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    • CommentAuthorBigOilRep
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2020
     
    However, if the area had been pedestrianized, then he would still be alive.
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    I remember him, mostly on "What's My Line" I think. His voice, his wordplay. Something about "crab rangoon" or maybe just "rangoon".
    There is something wrong about old people dying in any other way than "peacefully, after a short illness".
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2020
     
    Posted By: BigOilRepHe was also killed at night, and none of the current systems under realistic testing (including Tesla's second tier rated one) can detect a pedestrian at night.


    Seems kind of silly. Ever hear of RADAR? Even my driveway light has microwave motion detectors (not PIR).
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2020
     
    LOS ANGELES — Robert Conrad, the rugged, contentious actor who starred in the hugely popular 1960s television series "Hawaiian Eye" and "The Wild, Wild West," died Saturday. He was 84.
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2020
     
    I kept getting him confused with William "Jack and that Fat Man" Conrad (who died in 1994) also narrated "Rocky and Bullwinkle".

    Now, no more Conrads and no more confusion.
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2020
     
    Joseph Shabalala

    Founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Some remarkable choral music.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2020
     
    Alas. They seemed to disappear a while ago.
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      CommentAuthorpcstru
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2020
     
    Andrew Weatherall

    We wanna be free, to do what we wanna do.
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    "rose to fame during the acid house era"

    I def missed that
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      CommentAuthorDuracell
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2020
     
    Posted By: Andrew Palfreyman"rose to fame during the acid house era"

    I def missed that
    Well, even those of us who didn’t, did, kinda ...
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2020 edited
     
    Sometime after the neoclassical movement?
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      CommentAuthoroak
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th 2020 edited
     
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    “In one way or another the subtext of all these novels is the great Melvillean theme of the American weakness for secret conspiracies and arcane knowledge, and our embrace of con men, scam artists and flimflammers of every sort.”


    It is wonderful to see this written down after having carried this wisdom for many years, unable to adequately express it. And now here it is, written by an expert, staring me in the face.

    And rather germane at present, too.
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2020
     
    The Computer Scientist Responsible for Cut, Copy, and Paste, Has Passed Away

    The advent of the personal computer wasn’t just about making these powerful machines available to everyone, it was also about making them accessible and usable, even for those lacking a computer science degree. Larry Tesler, who passed away on Monday, might not be a household name like Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, but his contributions to making computers and mobile devices easier to use are the highlight of a long career influencing modern computing.
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    In addition to his contributions to some of Apple’s most famous hardware, Tesler was also known for his efforts to make software and user interfaces more accessible. In addition to the now ubiquitous “cut,” “copy,” and “paste” terminologies, Tesler was also an advocate for an approach to UI design known as modeless computing, which is reflected in his personal website.

    https://gizmodo.com/larry-tessler-modeless-computing-advocate-has-passed-1841787408/amp
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd 2020
     
    Posted By: loremanKirk Douglas, at 103.


    Kirk Douglas gives most of $61M fortune to charity, leaving nothing for son Michael

    Kirk Douglas, who passed away earlier this month at age 103, chose charity over his son Michael when deciding how to divide up his $61 million fortune.
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    Michael Douglas, a famous actor in his own right who has been estimated to be worth $300 million, is not one of the beneficiaries, the Mirror reports.
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    God bless the child who's got his own.
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2020
     
    Legendary New York mobster John “Sonny” Franzese, the former underboss of the Colombo Crime Family, has died at 103, TMZ reported.

    As a younger man, according to Mafia lore, Franzese was a big spender and a regular at New York's Copacabana nightclub, where he hobnobbed with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr.

    He also provided financing for the classic 1972 porn film "Deep Throat.”
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2020
     
    Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's former autocrat who ruled for nearly 30 years before being ensnared in the 2011 Arab Spring that swept through the region, died Tuesday at 91, Egypt state TV reported.
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    My god. Yesterday he was so young.