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Friday, October 31, 2008

Vampire Math

Debunking vampires? Is nothing sacred?

This morning, I heard on the radio that vampires can't truly exist, because they would consume their food source (us) too quickly. I just had to look this little tidbit up:
Efthimiou's debunking logic goes like this: On Jan. 1, 1600, the human population was 536,870,911. If the first vampire came into existence that day and bit one person a month, there would have been two vampires by Feb. 1, 1600. A month later there would have been four, and so on. In just two-and-a-half years the original human population would all have become vampires with nobody left to feed on, even if our entire species doubled each month.
I've actually questioned the predatory habits of zombies, vampires and werewolves in this very blog before, so it is something I've spent time thinking about. Still, though, seeing that someone did the math and all is kind of depressing to me.

There's still hope, though. If real life vampires are like the ones in the works of Anne Rice, they could still be out there skulking around. In her works, the vampires could feed on an unlimited number of people, and they would only turn the ones they wanted to into vampires. They really considered this choice carefully, since they'd be spending a lot of time with that person from that point on. Also, they weighed out how many vampires could live in one area without arousing suspicion, so it didn't happen very often. Hmmm, I guess Anne spent some time thinking about this, too!

Or, if you look at the vampire legends on wikipedia, many cultures believe that becoming a vampire has nothing to do with being bitten by another vampire in the first place:
The causes of vampiric generation were many and varied in original folklore. In Slavic and Chinese traditions, any corpse which was jumped over by an animal, particularly a dog or a cat, was feared to become one of the undead. A body with a wound which had not been treated with boiling water was also at risk. In Russian folklore, vampires were said to have once been witches or people who had rebelled against the Church while they were alive.
So, really, it's possible that IF there are vampires out there, they aren't reproducing in an out of control fashion. They could still be around!

There, I feel better now! Sort of! I do still wonder about the zombies, though...

Happy Halloween!


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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Need the escape hatch!

I spent this morning in court (nothing dealing with me or my family, we're all good) and it was a pretty stressful circumstance. It all turned out well, though, which goes a long way, whew!

Anyway, I was looking for something to cheer me up, AND I got an email from an old friend asking me what's up with my (lack of) blogging. She is one of the friends I've had the longest, so she's pretty important to me. I met her in 7th grade, you know, when life sucked hard all day every day! Now she's working in the Philipines, so I'm living vicariously through her, since I'm never going to get my big butt much past the Yucatan, and I fear that was a one-shot deal.

Those of you who follow my blog will be glad to know that this is the same friend that I attended sci fi cons with in #9 of my Geek 13.

So, to kill two birds with one stone, I'm posting this scene from a movie that she and I watched about 600 times together back in the day. This scene always makes me happy (as does the next one where he sings solo for Penny Priddy) and it did the job for me again today. I hope it has the same effect on her, and on you all. This is one of the best movies ever, and you should go rent it right away if you haven't seen it. Heck, even the end credits are awesome!

This one's for you, Fris!

Happy Halloween tomorrow. What are you going as? I'm going as a harried mother of 4 who's not getting enough sleep...

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Somebody call Geordi LaForge!

I think there's been an anomaly in the space-time continuum!

Somehow, even though no time has passed, and I haven't aged at all, Anya has gone from this:
Anya is new

To this!
Anya is 13

Happy 13th Birthday, my super-preemie Anya Marie! We love you XOXOXOX I'm going to go throw up now...

(Stay tuned, more updates coming!)

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