Oct. 1st, 2013 09:59 pm
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I was out walking the other day on an ordinary suburban street and I heard a soft quiet thump from just behind me. Puzzled, I looked back - nothing had been there a moment ago. Once I thought to look down all was explained; there was a small bird in the grass, on its back with its legs sticking up in an overly dramatic way. As I watch it twitched several times, getting less energetic over time. The situation was pretty obvious.

This shouldn't be too surprising, given the number of birds and their short average lifespan - but we rarely see it happen right in front of us.
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I just found out someone I knew passed away suddenly; we weren't very close, but I enjoyed seeing her and talking. We saw each other Saturday night and she was doing fine. It's hard to imagine she's not going to be around any more.
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Damn. It seems Dennis Ritchie passed away the other day.

* "Usenet is a strange place."
* "UNIX is very simple, it just needs a genius to understand its simplicity."
* "C is quirky, flawed, and an enormous success."
* C has "the power of assembly language and the convenience of... assembly language."
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It seems that Claude Choules (b. 3 March 1901) has passed away, on May fifth. He could give an eyewitness account of Scapa Flow. He served in both World Wars. He was Australian. And, it seems at the moment, the last World War I veteran alive anywhere.

We've lost the last German Hun, the last American Doughboy, the last British Tommy, and the last Canadian veteran already. This appears to be the whole set, alas.
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BBC: It is with much sadness that we can announce Elisabeth Sladen, the much-loved actress best known for her role as Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who and CBBC's The Sarah Jane Adventures, passed away this morning. She was 63.

Today we lost Elizabeth Sladen, known to Whovians as Sarah Jane Smith. The BBC reports she had been fighting cancer some time. (Her recent work certainly didn't show it.) She traveled the universe with Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker as one of the Doctor's longest running and most popular companions, and in later years met the 10th and 11th Doctors, and got her own spinoff show, the Sarah Jane Adventures.

You can also read reports at io9, the Tardis Wikia, and elsewhere.
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Alas, Leslie Nielsen has passed away.  Famous for Forbidden Planet and Airplane!, he appeared in a large number of works throughout his life.  Younger views might not remember his non-comedic roles, but he surely could be serious (and don't call him Shirley).
 I'm going to stop writing now, lest I start quoting Leslie Nielsen lines and make this a much longer post.
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It's a rare day when I have something to say to the world via LiveJournal, but today I'm missing Benoit Mandelbrot, recently departed into a more abstract mathematical realm via natural causes.
I'm sure his grave will have a finite area - but please don't ask me to measure the perimeter.


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