Feature Friday: Return to the Trembling Heart

On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti just outside the town of Léogâne, just 16 miles from the capitol city, Port-au-Prince. Buildings were crushed, monuments toppled, and as many as 220,000 people lost their lives.

In the face of this disaster, radical arts collective Atis Rezistans and the children’s offshoot Timoun Rezistans that inhabit the Grand Rue, began to transform what was left of their world.

Return to the Trembling Heart: Grand Rue, Port au Prince from Peter Dean Rickards on Vimeo.

Feature Friday: Postcards from Pripyat

Fictional accounts of what life might be like post-apocalypse can give us glimpses into possible futures, but today we have a real world glimpse at the aftermath of an actual catastrophic event: the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Documentary filmmaker, Danny Cooke, used a drone to film present day Pripyat, a city just miles from Chernobyl, 28 years post-apocalypse.

Learn more about the film and Chernobyl.

Feature Friday: Erasable

Some days all the inter webs have to offer up in the world of apocalypse shorts are first person shooters, rape gangs, and lonely hunters–all violence and grit, offering no hope and even less creativity. I was just about to give up and share a super cool book instead, when I came upon this British gem. The amazing technicolor suburbs and eerily upbeat intro music alone are worth the price of admission.


How to be a Prepper

Probably my favorite prepping blog is I love her straightforward practical, balanced approach to prep and the way she helps de-stigmatize prepping by explaining how nearly ever person preps for something in their life. Bring a snack for a long day out? You’re a prepper. Keep and extra water bottle in the car? You’re a prepper. Have a plan for where to go in a hurricane? You’re a prepper.

If you’ve been wondering about how to prep, what to prep, or why to prep, her How to be a Prepper video is a great place to start.

Feature Friday: Ambition

This gorgeous collaboration between Platige Image and ESA is directed by Tomek Bagiński and stars Aidan Gillen, of Game of Thrones fame, and Aisling Franciosi. Ambition was shot on location in Iceland, and screened on October 24, 2014 during the British Film Institute’s celebration of Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, at the Southbank, London.

The future begins when we envision it. It becomes real when we create it.

Get Rid of Stress in 60 Seconds

Finding a way to let stress slide off you as though you were made of Teflon is among the most important survival skills you can master–whether it’s dealing with the daily stresses of sheltering in place, the short and violent stress of a sudden, devastating natural disaster, or the pressure of an intense, and ongoing threat. In dealing with any stressful situation, clearheadedness is key. Here is one way to help get from frazzled to functioning when you need it most.