Spambots these days seem to be stumblers rather than runners. And not very numerous, either - as if this is the very early (or very late) stage* of the infestation. Only a few feeble, slow and dim-witted ghouls have been battering at my door with their improbable advertisements.
And the Blogger filters seem to be well on top of them. Since I removed the word-verification defence last week, the feared tsunami of spamming has not materialised; it's scarcely even been a tidal bore, in fact. Just five or six lame attempts per day, all of them reliably ending up in the Spam Bin. And the number of these attempts seems to be dwindling already, down to a couple a day over the last few days.
It's almost disappointing - and, indeed, somewhat of a reproof, I suppose, that even these automated marketing tools recognise the limited advertising potential of my blogs.
* It occurs to me that I might here attempt to recreate the brief popularity of this post from two-and-a-half years ago on the population dynamics of vampirism. The great - usually unaddressed - question that undermines the credibility of most stories in the zombie genre is how long do zombies 'live'?
In most representations, they are still subject to decomposition. And their compromised intellect usually renders them almost entirely heedless of their physical safety: they are not only woefully inept in defending themselves against any human survivors, but prone to inflicting grotesque injuries on themselves by accident. It wouldn't be long before such creatures rendered themselves completely dysfunctional - even if undead 'life' still somehow persisted in the crippled remnants of their bodies.
And then, of course, there's the issue of what they would eat. Usually, they seem very hung up on only eating live flesh - live human flesh, and, in most cases, even more specifically live human BRAINS. Could they actually get by quite happily on canned goods, once the stock of live humans starts to run low? Can they eat animals? Or vegetables? Or would they just have to start cannibalizing each other?
28 Days Later is about the only film I can think of that makes even a passing attempt to assess the longevity of its zombies. And that, of course, is a special case, since the 'zombies' here are still live humans - infected with a virus that reduces them to homicidal berserkers. I believe the conclusion was that the hyperactivity induced by the 'Rage' virus would burn out a zombie - kill it with exhaustion or heart strain - within a few weeks.
For the more conventional 'walking dead' zombie, these days we seem to be assuming some kind of super-virus - or nanobot - that can miraculously reanimate (recently) dead tissue, and sometimes also has considerable powers to regenerate damaged tissue; these wondrous animating agents may even have some unexplained capacity to generate energy from a source other than food. But however formidable their powers of regeneration are, and however limited their need for food, zombies in general still seem to be quite fragile creatures - they get damaged too easily, they will wear out.
The typical end-game of the 'zombie apocalypse' scenario is that the whole world turns zombie, that the handful of human survivors must inevitably be overwhelmed eventually. My suggestion would be that the zombies would quite quickly 'die out' - exhaust themselves, destroy themselves, decay, run out of food. And so - unless the viruses/nanobots/whatever that caused the outbreak can survive and propagate when their hosts are no longer active - any remaining humans will have a good chance of survival... albeit in a ruined and depopulated world.