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Disappearing childhood...

[001] As most of the flist is probably aware now, Michael Crichton died. Jurassic Park was one of the first movies I saw in the cinema. I remember burrowing into my seat and trying not to pay attention to T-Rex roaring.

I read the Lost World et all in middle school and the Andromeda Strain and Airframe in highschool. Congo and The Sphere were all movies of my youth.

I thought about it at random points during the day. While most peeps yacked about Stephen King, my guy was always Michael Crichton. Through his works, he probably influenced me more than some relatives of mine. And now he's gone. My brain still can't quite accept it.

[002] Walking down memory lane, apart from Julie Dillon (jdillon), another old favorite artist is Jo Chen.

Examples of super shiny art: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5. The most amazing thing is that she is now doing covers for the Buffy comics. This Eliza Dushku / Faith image for instance, is stunning. And I just realised today that her work has really influenced what art I take a liking to these days.

[003] Your deal of the day: TGI Fridays - Buy 1 Entree, Get 1 Entree FREE. You can use it as many times this month as you want though I suggest calling your local TGIF before your drive over.

[004] On Prop 8, penknife and furiosity say it best over here and here. Oh and off topic but Snape beat Obama in the polls.
I adored Jo Chen's Runaways covers. They were always so beautiful and it is hard to visualise the characters other than hers interpretation. I should probably stop my constant Runaways chatter >.> and is Jo Chen male? Oops, I thought it was the other way around.
I didn't know, so thanks for the news. :( I remember loving Jurassic Park when I watched it.
Michael Crichton was my guy too, so I am feeling your sorrow. i have read Sphere and Andromeda Strain more times than I can count, and I need to read The Lost World again in the near future. I read it so often in grades 8 -10 that I wore the cover and first few blank pages off of it.
Oh fuck. He's one of my favourite authors.

I'm in the last third of his State of Fear as we speak. And I've pretty much read every book he read before that (I started with JP after the movie and went through all his books subsequently). I loved his dry tone and how much study went into each subject he tackled. He had such a gift of effortless teaching and explaining complicated concepts so they were easy to understand and so fascinating.
Oh, hell, this is the first time I've lost a living author that was among my favourites. And he was only - what 60? He could have been writing for another 20 years or so.
Good writers shouldn't die :(