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09 April 2011 @ 12:30 am
If you arrived at your front door and saw your first love standing there, what would you do or say?


"OMFG, ZOMBIE!"

Coz, you know, she's dead.
 
 
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15 November 2009 @ 10:42 pm
"You must pardon me, gentlemen, for being a most unconscionable time a-dying."
Who: Charles II, King of England, 1685

"Take a step forward lads - it'll be easier that way."
Who: Robert Erskine Childers, to his firing squad, Irish Civil War 1922

"In keeping with Channel 40's policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts and in living color, you are going to see another first -- attempted suicide."
Who: 30-year-old anchorwoman Christine Chubbuck, who, on July 15, 1974 during a live newscast, said these words before producing a revolver and shooting herself in the head. While she drew the gun on camera, the technicians quickly cut the video feed, but the gunshot could be clearly heard. She was pronounced dead in hospital fourteen hours later.

"It's better to burn out than to fade away."
Who: Kurt Cobain, suicide note.

"More Weight."
Who: Giles Corey, while being slowly crushed to death under massive boulders during the Salem Witch Trials because he would not answer the court.

"Where is my clock?"
Who: Salvador Dalí.

"Hurrah for anarchy! This is the happiest moment of my life."
Who: George Engel, anarchist, union activist, shouted before his execution at the gallows.

"I've had a hell of a lot of fun and I've enjoyed every minute of it."
Who: Errol Flynn.

"Kiss my ass."
Who: John Wayne Gacy, just before being executed by lethal injection.

"It's stopped."
Who: Joseph Henry Green, upon checking his own pulse.

"I know you are here to kill me. Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man."
Who: Che Guevara to his assassin.

"Everything is an illusion."
Who: Mata Hari, spoken to a visitor before she faced a firing squad. The words reflect the Eastern mysticism which had long fascinated her.

"Goodbye Bill. I die like a true blue rebel. Don't waste any time in mourning. Organize."
Who: Joe Hill, in a letter to Bill Haywood, leader of the Industrial Workers of the World, before he was led to his execution by firing squad. It should be noted, however, that after he heard the words of the executioner, "Ready... aim..." Hill shouted out his actual final word as a command: Fire!

"Don't worry…it's not loaded."
Who: Terry Kath, rock musician in the band Chicago, as he put the gun he was cleaning to his head and pulled the trigger. Though the gun had no magazine in it, Kath was unaware that a bullet was already in the chamber; he was killed instantly.

"The bastards got me, but they won't get everybody."
Who: Alexander Litvinenko, whistleblowing former Russian spy was poisoned with a radioactive isotope in a London sushi bar. Said in an interview on November 23, 2006, hours before his death. (The Times, November 24, 2006)

"Die, my dear? Why, that's the last thing I'll do!"
Who: Groucho Marx.

"Don't make a mess of it - shoot straight, you bastards."
Who: Harry Morant to his firing squad.

"Is it safe?"
Who: William Palmer, before stepping on the gallows trap.

"Adesso (or ora) vi faccio vedere come muore un italiano!"
Translation: "Now I will show you how an Italian dies!"
Who: Fabrizio Quattrocchi, Italian security officer taken hostage in Iraq early in the Iraq War. When his captors came to execute him he rose from his knees, refused to kneel back down, and said these words.

"Yes...A bullet-proof vest."
Who: James W. Rodgers, when asked if he has any last requests before facing a firing squad.

"I'd like to be in hell in time for dinner."
Who: Edward H. Ruloff, a convicted serial killer and last person to be executed by hanging in the State of New York.

"They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance."
These were among the final words of General John Sedgwick, Union Commander in the U.S. Civil War, who was hit by sniper fire a few minutes after saying them, at the battle of Spotsylvania, on May 9, 1864.

"Dying is easy, comedy is hard."
Who: George Bernard Shaw on his death bed.

"Relax — This won't hurt."
Who: Hunter S. Thompson (the final sentence on his suicide note).

"The sadness will last forever."
Who: Vincent van Gogh, from his suicide note.

"I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have."
Who: Leonardo da Vinci.

Sauce: Wikiquote and Wikipedia.
 
 
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02 September 2009 @ 11:27 am

At just 49, Bruce Beach was diagnosed with a rare cancer, and in five years, he will probably be dead.

Until he felt its urgency, he never had much time for living. But mortality has given him renewed perspective. In the last two months Bruce has completed a source-to-sea quest down the River Thames in a canoe, and a three-week road trip around Scandinavia and Europe on a vintage motorcycle. He has recently recorded an album with his band, is preparing to play at London's famous 100 Club and, for good measure, has raised money for charity. By his own admission, when he was younger, Bruce was never one for living. "Things just got in the way, like work and bills," he says.


The problem exactly is that it takes a death sentence before most people truly live. I'm hoping I can get all my living done AND work a 9 to 5 and the rest of it AND do it all without getting cancer or AIDS or something to kick my ass and motivate me into living before it's all over.

I'm only 30, but really by most standards and basic math, I'm already close to the halfway point. And it's not like one can go bicycling to Mongolia and climbing mountains when you're 70 or so (I mean I guess you can, but it'll be much harder). The fact is that life is really, really fucking short, especially when you spend a lot of time procrastinating because you assume you have so much time to do it "later on someday." A wise someone said, "live like today is your last day on earth, plan for the future like you'll live to be 100."

This post is directed mostly at myself.
 
 
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26 June 2009 @ 08:58 am
Michael Jackson has died of cardiac arrest at age 50.

Now everyone who made fun of him will be all like, ZOMG ITS SO SAD, HE WAS SO AWESOME, etc. etc. Makes me sick to my stomach.

Pharyngula, however, said it best about his death:

Die young, leave a strange corpse.
 
 
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19 June 2009 @ 03:01 pm
A selection from Wikipedia: List of Unusual Deaths.

207 BC: Chrysippus, a Greek stoic philosopher, is believed to have died of laughter after watching his drunk donkey attempt to eat figs. (The Wiki article mentions three other cases of people who laughed themselves to death.)

270 BC: Philitas of Cos, Greek intellectual, proofread himself to death. It is said he studied false arguments and erroneous word-usage so intensely that he wasted away and starved to death.

1649: Sir Arthur Aston was beaten to death with his own wooden leg.

1830: William Huskisson, statesman and financier, was crushed to death by the world's first mechanically powered passenger train (Stephenson's Rocket) at its public opening.

1862: Jim Creighton, baseball player, died when he swung a bat too hard and ruptured his bladder.

1871: Clement Vallandigham, U.S. Congressman and political opponent of Abraham Lincoln, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound suffered in court while representing the defendant in a murder case. Demonstrating how the murder victim could have inadvertently shot himself, the gun, which Vallandigham believed to be unloaded, discharged and mortally wounded him. His demonstration was successful, however; the defendant was acquitted.

1916: Grigori Rasputin, Russian mystic, was reportedly poisoned while dining with a political enemy, shot in the head, shot three more times, bludgeoned, and then thrown into a frozen river. When his body washed ashore, an autopsy showed the cause of death to be hypothermia. Various accounts throw a stabbing into the mix.

1979: Robert Williams was the first known human to be killed by a robot, after the arm of a one-ton factory robot hit him in the head at the Ford Motor Co. plant, where he worked.

1981: American photographer Carl McCunn paid a bush pilot to drop him at a remote lake near the Coleen River in Alaska in March 1981 to photograph wildlife, but failed to confirm arrangements for the pilot to pick him up again in August. Rather than starve, McCunn shot himself in the head. His body was found in February 1982.

1981: Jeff Dailey, a 19-year-old gamer, became the first known person to die while playing video games. After achieving a score of 16,660 in the arcade game Berzerk, he succumbed to a massive heart attack.

1982: James Joseph Suchochi lost a gunfight to an unarmed cactus. He was killed near Lake Pleasant, Arizona while shooting at Cacti for fun with his shotgun. After firing several shots at a 26ft (8m) tall Saguaro Cactus from extremely close range, a 4ft limb of the Cactus that was weakened by the gunfire detached and fell on him, crushing him with enough force to cause lethal injuries.

1993: Garry Hoy, a 38-year old lawyer in Toronto, Canada, fell to his death on July 9, 1993, after he threw himself against a window on the 24th floor of the Toronto-Dominion Centre in an attempt to prove that the glass was "unbreakable." His first attempt failed to damage the glass at all, but on his second attempt he broke through the glass and he fell over 300 feet to his death.

1998: Every player on the visiting soccer team at a game in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was struck by a fork bolt of lightning, killing them all instantly.

2004: Phillip Quinn, a 24-year-old of Kent, Washington was killed by a lava lamp. He attempted to heat up a lava lamp bulb on his kitchen stove while closely observing it from only a few feet away. The heat built up pressure in the bulb until it exploded, spraying shards of glass with enough force to pierce his chest, with one shard piercing his heart, killing him.[130] The circumstances of his death were later repeated and confirmed in a 2006 episode of the popular science television series Mythbusters.[131]

2005: Kenneth Pinyan (the infamous 'Mr. Hands') of Gig Harbor, Washington died of recieving anal sex from a stallion, an act he had engaged in previously.

2007: Surinder Singh Bajwa, the Deputy Mayor of Delhi, India, was killed by monkeys. He was kicked by a Rhesus Macaque monkey at his home and fell from a first floor balcony, suffering serious head injuries which he later died from. (I posted about this when it happened.)
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19 June 2009 @ 11:28 am
"You must pardon me, gentlemen, for being a most unconscionable time a-dying."
Who: Charles II, King of England, 1685

"Take a step forward lads - it'll be easier that way."
Who: Robert Erskine Childers, to his firing squad, Irish Civil War 1922

"In keeping with Channel 40's policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts and in living color, you are going to see another first -- attempted suicide."
Who: 30-year-old anchorwoman Christine Chubbuck, who, on July 15, 1974 during a live newscast, said these words before producing a revolver and shooting herself in the head. While she drew the gun on camera, the technicians quickly cut the video feed, but the gunshot could be clearly heard. She was pronounced dead in hospital fourteen hours later.

"It's better to burn out than to fade away."
Who: Kurt Cobain, suicide note.

"More Weight."
Who: Giles Corey, while being slowly crushed to death under massive boulders during the Salem Witch Trials because he would not answer the court.

"Where is my clock?"
Who: Salvador Dalí.

"Hurrah for anarchy! This is the happiest moment of my life."
Who: George Engel, anarchist, union activist, shouted before his execution at the gallows.

"I've had a hell of a lot of fun and I've enjoyed every minute of it."
Who: Errol Flynn.

"Kiss my ass."
Who: John Wayne Gacy, just before being executed by lethal injection.

"It's stopped."
Who: Joseph Henry Green, upon checking his own pulse.

"I know you are here to kill me. Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man."
Who: Che Guevara to his assassin.

"Everything is an illusion."
Who: Mata Hari, spoken to a visitor before she faced a firing squad. The words reflect the Eastern mysticism which had long fascinated her.

"Goodbye Bill. I die like a true blue rebel. Don't waste any time in mourning. Organize."
Who: Joe Hill, in a letter to Bill Haywood, leader of the Industrial Workers of the World, before he was led to his execution by firing squad. It should be noted, however, that after he heard the words of the executioner, "Ready... aim..." Hill shouted out his actual final word as a command: Fire!

"Don't worry…it's not loaded."
Who: Terry Kath, rock musician in the band Chicago, as he put the gun he was cleaning to his head and pulled the trigger. Though the gun had no magazine in it, Kath was unaware that a bullet was already in the chamber; he was killed instantly.

"The bastards got me, but they won't get everybody."
Who: Alexander Litvinenko, whistleblowing former Russian spy was poisoned with a radioactive isotope in a London sushi bar. Said in an interview on November 23, 2006, hours before his death. (The Times, November 24, 2006)

"Die, my dear? Why, that's the last thing I'll do!"
Who: Groucho Marx.

"Don't make a mess of it - shoot straight, you bastards."
Who: Harry Morant to his firing squad.

"Is it safe?"
Who: William Palmer, before stepping on the gallows trap.

"Adesso (or ora) vi faccio vedere come muore un italiano!"
Translation: "Now I will show you how an Italian dies!"
Who: Fabrizio Quattrocchi, Italian security officer taken hostage in Iraq early in the Iraq War. When his captors came to execute him he rose from his knees, refused to kneel back down, and said these words.

"Yes...A bullet-proof vest."
Who: James W. Rodgers, when asked if he has any last requests before facing a firing squad.

"I'd like to be in hell in time for dinner."
Who: Edward H. Ruloff, a convicted serial killer and last person to be executed by hanging in the State of New York.

"They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance."
These were among the final words of General John Sedgwick, Union Commander in the U.S. Civil War, who was hit by sniper fire a few minutes after saying them, at the battle of Spotsylvania, on May 9, 1864.

"Dying is easy, comedy is hard."
Who: George Bernard Shaw on his death bed.

"Relax — This won't hurt."
Who: Hunter S. Thompson (the final sentence on his suicide note).

"The sadness will last forever."
Who: Vincent van Gogh, from his suicide note.

"I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have."
Who: Leonardo da Vinci.

Sauce: Wikiquote and Wikipedia.
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06 November 2008 @ 03:38 am
Michael Crichton, one of my favorite authors, has died at 66 after a brave and private battle with cancer.

:(

For those of you that don't know, he was the man who authored the novels Jurassic Park, Sphere, Andromeda Strain, was the producer of E.R. and had a hand in writing Twister. His novels were beyond anything you could even compare it to, not even remotely close to the diluted fast-food entertainment crap the movie versions were. He may have been a science fiction writer but I learned more science from his fiction than any other author.

If you're an avid reader, I implore you to pick up Sphere, and his more recent novel, Prey. Sphere is one of my all time most favorite books ever, and I read the whole thing a few hours. I literally couldn't put it down.
 
 
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Wiki:
Epicurus (Greek Έπίκουρος) (341 BCE, Samos – 270 BCE, Athens) was an ancient Greek philosopher and the founder of the school of philosophy called Epicureanism. For Epicurus, the purpose of philosophy was to attain the happy, tranquil life, characterized by aponia, the absence of pain and fear, and by living a self-sufficient life surrounded by friends. He taught that pleasure and pain are the measures of what is good and bad, that death is the end of the body and the soul and should therefore not be feared, that the gods do not reward or punish humans, that the universe is infinite and eternal, and that events in the world are ultimately based on the motions and interactions of atoms moving in empty space.

Epicurus is famous for his simple four line philosophical argument against the existence of God or gods, The Problem of Evil:

"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?"

But many of his other quotes and philosophy on the meaning of life and answering questions about moral hedonism, pleasure, fear of divine retribution and death are more than notable.

Here are a few of his quotes that are right now kicking my ass in very real, practical ways. I am so glad I've come across these writings. Here are some I'm putting down here, more for my own reference than anything else.

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

Death, therefore, the most awful of evils, is nothing to us, seeing that, when we are, death is not come, and, when death is come, we are not.

A happy and eternal being has no trouble himself and brings no trouble upon any other being; hence he is exempt from movements of anger and partiality, for every such movement implies weakness.

It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and honorably and justly, and it is impossible to live wisely and honorably and justly without living pleasantly.

No pleasure is in itself evil, but the things which produce certain pleasures entail annoyances many times greater than the pleasures themselves.
 
 
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13 September 2008 @ 01:04 am

Newspaper liveblogs on Twitter the funeral of a three year old boy who was struck and killed by a car at an ice cream stand, causes huge and pretty much deserved shitstorm.



RMN_Berny: family members shovel earth into grave
Wednesday, Sep. 10, 11:40 a.m.
RMN_Berny: rabbi calls end to ceremony
Wednesday, Sep. 10, 11:28 a.m.
RMN_Berny: rabbi chanting final prayer in hebrew
Wednesday, Sep. 10, 11:27 a.m.
RMN_Berny: earth being placed on coffin.
Wednesday, Sep. 10, 11:22 a.m.
RMN_Berny: rabbi recites the main hebrew prayer of death
Wednesday, Sep. 10, 11:20 a.m.
RMN_Berny: rabbi zucker praying
Wednesday, Sep. 10, 11:18 a.m.
RMN_Berny: coffin lowered into ground
Wednesday, Sep. 10, 11:18 a.m.
RMN_Berny: people gathering at graveside
Wednesday, Sep. 10, 11:14 a.m.
RMN_Berny: procession begins
Wednesday, Sep. 10, 11:01 a.m.
RMN_Berny: cars queueing up to follow hearse
Wednesday, Sep. 10, 10:59 a.m.
RMN_Berny: pallbearers carry out coffin followed by mourners.
Wednesday, Sep. 10, 10:48 a.m.
RMN_Berny: people again are sobbing. rabbi again asks god to give
marten everlasting life.
Wednesday, Sep. 10, 10:46 a.m.
RMN_Berny: video shows marten blowing out candles on birthday cake,
marten with dog. last images are of headlines.
Wednesday, Sep. 10, 10:44 a.m.
RMN_Berny: video of marten is projected on screen.
Wednesday, Sep. 10, 10:32 a.m.
RMN_Berny: rabbi says marten is close to god now.
Wednesday, Sep. 10, 10:31 a.m.
RMN_Berny: rabbi says marten loved to be tickled. calls the death a
nightmare. no words can sooth us, he says.
Wednesday, Sep. 10, 10:28 a.m.
RMN_Berny: family member says marten is with grandmother who died
last year. ‘ marten we loved you,’ he says. People sobbing.
Wednesday, Sep. 10, 10:22 a.m.
RMN_Berny: family member remembers marten.
Wednesday, Sep. 10, 10:20 a.m.
RMN_Berny: rabbi says we will always remember marten and he will live
in our memory.
Wednesday, Sep. 10, 10:18 a.m.
RMN_Berny: rabbi recites 23rd psalm.
Wednesday, Sep. 10, 10:16 a.m.


Via Cynical-C>.
 
 
 
 
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06 September 2008 @ 02:14 pm

Ian Hibell, cyclist who pedalled world, killed by hit-and-run driver.


A cyclist who pedalled the world for more than 40 years, braving raging rivers, a lion and the hospitality of an Eskimo princess, has been killed by a hit-and-run driver in Greece.

Ian Hibell, 74, was a well-known figure in the world of long-distance cycle touring, setting several records and pedalling the equivalent of ten times around the Equator.

He died on the road between Athens and Salonika when he was hit by a car whose driver was apparently in a race with another motorist. Although the driver fled the scene, he was arrested two days later and charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

Mr Hibell, from Brixham in Devon, set out on his travels in 1963 after asking his employer for a two-year sabbatical. He returned ten years later, having become the first cyclist to ride from Cape Horn to Alaska, among other journeys. Into the Remote Places, the book he wrote about his adventures, inspired countless other cyclists to pack their saddlebags, and led to regular appearances on television on programmes such as Blue Peter and as a lecturer.

Mr Hibell rarely kept to the beaten track, managing to cross mangrove swamps, mountain ranges and even the Sahara desert on two wheels. He was shot at by bandits, had his tent eaten by tropical ants, was sniffed by a lion and chased by elephants.

He was also welcomed by a Dayak headman in Borneo and African chiefs in the days before every jungle trail had been trodden by backpackers and gap-year students. He estimated that he had used more than 800 cycle repair kits after covering at least 6,000 miles a year for 40 years, the distance from Earth to the Moon.

A family friend, Nicola Henderson, said yesterday that Mr Hibell had died on August 23. “He gained a taste for travelling during his RAF service in the 1950s. He has pushed, dragged or carried his bike from the fringes of Antarctica to the jungles of the Amazon, from the Arctic to the remoter islands of Indonesia,” she said.

Mr Hibell, a bachelor, died at the scene of the crash. Arrangements are under way for his body to be flown back to Britain for a family funeral in south Gloucestershire.

in 2005, he said: “Every so often a bird gets up and flies some place that it’s drawn to. I don’t suppose it could tell you why, but it does it anyway.”

Pedal power

— A cyclist can travel 1,037km (644 miles) on the energy equivalent of one litre of petrol.

— Regular cycling can make you as fit as someone who is ten years younger.

— A cyclist consumes 1/50th of the oxygen of a car making the same journey.

— A twice daily half-hour commute will, over a year, consume the energy equivalent of 24lb of fat.

— In 1949, 34 per cent of all mechanised journeys were made by bicycle. Fifty years later that figure had fallen to 2 per cent.

— The rate of serious heart disease for civil servants who cycle 20 miles or more a week is 50 per cent lower than for their sedentary colleagues.
 
 
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