The fascination with “ruin porn” goes back a long way

At The Finch & Pea, there’s a great post about a book from 1889 that considers a post-apocalyptic America—and includes images of a desolate nation, including the iconic “ruin porn” image of the destroyed Statue of Liberty.

Historians are astounded that a nation of more than seventy millions should vanish from the earth like a mist, and leave so little behind. But to those familiar with their lives and character surprise is impossible. There was nothing to leave. The Mehrikans possessed neither literature, art, or music of their own. Everything was borrowed. The very clothes they wore were copied with ludicrous precision from the models of other nations. They were a sharp, restless, quickwitted, greedy race, given body and soul to the gathering of riches. Their chiefest passion was to buy and sell.

The dude from ‘xkcd’ has a new book coming out, and it’s about the apocalypse! Woo-hoo!
“Experience Apocalypse in a Sneak Peek at ‘xkcd’ Author’s New Book" (via Mashable).
Oh, I love me some ‘xkcd.’

The dude from ‘xkcd’ has a new book coming out, and it’s about the apocalypse! Woo-hoo!

Experience Apocalypse in a Sneak Peek at ‘xkcd’ Author’s New Book" (via Mashable).

Oh, I love me some ‘xkcd.’

Ice Bucket Apocalypse?

The number of people with Internet access and cameras taking the Ice Bucket challenge can be a grave danger to the world as we know it. Experts have begun to claim that this challenge, which has prompted thousands upon thousands of people to record themselves been drenched by ice cold water without any explanation of why they were doing it, can cause water and common sense shortage so severe that the world might never recover from it.

See more at: http://www.theindianrepublic.com/lol/ice-bucket-challenge-signals-imminent-apocalypse-experts-100046410.html#sthash.TR2Kut8d.dpuf

You would not be faulted for indeed thinking these are the end times.

But they probably aren’t.

I would like to think that those who lived through the bubonic plague, the world wars, all thought it was the end of times…. yet here we are.

Sometimes I think that saying it is the end times is a cop out.

A cop out from actually doing something. Isn’t it easier to sit back and say “These are the end times, let me enjoy this time I have left, let me pray for my soul, let me pray for those going through something (war, disease….) etc”

And that is exactly what we have been doing….. sitting back.

— via Doing Life By His Side

"People worry about asteroids hitting the earth, but that’s in the order of a one-in-a-thousand-years event. The solar issue is more likely to hit us once every 100 years."

Read more: http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Apocalypse-Bristol-scientist-talkes-solar-storms/story-22762521-detail/story.html#ixzz3AlfixVQ7