Yearly Archives: 2013

Funeral Homes Scared of Dead Bodies

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is pretty terrifying. It is an incurable brain disease that is invariably fatal. Tiny prions (infectious proteins) infect the brain and cause it to take on a spongy texture. Progressively… 

October 11, 2013 | Blog

Wee Memento Mori Rosary Bead

No big deal.  Just a rosary bead carved in bone, from 1741, informing us that we, too, will die. There are multiple elements presented here. One side is the face of a… 

October 3, 2013 | Blog

Cemetery Love & Death Mystery

You’re hanging out in your local churchyard cemetery (as one does) and you stumble upon a strange headstone. Michael Murricane, died 1977, “in a road accident on the morning of his intended… 

September 24, 2013 | Blog

I Wonder What the Dalai Lama Thinks About Death.

Hey, you guys know the Dalai Lama, right? You’re fans, even? His Holiness? Nobel Peace Prize winner? Beacon of human rights and Tibetan Buddhism the world over? I suspect you would probably… 

September 11, 2013 | Blog

Ask a Mortician Pyramid Scheme

This is a video I made in response to this rant posted by a funeral director on Reddit, accusing the industry of being one large pyramid scheme designed to scam grieving families. 

September 8, 2013 | Videos

Halp! Halp Death Get in to SXSW!

Chanel Reynolds, the amazing widow activist from Get Your Shit Together suggested that the two of us do a panel together at SXSW 2014 about what we call the “Death Space.” The… 

August 21, 2013 | Blog

How to Fix Society, One Baboon Group at a Time

Chad Weber did such an excellent job in his last post on Stanford neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky, that we asked him back to talk Sapolsky’s work with baboons. *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Robert Sapolsky goes to… 

August 7, 2013 | Blog

American Funeral Home Revolution #6: The Pitch

The sixth installment from awesome Austin-based funeral director Sarah Wambold documenting the process of opening her own funeral home. (Catch up: American Funeral Home Revolution #1, #2, #3, #4, #5) *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*   “I’ve made everything from furniture to sex… 

July 23, 2013 | Blog

The Simple, Elegant Death of Daehyun Kim

Daehyun Kim is everything. “I was born in Seoul, in 1980. Now I’m living and working in Seoul. I studied fine arts at a university, specialized in Traditional East-Asian Art/Paintings. I’ve been… 

July 18, 2013 | Blog