Posts Tagged ‘eulogy’
For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by astronomy and the stars. When I was young I enjoyed stargazing, decorated my room with posters of photos of heavenly bodies, and tried to read as much as I could about the universe. I loved one of the flags in my granddad’s study that commemorated the first moon landing, which had the signatures and details of the three astronauts on that mission. My book shelf featured several illustrated books about the rockets and space craft that had been used.
At 6 or 7 I wrote my first fiction. The twelve page story told the tale of two hamsters who traveled to the moon and after their return somehow helped establish world peace. The hamsters were named after two of my heroes at the time, both of them pioneers: Christoffel Columbus and Neil Armstrong.
Thanks for being such an inspiration, Neil.
I was sad to learn of Christopher Hitchens’ passing. There were many topics on which I agreed with him and probably just as many on which I disagreed. He could be a royal asshole if he wanted to. I admired him as an outspoken atheist. But his real strengths were as a well-spoken writer, debater and skeptic.
He made up his own mind – and took interesting positions. No matter what his opinion was, he always had something interesting to say and made you think.
Steven Novella expresses it better than I can, and in more detail, in his eulogy. E.F.‘s column is also interesting to read. It’s disappointing that the Dutch media seem to be blissfully unaware of the significance of Hitchens’ passing.
I was sad to learn that this week Dennis Ritchie, one of computer science’s greatest minds, passed away. He is perhaps not as well-known as Steve Jobs, but at least as influential, being one of the founding fathers of UNIX and the creator of C – both technologies that can be found all around us today.