Archive for October, 2006

Michael J Fox Interview

Friday, October 27th, 2006

Chimp that plays Ms. Pacman

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

Important People

Sunday, October 1st, 2006

There are few actually important people to my life that I don’t know personally. The news is full of a bunch of celebrities and politicians who are, in general, pretty damned interchangeable. If any one of these were hit by a bus, my life would be relatively unchanged. Is this sort of an egocentric measure of a persons importance? Yes. I sat around trying to think of who it was I don’t know that are kind of irreplaceable.

Steve Irwin: This guy was a unique person, and it is he who started me down this line of reasoning. Conservation took a big hit when he died, and there will never be another Steve Irwin.

Ryan C Gordon: Without Ryan, a vast number of ports would not exist. Google Earth and a crap load of video games for instance. SDL would probably be bitrotting right now too.

Fred Rogers: Fred Rogers helped us gain fair use for the VCR and funding for PBS. I suppose at the time of his passing, he wasn’t contributing as much as he had previously, but as one of my personal heroes, he’s making the list.

I’m drawing a blank, if you can come up with some other unique people that affect our lives, please comment. I’ll try to update this post with new entries.