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» Collision Course: Why This Type Of Road Junction Will Keep Killing Cyclists
"Naturally, as per the conditions of a collision course being signalled by a constant bearing, for any speed of the approaching car there is a speed at which a cyclist will remain obscured by the front pillar almost until the point of impact."
cycling  traffic  illusions  design  death 
january 2018 by kevan
Cern's electrocuted weasel to go on display | Science | The Guardian
"The partly-cooked corpse was duly secured for inclusion in [Rotterdam Natural History Museum]'s Dead Animal Tales exhibition."
death  mammals  science  museums 
january 2017 by kevan
Mercedes-Benz driverless cars will hit pedestrians rather than endanger occupants
"If you know you can save at least one person, at least save that one. Save the one in the car."
transport  death  robots  future 
october 2016 by kevan
Scientists have created a microscopic, real life-or-death version of Pac-Man | Polygon
"The goal of the study was to discover how euglena respond to being in a life-or-death situation when being chased by rotifers in an physical area that's less than 1mm in diameter."
games  simulations  death  mazes 
july 2016 by kevan
The Song of La Palice - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Alas! If he wasn't dead / He would be still alive."
death  language  mutation  humour 
april 2016 by kevan
Does losing your sense of smell predict death risk? - Health News - NHS Choices
"Being told you have an increased risk of death is not particularly useful if there are no well-validated methods of reducing said risk."
death  smell 
october 2014 by kevan
For Tag Game Player, 'It' Will Be a Long Year -
"During the service, as Mr. Caferro walked toward the altar to take communion, he paused at the front row and grabbed his friend's shoulder. Mr. Schultheis looked up to acknowledge what he thought was a sympathetic gesture. Mr. Caferro mouthed, "You're It," and went on his way."
games  death  via:josh 
march 2013 by kevan
Why Are Dead People Liking Stuff On Facebook?
"If nobody tells Facebook that the account-holder is dead, Facebook just keeps operating on the assumption the person is alive. In that case, someone’s “likes” from months and months ago can still keep surfacing in the news feeds of their friends, since Facebook recycles “likes” long after they first occur."
facebook  illusions  death 
december 2012 by kevan
Man dressed as Bigfoot killed trying to provoke sightings - Telegraph
"He was trying to make people think he was Sasquatch so people would call in a Sasquatch sighting. [...] Obviously, his [ghillie] suit made it difficult for people to see him."
monsters  illusions  delusions  death 
august 2012 by kevan
BBC News - Beastie Boys star Adam Yauch's will bans music in ads
"Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, in no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes."
advertising  music  death  law 
august 2012 by kevan
Ronald Searle | The Economist
"Ronald Searle, artist, limner of St Trinian’s and St Custard’s, died on December 30th, aged 91. Nigel Molesworth of St Custard’s writes."
art  death 
january 2012 by kevan
'Mass suicide' protest at Apple manufacturer Foxconn factory - Telegraph
"Foxconn, which manufactures gadgets for the likes of Apple, Sony, Nintendo and HP, among many others, has had a grim history of suicides at its factories. A suicide cluster in 2010 saw 18 workers throw themselves from the tops of the company's buildings, with 14 deaths."
technology  death  via:brendan 
january 2012 by kevan
BBC News - 'Tarzan's chimpanzee' Cheetah dies aged 80 in Florida
"A chimp known as 'Cheeta' who lives in California was for a long time claimed to be the chimp in the films, but, following research for a biography, that claim has been withdrawn. It is possible that several different animals were used while filming the Tarzan movies."
apes  films  death 
december 2011 by kevan
Thatcher state funeral to be privatised - e-petitions
"In keeping with the great lady's legacy, Margaret Thatcher's state funeral should be funded and managed by the private sector to offer the best value and choice for end users and other stakeholders."
death  money  politics 
december 2011 by kevan
BBC News - Every death on every road in Great Britain 1999-2010
"Using official data recorded by police in Great Britain between 1999 and 2010, we have plotted every road collision in which someone died. In all, 36,371 fatalities are marked on this interactive map."
death  maps 
december 2011 by kevan
Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning
"The Instinctive Drowning Response [does] not look like most people expect. There is very little splashing, no waving, and no yelling or calls for help of any kind."
death  water  children  via:foe 
may 2011 by kevan
Language at risk of dying out – the last two speakers aren't talking | World news | The Guardian
"It is not clear whether there is a long-buried argument behind their mutual avoidance, but people who know them say they have never really enjoyed each other's company."
language  death  society 
april 2011 by kevan
Deaths per TWH by energy source
"The fifty actual deaths from [solar panel] roof installation accidents for 1.5 million roof installations is equal to the actual deaths experienced so far from Chernobyl."
electricity  death  maths  via:amuchmoreexotic 
march 2011 by kevan
Meat-Eating Furniture : Krulwich Wonders… : NPR
"A lamp shade robot, an Auger-Loizeau Carnivorous Domestic Robot Entertainment design, is powered by incoming flies."
electricity  death  furniture  light  food  via:dunx 
february 2011 by kevan
Text message blows up suicide bomber by accident
"Security sources believe a message from her mobile phone operator wishing her a happy new year received just hours before the planned attack triggered her suicide belt, killing her at a safe house."
phones  terrorism  death  coincidences  via:zarba 
january 2011 by kevan
Moscow Metro forced to delay opening of ‘depressing’ Dostoevsky station - Times Online
"The [murals], drawn from the 19th-century novelist’s works, could prompt depressed commuters to kill themselves, critics say. "
depression  transport  death  russia  art  via:minkette 
may 2010 by kevan
This Is a Mosquito Getting Killed By a Laser - Gizmodo
Tracking mosquito movement and burning their wings off with a pinpoint laser. "The idea behind the 'Death Star' laser is that it could be used to control mosquito populations in developing countries in hopes of reducing the number of deaths due to malaria."
insects  light  death  pestilence  technology  via:waxy 
february 2010 by kevan
Respect For the Fungus Overlords | The Loom | Discover Magazine
"The spores penetrate an insect’s exoskeleton and then work their way into its body, where fungus then starts to grow. Meanwhile, the insect wanders up a plant and clamps down, whereupon Cordyceps grows a long stalk that sprouts of the dead host’s body. It can then shower down spores on unfortunate insects below."
ants  parasites  brains  death 
august 2009 by kevan
Urban adventure game kills entrant | RT
A death in pervasive gaming. "22-year-old Kirill Zhirovov was killed when he was trying to accomplish one of the game’s tasks, the Russian newspaper Trud reports. The organizers hid the code on top of a forsaken transformer box."
games  pervasive  death  russia  via:pgtd 
june 2009 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Fly's brain 'senses swat threat'
"Within 100 milliseconds of spotting the swatter they can position their centre of mass in the right way so that a simple extension of their legs propels them away from any threat. "
insects  death  brains  air  limbs 
september 2008 by kevan
Michael Coveney meets comedian Ken Campbell | Stage | The Guardian
An old interview with Ken Campbell, who died at the weekend. "Parrots live for ever and she's nowhere near 10 yet, so she'll live way after me. At least I know my voice will carry on for a bit after I'm gone: 'I'm up 'ere, you're down there!'"
death  interviews  birds 
september 2008 by kevan
Iceland police shoot second Greenland polar bear | The Daily Telegraph
"It is believed the bear travelled several hundred kilometres from Greenland atop an ice floe, probably landing near the town of Saudarkrokur, on the Skaga fjord, where it was seen and killed."
mammals  iceland  police  death  ice 
june 2008 by kevan
Hitman: Blood Money (Xbox 360)
Good balance of linear and freeform, with a lot of randomly pursued routes feeling like official, scripted ones, until you try again and go somewhere else. The AI gets a bit dodgy up-close, but works quite chillingly at a distance.
gamelog  4stars  death  money  weapons  secrets 
january 2008 by kevan
MJW-top - The Accurate
"This is the most accurate wristwatch you can buy - the hour hand reads 'remember', the minute hand 'you will die'. The dial and rim of the glass on the Accurate is mirrored, so that the wearer is reflected in the watch face."
time  death  technology  via:jones 
december 2007 by kevan
Assassin's Creed (Xbox 360)
A clean hybrid of Prince of Persia and GTA, with a great, flowing sense of parkour across the 12th century rooftops of Damascus and Jerusalem. Slightly thin missions so far, and the meta-plot seems unwisely bolted on, but it's still exhilarating to play.
gamelog  4stars  death  secrets  history  weapons  war  cities  architecture 
november 2007 by kevan
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Great, no-nonsense Bogart, cutting short any deception subplots by tersely admitting things and walking out of the room to do something else.
filmlog  3stars  mysteries  crime  secrets  birds  death 
september 2007 by kevan
The Illusionist (2006)
Dull characters, a simple plot and clumsy direction, killing any frame of audience reference by using pointlessly overblown CGI in place of simple, historical stage magic.
filmlog  1star  magic  illusions  death  love  ghosts 
july 2007 by kevan
Last Tango in Aberystwyth - Malcolm Pryce
Good, deadpan, Welsh-seaside noir parody, with nuggets of well-written genre in there. The silliness has a better edge of coherency to it, this time, but the plot's a sprawling mess of afterthoughts and needless cameos.
booklog  mysteries  death  secrets  police  tourism 
may 2007 by kevan
Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
Decent story of going back and moving on, sidestepping a lot of obvious scenes, with the protagonist being deadpan and matter-of-fact enough to work as a character. Had forgotten how little he avoids the question of what he does for a living.
filmlog  4stars  death  love  nostalgia  via:brendan 
may 2007 by kevan
Mobile Phone Virus Scare Jumps from Pakistan to Afghanistan
"The rumours claimed that 'as soon as you answer your phone blood comes out of your mouth, nose and ears and you die'. [...] Government authorities are blaming local Taliban for spreading the scare story."
phones  pestilence  delusions  death  viruses 
may 2007 by kevan
Clue (1985)
Cheerfully nonsensical vagueness that only really works if you know the three endings are coming, and doesn't really work that well anyway. The isolated-house murder-mystery trope is always fun, though.
filmlog  2stars  mysteries  death  board  games  meta  crime  secrets  weapons 
april 2007 by kevan
Novelist Kurt Vonnegut dies at age 84 - Yahoo! News
"My father, like Hemingway, was a gun nut and was very unhappy late in life. But he was proud of not committing suicide. And I'll do the same, so as not to set a bad example for my children."
death  vonnegut 
april 2007 by kevan
Memories Of Murder (2003)
South Korean police procedural - an idealistic by-the-book city cop being stationed among cynical provincial detectives, their beaten confessions involving a lot of flying kicks. A slow film with some weird dead-end tangents, but nice aesthetics.
filmlog  3stars  police  death  mysteries  lies  cheating  crime 
april 2007 by kevan
Brick (2006)
Overlaying film noir onto American high school at a well-judged moment, when everyone's growing up and becoming capable of anything. Nuances of dialogue were wasted on me, though, when my view of American schools is based entirely on films to begin with.
filmlog  3stars  education  drugs  death  love  mysteries  america  language  via:brendan 
march 2007 by kevan
Hot Fuzz (2007)
Good double-parody of complex-motive ITV village-detective mundanity and exploding American cop films. Missing references makes some scenes oddly pointless, and the gore doesn't fit either genre, but Pegg and Frost carry it engagingly for two hours.
filmlog  4stars  police  death  mysteries  comedy 
march 2007 by kevan
BBC NEWS | From Our Own Correspondent | When vodka is your poison
"They called it the yellow death. It started in the summer when dozens of people turned up in casualty, a vile shade of yellow."
russia  drinks  poison  pestilence  death 
march 2007 by kevan
Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2003)
Nice parallels of love and death, both being dreamlike in a deadpan way. A bit slow at two hours, even for a twenty year biography, but Rockwell remains engagingly half-likeable throughout the whole thing.
filmlog  4stars  television  surveillance  death  secrets  love 
march 2007 by kevan
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Nintendo DS)
A simple, plodding show-item-to-person detective adventure game, brightened up by the ridiculous manga styling - presenting evidence during witness testimony in court, with a triumphant text-flash "objection!" explosion. Linear but time-killing.
gamelog  2stars  law  crime  puzzles  lies  death  mysteries 
february 2007 by kevan
The Night Of The Hunter (1955)
Men are evil and women are stupid, but children endure. Overrated, apart from a few stand-out scenes - there's a good and genuinely sinister, unstoppable villain in there somewhere, but the slapstick and weird editing undermines him almost completely.
filmlog  2stars  religion  children  death  crime  prison  money  secrets 
february 2007 by kevan
Ubik - Philip K. Dick
A brilliant, ramshackle, micropayment-appliance future, with time travel as the slow degradation of technology to earlier forms. Random psychic nonsense and the usual dreadful ending. Always the best author to read while you're running a fever.
booklog  time  death  technology  history 
february 2007 by kevan
Full Alert (1997)
A heist, some generic police chases, and some shootouts, with a bit of genuinely affecting guilt and responsibility, but not much.
filmlog  1star  police  crime  death  via:matthew 
january 2007 by kevan
The Long Goodbye (1973)
Pillar-to-post detective work, the sliders for both "decade" and "mood" set at proportional values between Bogart and The Big Lebowski, although Gould has some nice touches of timelessness.
filmlog  2stars  mysteries  crime  money  lies  death  police 
january 2007 by kevan
The Singing Detective (2003)
Jumped a bit too quickly and unevenly between its stories, and Downey just came across as shoutily, shallowly annoyed rather than genuinely bitter. Made me want to have watched the whole of the original, but not to actually watch it.
filmlog  2stars  crime  mysteries  skin  death  love  medicine  delusions  writing  via:catriona 
january 2007 by kevan
Theatre Of Blood (1973)
Decreasingly gory Shakespeare set-piece jokes, spinning out an increasingly pointless plot, and Diana Rigg in some terrible wigs. Everyone should have their own derelict theatre staffed by meths drinkers.
filmlog  2stars  theatre  death  via:catriona 
december 2006 by kevan
Nothing Sacred (1937)
Weak screwball comedy that never really gets going, with an uncomfortable attempt at comedy domestic violence, and a generally weird and morbid attitude throughout, with a radium-poisoned girl being the toast of New York for being so "doomed".
filmlog  2stars  news  pestilence  secrets  lies  love  death 
december 2006 by kevan
Judge Dredd: Dredd vs Death (PS2)
A decent enough casual shooter, capturing the mood and style of the comics pretty well - it's good to hear all the fictional swearwords. Dredd's variable-ammo Lawgiver is fun for pre-dating FPSs but suiting them perfectly.
gamelog  3stars  police  future  comics  death  zombies 
december 2006 by kevan
Les Diaboliques (1954)
A slow and dark Hitchcockian murder mystery, with the mystery in unexpected places. A good strong twist at the end, and an even better title card telling the audience not to give away spoilers when talking to their friends about it.
filmlog  4stars  death  mysteries  crime  france  secrets  education 
december 2006 by kevan
"We have placed 'CYCLIST STRUCK HERE' installations ('GhostCycles') at the 40 locations around Seattle where the most numerous/most severe accidents have taken place. Our goal is to raise driver awareness for non-vehicular use of our streets."
art  transport  ghosts  death 
december 2006 by kevan
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1955)
Very weak Hitchcock, with characters happening to end up in the right place through chance, and being justifiably confused when asked why they're there. One great scene of some silent-movie-style matter-of-factness played underneath a loud orchestra.
filmlog  1star  mysteries  death  children  secrets 
november 2006 by kevan
The Devil's Backbone (2001)
A ghost story in an isolated orphanage near the end of the Spanish Civil War, all yellow dust and red detailing. A strong and clearly-bounded plot, a lot of vivid imagery, some great aesthetic touches on the ghost itself.
filmlog  3stars  ghosts  war  children  death  secrets  weapons  via:matthew 
november 2006 by kevan
Telegraph | News | Nigel Kneale
"Nigel Kneale, who died on Sunday aged 84, was responsible for one of BBC Television's earliest audience successes, the Quatermass series, and became one of the most influential television and film writers to emerge in the 1950s."
death  television  science  aliens  writing 
november 2006 by kevan
Kingdom Come - J.G. Ballard
Suburban violence in the gravity well of an out-of-town shopping centre. Running a little too close to Millennium People, and feeling a little dilute, but it's good, strong Ballard, a string of blatant setups and sudden dodges of the obvious.
booklog  shops  society  politics  death  mysteries 
october 2006 by kevan
Children of Men (2006)
Life costed in deaths. Another grimly picaresque pre-post-apocalypse, starting out from a magnificent near-future London (which I didn't even realise the film was set in, from the posters), spoiled by disappointingly generic-sci-fi advertising hoardings.
filmlog  4stars  apocalypse  children  london  dereliction  police  death  secrets 
october 2006 by kevan
Lemming (2006)
Suicide as romanticised and misunderstood exhaustion. One good simile, horribly over-diluted at two hours.
filmlog  2stars  death  depression  mammals  france  ghosts 
september 2006 by kevan
Monument (If it Bleeds, it Leads)
"Each time it finds [a news headline involving deaths], an algorithm determines the number of deaths, and instructs a ceiling-mounted mechanism built from Legos to drop one yellow [ball bearing] per person."
art  news  death  lego  via:infosthetics 
august 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Arts | Back from the dead
The rise of modern taxidermy. "I get calls from people I've only met once at a party saying their cat brought something in and did I want it. I will drive for miles to collect something, although I'm getting a bit sick of squirrels and pigeons."
death  art  pigeons 
august 2006 by kevan | Media | Bob Smithies
Obituary of Guardian crossword setter Bunthorne, who died this week. "The clue, though, of which he was (rightly) most proud was simplicity itself. 'Amundsen's forwarding address (4)'."
death  crosswords 
august 2006 by kevan
The Seventh Seal (1957)
Figures moving slowly through a grim, black-and-white, 15th-century Swedish apocalypse, pursued by an oddly pranksterish Death. Had forgotten about the slowed, priest-fuelled, mediaeval end of the end of the world.
filmlog  3stars  death  apocalypse  pestilence  chess  religion 
july 2006 by kevan
The Deadly Bees (1966)
The MST3K'd version. Killer bee nonsense, with minor elements of mundane beekeeping law that sadly don't get carried through for a triumphant finale.
filmlog  2stars  bees  death  science 
july 2006 by kevan
Charade (1963)
Passable facetious-romantic missing-money identity thriller, with a sufficient edge of double-crossing uncertainty, and a ridiculous place to hide $250,000.
filmlog  3stars  crime  money  secrets  death 
july 2006 by kevan
Buffet Froid (1979)
Entertainingly casual deflation of the murder mystery, every guilty character confessing immediately and nobody really caring.
filmlog  3stars  death  mysteries  france  police  memory 
july 2006 by kevan
The Big Sleep (1946)
Slow, heavy film-noir cogs, Bogart having a magnificently tired invulnerability as he collects people's guns and hides listlessly behind things.
filmlog  4stars  crime  police  mysteries  death  money 
june 2006 by kevan
The Trouble With Harry (1955)
Cheerfully casual murder mystery with another Hitchcock corpse-as-unemotional-prop, being dug up and reburied. Snappy dialogue that spirals into outright borderline-insane non-sequiturs towards the end.
filmlog  3stars  death  secrets  mysteries  underground 
june 2006 by kevan
Titus (1999)
A visceral, emotional plot gets past most of the dead grammar, the set and costume design is fun for its mess of wilful anachronism.
filmlog  2stars  death  politics  via:holly 
june 2006 by kevan
Murder By Death (1976)
An elaborately pointless and talent-wasting parody of fictional detectives, and the isolated-mansion mystery story. I'd forgotten how enjoyable the genre itself could be, though.
filmlog  2stars  death  mysteries  meta 
may 2006 by kevan
Water Cooler Games - Columbine, Videogames as Expression, and Ineffability
"Why is it 'quite another thing' to have a game about Columbine? Is it because videogames do not have the power to address such issues? Is it because they do, but the public does not understand them?"
games  history  simulation  death  news  via:waxy 
may 2006 by kevan
"I enter the online US Army recruiting game, 'America's Army', in order to manually type the name, rank and date of death of each service person who has died to date in Iraq."
war  games  politics  death 
may 2006 by kevan
Series 7 - The Contenders (2001)
Sharply prescient reality-TV satire that has a lot of fun with its medium - the contestants' complete face-value acceptance of their situation, and the darker powers of primetime television as a combined church-and-state.
filmlog  4stars  television  surveillance  death  games 
may 2006 by kevan | Defying gravity
"One of the issues that has led to the desecration of burial grounds is fear. Socialising these spaces is absolutely essential. [...] It was only in the 20th century that we stopped using cemeteries in this way."
death  architecture  design  society 
may 2006 by kevan
State Wildlife Bounty Laws by State
"...and present an affidavit to such officer stating that said ears or head are of the animal the person killed, and that the person has not spared the life of any such animal within the person's power to kill."
mammals  birds  death  law  money 
may 2006 by kevan
Lawsuit: Vet clinic faked dog's death, gave animal away
"A couple who thought they were watching their epileptic dog being euthanized actually witnessed a simple sedation procedure concocted so the veterinary clinic could later give the canine to another owner, they claim in a lawsuit."
dogs  death  lies  medicine  via:hoaxes 
may 2006 by kevan
Riding the Death Line
The London Necropolis and National Mausoleum (Rail) Company. "The dead were no less segregated than the living - coffin accommodation was divided into three classes too, with each hearse car split into three sections of four coffin cells each."
transport  death  london  history  religion  via:jones 
may 2006 by kevan
Advertising Standards Authority - Most complained about ads of 2005
"The other, in tenth place, is a mailing for Channel Five's programme CSI:NY, which was also deemed distressing in its guise as the dossier of a real-life serial murderer with a penchant for victims bearing the same name as the mailing's recipient."
advertising  television  death  camrad  lies 
april 2006 by kevan
Tuno Negro (2001)
A fairly nonsensical Spanish university-slasher - quite a fun motive, but patchily applied, and it's always hard to know how to interpret spurious made-up-Internet elements.
filmlog  2stars  education  death  crime  surveillance  web  via:holly 
april 2006 by kevan
The Ice Harvest (2005)
Dully generic small-town-America suitcase-of-money thing. Some good, casual gun-pulling at the end, but otherwise forgettable.
filmlog  1star  death  money  ice  crime 
april 2006 by kevan
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