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The end of cemeteries

I hope I live long enough to be composted.  The other night as I was falling asleep, I found myself thinking about writing funeral instructions for my survivors.  The best I could come up with was, “What do you I care?  I’m dead.  Do whatever makes you feel better.”  My husband knows I’m not comfortable with the idea of being embalmed, encased and interred. Cemeteries seem like an awful waste of space and I have misgivings about purchasing real estate, even two-and-a-half by eight feet of it.  

An architect named Katrina Spade wants to give us an alternative to traditional burial and cremation that’s both humane and ecologically sound.  She developed The Urban Death Project, a system for turning corpses into compost.  Echoing Green, a foundation out of New York, has awarded Spade a fellowship to help her build a prototype of her design in Seattle.  Because everything good happens in Seattle, even for the dead.

Photo credit:  Splitshire

The Adobe Illustrator Story" is a 19 minute documentary by Ami Capen about the application that changed graphic design forever.  My dad was a graphic artist who relied on French curves and all the analogue tools of early 20th-century design before “going digital” in the 1980s.  I’m just as awestruck by the transformation as the people interviewed here.

The MIT Science Fiction Society has amassed a collection of 65,000 sci-fi, fantasy and horror books, around 90 percent of all such works ever published in English.  Other accessions include magazines, fanzines and a banana sheathed in chainmail.