The little blog here has been neglected for a while. Eventually it will get the attention it deserves. I’ve been busy updating and redesigning my photography website, Shattered Imagery. That is just about done, so there should be more time to do something here.
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So, I’ve gotten back into doing photography, and set up a sub-domain to hold the pictures. Go take a look at Chance’s Photography when you have the time.
My kids and I watch a lot of movies, especially Zombie movies. We are in the middle of watching Resident Evil: Extinction. Some of the stuff is good, but some of the movies (and TV show, and comics) just get it wrong.
So here are some of our thoughts:
If you get bit by a zombie, tell your friends
LJ didn’t do this. He knew what would eventually happen, and he ended up attacking K-Mart. Yeah, they might kill you, but isn’t it better that you die on your own terms, and not after trying to kill your friends?
Don’t throw away your gun just because it’s empty
You know, those things are reload able, and it’s much easier to get more bullets than a new gun. Oh, and when the slide locks back, or the bolt locks open on a gun, pulling the trigger three or four more times doesn’t really help. As a corollary to this, if you come upon weapons, and have the time, pick them up. You never know when you might need them.
Kids are dumb. Parents who can’t keep an eye on their kids when zombies are around are even stupider
Carl and Lori – The Walking Dead. ‘Nuff said.
Don’t rely just on firearms
You are eventually going to run out of bullets, and you need some sort of backup. A machette. A shovel. A cleaver. A screwdriver. Yes, you’ll have to get up close, but not as close as using your teeth. Also, these weapons are quieter than a gun, so you won’t be announcing where you are to every zombie within hearing range. A bow and arrow can make a good backup, but you’ll still have the problem with running out of ammo, though you can retrieve them and reuse them, for a while. An even better bet is a crossbow, since you don’t need to train as much to be a decent shot with one. Remember, if it’s not a headshot, it doesn’t really count with zombies.
Stealth and Intelligence are your weapons
Face it. Most zombies are dumb, and stupid. With a little planning you should be able to stay reasonably safe from them. They are attracted to sound, so stay quiet, unless you are purposely trying to lure them in a certain direction. This can be used to your advantage. Use a electronic noisemaker to get them to go one direction while you run away in another. I’m thinking one of those old Teddy Ruxspin dolls would work great for this.
They also will follow you, and keep going in a straight line, unless there is a reason not too. Take advantage of this. I’ve always wanted to see a story or a movie where the good guys go into a warehouse with zombies following. They slam and lock the door behind them (zombies can’t unlock stuff, yet). They then take the stairs/ladder to the roof, and go across a prepared plank to the next warehouse, then the next, until they are a safe distance away, before returning to the ground. Easy enough.
Thin the Herd
Sure, there are thousands of them, maybe millions of them, and just a few of you. You might not be able to take them all out, but everyone you do destroy is one less Zombie trying to rip your throat out. Take out the slow ones first. Use a spear, crowbar, or the like, so you don’t have to worry about ammo, but damn well have your guns with you in case things go bad. Go on raids to take them out when you have time. If you can get a group of them in a confined space seal it up, kill them off. A house, or some other two story structure, where you can destroy the stairs would be best. Have a ladder going up to the second floor landing, and pull it up after you. Take the Zombies out from the landing, then flee out tot he roof before climbing/dropping down to the group, or again, climbing across to a neighboring structure. There are now that many less zombies to worry about.
As long as you stay smart and keep up your supplies, there is no reason you can’t survive a long, long time, no matter how many zombies there are around you. More later.
I just finished watching the unaired pilot for “Wonder Woman”. Wow. It’s like they were trying to not get picked up. I watched a screener copy, where the special effects weren’t completely done, but the ones in them sucked. There were times where they had WW jumping that looked so unrealistic. They hadn’t, at the ending fight, taken out all the wires used, so it looked just bad.
Adrianne Palicki looks the part of WW, but I think she still needs some acting lessons. Cary Elwes was her right hand man, and seemed to just phone things in. He has put on weight, and needs a hair cut. Elizabeth Hurley was the villian. The evil business woman who is pushing bad steroids on people. Yeah, that about it. It was written by David E. Kelly, known for Ally McBeal, LA Law, Boston Legal, etc. Why have a writer know for courtroom drama write an action series? I’m still asking myself that.
I wonder if anyone involved with this pilot has ever read a Wonder Woman comic? The word ‘Amazon’ was mentioned once, in regards to her boobs. That was pretty much as close as they came to a back story. WW is the head of her own coportation. Steve Trevor is an ex boyfriend who works for the Justice Department. The lasso is used a couple of times to grab people, but nothing was mentioned about using it to make people tell the truth. Heck, WW tortured a man in a hospital bed to get infiormation out of him, rather than use the lasso. The bracelets aren’t even used until 3/4 of the way through the pilot. WW starts out in a more modern outfit, with a corset and full pants, only to switch to the swim suit bottoms part way through for no reason.
So, I’ve been unemployed since August of 2010. I had to quit/get fired from my job because of wrist pain. They sent me to a doctor who did test and said that it wasn’t carpal tunnel, but tendonitis. The old company wanted me to go back to work, but I didn’t want to damage my wrists any more, so I chose not to go back.
I was never really happy there. The problem with working for a big corporation is they want you to be loyal to them, but rarely are they loyal back. There are so many people looking for jobs that they know they can replace you at any time. I worked with some good people, but I was in what amounts to a sales department. They said they wanted us to do what was best for the customer, which I am all for, but it was a lie. They wanted us to sell to the customer, whether or not the customer really wanted or need to buy something new. I knew I was on the way out, because I’m not going to tell someone that they need to buy the newest widget, when, for what they use it for, what they have is fine.
Now, I have always wanted to work for myself. Ever since my first job, back when I was 15, I’ve known this. I don’t mind working hard. I kinda like it. But I witness early, even if you work hard there is going to be someone else who doesn’t work quite as hard, and within certain limits they usually get paid the same and get the same benefits by the boss. If I work hard *I* want to get the benefits of my hard work. I’ve seen too many times bosses that blame the employees when things aren’t going well, but take the credit when things are going well.
I’ve looked at a number of different business ideas in the past. I’ve done web design for a number of years, but there just isn’t enough work to make it a full time job. I’ve thought about other jobs, but none have worked out. I’ve either been flakey about it myself, or relied on flakey people to help me out, but since I was starting out, I couldn’t afford to pay them. I looked into doing a home based food business, but there are just too many regulations, etc.
I’ve been doing some research on another idea. I can start small, then scale up, To start with I won’t really have to rely on anyone but myself. Later on it would require help, but at that point I’ll be able to pay someone for their time, which seems to be a good motivator. The idea is I want to start my own T-Shirt business. Now I’m not talking about a simple Cafe Press store, or the like. I want to silk screen shirts.
I’ve got a bunch of ideas for shirts. I have my own collection of T-Shirts, and most people like T-Shirts. I’ve got a number of different markets that I would like to target, and each would have it’s own collection of designs. I can combine my artistic/craft abilities with a business, which I think will help me not flake on my own idea.
I’ve come up with three stages for the business:
1. Sell on the internet – I need to come up with a good name and a URL
1A – Simple press, with one color designs
1B – More advance, with a press that allows 4 color designs
2. Travel to conventions, first starting in the local area, then expanding as business gets bigger. Science Fiction, Anime, Ren Faires, SCA events, Gun shows
Would need to get a trailer, or even better a “Toy Hauler”, which would allow to save on hotel rooms.
Ideally I’d be able to take the press on the road with me, so the operation would become mobile. At this point I would need to pay at least one employee to help me man a booth.
3. Get a warehouse/shop space, and increase business. This would happen if the business grows enough to need multiple employees for production, etc.
The primary goal is to produce my own line of shirts, but I would also take on side jobs to print shirts for other people, for the extra income.Right now I’m mostly doing research on costs. Seeing how much shirts, etc, cost retail, locally, After I get going then I would start buying wholesale, but buying in smaller batches, or even singularly allows for less capital to get started.
I’ve come up with some ideas for some shirts, and you’ll see a album on my profile with some that I’ve done the graphics for already. Take a look, let me know what you think. I don’t want to steal ideas from people already making shirts, but if you have any ideas of something you would like to see on a shirt let me know.
Just an FYI, I am working on a business plan for all of this. I’m hoping to get it together, then have someone who knows more about business take a look at it and hopefully help me along with the running/financial/legal side of things. Either someone I know, or go through the SBA and see what sort of help I can get through them.
WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT TO TURN ON THE TV AND HEAR ANY U.S. PRESIDENT, DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN, GIVE THE FOLLOWING SPEECH?February 23rd, 2012
WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT TO TURN ON THE TV AND HEAR ANY U.S. PRESIDENT, DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN, GIVE THE FOLLOWING SPEECH? (not original, but still good reading)
‘My Fellow Americans: As you all know, the defeat of the Iraq regime has been completed.
Since Congress does not want to spend any more money on this war, our mission in Iraq is complete.
This morning I gave the order for a complete removal of all American forces from Iraq . This action will be complete within 30 days. It is now time to begin the reckoning.
Before me, I have two lists. One list contains the names of countries which have stood by our side during the Iraq conflict. This list is short . The United Kingdom , Spain , Bulgaria , Australia , and Poland are some of the countries listed there.
The other list contains every one not on the first list. Most of the world’s nations are on that list. My press secretary will be distributing copies of both lists later this evening.
Let me start by saying that effective immediately, foreign aid to those nations on List 2 ceases indefinitely. The money saved during the first year alone will pretty much pay for the costs of the Iraqi war. THEN EVERY YEAR
THERE AFTER It’ll GO TO OUR SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM SO IT WONT GO BROKE IN 20 YEARS.
The American people are no longer going to pour money into third world Hell holes and watch those government leaders grow fat on corruption.
Need help with a famine ? Wrestling with an epidemic? Call France ..
In the future, together with Congress, I will work to redirect this money toward solving the vexing social problems we still have at home. On that note, a word to terrorist organizations. Screw with us and we will hunt you down and eliminate you and all your friends from the face of the earth.
Thirsting for a gutsy country to terrorize? Try France or maybe China .
I am ordering the immediate severing of diplomatic relations with France , and Russia . Thanks for all your help, comrades.. We are retiring from NATO as well..
I have instructed the Mayor of New York City to begin towing the many UN diplomatic vehicles located in Manhattan with more than two unpaid parking tickets to sites where those vehicles will be stripped, shredded and crushed. I don’t care about whatever treaty pertains to this. You creeps have tens of thousands of unpaid tickets. Pay those tickets tomorrow or watch your precious Benzes, Beamers and limos be turned over to some of the finest chop shops in the world. I love New York.
A special note to our neighbors: Canada is on List 2. Since we are likely to be seeing a lot more of each other, you folks might want to try not pissing us off for a change.
Mexico is also on List 2. Its president and his entire corrupt government really need an attitude adjustment. I will have a couple thousand extra tanks and infantry divisions sitting around. Guess where I am going to put ‘em? Yep, border security.
Oh, by the way, the United States is abrogating the NAFTA treaty – starting now.
We are tired of the one-way highway. Immediately, we’ll be drilling for oil in Alaska -which will take care of this country’s oil needs for decades to come. If you’re an environmentalist who opposes this decision, I refer you to List 2 above: pick a country and move there.
It is time for America to focus on its own welfare and its own citizens. Some will accuse us of isolationism. I answer them by saying, ‘darn tootin.’
Nearly a century of trying to help folks live a decent life around the world has only earned us the undying enmity of just about everyone on the planet. It is time to eliminate hunger in America . It is time to eliminate homelessness in America . To the nations on List 1, a final thought. Thank you guys. We owe you and we won’t forget.
To the nations on List 2, a final thought : You might want to learn to speak Arabic.
God bless America .. Thank you and good night.’
If you can read this in English, thank a soldier.
So, on the way back from picking up Winter in Moesto I let her free in the car. The first part of the trip she stayed in the front seat with me, on the from seat of my SUV, which was covered in a towel. I had brought a crate, but she did fine without it. On the way back she decided she wanted to climb into the back seat, so away she went. At some point she got car sick on a hoodie I had back there, but no big deal. It could always be washed.
We swung by my kids house, just before bedtime, so they could meet Winter. None of them knew I was getting a dog yet, so it was a big surprise. They, of course, immediate fell in love with Winter. Who wouldn’t?
My cat, Bella. She is about two years old. A feral car that my kids rescued from the backyard as a baby. She is not sure what to make of the dog. I did, at one point, managed to get the dog to fall asleep in my lap, then lured the cat over and scratched the heck out of her. She took that pretty well, but every time she see the dog her tail puffs up. It’s only been a few days. I am sure they will eventually get use to each other.
On the way home I picked up some puppy food, and a leash and a collar. Turns out the collar was way too big, but I’ll be able to use it later on. The next morning I bought a much smaller one for her. She slept on my bed, but was a bit whiny, since it was a new environment for her. It’s to be expected.