We laugh at the kids.
They're so silly. They have no sense of decorum. Sometimes they're just plain embarrassing.
Why, just a few breaths ago, we were wondering what possessed so many young minds to post selfies from funerals.
Then the world's leaders gather for Nelson Mandela's funeral and they do just the same thing.
Here were British Prime Minister David Cameron, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, and President Barack Obama grinning it up, as the latter two held a smartphone steady. (It's unlikely to have been the president's, as he's often said how committed he is to his BlackBerry.)… Read more
I hate to state what seems to be obvious, but funerals aren't fun.
Yes, there are a lot of little black dresses and dapper suits, but things are often miserable. At least until the chardonnay starts flowing at the after party.
It seems, therefore, that some have taken to creating selfies at funerals. Just to spice up their own living existences, you understand.
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- "The Simpsons" parodies the Apple Newton.
- People are now crowdfunding their funerals online.
- Creative Coffins saves you money with a cardboard resting place.
- Slate: Best Buy is an awful store and deserves to die.
- This video is really motivating me to play Grand Theft Auto V for the first time.
Japan is a crowded, cramped country dominated by mountains. There isn't much space for its 127 million living people -- or the dead.
Though the government is pulling out all the stops to battle deflationary prices, land remains very expensive. That goes for cemeteries too. Even though the vast majority of deceased are cremated and buried in urns, plots in Tokyo can still cost a small fortune.
At the same time, visiting the grave sites of loved ones remains an important tradition. Some Japanese have turned to multistory buildings for cheaper final resting places. These high-rise graveyards in urban centers house the ashes of the dead, and often feature memorial cubbyholes where relatives can offer prayers. … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Anthropologist says Apple is definitely a religion.
- Google brings Street View to the Grand Canyon.
- Apple now owns the trademark to The Beatles' Apple Corps Logo.
- What I learned while live-tweeting a friend's funeral.
Video voice mail: Mossimo has a positive update on a previous video voice mail.… Read more
The private funeral for Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is taking place today, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The iconic Apple co-founder died on Wednesday at the age of 56.
An Apple representative told the news outlet that no public memorial is planned for Jobs. In announcing the news to employees on Wednesday, Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said the company would be holding a "celebration" of Jobs' life for the company's employees, allowing them and the public to send in thoughts, memories, and condolences.
Questions around the timing for such a funeral service arose earlier today … Read more
Sadness seems like an all-encompassing emotion.
Yet today some might learn that it is possible for another emotion to creep in and steal some of sadness's power without even trying too hard. Disgust, for example.
I am grateful (at least in one sense) to the Washington Post for crawling past my teeth and informing me that the Westboro Baptist Church is organizing a picket of Steve Jobs' funeral.
You might be familiar with this church. It is the same Kansas-based band of intellectuals which protests at the funerals of American soldiers. Because, well, the Church is privileged with the … Read more
Dearly beloved and friends, today we lay to rest a possibly usable and/or drivable motor vehicle that has been judged a "clunker" by the government-sponsored CARS program and by its previous owner. This undesirable automobile has been sentenced to death via lethal injection that has disabled many a clunker's engine under the recently- imposed CARS legislation (see my blog from yesterday for more on that). Now that this damned vehicle lives no more, its carcass will be crushed and piled up in a junkyard by the undertaker operating the forklift of death.