patgund: (Gears)
Yesterday's run on zombies and the like was a VERY interesting thought experiment.

One of the more interesting aspects of it was looking at one's immediate enviroment and seeing what resources one had available. This is a good mode of thought to cultivate in case of an emergency or disaster.

I was really happy when people started IMing me asking "Okay, how would I leave SD or LA if the main freeways were pooched?" Both because I could draw on my experience with old highways and the like, AND because it showed me that I have some gaps where LA is concerned. Both are good things to know.

Was a fun way of doing a disaster drill.

I may have to throw $15 to Zombie Squad. I like how they use the whole "zombie attack" thing to teach disaster preparedness at SF/F conventions and the like. *Very* cool indeed.

And it may not be a bad idea to teach something along disaster preparedness lines at an SCA collegium sometime either.

It's also interesting to note my priority range. Which was:

1) Make sure Little Bit was safe
2) Make my way to [livejournal.com profile] seattlejo soonest.

To do both, I had to make sure *I* was okay first. Very odd way of thinking. I'm used to putting others needs ahead of mine, realizing that sometimes, in order to do that, I had to put my immediate needs first in the queue.

As [livejournal.com profile] seattlejo tells me sometimes "drive safe, (I'm) precious cargo"

On edit:

http://fabricdragon.livejournal.com/57658.html
http://mysryael.livejournal.com/79430.html

Other post-action writeups as I find them
patgund: (Gears)
Yesterday's run on zombies and the like was a VERY interesting thought experiment.

One of the more interesting aspects of it was looking at one's immediate enviroment and seeing what resources one had available. This is a good mode of thought to cultivate in case of an emergency or disaster.

I was really happy when people started IMing me asking "Okay, how would I leave SD or LA if the main freeways were pooched?" Both because I could draw on my experience with old highways and the like, AND because it showed me that I have some gaps where LA is concerned. Both are good things to know.

Was a fun way of doing a disaster drill.

I may have to throw $15 to Zombie Squad. I like how they use the whole "zombie attack" thing to teach disaster preparedness at SF/F conventions and the like. *Very* cool indeed.

And it may not be a bad idea to teach something along disaster preparedness lines at an SCA collegium sometime either.

It's also interesting to note my priority range. Which was:

1) Make sure Little Bit was safe
2) Make my way to [livejournal.com profile] seattlejo soonest.

To do both, I had to make sure *I* was okay first. Very odd way of thinking. I'm used to putting others needs ahead of mine, realizing that sometimes, in order to do that, I had to put my immediate needs first in the queue.

As [livejournal.com profile] seattlejo tells me sometimes "drive safe, (I'm) precious cargo"

On edit:

http://fabricdragon.livejournal.com/57658.html
http://mysryael.livejournal.com/79430.html

Other post-action writeups as I find them
patgund: Knotwork (Fizgig)
While stopping to scavenge, I noticed a batch of the recently undead ransacking contents of a Whole Foods market.

I figure they must have been vegans when alive, because they kept moaning "Graaainns........gggraaainnss......"
patgund: Knotwork (Fizgig)
While stopping to scavenge, I noticed a batch of the recently undead ransacking contents of a Whole Foods market.

I figure they must have been vegans when alive, because they kept moaning "Graaainns........gggraaainnss......"
patgund: (Gears)
Well, between the shambling hordes on the freeway and and mindless hordes on the streets, my trip from work was ziggied more than usual. Salt water in my Saturn's windshield fluid tanks helped a lot. As did the occasional squirt out the window, (thank you Culver City Toys R Us for the Super Soakers!)

A quick stop by the remains of the flat to scavange. Fire damage seemed to be confined to the kitchen, bathroom, and some of the upstairs apartment. I was able to grab my sword, staff, some clothing, first aid kit, the necklace [livejournal.com profile] seattlejo gave me, pictures of Little Bit, and my snuffles bear, TomGund. The MacMini and hard drive were also thrown into a bag as well.

Then out to BitMum and Little Bit. The chunk of SB county they're in is very safe right now, and they're waiting for [livejournal.com profile] cormac to show up, (and I can retrieve my pistol. I suspect we're going to go north in a bit - BitMum knows some safe areas to the north, and the route there can lead me on to Seattle via mostly rural routes.

I made a quick trip to the local WalMart. Pretty picked over, but sleeping bags, tents, and dried food were to be had. As well as a couple hunting knives and axes. And some DEET-based insect repellent, incase this does have a insect vector.

Things have quieted down some. Between the zombies seeming to focus more on the malls (FOOD COURT!! Oh,sorrry), and the fact that this virus seems to have a finite life span, I suspect most of the people who would get infected have been infected. We may be looking at flareups for a while though.

On edit - I seem to be correct. CNN is reporting that CDC is claiming the virus has roughly 36 hours before it "burns out" the host and the zombie goes from walking dead to dead dead. It's gonna be one hell of a cleanup though, and months until the flareups stop for good.
patgund: (Gears)
Well, between the shambling hordes on the freeway and and mindless hordes on the streets, my trip from work was ziggied more than usual. Salt water in my Saturn's windshield fluid tanks helped a lot. As did the occasional squirt out the window, (thank you Culver City Toys R Us for the Super Soakers!)

A quick stop by the remains of the flat to scavange. Fire damage seemed to be confined to the kitchen, bathroom, and some of the upstairs apartment. I was able to grab my sword, staff, some clothing, first aid kit, the necklace [livejournal.com profile] seattlejo gave me, pictures of Little Bit, and my snuffles bear, TomGund. The MacMini and hard drive were also thrown into a bag as well.

Then out to BitMum and Little Bit. The chunk of SB county they're in is very safe right now, and they're waiting for [livejournal.com profile] cormac to show up, (and I can retrieve my pistol. I suspect we're going to go north in a bit - BitMum knows some safe areas to the north, and the route there can lead me on to Seattle via mostly rural routes.

I made a quick trip to the local WalMart. Pretty picked over, but sleeping bags, tents, and dried food were to be had. As well as a couple hunting knives and axes. And some DEET-based insect repellent, incase this does have a insect vector.

Things have quieted down some. Between the zombies seeming to focus more on the malls (FOOD COURT!! Oh,sorrry), and the fact that this virus seems to have a finite life span, I suspect most of the people who would get infected have been infected. We may be looking at flareups for a while though.

On edit - I seem to be correct. CNN is reporting that CDC is claiming the virus has roughly 36 hours before it "burns out" the host and the zombie goes from walking dead to dead dead. It's gonna be one hell of a cleanup though, and months until the flareups stop for good.
patgund: Knotwork (Clippy Suicide)
Heading out. Just got some flare guns from the marina. Managed to dump a zombie into the water. Oh man, salt water + zombie = yuck.

But that meant I found a garden sprayer at the marina. Filled with salt water, it can be large amounts of fun. I may want to stop by a home despot on the way in - chain saws may be gone, but they should still have rock salt

Reports are that most the freeways are FUBAR, but I think I can plot out a few secondary routes. Will check up on Little Bit and see where to go from there.

Gahhh. What a day.
patgund: Knotwork (Clippy Suicide)
Heading out. Just got some flare guns from the marina. Managed to dump a zombie into the water. Oh man, salt water + zombie = yuck.

But that meant I found a garden sprayer at the marina. Filled with salt water, it can be large amounts of fun. I may want to stop by a home despot on the way in - chain saws may be gone, but they should still have rock salt

Reports are that most the freeways are FUBAR, but I think I can plot out a few secondary routes. Will check up on Little Bit and see where to go from there.

Gahhh. What a day.
patgund: Knotwork (Muppets - Iron Swedish Chef)
Cajun Fried Brain

Ingredients

1 beef brain
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
oil to fry
Tony Chachere's or Cajun Seasonings

Directions
Gently take brain in palm of hand and remove the membrane that covers entire brain. Sometimes there are also small blood clots embedded in brain which have to be removed.

Season brain with Tony Chachere's or Cajun seasonings (salt, black pepper and cayenne). Mix flour and corn meal in bowl. Gently put brain in mixture to coat entire outer area. Drop in very hot oil and fry approximately five minutes. The time will depend on size. If brain is large it will take five minutes. It the brain is in small pieces, just cook until golden brown.
patgund: Knotwork (LJ - Because pills can only do so much)
"Hello, help desk, this is Patrick"

"Hi Patrick, this is (blank) at the Sydney office". Can you help me with a problem??"

"Surething"

"Well, you see, (name of co-worker) just died. We had to push him out the window to escape his hunger. But he left some important paperwork on his laptop. Can you reset the password?"

"Sure, we're dealing with the metabolically challenged ourselves right now, just a second" (logs into system via ARD) "Okay, I've removed his password, so you should be able to access his account"

"Thanks!"

"No problem, keep your head low, okay?"

*chuckle*

Jun. 13th, 2007 02:40 pm
patgund: Knotwork (LJ - Because pills can only do so much)
Comment with techs here at work:

"Did the backbones come up yet??"

(checks)"Nope, why?"

"Well, I just logged into World of Warcraft, and there is like NO delay at all".

(me) "Well, many players have become mindless wandering hoards of the undead"

(blinks, confused)

(me) "In real life"

"Oh. Cool."
patgund: Knotwork (LJ - Someone Set Us Up The Bomb)
Okay, it looks like we have a serious infestation of the living dead going on. I haven't seen this many glassy eyed soulless horrors since I went though EST training in the 80's.

A couple people already decided to ask me questions about escape routes, using my old highway knowledge.

San Diego

San Diego county has a couple major problems. Namely the county has major bottlenecks leading in and out.

North - You have two major options, I-5 and I-15. I-5 has Camp Pendleton to deal with, and the base may be in lockdown. If you can make it to the view point north of the rest areas and Las Pulgas road, break the fence and go north on the old portion of US-101 that the state beach uses.

I-15, you can use a lot of ex US-395 from Escondido on, but you're going to have bottlenecks. Be careful. You can also use Pala Road (76) to S16 to leave from either I-15 or Escondido.

A minor route is 67 to Ramona, then 78. You can follow 78 out to the East, or head north on 76.

East - I-8 is your main route, but a LOT of old US-80 is in excellent shape. At Descanso, you can use 79 to meet up with 78. However, past Jacumba, you'll have to meet up with I-8 again. Big bottleneck.

http://www.gbcnet.com/ushighways/US101/

http://www.gbcnet.com/ushighways/US80.html

Los Angeles

North and East of Los Angeles, you again have bottlenecks. Hwy 1, US 101, I-5, I-15, and I-80.

There's jack that can be done with Hwy 1 or US 101 really. I-5 though, well, check out http://www.ridgeroute.com/ for possible routes out. Much of ex US-99 is still in place, but Pyramid Lake is gonna be the PITA portion to get by

Which reminds me, I-210 is gonna be a zoo. Try ex US-66 or portions of ex US-99

Same goes for I-15. If you can get past Cajon Pass, then you can use Route 66 to get to Barstow.

I-10 east follows portions of ex 99, and parts of 99 are drivable. DON'T GET CAUGHT IN DEAD ENDS!!! They may end up being all too real.

http://www.gbcnet.com/ushighways/US99/index.html

(FYI)

Jun. 13th, 2007 02:40 pm
patgund: Knotwork (Yes Rlyeh.....)
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patgund: Knotwork (Happy Bunny - Everything is Great thanks)
Just heard from roommate. [livejournal.com profile] cormac tells me we don't HAVE a flat anymore. Seems one of the neighborhood kids became a member of the undead-american community, and he pitched a cannister of salt at it.

Note, salt works REALLY well on the metabolically challenged. Dey blowed up real good. Alas, so did the flat.

Gonna head east soon to check on Little Bit and determine escape routes. Thankfully I have my laptop with me. [livejournal.com profile] cormac has my pistol though. May have to rumage around here a bit. We're across from a marina, some flare pistols may not be a bad idea.

So not looking forward to the drive. Shambling, slow-moving, mindless hoards, acting on instinct alone. Doesn't this describe rush hour on the 405 and the 10 NORMALLY???

[livejournal.com profile] seattlejo, can Little Bit (if needed) and I come up and live with you?
patgund: Knotwork (Muppets - Iron Swedish Chef)
Cajun Fried Brain

Ingredients

1 beef brain
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
oil to fry
Tony Chachere's or Cajun Seasonings

Directions
Gently take brain in palm of hand and remove the membrane that covers entire brain. Sometimes there are also small blood clots embedded in brain which have to be removed.

Season brain with Tony Chachere's or Cajun seasonings (salt, black pepper and cayenne). Mix flour and corn meal in bowl. Gently put brain in mixture to coat entire outer area. Drop in very hot oil and fry approximately five minutes. The time will depend on size. If brain is large it will take five minutes. It the brain is in small pieces, just cook until golden brown.
patgund: Knotwork (LJ - Because pills can only do so much)
"Hello, help desk, this is Patrick"

"Hi Patrick, this is (blank) at the Sydney office". Can you help me with a problem??"

"Surething"

"Well, you see, (name of co-worker) just died. We had to push him out the window to escape his hunger. But he left some important paperwork on his laptop. Can you reset the password?"

"Sure, we're dealing with the metabolically challenged ourselves right now, just a second" (logs into system via ARD) "Okay, I've removed his password, so you should be able to access his account"

"Thanks!"

"No problem, keep your head low, okay?"
patgund: Knotwork (LJ - Someone Set Us Up The Bomb)
Okay, it looks like we have a serious infestation of the living dead going on. I haven't seen this many glassy eyed soulless horrors since I went though EST training in the 80's.

A couple people already decided to ask me questions about escape routes, using my old highway knowledge.

San Diego

San Diego county has a couple major problems. Namely the county has major bottlenecks leading in and out.

North - You have two major options, I-5 and I-15. I-5 has Camp Pendleton to deal with, and the base may be in lockdown. If you can make it to the view point north of the rest areas and Las Pulgas road, break the fence and go north on the old portion of US-101 that the state beach uses.

I-15, you can use a lot of ex US-395 from Escondido on, but you're going to have bottlenecks. Be careful. You can also use Pala Road (76) to S16 to leave from either I-15 or Escondido.

A minor route is 67 to Ramona, then 78. You can follow 78 out to the East, or head north on 76.

East - I-8 is your main route, but a LOT of old US-80 is in excellent shape. At Descanso, you can use 79 to meet up with 78. However, past Jacumba, you'll have to meet up with I-8 again. Big bottleneck.

http://www.gbcnet.com/ushighways/US101/

http://www.gbcnet.com/ushighways/US80.html

Los Angeles

North and East of Los Angeles, you again have bottlenecks. Hwy 1, US 101, I-5, I-15, and I-80.

There's jack that can be done with Hwy 1 or US 101 really. I-5 though, well, check out http://www.ridgeroute.com/ for possible routes out. Much of ex US-99 is still in place, but Pyramid Lake is gonna be the PITA portion to get by

Which reminds me, I-210 is gonna be a zoo. Try ex US-66 or portions of ex US-99

Same goes for I-15. If you can get past Cajon Pass, then you can use Route 66 to get to Barstow.

I-10 east follows portions of ex 99, and parts of 99 are drivable. DON'T GET CAUGHT IN DEAD ENDS!!! They may end up being all too real.

http://www.gbcnet.com/ushighways/US99/index.html

*chuckle*

Jun. 13th, 2007 02:40 pm
patgund: Knotwork (LJ - Because pills can only do so much)
Comment with techs here at work:

"Did the backbones come up yet??"

(checks)"Nope, why?"

"Well, I just logged into World of Warcraft, and there is like NO delay at all".

(me) "Well, many players have become mindless wandering hoards of the undead"

(blinks, confused)

(me) "In real life"

"Oh. Cool."

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