LISTEN: An uplifting lecture about death

The 2014 BBC Reith lecture with Dr Atul Gawande (previously) continue to amaze, delight and inform, and the third one, "The Problem of Hubris," fundamentally changed how I think about (and what I fear about) death.

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Lecture on zombies, art, and death

Zombie artist George Pfau sends us, "Zombies Identified: A slideshow-lecture performed for BAASICS 5:Monsters, a free event at ODC Theater in San Francisco."

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Retro-computing and grieving


Paul Ford has written a haunting, beautiful essay about his voyage into the emulation of extinct, obsolete computers and the way that this has allowed him to come to grips with the death of an older friend and father figure, who helped him through a very difficult period of adolescence through their shared love of computers.

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Scientific evidence of very brief "life after death"?

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The largest scientific study of "life after death" and near death experiences in cardiac arrest patients (who were resuscitated) suggests that some people may sustain several minutes of awareness after the heart stops.

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Yaruvi: A necropolis for the Dead Sea


You'd bring your dead to it on a boat, bear the body through a ceremonial labyrinth and the body lifted to the rooftop, exposed to the elements.

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A horrible way to kill fruitflies


Redditor Ergas has a disgusting way to lure fruit flies to a very personal fiery death.

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T-Mobile: your dead dad's active phone will let you stay in touch

Robert, a Consumerist reader, called up T-Mobile to close his dead father's cellular account; the rep suggested that he should keep paying for it so he could listen to his dad's voice on the voicemail message whenever he wanted.

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Jay Lake, on blogging your own death

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Simon Owens writes, "I got a chance to interview Jay Lake extensively not long before his death and wrote a long profile on him and his cancer blogging that explores the impact he's had, both on the cancer and science fiction communities. He spoke extensively on what he hoped his legacy would be and how he'd be remembered after he died."

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Taxidermied teacup tauntaun made from antique ram's head


Rogue taxidermist Lupa writes, "This is my latest altered taxidermy piece: an antique Corsican ram taxidermy mount turned into the fluffier, cuddlier--and smaller--cousin of the Common Tauntaun, complete with information booklet ('The Tragic Treatise of the Teacup Tauntaun'). It's a piece I made for a Star Wars themed group show this May at an art gallery here in Portland."

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Haunted Mansion castmembers built a shrine to "Grandma Joyce," whose urn was found in the gardens


It's an open secret that Disneyland (along with many other semi-public places) is a dumping ground for the ashes of people who loved it in life, and, of course, the Haunted Mansion is a frequent recipient of these remains. In a Disneyland Guru post, we are told of a set of ashes that were accompanied by an urn bearing a plaque reading "Rest in Peace our Dearest Grandma Joyce." The Haunted Mansion castmembers supposedly discovered the urn beneath the sod in the Mansion queue's spooky gardens, and installed it with its own shrine in one of the backstage catwalks that run through the upper reaches of the Mansion.

I've done some dungeon-crawling through the bowels and lofts of the Mansion's show-building and have never seen this shrine, but there's a lot of space in that building (and the shrine might have been gone by the time I got my tour).

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Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel laureate novelist, 1927-2014

Novelist Gabriel García Márquez, whose One Hundred Years of Solitude "established him as a giant of 20th-century literature," died today at his home in Mexico City. He was 87.

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Dead man who wasn't now is

Remember Walter Williams, the 78-year old who last month was pronounced dead and then found to be alive and kicking, literally, inside a body bag? He died on Thursday. (The Clarion-Ledger)

Devotees froze dead guru

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After Indian guru Ashutosh Maharaj of the Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (Divine Light Awakening Mission) died in January of a suspected heart attack, his followers let his body sit a week before finally putting him in a freezer. Spiritual cryonics!

"He is not dead," spokesman Swami Vishalanand told the BBC. "Medical science does not understand things like yogic science. We will wait and watch. We are confident that he will come back."

Yoshitoshi Kanemaki's memento morae

Japanese sculptor Yoshitoshi Kanemak chisels strange, life-sized twins from blocks of wood. This bony conjoined brother is the least of the horrors. Born in Chiba Prefecture in 1972, he graduated from Tama Art University in 1999. His current exhibit, featuring these works, is "mementomori", at the Elsa Art Gallery in Taipei, Taiwan.

Dead man wasn't

ResurrectttttWalter Williams, 87, of Lexington, Mississippi was pronounced dead on Wednesday night. The coroner came to his home, did the paperwork, put him in a body bag, and transferred him to a funeral home. But then...

“We got him into the embalming room and we noticed his legs beginning to move, like kicking,” (coroner Dexter) Howard said. “He also began to do a little breathing.”

One possibility is that Williams's defibrillator fired up his heart after it had stopped. In any case, Williams is currently awake and talking in his hospital bed.

‘Dead man’ kicks his way out of body bag at funeral home