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Pessimism — Part Three

April 16th, 2008 by Rory Harper

Here’s a great new video for all of us pessimists:

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It’s the full stream of the History Channel’s recent ‘Life After People’ production. It explores what will happen to the planet after we all check out one shiny morning. It’s 88 minutes long, and I haven’t finished it yet, but I’m lovin’ it so far. Great eye candy of stuff falling apart. David Brin is an early speaker in it.

Here’s the official web site, with short clips about the different ways we’re gonna go extinct and other bonus sections and links.

Have fun!

Just remember that I and Rachael and Jesse will be surviving all of these unfortunate events while enjoying apocalyptic music like this at the rave with all the hot Icelandic babes.

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EDIT: Wow. Looks like there’s some synchronicity happening. National Geographic broadcast a show with an identical premise just last month. Here’s the official web site for Aftermath: Population Zero. Again, it has some vids with cool eye candy of big structures falling over and such.

Posted in Daily Life, Environment, History, Movies, Rory, Science | 10 Comments »

10 Responses

  1. Paul B Says:

    Rory, I know what you’re thinking ’cause right now I’m thinking the same thing. Actually, I’ve been thinking it ever since I got here: Why oh why didn’t I take the BLUE pill?

  2. Rory Harper Says:

    Yep, Paul. Actually, I’m spending so much time on the Net these days that’s it much as if I did take the blue pill. My ‘real’ life is the phantom part.

    Dunno about you, but I think we’re getting pretty damn close to the future when we voluntarily encase ourselves in the tubes and hook up to pure virtuality.

    Guess we’ll have a smaller carbon footprint then….

  3. Morgan J. Locke Says:

    That thought has occurred to me.

  4. Sean Craven Says:

    Hey, Rory!

    I hope I’m not out of line here but I’d like to offer some criticism here. (Now that you’re in a position to track me down and mete out justice I feel that I can loosen up a little…)

    Okay. You’ve got a post that is about a couple of TV shows depicting the elimination of all signs of mankind from the planet and you posted it under the heading of pessimism.

    I’m confused as all get-out. It’s like you’re not even trying to make sense!

  5. Rory Harper Says:

    :) …It is all a matter of perspective, isn’t it Sean?

    I do think think that it’s pretty tragic that we’ve made such a mess as a species that the best thing we can do for our planet is to go extinct….

  6. Sean Craven Says:

    Ah, but that’s the thing. Tragedy is something that doesn’t exist outside the human perspective.

    Does a meteorite think, “What a tragedy,” as it streaks through the atmosphere? No it do not. That’s just one of the many reasons why humans are the niftiest extinction event so far.

    And I don’t buy the idea that we are a tragedy anyway. A while ago I left a comment on one of Unca Buzzkill’s posts where I lauded our production of greenhouse gases. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, my friend.

    There’s some nay-sayers who are all up in arms about the vast spreads of ocean that are filled with floating plastic waste.

    The thing is, is that those areas of the ocean are more-or-less aquatic deserts — you need the littoral zone or at least shallow waters to have a really thriving ecosystem.

    Well, every baggie, condom, flip-flop, and rubber ducky out there has algae growing on it, maybe some barnacles. You ever look at the pilings on a dock? That’s what I’m talking about. That stuff isn’t trash. Every bit of it is a seed for a floating reef.

    Yeah, we’re losing some of my favorite organisms now (I’m a big supporter of the sea turtle) but in the long run it’ll make for a much more fertile ocean. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

    Our presence on Earth is not at all tragic. Humans are really, really good for the environment.

    In the long run.

  7. Sean Craven Says:

    So should I be proud or ashamed of my knack for killing threads?

  8. Morgan J. Locke Says:

    Nah, we Brainiacs are just going through a low-productivity phase. We need to whip ourselves back into shape, here…

  9. Sean Craven Says:

    Don’t sweat it. I’m just paranoid about my (infamous in my circle) tendency to go too far…

    It’s a thin line between outrageous and egregious.

  10. Rory Harper Says:

    Yeah, I’ll just drop in briefly to reassure you, too, Sean.

    Just so our readers in general know — I can’t speak for every one else here, but I know of some of the gang who are in pretty serious overload for a variety of reasons.

    Myself, I do workstation and network support for about 200 clients in four different locations. Especially since the beginning of this year, the physical busyness, as well as the heavy flow of phone and e-mail demands, has left me pretty much fried by the end of each day. I tend to come home, surf the net, soak in the tub, and fall over each evening. Worse, I get pretty unresponsive, because I’ve burnt myself up on people and communicating.

    Nothing awful here, I actually like my job. There’s just been a whole lot of it all year, and I’m about out of resilience.

    Unfortunately, it’s also meant that I’ve been erratic as hell about posting at EOB, especially during the week, and this place is one of the joys in my life. I’m just not smart enough to do it right, and usually spend Saturday recharging my battery, then trying to put a post together on Sunday. I don’t always succeed.

    I think I’m about to enter a new phase this week, as I’m manifesting some interesting flu-like symptoms today. I’d hope to skip that this year, as it tends to knock me down for at least a month when I get infected.

    But, please, I hope everybody won’t feel shy about posting or commenting extensively here. I know I still read everything on the site.

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