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« Reply #120 on: 06-12-2014 19:51 »

RIP actress Ruby Dee, and it looks like casey kasem won't be far behind
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« Reply #121 on: 06-13-2014 00:22 »

frown I can already picture the sad Shaggy and Scooby cartoons that'll be made as a result.
tyraniak

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« Reply #122 on: 06-15-2014 17:34 »

No surprise, but still sad...RIP casey kasem
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« Reply #123 on: 06-15-2014 19:52 »

Francis Matthews; the voice of the immortal Captain Scarlet has died frown
tyraniak

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« Reply #124 on: 06-16-2014 19:11 »

RIP hall of famer tony Gwynn
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« Reply #125 on: 06-16-2014 19:24 »
« Last Edit on: 06-16-2014 19:29 »

Is it just me, or is this sort of a "postcount +1" thread? Not to be insensitive, but it seems pretty easy to just look at news articles announcing the death of some C-list celebrity, and then come in this thread and just say "RIP So-And-So". And I'm not pointing out anyone in particular because most of the people in this thread are doing that.

As far as I'm concerned, if you're going to post about the death of a famous person in here, you should also have to give some explanation of the impact that person's work had on you and why you're choosing to celebrate them, or at least some other information that puts their death into context in some way. Otherwise it's kind of just spam.
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« Reply #126 on: 06-16-2014 19:32 »

It is and isn't, sometimes I'll post based on something people share on Facebook or other message boards, but there's also room for discussion on how they affected ones life. Sometimes I'll post on someone I myself didn't know much about but many people I know seem upset by their passing
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« Reply #127 on: 06-16-2014 20:17 »

It is and isn't, sometimes I'll post based on something people share on Facebook or other message boards, but there's also room for discussion on how they affected ones life.

If you ever posted more than a sentence or two about it, perhaps that would be a cromulent argument. But your posts in this thread are all just "RIP [[name]], [[occupation]]".

Josh has the right of it entirely. If you're going to post here, you should at least take the time to provide context - a brief run-down of the person's impact on the world, their career, and why exactly this particular tragic loss is moving to you personally. Anything less is just using the name of a deceased celebrity to artificially inflate your postcount on PEEL, which seems pretty fucking disrespectful to me.

I know that if I was a celebrity's ghost, I wouldn't feel honoured, respected, or celebrated at all if that was what my career and life amounted to - "+1" on some nerd's tally of wasted opportunities to do something more productive than filling up cyberspace with inane trivia.

Right now, the way that you and other people are posting in this thread is spam. It's pointless, it doesn't add value to a discussion, and doesn't even spark more than one or two comments, even in the case of somebody marginally important. There's no way that a post like this one...

RIP Bob Hoskins

...is anything more than mindless postwhoring. If you see it shared on Facebook and can't be arsed to say anything more than "RIP", then maybe that shit belongs on Facebook. For the sake of not being a shallow, hollow, mockery of a caring and compassionate individual, either say something meaningful or shut the fuck up about something that has absolutely not affected you in any way that can be measured on any scale of any importance. From the content of your post there, you may as well not have known who Bob Hoskins was (he played Smee in Hook for those who might not know who he was), never mind that he died. Your quality of life has therefore not been diminished by that person's light going out, you should leave the mourning to his family and friends, and you should resist the urge to take advantage of their tragedy to increase your PEEL postcount.

This is one of the best examples from the previous thread as to how to report the death of somebody you didn't really know about. Throw some links around. Do a little googling to grab a little information.

Looking back through that thread, I'm certainly as guilty as anybody else of not being respectful, and was even the first to report one celebrity death myself (in the most insensitive and uncaring way I could, naturally). But I think that Josh has a very good point, and that we should all either treat people's passing with a little respect and pay attention to the impact that they've had on us, or we should STFU about it and get on with marching closer to our own inevitable dates with the reaper.

tldr:
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« Reply #128 on: 06-16-2014 21:37 »

Well, to justify my post on the previous page:

I took several planetary/space science courses with the OU as part of my Physics diploma, so although I never met Colin Pillinger I was aware of his influence in the department. I hoped that Beagle 2 would be successful, both for the prestige it would bring to the university and to demonstrate that it was possible to perform planetary exploration on a budget. Unfortunately it was a heroic failure, but at least he had the dynamism to get the project off the ground (and back on it at the destination, albeit a smidge too fast).

I'm slightly eccentric and dabble in electronics, but I've never attempted to send any of my creations to Mars. That's why Colin Pillinger deserved recognition and my respect.
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« Reply #129 on: 06-20-2014 22:41 »

This is a few days late, but apparently Daniel Keyes has died. He was the author of my favorite book*, Flowers for Algernon; about 40 years later he wrote a super-short memoir about the genesis of his novel, which is equally close to my heart. Dude was 86 years old, so he led a full life, but it's still kind of a bummer.

*And when I say "favorite," I don't necessarily mean it is the most well-crafted or "literary" or whatever thing I've ever read; rather, it is the most emotionally-resonant, haunting, idiosyncratically affecting thing I have personally encountered as a long-time fan of books 'n' literature 'n' thangs. To give you an idea of the disturbing degree to which I love this particular work: I've read the novel (and the original short story) about six times, and seen both film adaptations, and own the soundtrack to the obscure and short-lived musical based upon the book, and even devoted an entire college paper to a synthesis of Flowers for Algernon and Frankenstein. My personal investment in this particular writer and this particular book ought not be disputed. Just sayin'--this ain't no "+1" tomfoolery on my part; this writer and his work meant something to me.
tyraniak

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« Reply #130 on: 06-20-2014 23:14 »

I read that in 7th or 8th grade and remember enjoying it. It's too bad he never had any real follow up success to that
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« Reply #131 on: 06-22-2014 07:07 »

Patsy Byrne AKA 'Nursie from Blackadder' has died frown

She was pretty funny in that... shocking to think it was first aired more than a quarter of a century ago!
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« Reply #132 on: 06-22-2014 13:52 »


   Is it just me, or is this sort of a "postcount +1" thread?


Not in my opinion, no.

I have not seen any "Postcount +1" threads that tell me any useful information but this thread frequently does, often even if it is about a name I don't recognise.

Don't hate me, Trinity.  I'm just the messenger.
tyraniak

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« Reply #133 on: 06-22-2014 14:36 »

Some of mine could've used more wording and that's my bad, but I never meant it just to build up post count
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« Reply #134 on: 06-22-2014 14:40 »

I have not seen any "Postcount +1" threads that tell me any useful information but this thread frequently does, often even if it is about a name I don't recognise.

That reminds me: almost every name I've read in this thread has been someone I've never heard of before. Does that mean I don't care about celebrities? Probably.
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« Reply #135 on: 06-22-2014 17:54 »
« Last Edit on: 06-22-2014 17:57 »

Is it just me, or is this sort of a "postcount +1" thread?

Not in my opinion, no.

I have not seen any "Postcount +1" threads that tell me any useful information but this thread frequently does, often even if it is about a name I don't recognise.

How is hearing that a celebrity you never heard of died "useful information"?  confused

Celebrities' mortality is no more important than anybody else's. Therefore, for someone's death to be postworthy, it should have to be in the context of remembering who they were, what they did, or what their impact was. Otherwise, where's the substance? What's the point?
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« Reply #136 on: 06-23-2014 07:01 »

Yet such posts are still more interesting than posts whining about them no no

Sometimes reading about somebody you've not heard of teaches you something interesting you didn't know... of course if the post doesn't say anything about the person one is unlikely to go off and look up who they were so a link or brief comment is useful.
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« Reply #137 on: 06-25-2014 10:36 »

Actor Eli Wallach - a personal favourite of mine and someone I'm sure everyone should know of if they appreciate good films - has died at the age of 98. Though he has appeared in so many films and roles, I'll always remember him most fondly for playing Tuco in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. RIP
tyraniak

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« Reply #138 on: 06-25-2014 15:45 »

He was great in that, it's cool that he was still working well into his 90s
tyraniak

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« Reply #139 on: 06-26-2014 04:10 »

http://www.avclub.com/article/rip-stuntman-terry-richards-swordsman-raiders-lost-206240

Even though he only had one memorable role, but what a role it was. RIP, Terry Richards
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« Reply #140 on: 07-03-2014 01:16 »

RIP Bob Hastings.  He was the voice of Commissioner Gordon from Batman TAS.

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2014/07/02/batman-the-animated-series-voice-actor-bob-hastings-passes-away-at-89.aspx?utm_content=bufferb242c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
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« Reply #141 on: 07-18-2014 03:12 »

RIP Elaine Stritch, most recently known as jack donagh's mother on 30 rock
http://m.imdb.com/name/nm0834626/
Beamer

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« Reply #142 on: 07-18-2014 03:35 »

* Donaghy

And she was absolutely incredible in that role. She will be sorely missed indeed. frown
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« Reply #143 on: 07-18-2014 09:09 »


I once spent an entire might with a friend, listening to one of this guy's albums.  Wonderfully soulful blues and rock guitarist.

* Tachy has a sad...

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« Reply #144 on: 07-18-2014 13:18 »


Damn, I missed Johnny Winter's show when I was at Sweden Rock Festival 2009.. You always assume you can catch them another time  frown
tyraniak

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« Reply #145 on: 07-18-2014 13:54 »

Damn, Johnny was so good, sad to see him go
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« Reply #146 on: 07-20-2014 17:25 »

http://m.imdb.com/news/ni57511989

RIP James Garner, best known for starring on TV shows such as Maverick and the Rockford Files, as well as many other film an television roles
tyraniak

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« Reply #147 on: 08-04-2014 19:48 »

RIP former Reagan press secretary and inspiration for the Brady Bill James Brady
tyraniak

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« Reply #148 on: 08-12-2014 01:21 »

Very sad end to actor/comedian Robin Williams http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5670050
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« Reply #149 on: 08-12-2014 01:31 »

I just heard, I can't believe it!
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« Reply #150 on: 08-12-2014 01:36 »

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« Reply #151 on: 08-12-2014 01:43 »

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« Reply #152 on: 08-12-2014 01:57 »

This is how much a world without Robin Williams sucks.
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« Reply #153 on: 08-12-2014 02:09 »

I've never seen the sequel that's from but after watching that I'd say that Dan Castellaneta did an alright job, even if he's no Williams.

But ya, RIP Robin. What a big loss.

Also, that picture above is from What Dreams May Come, right? Boy, that would be depressing to watch about now.
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« Reply #154 on: 08-12-2014 02:15 »

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« Reply #155 on: 08-12-2014 02:28 »

I've never seen the sequel that's from but after watching that I'd say that Dan Castellaneta did an alright job, even if he's no Williams.

But ya, RIP Robin. What a big loss.

Also, that picture above is from What Dreams May Come, right? Boy, that would be depressing to watch about now.

I'd say it'd be wonderful to watch right now.  It's one of the few movies Robin Williams is in that I enjoy. smile
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« Reply #156 on: 08-12-2014 02:28 »

Also, that picture above is from What Dreams May Come, right? Boy, that would be depressing to watch about now.

Yeah. For those who don't know, it's a film where Robin Williams plays a man who dies and dicks about in his own, personal heaven that takes the form of an oil painting he used to own that depicted what he and his wife wanted in life. Some other stuff happens too and it's a pretty crappy film overall, but it's nice to see Williams in a depiction of a happy afterlife, right now, even if I am an atheist.
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« Reply #157 on: 08-12-2014 02:45 »

lol.... your description of the movie doesn't even begin to describe how depressing most of the themes within the movie are, including the ironic fact that it deals with the subject of suicide.

Also I disagree with you that it's a pretty crappy film.
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« Reply #158 on: 08-12-2014 02:53 »

Wow, what a colossal bummer this is. Robin Williams, whether he was Silly Robin Williams or Serious Robin Williams or anything in-between, was definitely one of my favorite actors. I've always admired--and, in some ways, related to and wished to emulate--the way he sought to translate his depression, which was an ugly and scary (and ultimately deadly) thing, into something beautiful: kindness, laughter, art. What a wonderful man, and actor--and what a tragic way for his story to have ended.

Also, that picture above is from What Dreams May Come, right? Boy, that would be depressing to watch about now.

Yeah. For those who don't know, it's a film where Robin Williams plays a man who dies and dicks about in his own, personal heaven that takes the form of an oil painting he used to own that depicted what he and his wife wanted in life. Some other stuff happens too and it's a pretty crappy film overall, but it's nice to see Williams in a depiction of a happy afterlife, right now, even if I am an atheist.

I've seen that movie in DVD bargain bins at various stores, and I've always been interested in seeing it. Its apparent crappiness wouldn't even deter me all that much; I have willingly watched the admittedly hideous Bicentennial Man on multiple occasions, largely because I think Williams is a compelling enough actor to sell that shit.
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« Reply #159 on: 08-12-2014 03:03 »

What Dreams May Come is about 73 times better than Bicentennial Man.  Highly recommended, though fair warning if you get emotional about stories and shit... and extra fair warning if you like Robin Williams because you think he seems like a kind, caring person.... though it does have a happy ending.
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