♫ Old Mrs Leary left a lantern in her shed ♪

I’m the Deputy Democrat Registrar of Voters in my hometown, so voting is something of a serious issue to me. Needless to say, when Walt showed me this story, it simply made me shutter. Apparently in Harris County, TX, there was something of a small blaze that destroyed the county’s entire inventory of 10,000 electronic voting machines still burned.

Houston Fire Department spokesman Patrick Trahan said arson investigators were at the scene of the fire, but no cause has been determined.

The three-alarm blaze started about 4:15 a.m. at the football field-size warehouse the county uses to store its election equipment. Firefighters extinguished the flames about four hours later.

No injuries were reported.

The county’s voting machines, including eSlate equipment, were stored at the nearly 27,000-square foot facility, county officials said.

Early voting begins Oct. 18. Election Day is Nov. 2.

You can read more about this story here, or view the video after the jump.

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Another bad day(s) for Earth

As it turns out, end-of-the-world flick aren’t all that new, as you can see from this list of the Top 10 End of the World Movies have been something of a “thing” for quite some time.

To be sure, while this list comprises just 10, there have been many, many more (and I’ve seen all but two on this list, and quite a few of the others)

10. 28 Days Later (2002)
9. Night of the Comet (1984)
8. Miracle Mile (1988)
7. Children of Men (2006)
6. The Day After (1983)
5. The Road Warrior (1981)
4. The Terminator (1984)
3. Dawn of the Dead Remake (2004)
2. I am Legend (2007)
1. 12 monkeys (1995)

Not entirely sure my top 10 list would hole all of these films (Personally I prefer the original versions of the Dawn of the Dead films to the remakes).

Anyway, these are all very cool flicks, especially these three minutes of pure horror…

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A bad day for Earth

So, just a short while ago, Walt posted a video trailer to the up-coming film Monsters, where a US journalist agrees to escort a shaken tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the U.S. border. Walt cited that the film was similar in nature to District 9. Only Monsters, takes place some six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe that was launched to collect samples, crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon afterwards, new life-form began to appear and half of Mexico was subsequently quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE.

Well, not quite the same thing, but I spotted another Earth invasion flick that seemed to play along some of the same themes. it is called Skyline. The film‘s trailer is after the jump.

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The Zombie Blues

If there is one thing we love here at Cuppacafe, it is Zombies. Yep, we totally love ’em to death (sure, sure we also love Vampyres and Werewüves as well, but there’s just something special about zombies). So it was something of a surprise when we read Cracked Top Seven scientific Reasons why a world-wide Zombie Apocalypse would fail. These include:

#7. They Have Too Many Natural Predators
#6. They Can’t Take the Heat
#5. They Can’t Handle the Cold
#4. Biting is a Terrible Way to Spread a Disease
#3. They Can’t Heal from Day to Day Damage
#2. The Landscape is Full of Zombie-Proof Barriers
#1. Weapons and the People Who Use Them

To be sure, we found the logic behind these reasons simply hilarious, but somewhat disheartening that one of our own top ten End of the World scenarios, in all probability, simply could not come about. Still, that won’t stop us from enjoying George Romero’s flicks, or going to see the next great Zombie flick:

Anyways, in the event of an actual zombie attack you, at least will be spared…

The Perfessor