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Sounding on “The Social Disciplines”

Yeah, so….everyone has a ‘junk drawer,’ right? That place where you stick all those things you are, inexplicably, interested and fascinated by, but unable to describe succinctly?  The ‘social disciplines’ is my attempt to name that junk drawer for the purposes of this blog: stuff I’m interested in that is otherwise nebulously categorical.

  • 18 levels of Chinese Hell
  • Fire to the Commons! An essay you should read – ‘further theory’
  • Why bureaucracy matters when you are trying to “DIY” your own funeral
  • Downsizing Chinese Graves
  • Racialization or Denominalization of Worship Styles
  • Understanding Society – a Blog You Should Be Reading. Continue reading
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SOUNDING on Death, August 31, 2010

Some death-related links I’ve noticed in the past few weeks.

The Death Reference Desk continues to cover the controversy over the monks at St. Joseph’s Abbey in Louisana’s coffins.  Yes, their coffins.  Turns out that like most traditional monasteries, these monks have a trade, and that’s building traditional Benedictine caskets.  But the locals object.

One of the lesser-known classic blunders is trying to prevent jovial Benedictine monks, living peacefully in their Louisiana monastery, from selling hand made wooden caskets to the general public. Not unlike starting a land war in Asia or a battle of wits with a Sicilian. Stated simply, the odds aren’t that good.

Joviality aside, the objections are commercial – the monastery is not a “Funeral Establishment” which are the only establishments permitted to sell “Funeral Merchandise.”

Roadside crosses planted in memory of deceased Utah State Troopers by the state have been ruled a violation of the Establishment Cause.  This is an important ruling that, in the wake of the Mojave Cross Supreme Court Decision last year, seems destined to be overturned.

Finally, if you’re an old-school music lover, go ahead and have your cremated remains pressed into a record of your choosing. via BoingBoing

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Screw off and Die (TM)

Nowadays, space in cemeteries is at a premium. Therefore, if a method could be found to pack more of the deceased into a given area – money could be saved.

The problem may have been resolved with the invention of the ‘Easy Inter Burial Container‘ recently patented by Californian  inventor Donald Scruggs.

The patent can be viewed here (Click the Full Text button to view the Full Text) His new device can either be screwed into the ground by hand (as shown), or via a specially adapted tractor backhoe. As well as saving space (and therefore money) the Easy Inter Burial Container has aesthetic value too. As the inventor points out:

“A clear plastic Easy Inter Burial Container, where the body is additionally encased in clear resin and is standing erect for all to view during installation, creates a very impressive image.”

More details at Really Magazine

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