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      CommentAuthorSonny
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2011 edited
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    I'd like start a thread for Whitechapelers to give a RIP, and maybe say a few words, for those who are now gone. Someone you knew personally, or just admired or were a fan of. Recent or years ago.

    I'd like to give a RIP to Gerard Smith, who died yesterday of lung cancer. He was the utility man and glue of one of my favorite bands TV On The Radio; he setup in back, next to the drums, and switched between bass and keys, synth and programming. Every band needs someone like him.

    And while I'm at it, big RIPs to Eyedea and my Mom too.
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2011 edited
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    RIP my mom's adoptive father, Samuel. It was an uncomfortable relationship, true. He wasn't what you call a stellar man and my mom is easily a huge pain. But at least he held off passing until Tuesday, the day after her birthday. I have memories of him but I don't have any particular attachment. I just feel kinda bad for my mom.


    RIP Tim Hetherington. I didn't realize it at first - when journalists get killed in war zones I feel kinda bad but I can't stop thinking of the anonymous deaths of people who were just trying to get by and weren't trying to go seek glory in a kill zone - but all that aside Hetherington directed the recent war documentary Restrepo. I've been extremely hesitant to see it precisely because my Army infantry brothers tell me that is *exactly* what it's like and that he gets the story right. I had plenty of sleepless nights and bouts of weeping when listening to the news while they were overseas, I'm not sure if I could handle seeing what it's "really" like.

    But thanks for doing my brothers a solid and giving clear-eyed witness to what they went through, Mr Hetherington. I hope you didn't know what hit you.
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    RIP Lizzy Sladen.

    RIP my friend Elexa's mom. Died of a ruptured spleen in the middle of the night.

    RIP Sidney Lumet. Fucking brilliant director, who should've been a god.
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      CommentAuthorHEY APATHY!
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2011 edited
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    I've lost Wayne, the seizure ridden alcoholic who did odd jobs in the Kensinton market, was a real sweet guy who everyone loved as long as he didn't drink. Which he did till death

    D- was a 7 foot tall Jamaican who also hung out around Kensington. His dog's name is Stone ( who I hope got a new home) and like Wayne, D was well known and well loved character in our neighborhood.

    Tartu- is the best dog you'd ever meet. He rampaged through our parkette every day being a joker and mischief maker. He loved to run up behind you while you're sitting on the bench and jump in between couples just to freak them out.

    R.I.P. all those beloved Kensington Losers we lost this spring. things will never be the same without you guys.

    p.s WAYNE WE TOLD YOU TO STOP DRINKING YOU FREAKING IDIOT!
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      CommentAuthoreightser
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2011
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    Whitechapel's own Ian Talty or MundaneJoy as he was know here, passed away almost 2 years ago next week on 4/26/2009. He was out urban exploring and taking photos when a rainstorm hit and the tunnel he was in got flooded, I believe he was swept away. He is still missed.

    His Obituary

    The news article

    His Flickr

    His Tumblr
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    RIP to my father who died last October, just three weeks after I'd left the country. Dad was loved by all and a bona fide polymath, and there's not a day goes by that I don't feel his absence.
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    RIP Lizzy Sladen.

    Lis Sladen. Elisabeth Sladen. If you all insist on doing this, then it's on you to spell people's fucking names right.
    • CommentAuthorEvJ
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2011
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    Hetherington directed the recent war documentary Restrepo. I've been extremely hesitant to see it precisely because my Army infantry brothers tell me that is *exactly* what it's like and that he gets the story right. I had plenty of sleepless nights and bouts of weeping when listening to the news while they were overseas, I'm not sure if I could handle seeing what it's "really" like.

    There is one scene of infantry close combat that might well have such an effect on you, but for the most part it is about monotony, and about the culture clashes between young American soldiers and Afghan elders. It isn't gory or even exceptionally violent, but it is very real, and there are shots of American soldiers wounded. I was disappointed with the uncritical tone (not of the entire war, some of the comments and actions of the personnel depicted are questionable and go unquestioned), but the bravery of the camera teams was exceptional.

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    I started a thread in Music about Max Mathews, who died this week. I won't cross-post it, but here it is.

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