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16 February 2006 @ 09:52 pm
I'm sure you've all heard this before, but just in case...

The study of death is called thanotology.


Also, I was terribly disappointed upon viewing the info page for the advertized community "morticians". Necromancy? Other closely related magic? Manipulating the dead!?

Sure! That's exactly what morticians do! @___@

Brownie points for whoever can tell me what, exactly, a mortician is.

(No offense to you fine, fine people - I looked at my comments and went :D! I'm just annoyed at how horribly misinterpreted (let's call it slandered) this respected and dignified profession is.)
Sibilant Macabremorgue_by_night on February 17th, 2006 03:16 am (UTC)
:Waits for the punch line:

All kidding aside, I adore your userpic. Jhonen is god.
joybonjoybon on February 17th, 2006 04:01 am (UTC)
Love love love that someone else is posting!
Yes I did know.
Now a question: what are you if you have sex with dead people?
[there is a name aside from Very Ill Indeed]
Sibilant Macabremorgue_by_night on February 17th, 2006 02:14 pm (UTC)
The term is 'necrophiliac'.
joybon: Enchantedjoybon on February 17th, 2006 11:03 pm (UTC)
*gold star*
Sibilant Macabremorgue_by_night on February 18th, 2006 02:14 am (UTC)
Ha, I apologize. I couldn't tell whether you were being facetious or not.
joybonjoybon on February 18th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
Golly - no need to apologise!
I just think words are fun and it was the only other 'smart' death word that I know.
: )
joybon: Coat of Armsjoybon on February 17th, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC)
Hence the name Aimee Thanatogenos of the embalmer in Evelyn Waugh's The Loved One.
deadmissbates on February 17th, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC)
I actually didn't know that I tried looking up the correct term and couldn't find it. It needs more exposure.
joybonjoybon on February 18th, 2006 12:52 am (UTC)
Your layout for spats is simply marvellous.
That's all.
Sparkyallotrios on February 21st, 2006 02:07 am (UTC)
Forgive me!! I misspelled it:

ThanAtology, with an "A".

You'd think I'd know this after two years of MORS classes... e_e
deathlingdeathling on April 6th, 2006 01:51 am (UTC)
Hey Sparky, funny how I was thinking the same thing...
Sparkyallotrios on April 6th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC)
*hug* I know...
(Anonymous) on April 26th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
Help for cancer blog user study
Dear mortology:

This is a message to those of you who maintain/read/participate in blogs related to cancer. Might we request your assistance in an academic study about cancer blog usage?

My name is Deborah Chung, and I am an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications. My research focuses on the use of new communication technologies and their potential to empower information consumers. Currently, I am interested in examining how health information seekers, particularly cancer patients and their families/friends, adopt blogs.

I am teaming up with Dr. Sujin Kim, also at UK, who is an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Science and has a sub-specialization in medical informatics. She has been working closely with the UK Cancer Center to build a biorepository information system (UK-BIS) for lung and ovarian cancer samples. Together, we would like to learn about how new information channels, such as blogs, are being used by cancer patients and their families/friends — specifically we are interested in their motivations, uses and consequences of using blogs.

As approved by our internal review board (IRB) at UK, this study is an anonymous survey that does not carry any risks to cancer patients. At the same time, we believe the information gathered from this study will greatly contribute to our understanding of the adoption of new communication technologies by cancer patients. This information will in turn assist in supporting the needs of cancer patients for future information technology and service development.

Thus, we would appreciate your participation in our survey. You can find the survey at https://wintis.mowsey.org/survey/. You might get a notice regarding the validity of the certificate. If that happens, please continue to proceed.

We appreciate your time, and thank you in advance for your help.


Deborah S. Chung, Ph.D
Assistant Professor
School of Journalism &
University of Kentucky

Sujin Kim, Ph.D
Assistant Professor
School of Library & Information Science
University of Kentucky