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#18987 - 11/08/11 03:46 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: artie505]
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5' 11 1/2" is short!!? Not by my standards (I'm 5' 6").
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#18997 - 11/08/11 11:32 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: jchuzi]
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#19021 - 11/09/11 03:21 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: artie505]
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He once came into "The Riv" when I was tending bar, and I was shocked by how short (5' 11 1/2") he was; his stockiness was quite amazing, though, and I think it made him appear to be even shorter than he actually was.


I was about 6 feet away from an overall-wearing-but-shirtless Mike Tyson in Vegas in 1990. He too was shorter than I'd thought and also very stocky. No less intimidating, though.

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#19521 - 12/07/11 03:04 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: dboh]
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Harry Morgan.
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[not to be confused with harry potter]


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#19522 - 12/07/11 03:13 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: Hal Itosis]
artie505 Online


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> Harry Morgan.
(Col. Potter)


...as well as Sgt. Joe Friday's sidekick on Dragnet.
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#19541 - 12/08/11 04:05 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: artie505]
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#19542 - 12/08/11 04:42 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: MacManiac]
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Originally Posted By: MacManiac

I read perhaps the first handful of the "Dragonriders" books in my mid-late 20s, and I found them wearing thin pretty quickly, but I can see why they were so successful as young adult novels. (I've never read Harry Potter, but it sounds like I'd find it to be vastly preferable reading.)

"The White Dragon" was the last of the series that I bought, and I gave up on it after about 40 pages; pretty damn near every noun in the book was preceded by an adjective, and it...well, it left me at a loss for adjectives. (The book read like she wrote it for a penny a word.)

On the other hand, though, I just picked up a hardcover copy of the compilation of "Dragonflight," "Dragonquest," and "The White Dragon" for my sister (Edit: She's 66.), whose original hardcover disintegrated from having been read repeatedly.


Edited by artie505 (12/08/11 10:55 PM)
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#19544 - 12/08/11 06:22 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: artie505]
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As a young (about 11 year old) child, the Dragonriders of Pern was hands-down my favorite series.

About a decade or so ago, I went back and re-read the series with adult eyes. Or rather, I tried to. I couldn't make it all the way through. Both from a technical perspective and from a storytelling perspective, they simply aren't good books.

Technically, the writing has a lot of flaws. Continuity errors, weird writing style (as you observed), plot holes, poor characterization, you name it. From a storytelling perspective, I found the plots contrived, and I didn't like the subtle undercurrents of misogyny. I also found it interesting that the society described in the book is a slave society, but she glosses over that point to such an extent that the 11-year-old me didn't even notice.
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#19653 - 12/16/11 08:43 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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British-American critic and "aggressive humanist" Christopher Hitchens (62) died yesterday of pneumonia in the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
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#19718 - 12/17/11 06:11 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: alternaut]
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Hitchens' book God Is Not Great has been on my Amazon wish list for a while. Perhaps it mightmake an appropriate gift to myself for Newtonmas.
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#19730 - 12/18/11 09:31 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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Writer, dissident and last president of Czechoslovakia Václav Havel (75) died earlier today at his home in Hrádeček north-east of Prague, Czech Republic.
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#19737 - 12/18/11 06:15 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Iowa
Supreme Leader / President for Life / Dictator of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), the beloved Kim Jong II. So I wonder who they'll have to "look forward to" next...
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#19738 - 12/18/11 06:23 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: Virtual1]
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Originally Posted By: Virtual1
So I wonder who they'll have to "look forward to" next...

Third son Kim Jong-un?
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#19748 - 12/19/11 09:01 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: alternaut]
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Loc: Iowa
I was doing some reading on Kim and he's quite the character. (aren't all the dictators? every one of them seems to have several extremely eccentric behaviors) The most interesting nugget I read is he apparently has 3-4 billion of his country's cash stashed in foreign banks "in case he has to flee the country". Wow, talk about "golden parachute". I think that alone should make anyone lose all respect for him. And I am getting sick of seeing videos of people breaking down in tears and sobbing at the announcements... that simply can't be authentic.

Regardless of who he gets replaced with, I think it will be an improvement. The other interesting factoid about him is he basically realized that with his total control of the country and personal cash he'd taken, he was untouchable by sanctions. He really didn't care if the entire world was punishing his country, as long as he wasn't being hurt then it was fine. A ruler that cares only for himself and not the least bit for his people is very hard to deal with on an international level. Hopefully whoever replaces him won't be that way. Even if the military takes over, at least they'll be a group that can be negotiated with. I think Kim was about as bad as it gets as far as a selfish leader can go.

Y'know what would be really amazing? is if whoever takes over finds that foreign cash and pulls it back home and uses it for something constructive, like feeding their starving people.
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#19755 - 12/19/11 11:32 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: Virtual1]
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Originally Posted By: Virtual1
I think Kim was about as bad as it gets as far as a selfish leader can go.

Muammar Gaddafi had 200 billion stashed away. Imagine...he could spend 11 million every day for fifty years, never earning a penny of interest, before getting to the bottom of that pile.
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#19768 - 12/20/11 12:45 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: Virtual1]
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> Y'know what would be really amazing? is if whoever takes over finds that foreign cash and pulls it back home and uses it for something constructive, like feeding their starving people.

This is heartening, although not necessarily hopeful:

Originally Posted By: Wikipedia
When Jong-un was 18, Fujimoto (My insert: Kim Jong-il's former personal chef) described an episode where Jong-un questioned his lavish lifestyle and asked, "We are here, playing basketball, riding horses, riding Jet Skis, having fun together. But what of the lives of the average people?"

Edit: I doubt that finding that cash will be much of a problem. (I wonder how much will be found here?)


Edited by artie505 (12/20/11 12:48 AM)
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#19795 - 12/21/11 10:19 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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#19993 - 01/06/12 10:11 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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For years this thread has been remembering both well and lesser known individuals who passed away. Of course, FineTunedMac and its predecessor MacFixIt forums weren't the only ones doing this. Equally obviously, these threads were hardly exhaustive, or even meant to be.

Somewhat belatedly—although both Life and Death are proceeding as usual—I'm linking here to the Wikipedia list of a small selection of those who passed away in 2011, most of which didn't make it to 'our' list. Given a few free moments at the end beginning of the year, it seems appropriate to pass our eyes over these names and give tribute to those we may have missed.
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#20168 - 01/20/12 05:20 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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Sarah Burke an elite athlete and a role model for young people throughout the world, gone too soon.
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#20169 - 01/20/12 05:25 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: ryck]
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Registered: 08/05/09
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Indeed.
But what's hard to fathom is that her hospital stay in Utah runs over the half-million-dollar mark and isn't apparently covered by insurance. I would have thought that anyone in that profession would (have to) be covered by at least $1 million in accident/life insurance. Even back-country skiers are now required to carry rescue insurance, especially in BC after a spate of expensive rescues, at least to my understanding.

EDIT: Apparently the money concerns have been dealt with:
Sarah Burke's family receives enough donations to offset medical costs .


Edited by grelber (01/20/12 02:18 PM)

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#20175 - 01/20/12 09:46 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: grelber]
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At Last... Etta James


"Born Under A Bad Sign" (1998)


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#20177 - 01/20/12 10:33 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: Hal Itosis]
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When mentioning Etta, we shouldn't forget her discoverer, the 'Godfather of Rhythm and Blues' Johnny Otis (90), who died last Tuesday at his home in Altadena, CA.
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#20193 - 01/20/12 09:45 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: alternaut]
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Originally Posted By: alternaut
When mentioning Etta, we shouldn't forget her discoverer, the 'Godfather of Rhythm and Blues' Johnny Otis (90), who died last Tuesday at his home in Altadena, CA.

wow... interesting. i knew about Shuggie, but not his dad.
[and weird too... what with that 3-day difference and all.]

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#20234 - 01/22/12 02:31 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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Joe Paterno, 85 Lung Cancer
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#20300 - 01/25/12 03:15 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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James Farentino, actor, 73


Edited by ...JER (01/25/12 03:23 PM)
Edit Reason: forgot the J in James
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