Yesterday Richard wrote an article about a service called Webwill that, after you die, will allow you to send a goodbye message to all your friends on Facebook, turn your Twitter account over to a trusted friend and send emails to inform people of your death.
I figured while we are on the topic of death, it might be a good time to show you a kinda neat geek tombstone I found with an even more interesting geek story behind it.
Recently a 26-year-old Chinese geek named Hu Chuang died. Apparently he spent almost all his waking hours in front of his computer, and he died while composing an email. I have no idea what would kill a 26-year-old while he was typing, that is one detail I couldn’t find.
To honor him, his parents created a tombstone that was carved into the shape of his monitor. The base of the tombstone also has a carving of his keyboard and mouse. His picture is also included on the small monument. I think it’s very special that his family took so much time to make sure he could be honored as a geek forever and ever, symbolized in stone. I should also tell you that although I couldn’t find out what the email said that he was composing when he died, I did read that his parents kept that email account open and asked his friends and family to send him email messages even though he had died.
Their reasoning was that nobody really definitively knows whether or not we can read our emails after we die. On the off chance that Hu would be able to see them, they wanted him to be able to do what he loves, even though he had passed on, and that is, read new emails.
[via We Interrupt]