Many aspects of gaming have changed and evolved over the years. From basic mechanics to visuals, one could say it is an ever-changing and evolving medium. One way games have really changed is their violence. Once upon a time, you would die in a game and your character would make a surprised face and fall off the screen. Those days are over, my friend, replaced with brutal death scenes from video games that can involve things like getting impaled on a tree or getting your head severed off with a chainsaw. While some may squirm at these, I love horror, so these are right up my sick and twisted alley. Here are 7 brutal death scenes from video games. Warning, some violent imagery is about to assault the eyeballs so NSFW.
It’s not our intention to be maudlin, but if you watch shows like Penny Dreadful, Grimm, Orphan Black, and the likes, you shouldn’t be too put off by the topic of dying.
Then there are those phobias which can make the most staid person you know suddenly freak out. (Are you one of those?)
In any case, this interesting – although some may find it weird – infographic gives tidbits that should help with phobias; at the very least, it will give you a bunch of probably useless information. Useless is relative, though, as I am pretty sure these tidbits can serve as perfect conversation starters in any social situation. Or not.
Here you go, take a look at killer facts and have fun. Don’t take it too seriously.
No doubt, the subject of life and death is the most talked about topic today. We may not think about death every single day, but we are bound to meet it. As macabre as it may seem, I have thought about what I want to happen to my remains when I do pass away. I don’t want to be confined in a casket. I don’t want to be buried. Fire, I think is the best way to go. And I am pretty sure there are a lot of people who think the same way.
There is, of course, the traditional way of keeping the ashes of a loved one: in a jar. (Not the most poetic way to describe it, I know, but let’s be honest – it’s a jar.) For those who do not fancy having their ashes stored in a jar, there is this company who offers a one-of-a-kind service for people who may want their ashes to be placed in a non-traditional repository.
Holy Smoke LLC is a company started by two state law enforcement officers, Thad Holmes and Clem Parnell. Their concept is simple, interesting, and maybe freakish for some. For people who are into hunting, law enforcement, and other activities that involve guns and ammunition, the concept is perfect. Instead of putting the ashes of a loved on in an urn (there, I used the proper word), they will load the ashes onto shells. Not the kind that you pick up on a lazy day at the beach, but the kind the kind that you put in firearms.
It’s no joke, and the guys take their service seriously. In a nutshell, they will take the ashes of your loved one and manually put them in the ammo of your choosing. And you can use the ammo for real. Forget about having your family go on a single-engine plane to scatter your ashes over the sea or wherever.
You might think that this is too weird, but business is already gearing up, and they have already received orders. If you think this will work for you, get in touch with Holy Smoke.
Photo via breenzanemom
EDIT: The original image is traced back to the young Jonathan Mak.
I found an Apple logo with Steve’s silhouette serving as the bite mark. I don’t recall exactly where I found it, but I really wanted to turn it into a little tribute wallpaper. Problem was, the image was around 300 x 300 and really wouldn’t fit anything, even a mobile device.
I opened Keynote and created a new presentation with a black background. Pasted the image and it auto-aligned with the rulers. Added the text. It was that easy. Many years ago, creating something like this would have taken about 5 minutes if you were any good. It literally took me 15 seconds.
This made me realize Steve’s legacy of empowerment. Of making things easier. Of simplifying. And of making things beautiful.
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No, I am not feeling morbid on this overcast Friday, but who can resist reading up on something called mushroom death suit? Inventor slash artist Jae Rhim Lee has taken on an immense project that crosses boundaries. On the one hand, she tackles the scientific aspect of training fungi to eat dead bodies. On the other hand, she tackles the prevailing attitudes of people towards death.
Lee was interviewed at the New Scientist, where she talked about her mushroom death suit, which is part of the Infinity Burial Project. ((Source))
The premise: we live in a culture of death denial, where the norm is to preserve – albeit temporarily – the bodies of the dead with materials such as formaldehyde. She talks about the negative effects of this practice on the environment and people.
The solution: toxin-cleaning edible mushroom to eat the body.
The method of delivery: mushroom death suit.
That’s the Lee herself wearing the suit at a TED talk. Obviously, the suit is not entirely made of mushroom. The diagram below shows how it is supposed to work.
As Lee has explained, the mushroom death suit is made of organic cotton (it has to be organic, of course!), which is covered by a crocheted netting. This netting is supposed to resemble the growth of mushroom mycelium and is also the medium for the infinity mushroom (the ones that will eat your body) to grow. She also does admit, however, that the netting might not serve the purpose as mushroom spores are difficult to cultivate outside of petri dishes. Her possible solution? Gelatin as a second skin.
This is really interesting, but I have to admit that I am feeling my stomach stir as I write. Lee’s ultimate goal is to increase awareness for her cause – environmental stewardship that does not necessarily end when you pass away. I applaud her for that, but I think I will stick to my original plan – the hottest of fires. I may be acting like a wuss here, but isn’t fire just as environment-friendly as the mushroom death suit?
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Sadly, this week I am coming to terms with the death of a friend. They’re the first person I know to die that had a social media presence — namely a Facebook account — and at present that page seems eerily ‘in limbo’.
Social networking seems to be at such a place presently that, although it is widely accepted as the norm by those who use it, for others it is still a complete mystery.
Yet, particularly if someone dies quite young, it is those who are confused by Web 2.0 that may be left to decide what to do with the accounts.
The Facebook account in question hasn’t been “memorialised” yet, and perhaps that isn’t the best thing to do. One has to weigh up the benefits of making the account more secure with the fact that many pieces of information (such as the archive of wall posts) may no longer be available.
As social networks continue to increase in importance, and as more and more relationships are lived out online, these questions are going to become more common.
Should an online presence be enshrined forever? Could a more tech-savvy friend or relative create a virtual memorial for the deceased? Who has a say over how defunct accounts should be maintained, when relationship circles now extend far beyond immediate family?
I don’t have the answers, but I know that this is only going to become more common. I’m not even sure how I feel – using Facebook everyday means I will have the bittersweet reminder of his life and death much more often than had he not had an account. Enshrined, virtually immortalised, as we continue to grow older.
What do you think?