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Arthur C. Clarke dies at age 90

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RIP, Arthur C. Clarke, 1917-2008

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

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March 18, 2008 at 7:00 pm

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Republicans Hate Democracy, Freedom, and the USA

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September 19, 2007 at 3:16 pm

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The Politicization of a Tragedy

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There’s no proper adjective that can really describe the tragedy that took place at Virginia Tech. Words like terrible, awful, and horrible all seem to fall short. It’s shocking and troublesome

There is one aspect of this that I don’t have any trouble finding a word for: disgusting. That’s the near instant political reaction to this. Before the blood had even dried, the gun control debate had reignited, with both sides trying to score points off the still warm bodies of the victims.

Lives were tragically and suddenly cut short. Families destroyed. Communities scarred. People hurt in ways unfathomable to me. It’s a time for grieving, support, and reflection. Using this to advance a political agenda just strikes me as the height of vileness.

I do believe that we must analyze what happened, learn from this, and take appropriate steps to prevent similar events from happening in the future. But as I write this, they haven’t even identified all the victims – is it really too much to ask that we know their names before politicizing their deaths?

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April 17, 2007 at 10:13 am

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Swiss Army Accidentally Invades Liechenstein

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I can’t possibly say anything that could add to the awesomeness of that headline. Here’s the link to the story.

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March 3, 2007 at 1:22 pm

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