I felt like I was dreaming while awake when I watched AFTERLIFE, a short film by Ishu Patel. The film is an exploration of death, and depicts a mystical journey that someone's spirit faces after it travels into the beyond. Throughout this animation, a glowing, plasma-like substance morphs into various forms such as angels, skulls, cosmic landscapes, and abstractions. I don't have any set beliefs about what happens after death, but this fellow's experience doesn't look half bad.
When some Tibetan Buddhists die, their bodies are given what's known as a "sky burial." The corpse is set at a high elevation and vultures are invited to carry away and feast on the remains. From the class blog for an Emory University course titled Anthropology of Death and Burial: For Tibetans, the sky burial… READ THE REST
The Loved One Launcher is a handheld cannon for scattering ashes with great impact. Powered by two CO2 cartridges, it apparently can shoot the powdery remains more than 70 feet into the air. You can even add confetti and streamers to the mix "for a dreamy visual effect, creating a beautiful, joyful scene that sets… READ THE REST
Last week, a funeral was held for Rosa Isabel Céspedes Callaca of Chiclayo, Peru following a tragic car crash that killed her brother-in-law and severely injured her three children. During the funeral though, Callaca apparently began banging on the inside of her coffin, causing quite a scene. Cemetery administrator Juan Segundo Cajo opened the casket… READ THE REST
You may have hopped around and landed many jobs in your career. And while your tasks at these various gigs may have been different, you likely used Microsoft's slew of apps and programs to get them done. After all, the Microsoft Office suite contains some of the most widely used in the professional sphere. But if you're still not super… READ THE REST
We think everyone can unanimously agree that, while nature can be absolutely stunning, there's danger afoot everywhere you walk. That's not to say you're primed for becoming a tasty bear snack every time you step out of your front door (unless you're a mountain person, in which case — yikes!), but emergencies happen. When all goes south,… READ THE REST
If you're in the market for a new laptop but are on a tight budget at the moment, don't fret. You can still find a quality notebook that's less expensive and works just as well as a brand-new laptop would. For example, this sleek, lightweight laptop from HP isn't your average laptop. It can flip and fold… READ THE REST