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Hyroglyphx
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Message 31 of 701 (440845)
12-14-2007 7:36 PM
Reply to: Message 30 by macaroniandcheese
12-14-2007 7:07 PM


Re: Ike Turner (lol) and my grandmother
i bought some little plastic baggies and put some various spices and some corn starch into them and tied them up in a pretty green organza bag. it's probably the most insane thing in the world, but it's one of my most treasured memories.

No, not insane... Just incredibly sweet of you. Its interesting to think that the innocuous things we do now, the things we take for granted, end up being precious memories, either for you or for someone else.

My condolences, dear. :)


“This life’s dim windows of the soul, distorts the heavens from pole to pole, and goads you to believe a lie, when you see with and not through the eye.” -William Blake
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Omnivorous
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Message 32 of 701 (440847)
12-14-2007 7:49 PM
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12-14-2007 7:07 PM


Re: Ike Turner (lol) and my grandmother
brenna writes:

she had her flaws, and a great many, but to me, she was magic.

The people who love us make magic.

My mother loved silly songs. Along with teaching me to read at age 4 by pointing at each word as she read it, she taught me a huge number of nursery rhyme ditties and folk songs.

I especially liked:

"She's got a dimple on her but she's nice..."

:)

...changed, of course, when I was a toddler in my bath to "He's..." while giving my butt a pinch. Makes me giggle still, just to remember it.

I'm always too hot when others are too cool, so I developed the absent-minded habit of pulling off one sock to lose body heat while I read:

"Diddle diddle dumpling, my son John,
One shoe off, one shoe on..."

Adapted, of course, to suit.

With the gift of reading, she gave me the world. With the gift of humor and song, she gave me one way to console myself with the world.

To this day, I have a constant soundtrack running in my head, sometimes simply a tune that matches my mood, sometimes a song that comments on what's going on around me.

It's all magic.


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Message 33 of 701 (440856)
12-14-2007 9:21 PM
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12-14-2007 7:49 PM


Re: Ike Turner (lol) and my grandmother
my grandmother sang and read to us all the time. she generally sang 1940s pop songs to me (especially the mexican ones, south of the border and serenade of the bells), but sang silly songs to all of us. we were going to read bill grogan's goat at the funeral. but my uncle decided to nix it. lame-o.
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Message 34 of 701 (441294)
12-17-2007 12:02 AM


Dan Fogelberg dead at 56
One of the truly great singer/songwriters from the 70s and 80s.

My wife and I used his song Longer at our wedding.


Those who would sacrifice an essential liberty for a temporary security will lose both, and deserve neither. -- Benjamin Franklin

We see monsters where science shows us windmills. -- Phat


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Minnemooseus
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Message 35 of 701 (441298)
12-17-2007 12:27 AM
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12-17-2007 12:02 AM


Dan Fogelburp in "Bloom County"
See the 3rd cartoon down at http://www.berkeleybreathed.com/pages/favorite_strips.asp

Looking at the cartoon, Opus actually says "Fogerburp".

Moose


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Message 36 of 701 (443585)
12-25-2007 8:34 PM


Oscar Peterson died 12/23, age 82
Not a personal favorite, but he is/was one of the giants of jazz piano.

http://oscarpeterson.com/news/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Peterson

The "Oscar Peterson" search at Google.

Moose


    
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Message 37 of 701 (449510)
01-18-2008 7:41 AM


Bobby Fischer dead at 64
http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSL1870892220080118


Those who would sacrifice an essential liberty for a temporary security will lose both, and deserve neither. -- Benjamin Franklin

We see monsters where science shows us windmills. -- Phat


  
Granny Magda
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Message 38 of 701 (449512)
01-18-2008 8:09 AM


George MacDonald Fraser - RIP
This year I was saddened to learn of the death of one of my best loved authors, George MacDonald Fraser. Amongst his many other achievements (as a soldier, journalist, newspaper editor and screenwriter), Fraser was responsible for the wonderful Flashman series of novels, a set of scandalous diaries, attributed to Harry Flashman, the caddish bully from "Tom Brown's Schooldays". To anyone who has never read these books, I urge you to give them a try, they are a fantastic read, often scurrilous, usually informative and always hilarious, they tell how a cad, coward, lecher and bully becomes a great hero of Victorian Britain, weaving fact and fiction together with a deft hand.
Fraser died on the 2nd of January 2008, at the age of 82 (obituary with more info here).
He had a new book on the shelves at the time of his death, a fitting tribute to his prolific career.
He will be missed.


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Message 39 of 701 (458227)
02-27-2008 7:03 PM


William F. Buckley dead at 82
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5htj3BNDPQZfgo1Sjus7DBavzhHjQD8V2UG0O1

The standard bearer for conservatism for more than 20 years, and surely its most intelligent and articulate spokesman.


Those who would sacrifice an essential liberty for a temporary security will lose both, and deserve neither. -- Benjamin Franklin

We see monsters where science shows us windmills. -- Phat


  
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Message 40 of 701 (459193)
03-04-2008 3:30 PM


Gary Gygax dead at 69
The co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons, which in my humble opinion, is the father of today's mmporg.

http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2008/03/report-gary-gyg.html


Those who would sacrifice an essential liberty for a temporary security will lose both, and deserve neither. -- Benjamin Franklin

We see monsters where science shows us windmills. -- Phat


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Message 41 of 701 (459196)
03-04-2008 3:58 PM
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03-04-2008 3:30 PM


Re: Gary Gygax dead at 69
Here's to you, Gary - you brought so much joy and hilarity, obsession and wild wild imagination to so many of us. We will never forget you :D

Cavediver, 45th Level Female Gnome Illusionist-Palladin

D&D Player since 1981

Edited by cavediver, : No reason given.


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Silent H
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Message 42 of 701 (459199)
03-04-2008 4:49 PM
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03-04-2008 3:30 PM


Re: Gary Gygax dead at 69
I didn't realize he lived so close, or I might have tried to visit him all these years. I wonder if he made a good DM?

I will spend the rest of the day playing D&D in honour of the guy who inarguably influenced my life in a massive way. Not kidding.

AbE: I can't remember if I started playing in 79 or 80, but I got an award certificate from my school for helping start a club in 81.

Edited by Silent H, : info


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Message 43 of 701 (459200)
03-04-2008 4:58 PM
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03-04-2008 3:58 PM


Re: Gary Gygax dead at 69
A couple of different sites that wrote up his death used as an element of the headline that he failed his final saving throw. I didn't know him at all, but he kinda sounds like the kind of guy that would appreciate the humor.

Edited by subbie, : Tyop


Those who would sacrifice an essential liberty for a temporary security will lose both, and deserve neither. -- Benjamin Franklin

We see monsters where science shows us windmills. -- Phat


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Granny Magda
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Message 44 of 701 (459227)
03-04-2008 9:29 PM
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03-04-2008 4:58 PM


Re: Gary Gygax dead at 69
That's really crappy news. As coincidence would have it, I spent this evening playing my AD&D campaign with friends, an evenings entertainment that we would almost certainly never have enjoyed without Gygax. I think that's kind of a nice tribute to him.
His role in shaping the game was massive, so by extension he influenced the whole modern gaming world, especially mmporg's. He certainly made D&D the wonderful, quirky little game that it is. He will be remembered fondly.


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Message 45 of 701 (460754)
03-18-2008 5:43 PM


Daisy, daisy
Bye, bye Arthur - as a child, your Mysterious World thrilled and amazed me and helped set me on the road to my life in science. Thank you, missing you already. Feeling quite emotional...
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