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A Geek Funeral

kdawson posted more than 4 years ago | from the beam-me-up dept.

Earth 479

We've recently talked about a geek wedding, and now reader Sam_In_The_Hills writes in with news of his brother's geek funeral. "I've not seen this topic covered here before even though it's one that will concern us all at some time: what to do with our corporeal remains after we've left for that great data bank in the sky. For my recently departed brother (long illness, don't smoke!), I thought this nice SPARCstation would be a cool place to spend eternity. Yes, he's really in there (after cremation). I kept the floppy drive cover but for space reasons removed the floppy drive, hard drive, and most of the power supply. I left behind the motherboard and power switch and plugs to keep all openings covered. The case worked quite well at his memorial party. His friends and family were able to leave their final good-byes on post-notes. Anyone who wanted to keep their words private could just slip their note into the case through the floppy slot. All notes will be sealed in plastic and placed within the case. There has been one complication. His daughters like the look of it so much they aren't now sure if they want to bury him. One more thing: the words on the plaque really do capture one of the last things he ever said. Of course as kids we watched the show in its first run."

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Sparc Station? (4, Funny)

LoRdTAW (99712) | more than 4 years ago | (#29587843)

If he was a Sun admin, I would wager it wasn't the cigarettes.

Geek funeral? (4, Informative)

Hojima (1228978) | more than 4 years ago | (#29587929)

Everybody knows that geeks want to be frozen until the day that they can be made into cyborgs

Re:Geek funeral? (3, Interesting)

GoochOwnsYou (1343661) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588461)

Glad that was modded Informative because I do want that for me, I am dead serious!

Re:Geek funeral? (5, Interesting)

Cybrex (156654) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588557)

http://www.alcor.org/ [alcor.org] . My wife and I are both signed up for cryonic suspension. Even if the chances of success are low, they beat the pants off of the alternative!

Also, if I may tout my own unofficial FAQ: http://datan0de.livejournal.com/144534.html [livejournal.com]

Re:Geek funeral? (1)

RiotingPacifist (1228016) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588513)

Speak for yourself, I want all my corporal remains* to be donated to medical science, anything that is left should be used as fertiliser. I really don't get the point of this cremation bullshit waste of good nutrients I say!

*my brain patterns should be backed up to for future reference, I'll take a fully cybernetic body over your crappy hybrid any day!

Re:Sparc Station? (2, Funny)

XPeter (1429763) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588039)

Are we a few months in the past? Bury the poor bastard with an oracle box.

Re:Sparc Station? (5, Funny)

palmerj3 (900866) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588315)

Truly epic misinterpretation of, "I'd like to be incinerated in the Sun".

Good way to go (4, Insightful)

plover (150551) | more than 4 years ago | (#29587855)

Remembered as in life, not as the struggle through the end.

I'm sure your brother appreciates the sentiment.

Re:Good way to go (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29588635)

If the smokes don't get you, that bus will.

1960 to 2009. Still in his 40s. Smkoing I hear adds 10 years to your age for every 20 smoked, more if your a woman.

Do we need the anti-smoking jab (1, Insightful)

JackieBrown (987087) | more than 4 years ago | (#29587877)

I need my smokes to get through workI get enough shit from that everwhere else.

My smokes pay for the roads, education, utilities...

Re:Do we need the anti-smoking jab (4, Insightful)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 4 years ago | (#29587969)

I need my smokes to get through work

Not really, you don't. It's a choice. There are other ways.

My smokes pay for the roads, education, utilities...

If I had my way, they wouldn't. Every cent earned on cigarette taxes would go towards a public anti-smoking campaign. If drugs were legalized and taxed, all the money made from the taxes would also go towards a public anti-drug campaign.

Re:Do we need the anti-smoking jab (5, Funny)

Architect_sasyr (938685) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588175)

Not really, you don't. It's a choice. There are other ways.

Homicide is illegal in most countries.

Re:Do we need the anti-smoking jab (1)

raving griff (1157645) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588227)

While I do agree that smoking is a dangerous activity and that a significant portion of the tax should go to anti-smoking campaigns, it is worthy to point out the fact that as cigarettes are relatively inelastic, taxes placed on them will gain more revenue for the government than taxes placed on more elastic goods like ice cream. This means that some of the most stable income for public goods and services come through taxes on goods like cigarettes.

Re:Do we need the anti-smoking jab (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29588243)

If I could go back in time and choose smokes over alcohol, I would... you obviously haven't had the crap help desk jobs I have!

Re:Do we need the anti-smoking jab (4, Insightful)

jlarocco (851450) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588399)

If I had my way, they wouldn't. Every cent earned on cigarette taxes would go towards a public anti-smoking campaign. If drugs were legalized and taxed, all the money made from the taxes would also go towards a public anti-drug campaign.

Next up, we legalize gay marriage, tax it, and spend the revenue on a public anti-homosexuality campaign.

Seriously, why can't people just mind their own business?

Re:Do we need the anti-smoking jab (4, Insightful)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588545)

Seriously, why can't people just mind their own business?

It's not surprising that someone arguing in favor of smoking is having a hard time understanding that smoking doesn't impact ONLY the smoker. Sure is disappointing, though.

Re:Do we need the anti-smoking jab (-1, Troll)

jlarocco (851450) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588679)

It's not surprising that someone arguing in favor of smoking is having a hard time understanding that smoking doesn't impact ONLY the smoker. Sure is disappointing, though.

First, I'm not arguing for or against smoking. I'm arguing against you (or anybody else) being able to tell somebody how they live their life. It's none of your business.

Second, the "smoking doesn't impact only the smoker" argument is bullshit. Especially when you're not arguing to outlaw smoking, but only to tax them.

Sure is disappointing you couldn't figure this out: the simplest way to avoid second hand smoke is to not hang around people who are smoking. Problem solved.

Re:Do we need the anti-smoking jab (5, Insightful)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588007)

"Anti-smoking jab"?

Surely a recommendation to not do what recently (and slowly, and no doubt unpleasantly) killed your brother in a post about his funeral arrangements isn't on the same level as cheap moralistic point-scoring.

It's like comparing a Jack Thompson op-ed hit piece to a a eulogy for some kid who was shot for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

For the record, I think that anti-smoking campaigning took on a distasteful moralistic tone some time ago; but the notion that you can't mention the subject after watching your brother die slowly of it seems a bit much.

Re:Do we need the anti-smoking jab (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29588143)

I recently started smoking. Smoking helps me with my anxiety, both chemically and as a means of bonding with people.

If smoking cuts my life short, so be it, I'd rather have 50-60 good years that smoking improved than 80+ bad years

The real problem in this story is that he died slowly and painfully. If you fail to find a better way to die before something slowly kills you, euthanasia should be legal.

Re:Do we need the anti-smoking jab (4, Insightful)

radish (98371) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588187)

Please don't ever have a family. My wife had a father who smoked like a chimney, and now she's saddled with serious asthma and allergies which cause her real medical problems, simply because of his selfishness. If you dislike life so much you want to cut your own short, be my guest, but don't condemn anyone else to the same fate.

Re:Do we need the anti-smoking jab (0)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588327)

There's something tragically funny about dying from smoking and then ending up as a pile of ashes.

Smoking is actually a pretty cool way to die. At least it wasn't from something lame like WoW addiction or an 8U rack falling on his head.

Re:Do we need the anti-smoking jab (0)

JustOK (667959) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588521)

"simply because of his selfishness" shows what a complete lack of understanding of nicotine addiction you have.

Re:Do we need the anti-smoking jab (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29588665)

My dad tried for the longest to quit, but he could never make it stick. My mother on the other hand, never tried, she just kept putting off till later. I there's no selfishness in trying and failing to quit, but there is in never even trying

Re:Do we need the anti-smoking jab (5, Insightful)

nEoN nOoDlE (27594) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588103)

Look, the guy probably died from lung cancer or some other complication that resulted from smoking. The dangers of smoking are well known, even and especially to smokers. Give the grieving family member a break for putting in an anti-smoking message into the write-up. You might think smoking is great and gets you through the day, but if you leave this world due to some smoking complication, I doubt the grieving members of your family that you leave behind are going to give a crap about the roads you helped build with a couple bucks in tobacco taxes seeing as how you're no longer with them.

Re:Do we need the anti-smoking jab (4, Insightful)

Vellmont (569020) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588233)

The dangers of cheeseburgers are also well known, but I don't hear families whose loved ones die of heart disease feel the need to get on soapboxes when people die of heart disease. Why is Mickey-D's acceptable, and Marlboro's worth offering advice on?

I realize people get a lot of slack when a family member dies, and should. But I can certainly understand why smokers get a bit tired when complete strangers feel the need to offer off-the-cuff advice against smoking (as if smokers didn't realize it's unhealthy).

Re:Do we need the anti-smoking jab (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29588351)

It's not the nicotine, it's the smo-o-o-o-oke

Re:Do we need the anti-smoking jab (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29588487)

Do you realize if you were to take that lettuce, dry it and roll it and smoke it, you're going to end up with similar problems?

Re:Do we need the anti-smoking jab (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29588381)

Please don't eat at McDonald's. It's disgusting and bad for you.

Re:Mickey-D's and the Soapbox (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588607)

They are concerned that they will crush it.

Re:Do we need the anti-smoking jab (5, Insightful)

wizardforce (1005805) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588105)

TFS didn't put anyone down for smoking and it didn't suggest we tax smokers, all it said was *don't smoke*. Which is actually pretty good advice.

Re:Do we need the anti-smoking jab (1)

sitarlo (792966) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588115)

I think this poster was trying to point out that in some cases smoking kills people. Where's the logic in paying high taxes on a product that has no lasting benefit to your health, family, etc.? A cigarette gives a few moments of weak pleasure. Is it really worth your money and health? (BTW, I just started again, so I'm not some high-and-mighty jerk who's above taking a drag off a smoke now and then. I just think this poster was trying to help people understand that death from smoking is real and it does suck)

Re:Do we need the anti-smoking jab (5, Insightful)

pegasustonans (589396) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588127)

Do we need the anti-smoking jab

I don't know. If your sister died due to liver-failure as a result of alcoholism, wouldn't it be understandable if you disliked alcohol?

If one of my siblings died as a result of an addiction to cigarettes, I believe I too would warn people about the risks of smoking.

I don't believe it's a jab, either, just harsh reality.

Re:Do we need the anti-smoking jab (2, Insightful)

Afforess (1310263) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588253)

That's not really a fair argument. After all, who ever died from not smoking?

Re:Do we need the anti-smoking jab (5, Interesting)

pegasustonans (589396) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588363)

That's not really a fair argument. After all, who ever died from not smoking?

It's a perfectly fair argument. If you die from a smoking-related illness, then you have smoking to blame for your death. If you die from an obesity-related illness, then you have too many cheeseburgers to blame for your death.

Are you going to suggest that, if someone dies from a smoking-related illness, it doesn't matter because they would have died someday anyway? Well, sure, if that's the attitude, then just shoot heroin while you're driving the wrong direction on the freeway. When you die, however, be prepared for your family to resent your callous disregard for the consequences of drug abuse and reckless driving.

Re:Do we need the anti-smoking jab (1)

pipoca (1142297) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588543)

Who ever died from not drinking? Or, more appropriately, who ever died from not drinking in excess?

Re:Do we need the anti-smoking jab (1)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588567)

That's not really a fair argument. After all, who ever died from not smoking?

I know I didn't! See, that's 100% of respondents right there.

Re:Do we need the anti-smoking jab (2, Funny)

Korbeau (913903) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588179)

Who modded that pissed-off smoker flamebait? Oh! I see what you did there ...

Lol. +2 Flamebait (0, Offtopic)

msimm (580077) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588643)

But seriously, have the mods gotten more stupid lately?

Beautiful way to honor your brother (0, Offtopic)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 4 years ago | (#29587897)

But I'm worried that cremation has destroyed his chance to be resurrected in body at the Rapture.

He looks like a great family man. Two kids, a wife, a family who obviously loved him. We should all hope to have as much.

Re:Beautiful way to honor your brother (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29587951)

But I'm worried that cremation has destroyed his chance to be resurrected in body at the Rapture.

I hope you're joking. If you are maybe the joke would have been a bit better if you had drawn on Egyptian theology instead of Christian.

Re:Beautiful way to honor your brother (1)

icebike (68054) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588011)

But I'm worried that cremation has destroyed his chance to be resurrected in body at the Rapture.

Don't worry, an all powerful god would have foreseen this development and made backup provisions. Like many old programmers, he just burned out, and went into hibernation mode.

He's one with the Father and the Sun. Who could ask for more?

Re:Beautiful way to honor your brother (1)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588081)

Don't worry, an all powerful god would have foreseen this development and made backup provisions.

Indeed. Not everyone gets to die one piece.

MOD PARENT FUNNY (1)

Vellmont (569020) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588159)

The first sentence is way too stupid if it's not funny.

Re:Beautiful way to honor your brother (1)

PrimaryConsult (1546585) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588611)

Not sure what you're driving at, but if you're a Catholic, cremation is A-OK [americancatholic.org] (not directly stated but a conclusion you can obviously draw from this article, I was too lazy to find a better source). As for other Christian religions, I can't begin to understand why they still claim otherwise...

Seriously? (0)

excelblue (739986) | more than 4 years ago | (#29587915)

Don't you think that a SPARCstation is a bit too material and stuck within the times?

Being a geek isn't necessarily about having one particular thing or another, but rather about having fun and pushing the limits with the intracracies of the latest and greatest.

If it was me, I'd hate to spend eternity in that thing. It may be cool for now, but even as little as five years later, the hardware will be outdated and boring. It's simply not timeless enough. Would personally perfer something like a high-tech crementation at an unusually high temperature so that there's basically no remains or something.

Re:Seriously? (1)

c_sd_m (995261) | more than 4 years ago | (#29587997)

I can see the appeal in spending eternity in something that occupied so many of your hours in this life.

Re:Seriously? (1)

mihalis (28146) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588079)

You have to know SPARC hardware a little bit to know that that box is already infinitely outdated. I have many outdated sparc machines much newer and more powerful than that. I can't decide if that makes them better or worse as a place to store my ashes one day. Probably worse.

Re:Seriously? (1)

DarthLogic (1607711) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588111)

eh, if you were dead I think you'd have a limited capacity to hate the place where your ashes are.

Re:Seriously? (4, Insightful)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588125)

Beyond the starkly limited availability of "timeless" options, humans are a bit to material and stuck within the times. That's how it goes. In a sense, "timeless" isn't even the right thing for a coffin.

Here was a person, who existed in a quite definite span of time and space, who was (no doubt) strongly formed by that time and place, and who now exists only as a period artifact and in the memory of others who shared some of that time.

If we were timeless, we wouldn't need funerals.

Re:Seriously? (4, Insightful)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588139)

The hardware is outdated now. It is a Sparcstation IPC with a 25Mhz CPU. They started making those in about 1990.

It is geek history and a far better thing to be buried in then an fiberglass and steel coffin.

If I have to be placed in anything but the raw dirt it is not a bad choice.

Re:Seriously? (1)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588379)

Don't forget to put his red stapler in the coffin.

Re:Seriously? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29588443)

Would personally perfer something like a high-tech crementation at an unusually high temperature so that there's basically no remains or something.

I, for one, heartily agree - it appears to be the only way to stop you from making up words and performing other obscene acts upon the English language.

Looks awesome!! (1)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 4 years ago | (#29587941)

Is it wrong that I am now hoping someone around me dies so I can do something similar?

The ultimate case mod: is that the magic smoke I see coming out of your computer?

I forgot a step! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29587945)

You're supposed to CREMATE first?? That's why nobody enjoyed my dad's funeral.

I don't know about you guys... (3, Funny)

nebaz (453974) | more than 4 years ago | (#29587967)

but I want a bunch of screaming Klingons at mine.

Re:I don't know about you guys... (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588151)

but I want a bunch of screaming Klingons at mine.

Yeah best not to leave any remains at all.

Not far off... (4, Interesting)

rantingkitten (938138) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588167)

My father actually has it written that he wants bagpipe music and Admiral Kirk's speech about Spock from Wrath Of Khan at his funeral. If we can find a casket that looks like a photon torpedo, so much the better.

I think I should clarify with him whether he wants someone to recite Kirk's speech, or have that video played.

Re:Not far off... (3, Informative)

Cheerio Boy (82178) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588241)

My father actually has it written that he wants bagpipe music and Admiral Kirk's speech about Spock from Wrath Of Khan at his funeral. If we can find a casket that looks like a photon torpedo, so much the better. I think I should clarify with him whether he wants someone to recite Kirk's speech, or have that video played.

What you want is this company's cocoon model coffin: http://www.uono.de/english/home.html [www.uono.de]

Re:Not far off... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29588261)

http://www.eternalimage.net/star_trek.php

Sun box not a bad choice (1)

Profane MuthaFucka (574406) | more than 4 years ago | (#29587977)

You could have splurged for a magnesium NeXt box. But on the bright side, good on you for not putting him in an eMachine. Or maybe Packard Bell would have been Packard Hell, a little too literally.

Re:Sun box not a bad choice (1)

RatPh!nk (216977) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588265)

You could have splurged for a magnesium NeXt box. But on the bright side

Any time I see the words magnesium and bright I get the urge to burn something....but you took it a different direction!

I'm a geek (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29587983)

but I'm not only a geek. I want to be remembered as more than an obscure, old computer, or a computer lover.

Re:I'm a geek (1)

Cillian (1003268) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588029)

Good on you, but not everybody thinks that. (Originally I put "Unfortunately not everybody thinks that", but I guess it's their/your choice).

Anonymous Coward (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29588013)

WOW.... this got me teary-eyed at work (not good). I'm normally a hard-ass... but this touched a nerve for some reason. I haven't read/seen a funeral that actually meant something in a LONG time.

Re:Anonymous Coward (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29588387)

You're a pussy. Let me give you the reality of it all. The man is in hell being passed around and getting gangraped by demons for the rest of eternity. It might strike a nerve with you but that be the facts.

Re:Anonymous Coward (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29588479)

I question your definition of facts, and the fact that you're calling someone a pussy for being emotional in the same statement.

fitting (4, Insightful)

Tim4444 (1122173) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588027)

He went like so many of the electronic devices we cherish. At the end of the device's life, when the smoke clears, all that's left is a non-functioning box to collect the dust and some damn good memories.

Well done. My sentiments to those left in the away team. Live long and prosper :)

Re:fitting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29588539)

Someone let the magic smoke out?... Maybe "don't smoke" has nothing to do with tobacco.

I'm signed up to have my head put in cryostorage.. (1)

Ungrounded Lightning (62228) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588047)

... which IMHO is about the geekiest funeral there is. (Think "the intent of the pyramids" but with stainless steel dewars and liquid nitrogen condensation fog.)

They can do what they want with the rest of my body once I'm done with it.

And who knows - there's some slight chance they WILL figure out how to download the person from a frozen-head-saved-game into a new model body (or fix the cracks in the brain, implant it in a cloned corpus, and restart it) - and somebody will think it's worthwhile to try it with me. Then it's time travel to the far future.

Re:I'm signed up to have my head put in cryostorag (1)

Razed By TV (730353) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588083)

Not everyone can afford to have a proper geek burial

Re:I'm signed up to have my head put in cryostorag (4, Interesting)

jamstar7 (694492) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588177)

Personally, I wanna be cremated and stored in a coffee can or something til the first day of spring. Then dig a hole, dump my ashes in it, and plant a tree on top of them in the yard of the house I spent my last days in.

It's already in my will that way, changed from 'cremate me, mix my ashes with 6 oz of the best weed my estate can score, and smoke me in my fave bar' that I had in it in my 20's. Guess I'm getting old...

Re:I'm signed up to have my head put in cryostorag (1)

onco_p53 (231322) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588197)

You really need to read "Rammer" [fantasticfiction.co.uk] by Larry Niven.

What to do with our corporeal remains (5, Interesting)

1 a bee (817783) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588085)

When we die our remains will be nothing more than a snapshot of the atoms we occupied right before we died. Had we lived a year longer, a good proportion of those atoms would have been replaced with new material we drank, ate and breathed in through the year. It is as if living is a type of standing wave through which matter flows.

My point? I wouldn't care what happened to my remains. I was a wave, and all that remains of me are ripples left behind in a shared pool of memories.

Re:What to do with our corporeal remains (4, Funny)

TheRealMindChild (743925) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588247)

Far out man.

**Tooooooooooooooooooooke**

Re:What to do with our corporeal remains (4, Insightful)

pegasustonans (589396) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588263)

I wouldn't care what happened to my remains. I was a wave, and all that remains of me are ripples left behind in a shared pool of memories.

Well, in most cases, my opinion is that treating remains in a certain way helps families say goodbye.

So, of course you don't care what happens to your remains, but it's not *for* you. Whatever ceremony greets your departure from this earth is primarily for your family. So, you should at least care about your funeral for your family's sake. This is the main chance for them to say goodbye.

Re:What to do with our corporeal remains (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588481)

I wouldn't care what happened to my remains. I was a wave, and all that remains of me are ripples left behind in a shared pool of memories.

Well, in most cases, my opinion is that treating remains in a certain way helps families say goodbye.

When I go I would prefer not to be used to promote somebodies stupid religion, which is what happened to my wife's father.

Having endured that funeral I reckon dying in the wild and having your body eaten by animals would be more dignified.

Re:What to do with our corporeal remains (2, Insightful)

Tynin (634655) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588649)

I suppose that makes me selfish. I've given so much to and for my family, and will continue to do so, I hope they respect my wishes when my time comes. I know I'll be dead, and it won't really matter. However as my last request I would hope that someone would love me enough to send me off the way I want.

Now as for how I'd like to be sent along... well, I figure I've ate so many animals and destroyed so many tree's and generally caused a hefty footprint on this world. My present thought on burial... (which is likely illegal in the USA, I still need to research more) is to stick me in the ground and plant a tree on what was once me. No casket, no embalming, just a fresh corpse fertilizing some tree's. I know ultimately in the long run, nothing matters once you die. Anything could happen to the plot I'm at, or the tree I'd become could be cut down and turned into creationist school books, or worse (I shudder to think), but regardless... it feels like I've taken so much that I should give myself back. Although, truly, in my dreams I think and hope that one day the rich, the poor, and all in between, will get to share a seat in that singularity that is the black hole we've been circling at the middle of our galaxy. But until then, I'd like a nice natural dirt nap.

On topic, but a side note. I know everyone has their own idea's/beliefs about death, but the idea of being cremated, put into some container, and then promptly forgotten about, with my old atoms, nutrients, etc, just going to waste, not going back into the system that supported me, just seems SOO selfish. A co-worker told me about how he still has his father in a coffee can on top of his fridge. It made me think that if hell is a real place, that sounds like it.

Re:What to do with our corporeal remains (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29588295)

I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar.

Re:What to do with our corporeal remains (1)

redneckHippe (744945) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588309)

You guys can just stick a ham bone up my ass and let the dogs drag me off.
R.H.

Re:What to do with our corporeal remains (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29588341)

Which just goes to show, that the information carried in the wave is as real at the atoms. We are made of information, not matter.

Re:What to do with our corporeal remains (1)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588409)

Bull. There is only one appropriate way to go, Viking ship funeral pyre.

Re:What to do with our corporeal remains (1)

sayfawa (1099071) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588571)

Or to make it more of a /. thing, a pyre with holograms of you and two of your already deceased mentors floating above it.

Re:What to do with our corporeal remains (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29588491)

Well you know what? Your MOM was a wave, and all that remains of her are ripples in my shared pool of memories!

Re:What to do with our corporeal remains (1)

Rik Rohl (1399705) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588617)

After only recently discovering it, I would seriously like to have a Tebetian Sky Burial and be immediately recycled into the pool of life.
Pity there's no chance of it happening in any "civilised" western country.

RIP (2, Insightful)

cjzlducls (1643807) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588095)

RIP....

I'm sorry for your loss (2, Insightful)

cypherdtraitor (1448243) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588101)

I am truly sorry for your loss, and I'm glad that you found such a creative way to honor him. I am sure he would be truly pleased.

As to the assholes who posted below me, SHAME ON YOU! You should be respectful to people in such an important time. Seriously, do you feel that a few good laughs is worth this embarrassment? Grow up.

Re:I'm sorry for your loss (3, Insightful)

MrMista_B (891430) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588129)

If we can't laugh at death, then we are truly dead.

Just imagine a beowulf cluster of these! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29588119)

Would that count as a zombie botnet?

*ducks*

RIP

Other Geek options (5, Informative)

RKThoadan (89437) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588137)

There are several more traditional geek options. You can donate your brain to the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center [mclean.org] and get their cool "I'm going to Harvard!" card. Plastination is a pretty interesting option as well. There's also the more generic "donate to science" option, which usually means you get to help train the next doctors going through Gross Anatomy. I have to recommend the book "Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers" for more information. It's really a hilarious read and very educational.

Re:Other Geek options (1)

BoppreH (1520463) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588385)

Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center [mclean.org] -> "Make a gift" option.

Now you can kill your enemies and help science at the same time!

Re:Other Geek options (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29588467)

For myself I'm strongly considering donating to a criminal forensics laboratory where my body would be used in decomposition studies. You know, left outside exposed directly to the elements, or stuck in a shallow grave, or maybe wrapped up in a rug and tossed into a ravine somewhere.

Re:Other Geek options (2, Funny)

PPH (736903) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588627)

I'm donating my organs. They can give my brain to some motorcycle rider.

Marvelous... (1)

sitarlo (792966) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588153)

What a great use for a good ol' SparcStation! Hmmm.... as long as I don't end up in an HP 9000, I'll be eternally happy.

Thanks for the memories (1)

mb12036 (516109) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588171)

In 1998/99 this was done for a good friend of mine who died way before his time. Good to see there are some thoughtful people out there still doing it. I think the box they used was a 486 DX or something like that, but the same idea. Brought back some great memories of a friend. Thanks Slashdot.

My minty Sinistar arcade game = open casket for me (4, Interesting)

wernst (536414) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588225)

I have a small-but-nice vintage arcade game collection in my living room, and it occurred to me a few years back that these old upright cabinets would make for a pretty good coffin, especially my beloved Sinistar [wikipedia.org] .

Then genius struck: remove the monitor (and I guess the boards too - let another collector use 'em), slap my lifeless remains in there so my face is right behind the glass, and BOOM, we have the makings of a great open-casket for what will surely be a somber wake.

Extra points for the nerdy friend who manages to get the game's synthesized voice to occasionally cry out BEWARE! I live! [whoopis.com] .

Re:My minty Sinistar arcade game = open casket for (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588377)

I had to carry 1/6th of my father in law + casket a couple of weeks ago. I suggest you make sure your proposed coffin is either light in weight, or equipped with wheels and power. My back still hurts.

Re:My minty Sinistar arcade game = open casket for (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29588453)

One of the funniest posts ever. Nice job.

No Subject (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29588339)

Dude, you're getting a Dell!

My plan? (2, Interesting)

Ralph Spoilsport (673134) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588405)

Cremation. Then mix me with concrete and make a large cinder block out of me. While it's wet, scrawl my name and dates on it.

Last words? Hmmmmmmm....

Lay low and look nifty.

or...

Don't be cruel.

Yeah. An Elvis quote. Just cuz I roll like that.

RS

Options (1)

hipp5 (1635263) | more than 4 years ago | (#29588455)

Apparently, they have a method where they freeze you with liquid nitrogen and then shatter your body into tiny bits using ultrasound. Then they compost you in about two weeks. That's how I want to be disposed of.

On a more geeky note: I seem to remember a story on here earlier about the $8,000 satellite. You get a frame to attach what you want and they shoot it into a decaying orbit (lasts about two weeks). Why not but your ashes on that? It's cheaper than a coffin.
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