Apocalyptic Post Blog
Musings on the Apocalypse since 2009
The Apocalyptic Post my first themed blog – I was really into (and still am!) the Post Apocalyptic and dystopian genre! I covered quite broad spectrum of this theme including: art, film, science, technology, real estate, survival guides and much more. This blog began in 2009, and was a blogger hosted site on the domain domain ApocalypticPost.com. I have since redirected that domain here, including all comments! I have not actively contributed to this blog for a few years, however, it was the inspiration for an apocalyptic beer we did with Outlier Cartel in New Zealand.
Please note – there are several broken links and missing images. The many earlier videos posted on here have gone to the ether, but I have done my best to find facsimiles of them. You may find some of the missing media by looking going to the apocalyptic post archive.org page.
From the original ‘About’ page:
What’s so bad about the end of the world? There has been a tremendous interest in the post apocalyptic genre over the past 10 years and it doesn’t look like this trend will slow down anytime soon. Being interested in impending doom is not necessarily a bad thing, that is why I created this blog.
First of all, it forces us face the music. Whether it is climate change or nuclear annihilation, by peeking through the post apocalyptic looking-glass, the worst case scenarios are revealed to us. It is by acknowledging these outcomes that we can find solutions to make our world a better place to live.
Secondly, necessity is the mother of invention. Some of the greatest achievements of mankind have been done during the ‘sturm und drang’ of war and catastrophes. German wartime rockets led to founding of the space exploration. Even today’s Internet originated from ARPANET, which in turn was designed to help the military against nuclear attacks. The real possibility of human annihilation has led to improvement many aspects of our lives today.
Finally, post apocalyptic-ism is a type of escapism. It allows us to start with a clean slate; a world destroyed also means another world can be born. Ancients legend of Ragnarök and the visions of Saint John on Patmos give us a picture of a new earth purged from all the atrocious aspects of humanity. Post apocalyptic-ism gives us a fresh start.
So in the end, my love of the post apocalyptic genre is that it merges both bleak reality of a defective world with the potential for all of us to reach loftiest heights to what it means to be human.
- Post Apocalyptic Operating System – The Vault OS (8/28/2009) - The world has gone to shit. You need an OS that can hack it. Forget XP, Mac or your fancy Linux distros. You need Vault OS. To Summarise (from their own site) The Vault Operating System is designed to be so cheap to implement that it can be put together mostly from junk that others […]
- The influence behind 12 Monkeys – La Jetée (8/28/2009) - 12 Monkeys was one of my favourite science fiction/post apocalyptic movies. So what influence behind this movie by Terry Gilliam? French short film, La jetée (The Jetty) by Chris Marker was made in 1962 and is a 28-minute black and white movie made from photos, it tells the story of a post apocalyptic time travel […]
- Post Apocalyptic Book Review: Day of the Triffids (8/28/2009) - I recently picked up Day of the Triffids, an acclaimed Post Apocalyptic novel John Wyndham. I must admit, I thought it would be pretty cheesy after all the premise is about deadly plants take over the earth after the people become mysteriously blinded. Maybe this prejudice comes from tonnes of horrible Hollywood productions about zombified […]
- A Post Apocalyptic Animation: Graveyard of the Fireflies (8/28/2009) - Ok everyone’s heard of Mad Max, everyone’s heard of Terminator. In fact, Hollywood is going apeshit over post apocalyptic movies now (Terminator 4, The Road, Book of Eli, 9). How about some more obscure Post Apocalyptic movies? While it may not be a pure Post Apocalyptic animation, It does have strong post apocalyptic elements. Instead […]
- Preparing for Feral dog attacks (for now and after the apocalypse) (8/23/2009) - A fellow apocalyptic blogger recently posted an interesting point about dangers of feral animals in a post apocalyptic world, particulary dogs: It’s going to be one of the biggest hazards and most people have never really thought about it much. They only think of dogs as man’s best friend. The alternative doesn’t really occur to […]
- Time Capsules and the Apocalypse (8/23/2009) - I was recently thinking, what can we do now to prepare for apocalypse. Asides from reading survival manuals and storing up goods, why not do something that can benefit humanity – or at least your local community? While it doesn’t have to be as grand as the Svalbard Seed Vault, creating well kept time capsules […]
- The Ultimate Apocalypse Survival Guide (8/22/2009) - Came across an amazing survival for the Apocalypse here. It draws resouces from SAS Survival Manual, Australian Bushcraft, Australia Traditional Bushcraft and Basic Wilderness Survival Skills. Here’s a great quote from the Water Procurement section: Despite what you may have seen in German pornography, it is never a good idea to drink urine. It contains […]
- Post Apocalyptic Caravans (8/12/2009) - Ah what the post Apocalyptic world be without some form of Motorhome or Caravan. Recently Bethesda Softworks (of the Fallout 3 game fame) gave away their Airstream to Charity and long with some other Post Apocalyptic goodies. Here are some pics: From the Game: This the pic of the airstream from GayGamer.net: Thats all fine […]
- Post Apocalyptic Diorama by Jason van Horne (8/12/2009) - Jason van Horne has some pretty interesting sculptures – they look like they have come straight out of Fallout 3. Very detail rich and desolate. Pictures were taken from here: http://www.katharinemulherin.com/dynamic/artist.asp?ArtistID=32&Count=0
- Nuclear Art of Bikini Atoll (8/9/2009) - As a contination of the nuclear explosion theme, this if the art of Gunnery Sargeant Grant Powers – excerpt from site: In contrast to all later atmospheric nuclear tests, a large media contingent was present for the two Crossroads detonations. They were allowed to cover the test atomic bomb explosions “with sufficient thoroughness to satisfy […]
- The Nuclear Slide Show (8/9/2009) - For those of you who believe in the Big Bang, eg, Nuclear Explosions, here is a slide show for you, via Chile4Chile
- The Family that Nukes together, stays together. (8/9/2009) - WWJD? I think its self evident – art by Nick Ferrel – click here.
- Post Apocalyptic Fashion… Victims? (8/6/2009) - Ok I’ll have to agree somewhat with the Guardian says about Post Apocalyptic clothes regarding movies – they are a bit on the barbaric side: A movie apocalypse isn’t a proper movie apocalypse if the survivors are sensibly dressed, perhaps in a cardigan and some nice slacks. In the new post-virus cannibal epic Doomsday, for […]
- …We went to the year 2137 A.D. (8/1/2009) - So you want a taste of the Post Apocalyptic – the controversial conspiracy theorist Al Beliek has been there an done that. So here’s a bit of taste of what the future has for us according to his time travel to year 2137 and 2749. Some of it ain’t too pretty: Year 2137: Severe Earth […]
- Dead Malls – The Retail Outlet for our your Post Apocalyptic Dreams! (8/1/2009) - Ah there’s nothing like being a mallrat rat in Post Apocalyptia these days. There is one interesting site that is a superstore of information about all the malls that are abandoned or being abandoned these days – DeadMalls.com. Dead Malls tackles the subjects of the rise and fall of malls in the United States and […]