Routine Will Keep You Alive in the Post-Apocalypse

ann would punch me in the face if I missed another week. We’ve got a schedule and I fail to stick to it.

If I was supposed to patrol every other night to ensure no baddies encroached on my camp, I’d be dead by my third turn. I’d forget what day of the week  it was by day four. But I am trying.

I don’t have anything to write about so I’m going to throw a bunch of links and resources at you.

1.  Nerve-Flu Pandemic Contest 

The AChE (Nerve) Flu Pandemic is part of a “viral” campaign to promote our short film, and to raise awareness for ourKickstarter Campaign (http://kck.st/o8eDB4) to raise funds for our budget.

Within the universe of our film, the Nerve-Flu Pandemic caused mass-hysteria and brought the world’s societies crumbling down. The interesting twist is, as in reality, the pandemic was a work of fiction… it never existed.

JOIN THE CAMPAIGN
Help us spread the rumor of the Nerve-Flu Pandemic and we will give you a very special reward, being listed in the credits of our film as “Bringers of the Apocalypse”.

We already got someone posting a buzzfeed link about it on our Facebook group.

2. Get use to making things for yourself with your bare hands by making some of these survival-themed projects from instructables.com. Some projects include: Turn a Can Tab into a Survival Fish Hookhow to make a survival bow & arrowSurvival BraceletHow to Build the Ultimate Survival Shotgun, DIY MREs, and solar-powered chargers of all types.

3. Intellectual survivors and those of us concerned with preserving history will want something to write in. In some cases you’ll have to make your own books to read or to use for recording history. In such cases, try using this tutorial.

4. Some things in nature are for eating, somethings aren’t… Here’s a handy guide to help you sort some of that out.

5. Food is near and dear to my heart. This is why I’m providing yet another resource about survival food. Hardtack. It’s as weird as it sounds. It’s bread, or a cracker, or … crarbs that don’t go bad.

We don’t know just when people first began to make hardtack, but it’s quite probable that its history began in prehistory. Prehistoric people boiled grains; they cooked grains and added vegetables and herbs to the mixture; and sometimes they ground it into a powder, mixed it with water, and dried it on a hot stone.  6,000 year old unleavened biscuits have been found in Switzerland.

Union and Confederate soldiers were usually issued a half pound of beans or peas, bacon, pickled beef, compressed mixed vegetables and a pound of hardtack. Most common of all was the hard tack. Too hard to be eaten whole, it was sometimes broken up with a rock or rifle butt, placed in the cheek and softened with saliva until it was soft enough to be chewed and swallowed.  It was more often soaked in water and fried in bacon grease.  Hardtack was also called “sheet iron crackers”, “teeth dullers”, or “worm castles”, a reference to the weevils and maggots that were all too often found in the boxes of hardtack.

Head over to their website for some recipes and detailed info on the substance.

tavia.

My parents let me watch and read way too much science fiction and fantasy when I was a child. Now that I'm grown, I'm bored and I can't wait for SkyNet to awaken or the super-virus to cull the human population. I'll be safe because I've learned to reason with robots from Data and the Terminator franchise... and I eat gummy vitamins by the fist-full.

4 Replies to “Routine Will Keep You Alive in the Post-Apocalypse

  1. It would be a pretty impressive punch. I’d have to put my fist on a plane.

    I like the idea of knowing how to make books. Keeping a diary of the early days of survival could be a very important ecourse post-rebuilding.

  2. Yes. Like we at these berries and most people died. But these berries over here, they’re perfectly safe. And tips about shoring up a well when you dig it!

  3. I thought I’d weaned myself off of Instructables, now I’m back on there. Thanks for feeding my addiction, hehe. I’d be one to want to preserve history and keep a record of things for posterity… which will probably mean I’d get eaten first (less time writing, more time running!)

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