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R.I.P. Puppeteer John Blundall, The Man Who Created Parker

Tributes paid to Glasgow’s puppet master John Blundall

In the 1950s he worked as a floor manager at Granada Television, where he met Gerry and Sylvia Anderson.

With them, John created puppets for 1960s cult shows Thunderbirds, Stingray and Fireball XL5, his most famous being Parker from the Thunderbirds.

Remembering John Blundall (1937 – 2014)

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R.I.P. Computer Pioneer Andrew Kay

Andrew Kay, Pioneer in Computing, Dies at 95

Mr. Kay came to the personal computer industry when he observed that his son-in-law was having trouble moving a bulky Apple II that came with a separate monitor. It occurred to him that an all-in-one machine would be more portable.

His “portable” weighed twenty-nine pounds.

That people were willing to lug that around should have been the moment everyone woke up to portable computing being serious and not a passing fad.

Today people carry phones in their pockets that are probably more powerful than a roomful of Kaypros.

He helped to push everyone forward. Rest in peace.

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R.I.P. Joan Rivers

As everyone already knows, she died yesterday.

Yesterday I had things that kept me away from the keyboard most of the day. Then I forgot to do a post — and I found that out just now, when I went searching for the one I thought I did.

I think she might’ve set a new land record for cosmetic surgeries in her lifetime. While it’s tragic that the entertainment industry will force people to do that, Joan probably thought, “You want to play cosmetic surgery? I’ll beat you any day!” She was not a woman who ever intended to retire — because she found life so interesting and exciting all the time. Hundreds of clips have been broadcast in just the past twenty-four hours — and every single one of them reveal that about her.

We’ll probably never know why she died. TV reports today that she was under general anesthesia for a throat endoscopy. Her voice had been getting raspier. I suppose she was worried about a polyp or other possible growth. While unconscious, she had a heart attack. Whether something went wrong during the procedure or whether the heart attack just happened at that time, we might never know. She probably gently slipped away without ever realizing what was happening.

I won’t include a clip in this post. I wouldn’t know which one to choose.

Rest in peace. You made us all laugh.

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R.I.P. Su Pei, China Computing Pioneer

Pardon me if I have her name reversed. Google Translate has it as “Pei Su” and “Su Pei.”


Sina tech news obituary [Google Translate]

Pei Su life emphasizes the importance of innovation in research work, insist on doing China’s own computer. In 1958, she was responsible for design and development of a universal electronic digital computer 107 machine, which is China’s first self-developed universal electronic digital computer, with facts and actions prove that when the Chinese people have the ability and ambition to design and develop its own computer.

No Western news coverage I can find. No Wikipedia entry I can find.

With all the cries for more women in computing, I would have thought her death would be of some significance even in America.

Well, I note it here at least.

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R.I.P. Eric Garner


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R.I.P. Actress Lauren Bacall

Rest in peace.


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R.I.P. Actor/Comic Genius Robin Williams


This video can’t be embedded, so go to YouTube to see him and his idol, Jonathan Winters, in a classic clip from 60 Minutes.

You made millions laugh. Rest in peace.


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R.I.P. Actor James Garner


Everyone else will point out Maverick, The Rockford Files, and other programs and movies.

I want you to see him in something most people haven’t seen.

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R.I.P. Felix Dennis

Felix Dennis dies aged 67

From his book:

… I published a series of eight-page full-colour, folded posters (with headlines and articles printed on the back) and charged the same cover price as magazines with ten times that number of pages. The result was dubbed a ‘poster-magazine‘ and sold millions of copies around the world. Nobody had told me it couldn’t be done because nobody had done it before.

The creation of the poster-magazine was absolute freakin genius back then. A then-friend and I marveled at how no one had ever done it before — and how much money the guy doing it must be raking in.


Felix Dennis: “It’s really about sensing trends and having the arrogance to think, ‘I know I’m right.’ ”

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R.I.P. Actor Francis Matthews

Captain Scarlet voice actor Francis Matthews dies

Spectrum is R.I.P.

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