Saturday, September 6, 2014
Being chased by brain-hungry zombies while running along a muddy trail through 60 acres on the Castle grounds is one way to give back to the community.
“It’s not your typical 5K,” said Ryan Hardaway, American Red Cross Muskogee Chapter director.
The second annual Castle Zombie Run will take place Sept. 13. Proceeds from the event will go to the local American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity.
Last year, each organization received $3,500, and almost 500 people participated in the run. Hardaway said this year’s goal is 1,000 participants.
Tess Nichols, assistant manager of The Castle, said getting more people involved means more money for the charities.
“We want to grow all parts of it,” Nichols said. “It helps as a whole.”
The three levels of sponsorship are $250, $500, and $1,000.
“Each of these donations come with a certain amount of runners’ registrations,” Nichols said.Sponsors will also receive “swag bags,” their company logo on event T-shirts, and their logo on the Castle website with a link to their business.
Runners will follow the trail through The Castle’s 60 acres of rugged countryside. All participants will start with two flags. The zombies will try to steal the flags. Runners who finish with at least one flag will earn a “Survivor” medal. Those who lose both flags will be marked as “infected.”
Teams of four can sign up for the “undead tug of war” single-elimination tournament that will be concurrent to the race. Spectators can cheer for the runners — or the zombies — and visit the food trucks and vendors who will be at the event.
“We want the spectators to have a good time, too,” Nichols said.
There are several ways to donate to this event regardless of age or running experience. Nichols said a zombie apocalypse inflatable obstacle course will be open to children ages 5 and older or “kids at heart” up to 225 pounds. Tickets for the course are $10 and can be purchased at the same time as a runner’s registration. Children 15 and younger must be supervised by a parent or guardian.
“If you’re not a runner, we do need volunteers,” Hardaway said.
The American Red Cross is sending the Bloodmobile to the run to take blood donations during the event. Both the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity will have information booths where people can sign up to do volunteer work.
Mike Massey, co-president of the Habitat for Humanity board of directors, said participating in the event benefits the whole community. Money raised from the run and donated to the local Habitat For Humanity will be used for a Habitat house.
“We will be using these funds to pay for house No. 38 next spring,” Massey said.
After the run, a “Paint the Town Dead” post-apocalypse celebration will take place. There will be a costume contest during the party. Everyone is welcome to join.
If you go
WHAT: The Castle Zombie Run.
WHEN: Registration begins at 1 p.m., and the first heat starts at 3 p.m. on Sept. 13. “Paint the Town Dead” after party starts after race and ends at 9 p.m.
WHERE: The Castle, 3400 Fern Mountain Road.
INFORMATION: (918) 687-3625.
RUN FEES: $50 until Sept. 10, $60 up to the day of event. Registration for the zombie apocalypse inflatable obstacle course is $10.
You can help
If you would like to be a sponsor, contact the Castle by email at email@example.com or by phone at (918) 687-3625
Friday, September 5, 2014
Earlier this month, The Walking Dead fans were abuzz over a question comic creator and series executive producer Robert Kirkman addressed pertaining to Daryl's unspecified sexuality in the AMC zombie drama. Kirkman was vague on his response, but did say that the topic has "been discussed" and that if there's ever a quiet point in the story when the topic can be addressed, they'll "tackle it in the show." That left fans to speculate over whether there might be some big reveal that confirmed that Daryl is gay. Walking Dead showrunner Scott Gimple has since addressed the topic himself, and it sounds like Daryl is the reason we haven't learned about Daryl's sexuality yet. Also, Gimple confirms that there's going to be a gay male character in the series at some point.
TVLine got the update from Scott Gimple, which follows up on Robert Kirkman'scomments, which address the mystery that is Daryl's sexuality. While TVLine quotes Gimple as saying that the topic of Daryl's sexuality "is not really addressed" in the upcoming season, the showrunner does say that they aren't holding back the information as some big reveal or anything. He goes on to say...
The fact that there’s still a question as to what Daryl’s orientation is in Season 5 absolutely speaks to Daryl’s character; he is a very guarded, very closed-off individual in a lot of ways. We have been able to see him ever so slowly open up and show the other characters aspect by aspect as to what makes him tick. That’s been a very satisfying journey for all of us on the creative side to portray. [And] he’s still on that journey.
So it seems this "mystery" is tied in with Daryl's general character. As Gimple puts it in the above quote, he's a guarded guy who doesn't tend to show people all of his cards. One of those cards apparently pertains to his sexuality, whatever the case may be there.
Gimple went on to say that Daryl is a character who will "continue to grow closer to the other characters" and he'll let his guard down and "let them see just who he is, in every way."
Maybe part of that relates to his sexuality, whatever it is. It sounds like the writers have decided not to disclose any details there, and it doesn't sound like we'll be privy to that information as it relates to Daryl's interests anytime soon. But from what Gimple says, there will be a gay male character introduced at some point in the series. TVLine says they won't reveal when that's happening though.
When Max (Yelchin) learns that his new live-in girlfriend, Evelyn (Greene) is controlling and manipulative, he is afraid to end the relationship. However, fate occurs and Evelyn is killed in a freak accident. A couple months have passed and Max meets his dream girl, Olivia (Daddario). The new romance gets tricky when Evelyn comes back from the grave and insists on continuing their once relationship by all means.
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So much for kids who say, “When am I ever going to use calculus?” When you’re trying to survive the zombie apocalypse, that’s when.
Colin Adams, humor columnist for the Mathematical Intelligencer journal, has written a mostly tongue-in-cheek novel describing Day One of a zombie attack on a small liberal arts college. The narrator is math professor Craig Williams, leader of a group that fights the gruesome invaders using the tools of calculus: They determine, for example, that zombies always point their tangent vector toward their target and that exponential growth explains the rate at which the zombie virus is spreading.
If you don’t understand the preceding sentence, you are not alone. “This book is aimed at survivors who have seen some calculus already,” the fictional Professor Williams writes in his introduction.”I can’t teach you all of calculus.” Nevertheless, even non-students can follow the math with the aid of appendices that are almost half as long as the novel. Discrete functions are explained by noting that a newly infected zombie does not infect anyone for 15 minutes and by creating an equation to figure out how many zombies can be created in the first hour after one zombie attacks. (The answer is 11. It’s actually pretty easy to follow.)
The book’s promotional blurbs come mostly from students: “It is both an introduction to assorted math concepts ... and laugh-out-loud funny in many places,” says one from Bates College. “You’ll see calculus come alive in a way that could save your life someday,” says another from Harvey Mudd College.
Whatever it takes.