Saturday, October 31, 2009

Zombies and Those Like Zombies

Today is Halloween. To mark the occassion, I thought I would share a few of my favorite holiday-related things.

The first offering is Urban Dead. Urban Dead is a "free-to-play browser-based multi-player game" in which one can play the role of the survivor or victim of a zombie outbreak in the city of Malton, "alongside tens of thousands of others." I used to be quite active, but only recently picked the habit up again. It's simple, but it beats the hell out of Farmville.

While playing on Urban Dead recently, I found a link to Dead Frontier which professes to be "the ultimate survival horror MMORPG." And best of all, it's free. I haven't been able to get my character to quite firing shots at random without me doing anything on the keyboard.

I also recommend Lost Zombies.

If tabletop is more your speed (or lack thereof, since we are talking zombies), I recommend John Wick's Shotgun Diaries. I haven't played myself, but I've read some awfully good things about it. Coming in at less than 20 pages, anyone could download a copy and run a special Halloween game this evening.

If all of that is just too "involved," go here, the pick your zombie-fighting "dream team."

For reading, I recommend World War Z by Max Brooks and Cell by Stephen King.

For your viewing pleasure, I recommend 28 Days Later and its sequel 28 Weeks Later. If you've already seen both, check this out:

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Whitman Knew ...

Poet Walt Whitman knew a thing or two about the Great Old Ones. I didn't notice back when I took the Emerson/Thoreau/Whitman survey, but ran across it the other day.
"Have the elder races halted?
Do they droop and end their lesson, wearied, over there beyond the seas?"
--Walt Whitman, "O Pioneers"

Davy, Davy Crockett, King of The Wild Frontier


This is a Davy Crockett tactical nuke from the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, Georgia. I took this while on a Cub Scout field trip last weekend. More photos to follow. The great thing about this almost half-century old nuclear device is that I didn't need to use a flash; it provided it's own glow.

Sunday, October 4, 2009