Well, I wouldn’t call the first week of ds106 a cataclysm, but I still consider myself a survivor…
So, what did I survive?
The first order of business was dusting the cobwebs off of my Twitter account, and setting up several other platforms, including Instagram, Slack, and this very site (wooooah). I chose a retro theme for now, inspired by the video game series Fallout, which emulates some aesthetic and technology of the 1950’s. Indeed, a lot of this week involved planning for the long-run. This is true in terms of the apocalypse as well – check out our survival bunker:
I added those things circled in red. Shout out to the person who added the alien and the person who added a single shoe. I would also like to draw your attention to the base of our equipment pyramid – what a strong base everybody. We have bacon, liquid courage, a fight between good and evil, and all the essentials. Surely the end of the world cannot shake such a base. I think we can all survive this…
Of all the work I did this week, I am proudest of the content on my Instagram account.
I got the image on the right from https://giphy.com/, the middle image was made using https://deepart.io/, and the image on the left (I’m proudest of this) I edited using Photoshop (and consorting with my roommate, who has more experience in Photoshop) to give the globe a dispersion effect! Here’s before and after:
And here’s the tutorial I followed:
In conclusion, not only did I survive, but I feel that I pushed my comfort zone by using this software that is completely new to me in order to produce an image I’m proud of. I will try to keep the momentum going and learn something new each week.
And what is the apocalypse to me?
Well, strangely, it’s been a source of much entertainment for me – I’m not evil, I just like playing Fallout.
And I like superhero movies – most of which are doomsday themed, whether it be by technology, aliens, or other means.
I like these, but I read a Walking Dead comic once that really stuck with me. It’s fun to play save the world, but it’s different entirely to play survive a day. In this comic, the main protagonist, Rick, has his wife and baby child die in a raid from a hostile group of humans.
It is a devastating moment, for the reader and for Rick, and it made me feel… uncomfortable. The loss of innocence, of a child, and a lifelong companion. Seeing this image, I thought about living in a world like theirs, and it’s been stuck with me ever since. End of the world scenarios can be entertaining, but they also reflect our greatest fears as a society. A disease ridden world where our basic human rights don’t exist in the eyes of some is a pretty scary place for most people. A world devastated by nuclear war makes an interesting game, but a terrifying reality we grapple with every day. Temperatures so hot due to climate change, that people are forced to live underground and scrounge in the sewers to survive is not something I want to be dealing with next week.
I like this genre because it’s super fun, and thought provoking. The band of survivors – what are they alive for if not for each other, or to a service to some grand ideology? A lot of the recurring themes in apocalyptic fiction points to humans’ most basic motivations in life. If society wasn’t here, what would we live for? That’s the question this genre makes me ask.