An Australian man took his own life on the 18th by arming a “robot” with a .22 pistol, standing in front of it, and prompting it to fire. Which is, of course, a rather ingenious if overwrought way of taking one’s own life.
I’m curious to figure out what exactly this “robot” was, though. The local Gold Coast Bulletin newspaper said that the man had downloaded plans off the internet, but a cursory Googling isn’t bringing up anything. The footage from which the above still was captured lingers over the rubbish bin in the man’s driveway for quite a while, but I can’t be sure if the bin served as the housing for the mechanism or if they just didn’t have anything better to film.
Anyone know where to find these plans? I’d like to check them out. Call me morbid, but I think that a man ending his life at the hands of his own device has a certain respectability; at the same time, I’m curious as to why he’d go through all the trouble when just a gun to the temple would do.