Comments on a cultural reality between past and future.

This blog describes Metatime in the Posthuman experience, drawn from Sir Isaac Newton's secret work on the future end of times, a tract in which he described Histories of Things to Come. His hidden papers on the occult were auctioned to two private buyers in 1936 at Sotheby's, but were not available for public research until the 1990s.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Travelling to Elysium? Don't Forget Your Blackberry

MSNBC reports that people are asking to be buried with their cell phones, Blackberries and Gameboys:
"'It seems that everyone under 40 who dies takes their cell phone with them,' says Noelle Potvin, family service counselor for Hollywood Forever, a funeral home and cemetery in Hollywood, Calif. 'It’s a trend with BlackBerrys, too. We even had one guy who was buried with his Game Boy.' Anecdotal evidence suggests being buried with a favorite tech device is on the upswing. The Future Laboratory, a London-based think tank, commented on the behavior, noting it in places like the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa."
Perhaps tech gadgets will be incorporated into sacred last rites, like Kafka's short short short story about the leopards:
Leopards break into the temple and drink the sacrificial chalices dry; this occurs repeatedly, again and again; finally it can be reckoned upon beforehand and becomes part of the ceremony.”


  1. long-lasting batteries/wireless recharge... GPS corpse coordinates, permanent music playlists, automatic status update schedules for dead people... one might advertise on dead people with functional mobile devices. spectrometer for death gasses--the readings could alter the behavior of the mobile device... grab the leopard by the tail, death could become more like sending a robotic probe to mars! I love your blog!

  2. Thanks! - I'm not sure whether death is becoming a hazy concept for people, or whether tech gadgets are now our security blankets, or both.