Blog Roll

Okay friends, you’re still awfully (dreadfully) quiet. I’ve updated my blog roll to include the three blogs that are my go to sources for pandemic information. These people know way more about actual pandemics (as opposed to my theroretical and representational ones).

Avian Flu Diary, A Pandemic Chronicle, and Scott McPherson’s Journal are all really reliable and smart bloggers who can give you more go to facts (while I sit and ponder human nature and reaction). (edit: I’ve just added Crof’s Blog too, of course)

More blog roll updates to turn up in the coming days I imagine, given the potential severity of the Swine Flu outbreak.

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Under Construction

Hey, apologies. Hang out for a bit while I work the look.

Zombies and Religion

Okay, I sincerely apologize for my lack of writing recently. Trying to pull together that grad application so I can continue to write about this silliness indefinitely.

While reading the Zen of Zombie, I ran into a really amusing chapter called “W.W.Z.D?” -the author, in his straightforward and quirky way mocks how sensitive people can get when you bring “Jebus” into things. And yes, he really says “Jebus” instead of “Jesus”. He points out the zombie like qualities of the Christ story…I mean hello…arose from the dead. He similarly compares Christianity in general to that of a “zombie cult”.

My favorite part is this quote, “The organization founded in his memory maintains blood-drinking and flesh-eating rituals to this day.”

In my thesis I actually used a quote from the Bible to emphasize the importance of Blood in vampire/zombie lore. But I failed to connect it to Jesus and the last supper.

So Christians maintain a ritual of consuming “Christs blood and body” and then eventually they will be resurrected….that is to say….ZOMBIES?

Also amusing, in an homage to Dawn of the Dead, was this quote: “To this day, followers of Jebus are known to congregate in malls.”

No legitimate comment on that…other than: Ahahahahah.

The final paragraph of the chapter describes the way religion “catches on” like a disease and via missionaries spreads from person to person. “Then it spreads exponentially. Like a virus.” What I love about this book…not an ounce of subtlety.

Now to my real thought. I had never considered religion a disease, but it really REALLY is. It alternatively acts as treatment for some. In epidemic people often cling to comforting things. Religion is probably the number one thing people would turn to in crisis. So this very odd thing, religion, can be both detrimental and a comfort (to some)?

How strange.

Sorry for the briefness. But enjoy it all the same!

The thesis is up!

To keep you occupied/distracted while I figure out the next post, my undergraduate thesis which drives this whole blog has been posted in the column to your right.

This is for reference, boredom, and discussion. Feel free to pick through at your leisure. If you find something that strikes you hat you wish I would adress on the blog then PLEASE send me an email (kjmitchell715@yahoo.com) or leave a comment!

Cheers — Katie

New Post Tomorrow

I have a new job that has kept me busy the past few days. 

I will be back with a new post tomorrow. I have something in mind.

In the mean time I’d like to direct you to the new Recommendations part of the Blog. In the right column there is a link to a page that will give you a nice long list of reading and watching material—if you are so inclined.

Hope that helps.