Television Saturday, January 10, 2004. Post by Ricky James
Before Drog threw me into this tar baby and briar patch that is SciScoop, I used to regularly follow and post at four different websites. I don’t post anymore at kuro5hin or Slashdot (where Drog found me, lying in the street with a bottle of bits in my hand, and offered me a second chance for a life better than that of Slashdot troll), because now they’re The Competition. However, I still follow and post at Bureau42 (as rickyjames) because it’s a nice little sci-fi oriented site (with more commenters than here, hint, hint!), and I still follow and post on the Official Firefly Fan Site (as RJROBERSON) because I’m a Firefly fan and always will be. Plus it’s the best place to keep up on the status of The Firefly Movie that’s coming, I assure you.
Today word was posted at the Firefly site that one of its most prolific and beloved posters, Canadian LuxLucre, died yesterday at age 40, seemingly from complications associated with his diabetes. Also known as Kerry Pearson from Richmond, British Columbia, Lux was the ultimate Firefly fan who hung out with the cast of Firefly that now eulogizes him. Given his love of freedom that is a fundamental theme of Firefly, his interest in and love for the show was inevitable. His filks were catchy, his South Park cartoon representations clever and his Browncoat Handbook a masterpiece. Lux earned a place in the hearts of those who corresponded with him for his witty and thoughtful posts on the Firefly site, including a few to me in just the last few weeks. I learned about a few other things besides Firefly from him on his website, such as some insights into political anarchy as a philosophy that I don’t personally agree with but still have to acknowledge more than a few grains of truth in, as well as the existence of the Shavian alphabet. In what passes for social circles in the online world of the 21st Century, Lux was an intellectual friend and it seems proper for me to take a moment to mark his passing.
Lives end: his, mine, yours. Get busy living them.
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