Friday, March 31, 2006

Because Newspapers Always Get Stuff Wrong...

You can go to You Died [via] and write your own obituary. It can be present, future, or fantastical. As the site says, it's a bit scary. Think of it as a goal-setting exercise, perhaps?

Or, if you think you'll live that long, there's the fifty year digital time capsule project. I love this line: "The International Time Capsule Society estimates that there are about 10,000 time capsules scattered around the globe, most of them lost." There's a Society!

In less entertaining news (worse than DIY obituaries? Yes), The Smithsonian archives are subtly, but unquestionably, privatizing their collection. I'm sympathetic to their need for revenue: they do good work and it's not cheap. But if I had donated historical materials to the Smithsonian with the expectation that it would be curated and archived and accessible, I'd be really ticked right about now. Expect some cemetary-based temblors, as former Smithsonian trustees and donors spin in their graves....

1 comment:

Someone said...

Go ahead and take a shot. Submit one yourself ... if you dare.