Roger Ebert Dies at 70 After Battle With Cancer

Posted in ひと, 訃報 by shiro on 2013年4月6日


Roger Ebert dead at 70 after battle with cancer | Chicago Sun-Times

Stars React to Roger Ebert’s Death | ABC News

Roger Ebert, Movie Critic of the Mainstream, Dies at 70 |

A Leave of Presence | Roger Ebert’s Journal


Typically, I write over 200 reviews a year for the Sun-Times that are carried by Universal Press Syndicate in some 200 newspapers. Last year, I wrote the most of my career, including 306 movie reviews, a blog post or two a week, and assorted other articles. I must slow down now, which is why I’m taking what I like to call “a leave of presence.”

Godspeed, Roger Ebert | Daring Fireball

Roger loves Chaz | maclalala:link

Roger Ebert の妻への心を打つラブレター

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Commons man

Posted in ひと, 追悼 by shiro on 2013年1月18日


Remembering Aaron Swartz: Commons man | The Economist

TO CALL Aaron Swartz gifted would be to miss the point. As far as the internet was concerned, he was the gift. In 2001, aged just 14, he helped develop a new version of RSS feeds, which enable blog posts, articles and videos to be distributed easily across the web. A year later he was working with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the world wide web, and others on enhancing the internet through the Semantic Web, in which web-page contents would be structured so that the underlying data could be shared and reused across different online applications and endeavours. At the same time he was part of a team, composed of programmers like himself (albeit none quite as youthful), lawyers and policy wonks, that launched Creative Commons, a project that simplified information-sharing through free, easy-to-use copyright licences.

As Sir Tim put it, in fewer than 140 characters, “Aaron dead. World wanderers, we have lost a wise elder. Hackers for right, we are one down. Parents all, we have lost a child. Let us weep.” And the web wept.

My Email Exchange With Aaron Swartz Shows An Original Thinker | Fast Company

Both iOS devices and Macs seem to be impervious to the discount game. In fact it’s so rare to find a significant price variance between retailers that, when it does happen, the event usually draws considerable press coverage.

With so many laws regulating competition among retailers, how does Apple pull off this amazing feat? It turns out that the company uses a fairly straightforward strategy, known as price maintenance, that takes advantage of the popularity of its products and exploits a quirk in the way retailers are allowed to advertise their merchandise.

Stay Curious | Daring Fireball

Still More About The Death Of Aaron Swartz | Esquire

Massachusetts is one of the high-tech capital of the world. This involved a major network breach at MIT, a major institution. Free information is a nice principle, but right now everyone is trying to bury it behind a paywall. Swartz ran up against the power of money. As smart as he was, he didn’t know when to back downand it sounds like his lawyer didn’t tell him.

Aaron Swartz Commits Suicide

Posted in ひと, 追悼 by shiro on 2013年1月14日


Prosecutor as bully | Lessig Blog, v2

Aaron had literally done nothing in his life “to make money.” He was fortunate Reddit turned out as it did, but from his work building the RSS standard, to his work architecting Creative Commons, to his work liberating public records, to his work building a free public library, to his work supporting Change Congress/FixCongressFirst/Rootstrikers, and then Demand Progress, Aaron was always and only working for (at least his conception of) the public good. He was brilliant, and funny. A kid genius. A soul, a conscience, the source of a question I have asked myself a million times: What would Aaron think? That person is gone today, driven to the edge by what a decent society would only call bullying. I get wrong. But I also get proportionality. And if you don’t get both, you don’t deserve to have the power of the United States government behind you.

Lawrence Lessig on Aaron Swartz | Daring Fireball

RIP, Aaron Swartz | Boing Boing

Beautiful tribute to Aaron Swartz from Cory Doctorow.

‘Unsolved Forever’ | Daring Fireball

Remember Aaron Swartz |

Aaron’s death is not simply a personal tragedy. It is the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach. Decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s office and at MIT contributed to his death.

Remember Aaron Swartz | Daring Fireball

Aaron Swartz Commits Suicide | Daring Fireball

Aaron was a friend and a brilliant mind. He was my only beta tester for Markdown back in 2004, and frequently offered keen feedback on my work here at DF. He had an enormous intellect — again, a brilliant mind — but also an enormous capacity for empathy. He was a great person. I’m dumbfounded and heartbroken. Good thoughts and best wishes to his family and those who were truly close to him.

Legal Case Strained Troubled Web Activist |

The Truth about Aaron Swartz’s “Crime” | Unhandled Exception

MIT Responds to Death of Activist Aaron Swartz, Begins Investigation | AllThingsD

Researchers begin posting article PDFs to twitter in #pdftribute to Aaron Swartz | Neuroconscience

Hacker, activist, Internet wunderkind Aaron Swartz dead at 26 | The Loop

Aaron Swartz, hacker, information activist and developer, took his own life on Friday at age 26. Cory Doctorow has posted a eulogy for his friend at, and if you’re not familiar with his work, it’s a good place to start.

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Posted in ひと, 音楽 by shiro on 2012年12月15日

Dave Brubeck, jazz great, dead at 91

Posted in ひと, 音楽 by shiro on 2012年12月6日

Dave Brubeck – Take Five – 1966 | YouTube

Dave Brubeck dead at 91 |

Dave Brubeck, a jazz musician who attained pop-star acclaim with recordings such as “Take Five” and “Blue Rondo a la Turk,” died Wednesday morning at Norwalk Hospital, in Norwalk, Conn., said his longtime manager-producer-conductor Russell Gloyd.

Dave Brubeck, jazz great, dead at 91 | The Loop

Jazz Composer, Pianist Dave Brubeck Dies at 91 |

デイヴ・ブルーベック、逝く | maclalala2

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Pixar の追悼ページ

Posted in ひと, 追悼 by shiro on 2011年10月10日

“Steve Jobs was an extraordinary visionary, our very dear friend and the guiding light of the Pixar family. He saw the potential of what Pixar could be before the rest of us, and beyond what anyone ever imagined. Steve took a chance on us and believed in our crazy dream of making computer animated films; the one thing he always said was to simply ‘make it great.’ He is why Pixar turned out the way we did and his strength, integrity and love of life has made us all better people. He will forever be a part of Pixar’s DNA. Our hearts go out to his wife Laurene and their children during this incredibly difficult time.”

John Lasseter, CEO
Ed Catmull, President

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Steve Jobs の追悼記事

Posted in ひと, アップル by shiro on 2011年10月6日

Steve Jobs of Apple Dies at 56 [by John Markoff] |

The Steve Jobs I Knew [by Walt Mossberg] | AllThingsD

Steve Jobs, 1955 – 2011 [by Steven Levy] |

Steve Jobs [byRobert X. Cringely] | I, Cringely

And now the frenzy begins. Running this story in reverse it’s suddenly clear why Apple didn’t introduce the iPhone 5 this week. It would have been lost in the news of Jobs’s death, killing the marketing value he would have loved. I’m sure the phone will appear in a week or two with that appearance in part to encourage the recovery of Apple shares from what is sure to be a short-term decline.

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Posted in ひと by shiro on 2011年5月5日

[Derek K. Miller]

The last post | Penmachine – Derek K. Miller

Here it is. I’m dead, and this is my last post to my blog. In advance, I asked that once my body finally shut down from the punishments of my cancer, then my family and friends publish this prepared message I wrote—the first part of the process of turning this from an active website to an archive.

If you knew me at all in real life, you probably heard the news already from another source, but however you found out, consider this a confirmation: I was born on June 30, 1969 in Vancouver, Canada, and I died in Burnaby on May 3, 2011, age 41, of complications from stage 4 metastatic colorectal cancer. We all knew this was coming.

A Writer’s Astounding Self-Obituary |

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