Alan Watson's computer "urn". Yes he's really in there.

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    UPDATE: His daughters would like to fully identify their Dad.
    Here is an original photo of the computer case:

    What's to be done with their corporeal remains after a geek has left for that great data bank in the sky? For my recently departed brother (long illness, Don't Smoke!!!), I thought this nice SPARCstation would be a cool place to spend eternity. Yes, he's really in there (after cremation). I kept the floppy drive cover but for space reasons removed the floppy drive, hard drive, and most of the power supply. I left behind the motherboard and power switch and plugs to keep all openings covered. The case worked quite well at his memorial party. His friends and family were able to leave their final good-byes on post-it notes. Anyone who wanted to keep their words private could just slip their note into the case through the floppy slot. (See the next photo. ) All notes will be sealed in plastic and placed within the case. There has been one complication. His daughters like the look of it so much they aren't now sure if they want to bury him. One more thing: the words on the plaque really do capture one of the last things he ever said. Of course as kids we watched the original show in its first run.

    Here is his obit:

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    1. Allen Garvin 66 months ago | reply

      An IPC? If I had to spend eternity in a lunchbox, I'd have at least asked for an LX. Or maybe an IPX, with the cute little cat on the motherboard for an afterlife companion.

    2. Kevitivity 66 months ago | reply

      I despised them, but those IPX / IPCs were real work horses.

    3. k2ski 66 months ago | reply

      crazy what a /.ing will do to your views. i've been on flickr for years and although i am a pretty good photographer, i've never cracked 10,000 views. 67,000 views in a day is nuts.

      at any rate, condolences to your fam, and a great way to remember your brother.

    4. carrierdetect 66 months ago | reply

      @otopico But where would you stop? You could go for an IPX with a Weitek Powerup...

      @Joel Garry I think I'd have to go with a MicroVAX 2000 personally. Compact, classic and with a handy carrying handle.

      @sam 3.14 Sorry for your loss, but as has been said a very fitting way to remember a geek.

    5. Iban Nieto 66 months ago | reply


      Very cool (and fr34k!) :D

    6. BrianStegner 66 months ago | reply

      This is a loving and lovely way to remember your brother. I also offer my deep condolences to you on your loss.

    7. kariber 66 months ago | reply

      This is an awesome memorial; the only thing that could be better than this is if it was his own machine to begin with. To be a geek memorialized in your own machine is really appropriate. I am sure your brother approves heartily. Me? I have a Mac II FX ready and waiting for me. I am only hoping, at some time in the future, to find the full (and extremely rare) 128Mb of memory it can hold.

    8. best_destinations 66 months ago | reply

      I'm sorry... bit and bytes

    9. JohnHedtke 66 months ago | reply

      I am very sorry for your loss, too. This is a lovely memorial and very fitting. Well done!

    10. deux-chi 66 months ago | reply

      I feel so much sorry, too — for him, this is such a great final gest.

      At the end, we all see, death
      isn't blue anymore: it's black.
      One day sailing by we see,
      All the others, left back,
      But it's not us, who feels
      what they do: our lack.

      My condolences.

    11. sam 3.14 66 months ago | reply

      I've now found the story posted in Spanish:

      "Realmente curioso, e increíblemente geek. Que en paz descanses, Alan."

    12. SemiCharmedLife (☯) 66 months ago | reply

      Great commemoration! My boss forwarded me the Cnet article and I just happened to be a Flickrite.

    13. Erion2k2 66 months ago | reply

      #shutdown -y -g0 -i5


    14. 落書き 66 months ago | reply

      rest in peace

    15. ggladygg 66 months ago | reply

      that's great idea! who is selling this product??

    16. Lokken_a_Jester 65 months ago | reply

      Amazing, he must have been a proud nerd, all my respects.

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