Death is a Bitch Archives

  1. The Life of Alex King

    NB: This is in response to: http://alexking.org/blog/2015/08/24/rememberances. Alex King passed away on 2015 September 27 after battling cancer for more than two and a half years. Alex was one of the original WordPress developers, and leaves a lasting legacy and impact on the WordPress community.1 Dear Caitlin, I met your dad at the 2009 WordPress…

  2. What Are You Going To Do?

    On Monday, I found out that I guy I worked with1 who retired earlier this year was diagnosed with kidney cancer a week ago or so. By time the doctors found it, it had already metastasized to the rest his body and doctors were giving him three weeks to live (without treatment) or up to…

  3. RIP Derk Slottow

    I got a call today from my friend Dave back in the States, "Hey Ferg, it’s Dave…um…give me a call when you get this…um, it’s pretty important. Talk to you later."

    A rather cryptic message. I called Dave back. I asked what’s up. And that’s…

  4. Closure

    I’m currently sitting at the airport waiting for my boarding call1. I’ll short board my flight to Seattle. I tweeted last night that I was “going to bed. Leaving for Seattle in the morning.” I received several concerned comments from friends regarding my trip back to seattle, so let me first allay your fears of…

  5. Dangit

    I was driving back from a day of skiing at Stevens Pass when Darren shared the news:

    "Ben Towne passed away today."

    "Dangit."

    That’s really all I have to say right now. There’s no way to express the sadness I feel. Instead, I will (again)…

  6. Sarah Plants

    Ben recently told me that a casual acquaintance of ours, Sarah Plants, had recently passed away due to cancer. I didn’t know her very well, but saw her quite a bit since she played Ultimate Frisbee on the UW team. Doug, her husband, also lived at …

  7. Last in the Cat Pack

    Back during sophomore year, I was living with Ben, Chris, Mike and Jens. We also picked up three cats: Dunstan, Kitty and Quantum…the Cat Pack. Dunstan is my cat and Quantum and Kitty were Ben’s. Last year, Kitty was hit by a car and Ben had to …

  8. Sad Times

    I’ve been pretty busy this past week, mentally, physically, and emotionally. When I get this busy, my regular habits (for better or for worse) start to drop off. I hold off on checking/responding to email, I let me feeds go unread for days at a ti…