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Ep18 - Slouchbiker of the Apocalypse Podcast RSSiTunes

Posted November 25, 2013 into Spartacast by John Birmingham

This week we discovered why Greg couldn't make the last podcast – he was saving the planet from fiery asteroid death, working on a plan to divert or destroy big honking chunks of space rock determined to end civilization as we know it.

That discussion shaded into some talk about preferred options for postapocalypse transport, partly because of this piece I read a few weeks ago complaining you never saw enough bicycles at the end of the world.

In a strangely coherent segue we also discussed how gentlemen of a certain age keep themselves fit, lest they suddenly have to run away from unexpected asteroid impacts.

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20 Responses to ‘Ep18 - Slouchbiker of the Apocalypse’

JG has opinions thus...

Posted November 25, 2013

Very clever. I listening to your escapades of the mind. Crazy imaginations, you mad musketeers.

Greg, Astroid Boy: totally wacky. Glad your speech slowed down after the first ten minutes. Your brain and mouth operate on full speed/hyperdrive.

Dan: Loved the dentist story. 'I'm too dumb to live.' Classic.

John: Deep voice. The soothing one. Please (re)add me to your Fitbit friends. Hope your injuries get better soon.

Solutions: Go up, transport wise. We all need to be self flying in an apocalypse or even during the annual June crotchopalypse.

Very clever, all. Well done. Haven't listened in a while. Love the creative meanderings.

Suggestion: I think you should put them out as a Christmas CD to sell in bookshops, music stores, etc (ie 18 eps on a CD, if that's poss). I prefer to listen to music on my iPhone while out running. The CDs would make useful gifts, and I love your Spartacast artwork on the iTunes app store.

JG

DNABeast reckons...

Posted November 26, 2013

I'm glad some value came out of my inability to understand how a mirror works :)

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JG reckons...

Posted November 25, 2013

^ ... 'enjoyed listening'.

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Barnesm ducks in to say...

Posted November 25, 2013

You are not supose to mention segue Birmo.

DNABeast has opinions thus...

Posted November 26, 2013

Gold star.

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Barnesm mumbles...

Posted November 25, 2013

oh and the John Wyndham apocalyptic is also called the Cosy Catastrophe.

and 'Robopocalypse' sequel titled 'Robogenesis' hits the shelves in 2014.

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Dave W mumbles...

Posted November 25, 2013

Huh, I feel like all the good ideas are taken. I was discussing Walking Dead and WWZ with Mrs W on the weekend, and how it was interesting that even after 12 months in Walking Dead, usable vehicles and fuel are easily obtained. Also,no-one ever seems to think of using a bicycle for travel purposes. I just missed the zeitgeist by a few days. Ah well, thus is my lot in my life.

Maybe there are some product placement ideas there for avanti or cannondale to "safely escape the the Zombie Apocalypse, or even just an ordinary life...".

Lulu is gonna tell you...

Posted November 25, 2013

I was watching the first episode of Walking Dead on the weekend, and I did wonder about where/how they get food.

Bangar ducks in to say...

Posted November 25, 2013

I was thinking the pther day what's the shelf life of petrol and diesel?

Barnesm mutters...

Posted November 25, 2013

Petrol is only good for about six months I think without additonal chemicals to stablilize the fuel.

Diesel twelve months under good conditions according to BP

Dave W reckons...

Posted November 26, 2013

Thanks Barnesm. So for Walking Dead, assuming that they don't move into a fortified oil refinery, we should see the characters getting about the Georgia countryside on pushbikes for the next season.

Rob reckons...

Posted November 27, 2013

Michone rides a horse occasioanlly when she isn't driving a shiny new hyundi. Personally, after some experience running off the road last week and hitting a pole in my 4 wheel drive, a bit of extra road clearence is a wonderful thing.

Dave W reckons...

Posted November 27, 2013

But that's in line with the trope, Rob. They don't utilise what is basically considered to be the most energy efficient and low-maintenance, not to mention near-silent, form of transport known to humanity.

So the writers and directors sustain the suspension of disbelief that vehicles will be roadworthy and with usable fuel nearly one year after the ZA.

Don't get me wrong, I'm okay with the suspension of disbelief, just think it's worth pointing out from time to time.

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Bunyip ducks in to say...

Posted November 25, 2013

"I was watching the first episode of Walking Dead on the weekend, and I did wonder about where/how they get food."

Supermarkets that employ zombies as staff.

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Anthony puts forth...

Posted November 27, 2013

~~I seem to recall that in Stirling's Change series there are bicycle propelled troops.


I have my doubts about the accuracy of BP's claims for fuel life (remember thet want to sell more of the stuff). I remember aome interesting discussions about this with some the R&D engineers when I worked at the coal to oil plant in Gippsland. Five to ten years is generally considered more likely for diesel if properly stored (e.g. underground tanks). A year for petroleum products if used in a modern fuel injected vehicle is about right. LPG may be a better bet - providing hoses etc don't perish it appears to have a very long life. Possibly several decades if properly stored, but the chemical engineers I used to work with really couldn't say.


Also bear in mind that older vehicles will tolerate crap fuel a lot better than newer ones. I see a comeback for old English cars such as Morris Minors and Series 1 Landrovers along with any old sidevalve or F head (overhead inlet - side exhaust) engines.


I've been able to start and ride a 30 year old motorcycle which has been standing for two years. It coughed a bit but it did run on a tank of fuel that was at leasr two years old. Enough to get me 20 kilometres home from where I bought it.

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Anthony reckons...

Posted November 27, 2013

~~I seem to recall that in Stirling's Change series there are bicycle propelled troops.


I have my doubts about the accuracy of BP's claims for fuel life (remember thet want to sell more of the stuff). I remember aome interesting discussions about this with some the R&D engineers when I worked at the coal to oil plant in Gippsland. Five to ten years is generally considered more likely for diesel if properly stored (e.g. underground tanks). A year for petroleum products if used in a modern fuel injected vehicle is about right. LPG may be a better bet - providing hoses etc don't perish it appears to have a very long life. Possibly several decades if properly stored, but the chemical engineers I used to work with really couldn't say.


Also bear in mind that older vehicles will tolerate crap fuel a lot better than newer ones. I see a comeback for old English cars such as Morris Minors and Series 1 Landrovers along with any old sidevalve or F head (overhead inlet - side exhaust) engines.


I've been able to start and ride a 30 year old motorcycle which has been standing for two years. It coughed a bit but it did run on a tank of fuel that was at leasr two years old. Enough to get me 20 kilometres home from where I bought it.

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Anthony is gonna tell you...

Posted November 27, 2013

Bugger - I hate it when I double post. I blame Microsoft and Windows 8. I either can't log in or it plays silly buggers with posts.

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AKM. would have you know...

Posted November 27, 2013

Really enjoyed the podcast; although the mention of the damaged neck vertebra made me yell "Autofellatio FAIL!!!" at my car stereo......

Plenty of stuff around various Survivalist websites about Post Apocalyptic transport- those folding paratrooper style bikes pop up regularly in discussions. Wonder if they come in Tacticool cam? :D

Fiction about a celestial impact? Can't go past Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle from way back when......

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted November 27, 2013

Pfft. I have never failed at autofellatio.

Wait, that didn't come out right.

ShaneAlpha is gonna tell you...

Posted November 28, 2013

But you only fail at autoerotic asphyxiation...ONCE.

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