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Asgara
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Message 76 of 701 (515432)
07-17-2009 8:59 PM


And that's the way it was...
Walter Cronkite, the voice of my generation, dies at the age of 92.
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Message 77 of 701 (518913)
08-09-2009 3:05 PM
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07-17-2009 8:59 PM


Mike Seeger
A friend of mine, Peter Stone Brown, posted this Saturday August 8th in the rec.music.dylan usenet group:

Last last month it was revealed that Mike Seeger was suffering from Leukemia, and that it had gotten much worse and he declined treatment and entered a hospice. Mike Seeger died last night at home with his family at age 75.

Mike Seeger was an incalculable influence on Bob Dylan, and he wrote about him extensively in Chronicles.

I saw Mike Seeger last May on the New Lost City Ramblers farewell tour. At the time, I did not know the reason for the farewell, and from Seeger's performance that night, you would have never known anything was wrong or amiss. He was a brilliant musician and a very aware and very hip (in the original and best sense of the word person). He excelled on just about every string instrument imaginable and was the only person I ever saw play fiddle and harmonica at the same time.

Here are some relevant quotes from Chronicles:

"He was extraordinary, gave me an eerie feeling. Mike was unprecedented. He was like a duke, the knight errant. As for being a folk musician he was the supreme archetype. He could push a stake through Dracula's black heart. He was the romantic, egalitarian and revolutionary all at once -- had chivalry in his blood."

"He played on all the various planes, the full index of the old-time styles, played in all the genres and had the idiots mastered -- Delta blues, ragtime, minstrel songs, buck-and-wing, dance reels, play party, hymns and gospel -- being there and seeing him up close, something hit me. It's not just as if he just played everything well, he played these songs as good as it was possible to play them."

"I listened to The New Lost City Ramblers. Everything about them appealed to me - their style, their singing, their sound. I liked the way they looked, the way they dressed and especially I liked their name. Their songs ran the gamut in styles, everything from from mountain ballads to fiddle tunes and railroad blues. All their songs vibrated with some dizzy, portentous truth. I'd stay with The Ramblers for days. At the time, I didn't know that they were replicating everything they did off old 78 records, but what would it
have mattered anyway? It wouldn't have mattered at all. For me, they had originality in spades, were men of mystery on all counts. I couldn't listen to them enough."

Mike Seeger and Bob Dylan recorded "The Ballad Of Hollis Brown" for Seeger's album Third Annual Reunion (available on Rounder Records). While the person who post this to YouTube has the info totally wrong, you can listen to that version here, which was recorded Los Angeles on May 19, 1993.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8Oz8z26VnE

Gentlemen, if you aint right, git right.
Mike was a half brother of Pete Seeger, who just reached 90, 15 years Mike's senior. Peggy Seeger is still touring. An amazing family.


- xongsmith
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Minnemooseus
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Message 78 of 701 (519467)
08-13-2009 10:38 PM


Les Paul 1915-2009
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/thedailymirror/2009/08/les-paul-1915-2009-.html

Must be something, to be named after a guitar.

Moose


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Message 79 of 701 (521233)
08-26-2009 2:58 PM
Reply to: Message 78 by Minnemooseus
08-13-2009 10:38 PM


Senator Ted Kennedy
No matter how the wacko conservative right-wingers bring all kinds of other stories into the picture, the reason they hated Ted Kennedy was not the negligent vehicular homicide or the wealth his family bestowed upon him at birth - it was that he was the most powerful liberal over the last 40 odd years and every single piece of legislation they hate over those 40 years has his fingerprints on it. He was, in short, their worst nightmare. How dare he care about the poor & sick & old & discriminated against. How dare he desert the entitlement of the super rich & powerful to help them all amass even more wealth & power and instead become a...a...a liberal!
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Perdition
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Message 80 of 701 (521237)
08-26-2009 3:12 PM
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08-26-2009 2:58 PM


Re: Senator Ted Kennedy
Indeed. He will be greatly missed by many...including those with whom he disagreed. As much as I dislike the idea of dynasties in America, it still seems to be a passing of an age when the last of the Kennedy brothers has been laid to rest. And I say this as someone who has lived his entire life with only one of them being alive.
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Minnemooseus
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Message 81 of 701 (565719)
06-19-2010 6:13 PM


Manute Bol, NBA player-humanitarian, dies at 47
http://sports.yahoo.com/..._ylt=AsKGdV6O7hfiBqvT1nO74_E5nYcB

quote:
Manute Bol, a lithe 7-foot-7 shot-blocker from Sudan who spent 10 seasons in the NBA and was dedicated to humanitarian work in Africa, died Saturday. He was 47.

A thoroughly class act.

Quite a few years ago I watched the celebrity boxing match between Bol and William (the refrigerator) Perry. As I recall, not a lot of action but Bol won the decision.

Further reading:

http://rimrattle.blogspot.com/...former-and-tallest-nba.html

Moose


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subbie
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Message 82 of 701 (568739)
07-14-2010 2:42 PM


James P. Hogan, writer, dead at age 69
Author James P. Hogan died suddenly July 12. He was 69.

He was the first science fiction writer that I took an interest in, and his work was brilliant. At his best, his description of how science and scientists work was as good as anyone's, and his ability to blend that into an absorbing novel was truly remarkable.

I shall miss him.

(I am aware that he held some eccentric and wrong headed views personally, but prefer not to dwell on those. Please leave any comment on them for another place. Thank you.)


Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity. It is the mere Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus. -- Thomas Jefferson

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus -- and non-believers. -- Barack Obama

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

It has always struck me as odd that fundies devote so much time and effort into trying to find a naturalistic explanation for their mythical flood, while looking for magical explanations for things that actually happened. -- Dr. Adequate


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Percy
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Message 83 of 701 (568740)
07-14-2010 2:51 PM
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07-14-2010 2:42 PM


Re: James P. Hogan, writer, dead at age 69
Hogan worked for DEC at one time, and I once met him briefly in the Marlboro cafeteria, probably around 1979. His are some of the science fiction books I remember most fondly. I still remember the ending from Inherit the Stars, and I can almost but not quite remember the hero's name.

--Percy

Edited by Percy, : Add minor detail.


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Message 84 of 701 (568741)
07-14-2010 2:58 PM
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07-14-2010 2:51 PM


Re: James P. Hogan, writer, dead at age 69
Vic Hunt.


Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity. It is the mere Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus. -- Thomas Jefferson

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus -- and non-believers. -- Barack Obama

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

It has always struck me as odd that fundies devote so much time and effort into trying to find a naturalistic explanation for their mythical flood, while looking for magical explanations for things that actually happened. -- Dr. Adequate


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Tanypteryx
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Message 85 of 701 (568767)
07-14-2010 10:27 PM
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07-14-2010 2:42 PM


Re: James P. Hogan, writer, dead at age 69
Hogan is one of my favorite authors.

I am really going to miss him....Damn!


What if Eleanor Roosevelt had wings? -- Monty Python

You can't build a Time Machine without Weird Optics -- S. Valley


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Flyer75
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Message 86 of 701 (568830)
07-18-2010 5:55 AM
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06-19-2010 6:13 PM


Re: Manute Bol, NBA player-humanitarian, dies at 47
Wow, shocking. I had no clue Manute had passed away. I remember watching him in the 80's in the NBA.

George Steinbrenner passed away at age 80 the other day. Love him or hate him, he was good for baseball and clearly good for the NY Yankees.


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Modulous
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Message 87 of 701 (587229)
10-17-2010 8:01 PM


Benoit Mandelbrot
The father of fractals dies at 85 The man whose mathematical method revolutionised our understanding of everything from economics to cauliflowers and coastlines has died of cancer at the age of 85.

Benoit Mandelbrot, a French mathematician, died in hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

His work with fractals, a term he coined himself, applied mathematics to the natural world, and formulated a method to help understand its infinite complexity.



I recommend this talk at TED the great man did.
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Message 88 of 701 (587231)
10-17-2010 8:25 PM
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10-17-2010 8:01 PM


Re: Benoit Mandelbrot
I had the pleasure of conversing with Benoit Mandelbrot several times over the past decade.

He was a charming, mischievous man, patient with explanations and impatient with fools.

The world is a poorer place for his death.


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Dr Adequate
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Message 89 of 701 (587233)
10-17-2010 8:56 PM
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10-17-2010 8:01 PM


Re: Benoit Mandelbrot
His monument will be more splendid than marble and more enduring than brass.


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subbie
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Message 90 of 701 (593715)
11-28-2010 9:30 PM


Leslie Neilsen is dead?!?
You can't be serious. Surely!


Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. -- Thomas Jefferson

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

It has always struck me as odd that fundies devote so much time and effort into trying to find a naturalistic explanation for their mythical flood, while looking for magical explanations for things that actually happened. -- Dr. Adequate

...creationists have a great way to detect fraud and it doesn't take 8 or 40 years or even a scientific degree to spot the fraud--'if it disagrees with the bible then it is wrong'.... -- archaeologist


  
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