Archive for March 2008
As only Monty Python can explain it:
Remember that infamous 3 AM red phone ad Clinton played right before the Texas primary?
It was wrong on a number of levels, not least of which because the person people want to answer that phone is McCain rather than Clinton. As it turns out, it’s also pretty ironic, because the girl sound asleep at 3 AM in that ad is actually an Obama supporter and precinct captain, and has shot her own ad for Obama:
Thus teaching the Clinton campaign an important lesson about the dangers of using stock footage.
I didn’t have the chance to post this yesterday, because I’d wanted to say something more substantial than what was already being said about it. But since then I’ve come to the conclusion that I can’t say anything to either add or detract to it. I can only encourage others to listen to it – in its entirety – and show our fellow Americans that we really are as good, as mature, as intelligent as he believes us to be.
It’s rare that the death of someone I never personally met affects me; but I read this headline and immediately felt sad.
His contributions to science, science fiction and literature are more than I’ll make any attempt to list here. I shall forever admire his creativity regarding what’s possible; and he was one of the authors who helped to ignite my own imagination as well as my love of science. He’ll be greatly missed.
The video is his last message to Earth, from about three months ago on his 90th birthday:
The most appropriate obituary I can imagine is credited to a comment on Reddit:
The death of any sufficiently brilliant man is indistinguishable from immortality