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Friday Fun! (Exercise and Zombies)

Hello my lovely readers!  I hope you all had lovely weeks and are enjoying your Augusts.  Remember that scientific studies have proven that you’re more likely to have a bad Friday the 13th if you believe in the curse, so just don’t believe it. 😉

I’ve had a busy, but fun week.  As a way to try to strategize against my anxiety until my doctor’s appointment next month (where I’m hoping to finally get some anti-anxiety meds), I’ve been seriously increasing the amount of physical activity in my week.  If I’m exhausted then maybe I’ll be too tired to be anxious, eh?  Well, it worked in uni anyway.  So I started doing the 30 Day Shred again and found myself barely able to walk up and down stairs the next day, haha.  I’ve also returned to biking now that the weather has cooled some, and I’ve started doing the evil pilates dvd some of my friends from uni and internships may remember.  Ana Caban’s pilates dvd really kicks your ass.  Er, abs.  I highly recommend it.

One of my pepper plants is blooming!  But the blooms tend to wither up after one day and die.  I have no idea if this means I’ll be getting peppers or not.  Are the blooms supposed to whither?  Anyone know?

So I’ve been thinking a lot this week about the increasing zombie trend.  (If you haven’t heard much about it yet, trust me, you will be).  Where is this obsession with a global pandemic coming from?  I think maybe, on some level, everyone knows that the way we’re going right now isn’t sustainable.  We have too many people using too many resources.  A key element of a lot of the zombie lit is that it wipes out the population to a sustainable level, and the survivors are forced to return to the ways of our ancestors–growing their own food, going to sleep when it’s dark out, being physically active, etc…  So people clearly know that two of the main issus are overpopulation and over-use of resources, and yet most people do little to nothing about it.  What used to be a key element of our survival as a species–the instinct to reproduce as much as possible–is now our downfall.  Whereas we used to lose a lot of people in childhood (seriously, as a history major I can tell you, kids were so disposable, some families named all the boys the same name because statistically only one would survive.  It was that bad), now you pretty much have a really good shot at living a long, healthy life as long as you live in a western nation.  And of course there’s that problem on top of the overpopulation problem.  We currently have plenty of resources, but they’re unevenly distributed.  I’m not saying there’s something wrong with there being some variance in the levels of comfort, but it’s so incredibly wrong that we have some people with multiple million dollar homes and an entourage they pay for and clothes that cost thousands of dollars while other people are living on the street or in dirt huts or are starving to death.  And the thing is, I think everyone knows that the world is fucked up, but we’re tired and we’re beaten down, so we just figure the world is coming to an end, may as well have fun imagining it.  My friends and I started talking about whether banding together to fix things was possible or if it’s just too late.  One of my friends thinks it’s just too late.  I’m inclined to agree with her.  I think there’s just too many people who would rather live in happy ignorance than face the facts they know and make drastic changes to fix it.  Of course, that’d be a lot easier if so much of the population weren’t debt slaves…., but that’s another rant for another post.

Anyway, so that’s what’s been going on here this week!  Lots of physical activity and lots of philosophical discussions, lol.  Oh also, I bet you’ve figured out by now that there’ll be a review of a zombie book next week.  Those of you who follow me on Twitter already know which one. 😉

What do you guys think about zombie lit?  Where’s the popularity coming from?

Happy weekends!

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  1. teadevotee
    August 13, 2010 at 9:51 am

    I don’t know about zombies, but peppers, I’m hoping you’re right, as I’m having exactly the same thing with my zucchinis!

    • August 13, 2010 at 10:21 am

      I was curious and decided to look it up! Apparently it’s either a lack of pollination or the temperatures being too low or too high. For peppers the optimal temperature is between 70 and 85 degrees. Not sure for zucchinis. Guess this means no veggies from those buds that already dropped for either of us. 😦

  2. August 13, 2010 at 11:58 am

    I like this zombie/vampire explanation from io9: http://io9.com/5082236/zombies-are-red-vampires-are-blue and this chart showing zombie movie peaks during times of social unrest: http://io9.com/5070243/war-and-social-upheaval-cause-spikes-in-zombie-movie-production

    • August 13, 2010 at 12:01 pm

      a) Bless you for linking to i09; I love them!
      b) I really hope the zombies are red, vampires are blue isn’t true. If it is, with the rise in zombie lit……
      lol

  3. August 13, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    If the blooms are shriveling, you’ll never have fruit. They should appear to sort of evolve into fruit (yes, based on that description I’m obviously not a botanist or a master gardener). I’ve heard that shaking your plant occasionally so the blooms will fertilize each other can help, especially if you don’t have wind, butterflies, etc to do the pollen carrying for you.

    Also, love the zombie phenomenon analysis, and it sounds like a logical explanation. Now time for me to go read the io9 links…

    • August 14, 2010 at 3:33 pm

      Haha, I like how you explain it! I definitely think pollination is the problem, since they’re in containers in my house. My dad suggested using a q-tip to pollinate the flowers with each other. Now that more than one is open at once, I’m taking a whack at it. We’ll see if it works!

      And thanks. 🙂

  4. August 14, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    I think zombies are popular because they’re the most believable monsters we have. Most modern zombie movies explain them scientifically instead of magically, and with advances in cloning and worldwide pandemics, it’s not that great of a stretch.

    Also, most zombie scenarios allow the reader/viewer to imagine how they’d react in that situation, unlike supernatural horror/slasher films where the reader/viewer is kept on rails.

    Re exercise: I’m always bitter when I exercise and the end result is limited mobility. WTF?

    • August 14, 2010 at 3:38 pm

      Hmm, that’s an interesting explanation (also far less cynical, lol). I’ve heard some new books being published are using viruses to explain vampires as well. Maybe it’s a general move toward scientific versus magical explanations for things in literature.

      Re exercise: I keep reminding myself of the military motto that pain is weakness leaving the body. Of course then when I’m in lots of pain from working out the day before, I’m all wtf, I didn’t think I was that weak! Apparently, I am. 😉

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