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Sunnyways @ Sun Jul 26, 2020 2:21 pm

I thought Olivia de Havilland died years ago: ... -1.5663699


llama66 @ Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:00 pm

John Saxon died on the 25th, he was in The Nightmare on Elm Street Series and Enter the Dragon. He was 83.


Martin15 @ Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:14 am

Eddie Shack.

:cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

2020 really sucks. Fuck.


Martin15 @ Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:18 am


DrCaleb @ Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:11 am

Peter Green: Fleetwood Mac co-founder dies aged 73


DrCaleb @ Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:28 am


Gone With the Wind star Olivia de Havilland dies aged 104


DrCaleb @ Sun Aug 02, 2020 9:59 am


Wilford Brimley, Cocoon and The Natural actor, dies at 85


llama66 @ Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:00 am

He's been 85 since 1985.


DrCaleb @ Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:12 am

Bill English: Computer mouse co-creator dies at 91


DrCaleb @ Thu Aug 06, 2020 7:37 am

Frances E. Allen


Frances “Fran” Allen, a pioneer in the world of computing, the first female IBM Fellow and the first woman to win the Turing Award, died on August 4, 2020, the day of her 88th birthday.

Fran grew up on a farm in Peru, New York. She graduated from The New York State College for Teachers (now SUNY – Albany) with a B.Sc. in mathematics in 1954 and began teaching school back at her local school in Peru. After two years, she enrolled at the University of Michigan and earned an M.Sc. degree in mathematics in 1957. In debt with student loans, Fran joined IBM Research in Poughkeepsie, NY as a programmer on July 15, 1957, where she taught incoming employees the basics of FORTRAN. She planned to stay only until her debts were paid, however, she ended up spending her entire career at IBM. Fran retired from IBM in 2002, but remained affiliated with the company as a Fellow Emerita.

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In addition to the Turing Award, Fran was awarded with scores of accolades and honors. Earlier this year, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) announced it will honor Fran with the IEEE Frances E. Allen Medal, to be awarded for the first time at the IEEE Honors Ceremony in 2022. IBM was instrumental in working with IEEE to create the medal in her honor. Fran would join dozens of other science luminaries who have been honored with eponymous IEEE Medals, IEEE’s highest level of awards. “Professionally, Fran spent a lifetime working to advance the field of computing and pioneer new breakthroughs. Personally, she was equally focused on inspiring and motivating young people – especially women – to do the same,” said Fran’s nephew, Ryan McKee, on the IEEE honor.

In addition, Fran was a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), the IEEE, and the Computer History Museum and has two honorary doctorate degrees as well as several awards for her work for women in computing. She has been inducted into the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame and received the Augusta Ada Lovelace Award from the Association for Women in Computing.

Frances AllenWhen she wasn’t exploring new computing opportunities, Fran’s passions were climbing mountains and studying environmental issues. She was a member of the American Alpine Club and the Alpine Club of Canada, participating in exploratory expeditions to the Artic and on the Chinese/Tibet border.

In an interview with author Janet Abbate who wrote a book on female computer scientists, Fran reflected on her love for hiking and the mountains, and equated it to her career: “And, you know, it’s somewhat of the same sort of thing: it’s kind of challenging, and interesting; and how does one involve oneself in it? What capabilities does one bring to it that will make a difference?” ... ces-allen/


Scape @ Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:26 pm

Daisy Coleman

Coleman, who starred in ‘Audrie and Daisy,’ a 2016 Netflix documentary about rape and suicide, went on to create the sexual assault prevention organization SafeBAE, or Safe Before Anyone Else, in 2017


DrCaleb @ Tue Aug 11, 2020 11:18 am


Joan Feynman 1927–2020

August 10, 2020 | Leah Poffenberger

Joan Feynman, an astrophysicist known for her discovery of the origin of auroras, died on July 21. She was 93.

Over the course of her career, Feynman made many breakthroughs in furthering the understanding of solar wind and its interaction with the Earth’s magnetosphere, a region in space where the planetary magnetic field deflects charged particles from the sun. As author or co-author of more than 185 papers, Feynman’s research accomplishments range from discovering the shape of the Earth’s magnetosphere and identifying the origin of auroras to creating statistical models to predict the number of high-energy particles that would collide with spacecraft over time. In 1974, she would become the first woman ever elected as an officer of the American Geophysical Union, and in 2000 she was awarded NASA’s Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal.

Feynman’s choice in pursuing a career as a scientist was often at odds with the expectations for women, especially the expectations for a wife and mother, but she persisted to become an accomplished astrophysicist. During the 2018 APS April Meeting, where Feynman spoke at the Kavli Foundation Plenary Session, she recalled her mother discouraging her childhood interest in science, calling “women’s brains too feeble,” likely a common belief at the time.

"Joan Feynman made important contributions to physics," said APS President Philip Bucksbaum. "Her work on solar wind and the earth’s magnetosphere led to the discovery of the cause of auroras. She also developed a method to predict sunspot cycles. Her efforts in the geophysics community for fair treatment of women, together with her own example as a leader in solar physics, helped to change society’s attitudes in the mid-20th century about the contributions that women can make in physics."

Born in 1927, Feynman grew up in Queens, New York, alongside her older brother Richard, nine years her senior, who would eventually become one of the world’s most well-known physicists. He would become Joan's first teacher and someone who fostered her inquisitive nature, believing her capable of learning all the math and science he could teach her. In her 2018 talk, Feynman recounted early memories of solving math problems for the unique reward of getting to pull her brother’s hair and serving as his "lab assistant" at the age of five. A late-night trip to the golf course near the Feynman family home to see an aurora inspired Feynman’s curiosity and would eventually guide her research.

For her fourteenth birthday, Richard gave Feynman a copy of Astronomy by Robert Horace Baker, a college-level physics text, that both taught her about physics and what was possible: Feynman credited a figure attributed to Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin for proving to her that women could indeed have a career doing science. ... eynman.cfm


Strutz @ Wed Aug 19, 2020 6:40 pm

Dale Hawerchuk, a hockey phenom who became the face of the Winnipeg Jets en route to the Hall of Fame, has died at the age of 57 after a battle with cancer.

The Ontario Hockey League's Barrie Colts, a team Hawerchuk coached, confirmed the death on Twitter on Tuesday. ... -1.5069285
Far too young to pass away. :(

Quite the hockey career he had though.

RIP Dale


DrCaleb @ Thu Aug 20, 2020 7:41 am

Allan Fotheringham, former Vancouver Sun columnist, titan of Canadian journalism, dead at 87


Columnist and author Allan Fotheringham, a titan of Canadian journalism and former Vancouver Sun columnist, died Wednesday at his home in Toronto. He was 87.

For nearly three decades, Fotheringham had the last word in Maclean’s magazine, serving as the back-page columnist for 27 years.

But readers often began there, consuming his witty takes on Canadian news and politics before turning to the rest of the publication.

Allan Fotheringham was born Murray Allan Scott on Aug. 31, 1932, in Hearne, Sask. He took the surname Fotheringham after his mother remarried following his father’s death.

Fotheringham grew up in British Columbia, and his commentary career began at UBC, where he edited The Ubyssey, the student newspaper. A send-up of the Vancouver Sun in the campus rag earned him a job at the very paper he was mocking, and paved the way for a long and legendary career.

The former Vancouver Sun columnist became the best-known, best-paid columnist of his era, renowned and revered for his cutting sense of humour, often aimed at prime ministers and other public officials as he held them to account. ... dead-at-87


raydan @ Sun Aug 23, 2020 5:22 pm




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