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Scatter, Adapt, and Remember

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“If you think Humans are destroying the planet in a way that’s historically unprecedented, you’re suffering from a species-level delusions of grandeur.”

-Annalee Newitz, Scatter Adapt, and Remember

The Doubleclicks, accompanied by the adorbs extinction cartoons of Leigh Lahav.

Perhaps it’s having a 3 month old baby in the house (our second), but I’ve been thinking about the apocalypse more than normal. WAIT THAT CAME OUT WRONG.

Being a parent to young kids can have you start thinking about the world you’ve brought them into, and what you might do if it suddenly collapses. I’ve been watching zombie shows and movies lately (my friends will be overjoyed, since I am not typically a zombie fan). I’ve seen all the episodes of Jericho like it’s a survival manual. So several weeks ago I decided to download Scatter, Adapt, and Remember by editor Annalee Newitz onto my iPad to glean what I could about surviving extinction and calamity.

And now, with the launch of the book in paperback, Newitz has asked geek folk band The Doubleclicks (from Portland, natch) to make a music video. Teaming up with cartoonist and animator Leigh Lahav, the results are a subversively cute look at extinction and our sci-fi hopes for the future.


Excuse me, I have to go back to putting my kids through internet-blackout drills now.



Glendon Mellow About the Author: Glendon Mellow is a fine artist, illustrator and tattoo designer working in oil and digital media based in Toronto, Canada. He tweets @FlyingTrilobite and is on Instagram. You can see Glendon's work-in-progress at The Flying Trilobite blog and portfolio at Follow on Twitter @symbiartic.

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  1. 1. Willia 12:51 pm 02/22/2015

    Thank you very much for the presentation of this article. I had already seen this type of video spot on the applications snapchat android and the site to pirater compte snapchat.

    Good day.

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