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Old School Radio

I know it looks simple, old, obsolete. BUT this very radio saved many a life in the apocalypse. These dinosaur radios will be the only available source of telecommunications in a potential apocalypse.


Review: It is a must have device. I have been gathering them recently in case if the power grid blows and we can not communicate, they will be worth gold! Great investment. 9/10 apocalypse rating.

Finis (Alternate Ending) by Frank L. Pollack and David A. Slupek

*As the two main characters in Finis are in their shelter hiding from the intensity of the new sun (star) that just reached the Earth*

The two were stranded in the bunker with an odd sense of comfort and insecurity at the same time. They were conversing and turning over possibilities on how to survive once the new sun goes down.  They suggested so many ideas, but when it came down to it, Eastwood said that they should try to leave the shelter as the temperature outside went down. He figured if they were able to contact other people, then they would have an opportunity to set up a force field to shield the planet from the light waves.

After weeks of traveling around the town, Alice was getting tired of the lifestyle and running low on energy, while Eastwood was oddly enjoying the apocalyptic days and his new survivalist nature.

One morning Alice had had enough, she went outside to watch a final sunrise and found herself in awe of the heat and light produced from the new star as she burned to a crisp. That very night, Eastwood had come in contact with a scientist named Johansen who had developed a method to shield the planet, but was unable to create his shield because he did not have the raw materials. Johansen gave up hope, leaving Eastwood to create the shield and repopulate the Earth.

The End (Its supposed to be a cliffhanger…get it?)


Week Two Is In Order

All in all, it was a good week. I am now officially submerged into apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic art, literature, and now even making my own apocalyptic stories. I started my week by organizing my different readings, videos, and assignments in order to allow each one to enhance another. I am now writing this post while looking over my week and I am finding myself enjoying all of the new avenues DS106 has brought me to!


End Day:

End Day was quite interesting. I thought that the idea was very cool, almost like Final Destiny or something like that! They certainly covered many of the possibilities for the Apocalypse.


My favorite scenario: Meteor. I probably would not have thought of this scenario or included it at first, but BBC portrayed this scenario in an almost interactive manner, it felt like I was almost in the movie.

Silliest Scenario: Big Bang. Definitely took very little time and effort for this scenario, I was thoroughly disappointed yet entertained by the silly theme.

Best/Most Realistic Scenario: TSUNAMI! Definitely seems far too realistic for me. I couldn’t help but ponder the potential situations that could affect me.


The Stand

By: Stephen King

LOVE IT SO FAR! I have never read a Stephen King book before, but I am so drawn in by his style and tone. The book as a gloomy feel and the post-apocalyptic theme is so interesting to me as it is relevant to my life in two ways: 1) its based on a medical concern and I love studying medicine. 2) The Flu is a current topic creepily applies to today’s news.


Routledge Article:

The Routledge Article gave me a new and genuinely improved perspective on Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic entertainment. Since I had not been too emerged in the topic prior to this class, I am just now discovering how well developed Apocalyptic Art is and how it has conversely affected society-it seems as if we as a society I constantly looking for the next “big thing” to catch online or “breaking news” and what would be bigger than an apocalypse itself. It seems like it would be all too possible….



Bird Flu – The End of Us All

It was a Saturday morning. I woke up in bed and went downstairs to get some breakfast. I got out a bowl and poured myself some cheerios. Usually my parents would make a huge Saturday breakfast for me and my bother but they had traveled to California for a big soccer tournament. As I opened up the refrigerator to take out the milk I noticed that the light did not turn on. As I poured the milk into the bowl I realized it had soured. That was when I looked outside to see a huge tree in my front lawn on its side. The wind must have blown it over. I wondered if there had been a storm the night before and went outside to see if anything else had been damaged. Every tree, telephone pole, and mailbox had been blown down on my street. A swarm of my neighbors had gathered around the in the driveway 4 houses down. I ran over to them and saw an Mr. Roberts, an elderly man lying on the ground. Another neighbor was huddle around him trying to revive him. Parents began to move their children away from the scene. I few minutes later I heard one of my neighbors yell that he was dead.

Mr. Roberts was an intelligent man who had established a local restaurant in the community.  However, everyone in the community, it seemed, knew Mr. Roberts as “the bird man”. He had a collection of birds in his home and would often travel to far away places to trade or buy a bird. In our local parade he would have a float to show off his birds. I had been to his house several times to mow his lawn and clean his gutters. After he broke his hip 4 years ago he had trouble with the yard work so I would help where I could. I had been to his house 2 days before to take out his garbage. When he came outside to thank me, he told me that all of his birds had been acting funny. He said three of his birds had started to foam at the mouth and bleed from their eyes. He was very concerned that they were sick and going to die. I had offered to drive him to the veterinarian but he insisted one was on their way to check them out.

The neighbors had begun to panic as the someone yelled that the Doctor had just lost consciousness. Some neighbors begun to run to their homes. Other decided to walk to the local fire house to see if they could offer any assistant. I had decided to walk over to my friend Patrick’s house to see if he had any good food to eat and wait outthe electricity outage. With no cell service or wifi, it was going to be a long day. Just as I had turned around to walk to Patrick’s I heard a sound. It was sounded like a high pitched scream. I turned around and saw a black line over the horizon which rose like a cloud of darkness in the sky. As the blackness became closer and closer the screeching became louder and louder. I ran into my house and ran to the window.

It was as if time moved in slow motion. People began to scramble for cover. Some people were so stunned they simply stood and watched. The cloud of darkness began to rumble the ground as it came closer. Then suddenly, as if it was a wave in the ocean, the blackness covered the ground. It became black but I felt the vibrations in the window and thought it was going to break. I ran down to the cellar and locked myself in the tornado room. I heard the breaking of glass. The sound became so loud, I thought I was going to go deaf. After what seemed like a lifetime, the noise stopped. I waited 10-15 minutes and then crawled out.

Everything was shattered and everyone was dead. Bodies lay everywhere. I walked over and saw blood was coming from their eyes and foam from their mouth. I thought back to what Mr. Roberts had said about his words and I realized that the sound I heard had sounded exactly like them too! I jumped in my car and drove. About 30 miles out of town, I started to see areas of land which looked unaffected. I followed the upright trees until I needed gas. I pulled into a town which seemed to have not felt the effects of the storm. I got out and remembered that I had my cell phone. I immediately called my parents. They picked up on the first ring. They had heard on the news about the storm and the birds.

Apparently, birds had been infected in South America with a flu that was causing them to become infertile. Several scientists had collected the sick birds and were carrying out research to find a cure. There had been an accident in the lab which had caused the birds to escape. The researches had injected the birds with a possible cure which had actually transformed the flu into a form that was able to be transferred to humans. My parents informed me that it had traveled throughout the world. They said that it had not reached the western part of the US or Canada yet. They told me to travel North and that they would meet me there. They told me that they loved me.

I had just hung up the phone when I heard wind and rustling. I got in my car and starting driving. I heard the screeching first. Then more wind. Then louder screeching. And then, with no warning, it all went black.

RIP Mr. Rodgers

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The End Is Just Getting Started

About me:

Hello everyone… for the fifth time and on the fifth platform! Again, I am David Slupek, a senior here at Mary Washington, studying biology. I am taking digital storytelling to not just fulfill my final gen-ed requirement but also learn how to use other forms of technology to communicate in small and large groups, while having a good time. I am excited to be a part of The End this semester!


This week:

This week started slowly I was coming down with the flu for the first few days of the semester, as if going to class wasn’t enough. But, I am feeling much better, thanks for asking! I’m not going to lie to you, I was a little confused on what exactly to do for all of the set up in this class, but with some help from a fellow member of The End, Eric Shaw, I was able to catch up quickly! I think that this will be a fun and exciting way to see how we can use our creativity to make this class productive. It was cool to go through and take a look at everyones blogs and posts throughout the week and get a small introduction to everybody!

The first thing I accomplished this week was setting up my Slack account, twitter, and new instagram to separate my personal interests from this class. Then I figured out how to make a youtube account and uploaded my TDC video, then finished up by finally putting my website together, installing WordPress, and making this blog post!IMG_2356

Now that were all caught up…


What is your own personal relationship with apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic fiction?

I would have said that my own personal relationship with apocalyptic or post-apocolyptic fiction was non-existent about 1 week ago, but today is going strong!

I have seen some apocalyptic TV shows, movies, and played some videos games, but I enjoy the theme and think that it will be an awesome way to keep this class motivating and fun!

  • Are there particular stories (from books, TV, movies, etc.) that have resonated with you? Why?

When I go back and think about anything that would fall under the topic of this class I keep coming up with I Am Legend. I’d have to say that is one of the best apocalyptic movies of all time, Will Smith is the GOAT.

  • What genre of the apocalypse (zombie, alien invasion, plague, etc) seems particularly interesting to you? Why?

I think an ALIEN INVASION apocalypse would be the most interesting to me, it would answer so many questions. Zombies, not so much it has already been fleshed out too many times and plagues seem too realistic.