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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby CelticNot » Thu Feb 02, 2017 4:10 pm UTC

poxic wrote:Christmas day for the family becomes equal to "the day $family_member died". It rather screws up the holiday for them. (You're right that it might not be that bad for the dying one.)


Seconding this. My significant other's grandmother died around Christmas and it's put a damper on the holiday for him and his family for decades.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby VgKing » Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:49 pm UTC

@Diadem I wouldn't want to go on Christmas. I want to have all the fun that Christmas comes with.

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby plytho » Wed Feb 08, 2017 1:23 pm UTC

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Dauric » Wed Feb 08, 2017 1:55 pm UTC

We're in the traffic-chopper over the XKCD boards where there's been a thread-derailment. A Liquified Godwin spill has evacuated threads in a fourty-post radius of the accident, Lolcats and TVTropes have broken free of their containers. It is believed that the Point has perished.

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Clix » Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:37 pm UTC

Not known to most of you I'm sure, but one of my early influences.

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“What I do is deflate the coat of righteousness that people wrap themselves in,” he once said offstage, adding that his target was “the guy who gives his opinions as if they were handed down from the Mount.”
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Soupspoon » Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:43 pm UTC

Maybe not the milieu of most of those here present (you might at least need to be British), but Tara Palmer-Tomkinson has died. Given her age (shouldn't be surprising, given when she was in her celebrity 'prime'), I'm a little shocked. But then we don't yet know what caused/hurried her demise, her lifestyle of excess (and/)or a maybe unrelated illness.

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby VgKing » Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:14 am UTC

plytho wrote:Hans Rosling died.


This is one of those deaths that sadden me. Fare the well Prof. The world will remember you for what you did..

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Postby el matematico » Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:02 pm UTC

This is my blog (in Spanish). It's not perfect, but it's mine. http://falaci.blogspot.com/

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Soupspoon » Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:30 pm UTC

As nobody else has mentioned them, Neil Fingleton (actor who has featured in several things denizens of xkcd will have seen) and Bill Paxton (ditto, if not even more so) probably deserve my all-too-inept attempt to mark their passing.

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby svenman » Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:33 am UTC

Albert Temple, creator of the webcomic Gene Catlow, was found dead of natural causes at age 59 in his home on Thursday, March 9th (source).
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby addams » Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:29 am UTC

svenman wrote:Albert Temple, creator of the webcomic Gene Catlow, was found dead of natural causes at age 59 in his home on Thursday, March 9th (source).
ahh...Fifty-nine seems too young for natural causes.

At ninety-six..Natural causes seems natural.
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I still think 59 is too soon to pass.

It seems he still had things to do for The World.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby svenman » Sun Mar 12, 2017 2:49 pm UTC

addams wrote:I'm sorry for your loss,
I still think 59 is too soon to pass.

It seems he still had things to do for The World.

An unfinished Webcomic that now is forever going to break off mid-storyline would be a testament to that, it seems...

My personal loss in this matter is not much of a deal in the big scheme of things. To me he was just the creator of one of many webcomics I'm following. Other than that, I've never personally interacted with him. But by all accounts I've come across, he appears to have been a very likeable and pleasant person.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Clix » Sat Mar 18, 2017 11:14 pm UTC

Chuck Berry is gone.

From the NYT

While Elvis Presley was rock’s first pop star and teenage heartthrob, Mr. Berry was its master theorist and conceptual genius, the songwriter who understood what the kids wanted before they did themselves.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Thesh » Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:08 pm UTC

Honesty replaced by greed, they gave us the reason to fight and bleed
They try to torch our faith and hope, spit at our presence and detest our goals

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Clix » Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:31 pm UTC

There are people you never knew existed until you read their obituary, then you wish you knew them all your life.

A man who ultimately chose his own way. Crackpot or prophet, who knows, who the fuck knows.


Berkeley’s famed ‘Hate Man’ Mark Hawthorne dies East Bay Times w/Photo Essay

Mark Hawthorne, a Man of Few Words Except, ‘I Hate You’ NYT. Depending how often you visit the site, there may be a paywall.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Soupspoon » Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:22 pm UTC

Sheriff JW Pepper is gone, boy... I said gone over that final rickety old mostly non-existent bridge...

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Postby ivnja » Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:19 am UTC

Robert Pirsig, author of "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," died today at 88. This one hurts me. I read Zen at a time in my life that not only its philosophy but also its backdrop really resonated with me, and it was hugely influential on my college experience.
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Postby Zohar » Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:35 pm UTC

Hmmm. I haven't read the book, but I know it was a big influence on my dad.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby PAstrychef » Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:08 pm UTC

Part of the foundation of my critical thinking. My parents and I read this aloud to each other on a car trip to and from Chicago to Estes Park Colorado. I'm glad Persig made it to 88, after the tragic death of his son. I use his ideas on breaking through the inability to start seeing and writing still.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby WibblyWobbly » Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:40 pm UTC

Jonathan Demme, director of "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Philadelphia," dead at age 73. Personally, I really liked "Stop Making Sense," although it's been a long time since I've seen it.

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Postby ObsessoMom » Fri May 12, 2017 7:28 pm UTC

French mathematician and physicist Cécile Dewitt-Morette, who taught at the University of Texas at Austin, died on May 8 at the age of 94. From her Wikipedia article (flabbergasted bolding mine):

To revitalize French research in mathematics and physics following the war, DeWitt-Morette established a summer school at Les Houches in the French Alps in 1951. She tells stories of how she obtained the funding by tricking her way into a minister's office and then persuaded her male colleagues to support the idea by pretending that the idea was theirs.

Morette was to lead this school for the next 22 years. The school was able to list twenty former students or lecturers at the school who went on to become Nobel laureates. One winner of the Fields Medal credited the summer school as responsible for his career in mathematics. Nobel laureates Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Georges Charpak, and Claude Cohen-Tannoudji identified the school as helping with their success.

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby WibblyWobbly » Tue May 16, 2017 9:09 pm UTC

Actor Powers Boothe, who played Jim Jones in a TV movie, appeared as Lt. Col. Andrew Tanner in "Red Dawn" and may be more well known recently as Gideon Malick from "The Avengers" and "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." passed away at 68.

Ian Brady, one of the perpetrators of the Moors Murders, dead at 79. I try not to wish ill on anyone, much less death, but in this case ... good riddance.

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Postby sardia » Thu May 18, 2017 6:44 pm UTC


May his corpse fertilize the Earth. It's the least he can do after all the damage he's done.

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Postby WibblyWobbly » Thu May 18, 2017 6:49 pm UTC

Chris Cornell, singer and front man for numerous bands, including Soundgarden and Audioslave, dies at age 52 hours after a concert in Detroit. BBC article claims police are investigating as a possible suicide.

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby SDK » Thu May 18, 2017 7:29 pm UTC

sardia wrote:

May his corpse fertilize the Earth. It's the least he can do after all the damage he's done.

“People think I stayed in politics because I wanted conservatives to run the world,” he told The New York Times Magazine in 1995. “Actually, it was the money.”

So he didn't even believe in everything he pushed? That's... interesting.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby idonno » Thu May 18, 2017 9:05 pm UTC

SDK wrote:“People think I stayed in politics because I wanted conservatives to run the world,” he told The New York Times Magazine in 1995. “Actually, it was the money.”

So he didn't even believe in everything he pushed? That's... interesting.

You can do something for the money and still believe in it. A lot of people pick their careers and stick with them for the money.

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Postby Liri » Tue May 23, 2017 3:53 pm UTC

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Soupspoon » Mon May 29, 2017 11:26 am UTC

For us Brits of at least a certain age, at least, let us mark the passing of John Noakes...

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Postby CelticNot » Mon May 29, 2017 3:39 pm UTC

Ex-front man for Soundgarden, Chris Cornell, dead at 52.
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Postby ObsessoMom » Tue May 30, 2017 2:49 pm UTC

Manuel Noriega, the former Panamanian dictator whose regime was marked by brutal repression, ultimately disastrous collusion with the CIA and the establishment of “the hemisphere’s first narcokleptocracy”, has died at the age of 83.


Guardian obit here.

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Postby flicky1991 » Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:45 pm UTC

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Postby Soupspoon » Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:54 pm UTC


Also the last of the original summer wines, I think... We lost Ivy, recently, and I don't think many of the early-years cast are still around, never mind any other first series ones...

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Soupspoon » Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:29 pm UTC

Holy obituary! Is this really the end of The Technicolour Knight? Is the psychedelic scion of the chiropteric characterisation now eternally entombed? Are there no more "Pow!"s from this particular personage of the perpetual paragon of pulp?

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Mutex » Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:37 pm UTC

Who will be mayor of Quahog now? Christian Bale?

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby CorruptUser » Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:16 pm UTC

The obvious choice would be Will Shatner, as he also makes fun of himself all the time. But no, the next mayor should not be another insane celebrity knockoff. Just get a guy to be Buddy Zombianci.

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Soupspoon » Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:34 am UTC

Helmut Kohl... A name I haven't heard for a while, but used to be a rather prominent name, at times, even during the era when there was no practical sign that the two Germanies could ever have become one again.

Maybe a fair few of you reading this are a bit too young to know much of him, but he deserves being noted.

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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby poxic » Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:55 pm UTC

A household name during the reunification. Some decent work done there, I think.
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Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Postby Soupspoon » Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:33 pm UTC

Sorry, yet another "British icon for people of a certain age" report from me...

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