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News outlets have pre-prepared obituaries of most notable people. Some are probably more in-depth than others, but they've usually got something to run with.
I think they probably have for people 75+, but I doubt they'd have one lined up for a 45 year old, fit as a fiddle ex-dangerous sports (!) star.
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Re: Michael Schumacher 'Seriously Injured'

This got me thinking. Why can't we write our own obituary and encapsulate it somewhere digital like on Facebook and when we cease to log on for about 3 months it automatically tells all the readers what a wonderful person we were whilst the blood was still flowing through our veins?

Of course, if the WiFi is down or you've forgotten your password, then it might trigger in error, but at least you'd be able to read all the comments that your so called virtual friends would have left on your notice board. Then you can unfriend them for the next false alarm.
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Re: Michael Schumacher 'Seriously Injured'

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I think they probably have for people 75+, but I doubt they'd have one lined up for a 45 year old, fit as a fiddle ex-dangerous sports (!) star.
I was working on Lady Diana's obituary in 1981, when she was 20, before she married Prince Charles. This was for the BBC, they update every year and have a completed film ready to run, they just need to add the final details.

As motor racing is a dangerous sport, there will be obituaries prepared for many participants. I remember being told about 19% of 25 year olds don't live to 65 .
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Re: Michael Schumacher 'Seriously Injured'

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Britney Spears has/had one.

http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/wire/1787

I can't find a link online, but there was a BBC documentary a while back where they talked about how they update obits for newsworthy people.
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Britney Spears has/had one.

http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/wire/1787

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That might have been more to do with her lifestyle at the time...she was an alcoholic drug user who really seemed on the verge of doing herself serious damage.

I think it would be pretty difficult for every paper to compile and update obits for every celebrity going.
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This got me thinking. Why can't we write our own obituary and encapsulate it somewhere digital
That kind of services have been around for some years(*). Also, I remember having seen a Windows 95 program which asked you for a password every time you turned on your computer, and sent your last prewritten email if you failed. I'm sure there are similar things now that can log into your preferred social networks and leave a note, or cancel the account... Or erase your browser history

(*): for example, http://deathswitch.com/ (iOS-unfriendly site, relies almost entirely on Flash). But, frankly, their design makes it hard for me to trust them
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Re: Michael Schumacher 'Seriously Injured'

Slight improvement today:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25558709

Hope it continues.

Hey fatmanfilms you were at the Beeb? Me too. Worked in Radios 2 & 4 for about 20 years.
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Slight improvement today:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25558709

Hope it continues.

Hey fatmanfilms you were at the Beeb? Me too. Worked in Radios 2 & 4 for about 20 years.
I never worked for the Beeb as an employee as I did no have a degree, however about 75% of my earnings came from the BBC as a supplier for about 10 years. News was filmed on 16mm film in those days

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They don't they will buy them from larger organisations like the BBC. The BBC picture library is huge.
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No degree for me either, but I was just a lowly Radio Production Secretary. All that needed was fast fingers on the keyboard, organisation and good time keeping. Didn't call me the best stopwatch timekeeper in the business for nothing.
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Re: Michael Schumacher 'Seriously Injured'

Here the area

http://www.bild.de/sport/motorsport/...5956.bild.html

Beautiful terrain, but some snow-cannons should be used right now. And Mr Schumacher was so fast that his helmet upon impact split in twio !! And one of the local doctors stated that the problem is that upon such an impact, your brain collides against your skull which in doubt can kill you
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Here the area

http://www.bild.de/sport/motorsport/...5956.bild.html

Beautiful terrain, but some snow-cannons should be used right now. And Mr Schumacher was so fast that his helmet upon impact split in twio !! And one of the local doctors stated that the problem is that upon such an impact, your brain collides against your skull which in doubt can kill you
Do you mean they should use the snow cannons off piste? The piste looks in good condition, the downside of snow cannon snow is its generally very icy.
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Re: Michael Schumacher 'Seriously Injured'

No matter how much it snows, it would still be very hazardous to venture in that area, given all those huge rocks.
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No matter how much it snows, it would still be very hazardous to venture in that area, given all those huge rocks.


Those rocks will be covered with one good dump.
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Those rocks will be covered with one good dump.
Just because you can't see them, does not mean it's safer. Personally I like to see where the rocks are when skiing off piste. If it's covered in 1 dump, the general avalanche risk is likely to be higher than 3, which is already 'considerable'. Much safer if they get covered in 2 or more snow falls & the area is constantly skied helping to consolidate the snow. The path through the rocks will also be clearer.
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Those rocks will be covered with one good dump.

Not sure about that. Here is a picture (courtesy of dailymail.co.uk). You can judge it yourself

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Just because you can't see them, does not mean it's safer. Personally I like to see where the rocks are when skiing off piste. If it's covered in 1 dump, the general avalanche risk is likely to be higher than 3, which is already 'considerable'. Much safer if they get covered in 2 or more snow falls & the area is constantly skied helping to consolidate the snow. The path through the rocks will also be clearer.
That place looks as flat as a meadow. As long as there is nothing above that I can't see, I would say that place would be good to go even in level 4.

Although I agree that a few snowfalls with some consolidation in between would be the best scenario, one could easily keep it in check to ski through that rocky zone with nothing more than a coreshot. It sounds like he was going a bit too fast for the conditions.

A blanket statement of saying that it is hazardous to ski through a zone like that regardless of the snow level is nonsense. If that was the case, around here in Engelberg, one would never venture off piste if they saw the slopes in the summer. Huge rock fields, cliff bands, crevasses, etc.,.. that are completely covered after a few normal snowfalls are the norm here. Unfortunately, the snow levels aren't quite ready for charging off piste yet.
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Do you mean they should use the snow cannons off piste? The piste looks in good condition, the downside of snow cannon snow is its generally very icy.
Quite to the contrary !! The snow cannons should be used to improve the main piste which to me looks stony and miles away from a good condition. Such a stony and bad condition almost forces skiers to get OFF piste.

And I, back in the 80ies, used pistes prepared with snow cannons and they were NOT icy, not at all. The result was pistes which were neither stony nor icy

European pistes tend to be too icy due to the relative wetness of Western Europe. Pistes in the USA or in Russia are far less wet and far less icy

A topic already is and will be even more in the future is the speed of Mr Schumacher. He went ahead, apparently as speedy as my brother did, in the times when "brother" and "caution" to me were oxymorons
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Not sure about that. Here is a picture (courtesy of dailymail.co.uk). You can judge it yourself

excellent choice of routing. Except that there must be some hidden stones around. Back in schooltime in the skiing week a friend and me at the end of the days usually took a direct route offpiste and through forests to our hotels area. We often saw ugly surprises like hidden stones, hidden falled trees and areas slipping into small but deep valles. BUT also beautiful wildlife very close like hares and foxes and deers. We knew the tricks and hick-ups of the route, and the animals knew us and realised that we were no danger to them and so were in no hurry to get away, but quite to the contrary watched us close up
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European pistes tend to be too icy due to the relative wetness of Western Europe. Pistes in the USA or in Russia are far less wet and far less icy
I would say the opposite is true.

I grew up skiing on icy pistes in the US, here I've never found anything even close to the ice I'm used to.

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I would say the opposite is true.

I grew up skiing on icy pistes in the US, here I've never found anything even close to the ice I'm used to.

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The USA is fairly large, so that my statement possibly was too generalized. Some of our sports instructors (long ago I admit) travelled to various skiing resorts in the Rockies and were impressed by the dry and pulvery snow

The snow cannons in Switzerland started after the return of some specialists / instructors who had been in the USA and concluded that "those Americans are ways ahead of us. We have to beat them as we otherwise will be out of the market before long. Back in the 60ies, pistes in Switzerland were exceedingly icy and stony so that I often was exploring alternative routes, but of course not at the enormous speed of my brother then or Mr Schumacher now
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