Ford Escape

14 12 2012

I had a ride in a new Ford Escape the other day. Pretty nice actually. Larger than I expected. Anyway, all that just to say that while visiting Craig Hill’s blog entry about Hawaiian Kings, I came across a new Ford Escape ad that had a pretty funny zombie theme. They were obviously pleased with it because they did a short “echo piece” too. Made by Canadian film-maker Patrick Boivin.

If you like Shaun of the Dead or The Walking Dead, perhaps this is the car for you.

Enjoy!

UPDATE (later on the 14th December 2012): Curiouser, and curiouser! The links above are now dead. Or perhaps undead. They are gone from the Ford site and everywhere else I’ve looked. The odd other blog that referenced them has the same “this video is private” message now when you click on their links. Sorry about that. Just take it from me – they were witty. Perhaps someone up high in Ford thought the tragic shootings in the US today could somehow be linked to a car commercial. Tenuous at best.

In other news today: The NRA twitter site continues to tweet it’s followers about its rising popularity on Facebook and remind them of its free giveaways. No mention of Newton, Connecticut. Or Ford Escapes.

NRA on Twitter, 14th Dec. 2012





The Zombie Apocalypse: Already Underway – Questionable Evolution

17 09 2012

Er… WOW!
We have an annual issue with Carpenter Ants, here in our “glorified shed” of a wooden house, and have to endure reasonably frequent permethrin treatments to the outside perimeter. So I have no love of this particular species of ant. Fascinating though their satellite colony social structure is. Anyway… I was actually looking for blogs about mycology, having recently joined the Vancouver Mycological Society. I never for a second thought I’d find both things in the one blog. Coolio!

Questionable Evolution

Common Name: The Zombie-Ant Fungus

A.K.A.: Ophiocordyceps unilateralis

Vital Stats:

  • Whole “graveyards” of 20-30 ants may be found within a single square metre
  • Telltale bitemarks on fossil plants suggest this fungus, or a related species, may have been in operation for the last 48 million years
  • Host species is the carpenter ant Camponotus leonardi

Found: Tropical forests throughout the world

It Does What?!

Despite all the advances of modern neuroscience, the fact is, human understanding of brain chemistry and its manipulation still has a long way to go. Much to the chagrin of those plotting world domination, we won’t be chemically controlling each other’s minds any time soon. How embarrassing then, that a mere fungus seems to have perfected this technique. Almost fifty million years ago. Scooped again, humanity.

It begins with an ant walking along the ground, deep in a tropical forest somewhere. This…

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