Updated 7.28am PST Saturday, following requests from readers, with details of the dead man and the full picture of the computer.
I wonder how many of you already know where you would like your ashes to live in perpetuity.
In a Cupertino parking lot, perhaps? Or strewn on the steps of a certain academy of sciences?
I only ask because it seems that a geeky man called Alan seems not to have wondered about this. With the result that his eternally powdered life is now being spent inside a SPARCstation computer.
One assumes this is what they call a SPARC of respect.
A Flickr member called Sam 3.14, who appears to be Alan's brother, explained on the site that it was he who decided to place Alan's ashes inside one of the most precious creations under the Sun.
Sam described it thusly on his Flickr page: "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."
Which seems like a wise and brotherly gesture.
Sam continued: "The case worked quite well at his memorial party. His friends and family were able to leave their final good-byes on post-it notes. Anyone who wanted to keep their words private could just slip their note into the case through the floppy slot."… Read more