February 6th, 2006


A Cold Calculus Leads Cryonauts To Put Assets on Ice --- With Bodies Frozen, They Hope to Return Ric

A Cold Calculus Leads Cryonauts To Put Assets on Ice --- With Bodies Frozen, They Hope to Return Richer; Dr. Thorp Is Buying Long

By Antonio Regalado
1566 words
21 January 2006
The Wall Street Journal
(Copyright (c) 2006, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.)
You can't take it with you. So Arizona resort operator David Pizer has a plan to come back and get it.
Like some 1,000 other members of the "cryonics" movement, Mr. Pizer has made arrangements to have his body frozen in liquid nitrogen as soon as possible after he dies. In this way, Mr. Pizer, a heavy-set, philosophical man who is 64 years old, hopes to be revived sometime in the future when medicine has advanced far beyond where it stands today.

And because Mr. Pizer doesn't wish to return a pauper, he's taken an additional step: He's left his money to himself.
With the help of an estate planner, Mr. Pizer has created legal arrangements for a financial trust that will manage his roughly $10 million in land and stock holdings until he is re-animated. Mr. Pizer says that with his money earning interest while he is frozen, he could wake up in 100 years the "richest man in the world."

Though cryonic suspension of human remains is still dismissed by most medical experts as an outlandish idea, Mr. Pizer is not alone in hoping to hold onto his wealth into the frosty hereafter.

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Book recommendations for a bright 10 year old

amanda42 asked for some book recommendations for her daughter, Elaine. I suggested these:

If she's reading Tolkien, they're probably too simplistic for her, but I remember enjoying The Wrinkle in Time series by Madeleine L'Engle.

Check out Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials series.

Wicked by Gregory McGuire -- The Wizard of Oz from the perspective of the Wicked Witch.

The first three books of the Incarnations of Immortality (On a Pale Horse, Bearing an Hourglass, etc.) by Piers Anthony.

Marooned in Realtime, The Peace War by Vernor Vinge. Hard SF stories about the implications of 'bobbles', bubbles in which time stops for everything inside.

If I may, allow me to also suggest a few non-F/SF books

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot. Funny, sad tales from the life of a small town English vet.

Carpentry for Children and Housebuilding for Children by Lester Walker. Well-designed and illustrated, with tool lists and step by step instructions. All of the projects can be built with simple hand tools.

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Riveting historical fiction about the building of a 12th century cathedral.

Treehouse of the World by Peter Nelson. Gorgeous photographs of treehouses. You'll probably want a treehouse of your own after reading this.

Home work by Lloyd Khan. Hundreds of photos and descriptions of unique, handmade homes.