A Blog By Ruben Stanley (aka Patrick Bingham)

Greetings my friends! I'm glad you've joined me. My blog reveals the secrets and the lies within the pages of Zombacter: Center City Contagion. This pile of rubbish was put forth by my nemesis, Professor Jake Northrop, under one of his pseudonyms. He's done these things to discredit and destroy me but I will have you know the truth. I will show you the day by day happenings in the Potterfield Bioengineering Facility that led to the tragic Center City Contagion. I will take you on a journey of pain. Pain that I endured during my transformation into what I am today. Pain that will never end and it is ALL JAKE NORTHROP'S FAULT!































Thursday

King of Everything

My subjects,

I tried to reason with you. I showed you what Jake Northrop did to me! I tried to enlighten those I cared about, Jennifer I'm talking to you. But your puny minds can not comprehend the power I wield. So be it.

I've re-evaluated my transformation. I fought the power instilled within me. I sought vengeance upon Jake Northrop for the horrors I endured. Now I see clearly! I was destined to rule all lower life forms and as your new King, I invite your willing adulation. Just remember, if you are not part of my army, then you will be crushed beneath it.

Ruben - King of Everything

P.S. I'm still going to eliminate Jake Northrop!

Saturday

I'm Dead...ish

A lot has happened since my last post. I…I seemed to have died. This can't be happening to me. There must be some other explanantion. I deleted my other video I was making to show you this. This is what I’ve become!
Damn you Jake Northrop! Damn you to Hell!!!

video

Friday

Bad Bad Things



Before I tell you about what’s been happening to me I’m going to show you some of the experiments I’ve been working on. You see, I needed a medium in which to grow my bacteria. I don’t have access to the professor’s lab animals so I’ve been working to find the preferred host for my little darlings, but my experiments are not going as I had expected. The bacteria I’ve grown can infect rodents, insects, some plant tissues, and most troublesome of all, humans-with me being the first.

 
Top left to bottom right: infected plant,
glowing green bacteria from moth,
zombie moth, zombie beetle
Jake Northrop was wrong about his bacteria. It can infect humans and it can do so without immune system suppressants! I’m living proof, if you can call my existence living. But I must digress and show you what has been happening.

To the right are photos of the insects I inoculated with the bacteria.

In each case, something wholly unexpected and amazing occurred just a short time after infection. The insects exhibited aggressive behavior toward other living creatures and then died a short time later. The amazing thing is they reanimated! They were not the same as before and they exhibited symptoms of early decomposition including cloudy eyes, stiffened appendages, and odor. I dissected them and found the glowing green bacteria present throughout their neuromuscular systems.

The plant tissues remain an enigma. After infection, only portions of their vascular systems were affected. The remainders of the plants appear healthy, unlike the insects that died within a week of infection. They seem to have a certain tolerance for the bacteria and may’ve formed a symbiotic relationship with them. This must be explored further.

Now for what has happened to me. I’m still infected with the bacteria. The antibiotics didn’t work, in fact they made me violently ill. I’ve had other bizarre symptoms that I cannot explain. There is a loud ringing in my ears and I often times wake up in places with no knowledge of how I got there. Aside from the unsettling thoughts, I’ve had compulsions to do unspeakable things. Once I caught myself walking to Jennifer’s apartment and had the most difficult time turning back. The scary thing is I was undressed and covered in blood. I have no idea where it came from or what happened. I know it wasn’t good. I’ve begun to fear for Jennifer’s safety and indeed my own. Every time I consider getting help, I wake up somewhere unfamiliar and it scares the shit out of me. Bad, bad, things are happening and I can't control them.

For now, there is only one thing I can do. I must continue my research and find out what is causing my symptoms. I’m beginning a video diary of my experiments and will post them soon. Wish me luck.

Monday

I'm No Longer Sick!

I thought I was getting better... and I am! I'm feeling stronger than I ever have! But I guess to look at me one wouldn't think so. Jennifer came over to see me today and she looked at me like I was going to give her the cooties. Admittedly, I look rough but I'm not contagious. I think all she really wanted was for me to give her the answers to her biochem exam. Women! They'll use you up and spit you out! Bah!

My bacteria will make me a fortune and I won't need Jennifer or anybody else. No one recognizes this for what it is, a great business opportunity! The professor and the dean are oblivious to anything even when its right in front of them. This can't be ignored! When Dr. Northrop refused Krattatech I went straight to Dr. Langley and told him the best thing for us is to ignore the professor and make a deal with Krattatech.

And you know what? That moron sided with Jake Northrop! Can you freaking believe it! Of all the idiotic things! He hates the professor and yet he backed him instead of me! I tell you, Jake Northrop got to him too. He's poisoned his mind! They're all against me!

That's fine. I'm going down into the tunnels tonight and check on the progress of my experiments. I will need a lot more of my bacteria if Krattatech doesn't hold up their end of the bargain. They should've responded by now. I have confirmation they received my package. I'll give them a few more days before I go to DownRidge Industries. I will have my fortune!






Saturday

I'm Feeling Much Better Now


I’ve been very sick the past week, but thankfully, I believe the worst has past. I should’ve gone back to the doctor but I waited too long. It was stupid of me. I thought I was going to die.

I got scared one night when my fever was hovering around 105. I must’ve been delusional because there were maggots devouring the flesh from my arms. I tried to call for help but I couldn’t. That was the most horrible feeling. I even imagined texting Jennifer for help but after screwing with the phone all night I figured out I was actually holding the T.V. remote. Next thing I knew I found myself in the shrubs of the apartment complex. I don’t know how I ended up walking down 3 flights of stairs without killing myself.

I’m so dehydrated. I lay in a puddle of sweat and excrement for the past 3 days. I’m a mess. Good news though, the infection creeping up my arm has all but disappeared! It looks pretty normal now... except for the strange lavender splotches on the sides of my arms. They look a little like pinpricks, as if the capillaries have burst just beneath my skin. My eyes are bloodshot from straining so hard when I was puking. They're a bit cloudy too and that's weird. I’m sure they’ll clear up now that my fever is gone and I'm re-hydrating.

Let's see...taking my vitals now as I type...Jesus I'm pale.
This can’t be right. Piece of crap digital thermometer! 93 degrees, really? Great, who knows what my temperature was when I had a fever! Whatever, I’m feeling much better now and tomorrow I’m going to call Jennifer and let her know I’m alright. I keep texting her but she doesn’t answer. She’s probably asleep. It's late. Funny, I’m not tired at all. 

Tuesday

Interesting Development

Last night I awoke with my arm aching. It was very hot and felt puffy when I touched it. I switched on the bathroom light to discover what appeared to be septicemia (a blood infection) radiating from the bite wound on the backside of my hand and moving up my arm.

Like anyone, I was very scared but I’ve decided to treat this as an experiment. I’ve researched infectious diseases carried by rabbits and they are satisfyingly few. With this in mind, I’ve increased the dosage of antibiotics and I’m getting plenty of rest so I should be fine. Still…I’m torn between going back to the doctor and wasting what little stipend I have left, and waiting this out. If Krattatech would just give me an advance on the product I’ve provided, this wouldn’t be happening! No, if Jake Northrop would’ve done the sensible thing and partnered with them THIS would NEVER have happened!

It’s the professor’s fault! I was exhausted from chasing leads on possible joint venture partners when his precious rabbit attacked me!

Ruminating upon this is not doing me any good. I don’t feel like myself. I told Jennifer that I had the flu. She needs to stay away from me until this passes. I feel like I’m becoming someone else. Of course, I just realized that Jennifer is probably the only person actually reading my Blog, Her and BLAINE! MORON!

I’m not thinking clearly.

Good night.

Saturday

My Laboratory

This will be a short post tonight as I think I'm coming down with the flu. I discovered some really interesting tunnels running beneath our great city and they led me to the perfect "rent-free" laboratory. With a little tinkering, I've been able to get the power on. Its VERY isolated so the chances of anyone finding it are remote. I kept some of the bacteria that I procured and will be growing my own supply. There may be more business partners interested in brokering a deal.


Friday

When Rabbits Attack!

The lab animals we have been working with are normally just cute and furry. Today one of the rabbits went nuts and attacked his mate. Both of them were in bad shape after the fight and one of them didn't make it.



I tried my best to separate them and that's when one of the little monsters bit me! I had to get stitches and my hand is hurting like hell.




So for me and the dead rabbit, today sucked!

Thursday

Twitter

I've have just now seen Jennifer's tweets and although she posted the link for you to hear my music (shameless plug for my music - centercity), I must say I'm not impressed by the quality of her other statements.

Jennifer, I assume you are following my blog unofficially because you commented on my post about Blaine. You should try showing the world that you have more intelligence and more substance to your character than a reality star from Jersey Shore. I've included your Twitter link here so that MY FRIENDS can see that I'm not the one who's being a child.

Oh, and Blaine is still a moron.

twitter.com/Zombacter

Wednesday

Krattatech

Great news!

I've secured a contract with Krattatech to supply the bacteria for their biocomputer! I wont delve into the monetary aspects of the agreement other than I'm going to be very comfortable. I considered donating a little money to help the professor along with his experiment but my gesture may seem, how do I say this, less than genuine considering the circumstances. Sleep well my friends. Tomorrow is a brand new day.

Sunday

I See Morons

This rock represents the intelligence
of those around me.
I’m convinced that everyone around me are morons, dumb as rocks. Let me explain. We’ve been struggling with outdated equipment and doing our best scrounging together supplies for our experiments but we need money to succeed building this biocomputer. I'm sick and tired of experimenting with substandard specimens!

Well, today a Biotech Company paid Professor Northrop a visit and proposed a joint venture! I thought, WOW! This is great; this is the answer to our problems! But do you know what he did? I’ll tell you what he did. He turned them down! He freaking turned down the chance to finally build this computer and stop wasting time writing grant proposals and worrying about money!

Why did he do this? Because he’s a moron! Because he has ethical concerns about Krattatech Industries that he wouldn’t discuss with me. I’ve poured my life into this project and I’ll be damned if I’m going to let Jake Northrop stand in my way because of a moral dilemma. That’s why I’m taking matters into my own hands. Jake Northrop may feel squeamish about working with Krattatech but I have no qualms about doing whatever is necessary to succeed.

I’ve contacted a representative from Krattatech about working a deal with them. All I have to do is secure a viable sample of the bacteria we’ve been perfecting and I’ll get a handsome share of the profits from the biocomputer once it’s complete. I’ve just secured my future and if Jennifer wants to stay with me she’ll keep quite and stay away from that other moron, Blaine!

Why I hate Blaine

He thinks its funny to call me Rubes. My name is Ruben Stanley!
Blaine is a moron. He took MY girlfriend to the mall when she should've been working on OUR master's project! Yes, I agree that she is also to blame BUT Jennifer has a life ahead of her and he is destined to be homeless, mark my words!

He will get what's coming to him.


Thursday

Why my stipend should be increased

I will start this blog on a topic near and dear to my heart, money, and me. Although I feel somewhat grateful to Professor Northrop for asking me to teach his summer Biochemistry class, I’m certain that my compensation is not commensurate with my efforts.
For example, Josh “The Juice” McKinsky turned in the following paper for his midterm assignment; I will only include an excerpt because it was obviously plagiarized from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endosymbiotic_theory) and not worth cutting and pasting again:

Endosymbiotic theory
The endosymbiotic (from the Greek: endo- meaning inside and -symbiosis meaning cohabiting) theory was first articulated by the Russian botanist Konstantin Mereschkowski in 1905.[3] Mereschkowski was familiar with work by botanist Andreas Schimper, who had observed in 1883 that the division of chloroplasts in green plants closely resembled that of free-living cyanobacteria, and who had himself tentatively proposed (in a footnote) that green plants had arisen from a symbiotic union of two organisms.[4] Ivan Wallin extended the idea of an endosymbiotic origin to mitochondria in the 1920s.[5] These theories were initially dismissed or ignored. More detailed electron microscopic comparisons between cyanobacteria and chloroplasts (for example studies by Hans Ris[6]), combined with the discovery that plastids and mitochondria contain their own DNA[7] (which by that stage was recognized to be the hereditary material of organisms) led to a resurrection of the idea in the 1960s…