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We’re more likely to get cancer than to get married. This is a wake-up call | Ranjana Srivastava | Opinion | The Guardian
Later, in clinic, I see patients ranging from a stoical university student to a devastated father to the frail octogenarian who can’t remember the day, let alone that he has cancer – each patient an illustration of a recent Macmillan Cancer Support UK finding that it is more common for an individual to be diagnosed with cancer than to get married or have a first child. One in two people will encounter a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime, which is why the report says that, alongside marriage, parenthood, retirement and the death of a parent, cancer is now “a common life milestone”.
cancer  life  milestones  death  uk  health  medicine 
20 days ago by jm
Some great factoids about Glasnevin Cemetery
local landmark and significant chunk of Dublin history. I like this one:
Another odd thing was that people from Dublin had to be buried before noon. This was due to the fact that many funerals stopping at the gate would end up so late in the pub the gates would be closed. A number of times the sextant would open up in the morning to find a coffin or two aganst the gates. For years I thought this was made up but it turns out to be true. A friend had a copy of the cemetary bye laws from (I think) around 1908 and it was in there. I think the rule was if you lived within 7 miles of the GPO you had to be buried before 12 noon.
death  burial  graveyards  glasnevin  dublin  history  d11 
april 2016 by jm
Please Kill Me (Eventually) | Motherboard
There is much that the wise application of technology can do to help us ease off this mortal coil, instead of tormenting ourselves at the natural end of life in a futile, undignified and excruciating attempt to keep it somehow duct-taped on. Train more people in geriatrics, for example. Learn new ways to make life safe, healthy, fun and interesting for the old. Think like a community, a brotherhood, not like atomized competing individuals a few of whom can somehow "beat the system" of the universe. Maybe it is better to examine clearly what we are with a view to understanding and acceptance than it is to try to escape what perhaps should be our inevitable ending.
death  mortality  cryogenics  alcor  geriatrics  life  singularity  mind-uploading  ray-kurzweil 
april 2015 by jm
Germanwings flight 4U9525: what’s it like to listen to a black box recording?
After every air disaster, finding the black box recorder becomes the first priority – but for the crash investigators who have to listen to the tapes of people’s final moments, the experience can be incredibly harrowing.
flight  disasters  metrics  recording  germanwings  air-travel  black-box-recorder  flight-data-recorder  death 
april 2015 by jm
Schneier on Security: Excess Automobile Deaths as a Result of 9/11
The inconvenience of extra passenger screening and added costs at airports after 9/11 cause many short-haul passengers to drive to their destination instead, and, since airline travel is far safer than car travel, this has led to an increase of 500 U.S. traffic fatalities per year. Using DHS-mandated value of statistical life at $6.5 million, this equates to a loss of $3.2 billion per year, or $32 billion over the period 2002 to 2011 (Blalock et al. 2007).
risk  security  death  9-11  politics  screening  dhs  air-travel  driving  road-safety 
september 2013 by jm
Totoro Isn't All Cute. For Some, He's the God of Death.
"Everyone, do not worry," read the Studio Ghibli statement. "There's absolutely no truth or configuration that Totoro is the God of Death or that Mei is dead in My Neighbor Totoro."
totoro  studio-ghibli  death  morbid  japan  film  movies  urban-legends  alternate  plot 
august 2013 by jm
IETF expedited publication of RFC6449 before J.D. Falk passed away
I had no idea JD was sick. Very saddened to hear about this, he was a nice guy and a great member of the anti-spam community :(
jd-falk  death  cancer  rfcs  ietf  anti-spam  people 
november 2011 by jm
zen.org Communal Weblog » Bigger Than His Body
'My beautiful, smart, funny, geeky, blue-eyed, bearded, amazing husband died last night with me and two of his aunts holding him.' So sorry for Elana and their boys -- Brendan was a nice guy and a great hacker :(
brendan-kehoe  awful  leukemia  life  death  rip 
july 2011 by jm

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