September 16th, 2007

Invader Zim - Curse You!

The Joys of Microsoft

Gah! Could Microsoft have made it any harder to move your emails from Outlook to Outlook 2007???

They've changed the format the mails are saved in so the two systems are no longe compatible - and because the mails are on two different machines I can't just convert them across either with a simple upgrade. Nor have I been able to convert them to Mozilla Thunderbird on the new machine so am now downloading a 'trial' version of the 2007 package onto the portable harddrive so I can then transfer that to the old computer and load it up (the old PC is no longer connected to the web so I can't do it straight onto it) then do a transfer internally between the programmes. Then go into the operating files and save the mails in the correct format the new programme can read. Then save THEM onto the portable harddrive and bring them across to be inputted into the actual full programme I have running on the new machine.

I may leave the programme downloading and go to bed (or atleast read). I almost went to bed at 9.30 this evening because of various tiredness and no one being home to talk to but decided to try and fix the email (which I've been actively trying to do all afternoon!).

Hopefully this last attempt will prove successful.

I'll know more in the monring...
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Zombie Survival Plan - Foiled

I realised this evening that my survival plans for a zombie attack, or other disaster that wipes the rest of mankind apart from me a handful of survivors (many of which always seem to be very cute girls for some reason...?) are fatally flawed.

Well, to be percise, the zombie attack survival scenario is more flawed than most of the others.

The reason?

Nuclear meltdown. If mankind disappeared or was alrgely taken out by the zombie menace, then no one would be around to look after the many nuclear reactors scattered around the UK (or the world). Now I read an article last year (in the New Scientist magazine - it was a great article on what would happen to Mother Earth if mankind just vanished overnight - in short we'd be forgotten very quickly and any trace of our civilisation would be pretty much 100% vanished within a very short amount of time). This article put nuclear meltdown of the reactors taking place about three days into mankinds disappearance.

As such in a 28 Days Later type affair we'd actually have about 3 days to find somewhere safe before mainland Britain experienced  17 Chernobyls!


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Now the problem with this is that the only really safe places will be the tunnels and fall out shelters. For those of us living in London many udnerground stations would usually provide some sort of cover from the initial fallout but these will more than likely be zombie-filled. Obviously barricading yourself in a high rise would usually be a good initial option against the zombie horde but exposes you to the fallout during its most dangerous time.

It's possible to try and get to one of the nuclear shelters scattered around London but most people won't have a clue where these are. There are, of course, hundreds of underground structures that one could utilise if you knew where they are located (Check out Subterranea Britannica for some pointers). Of course this does mean venturing out into the chaos, but it's either that or start glowing!

Obviously without the zombie menace you are, comparitively, better off as you will have less problems getting to underground shelters and picking up supplies, etc, en route. Remember you will have three or four days to gather as much as possible before things start going boom! This obviously will also affect all water supplies so you'll be living off bottled water from then on.

As a nice aside, the Chernobyl disaster actually only affected 5% of the nuclear core. 95% of its core remained stable. We'd be looking at potentially 17 total meltdowns as no one would be around to help stem the problem and shut the system down.

Makes you wonder if trying to get to the shelter is actually worth it...
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(New Scientist Article) Imagine Earth Without People

Thought I'd dig this out as a follow-up to my last post. I hadn't read it since last year so some of my times do seem to be incorrect. Sorry lads and lasses.

It does talk about the active nuclear plant problems if mankind vanishes though and, is generally, a really interesting read.

Imagine Earth Without People (New Scientist; 12th October 2006)

The Times also covered the article when it was released and gave a handy flow chart fpr the timeline:

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