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February 4, 2004 3:18 PM   Subscribe

GoogObits - "You're only dead if you're forgotten"
posted by anastasiav (4 comments total)

 
Now I feel much better having The Blog of Death on my blogroll.
posted by wendell at 3:53 PM on February 4, 2004


This is fascinating. Reading those people's lives, it's kind of you only notice what you had, when it's gone.
posted by carter at 5:38 PM on February 4, 2004


Strange site. The links often go to unrelated sites making the persons life seem meaningless and random or disrespectful at worse depending on the link created.
posted by stbalbach at 7:52 PM on February 4, 2004


Received a message (via orkut) from the person behind GoogObits:

wendell:

if you are so inclined, could you please make mention on the metafilter googobits post that linking to (seemingly) off-topic items inside a googobits post is not meant to convey meaninglessness or disrespect.

life can be random. certainly the internet is random. meaning is constructed in many non-linear ways. in fact, the presence or absence of an obituary in the newspaper is (can be) one of the last remaining unplanned/ un-public-relations-ized items left in the paper. when i open up the paper in the morning, i have no idea what invention i may learn about, book i may come in contact with, life i may be affected by. i find that exciting. and yes, random.

the somewhat goofy thing is that after doing googobits for 1.5 years, this is the first person who ever noted (in text) that there are both "straight" and "off" links, except he got it all wrong.

i should do a better job of laying this out on my site, maybe. maybe not. it's fun.

posted by wendell at 9:34 AM on February 5, 2004


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