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Retronauts on the 20th Anniversary of Gunpei Yokoi’s Death

Gunpei Yokoi’s legacy is one of sensible choices and thoughtful compromise. I admire him greatly as a professional. Jeremy Parish has a retrospective on Retronauts.com:

Yokoi liked to create gadgets. More than that, he liked to come up with clever hacks. He had a keen eye for simple but unexpected ideas that would translate into fun toys, along with an unerring sense of how to make those products affordable for the widest audience possible. Rather than saving costs by using cheap materials, Yokoi preferred to match low prices to premium quality production by making cuts at the conceptual level.

Same, Gunpei. Same.

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WWE wrestling star Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan dies aged 72

RIP, Brain. He’s arguing with a gorilla in a suit right now if there’s any justice in the universe.

Source: Legendary WWE wrestler and commentator Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan dies aged 72 after losing battle with throat cancer

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Conservatory Of Flowers Live Stream of Amorphophallus Titanum Bloom

The Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park is doing a live stream of their Amorphophallus titanum, aka Corpse Flower, blooming. This plant blooms once every 10 years, and during the bloom grows almost two times its normal size and emits a foul stench for two days before shriveling up and starting over. It’s pretty cool. Corpse Flower!

If you’re in the bay area you should go visit.

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Ooooh Yeeeeaah. DIG IT!

ESPN’s Bill Simmons on the death of a man who, for many of us, typified pro wrestling in the 1980s. Hulk Hogan was always more popular, but Macho was wrestling in a way Hogan could never touch.

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‘Empire Carpet Man’ Elmer Lynn Hauldren dead at age 89

Rest in Peace. Watching Cubs games as a kid I probably say his Empire Carpet commercials hundreds of times. Everyone who grew up near Chicago remembers the jingle instantly.

Once more for old time’s sake: 588-2300 EMPIIIIIRE.

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A Letter From Lois Lane

Joanne Siegel, widow of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel, passed away on February 12th of this year. She’d been working on writing a letter to Time Warner’s CEO, Jeffrey L. Bewkes.

Joanne is widely known to be the inspiration for Lois Lane, and even at 93 she fit the part. Time Warner’s action in all of this has been gross.

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The Good Doctor & Friends

Hunter Stockton Thompson took his own life on February 20th, 2005. (image via mildredpickles)

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‘I Wanted to Join the Fight Against Hitler’

Baseball great Bob Feller passed away this week at the age of 92. He left his Cleveland Indians during the prime of his career to fighting WWII, enlisting two days after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.

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Alex Anderson, Secret Creator of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Dies

Rocky and Bullwinkle is one of the finest television programs ever made, and Alex deserves any credit he can get.

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Tony Wilson’s Headstone

A fitting tribute:

Factory Records founder Anthony H Wilson died in August 2007. Just over three years later, a memorial headstone designed collaboratively by Wilson’s long-term associates Peter Saville and Ben Kelly with Paul Barnes and Matt Robertson, was unveiled in The Southern Cemetery in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, Manchester.

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George Steinbrenner Dead At 80

Even as a visceral anti-Yankees guy, this brings me no joy. Steinbrenner demanded the best from his staff and players at all times.

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Deadspin’s “Dead Wrestler of the Week”

A well-written weekly feature. Relevant to the interests of anyone who grew up watching pro wrestling. Notables covered so far: The Junkyard Dog, Chris Canyon, André The Giant.

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The “Immortal” Jellyfish

turritopsis nutricula, a species which can “cycle from a mature adult stage to an immature polyp stage and back again,” may have no natural limit on it’s lifespan.

Granted, it can still get beaten to death or otherwise killed through violence or stupidity. Just not old age.

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Goodbye, Sir. And Thanks.

Eliza Gauger’s farewell to Frank Frazetta. A giant died today.

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Frank Frazetta Is Dead

An artist that defined a genre, whose work has never been surpassed. Eliza Gauger:

The greatest classical painter of the modern era, and the only fantasy artist with enough balls to paint cellulite.

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Chuck Palahniuk: Live Like You’re Dying

A platitudinal title for Chuck’s always-unique take on life and death.

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Edward Woodward (1930 – 2009)

BBC News has the standard obit covered, for a less formal take, see British filmmaker Edgar Wright’s tribute.

I used to watch The Equalizer all the time in reruns at a kid, and the Wicker Man is one of my favorite films, and one of the best British horror films ever.

Nobody had a poker face like Woodward.

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Les Paul dead at age 94

I don’t know what else to say. Les was a true innovator in the guitar and recording space.

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David Carradine found dead in Bangkok

Sad news. He was one of the best at what he did.

Thai police told the BBC the 72-year-old was found by a hotel maid sitting in a wardrobe with a cord around his neck and other parts of his body.