Obituaries

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  1. Double Nought Spy

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    Well I guess it has been a while since I haunted this place. I just found out about this. Wow, too young for sure. Too bad that obit didn't have a photo or two of his work. He posted a few somewhere on here a while back, and they were startlingly impressive. Thomas had tons of talent, that's for sure.

    He was an interesting regular over on the Paracast forum back in the day. He brought up many very good questions, some of which I understood and was able to follow. His questions about where Daniel Fry got his information about physics have never been answered, as far as I know. The questions led to a fairly surreal appearance on the Paracast by Ray Stanford, in which Ray managed to avoid any substantive discussion of, well, anything really. That was when I gave up any faint lingering hope of ever getting anything useful out of Ray.

    Thank you for all your varied and unique contributions, Thomas.
     
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  2. Double Nought Spy

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    This is no joke. Generally, I enjoy excellent health, but I have inherited some seriously high blood pressure. Like my father and his brothers, my bp was unusually low until about age 40, when it began to climb. I now take three different meds each morning to keep it out of the danger zone, along with other precautions. One of my uncles spent his last years in a nursing home, barely able to get around on his own because of a stroke. That was hard to watch, and I don't want to repeat history. Modern medicine is full of miraculous solutions to problems that used to cause untold misery and early death. You have to be your own advocate, and figure out what's right for you, along with avoiding situations where boat payments figure into decisions about treatment. Kinda like buying a car or a house.
     
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  3. pigfarmer

    pigfarmer tall, thin, irritable

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    Indeed. I have my own BP under control with meds I never needed but coincidentally enough a few weeks ago my older brother wound up in the ER due to a very minor cut that shot blood like a fire hose and couldn't be stopped. It revealed very, very, did I say very enough, high BP. Like 240/150 or something like that, maybe higher. They were surprised he was functioning at all without apparent symptoms. He's been to the doc and they are working on it but his answer isn't as simple as mine.

    You can be fine for years until you're not. Two of my friends and coworkers recently died in their fifties because they just didn't give their own health enough attention.
     
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  4. The shadow

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    Raymond Allen Liotta (December 18, 1954 – May 26, 2022)

    Among his earliest screen roles playing nice guy Joey Perrini on the popular NBC soap Another World from 1978-81. Liotta's best-known roles include Shoeless Joe Jackson in Field of Dreams (1989), Henry Hill in Goodfellas (1990) and Tommy Vercetti in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002). His other roles included Ray Sinclair in Something Wild (1986), for which he received a Golden Globe nomination, as well as starring in Unlawful Entry (1992), Cop Land (1997), Hannibal (2001), Blow (2001), John Q (2002), Identity (2003), Observe and Report (2009), Killing Them Softly (2012), The Place Beyond the Pines (2012), and Marriage Story (2019), as well as the drama series Shades of Blue (2016–2018). Liotta also guested on such popular TV series as The Simpsons, SpongeBob SquarePants, Family Guy, Hannah Montana, Just Shoot Me! and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and narrated 2015 docuseries The Making of the Mob. Liotta won a Primetime Emmy in 2005 for his guest stint on ER and was a two-time SAG Award nominee for the 2015 miniseries Texas Rising and 1998 telefilm The Rat Pack, in which he starred as Frank Sinatra.

    Liotta died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic, where he was shooting the film Dangerous Waters. He was 67 years old. FB_IMG_1653595910788.jpg
     

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  5. michael59

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    Oh, this news makes me so sad. I loved Ray Liotta.

    RIP
     
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    Alec John Such best known as the bassist of Bon Jovi passed away today at age 70
     
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    'World's first human cyborg' has died, aged 64

    Struck down with motor neuron disease, Dr. Peter Scott-Morgan wanted to reinvent what it means to be human.

    Humans augmented with technological enhancements have been a staple of cyberpunk science fiction for years, but for robotics expert Dr. Peter Scott-Morgan, making it possible for people with physical disabilities to bypass their limitations through the science of cybernetics became a life-long passion.

    Dr. Scott-Morgan, who suffered from the same neurodegenerative disorder as Professor Stephen Hawking, developed and implemented a range of systems including a life-like avatar through which he could display emotion, a voice box that was equipped with recordings of his own voice and eye-tracking technology through which he was able to control computers.

    As his body failed, these systems became an increasingly important life-line and served as the primary way in which he was able to communicate and interact with the world.

    "I wanted to reinvent for everyone what it means to be trapped in your own body," he said.

    "This isn't just about MND. It's about any disability, whether from accident, disease, genetics, or even simply old age, even dementia. But ultimately, it's about everyone on Earth breaking free."

    "I'm lucky enough to be a prototype, and neo-human, an early experiment in how humanity can make a huge leap into our future."


     
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