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For my birthday I want a stack of paper with approximately 365x80+20 sheets. This stack is to lathed or otherwise impressed with a standing likeness of myself. The sheets are to be bound together on a single side by a thin layer of adhesive. On the surface of each sheet one day of the calendar for
the last 26 years should be marked, and also those for the next 54.
Upon receipt of this gift I will immediately dispose of the former days, and place the latter-most in a visually prominent location in my environs. This will serve nicely as a constant reminder of my mortality, in addition to all the other not so nice constant reminders. I would also like to have one constructed for my father of the same proportions, but unfortunately of a greater thickness such as corrugated cardboard, and only a generous estimate of the remaining days.
Your chances of dying during a given year doubles every 8 years.
vaguely relevant [xaviergisz, Apr 07 2011]
||Since your life expectancy increases by 5 hours per
day your calendar will be out of date after 4 or 5
days. Digital may be your only hope.
||Please explain how my life expectancy increases by five hours each day. Increasing national average? I'm one of the people that keeps it from being 10hrs a day.
||Correct and although it is a figure for life expectancy
at birth, life expectancy at age 65 has shown a similar
||There is another problem to consider. Statistically there is only a 94% certainty that you will die whereas your system assumes 100%.
||While life expectancy is currently increasing at a
clip there are some invisible barriers. Certain
diseases increase in likelihood beyond a certain
As lesser diseases are staved off and conquered
more difficult ones will show up with increasing
Far more effort is needed: Basic
biology research, understanding of lipids, proteins,
inter cellular junk. We need to reverse engineer
the human body and develop replacement parts.
||I would suggest a study of the age of cars of
various values that are still on the road. It should
indicate the amount of money people are willing
to spend to maintain a property of X value.
If one's own life is given a value of some
percentage of all one owns and can do(no 100%
isn't the right number, it will vary by the person)
and chaos theory and some polls can tell us what a
typical human life is worth to that person, we can
predict what people will be willing to spend to
stave off death.
That number should be
useful in predicting how well new medical
technologies will be brought to bear against the
||That's in the archaic context of private health care.