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post #4751 of 7538
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Originally Posted by Jeb View Post

Howlin' Wolf' guitarist Hubert Sumlin, dead at age 80.

 

 

Still the song I'm most likely to start playing when I pick up a guitar.



...and the world just got a little less cool.

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Darrell K. Sweet, who I'm pretty sure did the cover for damn near every SF and fantasy book I read in the 80s.

 

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Okay that makes me sad.

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Christopher Hitchens, dead of cancer at 62. 

 

He wrote many things I disagreed with. He proved that you can write for the London Review of Books and still be a troll. He was also a joy to read, nevermore so than when he was writing about other writers he loved. "Arguably" was one of the best books I read this year, and I'm better off having spent time with his works -- if only because he challenged my opinions, made me rethink what I believed. I'll miss him.

 

Here's his Slate editor's choice of his best pieces for that magazine: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/fighting_words/2011/12/christopher_hitchens_his_greatest_slate_hits_.html 

Vanity Fair archive: http://www.vanityfair.com/contributors/christopher-hitchens?page=1&sort=publishdate_dt+desc&

Full Slate archive: http://www.slate.com/authors.christopher_hitchens.2.html

Atlantic archive: http://www.theatlantic.com/christopher-hitchens/


Edited by Leonard - 12/15/11 at 10:35pm
post #4756 of 7538

Even when he was trying his hardest to piss me off(and boy howdy he could be an asshole!) guy was smart as hell, and witty too.

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I cannot say it much better than Leonard. I am a deeply religious person on a very personal level, yet I loved his intelligence, his wit, and his passion. He was a great mind.

 

One of my all-time favorite Hitchens (and Stephen Fry!) moments: His arguing against the motion that the Catholic church is a force for good in the world at the Intelligence Squared debates.

 

He begins at the 8:00 minute mark (approximately)

And then the rest:

 

Edited by Mr_Cellophane - 12/15/11 at 10:52pm
post #4758 of 7538

One of the few "celebrity" (I fucking hate using that term for him) deaths that I feel is actually leaving the world a little bit poorer.

 

Intellectual honesty is one the best qualities I value in a man. And the man was honest to a fault. You wanted his opinion? He'd fucking give it to you. And he'd back it up. And when confronted and successfully rebuked he would concede. Remember the whole "Is waterboarding torture" debate? He was the only one of the pro-waterboarding people who actually accepted to get it done to himself. And afterwards had the balls to go on the record and say "I was wrong. It definitely is torture." Despite radically disagreeing with almost half of the things he said there wasn't a man whose mind and philosophy I respected more.

post #4759 of 7538

Christopher is gone and we're left with Peter?

 

...just another proof that God doesn't exist.

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RIP Hitch. You will be missed, but not fogotten. The war on religion will be waged and won in your absence, your example serving only to fuel the attack

post #4761 of 7538

Hitch will be missed, but the idea that anyone is going to win a war on religion is pretty far-fetched.  

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We all knew it was coming, but it still hit me HARD. This sucks. 

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Joe Simon.

 

Come on, I thought we were all nerds here.

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He's punchin' Hitler in Heaven now.

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Losing that much intelligence in one day hurts the world. 

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"The four most over-rated things in life are champagne, lobster, anal sex and picnics."

 

Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011.

 

SIC TRANSIT GLORIA MUNDI.

post #4767 of 7538

Now here's a guy who changed the world through the power of words:

 

Vaclav Havel.


Edited by Hammerhead - 12/18/11 at 8:23pm
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Damn...loved that guy.

 

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So long, little fella.

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Kim Jong-il 1941-2011

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Kim Jong Il, according to North Korean TV.

 

http://news.yahoo.com/north-korea-says-leader-kim-jong-il-died-030534452.html

 

EDIT: Damn, beaten by 7 seconds.

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America...fuck yeah...

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Perhaps he died ... of ronriness?

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How the fuck can you heartless bastards joke about his death?!

 

I still love you great leader!

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His passing was... Inebbidible.

 

Re: Hitchens - A real loss, and I say that as someone who's always had some huge, HUGE problems with this phenomenon of militant atheism over the last few years. The guy may have been a shitstirrer, but he was above all a great mind who valued discourse and reason over anything else. Just a shame some of his followers can't follow suit.


Edited by Workyticket - 12/18/11 at 9:02pm
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One more time.

 

 

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It's the end of the rine for Kim Jong-il.

 

There.

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I guess he said Herro to the Grim Reaper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don't care what anyone says, this shit isn't going to get old.

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Someone get Arec Bawwdwin on eulogy detail.

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Easy Reader.

 

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Grorious Reader.

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Amazing- perhaps he died of broken balls? Anybody seen Hans Blix lately?

(Team America is totally going in the DVD player tonight)

 

If only more celebrities could sacrifice themselves to the "Rule of 3", we could really make some changes 'round here...

 

Pity Hitchens missed the good news though.

 

 

 

post #4782 of 7538
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Pity Hitchens missed the good news though.

 

 

 



Reading a Hitchens piece about that piece of shit in the vein of the one he did, for example, about Reagan would have been so awesome. 

 

post #4783 of 7538

Since this is a major world political event, and he was not a celebrity, I believe the death of Lil Kim should get it's own thread*

 

With that said, good riddance, perhaps his son isn't as deranged as has been reported

 

*hat tip to Bill maher for the joke

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I wouldn't count on that, children of dictators are only slightly less unstable than former child stars.

 

Seriously Johnathan Taylor Thomas if he had his way would force you all to watch Tom and Huck non-stop for the rest of your lives or suffer genital mutilation.

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I wouldn't count on that, children of dictators are only slightly less unstable than former child stars.

 

Seriously Johnathan Taylor Thomas if he had his way would force you all to watch Tom and Huck non-stop for the rest of your lives or suffer genital mutilation.


 

Except he would have Brad Renfro digitally removed from the film, and it would just be called Tom.

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Kim Jong Il, according to North Korean TV.

 

http://news.yahoo.com/north-korea-says-leader-kim-jong-il-died-030534452.html

 



Au revoir.  Enjoy hell.

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Poor Kim Jong Il. No one took him seriousry.

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post #4789 of 7538

The Reaper's not wasting any time: Bob Anderson, fight choreographer for the original SW trilogy, Lord of the Rings, Highlander, The Princess Bride, et al, has passed away. He was 89.

 

http://www.impactonline.co/news/589-bob-anderson-the-swordmaster-rip

post #4790 of 7538
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The Reaper's not wasting any time: Bob Anderson, fight choreographer for the original SW trilogy, Lord of the Rings, Highlander, The Princess Bride, et al, has passed away. He was 89.

 

http://media.onsugar.com/files/2010/08/33/2/1030/10302550/4c/0izabella_scorupco_l6.jpg



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That sucks. Another great checks out.

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Originally Posted by Justin Clark View Post

The Reaper's not wasting any time: Bob Anderson, fight choreographer for the original SW trilogy, Lord of the Rings, Highlander, The Princess Bride, et al, has passed away. He was 89.

 

http://www.impactonline.co/news/589-bob-anderson-the-swordmaster-rip



Excellent article about him here:

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/jan/02/star-wars-swordsman-bob-anderson-dies

 

 

Anderson donned Darth Vader's black helmet and fought light saber battles in two of the three original Star Wars films, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

 

The villainous character was played by David Prowse and voiced by James Earl Jones, and Anderson's role was not initially publicised.

 

But Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, said in a 1983 interview that "Bob Anderson was the man who actually did Vader's fighting."

 

"It was always supposed to be a secret, but I finally told (director) George (Lucas) I didn't think it was fair any more," Hamill told Starlog magazine. "Bob worked so bloody hard that he deserves some recognition. It's ridiculous to preserve the myth that it's all done by one man."

 

post #4793 of 7538

RIP.

 

 

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Edited by yt - 1/3/12 at 6:09pm
post #4794 of 7538

Illustrator and cartoonist Ronald Searle, 91.

 

Maybe now I'll stop confusing him with those who followed him, like Gerald Scarfe and Ralph Steadman.


Edited by Hammerhead - 1/3/12 at 8:43pm
post #4795 of 7538

Etta James at 73.

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A great talent who grew into a bitter old lady.

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I want that for MY tombstone.

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At last.

 

 

 

No, don't get up, I'll show myself out.

post #4799 of 7538
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Originally Posted by HarleyQuinn22 View Post

A great talent who grew into a bitter old lady.



But we should all sound one-tenth as good at the end of our lives as she did on her album last year.

 

It's also worth noting that the music business in which she and most of her peers spent their most productive years would have turned anyone bitter... if not worse.

 

EDIT: And glancing up the page, it looks as though I should complete the week's R&B trifecta by noting the passing of Jimmy Castor and Johnny Otis.

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In retrospect, I should have had her on my Death Pool. I knew she was sick. Someone on NPR was talking before Christmas about her health.  She did sound great at some benefit I saw on PBS a couple of years ago. Jeb is right. Those artists got screwed out of most everything. Only the saviest of musicians managed to come out with any money.

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