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Re: Did you hear who died?

Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:59 pm

Roy Hunter wrote:BBC Children's TV demi-god Brian Cant, 83, Parkinson's Disease. His name was the only possible answer to the question "Brian May?"

Also, my friend and musical colleague Simon Cotterell, 47 (younger than me), massive heart attack in his sleep. I haz a sad.

Brian May, Ph.D. in theoretical physics,and one of my favo(u)rite guitarists. I play his stuff when I want to impress guitarists who are better than me.

Sorry to hear about your friend, Roy.
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Re: Did you hear who died?

Postby daftbeaker » Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:13 pm

Michael Bond, 91, best known as the creator of Paddington Bear. By all accounts a genuinely nice person who wrote some very funny stuff - I remember reading the Paddington books my mum had as a child and laughing.

I hope he has a marmalade sandwich in his hat.
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Re: Did you hear who died?

Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial » Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:22 pm

daftbeaker wrote:Michael Bond, 91, best known as the creator of Paddington Bear. By all accounts a genuinely nice person who wrote some very funny stuff - I remember reading the Paddington books my mum had as a child and laughing.

I hope he has a marmalade sandwich in his hat.

There is a Michael Bond with whom I interact professionally on a semi-regular basis.
I would not be overly upset if this turned out to be him.
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("Against stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain.")
-- Friedrich Schiller (1759–1805)
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
-- Philip K Dick

What happens when all the renewable energy runs out?
-- Victoria Ayling

English isn't much of a language for swearing. When I studied Ancient Greek I was delighted to discover a single word - Rhaphanidosthai - which translates roughly as "Be thou thrust up the fundament with a radish for adultery."

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Re: Did you hear who died?

Postby Cardinal Fang » Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:00 pm

Kitty Lux, ex-punk and co-founder of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

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Re: Did you hear who died?

Postby Cardinal Fang » Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:23 pm

One of the highlights of reading New Scientist magazine, Daedalus, died some weeks ago.

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Re: Did you hear who died?

Postby Roy Hunter » Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:03 pm

Glen Campbell, all-round music legend, member of the wrecking crew, one-time Beach Boy, 81, Alzheimer's Disease.
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Re: Did you hear who died?

Postby Roy Hunter » Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:26 pm

Walter Becker, Steely Dan guitarist and songwriter.

In the 6 degrees of separation / Kevin Bacon game, I get Walter Becker in 2:

Walter Becker produced and was a member of China Crisis, alongside keyboardist Brian MacNeill.

Brian MacNeill recorded and played keyboards on one of my albums back in about '00 - '01.
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Re: Did you hear who died?

Postby Edd » Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:25 am

Jerry Pournelle, science fiction author, 84.

Jerry posted on his blog last week that he had come down with the flu. His son, Alex, says he did not suffer: https://www.jerrypournelle.com/chaosmanor/passings/

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Re: Did you hear who died?

Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial » Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:59 pm

Edd wrote:Jerry Pournelle, science fiction author, 84.

Jerry posted on his blog last week that he had come down with the flu. His son, Alex, says he did not suffer: https://www.jerrypournelle.com/chaosmanor/passings/

I doubt the world of science fiction will ever see a better pair of collaborators than Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. :cry:

I agree. "The Mote in God's Eye" was fantastic, and didn't they collaborate on a rewrite of Dante's Inferno?
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("Against stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain.")
-- Friedrich Schiller (1759–1805)
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
-- Philip K Dick

What happens when all the renewable energy runs out?
-- Victoria Ayling

English isn't much of a language for swearing. When I studied Ancient Greek I was delighted to discover a single word - Rhaphanidosthai - which translates roughly as "Be thou thrust up the fundament with a radish for adultery."

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Re: Did you hear who died?

Postby Roy Hunter » Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:21 pm

The Cassini Probe.
Some guy on Twitter wrote:If I was a NASA programmer, I'd have secretly made Cassini's final transmission "MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF STARS!"
"I don't mean to sound bitter, cynical and cruel; but I am, so that's how it comes out." Bill Hicks.
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Re: Did you hear who died?

Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial » Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:14 am

Roy Hunter wrote:The Cassini Probe.
Some guy on Twitter wrote:If I was a NASA programmer, I'd have secretly made Cassini's final transmission "MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF STARS!"

Still one of the best lines I've ever read in any book.
"Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens."
("Against stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain.")
-- Friedrich Schiller (1759–1805)
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
-- Philip K Dick

What happens when all the renewable energy runs out?
-- Victoria Ayling

English isn't much of a language for swearing. When I studied Ancient Greek I was delighted to discover a single word - Rhaphanidosthai - which translates roughly as "Be thou thrust up the fundament with a radish for adultery."

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Re: Did you hear who died?

Postby Roy Hunter » Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:44 pm

Stanislav Petrov, the Soviet military officer who saved us all from a nuclear war, 77.
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