Sally Ride has died of pancreatic cancer at age 61.
. She was an inspiration to many. I saw her speak years ago when I took my daughters to a women in science program at the University of Michigan and both they and I came away impressed with her intelligence and commitment - the world is a richer place for her having been in it.
posted by leslies
on Jul 23, 2012 -
Shelagh was here - an ordinary, magical life
: The Toronto Star dedicated unprecedented coverage to the funeral of 55-year-old Shelagh Gordon – interviewing more than 100 of her friends and family – to show how a modest life can have a huge impact. "She didn’t have a great job, she wasn’t married and never had children, so she wasn’t successful in either the traditional male or female sense, Ms. Porter said. But people would keep telling stories about her kindness. 'She had a lot of magic in her life, and that’s reassuring... That you can live a full, interesting, ordinary life.'" The link includes an extensive interactive photograph of stories from those at Shelagh's funeral, and a video with clips from the memorial
as well. Via the NYT: Redefining Success and Celebrating the Unremarkable
. (previously: you are not special)
posted by flex
on Jul 3, 2012 -
who played Liz Shaw
, the Third Doctor's companion in the Earth-bound 1970 season of Doctor Who has died
. Hers was the first of the Doctor's companions who could be seen as anything like an equal and inspired many of us to follow her into the science profession.
posted by feelinglistless
on Jun 21, 2012 -
Book illustrator Leo Dillon, who in partnership with his wife Diane Dillon, illustrated and did the covers for many of your favourite childrens' books, has passed away
on May 26th. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse
on May 29, 2012 -
He's responsible for the deliciously relaxed and understated guitar work you remember from Rainy Night in Georgia
and the driving chukka chukka whipsnap that propelled Aretha Franklin's Rock Steady
, as well as her version of Spanish Harlem
. And he's lent his masterful musical sense to many, many other tunes from artists as diverse as Ringo Starr, Archie Shepp, Joe Cocker, Miles Davis and Paul Simon. Guitarist Cornell Dupree has died
at age 68
. Primarily a studio musician, Dupree was more often heard than seen, but you can catch some glimpses of his Southern-fried six-string artistry on this live version of King Curtis' Memphis Soul Stew
posted by flapjax at midnite
on May 9, 2012 -
Young Edd Gould
always enjoyed drawing comics of himself and his friends. Growing up in the internet age, his doodles
evolved into Flash animations of increasing complexity, and in time Edd and pals Tom Ridgewell
and Matt Hargreaves teamed up to produce an "Eddsworld"
series of online webtoons and comics
At first crude and halting, the group's "eddisodes"
progressed from surreal shorts
into full-fledged productions that pushed the boundaries of amateur web animation, with expressive characters
, full soundtracks
, complex effects, and a fast-paced, off-kilter sense of humor: MovieMakers
- Rock Bottom
- Hammer & Fail
At its height, the college co-op was producing shorts for Mitchell & Webb
and the UN Climate Change Conference
, fielding offers
from Paramount and Cartoon Network, and racking up millions of hits on YouTube
Work slowed, however, when Gould was diagnosed with leukemia
-- a relatively survivable form, though, and Gould carried on working gamely
through his hospital stays. So it came as a shock last week when Matt and Tom announced that Edd had passed away
, prompting an outpouring
in his short 23 years.
posted by Rhaomi
on Apr 2, 2012 -
Earlier this year, Steve Martin penned a loving tribute to Earl Scruggs, published in New Yorker
. "Some nights he had the stars of North Carolina shooting from his fingertips. Before him, no one had ever played the banjo like he did. After him, everyone played the banjo like he did, or at least tried." A few minutes ago, Steve Martin offered a rare somber tweet: "Earl Scruggs, the most important banjo player who ever lived, has passed on
." One could do worse than spend some time watching and listening to Earl Scruggs perform
posted by spock
on Mar 28, 2012 -
Imagine one person in America directed Star Wars, the original Battlestar Galactica, Planet of the Apes, Alien and Blade Runner -- basically, all the big sci-fi hits except Star Trek. In Japan, that man existed, and his name was Noburo Ishiguro.
He directed Super Dimension Fortress Macross
(which became the first part of Robotech
), Space Battleship Yamato
(called Star Blazers
in the U.S.), the classics Super Dimension Century Orguss
and Legend of the Galactic Heroes
, and more. Basically, he had his hand in almost all the major sci-fi anime of the '70s and early '80s except Gundam...
While many of his works were subjected to questionable translation practices
(such as changing any mention of sake to "with water from a favourite spring on Earth
" in Yamato) when they were adapted for Western audiences in the 1980s, the popularity of his works helped lay the foundation for anime fandom as we know it today.
On Wednesday, Studio Nue co-founder Haruka Takachiho reported
that Noboru Ishiguro passed away at age 73.
(Via Topless Robot & Anime News Network)
posted by radwolf76
on Mar 22, 2012 -
Role Playing Game pioneer Mohammed Al Rahman Barker died last week
(PDF). Inspired through playing dungeons and Dragons
, M. A. R. Barker created what is possibly the world's second RPG, Empire of the Petal Throne
, set in the world of Tekumel, a world he would continue to keep building for the rest of his life. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse
on Mar 19, 2012 -
Marie Colvin, an American journalist working for The Sunday Times of London
, and French photographer, Rémi Ochlik were killed this morning in the city of Homs, Syria
. The two Western journalists were among 20 people killed in a makeshift media center, raising suspicions that Syrian security forces targeted their location by tracing satellite signals. Their deaths follow 19 days of shelling that activists say killed hundreds of trapped civilians in one of the deadliest campaigns in nearly a year of violent repression by the government of President Bashar al-Assad. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus
on Feb 22, 2012 -