Will Dean's Ideas Factory: Bye, bye baby – don't forget to save your funeral songs

 

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In our more reflective moments, or at least when watching that scene in Love Actually when Liam Neeson's wife is cremated to "Bye, Bye Baby" by the Bay City Rollers, we've all wondered what songs we'd play at our funerals. And how to transfer that wish to our loved ones. Thankfully, a new website aims to solve that possible oversight.

MyLastSong.com offers free "life-box" packages, which digitally collect your will and funeral playlist among other things. And, for a mere £150, you can buy a life-long (literally) box with other digital extras for things, like photos, that may go missing on a hidden folder of your C: drive. Which is probably at least half of a good idea.

But it's the funeral list bit that is the most intriguing, mainly because it gives you a chance to start mentally compiling your own funeral playlist ("Walking on Sunshine"... too jolly?), and the even more fun game of choosing the most inappropriate tracks you can think of. I'll kick you off with: "Don't Fear The Reaper"; "Way Down In The Hole"; "Deeper Underground" and, of course, "I Am the Resurrection".

The solution to rating digital achievements in a complex new century? The, er, Scout badge

Thought badges were just for knot-tying? Think again. A new project funded by the MacArthur Foundation in association with Mozilla has just awarded $2.5m in grants to 35 groups who are hoping to make Scouts-style digital badges in fields such as maths and design as a new way of marking real-world achievements. Find out more: ind.pn/digibadges

The qwerty quirk

Plum; onion; junk; bump. How do those words make you feel? Nice? They should do, according to psychology researchers Kyle Jasmin and Daniel Casasanto. The pair's recent paper "The Qwerty Effect: How Typing Shapes the Meaning of Words", published in the journal Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, suggests that because of our dependence on the classic keyboard layout, our brains have become predisposed to words typed on the right side of the board – because they're easier to type. Still, it's something to explain the enduring popularity and overuse of "lol". (If not "rofl".) Read more at Wired: ind.pn/wiredqwerty

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