“I’m not afraid of dying, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”
“Do not try to live forever. You will not succeed.”
George Bernard Shaw
“We can live forever, a minute at a time.”
The Immortality Institute is a nonprofi organization with the mission “to conquer the blight of involuntary death.” The organization hosts an online forum, publishes books, creates films, and sponsors conferences in order to advance life extension research. It is supported by donations and the membership fees it charges, monthly, annually, or through a lifetime membership. It encompasses gathering all information together that could contribute towards avoiding death. This film by the Immortality Institute that explores various aspects of extreme life extension including cryonics (cryogenics), caloric restriction, transhumanism, and other scientific pursuits of extreme life extension. The desire to overcome death is nothing new. The ‘Epic of Gilgamesh’ – the first recorded story of human history – accounts on clay tablets a mythical kings quest for immortality. 4000 years later humans are still searching for immortality. With the modernization of haelth care encouraged by biotechnology and computer science, remarkable gains have been made in extending human life spans. A child born today can expect to live more than three times longer than in the time of Gilgamesh. Stemm cells, caloric restriction, cryonics, nanotechnology and transhumanism have become the watchwords of our aera. Perhaps with the accumulation of these accelerating advancements we are indeed on the verge of a complete reversal of the biological aging process – regenerative medicine in our lifetimes. And if so, if we are able to overcome aging and then live forever, what will this mean for religion? What will this mean for governments and social systems, wich relay on a noble and time their death? Perhaps once we have conquered aging, we’ll no longer even wish to stay as vulnerable humans. Perhaps we’ll expedite our progression from immortal beings into cyborgs and then to completely post-human entities. But now there are more pressing questions: What about the environment, oppression by the wealthy over the poor, the problem of overpopulation? What about boredom with a life that stretches out forever and even more harmoneous: What if the universe would end itself in a ‘wimper’, a long expanding heat death into the infinite. If so, what’s the point in trying to live forever anyway? Well, it’s impossible to answer all of these questions within one documentary. We can provide a glimps, a brief snapshot in time from the voices of the visionaries of the forefront. Join us as we take this amazing journey. “Exploring Life Extension”.
If you’ve done a good job of selecting what to take, the task of actually packing it is mostly a straightforward one. Nonetheless, here are a few ideas that you might want to consider… Everyone has their own secret technique when it comes to folding shirts, but in the end, it doesn’t matter what a T-shirt or sweater looks like once it’s sitting in a drawer. The technique you use to fold your garments isn’t so important. Some prefer to fold their sweaters in half before folding the sleeves in; others prefer to start by folding the sleeves and then folding the sweater in half. Either way doesn’t make much of a difference. What is important is that your garment must be flat and wrinkle-free before you start folding it, and the fabric must remain nicely spread out throughout the folding process. By doing so, you’ll keep your garments free of creases and will therefore get to skip out on ironing before wearing them. Where shape is concerned, some prefer to fold their garments in a perfect square while others prefer a rectangular shape. Just keep in mind that a rectangular fold will help you maximize deeper storage spaces while a square fold is more practical for spaces with minimal depth.
If you’re packing a pair of shoes (in addition to those you’re wearing), consider the use of shoe bags: lightweight, inexpensive, drawstring bags designed to keep any residue of Parisian streets away from the rest of your belongings. Shoes are perhaps the most difficult items to pack, given their typical weight, bulk, and awkward shape. Minimize the number you take, and try to wear (rather than pack) the bulkiest pair when reasonable. It is usually best to pack a pair of shoes tightly together, soles out, with the heels at opposite ends. Also, don’t neglect the spaces inside your packed shoes; they’re great for fragile items, or anything else that will fit, for that matter. If you have an extremely compatible travelling partner, you might consider packing half of each person’s things in the other’s bag. That way, in case of a bag being lost (much less likely for the carryon traveller), each of you will still have half of his/her stuff. This method may have the downside of providing something in the way of a disincentive to pack minimally, however! Whether or not you do buddy packing, it should be obvious that when two or more travel together, many of the packing list items (alarm clock, guidebooks, repair supplies, etc.) need not be replicated in multiple bags!
Recent U.S. Transportation Department figures report that the odds are about 1 in 150 that your bag on any given flight will be lost, damaged, or pilfered; this means an average of one or two disappointed passengers on every flight. In less developed countries, the odds get worse. And these problems are escalating. The Air Transport Users Council (AUC), the UK-based consumer watchdog for the airline industry, recently (17 July 2003) reported that baggage problems continue to increase more than any other category. There was a 44 percent increase in written complaints, with mishandled baggage at the top of the list (almost a quarter of the year’s total complaints related to lost luggage). Further, many travellers have rather naïve ideas about the compensation due them for such mishaps; the AUC’s helpful “Mishandled Baggage” overview offers illuminating reading in this regard.
he photograph above shows 244 locks collected from under an airport baggage handling conveyor belt (where two belts come together), over a one-month period at a single New York airport. Depending on the bag design, the strategic use of duct/gaffer’s tape (to prevent locks from dangling) can reduce the likelihood of this sort of mishap. Finally, remember that you should be concerned not only with the issue of items being removed from your bags, but those being introduced as well. This is of particular concern to international travellers: a number of reported cases have involved the transport of contraband goods in the checked luggage of unsuspecting passengers. There are even cases where people have been imprisoned because of what is claimed to have been articles introduced into their checked bags. Such occurrences are, fortunately, pretty rare. They do happen, though, and it would be foolish not to consider the possibility of their happening to you.
We found in the course of our journey the convenience of having disencumbered ourselves, by laying aside whatever we could spare; for it is not to be imagined without experience, how… a little bulk will hinder, and a little weight will burden; or how often a man that has pleased himself at home with his own resolution, will, in the hour of darkness and fatigue, be content to leave behind him everything but himself. Samuel Johnson, on packing for travel
If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Cesare Pavese
The biggest mistakes
… that tourists make? Packing too heavily, relying on outdated guidebooks, not wearing a money belt, leaving home with too many hotel reservations, and taking other people’s opinions too seriously. Rick Steves, in
International Travel News
I try to carry on, so I always take as little as I possibly can… Jane F. Garvey
14th Administrator of the FAA
On a long journey, even a straw weighs heavy. Spanish proverb
To know what to leave out and what to put in; just where and just how, ah, that is to have been educated in the knowledge of simplicity. Frank Lloyd Wright
I ain’t takin’ nothin’ that’ll slow down my travelin’… Johnny Cash
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