R.A. Montgomery, of the Choose Your Own Adventure books, dead at age 78.

Children of the 80's will no doubt remember the shelves and shelves of little white paperbacks with red piping from the Choose Your Own Adventure series, where you could play as anything from a deep sea explorer to a shipwrecked mariner, a volunteer time traveler, or anything in between. If you're anything like me, you also spent way too much time looking for mistakes in the sequence of pages to find more interesting twists and no shortage of endings (most of them bad). I can't say they went out of print for a while but they did become harder to …

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Bob Casale, RIP

On Monday, 17 February 2014 Bob Casale, guitarist and audio engineer of Devo died of heart failure. Known as Bob2 to bandmates and spuds, he was a member of the band since their beginnings at Kent State University in the 1970's. In addition to being a solid member of Devo he worked on the soundtracks of dozens of television shows, video games, commercials, and movies. His gift for the guitar will be missed by fans around the world.

Bob2 is survived by his brother and fellow bandmate Gerald, wife Lisa, and children Alex and Samantha.

In tribute, the video for …

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Carl Macek, rest in peace.

It is with heavy heart that I pass along some sad news, the passing of Carl Macek on Saturday, 17 April 2010. While his name is not exactly one uttered in households across the country he is known for his work in the world of cinema but animation. He worked for Harmony Hold USA, which is best known for stitching together three anime series (Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber MOSPEADA) into the television show that probably introduced a large contingent of people my age to anime as children, Robotech. Macek also helped create …

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Peter Steele, RIP.

Every once in a while, rumors that Peter Steele, frontman and bassist of the band Type O Negative had died would circulate through the Net; time and again, those rumors would be disproven and shown to be either a practical joke (in poor taste) or just that: rumors.

Not this time, unfortunately.

This morning at 0610 EST5EDT members of the band announced publically (note: no direct link to these posts so they'll probably rot over time) that Steele had died after a brief illness the evening of 14 April 2010. The cause of death is unknown, though heart failure is …

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Fare thee well, o my Emperor.

On this date in the year 1880 c.e. Emperor Joshua Norton the First, Emperor of United States of America and Protector of Mexico collapsed in death at the corner of California Street and (now) Grant Avenue.

Emperor Norton was possibly one of the most eccentric people ever to have lived in the United States. Born in England in the early 19th century, he came to the United States by way of South Africa in the mid 1800's and became something of an entrepreneur, working the real estate market and using the profit to try to corner the market on …

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Edward Woodward, RIP.

It was announced on Monday that actor Edward Woodward died at home at the age of 79. Woodward is probably best known for his role as police sergeant Neil Howie in the movie The Wicker Man, though audiences in the United States are probably more familiar with the mid-80's television series The Equalizer, and in the late 1990's as Alwyn in an episode of Crusade alongside his son Peter. He was also a talented vocalist, and recorded a dozen solo albums throughout his lengthy and varied career. He is survived by his second wife Michele Dotrice and four children, Tim …

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We lost Pigpen.

I took Pigpen out to run around the apartment in his ball a couple of days ago and used the opportunity to refill the water and food in his cage. After I put him back he promptly returned to his daily life of climbing around the cage and taunting gravity by climbing around on the roof of his cage. As you would expect would happen, from time to time he’d lose his grip and fall to the bottom of the cage (or maybe one of the mesh floorwooks that added a little more terrain to the interior). At some …

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The King of Pop has passed.

It's official - Michael Jackson is dead at the age of 50.  Jackson was rushed into an undisclosed hospital in Los Angeles, California in full cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at 1446 PST8PDT.  The cause of death isn't known, and won't be determined for a couple of weeks at least.  The rumors from earlier today have been officially dispelled, and Netcraft confirms it.  Jackson was easily one of the most prolific musicians in history, topping out in the neighborhood of 750 million records sold during his career.  Oddly enough, he just closed a series of 50 concerts in London, England …

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Fjalar Ravia, requisat en pace.

I just returned home a few minutes ago from celebrating the greater feast of someone whom I have admired greatly for a number of years.

Fjalar Ravia, better known to the hacker community as Fravia+, was a master of reverse engineering software. Not just for cracking the copy protection of games but reverse engineering for the purpose of figuring out how code works for the sake of doing so. He was also known for his skill at crafting search engine queries to uncover the damndest things in the deep web. Since 1995, he'd written an amazing number of tutorials on …

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