i was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state

May 11, 2009

I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear. I hope to be spared as much pain as possible on the approach path. I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state. What I am grateful for is the gift of intelligence, and for life, love, wonder, and laughter. You can't say it wasn't interesting. My lifetime's memories are what I have brought home from the trip. I will require them for eternity no more than that little souvenir of the Eiffel Tower I brought home from Paris.
--Roger Ebert, from a blog entry Go gentle into that good night (Thanks Bill the Splut)
http://www.slate.com/id/2217899/ - on "nuke porn". Man, that EMP "side effect" stuff can still give me the heebie-jeebies.

http://learning2share.blogspot.com/2009/04/search-term-jugheads-hat.html - Archie comics' Jugheads hat explained - not just a goofy crown!
Real Life:
Subverted in Buddhism and Hinduism, in which not coming back from the dead is considered the greatest superpower of them all.
--TV Tropes on Death is Cheap
Random Science Fiction idea: if everyone got themselves into cryogenics at death, and resurrection was known to be possible but expensive, life would be about trying to set up enough rich descendants, and having them like you, to bring you back.
APPLE UI FAIL: if you're gonna tell me "some of the playlist files could not be found" TELL ME WHICH GODDAMN FILES CAN'T BE FOUND- you need a "Details" button, FFS.