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What to do with the dead?
« on: September 10, 2017, 12:46:02 AM »
It seems, according to a BBC world Service prog that this is a valid subject for study, some places are running out of room to plant bodies intact.

I always wanted to be composted into a growth medium. But composting whole bodies is gross and illegal in most places. There were other ideas, such as light generators, possibly thermocouple piles harvesting the heat of decay to power LEDs. Won't last that long and still needs a body's worth of real estate.

The best I came up with was a combination of the ideas. I want to be freeze dried, ground, sterilsed in a sealed container at 100oC and then composted and used to grow tomatoes.

Cremation, probably my final outcome, destroys too many of the potential nutrients to be much use as a decent gowth promoter.
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Re: What to do with the dead?
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2017, 01:20:02 AM »
Cremation seems the most reasonable solution to the problem. Personally, I'd like to be dropped off in the wilderness somewhere but doubt that's going to happen unless I go to Yellowstone I'll prepared.
 

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Re: What to do with the dead?
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2017, 02:44:08 AM »
I've given this plenty of thought and have come to the conclusion that I would like to be turned into a diamond and thrown into the deep ocean where nobody will ever find me. :tellmemore:

I realise the logistics of this can be a bit tricky though. :P
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Re: What to do with the dead?
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2017, 02:51:20 AM »
One question though Dave - why tomatoes? Why not corn, okra, kudzu, or a towering oak? You could fertilize a towering coastal redwood or a giant sequoia. You could have your remains spread on Methuselah in Sweden, in the hope that he grows for another 10,000 years. Tomatoes are awfully quick to live, die, and be devoured atop a summer salad doused in oil and vinegar. Do you have a café in mind for your final spread?
 

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Re: What to do with the dead?
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2017, 03:41:45 AM »
What about a burial pod?  Apparently it's still in the planning stages and the developers haven't figured out a cost for it yet, but they expect it to be less than a conventional burial.
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Re: What to do with the dead?
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2017, 04:00:08 AM »
One of my favorite subjects here!
Here's a fun list of things you can do with ashes:
https://www.google.com/amp/www.al.com/articles/15087026/15_unique_things_to_do_your_cr.amp
And I do love the idea of turning my or a loved one's ashes into a diamond or a gem. That can cost between $3,000 and $25,000, depending on how big and what color, and it takes about 6 months.
I don't like the idea of being turned into a coral reef.... I need to breathe, whether I'm dead or alive!
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Re: What to do with the dead?
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2017, 09:31:51 AM »
I've always said we should have a big feast and eat the departed.  Much the greenest and least wasteful method of recycling people, and celebrating them at the same time.

My book of recipes will be appearing shortly.   ;)

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Re: What to do with the dead?
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2017, 10:01:48 AM »
One question though Dave - why tomatoes? Why not corn, okra, kudzu, or a towering oak? You could fertilize a towering coastal redwood or a giant sequoia. You could have your remains spread on Methuselah in Sweden, in the hope that he grows for another 10,000 years. Tomatoes are awfully quick to live, die, and be devoured atop a summer salad doused in oil and vinegar. Do you have a café in mind for your final spread?

Not sure really, that was just a spur of the moment choice. Though tomatoes are probably my favourite food plant, so versatile and tasty. Perhaps I want other people to enjoy "eating" the product of my death.

Big trees will mostly get on OK without a few kilos of dried and composted Dave and my atoms will be more or less "immortal" whatever hapoens to them. Just so long as they serve a purpose beyond feeding a few flies and other bugs (important as they are to the ecology).
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Re: What to do with the dead?
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2017, 01:24:27 PM »
What about a burial pod?  Apparently it's still in the planning stages and the developers haven't figured out a cost for it yet, but they expect it to be less than a conventional burial.

Much like this, yes?
https://urnabios.com/


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Re: What to do with the dead?
« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2017, 01:57:01 PM »
What about a burial pod?  Apparently it's still in the planning stages and the developers haven't figured out a cost for it yet, but they expect it to be less than a conventional burial.

Much like this, yes?
https://urnabios.com/

It looks like the same general idea, but that one appears to be indoor whereas the burial pods are outdoor.
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Re: What to do with the dead?
« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2017, 02:51:07 PM »
I've always said we should have a big feast and eat the departed.  Much the greenest and least wasteful method of recycling people, and celebrating them at the same time.

My book of recipes will be appearing shortly.   ;)

Did you change your avatar to the Crypt Keeper just for that post? It's very fitting either way.
 

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Re: What to do with the dead?
« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2017, 07:49:55 PM »
No, I changed it about a week ago.  But you're right - it does suit that post. :)

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Re: What to do with the dead?
« Reply #12 on: September 10, 2017, 09:09:54 PM »
Willie Nelson sings "Roll me up and smoke me when I die".  That's an idea.

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Re: What to do with the dead?
« Reply #13 on: September 10, 2017, 09:23:15 PM »
Willie Nelson sings "Roll me up and smoke me when I die".  That's an idea.

He must have done an awful lot of smoking himself for that to do much good!

Hey, that eould make him a "stiff spliff"  :grin:

Or is it a "spliff stiff"?
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Re: What to do with the dead?
« Reply #14 on: September 10, 2017, 10:06:11 PM »
I've always said we should have a big feast and eat the departed.  Much the greenest and least wasteful method of recycling people, and celebrating them at the same time.

My book of recipes will be appearing shortly.   ;)

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