June 17, 2017
Stephen Furst Has Passed Beyond the Rim
Everyone is talking about his roll as Flounder, which was indeed legendary, but this is where he really shined.
June 05, 2017
A Cracking Good Fellow Has Left Us
Here is a clip from The Wrong Trousers.
May 10, 2017
Bob Owens Has Passed On
Bob Owens was always an important voice on the right side of the blogosphere, having started blogging at the now defunct Confederate Yankee around late 2003. He was a major figure in the early years of blogging. his most recent blog, Bearing Arms, was a clarion voice in support of the second amendment and a source of advice on gun related legal matters. His passing was completely unexpected. The manner of his passing far more so.
Nicki at the Liberty Zone has thoughts on his passing that should be read in full.
There is a Go-Fund-Me page for his wife and two daughters here.
December 09, 2016
Sic Itur Ad Astra War hero, test pilot, senator and the first American to orbit the Earth; John Glenn has passed away at 95.
95 is a ripe old age and he certainly lived a full life. It is terrible, however, to loose such a storied and august individual.
What is, in some ways, more terrible still, is that, so many years after his pioneering flight, he did not have the option of an off-planet hospice. With Senator Glenn, the last of the Mercury astronauts has passed, and we are rapidly approaching a point where no living person will have walked on the moon; a rather retrograde development.
The total number of people off planet now is six.
October 24, 2016
Steven DenBeste 1952-2016 Steven DenBeste has passed away.
I just received word from Steven's brother, graciously thanking me for making the welfare call to the police and confirming that what many of us feared had indeed come to pass. I did not inquire as to specifics, but Steven had been in very poor health of late, having had a stroke just under four years ago.
Steven was brilliant, a former engineer with a crackerjack mind. His old blog, U.S.S. Clueless was tremendously important in the early days of the 'blogosphere'. It is hard to overstate the importance of U.S.S. Clueless and the brilliance of his analysis. Sadly, that site went down this past week as well, when Steven's server failed. That site was immensely influential to many of us, and I am far from the only person he inspired to blog or helped along.
Bill Whittle once described Steven as
..brilliant, insightful, inspiring and ALWAYS RIGHT.
Bill, like so many others, was positively impacted by Steven's writings and inspired to do his own. Mr. Whittle also described Steven as one of the most gentle people he had known.
Some years ago, due to declining health and vicious internet trolling, Steven started Chizumatic to focus on less consequential topics, but he continued to be inspirational and influential in his new bailiwick.
Pete describes it thus:
Named after a character in Mahoromatic, Chizumatic was one of the oldest anime blogs.......
.....From the beginning, Chizumatic offered a strong editorial voice for the most competent direction and the cutest girls, as well as an excellent understanding of the classical blogging, which Steven brought with him from the political arena. Explanations and WMG were another hallmark. Did you think too that the crow in Haibane Renmei represented Rakka’s dog? We aren’t getting such insights anymore and animeblogging has become poorer for that.
Steven DenBeste had an overwhelmingly positive influence on the world despite his physical frailty, one out of all proportion to his resources. The world today is undeniably a better place for his having lived, but it is a bit dimmer today with his loss.
He will be sorely missed.
Others, far more talented and eloquent than I have opined on this sad turn of events.
Rand Simberg, Dustbury, Aziz, Bill Quick, Neo-Neocon, J.C. Carlton, Ed Driscoll, Ace of Spades, Jim Geraghty, Wonderduck, Suburban Banshee, Paterrico, Cold Fury, and Pixy has a whole other set of links. Sarah Hoyt, being a professional author, summed it up pithily
We shall not see his like again.
It looks like most of the U.S.S. Clueless archives have been saved and others in the comments to this post are working on additional backups.
Thank you for all you did Steven DenBeste.
April 25, 2016
Douglas Holmes Talton: November 19, 1924 - April 14 2016 Uncle Doug spent many his formative years in the crushing poverty that characterized Smithfield North Carolina during the depression era. in 1943 he enlisted in the Navy and received his baptism of fire as a landing craft coxwain at an obscure location known as Omaha Beach where, after the constructive total loss of his first command, he had an unlikely meeting with his brother John before chaos intervened and he found himself running ammunition to the troops with the landing parties from the battleship Texas. He subsequently served in the Pacific and was one of the first Americans to land in Japan after the surrender. He later was present at tests Able and Baker, where he suffered radiation poisoning. In the following years he served in China during the tumultuous retreat of the Nationalists to Formosa, saw combat in Korea, and as a cryptographer, served in stations as diverse as Japan, England, Italy, and the South Pacific test range where he was present at several Pacific nuclear tests.
Retiring in 1964, he served as an analyst for NATO and later in the Merchant Marine. Later still, he captained numerous passenger vessels and private yachts.
He was in remarkable health despite his years, but a bit over a week ago he went into the hospital for a simple gall bladder removal and never woke up from the operation. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
He definitely did his bit.
The things he, his brothers, and many of his day saw and did were nothing short of epic. The loss of their experience is a tragedy beyond words and their shoes are unlikely to be soon filled.
July 13, 2015
Satou Iwata 1959-2015 The president of Nintendo, Satou Iwata has died.
Iwata was a rarity in the gaming industry: a corporate president whose background was in game programming. He joined the Tokyo-based developer HAL Laboratory fresh out of college in the early 80s, and immediately began working as a programmer, helping to create classic games like Balloon Fight and the Kirby’s Dream Land series for Nintendo.
Iwata not only came up through the ranks from the production end, he also oversaw a vast improvement in the companies fortunes. His background meant that he was also able to integrate the creators input much more smoothly with the corporate decision making process, which probably helped Nintendo immensely.
He brought a lot of people joy through his efforts and will be missed.
He was only 55.
June 12, 2015
Another Great One Passes As many of you know, Christopher Lee died on June seventh. An exceptional actor who generally played villains, and he was remarkably active into his 90's. Indeed, her started a new career as a heavy metal musician at 88.
He served with distiction in World War 2 and after the war, hunted Nazi war criminals before starting his august acting career. Cdr. Salamander has much more on that and points us to Christopher Lee's impressively long entry over at Badass of the Week.
He's also a 6'5" tall world champion fencer, speaks six languages, does all of his own stunts, has participated in more on-screen sword fights than any actor in history, served for five years defending democracy from global fascism as a British Commando blowing the shit out of Nazi asses in World War II, and became the oldest person to ever record lead vocals on a heavy metal track when, at the age of 88, he wrote, performed on, and released a progressive symphonic power metal EP about the life of Charlemagne ...
Pic Via Bryan Adams/Instagram
A true renaissance man has passed. May he rest in peace. He certainly earned it.
March 12, 2015
Terry Pratchett 1948-2015 Sir Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series quietly passed away this morning, having fought a battle with early onset Alzheimers, which, in a manner of speaking, he won. You see, he succeeded in completing his last novel The Sheppherds Crown shortly before his passing. It will be published posthumously.
Pratchett leaves behind a vast body of work that has brought and will continue to bring joy to millions. He also had a fossil sea turtle named in his honor and a greenhouse full of carnivorous plants, because he was just that awesome a person.
A great man has passed, but in both his work and his life, he inspired many of the great people to come.
February 27, 2015
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