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Posted 20 February 2012 - 10:04 AM

Steve Kordek who, among other things, invented the multiball function in pinball machines, has died aged 100.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 10:54 AM

His funeral should be fun. I wonder how many gravestones his coffin will hit before he gets in the hole? :D
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 10:32 AM

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 06:14 AM

American political scientist James Q. Wilson, who was the co-author of the broken windows theory, has died of leukemia at age 80.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 10:21 AM

Actor Derek Chinnery has died at 85.he played the part of the scientist Gharman  who invenetd the daleks in Genesis of the Daleks ! http://www.doctorwho...-1926-2012.html

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 01:47 PM

Actor Derek Chinnery has died at 85.he played the part of the scientist Gharman who invenetd the daleks in Genesis of the Daleks ! http://www.doctorwho...-1926-2012.html


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Posted 17 March 2012 - 09:58 AM

The creator of Red Bull, Chaleo Yoovidhya has died aged 89. You might say he's got his wings. :angely:

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 10:49 PM

If I gave you a quarter to four scenario which involved your favorite beverage appearing on your desk in a snap which one would it be, time? Dr. Pepper, Sprite, Iced latte with extra splenda .. not for me.

Creators seem to be a prime category which is producing at a consistent rate but it seems the mind behind the product isn't actually famous until he is dead and won't be until then. It would be a bright idea for a theme team if one could be comprised in the future.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 12:14 AM

If I gave you a quarter to four scenario which involved your favorite beverage appearing on your desk in a snap which one would it be, time? Dr. Pepper, Sprite, Iced latte with extra splenda .. not for me.

Creators seem to be a prime category which is producing at a consistent rate but it seems the mind behind the product isn't actually famous until he is dead and won't be until then. It would be a bright idea for a theme team if one could be comprised in the future.


I'm not familiar with the term "a quarter to four scenario", but of the beverages listed I'd choose none of the above. if its an open choice, then, depending on what I was doing at the time, a black coffee, no sugar, a pint of decent real ale, or (worst case scenario) a Coke Zero.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 05:58 AM

Samuel Glazer, the inventor of every kitchen counters "Drip coffee machine" has dropped. I prefer drip over the ahem somewhat inexpensive Keurig coffee on most days, but it depends.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 08:22 AM

Larry Stevenson

The inventor of the kicktail skateboard has died aged 81. This was the skateboard "which made most of today's skateboarding tricks possible and essentially revolutionized the sport".
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 08:44 PM

Jack Tramiel, founder of Commodore International and Atari Corp, has died aged 83.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 08:35 PM

Martin Fleischmann

The British scientist, who in March 1989 along with Stanley Pons "ignited the scientific world with claims of discovering cold fusion" has died aged 85.
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 10:12 PM

"Data Artist and TED fellow" Salvatore Iaconesi, has been diagnosed with brain cancer. Unusually, he has chosen to publish his medical records online, so anybody can check on his progress..

I don't think he's exactly A list, but the BBC did report on one of his inventions a couple of months ago. I felt a little out of touch with modern society after reading that article and am still a little unclear as to what a "TED fellow" actually is. :huh:

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 11:45 PM

"Data Artist and TED fellow" Salvatore Iaconesi, has been diagnosed with brain cancer. Unusually, he has chosen to publish his medical records online, so anybody can check on his progress..

I don't think he's exactly A list, but the BBC did report on one of his inventions a couple of months ago. I felt a little out of touch with modern society after reading that article and am still a little unclear as to what a "TED fellow" actually is. :huh:


A TED fellow is someone who often gives speeches at TED talks I believe.

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 07:06 PM

If he's a TED Fellow, he'll get a Comment Is Free obit.

My favourite TED talk is the one about how masturbating to internet pornography is rewriting your brain.


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Posted 14 September 2012 - 10:24 AM

Fascinating indeed.

I rather liked Dan Dennet's talk on The illusion of consciousness.

Normally I don't care much about philosophy and philosophers, but Dennet has a good point. I've been thinking occasionally about a somewhat related question ever since a bar discussion: "Is what I call I the driver or rather a passenger of my life?" My answer is both, of course. However, it seems we don't do much driving and if what Dennet describes is correct, we do most of that driving inside our minds, rather than in the outside world.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 02:41 PM


How about The 'inventor of the laser/maser', Charles H. Townes? No word on his health, but turns 96 next year. :old:

Townes is still in very good health for his age, and he's still very active (he's still mobile and publishing papers). Anything could happen at age 96 (falls can be fatal), but I'm not betting on him going anytime soon. (I think he'll surpass Bethe as the oldest Physics Nobel laureate)

Among all the older Nobel laureates, I'd bet against him and Chen Ning Yang dying. The others probably have higher chances of dying.


Charles received the Golden Goose award recently. Although, he is much less active now, as his latest lecture was given more than 5 years ago, and he is turning 98 next year. Could potentially be a contender for DL 2013.

Chen Ning Yang, has recently had a celebration for his 90th birthday which is coming up in October, but seems to be doing well and is still highly active in his field. So you're most likely right about his longevity.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 06:08 AM

Stanford Ovshinsky @ 89, was the inventor of the much loved N-Mh battery......


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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:32 PM

John MacAfee, as in "the guy behind your antivirus software", is wanted for murder in Belize after a man was shot dead in an argument about dogs. Apparently his time in Belize was spent trying to discover "super perv powder".

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