The Last Undeveloped Sliver Of Brooklyn Bridge Park
Situated just under the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO, the last undeveloped bit of Brooklyn Bridge Park remains surrounded by fences, waiting for a plan. In a recent community meeting, residents recommended commemorating Emily Roebling in that last sliver of land.  If you read our article Overlooked: The New York Times Features... »
Why the Winning Entry for Tokyo's Vertical Cemetery May Not Be a Great Idea
  The rapid decrease of burial space in Tokyo sparked an architectural competition to design a vertical cemetery. Arch Out Loud, the research initiative that issued the challenge, fielded 460 proposals from 54 countries and 6 continents. Architects and designers were asked to incorporate Japan's cultural identity relating to death, as... »
John McCain: Planning His Own Funeral
It is not so common to have the knowledge that you are going to die along with the presence of mind and the physical strength to direct what will happen in your last days. John McCain has all three, and where he's directing his energy is inspiring. He has chosen... »
Heart Attack Drives Air Force Colonel to Find Birth Mother
Bruce Hollywood, a Colonel in the United State Air Force, was adopted by an American couple in 1960. Until his heart attack in 2005, he never thought much about his birth parents, but his near-death experience sparked a pang of regret that he had never pursued any information about... »
Marketing a Cemetery
If you think competition is fierce to get into a cemetery in New York City, you'd be right. Considering we have a tough enough time finding space in this city while we're living, the oodles of dead from centuries past need a place to lay their heads too, and... »
Artificial Intelligence and Its Legal Implications: Not Your Parents' Robot
Elon Musk predicted AI will be the "end of civilization" and that "we're summoning the demon," and Stephen Hawking said it will "spell the end of the human race." Yet with all the doom and gloom, the idea of AI still tends to be nebulous. In my recent blog post for... »
Overlooked: The New York Times Features Female Heroes Who Never Got Obituaries
New York Times journalist Amisha Padnani lamented that, while the newspaper's obituary section routinely payed tribute to men, particularly white men, who contributed to society over the years, powerful stories about women and minorities have been grossly overlooked. Now the New York Times and Padnani are putting the spotlight... »
Battling The Loneliness of Our Older Generation
A couple of months ago we discussed Japan’s aging generation in Once Coveted Japanese Apartment Buildings Now Homes to Lonely Deaths.  Sadly, the loneliness affliction is not limited to Japan and is a global issue facing the elderly around the world.  A heart-wrenching article by Huffington Post UK columnist... »
Stephen Hawking: Quotes He Left Behind
Stephen Hawking died yesterday at the age of 76, leaving behind a large body of theoretical physics work that will be regarded for years to come. During his lifetime he also shared many quotes on living and dying:  “I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the... »
3 Steps to Make Sure Your Bitcoin and Online Assets Don't Get Lost When You Die
When people die without an organized account of their assets, it leaves the family trying to piece together clues from paper trails. Now, as a larger and larger portion of our financial lives becomes managed online, assets could be lost in the cosmos if they're not documented and accounted for.  Let last... »
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