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Ambulothanatophobia is the irrational fear of the walking dead and or zombies. The Term is was coined by blogger Found Drama in 2006 while researching the phobia, it has not yet been termed the official psychological term for the phobia. It is common among children, but also in adolescents and adults due in part to unsettling childhood experiences conveyed mostly through films. The phobia is related to Necrophobia, Thanatophobia, Phasmophobia, Sanguivoriphobia, Pharaohphobia (fear of mummies) being that this phobia is related to specific cultural and regional manifestations of the undead, and other fears pertainging to death, decay, and the undead.

Ambulothanatophobia is unlike other specific phobias in that it is the result of the conscious mind actively trying to avoid a certain situation or objects and can thus be classified as a type of behavioral disorder. As with many phobias it can be traced back to childhood encounters with images of the walking dead either living people in costume or through movies and increasingly through videogames such as Resident Evil, Silent Hill (though the macabe images in this series are psyhokinetic manifestations rather then actual beings).

Ambulothanatophobia in Reality
Due to this connection it is common for those with this fear to have and continously revise procedures of escape for what they believe will be the eventual plague of undead set upon mankind. These procedures are called 'Zombie Plans' and can be as simple as suicide to elborate dellusions of island compounds capabale of selfsataintion or space colonies. While these Zombie plans appear farfetched their creators are often noted to put forth realisitc strategic thought from military, survivalist, and civil engineering fields- which is seen as another testiment to the the extent of their phobia. Ambulothanatophics are often large contributors to the Zombie fanatic community within which they may find refuge.

There is currently no psychological treatment avaiable for ambulothanatophobics other then minimally succesful self treatment. Ambulothanatophobia does not normally hinder the lives of those who hold this fear though in situations when faced with figures dressed as zombies there is the possibility of them experiencing a panic attack, conversly, due to the nature of their mental state they may already be well prepared for such a situation and fatal wound any threatening party (caution should be excercised with such indiviuals )

Ok what a STUPID NAME for fear of zombies.... why isnt it called Zombiephobia???

Thanks to Monica for finding this (I blame you for this new headache)

Just watched the new Star Trek trailer...

Damn... that was impressive.

I was allready on board for the reboot... since to  make the Star Trek franchise better... instead of doing another Next Generation spinoff - they went with rebooting the Original Series - instead of fucking with it (like they did with Enterprise) ... this new trailer got me all choked up.

From the dramatic choice of music in the back ground to the quote about Captain Kirk .... "Your father was captain of a starship for twelve minutes. He saved eight hundred lives. I dare you to do better."  That one bit, right there, manages to tell us so much about why Kirk is Kirk. And the way Kirk takes command of the Enterprise in the trailer... oh man.

I cannot wait for May 8th.

My inner Trekkie just woke up!

Check out the new trailer at http://www.startrekmovie.com/

Managed to snag a copy of the hard to get Darkfall MMO.

It was released on Feb 26th - apparently they "released" 10000 copies and only processed 5000 accounts before they were "overwhelmed" ... then have been releasing a limited amount everyday at random a time on their website. So people have been literally refreshing their browers for hours a day to get a copy.

Well this week they announced that they will open the online store at 2pm EST and release 1000 units a day. So I said - sure Ill try and get a copy. So Wednesday I totally forgot since it was comic release day and was doing the comics... when I checked their forums later that day they apparently sold out of their daily units in 30 minutes, and boy were people pissed about it. So I tried yesterday... even using the recommended "hit the f5 key repeatedly to refresh your browser faster" method ;)

Well I did that and after 11 minutes they sold out. I was like WTF! Did my order fo thru? A minute later I got an email saying I got a copy. Sweet! Then I began the tedious 7 hour download. Then 10 minutes after I got the first email I got 5 emails saying thanks for buying a copy! I was like - they better not have charged me 5 times! So when I posted on their forums about this - I started getting emails and replies from people willing to pay more than double the "retail" for my extra copies. Well I called my bank to ask about the charges to my card and they reassured me I was only charged once.

Ok. Now to the game.

After the LONG and SLOW utorrent download. Then patching. THEN having to update various Vista files because I was getting some dumbass 14001 error. I FINALLY got the game to load at like 10pm.

Logged in. You can only have ONE character per server and at the moment their is only the Eurpoean server (did I forget to mention this game is made in Greece - didn't know that until I got the emailed bill) and depsite that fact that people are bitching about lag and stuff they havent opened up other servers yet! So ATM - the population is like 6000+ people ALL ON ONE SERVER!

Made my toon and logged in.

I tell you ... Ive played almost every 3D MMO since Ultimate Online ... and it took me forever to get the damn controls down! Why? Because I accidentally closed the tutorial scroll when I logged in lol. So I havd to fiddle around for a bit. Eventually got the controls down.

Now like Ultima Online, this is a sandbox game. No classes. No levels. Only skill points. So the more you do or use something the better you get with it (I haven't figured out if their is a skill point cap yet). All you start with is a short sword. Nothing else. You are naked. Well wearing underwear. Apparently my female elf's underwear includes wearing garters and stockings - lol! So I look around - Im in some camp I can see a bunch of other naked people just standing around (probably fiddling with the interface like I was) I see some people walking back and forth from a single NPC in the middle of camp. So I finally figure out how to equip my weapon and I go wandering. The camp is surrounded by a ring of water. So I go diving in. After a few minutes of wading around my swimming skill starts increasing ... ooh just like Ultima Online lol. On the horizon I see a bunch of tombstones and people fighting... oh yeah forgot to mention, just like Ultima Online - its open PVP and free looting in the game, so when you are attacked by another player or monster ANYONE can loot your gravestone.

So I wander back to the noob area - fumble thru the interface to talk to the NPC - get two quests to kill 4 goblins and get 4 goblin axes. So as I turn to head in the direct of the goblins ... another player runs up to me and attacks me - I loose about 25% of my health... then from the guard tower rains down a lightning bolt hitting my attacker taking more than 50% of her damage - lol. Attackig me also flagged her a rogue meaning I can attack her freely without penalty to my alignment. But I stood their. I forgot how to draw my weapon. You see - you need to sheath your weapon to talk to NPCs and interact with items. It gets annoying but its supposed to add to the "immersion factor" of the game. For example, it gets to be a pain when you are fighting and want to loot something. You see when you brandish your weapon the view changes to a view behind your character - so you see your full figure. Granted their is NO WAY to rotate the view to see your character from the front? WTF? When you sheath your weapon you go back to first person view. Annoying. But you get used to it, you have to.

Once I figured out the interface some more I headed in the general direction of the gravestones and figures fighting in the distance. Now the environment graphics are nice. The graphics to this game are not Uber High. Its no Age of Conan. It does feel a few years old in terms of style and rendering but I think they are trying to do some of the cellchading effects of late layered on their models. Either way with my UberPC and video card the game runs very smooth and looks nice. And for all the people bitching about LAG - ping - and frame rate.... for a European based server I crashed only once during my 5 hours of playing and my ping was a steady 110-130 so not bad. The only annoying thing was when night came. It was DARK ... I mean spooky dark. I had no light source. So when night came I didnt want to be caught out in the wilds to get ganked by rogues so I stayed near town to do the crafting quests... lol.

Back to my first quests. Found a shit load of tombstones over the hill and half a dozen naked people fighting goblins. Another annoying thing about the game. After someone loots a tombstone - the tombstone stays around. Their is no way - Ive found - to know if a tombstone has been looted or not. So you need to sheath your weapong - go back to first person view - and loot. When you do this your backpack opens up and you can drag and drop ONE ITEM AT A TIME to your backpack. Oh more "immersion". Now in the wilds another player or monster can attack you while you do this... I should know - it happened all nite to me!

So I start checking out tombstones while people are fighting. I find half a dozen goblin shields. Im thinking "why are people leaving these? I can use one and sell the rest!" at this point no one has attacked me. So Im thinking Im safe. I see a 2 goblins but other people are fighting them... I wander further off to find a less crowded area near the swamp. Lots of tombstones - player and goblin. I find an Axe on one which has a better damage rating than my noob weapon. I equip it. Then I get jumped by a goblin. Now to the combat mechanics. Its essentially a first person shooter, spam hit your left mouse button to swing while you move around the mob to get into better position to hit him and avoid his attacks. Swing miss swing miss until one of you is dead or running away. As you take more damage your avatar gets more bloody and her gear ripped up - nice touch adding to the immersion. Eventually killed the goblin - got his axe and some other stuff and proceeded to sit and rest to get my health and stamina back. Yes the game has stamina that gets wasted with every action. Sucks when you are in combat and run out of stamina... you can swing or run at that point lol.

So during one of my goblin fights another player comes up to try and poach my kill. Now an interesting thing happens. AS we both dance around the goblin trying to hit him... the other guy accidentally gets hit by my axe - a message pops up that Im flagged a rogue. I look around and see half a dozen other people. Now I expected to get lynched but was surprised no one attacked me ... maybe it was because I was wearing a goblin chest piece and everyone else was naked and they thought I had better gear lol ... dunno - either way I backed off a minute watched the other guy loot my goblin while I regained my stamina and health and the rogue flag went away. What did I learn from this. One thing was other people can loot your tombstone of your kill. THAT pissed me off and it happened all nite. Granted I started looting at the same time because I tried looting when someone else was looting - so its a free for all watching items disappear from the tombstone while you drag and drop the item you picked - and hoping no one hits you.

So finished my quest - ran back to town - got some armour rewards - got more quests - tried to travel further out from town to find less crowded areas. Rinse and repeat, like all MMOs. Eventually got rid of the axe when I found a sword. Started leveling my sword skill. Finally got enough crap to sell to buy a staff... because apparently you cant cast spells unless you have a staff equipped. Started casting magic missle and heals to level those skills up - since those 2 spells do not require reagents. Found a sickle so I can start harvesting plants for herbs for spell components and alchemy. Got an axe and pick to mine and cut trees down. Got extra bags. Found the vault in town to put EVERYTHING in. At the end of the night I felt like I did in the fall of 1997 after playing Ultima Onlline. It was fun. But this time the graphics were sexier. The game needs a lot of work. Its not perfect - its not as bad as I thought (or as others are claiming) ... to many people have only been exposed to World of Warcraft so I can understand their bashing of this and other games ... its not polished. But if you liked Ultima Online and want to experience it again but in 3D - try Darkfall.

Adam Hughes' Power Girl Covers

He posted them on his Deviant Page website.... pretty nice stuff.


Hitler's Battletech Game Goes Awry

Zombie Attack iphone game

Just downloaded this for my iphone.... pretty sweet game ... if ya got an iphone - try it out!

Zombie Attack is a 3D variation of the Tower Defense game, where you use either the iPhone’s touch-screen controls in order to stop an invasion of brain-eating zombies!

Gameplay video for those of you who don't have an iphone

13 Facts About Friday the 13th

If you fear Friday the 13th, then batten down the hatches. This week's unlucky day is the first of three this year.

The next Friday the 13th comes in March, followed by Nov. 13. Such a triple whammy comes around only every 11 years, said Thomas Fernsler, a math specialist at the University of Delaware who has studied the number 13 for more than 20 years.

By the numbers

Here are 13 more facts about the infamous day, courtesy of Fernsler and some of our own research:

1. The British Navy built a ship named Friday the 13th. On its maiden voyage, the vessel left dock on a Friday the 13th, and was never heard from again.

2. The ill-fated Apollo 13 launched at 13:13 CST on Apr. 11, 1970. The sum of the date's digits (4-11-70) is 13 (as in 4+1+1+7+0 = 13). And the explosion that crippled the spacecraft occurred on April 13 (not a Friday). The crew did make it back to Earth safely, however.

3. Many hospitals have no room 13, while some tall buildings skip the 13th floor.

4. Fear of Friday the 13th - one of the most popular myths in science - is called paraskavedekatriaphobia as well as friggatriskaidekaphobia. Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13.

5. Quarterback Dan Marino wore No. 13 throughout his career with the Miami Dolphins. Despite being a superb quarterback (some call him one of the best ever), he got to the Super Bowl just once, in 1985, and was trounced 38-16 by the San Francisco 49ers and Joe Montana (who wore No. 16 and won all four Super Bowls he played in).

6. Butch Cassidy, notorious American train and bank robber, was born on Friday, April 13, 1866.

7. Fidel Castro was born on Friday, Aug. 13, 1926.

8. President Franklin D. Roosevelt would not travel on the 13th day of any month and would never host 13 guests at a meal. Napoleon and Herbert Hoover were also triskaidekaphobic, with an abnormal fear of the number 13.

9. Superstitious diners in Paris can hire a quatorzieme, or professional 14th guest.

10. Mark Twain once was the 13th guest at a dinner party. A friend warned him not to go. "It was bad luck," Twain later told the friend. "They only had food for 12."

11. Woodrow Wilson considered 13 his lucky number, though his experience didn't support such faith. He arrived in Normandy, France on Friday, Dec. 13, 1918, for peace talks, only to return with a treaty he couldn't get Congress to sign. (The ship's crew wanted to dock the next day due to superstitions, Fernsler said.) He toured the United States to rally support for the treaty, and while traveling, suffered a near-fatal stroke.

12. The number 13 suffers from its position after 12, according to numerologists who consider the latter to be a complete number - 12 months in a year, 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 labors of Hercules, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 apostles of Jesus, 12 days of Christmas and 12 eggs in a dozen.

13. The seals on the back of a dollar bill include 13 steps on the pyramid, 13 stars above the eagle's head, 13 war arrows in the eagle's claw and 13 leaves on the olive branch. So far there's been no evidence tying these long-ago design decisions to the present economic situation.

Origins of Friday the 13th

Where's all this superstition come from? Nobody knows for sure. But it may date back to Biblical times (the 13th guest at the Last Supper betrayed Jesus). By the Middle Ages, both Friday and 13 were considered bearers of bad fortune.

Meanwhile the belief that numbers are connected to life and physical things - called numerology - has a long history.

"You can trace it all the way from the followers of Pythagoras, whose maxim to describe the universe was 'all is number,'" says Mario Livio, an astrophysicist and author of "The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved" (Simon & Schuster, 2005). Thinkers who studied under the famous Greek mathematician combined numbers in different ways to explain everything around them, Livio said.

In modern times, numerology has become a type of para-science, much like the meaningless predictions of astrology, scientists say.

"People are subconsciously drawn towards specific numbers because they know that they need the experiences, attributes or lessons, associated with them, that are contained within their potential," says professional numerologist Sonia Ducie. "Numerology can 'make sense' of an individual's life (health, career, relationships, situations and issues) by recognizing which number cycle they are in, and by giving them clarity."

Mathematicians dismiss numerology as having no scientific merit, however.

"I don't endorse this at all," Livio said, when asked to comment on the popularity of commercial numerology for a story prior to the date 06/06/06. Seemingly coincidental connections between numbers will always appear if you look hard enough, he said.

Check your drivers license...

This is upsetting. Check your drivers license...

Now you can see anyone's Drivers License on the Internet, including your own!
I just searched for mine and there it was.. Picture and all!
Thanks Homeland Security. Privacy, where is our right to it?
I removed mine, I suggest you all do the same. Go to the website. Just enter your name, City and State to see if yours is on file. After your license comes on the screen, click the box marked "Please Remove." This will remove it from public viewing, but not from law enforcement.  


Wonder Woman Animated

Well its no secret my wife and I are huge fans of Wonder Woman (just look at all the Wonder Woman merchandise Ive bought for my wife over the 20 years Ive known her ).Well tomorrow we leave for the New York Comic Con and we have a date to go see the premiere of the new Wonder Woman animated movie.

Im not a huge fan of DCs animated style. But the stories they have done for The Batman and Superman series have been really good.

So Im hoping they do a good job on Wonder Woman.

Wrath of Khan: The Opera