Most of us are pretty young, commenting away here in the ether. Thinking about our mortality is not something that takes up a lot of our time. In fact, Adam Ray Finley was only 30 when he was killed. He wasn't thinking about what his last words on the Internet would be. Plenty a "First Post!" we have all seen, but does any of us truly think about writing our last post? Well, what happens to our online persona when our meatspace avatar shuffles the mortal coil?
As it happens, the entirety of his favorite site, tvsquad.com, has been dedicated to running front page repeats of his past stories as of Monday, September 10, 2007. That's quite a tribute. Which gets me to thinking: when that Al Qaeda truck bomb rolls through Midtown Manhattan and I'm out on the sidewalk, going to buy my burrito... what will happen to all of the genius level polemics I have been carefully scribing on Kuro5hin over the years?
And so, I've drawn up my last will and testament for Kuro5hin:
When I kick the bucket, hopefully not under the wheels of a bus, I want all of my posts engraved on a superhard oxide ceramic ever-so-slowly by laser ablation. It'll never, ever "rot," it'll never get scratched unless you blast it with diamond powder, and it's stable forever at room temperature. I also need etched plates with pictures depicting the encoding method and data format, starting with basic physics of light diffraction. Yes, this is very expensive and tedious, but you all know it is worth it.
Then a copy should be given to every Kuron so they can evangelize the word of circletimessquare and imprint the vital contents of my thoughts into the cultural DNA of the entire human species. Something like the Bible or the Koran, only without all of the ecclesiastically sanctioned death and murder, just lots of figurative and poetic "CHOKE ON YOUR COCK AND DIE K THX".
This is the only worthy fate for my Kuro5hin posts that I can imagine after I die. So Rusty, get to work, and someone start a committee to start the fundraising for this vital project. Tick tock, tick tock!
Please take the time below to post your last will and testament for your Kuro5hin archive. You may think it's a joke, but you don't know when that school bus is going to roll over you. Better now than later, especially if there is no more later.
Like Alex Trebek says for Colonial Penn Life: "the last thing you want to do is leave a burden to your loved ones." Amen Mr. Trebek. I don't want to burden my many loved ones on Kuro5hin with the absence of my presence, Mr. Trebek. I want the whole of humanity to experience the thoughts of circletimessquare for all eternity.
RIP, Adam Ray Finley. We hardly knew ya.