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In Memoriam
Time To Go To Mars

Yesterday a true hero died. Neil Armstrong, first man on the Moon, died at age 82. Being a Boomer born when all seemed possible the Moon Missions were just that, another huge possibility, something to attain. To this day whenever I look at the Moon I think of Apollo and the Moon landings. When my […]

Legacies and Folklore

Last night a good friend of mine died of a massive heart attack. He was 56. He was found with the phone in his hand, obviously trying to call 911. His wife found him that way when she got home from work. It makes you wonder what your life is really about, what you’ve done, […]

RIP John McCarthy

The creator of my favourite programming language passed away yesterday. Lisp is, in my view, the best language ever devised. Sadly, too few in the computer industry realize or comprehend this fact. Lisp, and its descendants such as Scheme, are beautifully consistent programming languages wherein the programs and the data are defined identically and as […]

RIP Dennis Ritchie

Dennis Ritchie passed away this evening at the age of 70. I doubt it’ll get the play in the papers that Steve Jobs death did even though Ritchie’s impact was greater in my opinion. For those unfamiliar a brief writeup on Unix and its founders. Rob Pike posted a note re: Ritchie’s passing. A true […]

Bummer: Charlton Heston Died

I’ve always been a fan of SF films, but some just stand out as my favourites. They include 2001: A Space Odyssey, Planet of the Apes (the originals), Soylent Green, Logan’s Run, Twelve Monkeys, and some of the Star Wars and Star Trek films, to name a few. But Heston helped bring SF films to […]

Arthur C. Clarke Passes

Arthur C. Clarke passed away today at the age of 90. It was one of his stories that first introduced me to science fiction back in the 70s. The story was History Lesson. Once I’d read that I started hunting for everything by Arthur C. Clarke and was never once disappointed. It lead me to […]

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