12/20, yet another apocalypse falls upon the world.
The death of Winamp is upon us. Today on the Winamp homepage, it was announced:
"Winamp.com and associated web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013. Additionally, Winamp Media players will no longer be available for download. Please download the latest version before that date..." [more inside]
posted by symbioid
on Nov 20, 2013 -
There are a few ways to end up on Hart Island. One third of its inhabitants are infants—some parents couldn’t afford a burial, others didn’t realize what a “city burial” meant when they checked it on the form. Many of the dead here were homeless, while others were simply unclaimed; if your body remains at the city morgue for more than two weeks, you, too, will be sent for burial by a team of prisoners on Hart Island
posted by anastasiav
on Nov 8, 2013 -
On the 21st September 2013 it is International Peace Day. We are making an event called ‘The Fallen’ on the D-Day landing beach of Arromanches in northern France that illustrates what happens with the absence of peace. It was on the 6th June 1944 that a total of 9,000 civilians, German forces and Allies lost their lives.
Our challenge is to represent those lives lost between the times of the tide with a stark visual representation using stencilled sand drawings of people on the beach. Each silhouette represents a life and when it is washed away its loss. There is no distinction between nationalities, they will only be known as ‘The Fallen’.
posted by chavenet
on Sep 25, 2013 -
The Things They Leave Behind.
"When the Vietnam Veterans Memorial opened 30 years ago, something unexpected happened: People started leaving things at the wall. One veteran has spent decades cataloging the letters, mementos, and other artifacts of loss — all 400,000 of them." (Via.) [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Mar 15, 2013 -
I understand your great grandfather was a grave robber?
My family is Greek and they lived in Alexandria back when it was a Greek town. At that point there was a trade in mummy dust, which they called mummia, which was thought to be a cure all. Louis XIV actually used to carry mummia in a pouch and snort little bits of it. The problem was that by the late 19th century they didn’t have a bunch of old Egyptian mummies to dig up anymore. Instead, when criminals were executed, people would steal their bodies and take them to the middle of the Sahara and cover them in tar. They’d come back a year later, dig them up and sell them to apothecaries, where they’d get ground up. This was a burgeoning trade.
, and ossuary
expert Paul Koudounaris
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Dec 30, 2012 -
He's Now in the Great Screening Room in the Sky
Dino de Laurentiis has passed on, aged 91.
Over 150 films produced
. He gave this young guy
a second chance
after this bomb
. One of his movies had the best Haniball Lektor/Lector ever
. He worked with Fellini, Pacinio, Redford, Schwarzenegger, Bridges, (Jeff), Raimi, and Fonda, (Jane). Goodnight, sweet prince of cinema.
posted by jettloe
on Nov 11, 2010 -
50 Impressions in Two Minutes
and Classic Movie Lines
(neither of which are precisely what you think), followed by acting master classes with Kevin Spacey
, Ralph Fiennes
, Michael Caine
, Al Pacino
, Robert DeNiro
, and, last but certainly not least, Marlon Brando
. All by Peter Serafinowicz
, who you may know as Spaced
's Duane Benzie or Shaun of the Dead
's Pete. (Thanks, iridic!)
posted by WCityMike
on Jun 17, 2010 -
NYT article 4/12/09
Interesting article about the Dead on the eve of their tour. Bonus: link on the sidebar that shows reader photos. Find your friends. Or not.
posted by mnb64
on Apr 14, 2009 -
Wonder how many of the original Woodstock performers are still alive? The Woodstock Death Count
reveals that the percentage is not as low as one might imagine after Jeff Kay
steps up to the plate and crunches the numbers, again. FYI: He is also responsible for counting the number of f-words in the HBO series Deadwood
(which Drudge Report linked to) and this
(previously mentioned) internet sensation.)
posted by will wait 4 tanjents
on Mar 17, 2009 -
Peculiar corpses: "Incorruptibles
remaining free of decomposition have baffled scientists to this day. These bodies are discovered in many different environments, including environments that would typically cause an accidental or deliberately preserved corpse to decompose rapidly." The photographed examples seem to all be associated with Christian faith. Hmm. "[At Oratorio di San Lorenzo] in Palermo, however, corpses are treated as characters in a play": The Museum of the Dead
, reassuringly less preserved.
posted by nthdegx
on May 30, 2008 -