Saturday, December 8, 2007

Zombie Beat Feedback?

Zombie Beat has existed for over a year now and I've never taken the time to provide a means of feedback. Not that I didn't want to, but a hobby takes time. "Informational" sites are likely a thing of the past. The new internet age (called Web 2.0 by some) is one where the users control the content. If you want an example, look no further than Wikipedia.

So I'm going to be lazy. In the world wide web, is a very low-traffic site. So I don't expect to see many comments. But if you do stop by and want to say something then feel free to use this blog.


At December 9, 2007 10:51 PM , Blogger Rick said...

Great site!

I was seriously thinking about how I would react and perform during a zombie infestation.

I'm not talking about daydreaming about having action movie fighting skills and demolishing dozens of zombies with my bare hands.

I mean really closing my eyes and picturing them outside of my condo. What would I do? How would I defend myself and how long would I last. Would I just freeze and roll up in a ball and start crying in the corner until I'm devoured, or would I keep calm and come up with some kind of game plan?

Assuming it's the classic slow moving zombie, I think the biggest advantage humans have is mobility.

In an open area, by just maintaining a brisk jog, a moderately fit human could leave a pack of zombies in the dust. (Right now, unfortunately, I have a knee injury and I've been limping around so I think I would pretty much be toast!)

But this led to another question. In a world where zombies and humans co-existed for a long enough period of time (millions of years) would humans evolve into a race of excellent land runners? It would be a classic case of survival of the fittest.

However, I'm sure humans would develop effective anti-zombie weapons before things would come to that.

At December 9, 2007 11:41 PM , Blogger Al Fleshrot said...

If you subscribe to the theory that zombies carry a virus and any human infected by it eventually becomes one too, then I think a more likely evolutionary adaption would be immunity. The running would certainly help too, but at least with immunity you could survive a bite or scratch.

Of course, for any of that to happen evolution needs time. That means that zombies either live a very, very long time or the human population keeps it's growth rate high enough to sustain a zombie population.

I used to study evolutionary biology, so this would be a cool model to create.Would immunity be a complete and provide a clear advantage? Or perhaps it would be something like Sickle Cell Anemia where you get immunity but have other problems.

At December 19, 2007 1:50 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well from a personal perspective, I can tell you that the infection hurts like hell. The zombies *did* finally bust through the makeshift barrier I had blocking my condo front door. I jumped far back enough over the couch to make it to the hallway but like I feared my knee buckled again and before I could recover, a small one bit straight through my boot, straight into my ankle.

The attack gave me enough adrenalin to drag myself into the hallway, close enough to the closet so that I could reach my golf clubs. I've never swung at anything so hard in my life. The four that broke through are pretty busted up and just laying on the living room floor, but I can still hear them moaning. The moaning won't stop and my head is pounding now. Too much blood loss...and that damn moaning...

I've dragged myself to the bathroom and am filling the bathtub with hot water. I don't know why.

I can feel an ache in my veins as if my white blood cells are trying to fight something off. Parts of my body get warm and then things cool off again like if my blood cells are winning some kind of battle and then in an instant are dead. I'm cold again.

My headache is gone now but I'm freezing. I've managed to climb into the tub. I don't feel as cold anymore but now my stomach is aching. I'm trying to focus on the pain in my leg but its gone numb and I'm only feeling a different sensation, almost like hunger. Yes, it's hunger. My skin is cold now, even in the warm bath water and I can't feel my body. Only this aching hunger.

If I can just close my eyes maybe I can figure out why I'm so hungry...what do I want...can't move...

Don't move...just sleep... is that what I want... but why?..No..doesn't make sense...why yes, that's what I want...


At December 19, 2007 12:37 PM , Blogger Al Fleshrot said...

Too bad the last poster didn't have immunity. Such a shame that a minor ankle bite is all it takes to succumb. I'll be on the lookout for a golf club wielding zombie.


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