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A Certain Kind of Death

At the death of a year in which far too many of my loved and admired ones passed away, I stumbled across this documentary about the procedures of death – specifically, those who die without next of kin. The YouTube description is “unblinking and unsettling”, and there are scenes of dead bodies in various states […]

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Steve’s Sister

It’s been almost 2 months since Steve Jobs died, and I’m still not ready to watch the memorial service. I read this eulogy – written by his sister Mona – at the time, and was in bits. Rereading it now, I’m heartbroken again. We lost someone very special. Always thinking, sketching, inventing, and tweaking. What […]

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The Voice

I’m catching up on links I meant to Stumble for months, but an extended absence from Firefox (and now, an eternal avoidance of StumbleUpon) left them lingering in my to-do list. A few months ago, a “celebrity” unknown outside Toronto died. Within Toronto, though, everyone knew and loved Mark Dailey: A giant with a deep […]

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The End of the Band as We Know It

I was a huge REM fan back in the day – loving even that album (1998’s Up) that everyone else thought was terrible.  Since then, though, their output has felt less and less relevant.  Some great tunes, to be sure, but nothing that spoke to me the way they did through Automatic for the People […]

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Apple – Remembering Steve Jobs

http://www.apple.com/stevejobs/ I hate that this page exists, and I’m in tears right now as I write this.\ \ Steve was my CEO for 8 of the most turbulent and most formative years of my life. I started with Apple pre-iPod, when the company was floundering and not expected to survive. The cadre of believers I […]

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and then it all started happening

http://everydaygenius.tumblr.com/post/9335007700 The Leader of the Opposition, Jack Layton, died this week, just a few months after leading his party to the best results they’ve ever seen. I wasn’t a huge fan of the man – he never met a photo opportunity he didn’t take – but there’s no denying that his heart was in the […]

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Hit-and-run victim was quiet and dependable, co-workers say – St. Petersburg Times

http://www.tampabay.com/news/obituaries/hit-and-run-victim-was-quiet-and-dependable-co-workers-say/1124721 Shortly after the St. Petersburg Times announced Mr. Smith’s death on its website, a reader posted a comment stating the following: A man who is working as a dishwasher at the Crab Shack at the age of 48 is surely better off dead. Web editors removed the comment, deeming it an offensive and insensitive […]

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QT praises his editor Sally Menke – Roger Eberts Journal

http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/qt-praises-his-editor-sally-me.html I’m not much of a Tarantino fan, though I’ve heard some cute stories about him that makes me believe there’s a sweet guy under all those tics and incessant nattering. This little clip was posted by Roger Ebert to commemmorate Tarantino’s editor, Sally Menke, who died today. Certainly makes any statement QT will eventually […]

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100802/ap_en_tv/us_obit_mankiewicz Tom Mankiewicz, the screenwriter of such James Bond films as “Diamonds Are Forever” and “Live and Let Die” and the first two “Superman” movies, has died in Los Angeles at 68. Sad news, though I’m surprised that he was as young as he was – his voice led me to think he was much […]

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Michael–Maybe we knew too much about ye | Opinion L.A. | Los Angeles Times

http://opinion.latimes.com/opinionla/2009/06/michael-jackson-michael-jackson-thriller-dead.html The LA Times succinctly summarises Michael Jackson’s life: We saw him dazzle with individuality and originality in “Thriller,” then saw him wither away to the frail middle-aged man who was dragged to court in his pajamas. Ultimately there would be no comeback.

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