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inothernews:

Director Harold Ramis, who brought us films like Stripes, Analyze This, Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters and who appeared as Egon Spengler in the latter and its sequel, Ghostbusters 2, died at the age of 69.  R.I.P.

I’m very sad about this.

inothernews:

Director Harold Ramis, who brought us films like StripesAnalyze ThisGroundhog Day and Ghostbusters and who appeared as Egon Spengler in the latter and its sequel, Ghostbusters 2, died at the age of 69.  R.I.P.

I’m very sad about this.

(via theatlantic)

RIP, Aaron Swartz 

Cory Doctorow wrote a great piece on Aaron Swartz this morning, just a few hours after he had learned his friend had committed suicide. It’s a really great read, and a peek inside a brilliant mind.

I met Aaron when he was 14 or 15. He was working on XML stuff (he co-wrote the RSS specification when he was 14) and came to San Francisco often, and would stay with Lisa Rein, a friend of mine who was also an XML person and who took care of him and assured his parents he had adult supervision. In so many ways, he was an adult, even then, with a kind of intense, fast intellect that really made me feel like he was part and parcel of the Internet society, like he belonged in the place where your thoughts are what matter, and not who you are or how old you are.

Aaron struggled with depression for many years, something that no one should deal with alone. “I don’t know for sure whether Aaron understood that any of us, any of his friends, would have taken a call from him at any hour of the day or night. I don’t know if he understood that wherever he was, there were people who cared about him, who admired him, who would get on a plane or a bus or on a video-call and talk to him.

If you are depressed, don’t think you have to go through it by themselves. There are people in your life you care about you. If you don’t want to talk to people in your life, you can always talk to me. I’m always at nerdologyproject at gmail.

Ralph McQuarrie 1929-2012

Ralph McQuarrie has passed away at the age of 82.  Famous for his Star Wars concept art (pictured) McQuarrie worked on some of the most important science fiction movies of our generation.  His resume includes, Star Wars, Close Encounters, ET, Back to the Future, Star Trek, Batteries Not Included and more.  He will be missed.

[via The Verge]

Steve Jobs 1955-2011 

I don’t even… there really aren’t words. From Apple.com:

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

Sony announced that the PSP Go is no longer going anywhere.  Sony has killed production of their often mocked handheld after only 18 months.  The PSP Go was always thought of as too expensive, launching at $250,  and never got the support it needed from Sony to make an impact at that price.

A few months ago Sony announced the PlayStation Suite coming to Android. Their flagship device for this service would be the Xperia Play, the phone with a form factor similar to that of the PSP Go. I assumed the Go would be to the Xperia Play what the iPod Touch is to the iPhone, all the functionality, without the contract.  It’s a solid strategy.

But before the Go could fulfill it’s purpose it has been killed. It was bound to happen especially with the NGP (PSP2) coming.  We’ll probably have more details on that next month at E3.

UPDATE: Sony is now saying that the PSP Go is not discontinued in America… it sounds like BS to me.  It’s more likely that Sony doesn’t want to cannibalize sales before the PSP Go can properly be replaced with the NGP (PSP2).

[Huffington Post]

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R.I.P Wizard Magazine

After 20 years of reporting comic book news to fellow comic geeks across the country, Wizard is shutting down it’s storied publication. They will continue on with their annual conventions and possibly launch a new Wizard Magazine for the iPad, but that is still just a pipe dream. So long Wizard Magazine, and thanks for the memories…

I used to read Wizard in Junior High.  But I guess that’s a common theme, people used to read it.  Too bad for Wizard, you had a good run.

RIP Dennis Hopper.  You’ll always be my King Koopa.

RIP Dennis Hopper.  You’ll always be my King Koopa.

Original Xbox Live Deathwatch
Though Major Nelson had a countdown leading me to believe the Xbox Live servers would go down at midnight PST when it hit zero the timer changed to “Xbox Live on original Xbox ends: Today :(“.  At the time of this writing the Xbox Live servers are still up.
I wanted to be in there when the servers went down.  It doesn’t look like that will happen as I’m leaving for work right now.  Goodbye Xbox Live, you were great.  Crimson Skies, Mechassault, Halo 2, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory… there is a list, and it goes on.

Original Xbox Live Deathwatch

Though Major Nelson had a countdown leading me to believe the Xbox Live servers would go down at midnight PST when it hit zero the timer changed to “Xbox Live on original Xbox ends: Today :(“.  At the time of this writing the Xbox Live servers are still up.

I wanted to be in there when the servers went down.  It doesn’t look like that will happen as I’m leaving for work right now.  Goodbye Xbox Live, you were great.  Crimson Skies, Mechassault, Halo 2, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory… there is a list, and it goes on.

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Paul Simon - Kodachrome

Kodachrome
They give us those nice bright colors
They give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the worlds a sunny day, oh yeah
I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So mama dont take my kodachrome away

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