Apocalypse Now

posted in Photography by Cargo Cult on Tuesday November 14 2017

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I certainly didn't learn from last time - the main camera's battery went flat, the spare battery was already flat, while the spare spare battery was also flat. Cue choice between a point-and-shoot with focus issues in dismal post-apocalyptic lighting, and an elderly dSLR with an allergy to ludicrous ISOs. Hmm. I decided to embrace the crappy apocalyptic aesthetic. It absolutely felt like a real-life Left 4 Dead.

Oh, and the impromptu, augmented foodie-compatible earthquake response kit was distinctly handy for a fully-electricity-dependent flat. The all-important French RCIRs, incidentally, were an eBay-fuelled response to the grotty-looking energy bars provided with the original emergency kit. So absolutely any excuse to try these French combat rations - they're famous for their edibility. The cassoulet au canard didn't look like much, but was rather good! I'm now considering which red wine to pack in this emergency kit...

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The power went back on some time during the night. Quite disappointing, really.

Yes, I'll get back to posting more frequently. I've got photos from multiple international trips to get round to uploading eventually!

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1. Matches

Posted by phuzz at 7:23AM, Wednesday November 15 2017

Is that a box of matches with a picture of the Eiffel tower on?
Just in case they forget which country they're fighting for I guess.

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2. "..earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.."

Posted by Pace at 3:05PM, Saturday November 18 2017

As a soon to be resident of the pacific northwest that emergency preparedness site was a bit alarming. I flew into the Portland airport a couple weeks ago and saw these really cool looking mountains sticking up out of nowhere, only later realizing that they were volcanoes. Volcanoes! Man. Hopefully that backpack comes with something more potent than tinned French food.

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3. Combat Rations...

Posted by gibbles at 1:11PM, Tuesday November 21 2017

I cant speak for the French combat rations, but I can tell you that the MRE's the Army uses, aren't very tasty. Although I have seen them repeatedly used for hijinx and disruption. All MRE's come with a heating element in a bag that you add water to. They also include a packet of coffee and packet of powder creamer. The powdered creamer is INCREDIBLY FLAMMABLE. Also thrown in with every package is a tiny bottle of Tabasco. So what Joe does when he is bored, is collect as many bottles of Tabasco as they can along with a few heating elements. They dump at least two dozen tiny bottles of Tabasco into a larger plastic bottle, along with a couple heating elements. Add some water, put the cap on. The result is a pretty effective home made Tabasco/tear gas. They are then planted inside another unit's tent somewhere. Just sit back, watch and listen. You are in for a treat.

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