O-Bits: Cold Cold Ground Edition

See if this doesn’t get your attention: “Nepal officials estimate that about 200 bodies remain scattered across Everest. A few are so familiar, so well preserved by the subfreezing temperatures, that they serve as macabre mileposts for the living, including one corpse commonly called Green Boots.” That’s from a New York Times story about an ill-fated attempt to climb Mt. Everest by a group of working-class East Indians who lived in the shadow of the mountain. One thing the story makes clear: as most everywhere else, the 1% has a better chance of making it to the top of Everest.

Those of you who prefer to take on the elements in a safer, VR-styled manner, Sólfar Studios, the makers of Everest VR, have announced their next VR game will be In Death. According to their website the game will follow a single shooter game set in “a godless afterlife.” With Heaven abandoned “angelic creatures and demons alike have run amok. Only a courageous hero that dares to venture deep into the Afterlife will be able to restore Harmony.” The game game will be released sometime in 2018.

Finally, in Coeur d’Alene, Washington the mayor was in hot water for not providing enough heat. Mayor Steve Widmyer was also the landlord for a 73-unit low-income housing complex. when one of the tenants died from hypothermia, despite repeated complaints about the lack of heat and hot water, her son sued the Mayor for wrongful death. He suit was settled, the Spokane Spokesman-Review reports, but it remains to be seen how the voters will feel about returning a slumlord to office. (Ed. Note: So, how do you explain Donald Trump?)



Steven Mirkin

Steven Mirkin’s diverse career has taken him from politics to pop culture to high art, offering him a front row seat to some of the most fascinating events and personalities of our time: writing speeches, fundraising appeals and campaign materials for Ed Koch, John Heinz and independent presidential candidate John B. Anderson; chronicling the punk/new wave scenes in New York and London; interviewing musicians such as Elton John, John Lydon and Buck Owens; profiling modern masters Julian Schnabel, Paul Schrader and Jonathan Safran Foer; and writing for TV shows including 21, The Chamber, Let's Make A Deal, and Rock Star: INXS.

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