Public Lives: Freddie Mercury
, Arthur Ashe
, Rock Hudson
, Brad Davis
, Perry Ellis
, Eazy E
, Michel Foucault
, Amanada 'Miss Kitty' Blake
, Roy Cohn
, Keith Haring
, Robert Mapplethorpe
, Rudolf Nureyev
, Anthony Perkins
, Willi Smith
, Ricky Wilson
Private lives: Gail Farrow
, T Billy
, Bob BJ Johnson
, Nkoosi Johnson
, Terry McCormick
, Catherine Margaret Cory
Public or private, we've all had losses. Is there anyone you are remembering today?
posted by madamjujujive
on Dec 1, 2003 -
Might as well jump. JUMP!
An interesting article (nicked from linkfilter
) about suicide and the Golden Gate Bridge. Only 26 people are known to have survived the 220 ft drop into water 350ft deep. I have been across the bridge once and was "amused" by the fact that there is a free counselling phone as you get halfway across. Reading this article and realising the numbers involved, it suddenly seems less funny...
BTW, the jumper (who before he went a second time was one of the 26) protesting the Iraq War was discussed here
posted by jontyjago
on Oct 7, 2003 -
Preservation by Plastination
: Until recently the privilege to view corpses and the human body’s interior has been confined to medicine students and anatomists in dissection rooms. It is only due to the invention of plastination that the general public is now also able to enjoy fascinating insights into the human body.
posted by starscream
on Aug 4, 2003 -
Uday & Qusay's death - a failure?!
Salam Pax thinks the U.S. "wasted a chance to show Iraqis they really are doing something"
. Robert Fisk
asked in yesterday's press conference "Surely, the possibility of the immense amount of information they could have given coalition forces"
justified efforts to try to take them alive. The military had time, the element of surprise, special forces troops, and nonlethal weapons
-- so why did they attack with rockets and TOW missiles? Where is Saddam? Could we have learned more about Iraq's WMD programs? Is it better for the Bush administration to not have some questions answered?
posted by insomnia_lj
on Jul 24, 2003 -
The Dance of Death.
Die Totentanz: A German-language site
spotlighting, for example, the dance of death in literature
, graphic art
. For those, like me, whose German is not so good, this
page offers an English-language history of the phenomenon, and the Catholic Encyclopedia has an article
too. See also Holbein
's Dance-of-Death; Lübeck
's Dance-of-Death; and umm, this
posted by misteraitch
on Jul 3, 2003 -
Death in the snow - a body is found in the frozen North Dakota woods. The cops say the dead Japanese woman was looking for the $1m she saw buried in the film Fargo. But the story didn't end there
An interesting read via Follow Me Here
posted by madamjujujive
on Jun 12, 2003 -
Iraq Body Count
is a web "button" that can be cut and pasted to a website showing an updated tally of civilian casualties in the upcoming Iraqi war. Their methodology
is to survey a broad swath of news sites and come up with a "high" and "low" number. They're probably more credible than Saddam's government or the Pentagon. (via TalkLeft
posted by owillis
on Mar 18, 2003 -
..Were George Harrison and Fred Rogers terminally sedated
?The hospice movement started in this country because people were dying badly, often in pain. I have personal experience that the family is given a bottle of morphine with a eye dropper and a hint.(MetaonlineJournalism - A subsection of MetaFilter (like MetaTalk) where stories or rumors that need further investigation, research, or verification are actively worked on by webloggers, ideally working together to determine the truth of the matter
posted by JohnR
on Mar 8, 2003 -
This is a friend of a friend.
Jon and Heidi Connal traveled around the world
from June 2001 to Oct 2002. They included all of their experiences in a journal on their website
. Jon Andrew Connal ran a marathon almost every month. Then he got sick and started throwing up blood for no apparent reason. The doctor thought it might be some sort of pneumonia. He was a very healthy man but for no apparent reason he suddenly died 3 days later. It's a sad story about wonderful people.
posted by suprfli
on Feb 21, 2003 -
Takes the phrase "Get a Life" to a new level.
Those masterminds of marketing, those night rocking, day partying satanic minions, KISS, have achieved the ultimate score in product merchandising. That's right, it's your very own KISS coffin, and while you might think "What's the point?", keep in mind that before you shuffle off this mortal coil, it doubles as a beer cooler.
posted by jeremias
on Feb 20, 2003 -
On November 28, 1960, a morse code transmission reading "SOS to the whole world" from an orbiting spaceship was picked up by the Judica-Cordiglia brothers with their home-made radio tracking station in San Maurizio Canavese, Italy. Sometime between February 2-4, they picked up telemetry of a dying cosmonauts heartbeat and breathing. Yuri Gagarin,
the universally acknowledged first man in space, did not make his flight until April 12, 1961. These brothers claimed that they intercepted radio transmissions of other secret flights as well. Were there secret Soviet spaceflights that ended in the death of Cosmonauts? Most
tend to disagree,
and offer an excellent debunking.
I started reading about this several weeks before the Columbia, but it now has a new poignancy. I agree that it is exceedingly unlikely that these alleged flights took, but the claims of these brothers, mingled with various other rumor and various Soviet urban legends, (along with the fact of Russian/Soviet general secrecy about most everything,) create an alternate history that is exceedingly disturbing.
posted by Snyder
on Feb 7, 2003 -
The denizens of Fark
are having a crisis of conscience after one of their members died in a car accident
. There are only a few holdouts against the outpouring of sympathy
from the biliously sarcastic community. "Farkers, seriously - where's your irreverence?" asked Labberdasher. "Not one 'he should have gone for a Darwin award' ... ?"
posted by rcade
on Feb 5, 2003 -
Motorists (Mom's and Dad's driving their own kids to schools) ignored little girls lying on street in blood after fatal hit-and-run !!! (Palo Alto, California)
Tom Malzbender can forgive the Palo Alto teenager Megan Joelle Coughran (18-year-old Palo Alto High School senior and a church's day care worker)
who allegedly struck and killed his 6-year-old daughter and injured another girl before his eyes, then drove off....
What Malzbender can't forgive are the two motorists behind the hit-and-run driver Tuesday morning, the ones he watched drive past two bloody, injured girls by the side of a narrow road near his house.
"That is (messed) up," Malzbender said. "Who knows. Maybe I could have put Amy in the back of one of their cars and taken her to the emergency room."
Now, what the hell is wrong with these people ?
(if you ask me they all deserve a long long jail time)
Why people don't pay attention when they drive ? (especially when you see pedestrians or cyclists !)
Latest Hit-and-run (or kill-and-ignore) accidents in the Bay Area Jan 28th
, Jan 23rd
, Jan 15th
, Oct 30th
, Oct 22
posted by bureaustyle
on Feb 3, 2003 -
passed away today at 99. He was probably one of, if not the, most famous caricaturists in history, drawing an enormous range of stars, from Chaplin and Bergen to Seinfeld and Benny. The Line King
was a '96 documentary about his work and the stars he drew in an 70+ year career as an illustrator. Very sad to think that the popular pasttime of counting the Ninas in the drawings has ended.
posted by PeteyStock
on Jan 20, 2003 -
"Donald looked upon violence as an artist might look on paint..."
Director Donald Cammell committed suicide at home on April 24, 1996. Because of the location of the gunshot wound he inflicted on himself, he stayed alive and conscious for 45 minutes. He asked for a mirror to observe his own death. Foreshadowing this, in Cammell's underrated 1987 film White of the Eye
, serial killer David Keith holds a mirror up to a victim's face as she dies. Filmmaker and author Kenneth Anger said "I predicted Donald Cammell's suicide. He was in love with death."
He wrote seven films and directed six, ranging from the controversial end-of-the-psychedelic-sixties counterculture gangster film Performance
(starring Mick Jagger),to the schlocky Demon Seed
(based on a Dean Koontz novel), in which Julie Christie is raped by a computer, to a documentary about U2
. A man of unusual talent, Cammell was an enigma even to those closest to him. "Cammell knew that nothing was as ever as it looked, that there was no single, simple truth."
His body of work, as diverse as it is sparse, reflects this. Three different biographers are working on Cammell projects, and a fascinating biodocumentary Donald Cammell: The Ultimate Performance
was released in 1998. His films are well worth seeking out, taken as a whole, they present an interesting psychological picture of their creator, and taken separately, they're thoughtful and interesting examinations of perception, reality, violence, and the nature of power.
posted by biscotti
on Jan 13, 2003 -
Joe Strummer Dies at 50.
Not exactly what I was hoping to get for Christmas... I have a feeling that my wife is going to be quite sick of Sandinista! and London Calling after today...
posted by badzen
on Dec 24, 2002 -
How did they die, and why is it important? The Death of the Father
is an exhibit tracing the deaths of some modern political villains [Stalin, Ceausescu, Tito, etc.] and exploring the political importance of death-as-closure in the ending of tyrannical regimes. A bit pomo at times, but you get to see Hitler's teeth! Just one of the many fascinating sites from the Cornell Institute for Digital Collections
posted by jessamyn
on Dec 11, 2002 -
The JetSet Society
What if the passengers on any given plane actually lived there? One guy's musings, with sections on the Economy, Love and Death, and of course, Religion.
posted by amberglow
on Nov 18, 2002 -
Another child-bakes-in-car story,
but this one is especially heartbreaking: single mother trying to keep her temp job has no child care for her developmentally disabled daughter and leaves her in the car out of desperation. Every summer there's a rash of these cases, with some
eliciting more hatred and disgust than others. What gives -- the general decline of parenting/morals/personal responsibility, or should we get serious about child care in the land of "family values"? (Thanks to Jim Romenesko.)
posted by serafinapekkala
on Oct 3, 2002 -
Your Appetite For Death And The Taste Of Its Mouth*
With Seville's World Flamenco Fair
coming up on October 3, I was astonished to find, thanks to the samples [MP3 and Real Audio req.
] offered by the Flamenco World
website, how revitalized it's recently been by eclecticism and sheer, uninhibited imagination
. And here's an interesting collection of essays and links
to pour over while you're listening...
*Nobody knows you. No. But I sing of you. For posterity I sing of your profile and grace. Of the signal maturity of your understanding. Of your appetite for death and the taste of its mouth. - Federico Garcia Lorca
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Sep 21, 2002 -