7 Days to Die A11 – Journal Entry 3

Oh my god.

The dogs.

The viscous, rabid, feral, undead, zombie dogs.

I wake up to find Jeramy, Kasey, Jeff, Andy and Wyatt are out. I assume they’re scrounging for supplies or scouting out the area.

So I go out, looking for rocks, sticks, and feathers to turn in to arrows. After a few minutes I hear Andy curse: “OH SHIT!”

“DOGS!”

“RUN HOME!”

I meet him at the front porch of our lovely white shingled zombie shelter. There are literally two dogs nipping at his heels.

We manage to get up the stairs and in to the attic.

Thankfully, this is when we discover that zombie dogs can not climb ladders.

It hardly matters though, as we hear them destroying the house beneath us. Cautiously, we start firing arrows down at them.

Everyone else hears our cries and the howling of death. Together, we   manage to catch them in a pincer maneuver and get rid of them.

By this time, the house is full of decaying zombies: human and canine alike.

7 Days to Die A11 – Journal Entry 2

Hurray! I’ve found the rest of my friends. My brother is still MIA though.

Jeramy and Kasey have found a small neighborhood and have holed up in the attic of a house.

On my way there, I kill a few zombies with a sharpened leg femur. I’m definitely getting better at surviving in this zombie apocalypse world. After breaking a few stone axes against trees I think I’ve gotten a handle on making them better. I can actually chop trees down!

I can’t seem to find too many birds nests, but I find a few and make what seems like unlimited arrows for my crappy bow. I quickly prove myself wrong as I end up resorting to my bone shiv after using up 50 arrows on a handful of zombies.

I risk a drink from a pond of standing water to wash down a moldy sham sandwich. Despite the grumblings of my upset stomach, I seem to be holding up ok. No need to find new underpants.

By this point, I’ve managed to fully cloth myself. Which is great since it’s right about that time I arrive at the small housing development that Jeramy and Kasey are at.

7 Days to Die A11 – Journal Day 1

I hear Andy is around. He says he’s coming to find me.

I’m near a cliff side. This seems like a nice place to hole up for a bit. I scrounge around for sticks, stones, I make a stone axe and break it on a tree.

I find a road, dig through some trash. In the distance I can see ruins and a bridge over some water.

As I collect more garbage I start to see some zombies in the distance. With night closing in, I have no wood to speak of. I make some cobblestone frames and make a tower of 3 to stand on top of. Hopefully this will keep me safe till tomorrow morning.

My Recipe for Gadget Cycling

So I’m a gadget geek and part of that sadly for me is spending a lot of time indoors. Once upon a time though, I used to be a big outdoorsman. I’m slowly getting back in to shape by integrating two of my loves together.

Part 1 of this was buying a cool bicycle. For me this was a Novara Gotham (2012). What qualifies it as gadgety?

  1. Hub powered headlight
  2. Disc brakes
  3. Belt drive (instead of a messy chain)
  4. NuVinci n360 drivetrain (continuous shifting with no gears)

So that’s settled. But how do I ride around this new neighborhood of mine that’s full of one way streets and heavy traffic? I tried to find a GPS unit geared towards cycling and failed. The best I’ve found is Google Maps or my standard GPS app for driving: Navigon. Both offer great bicycling turn-by-turn directions. It’s important to use cycling directions and not driving so it takes in to account bike lanes and bad traffic conditions.

Using my iPhone poses three problems though: mounting, durability, and power. I finally solved durability and power by finding the ibattz Refuel Aqua. It’s a water proof case (up to 10 feet) with a built-in 2200mAh battery. There’s plenty of things keeping me from using that case daily but for a ride it’s great.

Mounting that sucker to my handlebars is harder than you might think because it’s so big. I finally settled on a mount from Arkon. After one ride it felt pretty secure. However I do have the phone connected to my handlebars directly as well. I’m using the large and small size S-Biner from this 3 pack. The ibattz case has a little lanyard loop that fits the small S-Biner size. Then I clip the larger biner between that guy and someplace on the bike. Right now it’s secured to one of my cables on my handlebars. I might  tie or strap the small binder directly to the handlebars at a later date.

Topping it all off is a bluetooth earpiece. This way I can hear directions and data from MapMyRide without completely blocking out the world around me. I’m using a Jawbone Icon HD. It looks ok and has a variety of ear pieces to secure it to my head nicely.

GitC: Museum of the Moving Image

Are you a movie geek?  I AM! The Museum of the Moving Image (website) is a fantastic place located in Astoria (google map) near the Steinway Street M and R stop.  They have a permanent Core Exhibition called “Behind the Screen” with amazing examples of cameras and other film making equipment from over the years.  The artifacts also include costumes, props, and licensed merchandise.  They also have a couple ongoing rotating exhibitions and will soon have a permanent home for The Jim Henson exhibition.

Unrelated to movies but definitely to moving images is their interest in video games.  They host Indicade as well as other video game exhibitions.  It’s also a fun place to catch a screening!

GitC: Modern Pinball NYC

Wow.  Modern Pinball NYC (website) is a magical place!  It’s slightly inconveniently located at 362 3rd Ave, New York, 10016 (google maps) not too close to the 6 train.  It makes up for it though by having over 30 well maintained pinball machines on free pay for a nominal cover charge ($7/$10/$20 for 30/60/allday minutes).

It’s been written about, talked about on TV, and raved about by people.  I recently went with a group of friends and it was a great time.  You can go in and out of the place all day if you spring for the $20 (or even less if you find a group discount online) with a 10% discount at the restaurant next door (maybe it was a bar?  I was too distracted by the amazing pinball).

Go forth and have fun!

And oh yeah, their main business is as a pinball showroom for sales.  So maybe you’ll find something you want to take home with you!

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