast forward through the advertisement unfortunately:

Own your own Nuclear Bunker for less than $15,000 USD

Need your own cosy little spot on the British Isles? Check out this nuclear bunker in Lincolnshire, UK. As written on the mirror.co.uk, here is what 7000 quid will get you:

Set in a “stunning Wolds location” in Lincolnshire, this decommissioned Cold War bunker can withstand a nuclear attack. And the new owner will get a 15ftx7ft living area, 12-watt lighting, a solid fuel-burning stove and a single bed in a private 300sq metre compound for their cash.


Monday, 18 April 2011

Abandoned Detroit Homes

Previously on Apocalyptic Post, I wrote about Detroit's 'Police State'. Today, we'll look at the abandoned homes left behind by America's once golden industrial age. These pictures where all taken from http://www.100abandonedhouses.com/, where you can also buy prints from these haunting images.




Modern Nuclear Shelter

Atelier Van Lieshout designed this series of modern post apocalyptic house. It comes complete with rust and wear, and looks like it comes out of worn out industrial park. Link taken from Dornob via LovelyListing.



Friday, 25 February 2011

Throwing the lawbook at doomsday

Seems like we can't get rid lawyers even after Apocalypse. Lawmakers in New York have their own legal manual script if a disaster hit. From the New York Times:
So this month, an official state legal manual was published in New York to serve as a guide for judges and lawyers who could face grim questions in another terrorist attack, a major radiological or chemical contamination or a widespread epidemic.

Quarantines. The closing of businesses. Mass evacuations. Warrantless searches of homes. The slaughter of infected animals and the seizing of property. When laws can be suspended and whether infectious people can be isolated against their will or subjected to mandatory treatment. It is all there, in dry legalese, in the manual, published by the state court system and the state bar association.
 The manual, benignly titled 'Public Health Legal Manual'  can be downloaded here (pdf file 3.7 MB)

Lori Nix - Post Apocalyptic Diorama

I thought I posted this here before but apparently I haven't!. Ceck out the Post Apocalyptic dioramas of Lori Nix, which I found via the art blog, hey mammoth.

From Hey Mammoth:
The City is the newest series by photographer Lori Nix. Over the course of a 7 month period Nix meticulously crafted each of these tiny rooms (dioramas) by hand and slowly created the lighting for the each shot. I love it when a photographer will spend a tremendous amount of time creating a set or in this case a diorama. For me, there’s something special about putting yourself into the image long before the image has even been captured — doing this creates a connection between the photographer and the image that you cannot get any other way.



 this last one reminds me of an abandoned vault from the original fallout computer games :


Check out more of the 'The City' from Lori Nix here.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Romancing the Apocalypse

Romantically Apocalyptic is an unusual site with some sharp post apocalyptic comic with a bit of sardonic humour. Illustrated by Toronto Artist Vitaly S Alexius, Romantically Apocalyptic tells the story of Captain and his squad in a post nuclear holocaust.

Sample of his work here: