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posted by martyb on Wednesday March 25 2020, @12:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the And-a-cast-of-thousands... dept.

Maybe the eds or someone already have something planned for the anniversary of MDC's death, or maybe the Coronavirus pandemic has overshadowed everything. I checked the subs queue and didn't see anything about MDC.

I'm sorry I don't have anything proper to submit, just a link to last year's article:
Michael David Crawford Passes Away.

His wish was not to be forgotten to be remembered through his works.

FWIW, I'm not the same AC who submitted that one; just a long-time /. & SN reader who was sincerely saddened by the news of MDC's death.

[Ed. addition follows. --martyb]

As a token of respect and thanks for his active participation on SoylentNews, staff updated our Subscribe page to facilitate making a site subscription in his memory. From Meta: Site News: Holiday Weekend, Staffing, Outage, Finances, Submissions, and Moderations (emphasis added):

When you subscribe, some of the site limits are relaxed and you get a shiny star next to any comments you post. For the humble, you can turn that star's display off in your preferences.

If you wish to help out, click on Subscribe and select whether you want the subscription to start/extend your own subscription or you wish to make a gift subscription. If it is a gift subscription, specify the UID for the recipient. The default of UID==6 is that of Michael Casadevall (another nick NCommander used when setting up the site) or you may replace the UID with 2339 in memory of Michael David Crawford, or any other UID that you want.

Penultimately, select a subscription duration and amount (the suggested amount is a minimum; any in excess of that is greatly appreciated), and click on the Continue button. NOTE: Javascript needs to have been enabled for the following step to work. Lastly, choose your payment method of either Paypal or Stripe, fill in the requested details, and submit.

As I have mentioned before, this site has real expenses with server hosting fees, domain name registration, paying for a CPA to file our taxes, and the like. Those who support us financially help "keep the lights on." Thank You!

Many years ago I came upon a definition that I believe embodies how MDC lived his life: "Honest is the absence of the intent to deceive." He set a very high bar that, though I try, do not know that I will be able to maintain the openness that I saw him exhibit.

Lastly, I find it timely that a fortune I saw on our site this morning seems apropos to his life:

So live that you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.

He may not have been faultless (who is?), but I am sure he would have no fears about what might be revealed by selling "the family parrot."

Previously:
Meta: Site News: Holiday Weekend, Staffing, Outage, Finances, Submissions, and Moderations
'This is how expensive it is to attempt suicide': Patient's bill goes viral
MDC Fortunes
Michael David Crawford Passes Away
Depression Strongly Correlated with Taking Three or More Common Drugs Simultaneously


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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Phoenix666 on Wednesday March 25 2020, @12:35PM (7 children)

    by Phoenix666 (552) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday March 25 2020, @12:35PM (#975423) Journal

    Aristarchus, Ethanol, I, and many others labor to keep Soylent wild, but nobody can fill your shoes. Soylent is lesser for your loss.

    Hope you're sitting atop a golden pyramid of TP in the sky, smirking down at all of us.

    --
    Washington DC delenda est.
    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @02:33PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @02:33PM (#975469)

      I can kind of relate to MDC having had a major PTSD trigger myself a few years ago. You just don't know how bad PTSD can be if you've never had it before, flashbacks can be so intense that you feel like you are in two places at the same time while reality is fading away. Thankfully, I have a team of specialists treating me that I didn't have 50 years ago. It was a sad day when I saw the post that MDC passed. With all that's going on in the world right now, don't be afraid to ask for help.
      #PTSDawareness

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 26 2020, @07:07AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 26 2020, @07:07AM (#975765)

        Wrong. Do be afraid to ask for help. They are as likely to help you as do more damage. In my experience.

    • (Score: 2) by inertnet on Wednesday March 25 2020, @03:00PM

      by inertnet (4071) on Wednesday March 25 2020, @03:00PM (#975477)

      I'll drink to that, tonight.

    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Runaway1956 on Wednesday March 25 2020, @03:00PM (1 child)

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday March 25 2020, @03:00PM (#975479) Homepage Journal

      but nobody can fill your shoes.

      There may be those who share many of MDC's experiences. Some of those may share his perspective on life. But, MDC was unique, in that he shared those experiences and perspective with us. Imagine that - a homeless person able to reach out and touch us, half a continent, or even half a world away.

      RIP, Michael David.

      --
      Make an actual interesting, germane, and relevant point and you may get away with Flamebait - 'Zumi
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @04:58PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @04:58PM (#975531)

      Nice, way to make it about you.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @11:56PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @11:56PM (#975642)

      I sometimes wonder if the people writing all the gushy stuff... ever read any of his posts? Will someone put together the Collected Works of MDC so we can all see it in its bare glory.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @12:55PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @12:55PM (#975427)
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @01:14PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @01:14PM (#975437)

    I miss you.

  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @01:40PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @01:40PM (#975450)

    I remember when MDC spent his time writing about virtues of homeless life, up until someone slashed their way into his tebt and made him feel very unsafe. It was such a perfectly liberal moment.

    • (Score: 2, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @03:34PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @03:34PM (#975489)

      Yes liberals are all about putting people out on the street and telling them to get a job, loser.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @04:58PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @04:58PM (#975533)

      Found the sociopath! Too bad MDC isn't here, he'd have some kinder words in reply to your hatred, all I've got for you is "fuck off and die, the world will be better without you." No tolerance of the intolerant round these parts.

      • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @06:06PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @06:06PM (#975552)

        There is no hatred here, if nothing else I had plenty of love for the chap. His misguidance was apparent, but I did admire his tenacity, and I felt sorry for his disability. But exercise of freedom requires that he be allowed to cintinue in his erronious ways. And only societies that punish failure, not reward it, survive, so his tribulatuons were necessary.

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by FunkyLich on Wednesday March 25 2020, @02:30PM (2 children)

    by FunkyLich (4689) on Wednesday March 25 2020, @02:30PM (#975466)

    I am a sporadic reader of SN. But I remember reading what MDC wrote with a great interest. I found his comments being a result of logical analysis and well thought.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @03:36PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @03:36PM (#975490)

      And a ton of drugs - some of them legal I guess.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @11:05PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @11:05PM (#975625)

      Even in his craziest comments, he clearly described his underlying premises and moved from there a step at a time. Sure his conclusions could be wild when he started from his more outlandish starting points. But damn, if the ride wasn't worth it anyway.

  • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @02:49PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @02:49PM (#975474)

    Vote in November
    Andrew Yang - $1000/month could have really helped, but now off the list
    Sanders/Warren- medical for all, but now off the list
    Biden - not the first choice but good enough!

    • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @03:10PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @03:10PM (#975481)

      Send DNC a message that they need to get it right next time. Vote for 4 more years of Trump.

    • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @03:47PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @03:47PM (#975496)

      Trump - Don't let the dems profit from it.

    • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @04:07PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @04:07PM (#975511)

      Hillary - it's her turn!

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by janrinok on Wednesday March 25 2020, @04:51PM (1 child)

    by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday March 25 2020, @04:51PM (#975530) Journal

    The fact that people here remember you with all that is happening around the world today is an indication of the mark you made on our lives.

    You are not forgotten - you have not died.

    --
    It's always my fault...
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @07:12PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @07:12PM (#975573)

      > You are not forgotten - you have not died.

      Pour^wrub one out in memory of our late homie.

  • (Score: 2) by aiwarrior on Wednesday March 25 2020, @10:24PM

    by aiwarrior (1812) on Wednesday March 25 2020, @10:24PM (#975617) Journal

    Just learned today that MDC passed away. Very sad day.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @11:09PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 25 2020, @11:09PM (#975626)

    If I spoke perl instead of coherent thoughts, I'd implement that header myself. If enough people supported https://github.com/SoylentNews/rehash/issues/477 [github.com] maybe it will get done.

  • (Score: 2) by mrpg on Wednesday March 25 2020, @11:57PM

    by mrpg (5708) <mrpgNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Wednesday March 25 2020, @11:57PM (#975643) Homepage

    Sad day. We never got to go for a coffee.

  • (Score: 3, Informative) by mrpg on Thursday March 26 2020, @12:38AM

    by mrpg (5708) <mrpgNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Thursday March 26 2020, @12:38AM (#975654) Homepage

    https://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide/suicideprevent/en/ [who.int]

    Close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. Suicide is a global phenomenon and occurs throughout the lifespan. Effective and evidence-based interventions can be implemented at population, sub-population and individual levels to prevent suicide and suicide attempts. There are indications that for each adult who died by suicide there may have been more than 20 others attempting suicide.

  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 26 2020, @01:01AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 26 2020, @01:01AM (#975658)

    That's about all I can say about MDC.

  • (Score: 3, Informative) by bzipitidoo on Thursday March 26 2020, @02:54AM (2 children)

    by bzipitidoo (4388) Subscriber Badge on Thursday March 26 2020, @02:54AM (#975700) Journal

    My parents passed a few months on either side of MDC. Barring untimely passings, eventually everyone has to deal with that loss. Just today, I cancelled another of their magazine subscriptions that had automatically renewed. Been keeping their credit card account open, to tidy up these things. I also engaged in the exercise of stopping all the semi-spammy messages that were delivered to their email accounts. Tough to do. Like turning off a leaky faucet. We've also been keeping one bank account open, to handle their last year of federal income tax. I don't like it, but it's easier than trying to change a whole bunch of numbers around, and worrying that the IRS will screw it up.

    We hate losing people so much that we are very bad at saying goodbye. Ought to have better processes for winding down a person's life. Very disjointed, the way things are now. Also mercenary, the way so many businesses push so hard for the annual or monthly revenue stream with automatic renewal types of agreements, and every one of them has to be personally told to stop.

    I wish all 3 of them were still with us.

    • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 26 2020, @07:50AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 26 2020, @07:50AM (#975770)

      That is why I usually tell people to close all the deceased credit cards and stop autopays they don't need at banks. People like to get paid so they will find you, which makes it easier to tell them someone is dead before too big of a bill ramps up. If you have halfway decent accounting, it won't make a difference in the final distribution and many people find it easier in the end. Plus, having a good probate attorney helps, since they often have a list of common debtors or interested parties you may not think about.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 27 2020, @11:29AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 27 2020, @11:29AM (#976255)

      It is too easy for some. There have been people declared dead who have spent a long time trying to be recognized as being alive again.

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